Navigating the Storm

By Jessica Hodson Walker As Storm Ciara wreaks havoc across the UK and Europe, airlines across the Continent are in chaos. Writing this whilst sat in Geneva airport hoping that the next available flight to London (via Zurich) will take off, the stress and frustration of travellers is palpable.  Whilst some brands may be able to create positives from…

Welsh Independence: the sleeping dragon in Sturgeon’s shadow?

By Joshua Bell Welsh Independence. Not a misspelling, nor an accidental replacement of the word ‘Scottish’, and no longer a pipe dream for Welsh-nationalists. It is a movement building significant, yet quiet momentum. As the 2020’s begin, political analysts are consumed by Boris’ mandate, Brexit delivery and the Scottish National Party’s Independence argument. This decade…

Ancoats: A blueprint for city centre regeneration

By Matthew Williams Anyone who lives in and around the North West has probably heard of the recent revival of Ancoats, a forgotten neighbourhood of Manchester which held great influence during the industrial revolution. The cobbled streets have created such a buzz about the place that in 2018, Time Magazine voted it the 13th coolest…

When is a deal not a deal? When it’s a NI Assembly deal.

By Chris Midgley Last night Táiniste (taw-nish-ta) Simon Coveney and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Julian Smith announced “New Decade, New Approach” a 62-page draft agreement designed to restore power sharing in Northern Ireland. It has taken three years and countless hours of negotiations to get here and yet, still, we are nowhere. As…

How to create a do-it-yourself newswire to stay informed 24/7

By Ian Silvera How do you get your news? I doubt you calmly and slowly digest a print newspaper over a glass of orange juice and a bowl of cornflakes as part of a chilled and mindful morning routine, that’s for sure. The likelihood, according to the UK’s media watchdog Ofcom, is that you’re getting…

EU Taxonomy legislation could make 2020 the year of the ‘green bull’ market

By Andrew Adie One of the great challenges facing those trying to drive through sustainable investments is the issue of measurement and comparison across holdings.  However, this month the EU is due to formally adopt new green investment rules, known as Taxonomy, which will, for the first time, provide a universal system for classifying sustainable…