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

Brewing up a storm: Sturgeon’s bid for indyref2

This month, we have seen the debate on Scotland’s independence remerge as Nicola Sturgeon indicated intentions to agree a section 30 order with the UK government, effectively creating the pathway for another referendum. Sturgeon has made clear she wants to hold a vote sometime between Autumn 2018 and Spring 2019, allowing Scots to decide theirRead 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

WA Investor Services shortlisted for Specialist Adviser award

WA Investor Services (formerly Westminster Advisers) is delighted to have been shortlisted for Specialist Adviser of the Year in the Private Equity Awards 2017 – the third year in a row that we have been nominated at these prestigious awards. Now in their 17th year, the Private Equity Awards are the oldest, most respected accolades bestowed on theRead 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