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Politicians usually make decisions knowing that they can’t please all of the people all of the time. The Peer-to-Peer Finance Association’s recent survey of over 4,500 peer-to-peer (P2P) lending customers comes close to disproving that.
As many of us look forward to the weekend, I’m here reflecting on the eighth National Apprenticeship Week and the hundreds of events that have taken place across the capital, recognising how apprenticeships have transformed the skills market in th
Jim Killock is executive director of Open Rights Group, says Yes
At last, a real sense of urgency is starting to define the debate surrounding the future of London.
The extended row over the proposed TV election debates has reached a deadlock. David Cameron has said he will take part in just one, but the broadcasters (supported by Tory opponents) are committed to running three. What will break this impasse?
Good news can sometimes feel like a rarity, but recent PwC data shows that the UK has improved its position in an international league table of female participation in the workplace, moving up four places to fourteenth in a ranking of the 27 OECD
Danae Kyriakopoulou is an economist at the CEBR, says Yes
When floods of bosses quit, you should normally be worried. Think of the financial crisis, or the heads that rolled in the wake of the Libor scandal. But this time it is different, and that is surely a good sign.
The General Election is almost upon us and polls show the public believes that if the Tories win, its business policies would be better than Labour’s for the economy.
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has accused the Conservatives of planning “extreme” spending cuts if they get into Downing Street after the election.
It's an acronym that might be thought to only excite lawyers, but the importance of IP (intellectual property) to the economy cannot be overstated.
Ed Miliband has long had a problem with voters not perceiving him as “normal”. His famous struggle with a bacon sandwich in some ways says it all.
Roland Rudd, the founding chairman of Business for New Europe, says Yes
Yesterday David Cameron announced the 49 new free schools that will be opened in England from 2015 onwards.
The battle for the soul of the Conservative party post-election has already begun.
Brits seem on track to notch up two victories against historic rival France in 2015. Bookmakers have the English team finishing higher in the Six Nations rugby championship than France.
Simon Massey, global chief executive of The Gild, says Yes
For all the clouds of controversy that perpetually swirl around him, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu possesses two great qualities that wholly elude the timid and colourless European leaders I am fated to spend so much of my time writing
Whisper it, but there is a quiet revolution going on in British banking. If you don’t work in the financial world, you may never even have heard of the UK’s burgeoning financial technology or “fintech” sector.
After hosting the first “Mexico Day” business summit at the Mansion House, followed by the State Reception for President Nieto of Mexico in the Guildhall when he visited the UK last week, now seems an opportune moment to reflect on our trading rel
Jennifer McKeown is senior European economist at Capital Economics, says Yes.
ARE robots coming for your job? That isn’t a premise for an episode of Doctor Who; for some City-watchers, it has become a genuine fear.
The global fintech industry has seen some remarkable developments since we launched Level39 two years ago. But what of the future?
No question, Britain has an infrastructure problem.
Katie Ghose, chief executive of the Electoral Reform Society, says Yes
Falling profits, boardroom tur­moil and a declining return on equity: by any measure, Standard Chartered’s 2014 was a year to forget.
In the twentieth century, firms were predominantly capital-intensive and competed on cost efficiency. Companies with the most efficient factories could outcompete their rivals and become market leaders.
The metamorphosis of Labour’s attack lines on the economy has been a sight to behold. In the early years of this Parliament, the party argued that spending cuts were being implemented “too far and too fast”.
Wednesday 4 March 2015 could come to be seen as a defining moment in Britain’s relationship with the rest of the EU, and for the City of London in particular.
Lord Paul Deighton, commercial secretary to the Treasury, says Yes
Investors want to know the exact profit of the firms they own, but they also want the long-term outlook. That is why banks publish their statutory earnings, and their underlying numbers.
After 30 years of “get aht of my pub” and cliff-hanger endings, BBC One celebrated EastEnders longevity with a series of live shows broadcast, culminating in one of the soaps biggest “whodunits?” ever.
Red box at the ready: it’s two weeks until George Osborne delivers his final Budget of this Parliament.
The European Central Bank’s (ECB) version of quantitative easing (QE), which was announced to much fanfare in January, involves the purchase of bonds from both institutions and individuals.
Are we doomed to secular stagnation, to permanently lower rates of economic growth? The debate was sparked off nearly a decade before the financial crisis by the top US economist Robert J Gordon.
James Fillingham is transactions services partner at PwC, says Yes
Following his comments at the recent opening of the OECD’s Economic Survey, it is to be hoped that the chancellor gives North Sea oil companies, their shareholders, and their employees enough reason to cheer when he announces the Budget on 18 Marc
BBC director-general Lord Hall must have thought all his Christmases had come at once. For years, the corporation has been on the defensive about the future of the TV licence fee.
George Osborne should be satisfied with progress in driving forward the British economy, which the OECD applauded last week for its outperformance against other Western countries and its textbook economic reforms.
Dr John Hulsman is president of John C Hulsman Enterprises, says Yes
The latest figures from Europe have been getting better. Let’s hope it lasts.
Sir John Peace is widely admired in the City and until recently held positions as chair of both the emerging markets bank Standard Chartered and the fashion group Burberry.
Last year Mark Zuckerberg, the 30-year-old billionaire creator of Facebook, gave the keynote speech at the world’s biggest mobile conference in Barcelona, Mobile World Congress.
“The Indian economy is a super giant, which moves slowly but surely.” – Arun Jaitley, Indian finance minister.
The business view of Britain’s membership of the European Union is clear: the UK needs to be in the EU and to be fully engaged.
There has been much trumpeting of a change in legislation in the government’s Deregulation Bill that will allow Londoners to participate more fully in the “sharing economy” by renting their homes out on a short-let basis for up to 90 days a year.
Steve Davies is co-manager of the Jupiter UK Growth Fund, says Yes.
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.

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