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Surviving suppliers face testing energy regime

Surviving suppliers face testing energy regime

It’s easy to forget, with everything that’s happened since March 2020, that troubled retail energy suppliers have actually faced existential challenges for quite some time. Almost three years have passed since Economy Energy collapsed, affecting 235,000 domestic...

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Steering stricken landlords and tenants into calmer waters

Steering stricken landlords and tenants into calmer waters

The lockdown periods of the Covid-19 pandemic took a significant toll on commercial property owners (landlords), having faced rent defaults and voids as business occupants were unable to operate and many have had to close their doors for good. Equally, businesses able...

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Heavy Metal and Electronica can still produce big UK hits

Heavy Metal and Electronica can still produce big UK hits

UK manufacturing is by no means dead – it’s just different these days. Before Brexit, Covid and driver shortages, the sector faced fierce competition from emerging economies in Asia, primarily China and India, which are clearly able to produce goods more cheaply....

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October 2021 Newsletter – So what happens now?

October 2021 Newsletter – So what happens now?

A well-known City figure wrote, in autumn 2019, about his annual get-back-to-work routine. Only six months before the first lockdown, he reminisced about having always started the school year in September with a new pair of black shoes, and how he’d continued the...

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Magic memories – An appreciation of Jimmy Greaves

Magic memories – An appreciation of Jimmy Greaves

My first memory of Jimmy Greaves was when he played for Chelsea in the late 1950s. Even to a youngster like me, it was obvious that he was supremely gifted and able to play football at a different level to most others. When he left Chelsea in 1961 to join AC Milan, it...

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Who advises the advisers?

Who advises the advisers?

Office life in city centres will have resumed this week for many workers, even if they don’t plan to be in every day. While many businesses are leaving town, surprised by how easy it’s been to operate remotely, those based on daily relationships and meetings with...

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Poor signals and weak connections in the Tech Sector

Poor signals and weak connections in the Tech Sector

Where would we have been without technology during the pandemic? From Zoom calls and Slack messaging to streaming of entertainment, digital progress enabled us to stay working as best we could and kept us sane under lockdown. Nonetheless, even tech companies have felt...

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Keep on Truckin’

Keep on Truckin’

The driver shortage has been an inevitability arising from a combination of factors in recent times, not least the many restrictions presented by Covid. Sadly for the transport and logistics sectors, as well as for so many supply chains, there is no quick fix to this...

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Murder on the Dancefloor and Heartbreak Hotel

Murder on the Dancefloor and Heartbreak Hotel

Some of our more energetic readers, lately out of practice in their clubbing activities, may still be feeling the excesses of Sunday night and Monday morning, when revellers flocked to dancefloors and nightspots for the first time after a lengthy lockdown. Hopefully...

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FREEDOM DAY IS APPROACHING!

FREEDOM DAY IS APPROACHING!

Freedom Day is approaching - and among the first to throw off their shackles will be economic policymakers, who have been operating in a state of suspended animation for the past 18 months. Their freedom may mean yet more restrictions for other economic...

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