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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...