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Article 50: all aboard the Brexit train

9 months ago the British people bought a train ticket to leave the EU.  Today we boarded the train and begin to pull out of the station. ...

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Brexit biting in tech?

The Tech London Advocates research confirms what we already knew - that London's tech ecosystem is highly dependent on talent born...

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Is there a storm of investment coming into UK Healthtech?

Its clear to me that the greatest opportunities for investment into tech is where there is a confluence of tech, government and...

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Election Pledges 'NIC' Hammond's Heels

So less than a week (by 30 minutes) after a Budget which saw a modest increase in the National Insurance Contributions to be paid by the...

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Scotland gets to vote on Brexit deal? What does plan for 2nd indie referendum mean for business?

Today Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister Scotland, announced that she would seek a second referendum on Scottish independence.  She is...

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Brexit: Business will take decisions before the politicians

This week AIG announced that it will set up a new base in Luxembourg to service EU insurance business after Brexit.  It should be noted...

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Paying beak service to supporting UK tech?

How far does £270m go in the world of high end tech development? Not very far at all. Whilst well-intended, this really is a headline...

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The Chancellor's Shipping Forecast

If today's Budget was a shipping forecast of the UK economy and fiscal environment, here is what it might have said: “Scattered showers....

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Tax Rises Shock in Budget

So, what do I know that others don't? Well, not that much but picking up on this headline from the @telebusiness there is a suggestion...

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GDP and GVA is not the only way to measure growth

Very much agree. Our #vibranteconomyindex takes into account the different elements required to make an economy vibrant. 

The Index...

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Keeping the tech sector bouncing along

Recent large scale announcements about new European HQs and investment from Tech's big cats, mask the underlying concerns of the UK's...

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Trust in business: a key economic indicator

In this week's Budget we may hear a lot about productivity and innovation.  There is an historic productivity gap in the UK (and UK...

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Spring Budget 2017: revenue or reform?

Lord Nick Macpherson, the former permanent secretary at the Treasury, wrote eloquently in the FT last week about the realities of...

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A final plea on Business Rates misses the bigger issue

So many are still arguing that the changes to business rates, due to take effect next month, should be softened or even suspended.

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Another Use of Hypothecation? Or Just Raising Taxes?

If press reports this morning are to be believed it is likely that taxes will rise at this week’s Budget. Essentially, we have a...

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The Gig Economy & Changing Patterns of Work

The government is keen to understand how changing work patters impact everyday life and rights previously enjoyed by those in employment....

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Looking forward to Wednesday...

it is absolutely vital that this week's Budget, against a backcloth of very high debt and an existing deficit that seems to go on and on,...

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The end of the pier approaches

When CIPFA and IOG combine to give such a bleak prospectus, it really is time for the Government to listen. The Government have been...

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