TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017

Category: Business

JUST JIM 233. BUSINESS READY FOR TRUMP ROLLERCOASTER. When the Trump presidency starts next Friday, the business community won’t be alone in wondering what happens next. During the transition from President Obama to President Trump, economic indicators have generally been up on both sides of the Atlantic. Here the FTSE 100 has had its longest [read more…]


  MAY: THE BOARDROOM PUSSY CAT. One of the reasons for the huge gap that is opening up between the people and the elite across the western world, is bad behaviour by some big businesses. I always thought we should dismiss the Prime Minister’s initial mission statement about being a government for all as “what [read more…]


  Business is faced with years of uncertainty following the Brexit vote but people are trying to make the best of a very bad job. That was clear at a Downtown meeting in Manchester this week where our members and guests resolved to use the northern spirit of enterprise to seek out new opportunities if [read more…]


  DON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN. Everybody thinks the E.U. referendum is going to be a close run thing. Why do they think that? Because the polls tell them so. These are the same polling organisations who got the General Election result wrong and arguably distorted the outcome as a consequence. Apparently on line and phone [read more…]


    BUSINESS RATE REFORM. Over the next few years businesses across the North could be set to benefit from a major revolution in the way that councils are funded. By 2020 central funding of local government through the revenue support grant will be replaced entirely by business rates income. At the moment councils keep [read more…]



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