For me this budget got it wrong on the start up front by ignoring the value start-ups bring to our economy and doing nothing for them. We may not realise the impact of this up to the election, which is perhaps what the chancellor is counting on, but it's clearly not in our country's long term interest. A budget for 'doers'? I don't think so!
I believe it is vital that the tasks of setting rates and reliefs, and deciding how to spend them are devolved to local and regional levels of government. This would give people a democratic say in which types of businesses they want to encourage and how the receipts are spent, allowing them to witness the resultant effect in their own, and neighbouring, areas.
Over the years I have done extensive research, read endless authorised biographies, studied body language and carefully observed the communications skills of highly successful people. I learnt it wasn't about luck but about choosing the right attitude, taking action, changing behaviour, taking one step at a time, one goal, one priority at a time, a day at a time.
I've been asked a few times in recent months why we need a Responsible Business Week?
If you've read the London Evening Standard recently, or seen any of the weekend media you can hardly fail to have noticed that this evening sees the launch of London Live, the first 24 hour a day, seven day a week general entertainment channel devoted exclusively to the capital.
A wide range of women took part in the course at Imperial College. Most were active research scientists, working in fields as diverse as nuclear fusion and molecular biology. Some were tech startup bods like me, and there was even a science lawyer thrown in for good measure.
Britain relies heavily on entrepreneurial migrants to launch businesses, create jobs and grow the economy. As we strive to improve our national economic performance in a highly competitive global market, our politicians, education system, businesses and the media cannot afford to ignore such an important source of economic dynamism.
This blatant discrepancy between how we think people should be treated at work and how many women are actually treated at work makes workplace sexism one of the easiest forms to spot.
Industry shutdown, the construction sector could not operate in places where the ground was frozen like concrete and output slipped. From an economist's point of view this posed an interesting question. Was the weather weakening output and underlying strength would be seen as soon as the snow thawed? Or were deeper structural issues being masked by the weather?
People often approach the issue of gay rights (if one can even call it an issue) from the "doing the right thing" perspective, meaning that supporting the rights of homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender people is the right thing to do because everyone should be free to be who they are without facing discrimination of any kind.
This month's Budget brought welcome reward for Britain's "workers and savers". Toil, self-reliance and thrift have been buzzwords of this Government, and its measures to bring Britain out of economic woe. The mantra has been "reward the worthy" with the subtext: "nothing comes for free."
To achieve a sustainable change in attitude towards alcohol consumption, brewers need to also address this challenge by using their brands to promote moderate drinking behaviour - consumers relate to brands and are often fiercely loyal to them, so that is where we need to take this battle.
I just love entrepreneurs, I'm in awe of their vision, willingness to try something completely new and their stubborn determination. But sometimes, their stubbornness prevents them from seeing necessary truths - truths that could save them from bankruptcy, truths that could make them a mountain of money.
There are many important decisions SME owners have to take in the early stages of their business, and one of the most important is making that first hire. Depending on the individual company, this could be done immediately, within a few months, or even a year after starting up. There is no singular approach, but it must be the right decision at the right time. The key question to ask yourself is whether you can justify making a new hire, in terms of cost and workload. I experienced this when I started my first recruitment business - it was four months before I had enough money in the bank to be able to take someone on.
Immigrants come here because they want to contribute to our society. They tend to fill a skills gap rather than simply replace British workers... Nevertheless, it is understandable why there has been a public outcry on immigration. The last government lost control over our borders and immigration rose exponentially compared to previous years.
We have known about excessive profits for years. Year on year we saw companies making billions in profits and then hiking their prices again just months later... I have not always agreed with my Party that Ofgem should be abolished, but my faith in them has hit rock bottom. I have to ask myself why this has not been done sooner.