November 2012 Intermediary A-Musing

November 2012 Intermediary A-Musing

Rising Froth: Assigning Value Discipline Just as the economists are said to be puzzled by ONS statistics showing a rise in employment during recession, I’m hearing some business owners being equally puzzled as to why, with an increasing roll-call of practicing solicitors, it’s difficult to find one they’re comfortable with. As essential facilitator as part [...]
November 2012 Noteworthy News

November 2012 Noteworthy News

Although annual inflation had dropped to its lowest  in 3 years at under 3%, Inflation and Productivity research by the Forum of Private Business’s (FPB)  showed, from those who took part in the referendum survey,  inflation was running at 6%-7%, with the most common increase in costs for SME’s being energy.  Also citing fuel and [...]
October 2012 Intermediary A-Musing

October 2012 Intermediary A-Musing

Shout Out: Listen to Customers As it was almost the end of the day, on the last day of the week, with signs of autumn around the corner and no frantic last minute chasing around before the new week starts, this, as the twilight of the afternoon came together perfectly, was surely a rare moment [...]
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 [...]