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  • The sun is shining on the Lib Dems once again

    September 17, 2019

    In nearly fifteen years of Liberal Democrat conferences, the strange thing about coming to Bournemouth is that the weather seems to always reflect the fortunes of the Party. Recent visits (2015, 2017) have been gloomy and grey, and the politics felt correspondingly flat and irrelevant. But this week the sun was shining, delivering a feeling of optimism and energy to all gathered on the seafront – with, it seems, good reason. The Liberal Democrats came...

  • How will Boris Johnson advance his domestic agenda beyond Brexit?

    August 22, 2019

    As his cavalcade arrived at Downing Street on 24 July, few could imagine what was really going on in Boris Johnson’s mind. He had meticulously planned his rise to the top from his halcyon days at Eton and his Presidency of the Oxford Union. With sky-high approval ratings as Mayor of London, his destiny appeared to be fulfilled after his two successful terms during the Cameron years. However, Johnson’s leadership of the Leave Camp during...

  • Project Z: Understanding Gen Z

    August 1, 2019

    Gen Z, a generation hard to pin down and define. Born between the years 1995-2005, this is a generation that has grown up digital and within a bubble of political and economic uncertainty to now sit at the precipice of today’s culture. We know they’re breaking into the global workforce and surpassing millennials in terms of global population, with their spending power and influence edging closer. This is a generation in flux with so many...

  • Boris: He campaigned in poetry, but can he govern in prose?

    July 23, 2019

    And so, it’s official. Having triumphed with a thumping victory over his rival Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson will tomorrow realise a lifetime’s ambition when he enters through the hallowed door of Number 10 as our nation’s new Prime Minister. The scale of his victory with the party membership defied many of his allies and critics alike. Coupled with a resounding mandate from the parliamentary party, Johnson must not waste time in leveraging his remarkable political...

  • FHF’s Golden Boot Winners: Which Brands Came Out on Top at the 2019 WWC

    July 19, 2019

    That there were enough campaigns of a sufficient quality and profile to evaluate in the wake of this, the most attended, most viewed and most invested in Women’s World Cup to date, speaks volumes of the progress that has been made by those involved the women’s game over the last four years. Despite this analysis generally adopting a similar format to those we have become familiar with in the wake of all major men’s tournaments...

  • Day 3 at Money20/20 Europe 2019

    June 6, 2019

    After three days of lively discussion and debate on the future of finance, the sun has set on this year’s Money 20/20 Europe. Here’s the lowdown on the final day of Europe’s biggest FinTech event. Digital identities in an increasingly online world This morning, the Commercial Galvanisation stage held a morning of talks centred around the theme of digital identity. Robert Prigge, President ofJumio, rightly pointed out that, actually, it should probably just be referred...

  • Day 2 at Money20/20 Europe 2019

    June 5, 2019

    Another exciting day had here at the RAI, and only a few sore heads from the infamous Taste of Amsterdam party in Vondelpark that Money20/20 brought back for a second year after its roaring success in 2018. Following a packed agenda of announcements and unveilings yesterday, day two had a tough act to follow. But with FinTech royalty, like Chris Skinner, and exciting brands, including Stripe, taking to the stage, it was certainly a day...

  • Day 1 at Money20/20 Europe 2019

    June 4, 2019

    Money20/20 Europe, the biggest FinTech event in the region, kicked off in Amsterdam yesterday, and, as President Tracey Davies opened the show with, is “where tech, money and magic meet”. Key note speakers range from AmazonPay to OakNorth and Alipay to Santander, and this year’s conference also sees the launch of Rise Up, a global programme designed to support women in financial services reach increased seniority in their careers. With an exciting agenda ahead, the...

  • ESEF; what it is, the initial impact and the future

    June 3, 2019

    Last week it became official that annual reports with fiscal years beginning on or after 1st January 2020 will need to be prepared in the ESEF format. But what is ESEF, how will this impact companies and their approach to reporting? ESEF The European Single Electron Format for annual reports - this new regulation will affect all listed businesses in the EU including FTSE100, 250 and Small Cap indices. AIM list companies will not be...

  • Looking ahead at the Conservative Leadership Contest

    May 31, 2019

    With the starting-gun fired, as many as 15 potential leadership candidates are under starter’s orders and expected to mount a leadership challenge for Theresa May’s crown, now that her resignation date has been announced for 7th June. Conservative MPs proudly consider themselves the most sophisticated electorate in the world – combining the cunning of Machiavelli with the hard-headed pragmatism of the most electorally successful political party in Western Europe. With such a crowded field, set...