Economics

Budget 2014: The good, the bad & the ugly

Budget 2014: The good, the bad & the ugly

So, a quick overview of the Budget implications from a helicopter view point: The good: Significant support for investment (increasing AIA to £500k through 2015);…

Shortage of Engineering Skills

A couple of weeks ago, an industry colleague challenged me, saying ‘Everyone bangs on about a skills shortage, but where’s the evidence?’ I said that…

Mexico: Future Aerospace powerhouse?

Mexico: Future Aerospace powerhouse?

Today’s release of the ‘ADS Global Aerospace Outlook 2014’ identifies Mexico as one of 9 priority countries that the UK aerospace industry and UK government…

US lessons for the UK economy

US lessons for the UK economy

US GDP figures out yesterday shed some new light on the outlook for the UK economy. Fourth quarter DGP growth was 3.2% annualised (or roughly…

OBR’s 3 factors influencing business investment

Alongside the Autumn Statement last December, the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) published its Economic and Fiscal Outlook. The report addresses the OBR’s persistent over-optimism…

Net lending to manufacturing down 40%

A tweet and article by Chris Dillow alerted me to the Bank of England net lending figures for manufacturing (which only go back to July 2009)….