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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...