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THE IDEA that high finance and successful commerce are the enemies of cultural flourishing has never made sense. From the banker-patrons of the Florentine
The US economic recovery is gathering momentum. January’s impressive labour market report showed that the US is in the midst of a long, sustainable upswing that could surpass any other business cycle in the post-1945 era.
It is perhaps the starkest example of the unintended consequences of regulatory reform that it is now so difficult to open a bank account at any UK financial institution, particularly for foreign investors.
The Chancellor and mayor of London set out a long-term economic plan for the capital last week, challenging London’s transport authority and business community to make the case for much-needed infrastructure investment ahead of the next spending r
Steve Davies, education director at the Institute of Economic Affairs, says Yes
The Academy Awards have become a (not especially accurate) measure of the UK’s cultural standing in the world.
In these pages on Tuesday, the justice secretary Chris Grayling celebrated the way Britain’s legal sector is leading the world.
There's a good chance that, when you picture the Green Belt, it’s scenes of parkland, forests, and wetlands, thronging with animal and birdlife, that come to mind.
Charles Lewington, managing director of Hanover Communications, says Yes
The Six Nations rugby champ­ionship reaches its half-way point this weekend, it might be worth Guinness considering the commercial opportunity the tourna­ment offers it.
The first quarter of every year brings a blizzard of financial reporting, as companies reflect on the past year’s achievements and (most often) make promises of greater things to come.
The Oscars have come and gone for another year. Winning an Academy Award is very often the basis for either making a fortune or turning an existing one into mega riches.
It's very difficult for companies to thrive and grow without the trust of consumers and employees.
Christian Schulz, senior economist at Berenberg, says Yes
HSBC’s Swiss tax row is a sideshow. It might not feel like that to bosses – chairman Douglas Flint is facing MPs in parliament tomorrow, and chief exec Stuart Gulliver agreed he feels “shame” over the affair.
As a nation, we are bad at saving.
In an age of big challenges, the general election campaign seems to be throwing up a host of small ideas.
This week, more than 2,000 delegates – lawyers, business leaders and ministers from around the world – are descending on London for the UK’s first Global Law Summit.
Angela Eagle MP is shadow leader of the House of Commons, says Yes
There is nothing so dangerous in foreign affairs as being half right. All along, this has been the primary reason I have been far more sceptical about a happy ending to the present euro crisis than conventional wisdom allows for.
Angel investor and entrepreneur Sherry Coutu CBE recently said that “competitive advantage doesn’t go to the nations that focus on creating companies, it goes to nations that focus on scaling companies.”
I returned this past weekend from one of my most exciting overseas business trips so far, visiting the burgeoning international markets of the Philippines, Burma and Thailand.
Howard Archer, chief European and UK economist at IHS Global Insight, says Yes.
WHO owns the future? With the Eurozone apparently powerless before the once unthinkable prospect of a Greek exit, and with Ed Miliband’s Labour trying to drag British politics back to the 1970s, optimism seems to be as weak as winter sunshine.
Never before has tax avoidance – legally arranging your affairs to lower your tax liability, as distinct from the illegal practice of tax evasion – been used as a political weapon in such a high profile way.
AN OBSERVER coming to study “Europe” with fresh eyes and an open mind might well conclude that there is only one game in town: the ongoing negotiations between Athens, Brussels and Berlin over the Greek bailout.
Andrew Foxall is director of the Russia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society, says Yes
Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the ban on fox hunting, but the positive econ­omic news that came out had many wondering if Labour’s campaign fox had been shot.
PLAC, CRD-4, the FCA and the PRA: but for HSBC, the most important acronym in the banking lexicon right now is KYC (Know Your Customer).
The HSBC revelations have been coming thick and fast this past week, and the bank has had to go so far as to apologise for its previous behaviour.
Few people have anything good to say about the European economy. The pipes, they say, are clogged up – and even if they can be unblocked, they are rusting away.
Are we experiencing a revolution in the way that organisations operate? A recent essay in the Harvard Business Review has caused a stir by claiming that we are.
Sky Sports was clearly in no mood to relinquish to BT Sport the right to broadcast Premier League matches between 2016-19, despite having to shell out the bulk of the
The London Stock Exchange (LSE) is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its Order Book for Retail Bonds (ORB) today. The trading platform enables retail investors to buy and sell corporate bond issues.
Inequality is now a buzzword in Britain. Scarcely a week goes by without a new publication by an academic or journalist lamenting the levels of poverty facing swathes of the population.
The long-term view of UK inflation is much more positive than January’s figures suggest.
Clive Bannister is a very companionable dinner guest, rightly proud of his achievements in business and of his father Roger, who became the first person to run a mile in less than four minutes.
The traditional resources services sector had a challenging year in 2014.
Forget all the populist welfare crackdowns dominating the election headlines over the past week.
No industry is immune from digital disruption. And any business would be foolish to think that it is a phenomenon limited to specific sectors or models.
Vladimir Putin once said “There is no such thing as a former KGB man.” The problem in dealing with the present Russian Tsar is that he knows far more about our weaknesses than we do about his.
The widespread celebrations that will mark Chinese New Year in London this week go some way to highlight the importance of the UK’s relationship with China.
The news wires have been abuzz with high-profile stories centred on whistleblower allegations.
Perhaps, whatever Ed Miliband says, Britain likes the idea of being dominated by a successful businessman with a dark side.
Many may well be planning their Valentine’s weekend around the much-anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey film, released today.
You would not be alone in not knowing that there is such a thing as a criminal cartel, let alone how it is defined in UK law.
The productivity of the NHS isn’t just important for our health. At 7 per cent of GDP, it matters for the whole economy.
Speaking to business leaders earlier this week, David Cameron unveiled a British version of Germany’s Mittelstand
Few know it, but you are all paying a secret tax. Trade tariffs and other protectionist barriers are a hidden part of the price you pay for almost everything you buy.

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