UK Investment

The Tories' Long Term Economic Plan Is The Emperor's New Clothes of British Politics

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Politics
Azeem Ibrahim

There was a moment in The Apprentice a few years ago when one of the contestants was trying to defend her business plan in a tough investor-style inte...

What Lies Ahead for the Global Economy in 2015?

John Bowman | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK
John Bowman

As 2013 came to a close, who would have guessed that oil prices were heading towards $40 a barrel, sending oil-rich economies into chaos and driving investors out of emerging markets? What will the next year bring?

Introduction to Hedge Funds

Stefan R M Lancy | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Stefan R M Lancy

Hedge funds and private equity funds are subject to constant speculation and media interest. They're complicated, challenging and highly specialized i...

London's Technology Scene Needs to Up Its Game in 2015

Vincent Dignan | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Tech
Vincent Dignan

It's Christmas party season so London's entrepreneurs are right now getting pissed on alcohol paid for by whichever office space or "strategic partner" is laying on the rancid mulled wine or festive cocktails.

What's Safer - Own or Managed Fine Wine Account?

Peter Shakeshaft | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK
Peter Shakeshaft

With the above in mind some investors believe that setting up their own account gives them greater control over their wine in storage and this is totally understandable. They will have a direct contract with the storage provider and be responsible for settlement of costs.

How to Attract Business Investment

Neeta Patel | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK
Neeta Patel

Most entrepreneurs with ambitions to start their own business generally start by either funding the venture themselves or sourcing early stage investment from friends and family. This is what potential investors expect from very early stage start-up founders.

The Beauty of Fine Wine in Your Glass and Bank Account

Peter Shakeshaft | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Peter Shakeshaft

Speculation or investment in the past has been enormously valuable to the market, it has aided price discovery and liquidity, securing certainty and longevity in the market. This all helps the growers to continue to invest in producing improving quality crops and provides the motivation to make "age-worthy" wines.

What Does the Future Hold for the UK Economy?

John Mills | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Politics
John Mills

Despite the political rhetoric, if current economic policies continue broadly as they are, the UK economy does not have a bright future. In my view, and that of many others, our economy has at least five big problems. These major challenges will end the current upturn probably shortly after the 2015 general election, no matter who wins.

Pensions - The Only Time You Turn Down Free Money

Katherine Dandy | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK
Katherine Dandy

Pensions are still regarded as incredibly complicated, scary and boring. We need to dispel the myth that investing in a pension scheme is hard work. For the woman at the party, the advantages of receiving valuable matching contributions from her employer had not got through. She had lost out on 10 years' free money between the ages of 25 to 35.

Slow-Down In China Leaves Me Searching For Positives

Nicola Horlick | Posted 31.12.2014 | 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.

How to Invest in Yourself and Your Business (And Where the Heck to Start!)

Jo Gifford | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Gifford

Fear is often the driver behind hesitation to invest, usually in the form of "what if I can't afford it" and "I don't have the time"; so let's deal with those two bad boys right now and look at how to begin investing in yourself for awesome success.

Why University Campuses are Key Enablers of Europe's Future Prosperity

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dirk Jan van den Berg

The quality of European universities and their campuses not only affects policy agendas of education, research and innovation. It also affects Europe's position in the global competition for the best students and professors (the global 'battle for brains'), and the wider competitive advantage, productivity, profitability and sustainable development of Europe.

Annuities Are Expensive - Do You Need Them?

Lars Kroijer | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK
Lars Kroijer

As evidenced by the IRR on the annuity the return profile is extremely low risk/return and that may not suit your risk profile - if you can afford greater risk in pursuit of greater returns in your portfolio an annuity may lock you in to lower return expectations for decades ahead.

Will Austerity Really Reduce the Government Deficit?

John Mills | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

In 2013, the government deficit, according to the latest available Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures, was £92.9billion, which was 5.8% of GDP. All our major political parties are fixated on getting this deficit down by cutting expenditure and raising taxes. But should they be quite so determined to do so? Is austerity really the best way to cut the deficit?

Britain Needs to Invest In Itself

John Mills | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

When all things are taken into account, the UK is investing almost nothing in its economic future. The Coalition government may have conjured some temporary growth, but this will disappear without much more new investment and if we want to avoid long-term decline we need to act right now. The hard fact is that productivity growth in the UK has ground to a halt and there's a very simple reason for this: the UK, for the first time since the start of the Industrial Revolution, has virtually stopped investing in the type of economic activities which are capable of delivering increases in output per head of the population.

Cheap Advice Is Always the Most Expensive

Reuben Singh | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK
Reuben Singh

In my experience, the first rule of business is to pay your lawyers, accountants and all your professional advisers well. Always pay well for the best advice because it ends up being cheaper in the long run.

How to Get Rich Dealing Modern Art and Vintage Furniture

Jeff Salmon | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Salmon

If you have some collateral, that doesn't mean you shouldn't invest. And I may have a solution for you - dealing in modern art and vintage late twentieth-century furniture. You may think this is the reserve of the posh and rich. But, as a one-time working-class lad from East London, I can tell you it absolutely is not.

Why Banks Can't Provide Finance for Start-Ups

Paul Lees | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK
Paul Lees

The most common route to funding in the UK is retail bank loans. Banks lend money with low interest rates to individuals, rather than to companies. This is helpful when starting a business, as it means there is a low level of repayments; however there is often a high level of personal risk.

My Experience in Raising Finance

Reuben Singh | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK
Reuben Singh

From the age of 17, when I launched my business, till today I have probably been involved in 10 or 12 different fundraising situations. Most of these have been for different deals and some of them for the same venture.

Free Money isn't too Good to be True

Adam Hamdy | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK
Adam Hamdy

Businesses in the rest of the country should get in touch with their county council and find out what schemes are in place to support and foster growth. There is free business support and money out there, and usually all it takes is a bit of time and paperwork to get it.

DIY Your Way Out of Pension Confusion

Huw Evans | Posted 09.09.2014 | 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 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.

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

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 07.09.2014 | 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 02.09.2014 | 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 30.08.2014 | 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.