Marc Sidwell is Managing Editor for City A.M. and the author with Anthony O'Hear of The School of Freedom (Imprint Academic, 2009).
Thursday 17 April 2014
BELEAGUERED Tesco boss Philip Clarke has declared he isn’t going anywhere. Unfortunately, on his watch, neither is the nation’s favourite supermarket.
Monday 14 April 2014
IT’S a welcome reminder of Britain’s world-class commercial creativity. Two firms whose brands we might think of only as local icons, House of Fraser and Cath Kidston, are attracting fierce interest from Asian buyers.
Thursday 10 April 2014
A CULTURE secretary from the Treasury – it is what John Maynard Keynes, the founder of the Arts Council, would have wanted.
Thursday 10 April 2014
WHO’D be a car insurer? With regulators lining up to tell the sector what to do and technology busily disrupting established business models, firms like Direct Line, Admiral and Esure are enjoying a rough ride.
Thursday 03 April 2014
I HAVE never seen anything like it. Nick Clegg’s trouncing in a televised debate with Ukip leader Nigel Farage this week was spectacular.
Thursday 27 March 2014
THE 1960s was a decade of explosive change, but the most important revolution wasn’t sexual: it was green. While Western intellectuals looked the other way, lost to well-meaning doom-mongering, one visionary saved a billion lives.
Thursday 27 March 2014
NOTHING suggests the triumph of image over substance like sending giant, candy-coloured cartoon figures to stand behind your executives for a New York Stock Exchange debut.
Thursday 20 March 2014
FAREWELL to the pound coin’s familiar golden nugget design. Here comes the dough-decagon in its stead. The new 12-sided quid, modelled after the old threepenny bit, got plenty of attention this week.
Monday 17 March 2014
OH YES, it’s back on again. A slightly higher price has secured this Spanish asset for Vodafone, handily expanding its offerings in the Iberian peninsula.
Thursday 13 March 2014
SEVENTEEN years ago this week, a stake-wielding schoolgirl redefined the possibilities of popular entertainment.
Friday 07 March 2014
IT WAS the tweet heard round the web. The selfie Ellen DeGeneres took during the Oscars became an internet sensation. First, it garnered the most retweets ever: as I write, Twitter reports 3.3m users have recommended it in this way.
Thursday 06 March 2014
THIS was never going to be pretty. Standard Chartered’s shares have trended down since March last year.
Monday 03 March 2014
IT’S NOT just about the Crimea. Attention has naturally turned to Russia’s immediate strategic interest in Sevastopol. But the assumption that this marks the limit of Vladimir Putin’s ambition is a dangerous miscalculation.
Thursday 27 February 2014
YOU DON’T know what it’s like out there. I’ve worked in the private sector. They expect results!” Harold Ramis, the writer of the endlessly quotable Ghostbusters, died this week.
Friday 21 February 2014
THE LEGO renaissance is one of the great business stories of our time. A decade ago the Danish firm was on the brink of bankruptcy. It is all different now. Last autumn it overtook Hasbro to become the second-biggest toymaker in the world.
Monday 17 February 2014
BOOHOO.COM’s founders look set to be crying tears of joy this March when the retailer, which specialises in catering to fashionistas, floats on the London stock exchange.
Friday 07 February 2014
AS FACEBOOK turns ten, and with Bill Gates stepping down as Microsoft chairman, it feels like something is drawing to an end. But if so, it is only the end of the technological revolution’s beginning.
Monday 03 February 2014
WHAT is a bookshop for? Waterstones boss James Daunt is staunching the bleeding, as shown by the slowing rate of losses in the latest results. But to cure the patient, he needs an answer to that question. It’s harder than it seems.
Friday 31 January 2014
I FOR one don’t welcome our new robot overlords. Don’t get me wrong – I’m all in favour of the liberating potential of new technology.
Thursday 30 January 2014
LONG live the new king. Sainsbury’s emphasis is firmly on continuity as it announces its new boss.
Friday 24 January 2014
THE LACK of competition among Britain’s retail banks is under the microscope. Yet an important part of the solution is not getting enough attention.
Wednesday 22 January 2014
IT DOESN’T look bullish for UK waistlines that Unilever, the world’s biggest ice cream maker, just recorded its twenty-fifth successive quarter of UK growth.
Monday 20 January 2014
THE HIRING of advisers by Just-Eat sounds like good news for Joanna Shields.
Friday 17 January 2014
FREEDOM isn’t just a rallying call, it is a practical way to transform the world for the better. Letting people make their own choices scorns the arrogance of narrow elites, preferring instead the riches found in every individual’s contribution.
Thursday 16 January 2014
THAT’S not the way to do it. Punch Taverns was well aware of the problem some of its lenders had with its restructuring plan as set out in December last year.