The UK election result and what it means for competition in the retail energy market

The General Election campaign was hardly short of energy policies and several pages of party manifestos were dedicated to the parties’ respective plans for the sector. The Conservatives may have fallen short of an overall majority, but they look set to form a government with support from the DUP, so their manifesto still provides theRead more

Choos-ing to invest in retail?

Wearing a pair of Jimmy Choos often catches the eye of passers-by. Movie stars, catwalk models and even our very own Prime Minister are all known to be fans of the luxury shoe brand. Last week, the company reported they are trying to catch the eye of investors as they look for bidders to purchaseRead more

Sayonara UK? Japanese business leaders turn to Europe

In the aftermath of last year’s referendum, Japan’s powerful Keidanren business lobby issued a two-page Brexit ‘wish list’, including the continuation of passporting and free movement of skilled workers. The Japanese government took this a step further in September, publishing an uncharacteristically forceful memo emphasising Britain’s role as a gateway to Europe for Japanese investors.Read more

The Brexit betrayal or a sense of reality?

Earlier this month, the government’s rhetoric on Brexit signalled its ongoing commitment towards delivering a hard exit from the EU. Theresa May warned EU leaders that no deal was better than a bad deal, and the ambition of reducing net migration to the UK to the ‘tens of thousands’ by 2020 was a non-negotiable principleRead more

Where next for energy investors?

Potential price cap and consumer measures At the Conservatives’ Spring Conference, the Prime Minister signalled her intention to take further measures to bring down energy prices for consumers. Backbench Tory MP John Penrose has suggested a relative price cap which would limit the difference companies were allowed to charge between their cheapest deals and theirRead more

Trigger Happy

In January this year, Theresa May stood up in Lancaster House outlining her twelve negotiating priorities for Brexit talks, emphasising the need for a “new partnership” and finding a deal that worked for both sides. May did not shy away from tough rhetoric, threatening to walk away if she didn’t get the deal she wanted,Read 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