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Manchester Terror Attack

by May 23rd, 2017

On Monday 22 May 2017, there was a terrorist attack at a concert at the Manchester Arena that has left 22 people dead and 59 wounded including women and children, after a suicide bomber caused an explosion. Echoes of Paris The fatal attack on concert-goes bears a chilling resemblance to the November 2015 terror attacks […]

Mastercard – VocaLink Deal Passes Crucial Regulatory Test

by April 19th, 2017

On Tuesday, 11 April 2017, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that proposed steps by Mastercard International Inc and VocaLinkHoldings Ltd had adequately addressed competition questions relating to Mastercard’s planned acquisition of VocaLink. The decision clears the way for the GBP700 million deal to close in the coming weeks. Once completed, the acquisition […]

Urban Core Revival: City of Manchester’s Population Growth Continues to Impress

by March 30th, 2017

Some cities around the world are beginning to buck the long established trend of suburban living as discussed in the recently published Strategy Briefing, Urban Core Revival: Drivers, In-Depth Look at Cities and Implications for Businesses. Among UK cities, this tendency is most evident in Manchester’s core urban area (City of Manchester) which grew seven times […]

New Strategy Briefing: The UK Post Article 50: The Impact of a No-Deal Brexit

by March 27th, 2017

With the UK government triggering article 50 to leave the European Union (EU) in March 2017, the two-year exit process will begin. Attention has turned to the details of the “divorce” settlement and negotiations will be centred on the technicalities of withdrawal – including the financial cost to the UK – and the future relationship […]