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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...