Victor Hill

Winners and losers in Mr Osborne’s Brave New World

Winners and losers in Mr Osborne’s Brave New World

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On 08 July George Osborne delivered the first budget from a Conservative government since Ken Clark stood at the House of Commons despatch box in March 1997. Although many of Mr Osborne’s measures had been well trailed, the final coup de grâce – the introduction of a mandatory Living Wage – came as a surprise. This will have important implications on both government finances and corporate profitability in the UK which I would like to unpack here.

The only rival Google fears

The only rival Google fears

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Microsoft changed our lives. I couldn’t have written this article without their technology, and you couldn’t read it. Some say that Apple is the technological touchstone. Then again, so many seem to be drawn to Facebook, like moths to a flame. Many others swear by Twitter. Personally, there is one technology titan whose services I…

Thomas Cook Group will get beyond this mess

Thomas Cook Group will get beyond this mess

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The conventional wisdom, until recently, was that consumer services had been blown out of the water by the advent of the internet. Why would anyone go to a high street insurance broker to sort out his car insurance when he could log onto the internet and get a get a quote directly from Gocompare.com or…

Ryanair is flying high
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Ryanair is flying high

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Let’s talk about the vibrant industry whose customers we all are on a regular basis: budget, or low-cost, no-frills airlines. Thanks to these operations, we Brits are amongst the most peripatetic people on the planet. Two business models have emerged in the airline industry over the last 20 years. Firstly, there are airlines which specialise…

Things are looking up for insurers

Things are looking up for insurers

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I recently received an email from a genealogy website called Ancestry.co.uk offering me a DNA test for just £79 (reduced from £99). “Our DNA matching combines ground-breaking science with traditional research to give you the most accurate family history results available. The technology pinpoints relatives you never knew existed; you can then work with your…