Six months ago, The Financial Times launched fastFT, a new subscriber product that aimed to break market-moving financial and political stories as quickly as possible, 24 hours a day. I recently spoke with Rob Grimshaw and Megan Murphy, FT.com's Managing Director and the Chief Correspondent of fastFT respectively, who shed some light on the innovations...
Lots of politicians have 20:20 hindsight. Foresight, however, is generally in shorter supply, which explains why Vince Cable is being acclaimed once again, tipped at the age of 69 both as a potential successor to either the 40-something George Osborne as Chancellor and/or the 40-something Nick Clegg as Lib Dem leader.
Judging by her piece in the BBC News Magazine Lucy Kellaway seems to think that if everyone over 50 resigned their jobs it would do some good to younger people who are looking for work.
Across the world today we celebrate the 101st International Women's Day. Back when it started, women didn't have the vote, didn't have equal pay and certainly didn't have the freedoms we currently enjoy, but it's unfortunately as relevant today as it was then, and here's just a small example of why. 24 hours before International Women's Day and I'm at the Financial Times' Digital Media Conference. An event designed to 'examine the most pressing issues and opportunity' in our changing media landscape, to 'debate what the future holds for digital media'. Before I've even arrived, Twitter kindly informs me that of the 42 speakers appearing during the two-day event, only one is a woman.
Recessions mean bankruptcies, and bankruptcies in the retail sector mean boarded up high streets. Between 2008 and 2010 the number of empty shops has gone up five fold. Only one shop in 40 was empty in 2008, but the rate is now one in seven. It is higher still in some places - one in five in the north west as a whole, one in four in Blackburn, Grimsby, and Walsall, and one in three in Margate.