Carilion’s collapse: 60 days later – our recommendations to businesses

A continuing crisis   The pace at which things continue to develop around Carillion’s collapse is rapid, as is – rightly – the response from those organisations it concerns. Whatever their reaction, the fallout is set to fundamentally change the relationship between the public and private sector in the commissioning of contracts, with reforms andRead more

PF Why? Analysing Labour’s PFI announcement

What has been said? One of the most eye-catching announcements of the Labour conference was on Private Finance Initiatives (PFIs), made by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, Jeremy Corbyn’s de facto second in command. He criticised PFIs as a “waste of taxpayer money” that subsidised the profits of “shareholders, often based in offshore tax havens”. NotRead more

May’s industrial strategy – red flags and green lights

It comes as a surprise to nobody that the UK is facing a productivity crisis. Having already lagged considerably behind other OECD countries before 2008, the gap has only widened in the aftermath of the financial crisis. The government’s industrial strategy, unveiled earlier this week, is the latest attempt to address this. Met with cautiousRead more

Taking away the politics: What difference will the National Infrastructure Commission make?

Westminster Advisers was delighted to recently host Sir John Armitt for a breakfast discussion on ‘Delivering greater certainty for UK infrastructure’ and the work of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC). As one of the UK’s most successful engineers and former Head of the Olympic Delivery Authority, Sir John has presided over some of the UK’sRead more


The Chancellor’s party conference speech this week confirmed his desire to leave a legacy: transforming the UK economy and altering the long-term perception of the Conservative Party. Infrastructure is key to this vision of a high skilled, high pay economy with increased productivity. Whether this can be achieved will depend to a significant extent onRead more


The political agenda has been dominated in recent weeks by international issues. Greece, Tunisia and European migration have been the main topics of discussion in the corridors of Whitehall and Westminster. Tomorrow, the focus will briefly shift to Britain’s trade with Europe and the rest of the world. Sir Howard Davies, who was appointed threeRead more