WITH Hallowe’en quickly followed by Guy Fawkes night and leaves rapidly vacating the trees, autumn is well and truly here. The clocks are also going back this week to bring in the darker nights so symptomatic of the coming w inter.Read
I DOUBT there are many issues which could unite an 85-year-old French entrepreneur and an Ulster Unionist politician, but that’s exactly what has happened on the issue of VAT and the hospitality industry.Read
INVESTORS weighing up an investment in the eurozone are still faced with uncertainties surrounding Greece’s ongoing membership of the euro and the timing of Spain’s probable request for a bail-out.Read
THE Government’s rather blasé response to the IMF (lack of) growth forecasts last week were conveniently obscured by the usual conference season nonsense about empowering homeowners to bash burglars.Read
WATCHING new talent emerge and succeed is the greatest motivator there is to local businesses, however well-established they are. Cultivating and keeping these entrepreneurs in the North East is key to our future economic health.Read
IT is a curious situation indeed when, at a time the economy is crying out for new jobs and growth, a senior business leader should feel it is necessary to stand up at the Conservative Party conference and tell ministers to “stop knocking business”.Read
NEW economic infrastructure projects are an engine for business growth, yet our infrastructure survey revealed that 97% of companies see the planning system as a barrier to infrastructure delivery.Read
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