Business

Business is the only area of human activity where you get paid to change your mind

14 September 2019 9:00 am

In 1891, a 29-year-old man moved from Philadelphia to Chicago intending to start a business. With $32 to his name,…

What I learned from piercing ears at Claire’s Accessories

22 June 2019 9:00 am

I was 17, studying for my A-levels in Great Yarmouth. Looking to defy my parents’ instruction to get a part-time…

UK business investment has nosedived – what’s to blame?

6 April 2019 9:00 am

Business investment in the UK declined in all four quarters of 2018 to complete a year-on-year dive of 2.4 per cent,…

Watch out comrade: big business is turning communist

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Is it me, or is business becoming a teeny-weeny bit Stalinist? Common features include 1) Paranoia about political ideology; 2)…

Running a bank’s tough. That’s no reason to start handing capital back

3 March 2018 9:00 am

A mixed bag of annual results from the big banks. RBS, still 73 per cent owned by the taxpayer, recorded…

iPhone 8 Plus, unveiled last week at the new Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Headquarters, Cupertino, California. The new features include a Retina HD display, A11 Bionic Chip and wireless charging

iAddicts

23 September 2017 9:00 am

For many years The Spectator employed a television reviewer who did not own a colour television. Now they have decided…

The City still leads the financial world but faces a fight on all fronts

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Should we place faith in a survey, conducted in June but published this week, that says London is still the…

Hollande equals Thatcher? If only

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Have you ever tried discussing the merits of gun control with a Texan, or of deregulated labour markets with a…

Why it makes sense to buy your banker lunch

7 May 2016 9:00 am

We recently moved -offices from Canary Wharf to Blackfriars bridge. When you move after a long time in one place,…

The chief executives who volunteer for pay cuts

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Boss cuts The chief executive of the Co-operative Group, Richard Pennycock, asked for a pay cut, saying his job had…

Why Ratan Tata is still Britain’s greatest inward investor

9 April 2016 9:00 am

If asked to pick the UK’s inward investor of the century so far I would, without hesitation, name Ratan Tata,…

Don’t believe the recession hype – or this commodities boom

12 March 2016 9:00 am

All in all, this is an odd moment for an outburst of high spirits: not from me — I’m as…

The City’s real players may be voting ‘out’ in the EU referendum

27 February 2016 9:00 am

‘The City is in no doubt that staying in Europe is the only way ahead,’ declared Mark Boleat for the…

Don’t expect Mr Bear to go back into hibernation anytime soon

The bears are here to stay – but we’ll survive

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Like Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant, we’ve just been savaged by a bear but we’ll probably survive. Leading UK-listed stocks…

Contactless payments have taken the fun out of buses

How contactless cards will change the world (much more than you think)

30 January 2016 9:00 am

I am one of those annoying, mildly claustrophobic people who sit at the end of a row in cinemas. There…

We don’t need research to change banking culture. We need jail sentences

9 January 2016 9:00 am

Was the Financial Conduct Authority leaned on by the Chancellor to scrap its ‘review of banking culture’? Or did it…

Any Other Business

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Last year was a bumper year for mergers and acquisitions. Recovering prospects and relatively low price-earnings ratios made the takeover…

A Christmas parable from the Spectator’s business editor

12 December 2015 9:00 am

  I thought you might enjoy a little parable for Christmas, so here goes… The boardroom clock said twelve minutes…

The micro-businesses that give me hope for Belfast

21 November 2015 9:00 am

At Stormont on Saturday, we observed a minute’s silence for the dead of Paris. Our conference group of Brits and…

Perfectionism isn’t the same as integrity – as VW has shown

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Not that I was much of a boy racer, but the sexiest car I ever owned was a 1982 Volkswagen…

Our terrified central bankers have sat on interest rates long enough

26 September 2015 8:00 am

When news broke last Thursday evening that the US Federal Reserve had decided to keep interest rates on hold, I…

Don’t weep for Costa – but the Living Wage punishes small businesses that need our support

19 September 2015 8:00 am

What is George Osborne’s Living Wage? Is it a ploy to shift cost from the taxpayer to the employer by…

How Britain still gets boardrooms wrong

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Sir Adrian Cadbury, who has died aged 86, is remembered as the author in 1992 of a first stab at…

The good economic news that we forgot in the China panic

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Home from the hot Aegean, huddled by the fire as rain ruins the bank holiday weekend, I’m thinking: what gloom…

Forget Greece: China's economic slowdown is the biggest story of the year

15 August 2015 9:00 am

I stood alongside the chairman of the board of a state-owned enterprise in eastern China. The factory floor, partially open…