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JENNIFER Newton, founder of Express Microbiology, wasn’t letting any doom-mongering dampen her mood on Thursday afternoon as she attacked the Scottish life sciences firm’s mounting order book.
SO MUCH for the Prime Minister’s “blue skies ahead” assurance to the Conservative Party faithful last Wednesday. By Friday morning the front pages blazed with the dire warnings of Bank of England governor Sir Mervyn King. “This,” he declared, “is the most serious financial crisis we’ve seen since the 1930s, if not ever.”
IT HAS seemed to me for many years now that the bad news with which we're battered every day is at odds with what we experience and see.
IF YOU were to maliciously design a perfect storm aimed at creating nightmarish financial conditions for pensioners, you needn't stray far from the present situation.
AGEISM is alive and well and kicking entrepreneurs hard. It appears the peak age to be an entrepreneur could be just 25.
LET'S not beat about the bush or wait till next January for the Scottish Government's "aye late" statistics to tell us what we already know: the economy north of the Border may already be in recession - and with no exit in view.
CRITICS of the banks (and there are quite a few) have been hitting us repeatedly with the message that they are not lending enough to Britain's businesses. Vince Cable, gang leader of the bank bashers, has been bullying them for months.
THERE are supposed to be three magic tricks for getting an economy out of recession. Unfortunately no-one knows what they are.
SUMMERTIME, and the living ain't so easy for entrepreneurs. Friends and family are all jetting off to the sun, but can entrepreneurs actually take holidays from their business?
Debt crises and glacial growth rate suggest last week's market turmoil is a portent for a global slump
WHO said lightning never strikes twice? With a morbid sense of timing western economies have conspired to give us a second crisis in the financial markets on the fourth anniversary of the beginning of the credit crunch.
IT'S surprising murder wasn't done when Scottish Gas's parent company Centrica announced profits of £1.3 billion for the first half of the year, given it has raised its prices twice since last December.
YOU could count on two hands the number of times we've had glorious hot sunny days these past few months. And with August just around the corner, it's fair to say this summer has been a washout as far as the weather is concerned.
PICTURE this: you get in the lift on your way to meet a business colleague, and there beside you is the investor you've been desperate to meet about funding your new product idea.
ACROSS financial centres worldwide, nerves are being stretched in a final countdown to a potential debt default by America. That the deadlock has lasted thus far is cause enough for a loss of confidence in an economy and a country where leadership is glaringly absent.
JUST when it looked like it could not get any worse for the banks, it will. No-one should pretend the half-year reporting season, kicking off this week, will be anything but awful.
PEACE with a German is like a wolf and a sheep living together, the old Polish saying has it.
TO LOSE a chief executive at any time can be unfortunate, but Neville Richardson's surprise decision on Friday to step down from the Co-operative Bank comes in the middle of his organisation's bid for the 632 branches that Lloyds is selling.