Davos raised more questions than answers

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With the great and the good returning from Switzerland last week, we might wonder what it was all for? This year saw an eclectic mix of speakers from Leonardo to Legarde. If you were confused by the deluge of soundbites that emerged from the event, then chances are you are probably not alone. The theme for this year was the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” a topic largely devoted to the great technological changes that are expected […]

Dark clouds on the economic horizon according to UK SMEs

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The findings of our SME Confidence Tracker, reported in the Daily Telegraph, highlight subdued business confidence in Q3. Our research among 1,000 UK SMEs, shows declining business performance and significantly lower sales expectations for the final quarter, when compared with the same period in 2014. Investment is also on shaky ground. Less businesses are recruiting, and – overall – investment in people is down 6%, year-on-year. Though there are small pockets of optimism in both geography […]

Keep a weather eye on the global climate

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Clouds gathering over the global economy have implications for all businesses. From small wholesalers to the largest corporates, no business is fully immune to the effects of a global downturn. I’ve cautioned for some time that another economic slump could be on the horizon and there are a number of significant challenges for nations across the world to contend with. Recent ripples emanating from China have pushed this train of thought to the fore as […]