October 2012 Noteworthy News

October 2012 Noteworthy News

‘Business Bank’, for increased lending to businesses has been announced by business secretary Vince Cable, who is ‘working with the Chancellor to develop a state-backed institution that will combine up to a billion pounds  of new government capital with a larger private sector contribution’.  It will be supported by guarantees and equity for long-term lending [...]
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: European Banks

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: European Banks

To avoid future bailouts at taxpayers’ expense, the splitting-up of major European banks debate continues  considering the separation of  high-risk investment banking and other bank operations: similar to  the Vickers Commission (London) aim, in separating capital market transactions from banking activity (lending and deposits). Since 2008, the familiar phrase ‘too big to fail’ banks, has [...]
Hoo Tu Meke-a A Bunk

Hoo Tu Meke-a A Bunk

In the hope of making something tasty for the economy to feast upon, one can only imagine the conversations that occurred during the process of creating something that has a bit of everything thrown in. If ever there was evidence needed of Thick of It  goings on in Mr Osborne’s  department, the announcement of plans [...]
September 2012 Intermediary A-Musing

September 2012 Intermediary A-Musing

The Business Equivalent of Lactic Acid – Am I Bothered? It would be too simple to blame the Olympics,  too easy to blame the holiday period  and too British to blame the weather for absorbing business focus. But, without wanting to sound like a easily forgettable Award speech that lists the team involved - amongst [...]
September 2012 Noteworthy News

September 2012 Noteworthy News

Is the High Street seeing its Phoenix? -  The butcher, the baker et al are on the increase  and coming back with the real experience, not virtual.  A sample of 30,000 independent stores and shops illustrated the hairdressers and beauticians taking a lead, with pubs, sandwich bars and fashion shops in ‘retreat’ amongst a cost-conscious [...]