The demise of Neil Woodford – what have we learnt?

By Shelly Durrant & Henry Adefope Neil Woodford – formerly the mercurial investment maverick renowned for his 25-year track record making stunning investment returns for investors, is now known as the man who lost it all. This month marks three years since the collapse of the Woodford Equity Income (WEI) fund that he managed –…

Recession takes a step closer

By Simon Neville The Bank of England and the Treasury are between a rock and a hard place and today’s latest base interest rates rise to 1.25% – the highest since 2009 – shows just how difficult life has become for them. Governor Andrew Bailey must bring inflation – currently running at 9% – down…

What does Pride mean in 2022?

By Perry Miller What does Pride mean in 2022? Is it a party, a protest, or just an opportunity for corporations to cash in? Flicking through my social channels, it could be any of these and plenty more: there are as many opinions on Pride as there are colours in the rainbow flag. Certainly, as…

From the judge’s table: tips for winning a housebuilding award

By Alex Reid Acting as a judge at this year’s Housebuilder Awards has been a great reminder of the quality of UK housebuilding and development. One of the most coveted awards in the industry, the Housebuilder Awards are now in their 18th year. The awards celebrate excellence in all aspects of the sector, including customer…

How do we solve a problem like the Northern Ireland Protocol?

By Vincent Carroll-Battaglino In the debates surrounding the Brexit referendum in 2016, the delicate situation that would surface with Northern Ireland was frequently mentioned as intractable. And it has proven to be just that. Put simply, Northern Ireland is part of the now non-EU United Kingdom but many political actors in Northern Ireland perceive the…

In defence of corporate purpose

By Andrew Adie Stakeholder capitalism and ESG are receiving a lot of flak at the moment. They are being derided as ‘woke’ window dressing – we’re seeing even arch proponents like Blackrock acknowledging that following a purist approach to ESG is challenging when markets are all tracking downwards. We’ve seen Unilever, the poster child of…

Legislation lessons learned

By Jo Kent The arrival of summer may mean a bit of respite for many with time off work and holidays abroad, but for food and drinks suppliers and retailers impacted by the forthcoming high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) measures, it’s certainly going to be a busy few months ahead. While some elements of…

PM focuses on housing and cost of living for his relaunch

By Chris White The Prime Minister sought to set aside the political challenges facing his premiership this afternoon with a major speech on plans to alleviate the cost-of-living crisis and help more people onto the housing ladder.  Ahead of the speech, the RAC was among dozens of organisations calling for the government to do more…