The Polish Paradox: how investors can navigate Poland’s new normal

Poland has long been viewed as one of the most attractive countries in Europe for foreign investment. A highly skilled workforce, comparatively low labour costs and enviable geographic links to major European countries contribute to Poland’s ranking as the second largest Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) destination by jobs created in Europe, ahead of major economiesRead more

Three tough tests ahead for the food and drink industry in 2019

Last November reports circulated that the humble Mars Bar saved the UK from a no-deal Brexit catastrophe. According to several newspapers, Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Defra, sounded the alarm after learning that two vital, perishable ingredients used in the manufacture of Mars Bars would be unavailable in the event of no deal. AsRead more

Balancing the boardroom – risks from corporate governance reform

Although a central factor to business’ success or failure, the issue of corporate governance has not historically tended to excite great passions amongst policymakers beyond the usual party-political posturing. However, over the past two years it has become a more contested area of reform, with a rash of policy proposals from both sides that willRead more

Investing in fertility with IVF

The in vitro fertilisation (IVF) sector has been catching investors’ attention for some time, with growth accelerating due to demographic trends, a market which looks ready for consolidation and stretched NHS budgets increasing the amount of lucrative private work available. But with promising commercial indicators for the market are there any political, policy, or regulatoryRead more

Why Investors should start caring about what the government thinks of national security

When WA first wrote about these changes last month, the government’s proposals for competition regulation were flying under the radar. Thanks to a devastating report by John Fingleton, former Chief Executive of the Office of Fair Trading, they are now starting to get the attention they deserve. More wide ranging than the reforms introduced inRead more

Investments and National Security: Has the party of business had a reality check?

The government approach to scrutinising foreign investors has stepped up a gear, with recently introduced measures to block prospective deals in sensitive sectors likely to be the tip of the iceberg. In addition to new measures targeting defence, computing and quantum technology investments, the government is already looking to introduce new powers which would let it decide whether any investment is relevantRead more

Models for the post-Brexit immigration system

Described by David Davis as “a landmark moment”, the passing of the EU Withdrawal Act in June allowed Theresa May to take a breath and perhaps to issue a sigh of relief.  However, what is clear, is that there are still many legislative hurdles for her to jump and policy details that need to beRead more