• Does reality TV create a good impression of entrepreneurship?

    They constitute some of the most visible content around but do they create a good impression of entrepreneurship?

  • Litter: who pays?

    In January the Communities and Local Government Committee took evidence in its inquiry on litter. Is it fair for firms whose products dirty our streets to pay the price?
    Peter Box
    YES The cleanliness of public spaces is important. Local authorities have been hugely successful in dealing with litter and keeping streets clean, which is borne out […]

  • Should Royal Mail be protected?

    Ofcom has rejected Royal Mail’s claim that rival operators jeopardise its ability to offer a universal postal service. Should the group be shielded from new entrants to the sector?
    YES. Our national identity is, in part, defined by unique and globally revered institutions including the BBC, the NHS and Royal Mail. Royal Mail is the pioneer […]

  • Should we reveal social mix?

    Alan Milburn, chairman of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, has called on businesses to “break open Britain’s elite” by declaring the social mix of their staff. Is there merit to his suggestion?
    Sara Robinson
    YES The idea of this course of action would be to shame companies into seeing how unrepresentative they are, and force […]

  • Social media & hiring

    Julia Meighan
    YES Social media is such an integral part of our daily lives that it’s almost unthinkable to not use it in the recruitment process. Each platform provides a window into an individual’s personality. Assessing how they handle themselves in public provides recruiters with a greater understanding of how they will act as an employee. Social […]

  • Is five-year term good for business?

    Has the coalition’s decision in May 2010 of a fixed parliamentary term proved a useful asset for the nation’s SMEs – or is five years too long to be stuck with an unpopular policy?
    Chris Wood 
    YES In my experience of business, decisions about investing, buying or selling are driven by confidence. It’s the reassurance that managers and […]

  • Should UK brands be British-owned?

    Rolls-Royce is now a German company, Newcastle Brown Ale is part-owned by the Danes, and even dear old Branston Pickle has ended up in the hands of the Japanese. Should iconic UK brands remain exclusively British-owned?
    Andy Milligan
    YES UK taxpayers fund the infrastructure that makes a competitive, innovative economy. The battleground of our future competitiveness […]

  • Should we ban after-hours emails?

    Under a legally binding labour agreement, thousands of French employees now have the right not to check their work emails or receive work-based phone calls after 6pm. Should the UK follow suit?
    Paula Whelan
    YES Despite the demands of a competitive marketplace, business owners have a duty of care to their employees, and that extends to ensuring they […]

  • Do all boards need Gen Y?

    The average age of boardroom members is estimated at 50. Is it better to let Millennials, who possess new skills, digital savvy and fresh perspectives, make more of the big decisions?
    Alan Mak
    YES We operate in the fastest-changing competitive marketplace in history, and businesses that want to stay ahead need Generation Y directors to help them […]

  • Should employers be allowed to track the whereabouts of their staff?

    With the rise in GPS and tracking technology, we ask two business leaders to debate this controversial subject