Author Archives: mikewpaice

About mikewpaice

Freelance writer and researcher.

Enterprise in Hull

In Hull, they know that it is tough being Hull. They know that most secondary school students in the London commuter belt have no idea where Hull is and they must wonder also just how many in the Palace of … Continue reading

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Europe in the zone?

Worrying but unsurprising that GDP in the UK is trailing that of the majority of its European partners. We have, in many respects, a tougher job to do from a less diverse economic base than those of the EU growth … Continue reading

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Compensation for discrimination

Care needs to be taken in considering any limits on compensation levels for discrimination cases – see Next steps in review of employment law. Few people will escape without ever experiencing some level of employer discrimination during their lifetime. Often … Continue reading

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Happy Europe Day!

Image courtesy of the European Commission Oh come on, you knew didn’t you? 9th May, the day back in 1950 when Robert Schuman called upon European nations to pool together their coal and steel resources, paving the way to the … Continue reading

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STEM – time to walk the walk.

Successive UK governments have long harped on about the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects and quite rightly so. Has all this talk amounted to much? Well, it seems not. New research shows that people feel less … Continue reading

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Heads or tails? AV or not, at the toss of a coin.

I have, perhaps, given over too much of my ever dwindling brain power to the AV debate. As much as anything, I have been trying to decide if there really is merit in the proposed system of ranking candidates in … Continue reading

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Immigrant entrepreneurs head for home

The Kauffman Foundation in the U.S.A. has published a report today that has found that “high-skilled immigrant entrepreneurs from India and China are leaving the United States by the tens of thousands each year”. And the main reason – better … Continue reading

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19th century rail links let down the North East

Photo courtesy of A couple of days ago my friends at the Bdaily Business Network Northeast inadvertently “set me off on one”. An article had been posted about a very commendable programme offering start-up funding to rural start-up and micro-businesses … Continue reading

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Today’s GDP announcement

Photo courtesy of H. M. Treasury I suppose that the best thing we can say about this morning’s announcement on Q1 GDP (still 0.5%) is that there weren’t really any surprises. The economy is still very much dependent on its … Continue reading

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Welcome to Pontacks Coffee Shop

There’s nothing really new about social networking, only the way in which we do it. Today we use Facebook or Twitter and a range of online forums and communities to talk about the things of most interest to us, make … Continue reading

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