In Print: The Golden Triangle of the North

Why the North West’s science and technology communities are getting bullish in a bid to take on the south. When innovators step foot on British soil all signs should point North. That’s the challenge being put forward by the North West’s science and tech companies in a bid to shine a light on the region’s own trinity. The lure of the South’s ‘Golden Triangle’ as … Continue reading In Print: The Golden Triangle of the North

ADVENTURE ISN’T OUT THERE:   Why the furore over zip wiring across the Lake District is emblematic of the challenges faced by rural economies.

An outpouring of outrage greeted plans to install a set of aerial zip wires across the Lake District’s Thirlmere Reservoir – with a planning application for the £1.8m facility last week pulled at the eleventh hour. Yet, more than just a planning battle over a Cumbrian beauty spot … the case of Treetop Trek is a posterchild of the challenges facing rural economies.  It’s one … Continue reading ADVENTURE ISN’T OUT THERE:   Why the furore over zip wiring across the Lake District is emblematic of the challenges faced by rural economies.

Corbyn takes aim at the City

Jeremy Corbyn issued a warning to the UK financial sector yesterday, by pledging that he would “stand up to bankers” and set out his plans to rebalance the economy in favour of jobs and industry. In a speech delivered to the EEF National Manufacturing Conference, Corbyn declared that the dominance of deregulated finance over the UK economy was “destructive” and called for a fundamental rethink … Continue reading Corbyn takes aim at the City

Event round-up: The View from the Bridge January 2018

Our latest View from the Bridge saw three expert speakers sharing what they think is going to happen in 2018. Is it going to be, ‘the year of living dangerously,’ or is that too pessimistic? Gina Miller (transparency campaigner and thorn-in-the-side of the government on Brexit), Anne McElvoy (Senior Editor at the Economist) and George Buckley (Chief UK Economist at Nomura) ‎took up the challenge. … Continue reading Event round-up: The View from the Bridge January 2018

Betting the House on the Budget

The last few days before what has been dubbed the ‘make or break’ Budget have not played out as Philip Hammond would have hoped. What the Chancellor would probably describe as a selective misinterpretation of his remarks on unemployment on Sunday’s Andrew Marr show have fed into the long-running media narrative that he is fighting for his job. There was a broadside from the Prime … Continue reading Betting the House on the Budget

Has the Conservative Government slammed the door on Foreign Investment?

The UK Government has today announced proposals to strengthen scrutiny of foreign investments in the UK.  It proposes to lower the value at which Ministers can intervene and scrutinise mergers and foreign investments. The Green Paper is the result of the Government’s review of the Enterprise Act 2002 and its powers in relation to foreign investment and national security. Short Term In the short term, … Continue reading Has the Conservative Government slammed the door on Foreign Investment?

The European Single Market is a Myth

by Simon Gentry, Head of Public Affairs I moved to Brussels in August 1990.  Everyone in the European Commission spoke French then.  The EU only had 12 member states.  Germany was just re-unifying. And the EC – as it was then – had just begun the great, visionary ‘1992’ project, intended to create a pan-Community, single market.  It was a bold and inspiring vision, a … Continue reading The European Single Market is a Myth

The Art Of The Deal: How Not To Negotiate Brexit

This blog originally appeared on the Huffington Post. In recent weeks the British media has been full of stories about how we need to be ready for a ‘no deal’ Brexit. With the talks stuttering along, at best, one senior Conservative politician after another has emerged to intone solemnly on the subject and prepare us all for the worst. On the one hand this seems like a … Continue reading The Art Of The Deal: How Not To Negotiate Brexit

Never mind Brexit, be inspired

by Bob Huxford A team  from Newgate attended the 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain event at the London Stock Exchange yesterday. Interestingly, the speakers at the event were full of optimism for UK business and the opportunities for growth. One significant positive on which the panel, consisting of representatives from HSBC, Cenkos, Business Growth Fund and The Telegraph, were all in agreement, was that availability … Continue reading Never mind Brexit, be inspired

Don’t look down: lessons in optimism from Houston’s Offshore Technology Conference

From Louise Nicolson in Houston, Texas This week, new survey results from website Energy Voice revealed confidence in oil price recovery remains fragile but investment in tech is key to the future of the industry. Delegates at the largest oil show in the world, Houston’s Offshore Technology Conference, discussed the findings over a breakfast of sausage and biscuits.  The leaders of service companies and E&P … Continue reading Don’t look down: lessons in optimism from Houston’s Offshore Technology Conference