Start-up new relations

Alex Mitchell  |  20 November 2017

Britain should look to Macron, not Merkel, for the entrepreneurial future Europe needs, with or without Brexit, argues Alex Mitchell Emmanuel Macron had an epic rise to the Élysée palace, changing the political system in which he operates. In a marked contrast with the rise of Donald Trump, he aggressively courted the centre of French politics. …

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Solutions not slogans

Editorial  |  15 November 2017

Labour needs the right economic project In his conference speech in Brighton, Jeremy Corbyn stated that it is not enough for Labour to be ready for an election, but that ‘we must be government-ready too. Our aspirations matched by our competence.’ This one statement identifies precisely Labour’s dilemma. An energetic general election campaign can win a …

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Time for a business rates alternative

Ibrahim Dogus  |  14 November 2017

Which one of Labour’s ideas for business will the Tories pinch next, asks Ibrahim Dogus Small and medium-sized enterprises are already facing an unprecedented set of challenges with Brexit looming and all the instability associated with it. Prices are rising, investment is slowing and SMEs are getting increasingly nervous. The overall climate is gloomy, and last month was the worst October for British retail …

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Success versus excess

Mary Wimbury  |  6 November 2017

We need to talk about profit, believes Mary Wimbury Profit: good or bad? Sometimes it seems that as a party we do not know. Too often I hear people say disparagingly ‘oh, they are only in it for the profit’ or dismissively ‘they are in the for-profit sector’. It is as though profit has become …

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Tory rate hikes are killing SMEs

Ibrahim Dogus  |  27 February 2017

Philip Hammond’s devastating business rate hikes should put to bed the myth that the Tories are the party of small businesses, argues Ibrahim Dogus The news of catastrophic business rate hikes should put to bed once and for all the myth that the Tory party is somehow a friend to small and medium enterprises. Small and …

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The dignity of full-time work

Chris Carter  |  17 February 2017

Labour must transform Britain’s workforce if it is to effectively tackle the challenges of the 21st century, writes Chris Carter The challenges of an ageing population are enormous. Skills shortages, healthcare pressures, squeezed public services are but some of the consequences. Britain is ageing. Fast. One per cent of those born in 1908 survived a full century …

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Only Labour can save SMEs

Ibrahim Dogus  |  5 January 2017

Labour must defend small and medium-sized businesses from hikes in business rates, argues Ibrahim Dogus Small businesses in London are to be further burdened with a new hike in business rates. This is going to be a massive blow to the capital’s small businesses, compounding the troubles they have faced since Brexit. It is small businesses …

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Not so fantastic, Dr Fox

Mike Katz  |  15 September 2016

Well, it is good to get your excuses in first. Otherwise, what how else could explain what possessed Brexit ultra Liam Fox, that darling of the Thatcherites to alienate the business people he has spent so many years extolling? Fox sparked anger and disbelief at the weekend by claiming that British businesses were too ‘lazy and …

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Head for business

Sarah Hayward  |  9 July 2016

Local government is entering a new world —The Tories have been fundamentally changing the roles and powers of local government since 2010. But perhaps the biggest change is still to come: by 2020 local government will be funded not by grants but by business rates. This could mean dramatic alterations to what councils do and how …

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The smallest minority

Christabel Cooper  |  16 June 2016

Attacking Topshop helps no one Politics remains a world dominated by white men and I am a BAME woman. Yet possibly the very smallest minority within the Labour party that I belong to is that of members who work in the private sector. This was a point I put to Jeremy Corbyn at Progress annual conference last month, …

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