UK Investment

Why Are There So Many Abandoned Buildings In London?

Sam Lewis-Hargreave | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK
Sam Lewis-Hargreave

Abandoned buildings are everywhere. You may be sitting in one right now. That's quite unlikely. But you may be closer to one than you think, especiall...

It's All About The Relationship: Advice For Working In The Arab World

Rana Nejem | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK
Rana Nejem

Are you planning to grow your business in the Arab world? Are you about to take up a new position in your company's offices based in Dubai, Kuwait, Amman or Cairo? Then you need to pay special attention to the significance of relationships in this culture.

Urban Innovation Predictions For 2017

Peter Madden OBE | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Politics
Peter Madden OBE

What does this year hold for the urban innovation agenda in the UK? Like many others, I completely failed to predict the Brexit vote or the Trump Presidency. But I'm having another go at the crystal ball gazing this year because I still think it's useful to speculate about - and prepare for - the future. So, here are my five predictions for UK cities in 2017.

Are We Looking After The Gig Economy?

Rich Wagner | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK
Rich Wagner

So the next time you're booking a long weekend away, taking a taxi ride or getting some shelves fixed, make sure you play your part to ensure this exciting and evolving industry continues to spearhead the UK economy for years to come.

Financial Literacy: The Elephant In The Room

Max Rofagha | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Tech
Max Rofagha

Technology holds the key, with its proven track record of demystifying and simplifying complex industries to the great benefit of consumers. So far technology hasn't really touched on the issue of financial literacy and tech companies need to step up to fill the void left by the traditional advice industry.

Using Technology For Investment Opportunities

Duane Jackson | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Tech
Duane Jackson

In the past, there have been countless businesses that have disintegrated as a result of toxic, uncooperative or silent relationships between those running the company and the investors backing them financially - and, in truth, no entrepreneur wants that on their CV.

The Government Needs A Bigger Vision For Renters

Edward Douglas | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Politics
Edward Douglas

Reform of the Buy to Let market needs to go hand in hand with a bigger strategy for Build to Rent so that secure, stable, good quality homes are available to those who need stable, comfortable, affordable homes.

Sharing Out Colombia's "Peace Dividend"

Felipe Jaramillo | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Felipe Jaramillo

What does a "peace dividend" look like and who gets to enjoy a piece of it? Clearly, the Colombian people will be the prime beneficiaries, once the s...

Working The Crowd

Dan Andersson | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK
Dan Andersson

For too long, some of the best ideas have been held back because it's been too hard for them to raise money. With the economic tightening since the major debt crisis of 2007/8, and the increasing financial uncertainty of Brexit, borrowing money has become even tougher for entrepreneurs.

Property Taxes Are Killing The Golden Goose

Jeremy Raj | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK
Jeremy Raj

The property industry has just been warned by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid to "keep an eye out" for changes to real estate taxation in this year'...

Did The Brexit Benefit Or Hurt The FTSE 100?

Sasha G Brown | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK
Sasha G Brown

The truth is that the Brexit, in and of itself, wasn't a good thing for the index. The economy in the UK was struggling before the vote, and the passing of Brexit signaled to some investors and analysts that further stimulus would be needed to quell the market.

Antiques - Orange is the New Brown

Elspeth Briscoe | Posted 30.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Elspeth Briscoe

Lime greens and oranges typical of the 50s, 60s and 70s, especially in german ceramics, now look very comfortable in a highly contemporary kitchen. It's out with the brown; in with the orange.

Considering The Ethics Of Our Investments

Tamara Sword | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK Tech
Tamara Sword

Collectively we would wring our hands, but for the mobiles in our hands. How to reach out and touch more than glass. How to change what seems through the indifferent screen to be immutable, an endless cycle of meaningless horror.

How Long Can the UK's Balance of Payments Deficit Continue?

John Mills | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Politics
John Mills

The UK - and therefore its population - is living way beyond its means. We have a Balance of Payments deficit of about 7% of GDP means that, on average, we are all enjoying a standard of living which is 7% higher than we are earning. To support this unrealistic life-style we are either borrowing from abroad or selling assets to foreign interests year after year on a scale unmatched by any other developed country.

Post-Brexit, UK Trade Must Work for Climate Goals

Ruth Bergan | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Politics
Ruth Bergan

Following the UK's decision to leave the EU, one of the most important things on the agenda is the renegotiation of our trade relationships with the rest of the world. There is mounting evidence that current trade rules are a significant barrier to achieving climate change goals. Brexit provides the UK with an opportunity to change this.

Time to Heal Divides...

Cliff Prior | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK
Cliff Prior

We are a divided nation. A disunited kingdom. The referendum divide between Scotland, Northern Ireland, London and a handful of other English cities, and the rest of England and the whole of Wales, was deep. The divide between young and old was even deeper.

Five Ways Brexit Is Going to Change Our Lives

Sasha G Brown | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Politics
Sasha G Brown

"The British vote has cut off one of our wings, as it were, but we're still flying." Juncker The Great Britain has decided to leave EU, choosing exiting over remaining. While latest polls show that a number of voters would like to change their vote if given a second chance, what's done is done.

How to Invest for Uncertainty - The Buck Does Not Stop at Brexit

Thomas Church | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK
Thomas Church

The buck does not stop at Brexit. Attention has been focused on ourselves as of late but Brexit is not the only trouble in Europe. You may have miss...

How We Can Tip the Energy Balance Towards Low-Carbon

Dr Alison Doig | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Alison Doig

It will take a huge amount of political will to bring about a radical change in energy investment strategies across the globe, particularly from wealthier nations who invest in developing countries. Renewable and low-carbon energy generation technologies are becoming less costly and studies show that in the long term, switching investment to these types of ventures will make economic as well as climate sense. The time is right to tip the energy balance but it needs governments to make the first push.

The Lesson I Learnt from Warren Buffett

Lewis Worrow | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK
Lewis Worrow

Buffett taught me that if one wishes to build wealth they should build businesses and that makes sense. The average S&P 500 company has a yield of about 1.5% after all, so if you were aiming to earn an income of say $100,000 per year you would need about $1.66 million worth of stock to earn that through dividend.

UK Landlords Will Go 'Cross-Country' as Allure of London Fades

Christian Faes | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK
Christian Faes

When it comes to the housing market, London has long been seen as a market within a market. After the credit crunch hit, and house prices across the country headed south, desire to buy within the capital remained robust. In seemingly no time at all, house prices within London had not only recovered but surpassed its previous peaks.

Putting Shareholders First Does Not Serve Shareholders, Society or Our Economy

Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK
Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes

There is rising disenchantment with the status quo. People sense that the economy serves the few not the many. Alongside this the UK government is str...

How To Start a Business Successfully: Six Key Tips From a Top Business Investor in Creative Businesses

Carolyn Dailey | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK
Carolyn Dailey

Did you know that creative entrepreneurs are part of the wider creative industries now worth almost £80 billion to the UK economy? Have you ever thou...

Should the Sharing Economy Ever Be for Profit?

Eleanor Moss | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK
Eleanor Moss

There is lot of contention surrounding the term 'sharing economy', with Uber and Airbnb at the centre. Many argue that the term has been strapped onto...

Infrastructure Morality

Lord Michael Hastings | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK
Lord Michael Hastings

I would like to thank James Stewart, Global Infrastructure Chairman, KPMG in the UK, for writing this article with me. The True Cost of Infrastructur...