Innovation

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 »


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 »


Running Slow and Falling Behind: British High Speed Rail

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Britain is the global laggard in developing its high-speed rail (HSR) network. Currently the United Kingdom has a total HSR track length of 113 km compared with 3,100 km in Spain, 2,388 km in Japan, 2,037 km in France, 1105 km in Germany and 926 km in Italy. The true leviathan in developing a comprehensive,… Read More »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


The Importance of Being Entrepreneurial

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At the Inclusive Prosperity Conference earlier this month, Ed Miliband firmly voiced his support for business adding that ‘dynamic entrepreneurship is key to our future success.’ Traditionally, it is the Conservatives who have been perceived as the party of choice for business. Labour, however, is determined to prove that it still means business and if… Read More »