Other people's business


The solution is under our noses: We need more cycling in Britain
By Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff - 16 January 16:59

Today 27 per cent of journeys in Holland are made by bike - while in Britain the figure is as low as 2 per cent. But cycling could help us achieve our 2050 carbon targets, and take the strain off the NHS.

How to counter the menacingly authoritarian tendencies of modern football
By Martin Cloake - 16 January 13:51

It's enough to test the most passionate fan’s devotion.

The future of shale gas in the UK
By Mark Brierley - 13 January 17:57

The exponential growth in US shale gas production has been a boon for the country’s energy security over the past few years. Now the UK is looking to follow suit, with the government and big oil throwing their weight behind the dash for gas. But at what c

Fracking protest.
Five questions answered on new fracking tax incentive for councils
By Heidi Vella - 13 January 12:37

Why is the government offering an incentive for fracking?

Five questions answered on Tesco’s and Morrisons’ Christmas sales slide
By Heidi Vella - 09 January 15:01

Why did supermarket sales take a hit?

Budget airlines.
The future of finance - as imagined by Ryanair
By Giles Andrews - 03 January 18:32

No frills finance is taking off - and while many have an opinion on allocated seating, printing your own boarding pass and paying for food on-board, the model remains simple but thrilling.

Welcome to the programmatic revolution
By Rupert Staines - 02 January 11:30

Up to now brands have faced great difficulty in reaching customers across devices and mediums - but with the new range of data available, real-time bidding and a programmatic approach, 2014 might be advertising's "big bang" year.

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Angela Merkel.
A look ahead to 2014: The question of stability in Mali and Nigeria
By Elizabeth Stephens - 20 December 17:27

The link between the state and organised crime must be addressed if the process of rebuilding a unified Mali and countering Islamic militants is to succeed.

Spring fires in California.
Climate change isn't an issue for politicians alone - it's time for businesses and the legal profession to step up
By Nigel Knowles - 20 December 16:35

Lawyers have a significant role not just in advising on incoming energy and climate regulation, but also in developing new structures and precedents, and in advising on new aspects of corporate governance and risk management.

What a £26,400 cricket ball tells us about our mania for sport
By Martin Cloake - 19 December 16:20

The ball that cricketing legend Sir Garry Sobers smashed for six sixes in one over at St Helen's in 1968 was sold at Christie's in 2006 - only, it turned out to be the wrong ball.

Vince Cable.
Business is broken - and better communication is the way to fix it
By Christian Lanng - 12 December 15:31

New research reveals that over half of new businesses used personal credit cards to get off the ground - as lending to new SMEs tumbles by £400 million in a single month.

World Islamic Economic Forum.
The continued rise of Islamic finance in the UK
By Nigel Knowles - 11 December 11:25

Despite the clear political will for the UK to become an Islamic finance hub, there are steep political challenges ahead.

Five questions answered on technology firm requests for US surveillance reform
By Heidi Vella - 09 December 13:13

Technology corporations are petitioning the US government to change their strategy on surveillance and allow the companies to disclose the quantity of requests that they are forced to cooperate with.

What would an independent Scotland look like?
By Stewart Cowley - 05 December 11:32

I want to imagine that independence could be a success - but grubby, difficult questions about money, jobs and services are not going away.

Danny Alexander.
Five questions answered on the UK governments’ infrastructure plans
By Heidi Vella - 04 December 13:15

After Danny Alexander admitted to underspending on infrastructure over several decades, just how much do they expect to spend?

The future of football depends on the fans
By Martin Cloake - 03 December 16:28

Despite football’s efforts to hamper it, the supporter governance movement is thriving.

The Lowry.
The Lowry is proof that investing in the arts is a catalyst to regeneration
By Julia Fawcett - 03 December 11:07

Conceived around the millennium, The Lowry has brought life to Salford Quays – providing a cornerstone for £1.4bn of investment and proving that regeneration through the arts does work.

Home Office.
Is a cap on immigration a cap on growth?
By New Statesman - 02 December 14:18

Why business should be making the case for immigration.

British Library.
Digitising copyrighted film, books and music is probably going to become legal - it's about time
By Roly Keating - 02 December 12:52

On 5 December the House of Lords will debate proposals to modernise copyright law for the digital age. If carefully implemented, it will benefit researchers, institutions and creatives alike.

New Statesman
The weakening of BIT protection is bad for business
By Elizabeth Stephens - 29 November 10:39

Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) are an important safeguard for investors.

New Statesman
Is this the death of Apple?
By Bryan Appleyard - 28 November 5:28

Steve Jobs’s creation, long thought to be the smartest company in the world, is in danger of falling behind Google and Facebook in the race to be the internet platform of the future.

Earth Hour.
Sustainability and business - how many planets are enough?
By Richard Spencer - 27 November 12:01

For boards, climate change needs to be made meaningful not in terms of “did we do a good thing”, but in terms of “what are the dangers and opportunities this company faces in the years ahead?”.

Dick Costolo.
The online advertising sector has proved resilient - and it’s only going to get stronger
By Rupert Staines - 26 November 15:37

Facebook has used advertising to turn its fortunes around - the question, now, is how the industry can keep pace and keep growing.

Opening up government
By Charlotte Jee - 25 November 13:16

Jeni Tennison, technical director of the Open Data Institute, discusses progress on releasing data, how it feeds into wider Whitehall technology reform and why companies should follow the government's lead.

Six questions answered on Samsung’s $290m payout to Apple
By Heidi Vella - 25 November 11:22

What features are Samsung ruled to have copied?

Glasgow Airport.
We've been ignoring the power of sound for far too long
By Graeme Harrison - 21 November 13:12

Graeme Harrison, Executive Vice President of Marketing for Biamp Systems, reports on the influence soundscapes can have on the health of individuals and the economy.

Why the rising price of TV football is bad for all of us
By Martin Cloake - 12 November 16:11

The news that BT has secured exclusive rights to all pan-European club competition has serious long-term implications for the game and for BT.

Barclays vs Dahabshiil: when a Somali money transfer company takes on a banking giant
By Sophie McBain - 06 November 13:43

The Somali money transfer service Dahabshiil has won an injunction against Barclays, which had been threatening to cut off services to the company.