UK Industrial Strategy: Has the Government gone back to picking winners?

Yesterday, Theresa May launched the Government’s long-awaited Industrial Strategy Green Paper, which set out a new ‘active role’ for Government in its approach towards business and presented a series of policy measures designed to “build on Britain’s strategic strengths and tackle our underlying weaknesses.” As part of this Green Paper, the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has set out a ten ‘strategic … Continue reading UK Industrial Strategy: Has the Government gone back to picking winners?

Theresa May sets out her Brexit stall

Having been rather coy so far about the Brexit deal she will be aiming for, Theresa May finally lifted the veil today. She did not reveal all the details of her negotiating position ahead of the formal triggering of article 50 in two months’ time — nor should she – as that would merely have compromised her negotiating strategy. But after her big set piece … Continue reading Theresa May sets out her Brexit stall

2017: The Year Of… Who Knows?

The blog below, written by Newgate CEO Gavin Devine, was originally published on HuffPost Politics. And so another year ends and a new one begins. And the beginning of January has brought the usual crop of ‘forward looks’ for the year. So I thought I’d follow suit, although hopefully with a new twist: I am pretty much abandoning the predictions game. As the recent rash … Continue reading 2017: The Year Of… Who Knows?

Cake-gate

How life imitates art. The row about the handwritten note by a ministerial aid saying Britain could “Have its cake and eat it” in Brexit negotiations is straight out of Armando Iannucci’s brilliant satire on political spin The Thick Of It. For those who have missed this “must see television”, in the final series the potty-mouthed government spin doctor Malcolm Tucker is finally brought down … Continue reading Cake-gate

Has Brexit put the Chancellor in a Jam?

On 23rd November 2016, the Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first Autumn Statement to the House of Commons in which he declared he would prepare the UK economy to be resilient as we exit the EU. This represents the first financial statement from the Government since the EU Referendum and was set against the backdrop of gloomy news from the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) … Continue reading Has Brexit put the Chancellor in a Jam?

Previewing the Autumn Statement with Charlotte Black

In anticipation of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Newgate has asked a panel of experts what they hope to hear from Philip Hammond. Charlotte Black, Independent Public Affairs Consultant and Former Head of Corporate Affairs at Brewin Dolphin Maintaining business and market confidence is the essential challenge for Chancellor Philip Hammond. Bespoke deals of the sort announced last month for Nissan should be avoided. I would caution … Continue reading Previewing the Autumn Statement with Charlotte Black

Previewing the Autumn Statement with Chuka Umunna MP

In anticipation of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Newgate has asked a panel of experts what they hope to hear from Philip Hammond. Chuka Umunna MP, Former Shadow Business Secretary The fact that the Chancellor has indicated that he will move off this predecessor’s inflexible fiscal target provides him with some flexibility to make prudent and smart investments, beyond simply allowing the automatic stabilisers to kick in in … Continue reading Previewing the Autumn Statement with Chuka Umunna MP

Previewing the Autumn Statement with Dr. Colin Lawrence

In anticipation of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Newgate has asked a panel of experts what they hope to hear from Philip Hammond. Dr. Colin Lawrence Head of Strategy & Research, Parker Fitzgerald The Chancellor had previously signalled that there will be a loosening of fiscal policy in order to build infrastructure, raise productivity and rebalance the economy. But this priority has shifted radically over the … Continue reading Previewing the Autumn Statement with Dr. Colin Lawrence

Previewing the Autumn Statement with David Buik

In anticipation of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Newgate has asked a panel of experts what they hope to hear from Philip Hammond. David Buik, Market Commentator at Panmure Gordon This past year has been the most momentous one, politically, since 1961 when Nikita Khrushchev threatened the US with nuclear war and before that it was probably 1945 when the UK electorate hoofed Churchill ignominiously in … Continue reading Previewing the Autumn Statement with David Buik

Previewing the Autumn Statement with Graeme Littlejohn

In anticipation of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Newgate has asked a panel of experts what they hope to hear from Philip Hammond. Head of External Affairs, Scotch Whisky Association The Chancellor’s first Autumn Statement may well be his last… in order to facilitate a shift back to a more traditional ‘Pre-Budget Report’. Under George Osborne, Autumn Statements became increasingly like a mini-Budget, with tax changes … Continue reading Previewing the Autumn Statement with Graeme Littlejohn