Buy low, sell high street?

In recent years the high street has not been a happy hunting ground for many private equity firms. Competition from online retailers and high rents and business rates have combined to create a difficult trading environment. These pressures have come to bear on several private equity-backed high street names, including Toys ‘R Us, Debenhams andRead more

A taxing question: is globalisation compatible with national sovereignty?

Amid the political turmoil surrounding Brexit, you would be forgiven for missing the recent row about British Crown Dependencies and financial transparency. On 4 March, the House of Commons was due to vote on the Financial Services Bill, a piece of legislation concerning the regulation of financial services in the event of a ‘no deal’Read more

Blind faith or regulatory teeth: how can the UK’s regulators stop rising consumer bills?

For millions of consumers across the UK, the findings in this week’s report from the National Audit Office (NAO) would have come as no surprise. Faced with rising costs – resulting for many in rising debt levels – consumers are feeling the pinch in their pockets and an overwhelming feeling they are getting ripped off.Read more

Retail therapy: Another market that needs fixing?

You would be forgiven for thinking that something isn’t quite right when the Great British tradition of shopping fails to materialise over the Christmas period. The cautious spending habits of consumers highlights a worrying trend for the UK’s retail sector. With business rates set to rise and the country facing the cliff edge of aRead more

2019: So, what happens next?

Bandwidth problem A cross-party group of MPs recently warned that Brexit was “sucking the life” out of Theresa’s May government. They are right: this week David Lidington, May’s de facto deputy PM, is tasked with finding policies that can be ditched so government and the civil service can focus on no deal planning. Escalating fearsRead more