Minority report: Election 2015, which businesses should be concerned?

  • Posted on 17th April 2015
Minority report: Election 2015, which businesses should be concerned?

With only 17 days until the UK General election, the two main parties remain deadlocked in the polls, which have moved little since the start of the campaign. The Conservatives’ strong lead on the economy and on leadership, has not been accompanied by enough of a detoxification of their party brand to pull ahead. The Labour Party is more trusted…

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From fracking to fuel switching: Where are the energy and climate political dividing lines in this election?

  • Posted on 30th March 2015
From fracking to fuel switching: Where are the energy and climate political dividing lines in this election?

Energy and environmental policies have been a regular talking-point during the period in office of this coalition government. Most of the public will have heard of David Cameron’s ambition that his should be the “greenest government ever”, while few speeches from Ed Miliband have grabbed the spotlight in the manner his “price freeze” party conference speech did in September 2013….

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What the future may hold for Fintech after the UK general election

  • Posted on 26th March 2015
What the future may hold for Fintech after the UK general election

With the UK General Election just six weeks away, the recent Budget was an opportune time for The Chancellor, George Osborne, to set out his stall and give the UK electorate a glimpse of what a Conservative-led Government after the election would prioritise. Among the macroeconomic announcements and promises were policies solely aimed at the growing financial technology (Fintech) sector….

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Tech matters – a look ahead to the General Election and beyond

  • Posted on 2nd March 2015
Tech matters – a look ahead to the General Election and beyond

The technology sector has rightly become a source of optimism for all UK politicians in recent years. Rapid growth, job creation and sustained investment have become the norm. Recently published statistics from Tech City UK in its Tech Nation report indicate that digital job growth in the UK will outperform all other occupation categories by 2020. In addition, 1.46 million…

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Europe considers investment-based crowdfunding regulation

  • Posted on 16th January 2015
Europe considers investment-based crowdfunding regulation

Crowdfunding is now considered a legitimate alternative form of finance for businesses across Europe. The sector continues to grow and shows no signs of slowing down. Investment-based (or equity) crowdfunding is no exception – according to a recent report by NESTA, this form of crowdfunding grew by 201 per cent in 2014.   This article will look specifically at regulatory…

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European Energy & Climate Policy: Time To Get Moving

  • Posted on 13th January 2015
European Energy & Climate Policy: Time To Get Moving

If last autumn was the settling-in period, the New Year is the time for the new European Commission to get moving on its priorities. The European Parliament elected last May has now bedded in, the Committees have established a work programme, and the parliamentarians will be keen to start making an impact on policy-making and regulatory measures. The next few…

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Innovators vs. Regulators: Will Civilian Drones Thrive in Europe?

  • Posted on 19th December 2014
Innovators vs. Regulators: Will Civilian Drones Thrive in Europe?

In our recent analysis piece about the future regulation of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), we provided some insight into the main EU institutions and agencies involved in the creation of harmonised rules across Europe. Since then, the 2016 deadline the European Commission had initially set for new regulations to be approved has been removed, and not replaced.   Are…

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Autumn Statement 2014 – A political analysis

  • Posted on 4th December 2014
Autumn Statement 2014 – A political analysis

The battles lines ahead of next year’s general election have well and truly been set out by the UK Chancellor, George Osborne, who, in the last Autumn Statement of this Parliament, unveiled a series of policies designed to neuter his political opponents. With key deficit reduction targets continuing to be missed and questions about where the public spending axe will…

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