Comment & Analysis

Warning signs

Michael Jackson / 16 Feb 2011

People often ask me what are the real “turn-offs” for companies wanting to raise capital from external investors.

Sustainable energy?

Simon Daniel / 10 Feb 2011

A bit like spring mating, the rush to match investors with companies and projects looking for funding is hotting up.

Crafting a killer business strategy

Paul Luen / 09 Feb 2011

What does strategy in business actually mean? There’s so much business babble out there on the subject, you’ll probably get 100 different answers from 100 different people.

Rates should be kept low

Andrew Smith / 08 Feb 2011

Andrew Smith, chief economist at KPMG in the UK, explains why the economy needs interest rates to remain low.

Deal or no deal

Nick Britton / 03 Feb 2011

Companies’ balance sheets are improving, but the confidence and appetite to complete mergers and acquisitions shows no increase and is even falling.

Fighting short-termism

Nick Britton / 27 Jan 2011

Short-term thinking is a natural consequence of recession. Simply put, you're focused on getting through the next week, not mulling over your ten-year plan.

Paternal peril

Paul Luen / 19 Jan 2011

The government's planned changes to parental leave will mean nothing short of a nightmare for small businesses.

Box clever

Michael Jackson / 13 Jan 2011

It seems obvious to state that good management is the key to business success, but in boom times this can all too easily be forgotten.

New Year newsmakers

Simon Daniel / 04 Jan 2011

If you didn’t like the news last year, go out and make some of your own this year.

Generation why

Nick Britton / 16 Dec 2010

Apparently, I'm at ease with technology and have an egocentric, cynical attitude in the workplace. Or at least I would if I shared the archetypal characteristics of Generation Y, to which I (just) belong.

Unequalled nonsense

Paul Luen / 09 Dec 2010

The Equality Act is making an unwelcome reappearance with the addition of a further and still more fatuous and irrelevant provision.

Power shift

Simon Daniel / 02 Dec 2010

From the Irish bailout to the EU inquiry into Google, we are seeing an increasing power shift away from sovereign nations.

Marriage of inconvenience?

Nick Britton / 24 Nov 2010

Employers may greet the impending nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton with mixed feelings.

Stormy waters

Paul Luen / 11 Nov 2010

I like to think of myself as the kind of guy who's up for a challenge, but I've got to admit that getting through the recession was tough.

Tidy desk, tidy mind?

Nick Britton / 11 Nov 2010

There are two schools of thought about tidy people.

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