Strong and stable? How to read the political environment: Presentation to the 2017 HealthInvestor conference

I was very pleased to address the 2017 HealthInvestor UK conference in London last week, on the subject of how to read the current political environment. Below is a copy of my remarks. There are a number of questions that I’ve been asked to share some thoughts on today, namely: Is political chaos the newRead more

WA Investor Services shortlisted for prestigious due diligence award

We’re delighted to announce WA Investor Services has been shortlisted for Specialist Adviser of the Year in Unquote’s 2017 British Private Equity Awards. The annual awards, hosted this year by sports pundit Chris Kamara, celebrate the contribution of private equity to the growth of British business. The past year has seen unprecedented levels of politicalRead more

Have your trade and eat it

In an attempt to move Brexit talks along, the UK government has released a series of position papers outlining its stance on issues crucial to negotiations. The papers range in topic (and depth) and have so far received a mixed response from policy makers and business leaders alike. For the UK investment market, one ofRead more

Government shows its hand on the future of energy

Greg Clark’s Faraday Challenge announcement this week to fund £246m of battery innovation is a marked shift away from the Cameron-Osborne free market agenda. It indicates that the industrial strategy is more than just talk. This is an emerging market and the standards haven’t yet been established. It is now clear that politics will playRead more

With big data comes big responsibility

With big data comes big responsibility Every week we’re seeing new warnings about how Brexit will impact different parts of the UK economy. Proposed changes to data protection rules have been highlighted as the latest concern after the House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee published a report last week calling for “unhindered and uninterrupted”Read more

The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices: Good Work?

Matthew Taylor called his review “Good Work: The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices” but many are asking if that colon ought to have been a question mark. The review appears to be equally unpopular with unions and businesses alike, while many of the recommendations have been met with shrugged shoulders. Its inconclusive nature hasRead more

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

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