Policy area: Business

Reports

Capital improvement

This report from UK think tank the Social Market Foundation puts forward a proposal for a new in-work poverty benchmark for London employers. This Social Market Foundation report is the culmination of a three-year project supported by Trust for London examining the scale and impact of in-work poverty in London. It proposes the creation of...

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Boosting Britain’s food exports

This report from UK think tank Civitas analyses our food exports prospects and what can we learn from Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Norway. This report analyses prospects for food exports, especially Asia and North America. It analyses long-term trends in the UK’s trade in food. It identifies the products in which we have...

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A new deal for young people in the West Midlands

This report from UK think tank the Centre for Social Justice shows that a new deal is needed to unlock young people's potential and turbo charge the region's prosperity. Young people across Birmingham and the West Midlands, need a new deal for education, employment and skills in order to fully unlock their potential and turbo...

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Time off: redesigning leave policies to support longer, healthier working lives

This report from UK think tank The Work Foundation investigates whether current time-off policies are sufficient to support an older and sicker workforce stay-in work. Work Foundation analysis shows time off in the UK has become widespread, but access to it unequal. We found that 1.15 million workers are not eligible for Statutory Sick Pay...

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Rock bottom: low investment in the UK economy

This report from UK think tank IPPR discusses low investment in the UK economy. The UK’s investment performance is still worse than every other G7 country, new data shows. Compared to Japan, the USA, Germany, France, Italy and Canada, the UK languished in last place for business investment in 2022, a spot we have now...

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Cultural recovery evidence review

This report from UK think tank City-REDI brings together academic and policy literature relevant to the theme of cultural recovery. This report by James Davies, City-REDI, University of Birmingham and Abigail Gilmore, Arts Management and Cultural Policy, University of Manchester brings together academic and policy literature relevant to the theme of cultural recovery, drawing on...

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Artificial intelligence and the challenge for global governance

This report from UK think tank Chatham House examines innovative approaches to AI regulation and governance. Artificial intelligence (AI) is advancing rapidly and is creating new and significant challenges for governance. New mechanisms must be developed and existing approaches strengthened to support international cooperation on AI. States will need sufficient capacity to be meaningful actors...

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Debanked

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs examines the economic and social consequences of anti-money laundering regulation. Debanking became a news story in 2023 when Nigel Farage alleged that Coutts had closed his account because its executives disapproved of his political opinions. A study by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) revealed...

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Shifting priorities? Employer responsibility in the third year of the cost of living crisis

This report from UK think tank The Work Foundation looks at how employers are supporting their workers with rising costs. Work Foundation analysis shows that low paid workers are vulnerable to the continued cost of living crisis as only 30% of British firms plan above inflation pay rises this year. Our new report with the...

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Disabling the enablers of sanctions circumvention

This report from UK think tank RUSI illustrates how fundamental policy and practice gaps allow enablers to improperly protect assets and interests from sanctions. This brief analyses a sample of over 100 relevant recent investigative reports, by OCCRP and other media outlets, on Russian and Belarusian individuals and entities who have been aided by professional service...

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A review of the economic and social value produced through funding PhD students

This report from UK think tank City-REDI highlights the significant returns for individuals, the Exchequer and university-industry collaborations. This report produced by City-REDI for the National Civic Impact Accelerator explores the extensive impacts of PhD study, from enhancing university operations to spillover benefits for society, industry, and personal development. It emphasises the civic role of...

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Triple dividend

This report from UK think tank Pro Bono Economics looks at how workplace volunteering can make us happier, healthier and more productive. Employers are struggling to find solutions to boost both their employees’ wellbeing and their productivity, as the UK economy fights to pull itself out of the doldrums. Growth is sluggish at best, and...

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The future of regulation

This report from UK think tank the Centre for Policy Studies offers a number of proposals to shrink the regulatory burden. Written by Tom Clougherty and Robert Colvile, this report is the first to offer a line-by-line analysis of the official impact assessments accompanying over 3,000 pieces of legislation. Arguing that the UK’s regulatory system...

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London’s living hours landscape: exploring insecure work in the capital

This report from UK think tank The Living Wage Foundation explores the scale of insecure work in London and the experiences of Londoners in insecure jobs. This report explores the scale of insecure work in London, as well as the experiences of Londoners employed in insecure jobs. We consider different aspects of insecure work, such...

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Making complaints count

This report from UK think tank the Centre for Public Data looks at how regulators share complaints data. Nearly all key consumer-facing regulators publish complaints data in order to protect consumers. The Gambling Commission, however, is falling short of these standards. Data on complaints made about firms should be published to inform consumer choices, incentivise...

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