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If necessity is the mother of invention, politicians of all stripes will have to be spectacularly inventive in dealing with the fallout from the Scottish referendum result.

We are very pleased that our final Scottish referendum poll, along with one by Survation, was the most accurate of the final prediction polls: with a projected 47 per cent Yes vote, against a final outcome of 45 per cent, we were only two percenta

As the second Scottish lord mayor of London in as many years, the referendum debate has had particular poignancy for me.

Bill O’Neill is head of the UK investment office at UBS Wealth Management, says Yes.

WE ARE very pleased that our final Scottish referendum poll, along with one by Survation, was the most accurate of the final prediction polls: with a projected 47 per cent Yes vote, against a final outcome of 45 per cent, we were only two percenta

WHILE London Technology Week may not yet rival London Fashion Week for glamour, there is real substance to the capital’s tech boom. This is why, for the first time, TechCrunch is bringing its Silicon Valley conference to London this October.

WHEN the UK government ruled out devo-max on the Scottish referendum ballot, few decried it as the strategic mistake it later turned out to be.

THE IPO of China’s largest e-commerce platform Alibaba has drawn frenzied interest from investors worldwide, with the company expected to raise at least $21bn on the New York Stock Exchange.

Carl Miller, research director at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos, says Yes.

There have surely been better political campaigns than the Better Together one that has been arguing the case for Scotland remaining in the United Kingdom, 307 years since the 1707 Act of Union.

I ONLY lost it once on 9/11. It was some time after the third plane hit the Pentagon that early September morning.

As the history of the 2014 independence referendum is written, it may come to be seen as a turning point for financial services in Scotland.

In denying the Scots the option of devo-max on the ballot paper today, David Cameron made arguably the most monumental mistake of any recent premiership. And whatever the result of the referendum, that mistake cannot be undone.

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At London Fashion Week, the merging of fashion and tech has been more palpable than ever before and, with top fashion designers now embracing the trend, wearable technology looks set to finally achieve mainstream success.
 

David Cameron probably feels a bit like Noah at the moment, preparing for a great flood to come barrelling towards his ark, hoping the seals hold and praying there aren’t any leaks.

With the hype over the ice bucket challenge seemingly cooling, we can analyse how successful the campaign has been in raising awareness of one of the charities concerned.

Chris Williamson, chief economist at Markit, says Yes.

Quite possibly.

The case for rates to stay low for longer is being aided by several factors.

WITH the polls in chaos, and the likely result far from certain, it’s understandable that rival groups of influential Scots continue to argue the business case for and against independence.

AFTER months of Trappist silence, a plethora of large companies has pronounced on the adverse consequences for Scotland of a Yes vote tomorrow. The sectors span the economy – from oil to banks, from supermarkets to phone companies.

WHY DO we invest public funds in arts and culture? Undoubtedly because they are part of our national conversation, and enhance our quality of life.

THE CONTROVERSY over the monetary and currency arrangements of an independent Scotland has dominated the referendum campaign, after Alex Salmond’s initial desire for a formal currency union with the rest of the UK was ruled out by all the other ma

WITH low productivity, high inflation and terrible industrial relations, in 1977, Britain was a basket case. So that year, businessman John Hoskyns decided to dedicate substantial effort to analysing the UK’s economic problems.

You could be forgiven for thinking that London’s trams might be an unlikely place to find cutting edge technology.

Ewen Stewart, a director of Walbrook Economics and author of Much Cost, Little Benefit for the Scottish Research Society, says Yes.

The way we handle uncertainty determines our future. Many of mankind’s self-created problems, from financial crises to environmental devastation, arise from poor analysis of future risks and rewards.

This week will see the most crucial poll in the United Kingdom for centuries – a poll on whether the UK will stay as it is or Scotland will choose to leave the Union.

I am a great fan of crowdfunding – it really is a cheap way of using modern technology to enable investors, including very small ones, to invest in all manner of things. So what can go wrong?

Alex Singleton is associate director of The Whitehouse Consultancy and author of The PR Masterclass, says Yes.

As someone who was born in Scotland, and occasionally wears the Duncan kilt with pride (in the correct fashion if you had to know), I have more than a passing interest in the forthcoming vote.

Job hunting without social media is becoming is no longer an option for two reasons. First of all, a huge percentage of jobs are not advertised and are filled by people who know people.

So you've had a row with your other half, and the next day, with the ensuing awkwardness still lingering, your eyes drift towards the posh chocolates in Waitrose.

We, the people, are the boss, and we will get the kind of political leadership, be it good or bad, that we demand and deserve.” – John F Kennedy, Profiles in Courage

You're back from the summer, but for how long? In case you missed it, one tech visionary thinks many City jobs could be automated within a decade.

After months of campaigning, the waiting is nearly over. It is hard to understate the level of emotion that is being felt throughout the United Kingdom, but particularly in Scotland, about the referendum.

Pompeu Casanovas, professor of political science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, says Yes.

THE APPLE Watch is just the latest exciting development in wearable technology. But the prospect of consumers interacting with Siri on their smartwatches also hints at another impending revolution in how we access digitised knowledge.

WHATEVER the outcome of next week’s referendum on Scottish independence, of one thing we can be sure: the constitutional settlement that had helped make the Union such a success for 300 years will be tainted.

IN RECENT years, a misplaced and damaging idea – that expanding the UK’s airport capacity is environmentally unsustainable – has permeated the public consciousness.