Tag Archives: UK government

Balancing sustainability with low cost energy - what are the priorities for UK business?

Posted by on Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What should the government’s energy policy focus on?  This was the question posed to a small group of regional business leaders by Dr Neil Bentley, the CBI’s director of the business environment.  The dinner, generously hosted by Irwin Mitchell, is part of the CBI’s process for listening to businesses across the country to inform its… Read More »

Will UK corporate lending improve in 2011?

Posted by on Monday, December 20, 2010

One of the many interesting new things that I have done in 2010 is to talk to local business associations over the year about the outlook for business credit following the credit crunch.  This started with the Ilkley Business Forum back in January and now, nearly 12 months on and with the Bank of England’s… Read More »

New Year’s resolution: Time to get closer to your customers?

Posted by on Tuesday, January 5, 2010

There could be good news about the recession. There is growing evidence, both from the respected ACCA global survey (www.accaglobal.com) and recent O2 small business survey (http://bit.ly/6UGCZs), that business confidence is increasing. From the ACCA Q4/09 survey (http://bit.ly/4tyUZH) there is even optimism that Q3/09 was the bottom of the downturn. Although, we may still have… Read More »

Fertile soil for innovation?

Posted by on Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) (www.fera.defra.gov.uk) is the UK Government’s main research-focused agency investigating sustainable food chains, healthy natural environments and protecting us from biological and chemical risks. Based near York, it has historically been shrouded in secrecy. However, this is rapidly changing. FERA now has an IP Exploitation Manager and spin-out companies… Read More »