When it rains…

The United Kingdom is used to rain. There are many jokes about the amount of rain, how often it rains and how so many people are still surprised when it rains. One of those people must be the Prime Minister, who suddenly finds herself with something of a deluge – dealing with the triggering ofRead more

NHS and social care funding: ask, beg, plead and you shall receive

This week’s budget proved the government had heeded the warnings, pleadings and eventual shouting from the health and social care sector that things could not go on without some form of cash injection. Although May appeared steely in her resolve throughout the winter crisis – that the NHS had been given all the funding itRead more

What does the Budget mean for UK investors?

With the release of the government’s Budget yesterday, WA’s Investor Services team takes a look at some of the major announcements and what the impact could be for the UK investor market. Overall, Philip Hammond’s Budget has been well received by analysts for providing sensible spending decisions at this politically sensitive time. He gleefully addressedRead more

Education recruitment – a lesson in political risk

Recent months have seen a surge in investor interest in the education recruitment sector, with several big names on the market. The Department for Education has acknowledged that recruitment remains a significant challenge for schools. Or rather, it has been forced to acknowledge this, with stakeholders across the education sector, including the House of CommonsRead more

Backdoor to the single market

The UK’s Brexit saga continues to unfold with the government set to trigger Article 50 later this month.  Against this backdrop, concerns among members of the UK’s financial services industry grow over the future competitiveness of the sector. Specifically, a potential end to passporting rights has raised fears the UK will lose its attractiveness andRead more

Can Hammond walk the tightrope?

Budgets are typically a tightrope for a Chancellor to precariously traverse. As well as having to effectively manage the economy, encourage growth and stimulate investment, there are a plethora of groups and individuals needing to be satisfied. Party management, the need to deliver for those demographic groups that fit into the government’s current vogue agenda,Read more

Northern Ireland elections – initial analysis

The results are still trickling in from the Northern Ireland Assembly elections, but the first counts have been completed in all 18 constituencies. Final results are expected tomorrow afternoon. The picture emerging so far is as follows: Turnout is up 10% compared to last year’s Assembly elections – the highest since 1998. That voters areRead more

Investing in U.K. plc

Recently Greg Clark announced £229 million investment in science, research and innovation as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy. Welcomed by industry and a boost to the two new world-class centres that will be built, the announcement cements the government’s commitment to Life Sciences as a central pillar of championing brand ‘U.K. plc’. The IndustrialRead more