One of London’s strongest attributes has always been its ability to reinvent itself – and the success of the financial technology (or FinTech) sector shows this characteristic coming to the fore once again.
In all the sound and fury of the coming election, it’s important not to forget the areas where the parties agree. This includes support for much greater “localism” and devolution of power from central government – and not just to Scotland.
Infrastructure looms large in the life of every Londoner. Even though it’s probably not at the forefront of our minds as we check our emails and fill up the kettle each morning, we depend on quality, reliable infrastructure day in, day out.
Thirty years after the first dot com website was registered, one of the most exciting developments in the internet revolution is the way technology platforms are enabling entrepreneurs of every type and size.
History is littered with human traits that were for centuries seen as the preserve of an elite but which ultimately became indispensable features of everybody’s lives. Literacy, once a privilege of priests and nobles, is now a basic skill.
There is no single solution to London’s housing crisis. But a key element is the systematic regeneration of the huge tracts of land owned by the capital’s 32 local authorities, much of it occupied by council estates in desperate need of renewal.
We should “choose the future” George Osborne insisted yesterday, in what may yet turn out to be his final Budget. But in truth, he spent much of his time focusing on the recent past. Employment has been buoyant and now stands at a record high.
The crisis in Greece is deepening. What a difference a few months can make. Last year the country was able to tap the capital markets borrowing for three and five years paying interest of under five per cent.
With 1.3bn users worldwide, you could be forgiven for thinking that Facebook was not in urgent need of an advertising campaign.
However, for the first time in the UK, that is exactly what it has launched.
WHENEVER we approach a General Election or Budget, the competition for the daftest tax policy idea is always intense. The current front-runner is probably the proposal to largely exempt houses from Inheritance Tax.