Thought leadership

Ministers reject fast fashion impact advice

A catalogue of proposals to force the fashion industry to clean up its act has been rejected by the UK government. MPs want ministers to end the era of throwaway clothes and poor working conditions. They made 18 recommendations covering environmental and labour market practices, but none were accepted. Not only is the fashion industry […]

Ocado invests £17m in vertical farms

Ocado has invested £17m in developing so-called ‘vertical’ farms. The firm, which delivers food bought online from Waitrose, is planning to grow herbs and leafy greens next to its distribution centres. It has made two investments in indoor farming. One is a joint venture with 80 acres, a US vertical farm business, and Priva, a […]

Travelodge to open 17 hotels and create more than 350 new jobs in 2019

Travelodge, the UK’s first budget hotel chain announces the next wave of its ongoing UK expansion programme, extending more locations and more choice to UK travellers. The group expects to open 17 new hotels across the UK in 2019, creating more than 350 new jobs and growing its hotel network to 595 locations in the […]

New report reveals how to make money from membership economics

New research from international growth strategy experts Manifesto Growth Architects has revealed that 70% of businesses believe that membership and subscription models hold the key to future commercial growth and expansion, yet very few are harnessing its potential. With Disney announcing details of its new streaming service to rival Netflix, the Financial Times reporting one million paying readers a […]

Premier League Clubs ‘failing to cash in on stadium rights’ says report

Premier League football clubs are missing out on millions of pounds in stadium naming rights, a report says. Financial advisors Duff & Phelps said: “clubs are not utilising naming rights revenue to their full potential”. Only 30% of top flight teams have a stadium sponsor, compared with more than 80% in American football’s NFL. The […]

Royal Mail to launch first ever parcel postboxes

Royal Mail has announced plans for the UK’s first-ever parcel postboxes. The company said 1,400 of the new postboxes would be installed across the country in more than 30 locations over a six-month period, starting in August. Customers will be able to post parcels in the same way that they currently post a letter, provided […]

Online political ads need law change says Watchdog

Are the UK’s election laws fit for the era of digital campaigning? The Electoral Commission certainly does not think so. The watchdog has called for a change in the law to make online political adverts show clearly who paid for them. It wants online adverts to carry the same information as printed election material, which […]

EU Countries behind the global pace on crypto currency

New research commissioned by leading global cryptocurrency company Luno has revealed that nearly half (47%) of European countries are still sceptical about the profitability and safety of cryptocurrencies. Whereas nearly 4 in 5 (79%) of those in emerging markets* outside of Europe are more optimistic about the profitability of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. Cryptocurrencies […]

Google outlines $13bn US investment

Google plans to spend more than $13bn (£10.1bn) this year, as it builds data centres and offices across the US. The search giant promoted its plans in a blog post on Wednesday, saying the investments would spur the creation of more than 10,000 construction jobs. The firm will also add tens of thousands to its workforce, doubling […]