The Factory of the Future

The Factory of the Future is already here – and there are more of them is Europe and in Asia than in the Americas.     https://www.fm-magazine.com/news/2018/oct/factory-of-the-future-201819820.html  

Brexit blog

Prime Minister Theresa May ramped up the Brexit tension this week with a warning on the shape of future relationships with the European Union.   Following her humiliation at the EU summit, May emphasised that she would still prefer no deal to a bad deal.  The so-called Canada style trade agreement on offer from the …

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Investment (Br)exit

Some 25 reports were issued by the Government last week, which were supposed to provide guidance on what could happen with a ‘no deal’ Brexit.  However, the guidance was vague, with much of the text comprising phrases that meant little.  That vagueness was particularly obvious in the references to Northern Ireland.  It gave the impression, …

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Co-operative Banking

“The Co-operative Bank has largely avoided the consequences of the market turmoil. Our cautious and responsible approach to business development limited our exposure to the problems that have afflicted many in the sector.”  Those words by the then chief executive, David Anderson, of The Co-operative Bank still reverberate a decade on – they were written …

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A Tale of Two Economies

The Republic of Ireland’s economy will grow by 4.9% this year, while Northern Ireland’s will grow by 1.1%, according to predictions from accountancy and consultancy firm EY in its most recent Economic Eye review.  This is not a one-off.  Last year, the Republic’s economy grew by 7.8%, compared to 1.6% in the north.  And, expects …

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