A Dynamic Rebalanced Economy Supporting Strong Public Finances

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A BETTER PLAN FOR BUSINESS: A Dynamic, Rebalanced Economy with Strong Public Finances The first day of the 2015 general election campaign saw Ed Miliband launch Labour’s compelling Plan for British Business at Bloomberg’s in London. His overarching vision is one where our business sector succeeds when working people succeed. Focusing on the great strengths… Read More »

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Labour the Party for Innovators and Business

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Forget the Coalition’s rhetoric – Wales is a Labour success story with innovation and long-term thinking at its heart. The Welsh Government headed by Carwyn Jones AM shows the rest of our Labour family how to run a successful government in times of austerity and spiteful cuts from Whitehall. Labour must not forget that it… Read More »

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Raising Aspirations in Coast and Country

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It does not take much for figures on social mobility to astound our consciousness. Given one in every six children are still in relative poverty, it seems Britain is still a broadly unequal society. This situation underpins any modern progressive: spurring each of us on in finding solutions to tackle these problems. Under the last… Read More »

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More Inclusive Britain in a Schumpeterian Future

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The progressive think-tank Policy Network recently published ‘Owning the Future: how Britain can make it in a fast-changing world’, a collection edited by Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna. It includes insights from fourteen business and union leaders, economists and politicians on Britain’s economic prospects and challenges. Owning the Future notes that the consumerist global middle… Read More »

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Self-Employed Face Strong “Cost of Living” Headwinds

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Almost every week I seem to come across a story in the press about some super executives and their mega salaries which are meekly justified by their board members who insist that they are worth the money. The myth is that the recovery is being driven by some sort of battalion of super star executives…. Read More »

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West Cumbria: The Final Frontier?

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Sometimes seeing your world through the eyes of an outsider is useful: I was once a stranger to this coast but that was 15 years ago. So I accompanied LFIG on a trip to see, I thought, the nuclear industry. LFIG members report having observed innovative, outstanding engineering, world class construction, the space industry and… Read More »

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SMEs and the Nuclear Industry: A Case Study from Sellafield

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On LFIG’s trip to West Cumbria we were given a glimpse of the interplay between the nuclear industry and local SMEs. The nuclear industry dominates the West Cumbrian economy, and has led to the development of an ecosystem of SMEs. These SMEs are predominantly engineering firms – firms that sell intelligent products and services into… Read More »

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Big Rig: Britain a Nation that Makes Things Again

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I left wanting to retrain as a Plumber. That was no small achievement for Britain’s Energy Coast Construction Skills Centre (“BECCSC”). I was an “academic” student at secondary school: I excelled at writing and in core academic subjects. I never took to CDT (Craft, Design and Technology): I had no spatial awareness and was cack-handed with… Read More »

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Harnessing Community Funding to Boost Start-Ups

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Britain’s economy faces a major problem, one which stifles aspiring entrepreneurs’ ability to reach their personal goals. The problem centres on the inability of start-ups and small firms to get the funds they need, whether to grow, to develop ideas or to complete an essential patenting process. Small businesses generally only succeed after years of… Read More »

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