If we are to prosper and become a great trading nation once again, we will need to boost our airport capacity. We need modern airports with larger freight and passenger capacity; we need to be able to export British-made goods and compete against our European neighbours. No-one disagrees with this.
Although I agree that Banks and Financial technology firms should be looking to partner and work together where possible to improve the proposition for customers, I don't necessarily believe that this strategy will make banks more innovative and provide better services for you, I and our businesses...
The research report The Value of Apprentices presents a compelling case for organisations to take on even one apprentice: every time they do they receive, on average, a bottom-line boost of more than £2,000 once wage and training costs have been factored in.
Last month Scotland took a big step towards a shared ambition to make our country among the best in the world to grow up. The Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill is a landmark piece of legislation to deliver greater support for children and families through a range of measures, including improvements to how we help our most vulnerable young people in care.
The Chancellor has his sights set firmly on driving economic recovery, and a central component of the plan is his target to increase the value of annual UK exports to £1 trillion by 2020. This equates to approximately a 100% increase from where we currently stand, and there is little disagreement that it is an exceptionally tall order...
This week the battle over the morality of benefit reform took a new twist. Labour's leader, Ed Miliband, was warned by one of his MPs that Labour should be far tougher on benefits reform.
Some six years after the banking crash, there is little sign of any major reform. The UK's Banking Reform Act is a disappointment and at one stage was described by the chair of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards as "virtually useless".
German chancellor Angela Merkel is being treated like political royalty, a consequence of her country's economic power as well as prime minister David Cameron's desperate need for friends in Europe. Few would argue about the position of Germany as the economic powerhouse of the European Union but what can Britain learn from the German economic model?
Apart from 2014 being the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, the year Glasgow hosts the Commonwealth Games, and that Scotland plays host to the Ryder Cup, the vote on Scottish independence is also being held 100 years after the outbreak of the First World War.
These positive market conditions are leading many executives to consider what they can do with more and seriously consider the ways in which to future proof their organisation - so they are not blindsided by future market blips. For many the answer to this is innovation.
Perhaps it would be beneficial for Britain to pick up some tips from Germany as medium-size companies drive their economy. Today one-third of the country's sales, jobs and GDP come from businesses of this size, many of which are family-owned and focus on exports.
It is high time we accepted the science - climate change is real and man-made - and started to implement energy saving measures in everything we do. We need to embrace renewable energy and in so doing drastically cut our emissions of greenhouse gases.
In my view, the dreadful ice and snow storms that have been battering the east of the United States are obscuring the real strength of the economic recovery and setting the markets up to provide great opportunities over the next few weeks.
In the last year alone one in five small business owners has turned to the bank of 'friends and family' for start-up capital, and almost three quarters launched their new business ventures with working capital of £2,000 or less.
As the economy picks up businesses across the UK will have strong growth plans, but as my own experience shows, sales and growth alone do not automatically create a financially sound business.
Marion is FD of the Oxford Bus Company (OBC), and the asset in question is a roof over its main depot. It might be doing a good job keeping the buses dry, but Marion reckoned it could work harder. Vast, sprawling and - crucially - south-facing, it struck him as the ideal site for a massive photovoltaic (PV) plant