The end of an era… The departure of Lord Jim O’Neill from government may well signal the end of the focus on the BRICS which has been a central feature of UK trade policy in recent times. This is to be welcomed. The herd like pursuit of opportunities in these markets has distorted public and … More The end of our fixation with the BRICs? Let’s hope so. It’s time for a more sophisticated approach to trade and investment.
As the latest EY ITEM Club forecast makes clear, the outlook is complex and cannot be simply characterised as a typical economic slowdown: the consequences of Brexit could potentially impact sectors and segments of the UK economy in very different ways. … More Is the economy taking Brexit in its stride?
A colleague comes up with a show stopper…. Advisors are always seeking the “killer” insight that causes their audience to stop in its tracks. A couple of weeks ago, in a meeting with a “C” Suite executive of a FTSE 100 company, one of my colleagues hit the ball out of the park. In a … More Is the move to digital a cause of low productivity?
The concerns expressed by Nissan over its future investment in the UK are significant as automotive has been the UK’s most successful manufacturing sector for attracting FDI in the last 5 years. UK Manufacturing plant FDI 2011-2015 Sector Projects Automotive 152 Food 92 Machinery & Equipment 92 Plastic & rubber 59 Chemicals 46 Transport 42 … More UK automotive inward investment dominated by Germany, the USA and Japan.
The problem with UK goods exports is not to be found on the golf course –performance will only improve if business and government work together. UK exports: a consistent story of failed ambition and declining market share… In picking up on Liam Fox’s recent comments, Andreas Whittam Smith is right to question the quality of … More Is too much golf really the cause of the UK’s poor export performance?
Football is back… After the international break, the Premier League is back. I start every season with the same hope: that Stoke City will not be relegated. Any other outcome is a bonus. In recent years the fact the club has been in the Premier League has reduced my concern somewhat, I was more nervous … More What does the transfer window mean for this Premier League season: The empire strikes back?
The UK labour market is challenging for young people… The recent report from EY, in association with the EY Foundation clearly set out the challenges young people in the UK face in gaining entry to the workforce. It is true that the level of youth unemployment in the UK compares relatively well to that in … More Should we focus on providing young people with “experience of work” not “work experience”?