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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...

07 July 2014

And now for something completely different...

By David Snell The epic Wimbledon final between Djokovic and Federer yesterday reminds me to some extent of the state of the AIM market at the moment: never a dull moment and not for the faint hearted. Similar in fact to watching Monty Python live as I did last week!...

04 July 2014

The stuff around us

By Keith Mansfield Like almost every Londoner, I’m guilty of complaining about trains and the Tube from time to time – we’re allowed to, it’s a national pastime. But it’s easy to forget just how much it takes to keep London running (relatively) smoothly every day – not just in...

02 July 2014

Heaven knows I’m miserable now

By David Snell You probably don’t recognise the name Mungo Strachan, but this 23-year old from Scotland made the headlines a couple of weeks ago when he decided to strip off on the tube, having become uncomfortable with the heated conditions on his morning and afternoon commute. Apparently he hoped...

18 June 2014

Metropolis

By David Snell Did you know that in the few short minutes it will take you to read this blog there will be 125 people born in China and India? The relentless pace of population growth in those countries means that every single day they add 60,000 people. That’s one...

04 June 2014

Everything in the garden isn't rosy

By David Snell "I am struck by how sharing our weakness and difficulties is more nourishing to others than sharing our qualities and successes." So said Canadian philosopher turned theologian and humanitarian Jean Vanier. This can be put another and perhaps more succinct way, "We hate it when our friends...

19 May 2014

It's official - London is the best city in the world!

I’ve never quite understood why we use the term ‘blowing your own trumpet’ as an analogy for acting in a boastful, self-promoting manner – I mean, if you nick someone else’s trumpet do you immediately become self-deprecating? But anyway, I’m about to do just that, or at the very least...

15 May 2014

Standing out from the crowd

One of the stand-out statistics (for me, at least) of our study on the five ‘megatrends’ that are shaping our future is that 50% of the world’s population live in cities, compared with just 2% in 1800. Sitting on the Central Line during rush hour, it’s a statistic that’s all...

13 May 2014

Adapt and prosper

It seems that even the un-seasonally cold and wet London weather cannot dampen the mood of businesses in the capital. The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (LCCI) latest survey showed that London businesses are feeling more confident about the future than ever before. 66% of those taking part said...

30 April 2014

The big sleep

By David Snell Last week I mentioned the marathon in this blog – many thousands of committed athletes pounding the streets of London for charity, for fun, for glory. But if any of us were under any illusion that we’re surrounded by health conscious, fitness mad bundles of energy whilst...

23 April 2014

IPOs - a marathon not a sprint

Recently, on a gloriously sunny day in London, double Olympic champion Mo Farah came eighth in his first ever competitive marathon. And while ‘ordinary’ runners, including the many fantastic PwC employees who took part in the race, probably couldn’t imagine completing the course in a mere 2 hours, 8 minutes...

16 April 2014

Bridging the family business generation gap

80% of the next generation of family business leaders have big ideas for change and growth 88% say they have to work harder than others to ‘prove themselves’ and 59% say gaining the respect of their co-workers is biggest challenge report identifies three gaps to bridge for family businesses: generation,...

18 March 2014

The casual dining market

By David Trunkfield and Eleanor Scott The casual dining space is an attractive sector for investment with a number of potential deals coming up in the next year. The market outlook is good and there is potential for a roll-out of a range of branded operators. The long-term sector fundamentals...

07 March 2014

A night to remember at the 2013 PLC Awards

By David Snell I had the pleasure of presenting at the PLC awards on 6 March 2014 where we celebrated the very best of the small and mid-cap business sector.The awards were presented by Mishal Husain, with Andy Parsons providing the after dinner entertainment. For those of you there, you...

12 February 2014

Pick of PLCs

By David Snell The strength of businesses across the UK quoted companies sector outside the FTSE 100 and AIM has been recognised in the nominations for the PLC Awards 2013. This year’s short-list sees London based businesses BTG Plc, Berendsen, IP Group, Petra Diamonds, Ted Baker and Restaurant Group vying...