It’s time for conservatives to lead on climate change

In the UK, climate change has traditionally been seen as an issue most closely aligned with the left – perhaps not surprising given that many proposed measures for tackling climate change involve large scale state involvement, significant restriction on business activity and limits to individual consumption. Under Theresa May, this started to change, but a new Government means the trajectory for UK climate policy remains uncertain. By failing to take radical action on climate change and...

EU response to Johnson

Any speculation that Boris Johnson would tone down his rhetoric on his commitment to a 31 October Brexit date upon taking office has been shut down emphatically. Since his appointment last week, Johnson appointed a raft of Brexiters to his Cabinet, installed Vote Leave guru Dominic Cummings as special adviser and has hammered home his intention during every speaking opportunity. Despite this, the reality is that arithmetic in Parliament has not changed and there is little appetite for a...

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Joe Berkhout 7th Aug, 2019 Insight
Brexit , EU , europe , Politics , UK Politics
3 min read

What investors should watch out for in big tech regulation?

We have known for a while that the relatively lenient regulatory environment for big tech companies is coming to an end. While western governments have encouraged growth of these companies through a soft approach to taxation and user rights, they are now making moves to crack down on the skewed distribution of power between tech giants, their competitors and users. The issue is now overlaid by ongoing US-EU trade tensions as a result of US President Donald Trump’s threat of sanctions on...

UK’s New Government: What Do We Now Know? Analysis from David Laws

It’s only a matter of days into the new Boris Johnson government. What do we now know about the direction that Boris Johnson has set? It's a whole new government, not just a reshuffle As we have ourselves long expected, the UK has an entirely new government, not merely a lightly reshuffled top team. We have a new PM, with a very different personality to that of Theresa May. Half the previous Cabinet has been sacked, and of those who remain in power most have changed jobs. The new...

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David Laws 26th Jul, 2019 Insight
Boris , Brexit , Government , No deal
3 min read

How to take advantage of the rise in B Corps

Four years since the launch of B Corps in the UK and many of the UK’s for-profit organisations are yet to join this global movement, which commits B Corp certified companies meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. What is a B Corp? To date there are 2, 788 B Corps across 150 industries in over 60 countries, including 199 here in the UK. The community of B Corp holders...

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Viya Nsumbu 24th Jul, 2019 Insight
business , ESG , Investment
3 min read

Why investor-backed high growth businesses need a different approach to strategic communications and ESG

Private equity often buys businesses with a view to rapid buy and build expansion, increasing revenues and building a much larger business that can achieve high returns. A different approach The trajectory of such businesses requires a different approach to strategic communications and ESG (environmental, social and governance issues), compared to companies engaged on steadier organic growth in less dynamic environments. Their communications and ESG strategies need to take account...

Early years in crisis: will the new Prime Minister take action?

On July 1st, the APPG on Childcare and Education launched a report on the financial sustainability of the early years sector. It found a sector in crisis: with problems that echo those in the care sector: lack of funding, recruitment and retention issues, and increasing costs. It urged the Government act. Policy Changes In recent years, the early years sector has undergone...

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Isabelle Hillson 17th Jul, 2019 Insight
Politics , UK Politics
3 min read

What are Prime Minister Boris’ spending plans?

  As the contest for the Conservative Party leader and the next Prime Minster reaches a climax, scrutiny is turning to the spending plans of the likely winner. Boris Johnson, the front runner, is running an effective campaign to win the leadership ballot amongst Tory members. His public spending plans will be a key interest for businesses who work with government, public sector organisations and the wider economy. So what does Prime Minister Boris have in store and how could this affect...

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Edward Jones 16th Jul, 2019 Insight
Government , Politics
3 min read