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

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

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

BUILDING GEORGE’S LEGACY

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

2015: Battle of the Freebies

An election is the endgame in the battle of political ideas. They are won and lost through personalities, politics and policies – and pounds and pennies. Both main parties are sharply aware that the electorate is tired of austerity. Labour denounces the cuts as an iniquitous attempt to foist the hardship onto those least ableRead more