How Amazon, China and the HMRC are erasing the British High Street

Is there such thing as a level playing field in business anymore? The announcement in June that Amazon has increased its turnover and global profitability, but reduced the tiny amount in tax previously paid to the UK’s HMRC annually still further, comes as no surprise. This international behemoth does not believe in contributing to the … Read more

Negative Steps in the UK Housing Market

biz4Biz Co-Founder & Chairman Adrian Hawkins gives us his thoughts on the UK housing market, and why we need new settlements in the style of Hertfordshire towns like Stevenage.

Responding to a direct question raised by local MP Bim Afolami in Parliament, Alok Sharma MP and DCLG Minister stated, “The Homes and Community Agency will expand to become Homes England… (with) a clear remit to facilitate delivery of sufficient new homes… and deliver a sustained improvement in affordability.” The main issue here though is the reference to affordability.

The Government has produced a white paper on the UK housing market which appears to attempt to support the belief that in areas of high average house prices (calculated by dividing the value of the average wage into the value of the average house locally) they will increase the volume of homes built by a set factor to ensure a reduction in local house price value. My concern is that the average house price is linked to the real value of the average person’s wealth, and in many ways underpins the essence of our consumer-driven economy.

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A look at the UK skills gap as 2017 draws to a close

The UK skills gap sees British companies short 20,000 engineers and technicians every year. This means we will be in need of 1.8 million by 2025. The struggle to find qualified employees costs businesses £2 billion per year. A shocking 90% of employers have reported struggling to recruit employees in the last 12 months. In … Read more

The UK is now even more attractive to migrant workers

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has recommended the Government uses higher salary thresholds to prioritise higher value, skilled migrants within the Tier 2 visa immigration route written by Adrian Hawkins, Co-Founder & Chairman biz4Biz, Chairman Weldability Sif (established 1925), Director and Trustee of the Weldability Sif Foundation, Main Board Member Herts LEP, Chair of the … Read more

The MoD needs to fight a war on waste as the latest Strategic Defence and Security Review looms

MoD overspend

Written by Tim Baugh, biz4Biz director and partner at Howardsgate Thursday, 18 June 2015 marked the two-hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo at which an allied army led by the Duke of Wellington and made up of troops from Britain, Netherlands, Hanover, Nassau and Brunswick fought Napoleon’s French army to a standstill until the … Read more

Time the tax payer stopped being ripped off over government IT contracts

Written by Tim Baugh, biz4Biz director and partner at Howardsgate In the dark days of the Second World War Tommy Flowers, a GPO engineer on secondment to the government’s secret code breaking centre at Bletchley Park, had an idea for a machine that would speed up the decoding of secret German messages. A sceptical government … Read more