Volkswagen have perverted environmental regulations, they have treated European customers with disdain, and treated regulation as a charade. The slap on the wrist they've received from the government is risible.
Litigation funding has been around for a long time, and the face of it is changing. Where it was once seen as a distress purchase, for businesses without the necessary capital to fund costly litigation procedures, it is now being utilised by financially healthy organisations, who would rather avoid risk, choosing instead to use their capital elsewhere.
None of the promised changes put forward by the Prime Minister in either his much-vaunted Bloomberg speech, or in the 2015 and 2010 General Election manifestos, are going to be fulfilled. The letter confirms what we had all expected. The renegotiation reminds me of the closing scenes of Macbeth: "full of sound and fury signifying nothing."
We've all heard the story about the tortoise and the hare. How against the odds the tortoise beats the hare in a race. You have to hand it to the tor...
The Chancellor should have stuck to his guns, and done the fair thing for the British people - regulate and tax the banks properly. As it is, the Bank of England & Financial Services Bill signals a major retreat by the Chancellor from what was until now his own policy. Thus, whilst he stands firmly behind his failed austerity (National Debt up 60% in his six years in charge), he is going soft on banks.
We've all fallen prey at some point to the excuse that there aren't enough hours in a day. There aren't enough days in a week, weeks in a month, months in a year and so forth. What would you say if I told you that I've found them?
But the creative sector MUST take more responsibility ITSELF for investing in the small, innovative businesses that make the UK's global offer so compelling. One of the ways it can do this is if big businesses, like the Apples of this world, can have a meaningful engagement with the small businesses that are the R&D labs of future services and products.
It must have sounded so simple in the meeting. £130 million. Big number. It'll look great on a headline, and show our commitment to paying tax in the UK. Let's get it out there. Give the BBC an exclusive and run it in the broadsheets as well.
In-between the parties, private meetings and panel discussions, gender was back on the agenda this year in Davos. It's just unfortunate that the headl...
Yesterday I wrote to the National Audit Office (NAO) to ask if they will investigate the process by which HMRC agreed the settlement with Google UK for tax owed between 2005 and 2015.... If Google were paying the corporate tax rate on all its UK earning in 2014 alone it could well have paid around £200million. Yet HMRC has settled for just £130million over ten years, without any transparency or clarity. Little wonder that after George Osborne on Friday heralded this as a "victory", Downing Street has backtracked.
It was fascinating to read the latest description of a two-tier Britain - in which meaningful job creation is lagging behind in vast swathes of the Mi...
So yes cooperation is challenging, joint decision making sometimes seems a pain. But the Britain Sir Michael and I both love has always had the confidence and courage to be outward looking, collaborative, forward thinking and a strong advocate of free trade. We will soon have the chance to prove that these great attributes remain.
I often get asked - How do I motivate employees? Well, that's my talent as a public speaker- to deliver motivational and inspirational business talks. What I don't always tell these corporate clients is that they should take a look at their company culture if employees are leaving.
This morning a report from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IME) said they think the "capacity gap", the difference between the demand for electricity and the likely supply, could be a massive 55% in 2025 as old coal and nuclear plants exit the system.
Productivity has been at the forefront of George Osborne's plans for building a more prosperous nation, but how do we expect to put this into practise if wage growth continues to stagnate? Employees will not become more productive if we do not have the financial levers to encourage them to do so.
It seems that the unseasonably mild temperatures that dominated December, with their associated sights of unsettling oddness such as daffodils blossom...