UK Growth

The Autumn Statement Provided a Boost for Apprenticeships... But Industry Must Now Take Up the Baton and Run With It

Leo Quinn | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Politics
Leo Quinn

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement sparked a grand level of debate and, as ever, divided opinion. Stamp Duty has grabbed most headlines, with the reforms in the levy being charged at different levels of house price attracting a lion's share of the discussion.

Do Voters Even Care About The Deficit? Here's The Graph You Need To See

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

From day one, George Osborne framed the debate on the economy as a debate about borrowing, debts and deficits. Unlike defensive Labour, however, the voters don't seem to buy it.

How Come UK's Doing So Well Given Europe's Malaise?

Nicola Horlick | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK
Nicola Horlick

The real mystery is how the UK economy has managed to do so well in the recent past given the performance of our neighbours. The general consensus is that this momentum will not continue and that growth will slow next year. The risk is that growth slows more quickly than expected and that we find ourselves in a similar position to the rest of Europe as inflation continues to decline.

Slow-Down In China Leaves Me Searching For Positives

Nicola Horlick | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK
Nicola Horlick

Of course, it seems absurd to many that the world is concerned about Chinese growth slowing from 7% to 10%. But most countries in Europe would kill to achieve any growth at all at this point. The UK seems to be the exception in Europe with the IMF predicting that UK growth will be 3.2% in 2014, falling to 2.7 % in 2015.

Why Collaboration Is Key to Tackling the World's Grand Challenges

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK
Dirk Jan van den Berg

Globalisation has rendered us increasingly inter-dependent with massive opportunities and also risks/challenges as a result. Driven by technological advances from transport, to communications, and electronic networks, globalisation has delivered important advancements in terms of movement and exchange of people, ideas, values, resources, commodities and finance.

How Does Failure Help Us Grow?

Adele Barlow | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

"I think we're taught in the system that failure is something that you should be ashamed of. Failure is for the dumb kids. You get an 'F'. You get a 'D'. You didn't comply. You didn't create the evidence of your worthiness," he says. Eckō probably didn't realize it, but he was indirectly referencing the work of mindfulness researchers.

Britain's Unimpressive and Dysfunctional Recovery

Philippe Legrain | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Politics
Philippe Legrain

Hurrah: the British economy is now bigger than it was before the crisis! We're doing much better than our critics predicted and better even than our competitors. It's yet more proof that our austerity policies were right all along. Vote Conservative next year.

Europe Needs Smarter Investment in Education and Research Infrastructure

Anka Mulder | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Tech
Anka Mulder

The return on investment will be high for Europe if we get it right, including: a reinvigorated research and education infrastructure, attraction of the best students and faculty, a better skilled workforce, and enhanced competitive advantage vis a vis the rest of the world.

Consumer Outlook: Generally Sunny with Localised Showers

Matthew Oakley | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Matthew Oakley

GDP growth has outperformed consensus expectations since last summer and forecasts have been revised up significantly for the year ahead. But it is also clear that we still have some way to go to ensure that all consumers can look forward to sustained increases in their living standards.

Record UK Business Growth Thanks To Sound Economic Policies

Adam Afriyie | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Afriyie

Today, two of the major UK business organisations delivered more good news on the economy. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) announced the best UK growth figures in May since 2003, and the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) upgraded its forecast to 3.1 per cent for 2014, the highest rate since the 2007 crisis...

Is the Squeeze on Living Standards Over? (Spoiler: Yes, but No)

Matthew Oakley | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK
Matthew Oakley

Increased spending, confidence and confidence in the future all bodes well for the future. But let's not get too excited. It is clear that beneath these headlines, many consumers are still struggling. For instance, positivity over prospects for future personal finances varies significantly across the UK. Londoners and people in the West Midlands are much more likely to feel positive about their future finances than those in the North West or in Wales.... Our data shows men are more likely than women to be feeling positive about their financial situation...

A Declaration of Independence

David Mochel | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Mochel

Imagine that you are tired of suffering. Imagine that you decide that you are going to do things differently. Imagine that you have chosen to "abolish the forms to which you are accustomed"? Choosing and committing to a new response to a familiar situation can bring renewed energy and excitement.

The Rise of the Micro Business Is Power to the People

Emma L. Jones | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK
Emma L. Jones

According to the Government's own statistics one in ten domestic properties are now home to a business and these 2.95 million home based firms are contributing £243 billion to the British economy.

Collaboration and Empowerment: New Styles of Leadership for a Digital Age

David Lancefield | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK
David Lancefield

Letting go of the past is all the more important if your company is a mature business, where the baggage of the past can impede necessary change...

Letter to My 10-year-old Self

Lucy Karsten | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Karsten

Firstly, congratulations on making it this far, what with your little sister hurling a metal bin at your head when you mocked her dolls and your even littler brother spending most of his time crawling about at the bottom of stairs, meaning that you've tripped over him and smashed your head on the marble floor more often than advisable.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: George's Big Budget Day

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Wednesday 19 March 2014... 1) GEORGE'S BIG BUDGET DAY Today, at 12:30pm, the chancellor of the exch...

Welcome to the Second Machine Age - But What Does It Mean for Business?

Tom Clive | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Tech
Tom Clive

According to a new book written by Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfssen entitled 'The Second Machine Age', we have witnessed two major technological shifts in our history. The first began towards the end of the 19th century, where machines replaced and multiplied the physical work of humans and animals.

BoE: 'The Recovery Is Neither Balanced Nor Sustainable'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK Politics

Mark Carney has warned that Britain's economic recovery has not yet gained enough momentum, in a sobering assessment after several quarters of growth....

What Could Derail The Economic Recovery?

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK Politics

The UK economy will return to its pre-recession peak within months but "abysmal" productivity levels could throw the recovery off track, according to ...

On Commitment

Liberty Forrest | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liberty Forrest

It is out of self-respect and self-love that I make my commitments, with every intention to follow them through to the end. This is how all of us should make our commitments.

We Must Think Cities for a Balanced Economic Recovery

Paul Swinney | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK
Paul Swinney

It looks increasingly likely that the UK economy has now entered into a period of sustained recovery, following the deepest peacetime recession in the last 100 years. But as the seventh edition of Cities Outlook shows, this recovery is far from balanced, and our cities need more control if they are to fulfill their potential.

GDP Figures: 9 Things You Need To Know

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Politics

Britain's economy grew by 0.7% in the final quarter of 2013, capping off a year that saw 1.9% annual growth in total. But Vince Cable warned it is ...

Can You Really Change Your Life in 30 Days?

Tanesha Westcarr | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tanesha Westcarr

Make your goals for change personal, unique and measurable. Without a time frame your goal remains a wish and will never be realised. Your change comes sooner when it's quantifiable where you can monitor and adjust it until you reach the mark. Put a number to it, add an action plan and work from the end backwards.

Industrialists Need to Make One New Year's Resolution - Bet on the Next Generation

Leo Quinn | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK
Leo Quinn

Now we have said goodbye to 2013, there will be many personal New Year resolutions made as we stride forward into 2014. Those in business will be looking at how they can improve operations, set new targets, meet new goals.

Polling Figures Paint Uplifting Picture for Conservatives

Alex Rickets | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK Politics
Alex Rickets

At the beginning of this year, with the UK economy stuck in stagnation and seemingly no end in sight to the Coalition government's controversial austerity programme, the chances of a Conservative majority after the 2015 general election looked slim. Fast forward, and a fundamentally altered story emerges.