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25 February 2015

UK Alternative Finance. High growth, and of the moment

By Mark James The UK Alternative Finance (AltFi) sector is gathering momentum. £1.74bn was originated last year: nearly three times the level of the previous year. The combination of innovative technology platforms, entrepreneurial management and swift decision making on loan approvals has made these platforms attractive to borrowers and investors...

11 February 2015

A new kind of integrated transport: why do we need to look at things differently?

By Coolin Desai Here are some facts to mull over the next time your tube train gets delayed by remedial engineering work. By 2050, London's population will have leapt by more than a third to over 11 million – meaning its underground and rail services need to expand by 60%...

05 February 2015

Shiny buckles, swords and cyber security - are you protected?

By William Rimington Security is front of mind for all sorts of unpleasant reasons so far in 2015. Whether its Europe, Africa or the Middle East there is a tangible focus on battling adversaries across established geopolitical boundaries. Collaboration is key for the security forces and awareness and preparedness is...

21 January 2015

Housing our talent: the real deal

By Keith Mansfield We get rather used to London being top, or near the top in various reports and analyses that both we – and our competitors – regularly publish. So it’s a bit of a shock to the system when that doesn’t happen. But surprises – even negative ones...

09 January 2015

View from the Thames... we should look a little wider

By Craig Skelton Since 2008, businesses have been treading a very careful line when it comes to acquisition, growth, development, and understandably so. But now is the time to look above the parapet. You have held your nerve for long enough, now is the time to look a little wider,...

22 December 2014

A Fairytale of London

By David Snell "They've got cars big as bars They've got rivers of gold But the wind goes right through you It's no place for the old." Some of the perhaps more repeatable lyrics from the Pogues Christmas song...referring to New York of course and not London, and while some...

19 December 2014

Working capital in the capital

By Glen Babcock Our latest analysis of the working capital opportunities across the UK regions and across different sectors show where there are real chances for companies to free up cash for growth and the results, from a London perspective, are a little sobering. Northern Ireland, the Midlands and Wales...

10 December 2014

PLC Awards: The race to nominate has started

By David Snell When Lewis Hamilton was crowned Formula 1 world champion last month his euphoria was almost tangible, even if you weren't lucky enough to be watching his winning race live in Abu Dhabi. "I was just so elated," he said afterwards. "It has been a long, long time...

03 December 2014

Building Public Trust Awards: celebrating the winners

On Tuesday 2 December we held our 12th annual Building Public Trust award lunch to announce the winners in five Building Public Trust award categories: Corporate Governance, Executive Remuneration, People, Sustainability, and Tax. Speaking at the event our Chairman, Ian Powell, said: “These awards recognise the achievement of organisations that...

01 December 2014

Rethinking the regions

By Ruby Parmar When you live or work in London it’s sometimes easy to imagine the capital is the be-all-and-end-all of the UK economy, but I want to challenge that and make the economic case for the regions. There are some entrenched ideas that start way before people enter the...

27 November 2014

Santa and the cyber men…is anyone safe?

By Craig Skelton About this time last year I wrote a blog about the threat of cybercrime on retailers (Putting it all on black). Particularly the damage that could be caused in taking down a website at crucial times such as Black Friday, Red Monday and indeed Christmas. So have...

19 November 2014

And the winners are...

By Brian Henderson The great and the good of the UK technology industry descended on the Westminster Park Plaza on Wednesday 12 November to celebrate the UK tech awards 2014. The awards have gone from strength to strength, and this year saw a packed audience of around 700 in attendance....

13 November 2014

Everything in its right place

By David Snell Did anyone watch that edge-of-your-seat footage on the news last week showing US tightrope walker Nik Wallenda successfully completing back-to-back high-wire walks above the city of Chicago? Without a safety net or a harness - but presumably with nerves of Kryptonite - he first walked a steep...

23 October 2014

I know what I like...

By David Snell It's not easy being a Coventry City supporter at the moment, I'll be honest. On Tuesday we suffered our sixth defeat in seven games, against Oldham, having also been thumped at the weekend by league leaders Bristol City. As I await Saturday's game against Peterborough with a...

20 October 2014

Keeping a roof over the heads of London's top talent

By Keith Mansfield With London consistently coming out top in reports and surveys about the best place in the world to live and work, it would be a shame if such a world-beating city, with hundreds of thousands of talented professionals, lost some of that talent due to the fact...

15 October 2014

Family Business Survey 2014 - New technology and the family firm: Are we seeing a new digital divide?

By Sian Steele In this year’s 17th Annual Global CEO survey, 81% of those questioned cited technological advances as one of the top three global trends most likely to transform their business over the next five years. According to our 2014 Family Business Survey, that figure is almost exactly the...

06 October 2014

AIMing high

By David Snell As we look ahead to celebrating the annual AIM Awards on Thursday this week, I'm reflecting on 2014 which so far is already shaping up to be quite a year on a number of fronts... We’ve already seen a number of great sporting events, including the World...

19 September 2014

Glastonbury in Hong Kong? Not quite...

By David Snell When you think 'festival' you probably envisage fields full of tents, unkempt twentysomethings high on, well, let's say life, the odd (thousand) empty beer bottle(s) and sanitary conditions that would give a health and safety inspector nightmares. Think again. Many of you will know about our involvement...

02 September 2014

Predicting the future with certainty - a guide to IPO activity

By David Snell Much has been made recently of the return of the Initial Public Offering (IPO). London’s very own Stock Exchange recently reported a 16% increase in its income, hailing a resurgence in the IPO market. Our recent IPO watch report also reported “continued vigour in the European IPO...

18 July 2014

Thunderbolts and lightning….

By David Snell The so-called 'bedroom tax', introduced last year has hit the headlines again this week, with a report from the Department for Work and Pensions on its impact to date. While the number of people having their housing benefit reduced due to spare capacity appears to continue to...