Chairman’s Blog

  • September 2018 - Looking across the Atlantic, one has to start thinking that Europe is becoming a sideshow to the Pacific Rim countries. Relations between the US, China and Russia are of greater importance to the global economy...
  • August 2018 - The market setback for the technology companies seems mostly to have been driven by a relatively small amount of selling into a market that is suffering from a lack of so-called ‘market makers’.  These thin and volatile...
  • May 2018 - Since putting pen to paper in February, there has been a more than usual amount of trivia in the headlines. The global economic expansion has steadied and in many areas, the rapid growth of last year has dropped to more realistic single digit figures...
  • February 2018 - As many of you know, I have always been fascinated by China, a country that in the Middle Ages led the world in technology and then became paralysed by bureaucracy until the 20th century when ...
  • December 2017 - While Brexit will progress, it is at least beginning to become less topical, which means that business decisions are being taken and business leaders are getting on with dealing with the issues of delivery of goods and services and expanding their companies’ capacities to meet growing demand...
  • September 2017 - It’s difficult not to worry about Europe and Brexit where, on the one side twenty-seven governments, particularly when they are led by recalcitrant Brussels bureaucracy, are unlikely to be able to unanimously...
  • August 2017 - I have outlined many confusing issues, the world economy in general is chugging along nicely in spite of everything. People and businesses are getting on with running their affairs and the steady, albeit slow, growth...
  • May 2017 - In the UK, the Prime Minister sprung a completely unexpected election. On analysis, it was called for understandable reasons, however, it was a brave move. The Prime Minister’s negotiating position...
  • March 2017 - Since my thoughts at the beginning of February, which followed a few intensive days in Washington DC, nothing has happened to change my view of Trump. He is, however, proving...
  • February 2017 - The economic dislocation following the financial crisis is receding and business in general seems to have adjusted to a world of growing uncertainty on the political as well as the legislative front.  Perhaps...