business

Hardwired for the future

Maria Eagle MP  |  1 March 2016

The last week has seen the publication of two reports into the state of the rollout of broadband in the United Kingdom, neither of which make happy reading for government ministers. Both Ofcom and the Institute of Directors have been critical – either explicitly or implicitly – of the government’s glacial rollout of broadband and …

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Why long-termism matters

Dan Faundez  |  1 February 2016

In his leader’s speech to Labour party conference in 2011, Ed Miliband distinguished between two types of business: ‘predators’ and ‘producers’. He promised to crack down on the former. He was on to something at least insofar as he recognised there are good and bad aspects of capitalism. But the concept was simplistic and the …

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Look to Davos for partners for a new kind of growth

Stephen Kinnock MP  |  22 January 2016

I worked at the World Economic Forum in Geneva from January 2009 until 2012, and I will never forget the febrile mood of my first Davos in January 2009, just a few months after the collapse of Lehman Brothers. I don’t mean the personal sense of ‘new kid on the block’ trepidation that I was experiencing, …

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Keeping the discussion going so we can all to shape the change

Adrian Monck  |  22 January 2016

The World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos took place this year against a complicated and fragile global backdrop. Financial markets are nervous. Geopolitics is fraught. Global business is caught in the eye of a hurricane of digital change. The planet’s environment is under strain. How do you take global leaders out of their immediate …

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Labour, social enterprise and B Corps 

Tom McNeil  |  22 January 2016

This week the World Economic Forum in Davos hosts more than 1,000 chief executives and company chairs, and more 40 world leaders to discuss the future of global business and economics. It is at events like this that Labour should take the opportunity to endorse the exciting concept of social enterprise. The Labour party needs …

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A dynamic economy encourages innovation across our society

Stephen Beer  |  22 January 2016

Delegates at the World Economic Forum this week will be talking about the implications of the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’. The claim is that this revolution is characterised by the combination of different technologies, linking the physical, digital, and biological worlds. Could a future Labour party conference consider the implications of this development for Labour policy? …

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‘Responsible capitalism’ must mean embracing mass empowerment

Adam Lent  |  21 December 2015

Darrell Hammond no longer makes playgrounds. For 15 years, his organisation, KaBoom!, addressed the lack of safe spaces for play in poor communities across the United States by building them. But a couple of years ago, Darrell decided to revolutionise his methods. He put all the tools and techniques needed to create a playground online …

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Time to shape a distinctively Labour economic policy project

David Coats  |  21 December 2015

The Progress editorial this month has correctly identified that the absence of a distinctive Labour project for the British economy has made it difficult for us to re-establish our credibility and take George Osborne successfully to task. All politicians claim to be concerned about the United Kingdom’s productivity problem and even the Tories would not …

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Partners for a new kind of growth

Stephen Kinnock MP  |  21 December 2015

Over the course of the last parliament the Labour party made several attempts to create a new narrative on the economy, and to stimulate a debate around the role of business within that narrative. Phrases such as ‘responsible capitalism’ and ‘pro-business, but not pro-business as usual’ were the watchwords. But they failed to gain traction, …

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The Uber question

Sanchia Alasia  |  15 December 2015

‘Sharing economy’ workers need safeguards too —The ‘sharing economy’, although not yet clearly established, describes a type of business built on the platform of sharing of resources – allowing customers to access goods and services without ownership. There can be negative consequences to this, however, and this is why calls have been growing for the …

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