Marc Sidwell is Managing Editor for City A.M. and the author with Anthony O'Hear of The School of Freedom (Imprint Academic, 2009).
I WROTE at the end of November that the rise of the selfie marked the death of the audience and the rise of an age committed to universal self-expression and performance. This week, even world leaders have been joining in.
IS THE smartphone boom tailing off? Imagination Technologies’ acknowledgement of lower (but still strong) growth rates in the smartphone market might seem worrying. Mobiles and tablets have seen exponential growth since 2009.
IF YOU need reminding of the grocery sector’s continuing ambition, all you have to do is step outside your office to the nearest supermarket convenience store.
ONE OF my earliest memories is of a primary teacher encouraging my class to pray every day for the release of Nelson Mandela.
AHEAD of today’s Autumn Statement, George Osborne got an implicit rebuke over his repeated enthusiasm for raising the banking levy in Standard Chartered’s profit warning yesterday. The bank noted “a significant increase in the UK bank levy”.
THOMAS Cook has come a long way in a year, but the travel firm’s new Let’s Go! slogan is still the watchword.
HOW DO you regulate the future? We live in an age of miraculous, disruptive technologies, yet one of its great challenges is how to keep the lumbering process of regulation from putting the brakes on human inventiveness.
THE possibility of a tie-up between FTSE 100 stalwart Babcock and helicopter transport specialist Avincis is continuing proof of the scale of Babcock’s ambition.
MY SMARTPHONE has a feature I can’t ever imagine using – it promises to insert my live picture into any snapshot I take by turning on both front and rearfacing cameras at once. But I’m clearly behind the times.
WHO SAYS the sky has to be the limit? Britain’s space industry has ambitions to become a global leader. The sector’s new growth plan, announced this week, includes establishing a British spaceport within five years.
WHEN you move, fall like a thunderbolt.” BT’s new chief executive Gavin Patterson has clearly been reading his Sun Tzu.
A NEW kind of presidential run may have just got underway in America. With Hillary Clinton the likely Democrat nominee in 2016, the Republicans are in desperate need of a challenger who can stand up against her campaigning heft.
HERE’S a Halloween horror story for you. One of America’s top experts on disease control has just announced that we are now in the post-antibiotic era.
ANTONY Jenkins says Barclays’ latest results show the benefits of its diversity as a group. But that’s what you’d expect a chief executive to say who was brought in to buff up the bank’s post-Libor reputation.
THE TRIUMPHANT transformation of Canary Wharf is an object lesson in the power of visionary funders, able to see the long-term potential in neglected sites.
THERE’S something repellent about the Conservative Party’s new slogan “For Hardworking People”. I can’t agree with those critics who think it is an empty promise. It reflects the values in which David Cameron believes.
WHAT has Chicago got to do with Jerusalem? Economics and religion can seem an unlikely match.
THESE numbers show London can be proud of its status as a tech and media city. That said, the details are more complicated.
IT IS heartening to see more signs of the City’s IPO market building up a proper head of steam. Travelex would be a further coup.
THE WORLD has gone mad. No, really. If ever there was a time for even the most sanguine of political analysts to throw up their hands in horror, this is it.
SWEET news for chocolate fans, but not so much for lovers of the high street. With revenue up 2.1 per cent, Thorntons’ latest numbers may be tasty, but no thanks to its shops.
SIZE isn’t everything. Some of the best ideas are short. But formal publication, beyond social media’s throwaway pithiness, is hopelessly garrulous. There should be more to judging the intellectual pastry than seeing how thin it can be rolled.
CHINA’S booming tourism market is an opportunity Britain can ill-afford to miss out on. China overtook Germany and the US to become the world’s largest outbound tourism market in 2012, with 83m overseas trips by its citizens.
I LOVE this time of year. It’s a shame politicians have to ruin it. The weather is cool and crisp but mild enough not to be winter-miserable, the year is running towards its end but there’s enough time left to get stuff finished first.
ANYONE who said there was no space in the internet retail revolution for British business may have to start eating their words.