Being a banker must be difficult at the moment. Gazing out of the tinted window of their Mercedes S-Class as they are chauffeur-driven to the glass-and-steel atrium they call an office bankers must linger for an instant on a time 12 months ago when life seemed happier. Simpler.
Entrepreneurs will need to put pressure on their MPs on the run up to the election if they want to see a change in how business is regulated former head of the CBI Lord Digby Jones said today. During an impassioned speech at the launch of BT Small Business week in London this morning Lord Jones said business owners need to ‘give [MPs] a hard time’ if they want to see a change in how government services to businesses are delivered.
It was hard not to feel a tiny bit of satisfaction when it was discovered earlier this year that billionaire investor Warren Buffett had slipped from his long-held position of richest person in the world to a mere number two buffeted (fnar fnar) off the top spot by friend and computer magnate William Henry Gates III.
Even though we wrote about it last week’s findings that businesses are now spending more promoting themselves online than they are on television advertising came as little surprise to those in the know – the outcome was so predictable in fact that one blogger managed to fairly accurately forecast it back in January 2008. And they didn’t even use a crystal ball.
The announcement the government is to sell off £16bn worth of ‘non-financial’ assets to reduce the budget deficit has been greeted by little more than a shrug by almost everyone except the Conservatives who managed to muster enough interest to grumble something about cutting public spending before returning to the much more important matter of how to avoid repaying their expenses.
Smarta may occasionally have a private giggle at besuited office workers wobbling their way to work on comically tiny Brompton Bicycles but it seems it may just be us - for yesterday the man who created the fold-up bike saw his work honoured by the Duke of Edinburgh.
Lord Mandelson wants to help you export more: will it work? Analysis of plans to allow businesses to secure trade credit insurance from the government for the first time in 18 years from Smarta,the small business support and advice network