UK Investment

DIY Your Way Out of Pension Confusion

Huw Evans | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Huw Evans

Pensions are a major conversation point at the moment, since George Osborne announced dramatic changes in this year's budget. But what exactly is so different from what went before? And why all the fuss?

Europe Needs Smarter Investment in Education and Research Infrastructure

Anka Mulder | Posted 11.07.2014 | 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.

Why Europe's Universities Need 'Stress Testing' Even More Than the Banking Sector

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Tech
Dirk Jan van den Berg

State funding is being cut, European universities are dropping down the international rankings and less research is being produced... Many European campuses are in very poor functional and physical condition... the time to act is now.

Mark Powell and the Ibiza Connection: Time to Modernise

Jason Holmes | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

It's modernism in its purist form and the distilled vision of Mark Powell, a stylist and tailor whose sartorial individualism of thirty years standing has made itself known in places as far flung as New York City, Tokyo and Firenze.

Has Bordeaux Killed the En Primeur Futures Market?

Nick Martin | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK
Nick Martin

First out of the blocks in 2013 was Pontet Canet - rather too soon for many given the trade had not yet tasted it - releasing at around £635+ per case. The best offer we saw was from Nickolls and Perks for £635 inclusive of free storage until autumn 2017.

What Are the Prospects for the UK Economy in 2015?

John Mills | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

The next general election will be held in May 2015. No-one can foretell the outcome. But it is much easier to anticipate the economic prospects that will be faced by whichever party or combination of parties wins power.

Reinventing a Region - How the Gulf Has Ensured It Doesn't Become a Zombie Brand

Mark Artus | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK
Mark Artus

I have been following the zombie company and low productivity debates with interest and have wondered to what extent the issues facing companies are also facing brands, and even the countries we live in.

Record UK Business Growth Thanks To Sound Economic Policies

Adam Afriyie | Posted 02.06.2014 | 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...

Winter Is Coming: Is the Rest of the World Tech Ecosystem Keeping Up With Silicon Valley?

Paul Lees | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Tech
Paul Lees

Silicon Valley, the world's leading place for high-tech innovation and development, has been home to many of the world's largest technology corporations since the 1940's. Several generations of start-ups to exit companies which have generated huge amounts of revenue have led to investors re-investing due to its success.

Britain Needs to Encourage Investors to Come to the UK

Adam Afriyie | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Afriyie

Britain now has one of the most attractive tax systems in the world with Corporation Tax falling to 20% next year. This is great because business people and investors are vital to the future of the UK economy. We should never be embarrassed about wanting to attract people who can come here to create jobs.

Are you thinking long-term enough?

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Warren Buffet was once asked by Jeff Bezos a long time friend of his: "you are the second richest man in the world and yet you have the simplest investment thesis. How come others didn't follow this?" To which Warren Buffet responded: "because no one wants to get rich slowly"

How I Raised £300k Investment for My Start-Up

Tom Raffe | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Tech
Tom Raffe

Raising money for your start-up is difficult, particularly in the UK where "tech city" is still in its early stages of development. The whole process can be time consuming and stressful, particularly when you have a business to run at the same time.

The Road From Aid to Trade: Investing in a Healthier Future for Africa

Allan Pamba | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK
Allan Pamba

At the EU-Africa business summit I attended last week, a question that I heard again and again is what are the barriers to investing more in sub-Saharan Africa?

Charity Entrepreneurs - Do They Exist?

Michelle Wright | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK
Michelle Wright

In a changing economic context, most charities are being asked to be more entrepreneurial, but I'm coming across more and more CEOs that are tired of hearing the term and Chairs of Trustees that don't seem to know where to start. So what does 'entrepreneurial' really mean in the charity sector?

Competition Won't Make Investment Firms Transparent

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK
Margaret Heffernan

Let's not forget that heated, intense competition is what brought us the banking crisis. Competition between banks - to be the biggest, the most profitable - stoked the selling of inappropriate mortgages, PPI and interest rate manipulation. Competition between traders or between salespeople - many of whom are measured daily by their earnings, with some firms posting these numbers publicly - is precisely what drove otherwise good people to do bad things.

Beyond the Headlines This Was a Positive Budget For Investment Into the UK

Geoff Cook | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Politics
Geoff Cook

The headlines following this week's Budget understandably focused on pensions and savings, with significant proposals announced that will fundamentally change the way people save in the UK. It was hailed by many as the biggest pensions shake-up for a generation, and so it is not surprising that this was the focus of debate in the immediate aftermath.

Are You Too Busy to Find Time to Nurture Your Network?

Andy Lopata | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK
Andy Lopata

How's business? Do you have a lot of orders both confirmed and in the pipeline? You do? That's great! No need to worry about a networking or referrals strategy then. Or think again.

Never Had It So Good? Think Again

Nick Sanderson | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK
Nick Sanderson

It has long been a commonly held view that this generation, like the babyboomers before them, have never had it so good, with a higher take home salary and booming property market. However, it appears that the rising cost of living, increasing life expectancy and changes to the pension system have started to have an effect.

Give Loans, Not Donations, To Poor Countries, Say MPs

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK

More overseas aid should be given in the form of loans rather than donations, with grants restricted to the poorest countries or for emergency situati...

Investment Is Key to Unleashing the Power of Britain's Creative Industries

David Glick | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK
David Glick

If ever there was a sign of the changing nature of British enterprise, it was the recent publication of the CBI's new 'Creative Nation' report. Here was the UK's premier business organisation, traditionally associated with manufacturing industry, throwing its considerable weight behind the far less tangible businesses of computer games, rock bands, books and movies.

2014: A Year for Investment - What Can the Advertising Industry Do to Further Its Own Growth?

Josh Krichefski | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK
Josh Krichefski

With the first signs of economic recovery beginning to look like a reality, business leaders across the UK are entering a new phase of cautious optimism. Manufacturing revenues and employment figures are rising; advertising spend has bounced back to pre-recession levels. For the first time in a long time, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Beyond Fluffy Red Dragons

Adam Breeze | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK
Adam Breeze

The inward investment landscape gets more complicated and more competitive by the day. In the first 20 years of the WDA there were only a handful of locations that were actively seeking inward investment - today, virtually every town, county, city and country in the world has an inward investment agency.

Crowds, Banks and Bitcoins Will All Make Headlines in 2014

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

Crystal ball gazing is a hazardous activity, but one thing is certain without mystical help: 2014 is going to be a turbulent year for the economy. Both for professional and personal finances the New Year promises to be one of opportunity and peril, of innovation and uncertainty.

No More Bad Investments by Good Causes

Nick O'Donohoe | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK
Nick O'Donohoe

The recent BBC current affairs programme Panorama sent shockwaves through the UK charitable sector as it put under the spot-light how some of our best known charities are managing their finances.

Branson's Virgin to Enter Formula E

Todd McCandless | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

If you've been watching Formula 1 for a few years then you'll know that Richard Branson, boss of Virgin and one of the UK's richest men, has been around the series but only dipped his toe in the lukewarm waters of the world's most advanced for of motorsport...