How worried should we be about the price of food?

Andrew Bailey, the Governor of the Bank of England, made an apology last month. Not for inflation heading towards 10%, but for sounding ‘apocalyptic’ about the price of food. The possibility of more increases in food prices was a ‘major worry’ for the UK economy, he said, as he warned…

What Will Rishi Sunak Say in his Budget?

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is expected to deliver his Spring Budget on March 23rd, in which he’ll outline his view of the country’s fiscal position. Mr Sunak has long been keen to stress that the money spent on the Government’s coronavirus economic support packages, such as the furlough…

Could Ukraine Crisis Force National Insurance U-Turn?

“Events, dear boy, events.” This famous quote is often attributed to former prime minister Harold Macmillan after being asked what could knock his government off course. This could be a timely quote right now, as the horrific events in Ukraine look set to impact on consumers and businesses across the…

Working from Home: is your Boss Spying on You?

Two years ago, working from home was a rare luxury: something you might do as an occasional one-off or as you recovered from an illness. Then came the pandemic and suddenly WFH – it soon became an acronym – went mainstream. As the vaccine roll-out accelerated people gradually returned to…

Who Was the Richest Person in History?

According to the latest Forbes Rich List, the richest person in the world is Jeff Bezos, founder and, until recently, CEO of Amazon. Forbes estimates Jeff Bezos’ wealth at $177bn (£133bn), which puts him ahead of those other well-known billionaires, Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. These days it…

No Chips – so No New Car?

If you have read the headlines recently, you may well have seen some along the lines of ‘Car Chip Shortage to last until 2023’. What exactly is the ‘car chip shortage’ and – as the headlines suggest – if it does last for another two years, what does this mean…

What is ESG? Will it matter more than the bottom line?

There have been a thousand-and-one articles written since the pandemic on people’s changing attitude to work. Millennials and the generations that follow them – so we are told – want different things from work. Flexibility, the option of working from home and, above all, to work for a company that…
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