UK Trade

What Does the Future Hold for the UK Economy?

John Mills | Posted 12.11.2014 | 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.

The Case for a More Competitive Pound

John Mills | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

It is very widely believed that lowering the value of the pound must increase inflation. Monetarists have always claimed that any gains in competitiveness from a lower currency must be offset by rapid price increases. But what might seem obvious needs to be checked against the economic statistics - and they tell a very different story.

Britain Has Lost a Vision and Is Yet to Find a Role

Peter Wilding | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Wilding

The leadership black-hole is the real story of this year. The Union was nearly lost because the Westminster elites failed to articulate a convincing, positive vision of why the Scots should back the UK...

Cable Mocks Ukip For Opposing Controversial US-EU Trade Deal

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Politics

Vince Cable has hit out at Ukip for opposing a controversial EU-US trade deal that the party fears would lead to "widespread privatisation" of the NHS...

Food, Spies & Sanctions

Craig Todd | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Craig Todd

Why a food ban? Quite simply, it will hurt the EU nations, and far more severely than any sanction that has been imposed on Russia by the EU so far... little notice has been paid to Edward Snowden, the whistle-blower and current rector of Glasgow University, who has been granted a 3 year stay in Russia, and will not be extradited back to America.

How Can the UK Get Its Exchange Rate Down?

John Mills | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

In the UK we have real difficulty in facing up to having, arguably, the most overvalued currency in the world. We need to get our exchange rate down or we'll never secure sustainable long-term growth. But how does a government make this happen?

Ruling Out an Offshore Airport Would Be a Mistake

Adam Afriyie | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Afriyie

We want to see the UK close its goods trade deficit from a worrying £9bn; we want to see British businesses shipping UK products all around the world, from Cambodia to Canada; and we want to see these exporting companies creating jobs and wealth. If we want to realise this ambition, we will need at least three, possibly five, extra runways over the next few decades.

Five Key Takeaways on Russia's Relations With the West

Ruth Green | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Politics
Ruth Green

After months of fraught relations between Russia and the West which have seen a flurry of tit-for-tat sanctions triggered by the growing unrest in Ukraine, the final straw seemed to come with the suspected downing on 17 July of flight MH17 over Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists.

The Political Cost of Economic Mismanagement

John Mills | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

The extent to which the UK and most of the rest of the Western world are currently mismanaging our economies clearly has a huge financial cost. In the longer term, however, the political cost will be even greater than the economic price - unless we see radical changes in policy. The failure of the West to deliver a reasonable economic performance - combined with the related problem of widespread inability to get difficult decisions taken - has led an increasingly large number of people across the world to consider whether more authoritarian of running modern diversified economies might work better than those based on liberal democracy.

Asa Bennett

Ten Damning Facts On Osborne's Failure To Get Britain Exporting

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron used a trip to Liverpool on Monday to boast about the coalition's commitment to get British businesses exporting as part of the planned ...

Landmark European Elections Deliver Political Earthquake

Andrew Hammond | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Hammond

Voters from the 28 member nations of the European Union delivered an election earthquake on May 25. Results show major gains in the European Parliament for anti-integration, Euroskeptic parties which span the ideological spectrum from the extreme-right National Front which won the ballot in France, to the far-left Syriza Party which came first in Greece.

EU Exit Talk Is 'Anti-Jobs And Anti-Business', Warns Balls

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics

Ed Balls has warned that "even talking" of Britain leaving the European Union is "anti-jobs and anti-business" as it would create "huge uncertainty" f...

Business Chief Says UK Recovery Needs 'Economically Literate' Politicians

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics

Politicians need to be more business orientated and "economically literate" if the UK is to achieve sustainable economic growth, according to an indus...

Cable: UK Doomed To Be 'Bit Part Player' Unless Firms Boost Exports

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics

Firms are being urged to export more goods to help the UK achieve a sustainable economic recovery and stop the country becoming a "bit part player". ...

'Labour And Business Can Work Together'

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics

Business and government must work together to win back public trust as part of the drive to boost the economy and improve living standards, according ...

Business Agrees With Nick on the EU: It's About Jobs, Jobs and Jobs

Giles Goodall | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Politics
Giles Goodall

As we draw closer to the European elections on 22 May, more and more business leaders are speaking out in favour of Britain's membership of the European Union. Not a day seems to go by without another major employer warning of the risks for Britain's jobs and economy of a potential EU exit.

How Cross-Border Trade Is Empowering Women and Fostering Peace in DRC

Maria Lange | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Politics
Maria Lange

Through a collection of photographs and interviews, Crossings: The journey to peace challenges predominant narratives about eastern DRC, which focus on 'conflict trade' and 'rape' above broader lived experiences.

There's a Progressive Case for an EU-US Trade Deal - Let's Start Making It

John Healey | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Politics
John Healey

TTIP could be a global economic gamechanger - bringing more jobs, higher wages and setting global standards for a generation. I want to see progressives follow in the footsteps of Hardie, Attlee and Roosevelt by leading the case for trade that is both free and fair.

Britain Only Loses Outside the EU

Catherine Bearder | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Politics
Catherine Bearder

We've now had it confirmed. Not only do many of Britain's business chiefs, Barack Obama and other world leaders think Britain would lose out if we left the EU, so too does the head of the World Trade Organisation, Roberto Azevêdo...

Exporting for Success

John Longworth | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
John Longworth

Things are looking up. Last quarter's 0.7% GDP growth places Britain among the fastest recovering advanced economies in the world... But translating improving economic indicators into strong, sustained growth will require a significant rebalancing of our economy towards exports.

Guess How Much You Paid For Boris Johnson's Trip To China?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has come under fire after City Hall revealed that his Mayoral trade visit to China cost £65,000, in response to a Freedom of Informatio...

'Strict Visa Controls Are Hampering Trade'

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

The Government's efforts to boost trade are being hampered by Britain's strict visa controls which are deterring some overseas businesses from dealing...

Let's Remove Barriers to Trade Outside the EU

Syed Kamall | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Politics
Syed Kamall

Most of us like the idea of a Single European Market. For some it is the best reason and, for others, the only reason for the UK to remain a member of the European Union. But in recent years we have ended up with reams of legislation, introduced in the name of the Single Market, but which run totally counter to the purpose of British membership...

My 2014 Economic Briefing

Tony Dolphin | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Politics
Tony Dolphin

In his March 2011 Budget, George Osborne promised a 'march of the makers': an economic recovery led by manufacturing industry boosting exports and investment spending. But companies have been reluctant to oblige, and as we look forward to 2014, a recovery built on this solid foundation seems increasingly unlikely.

When Will the UK Do More Than Whisper for Justice for the Palestinians?

Luke Massey | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Politics
Luke Massey

While the world mourns the death of Nelson Mandela, who galvanised an international movement against the barbarism of racism and oppression, there has never been a more acute time to heed his words: 'We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.'