Even the big brewers are fans, so why is craft beer’s glass half-full?

The Times 25 September 2017

When is a craft beer not a craft beer? It is a question troubling some drinkers after large multinational drinks companies started to buy up their favourite craft breweries. Carlsberg’s acquisition of London Fields brewery, for example, followed AB Inbev scooping up Camden Town and a series of other acquisitions that have left the remaining independent brewers cautious about their future.

Co-operatives can be the key to survival in a competitive world

The Times 7 August 2017

Working for a family-owned business can be infuriating, particularly if the boss installs his woefully unprepared son as managing director. When that happened to Edmund Potter in the late 1960s, he decided to set up on his own and do things differently. In 1971, he launched Delta-T Devices, a maker of scientific instruments, which became a co-operative when it was large enough to qualify in 1980.

Do the French and Germans just work harder than us?

The Times 23 May 2017

Why are British workers less productive? It is a question that keeps economists awake at night. The financial crisis hit productivity around the world. France and Germany have recovered well but workers in Britain take an average of five days to produce what their peers in France, Germany and the US do in four. This matters.

David and Goliath struggle over national transfer of power

The Times 10 October 2016

If you search for an energy deal on a price comparison website, the chances are several unfamiliar names will crop up. Long-dominated by British Gas, E.ON, EDF, SSE, ScottishPower and Npower, there has been a flood of entrants to the market, with 14 new suppliers in the past year. Down from 99 per cent in 2012, the so-called Big Six still have an 85 per cent share of the market, but they are haemorrhaging customers at a rate of 120,000 a month.

Making a profit from reading the market

The Times 2 September 2015

Minecraft, loom bands and YouTube stars were the three big topics in British children’s publishing last year — enough, you might think, to make Beatrix Potter turn in her grave.

Factory gives real impetus to Manchester’s transformation

The Times 25 August 2015

From Joy Division to the Happy Mondays by way of the Haçienda, Manchester is known for its groundbreaking bands and the hedonistic nightlife they spawned. Now the city is hoping to lift its cultural offer to a higher plane with The Factory, a new arts centre that will host events from traditional theatre to whizz-bang immersive experiences, such as the 3D virtual reality planetarium slated for Manchester’s International Festival in 2017.

‘Too many skills and resources are sucked down to London’

The Times 24 August 2015

It was a gift for the cynics. This year George Osborne renamed a train Northern Powerhouse as a symbol of the project he has undertaken to devolve powers to the northern cities, drive investment there and rebalance Britain’s economy away from London and the southeast.

Northern powerhouse can help close wealth gap with the south

The Times 15 June 2015

“This is a revolution in the way we govern England,” said the chancellor, George Osborne, fresh from election victory, as he fleshed out plans for the northern powerhouse in a converted warehouse in Salford last month. “The old model of trying to run everything in our country from the centre of London is broken. It is time for you to take control of your own affairs,” he told the assembled group of dignitaries.