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In the same way that it could take many months to place the over-arching consequences of Brexit in any meaningful context, so we'll have to wait awhile for any sensible analysis of how the Referendum 'Leave' vote will impact on UK business.
11/07/2016 15:35 BST
I make the distinction here between 'consumer' and 'business' debt. Yes, they're different, but some of the effects of catastrophic corporate failure can have a similar impact on the personal lives of those caught up in a business collapse.
14/10/2014 10:52 BST
08/09/2014 11:05 BST
To mere mortals, 'debt' is a four-letter word - something to be eschewed on pain of the workhouse or some equally grizzly fate. There's a whole industry in the UK that focuses on debt collection - lawyers, bailiffs and professional debt collectors who go by a number of rather fanciful <em>'noms de guerre'</em>.
03/04/2014 14:46 BST
It's been 20 years since I worked for the Co-Op. Or, to be more precise, the Co-Operative Wholesale Society (CWS). It was gratifying over those years to see the metamorphosis of the business from being a rather quaint, historic organisation that championed 'caring, sharing' co-operative values into a dynamic multi-faceted force on the High Street
24/03/2014 11:09 GMT
It's been said many times: there's a fortune to be made in business - if only you can spot the opportunity. Spotting it early is the key. That's why inventors stand a good chance of getting rich.
21/03/2013 16:05 GMT
05/03/2013 16:33 GMT
There can be no denying, for instance, that many thousands of ordinary UK citizens had their noses well and truly in the trough of 'easy credit' for much of the noughties.
06/02/2013 18:14 GMT
The issue of whether marketing professionals should work with clients in controversial areas of business is certainly not new. Alcohol, tobacco, gambling and pornography have fitted the 'usual suspects' bill for long enough.
06/09/2012 10:32 BST
Such is the confidence of the new lenders, however, some are now moving into the mortgage market and lending to small businesses whose access to finance has been blocked in equal measure. Some would argue that opening up the market in this way is a good thing, but there's always the danger that desperate people will be seriously exploited.
04/09/2012 14:19 BST
If you watch daytime TV, you'll know all about Payday Loans from the deluge of advertisements that target what - it must be assumed - is a vulnerable yet receptive segment of the UK population.
23/08/2012 09:29 BST
Big increases in tuition fees have reportedly deterred many would-be students from applying for a university place. This is a tragedy at both a national and personal level because it takes a short-term view of the value of higher education.
20/08/2012 14:38 BST