Business

An American in Cardiff

29 June 2019 9:00 am

The Spectator’s Economic Disruptor of the Year Awards 2019, sponsored by Julius Baer, celebrates innovative businesses throughout the UK that…

What I learned from piercing ears at Claire's Accessories

22 June 2019 9:00 am

I was 17, studying for my A-levels in Great Yarmouth. Looking to defy my parents’ instruction to get a part-time…

Running a bank’s tough. That’s no reason to start handing capital back

25 May 2019 9:00 am

The closing date for The Spectator’s Economic Disruptor of the Year Awards 2019, sponsored by Julius Baer, is Friday 7…

UK business investment has nosedived – what’s to blame?

6 April 2019 9:00 am

Business investment in the UK declined in all four quarters of 2018 to complete a year-on-year dive of 2.4 per cent,…

A fanfare for music’s next generation

6 April 2019 9:00 am

The Spectator’s Economic Disruptor of the Year Awards 2019, sponsored by Julius Baer,  are open for entries at www.spectator.co.uk/disruptor. We’re…

Creativity at the cutting edge of science

14 March 2019 9:00 am

The Spectator’s Economic Disruptor of the Year Awards 2019, sponsored by Julius Baer, are now open: the entry form is…

Watch out comrade: big business is turning communist

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Is it me, or is business becoming a teeny-weeny bit Stalinist? Common features include 1) Paranoia about political ideology; 2)…

The lost girls: Irma Leopold (Samara Weaving), Miranda Reid (Lily Sullivan) and Marion Quade (Madeleine Madden) in Picnic at Hanging Rock

Po-faced but worth sticking with: Picnic at Hanging Rock reviewed

14 July 2018 9:00 am

According to the opening captions in Picnic at Hanging Rock (BBC2, Wednesday), ‘the infamous events’ it depicts ‘began whena mysterious…

Lee Miller in Hitler’s bath, 1945

Grim and glorious: Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain reviewed

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Tick, tock. Tick, tock. Stay too long in the Lee Miller exhibition at the Hepworth Wakefield and the metronome might…

An interesting – but unrealisable – interpretation: Royal Opera's Don Giovanni reviewed

14 July 2018 9:00 am

When Kasper Holten’s production of Don Giovanni was first staged at the Royal Opera in 2014, I disliked it intensely,…

Running a bank’s tough. That’s no reason to start handing capital back

3 March 2018 9:00 am

A mixed bag of annual results from the big banks. RBS, still 73 per cent owned by the taxpayer, recorded…

iPhone 8 Plus, unveiled last week at the new Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Headquarters, Cupertino, California. The new features include a Retina HD display, A11 Bionic Chip and wireless charging

How the iPhone came to rule the world

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Rory Sutherland doesn’t have an iPhone. But he knows why you do

The City still leads the financial world, but it faces a fight on all fronts

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Should we place faith in a survey, conducted in June but published this week, that says London is still the…

Theresa May thought she didn't need business. She should think again

17 June 2017 9:00 am

Take no notice of the resilience of the FTSE100 index, which, having reached record pre-election highs, shed barely 100 points…

The economy isn’t all roses, but that’s no reason not to vote for Theresa May

13 May 2017 9:00 am

As the election campaign goes into full swing, we hear surprisingly little about the state of the UK economy —…

Even the most successful companies can be wrecked by idiots with MBAs

6 May 2017 9:00 am

I rang a company’s call centre the other day, and the experience was exemplary: helpful, knowledgeable, charming. The firm was…

Is Donald Trump a man we can do business with? An insider’s verdict

1 April 2017 9:00 am

How good a businessman is Donald Trump? Maybe the answer doesn’t matter, since barring death or impeachment he’ll be the…

Charlotte Hogg belongs to boardrooms’ real endangered species

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Tesco chairman John Allan provoked feminist fury by telling would-be non-exec directors, ‘If you’re a white male, tough: you’re an…

The threat of protectionism has put world business leaders on the defensive

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Globalisation has apparently been going too fast. It is blamed for benefiting managers and owners of capital — and emerging-market…

The footballing giant killers of 1914

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Big league Lincoln City became the first non-league club since Queens Park Rangers in 1914 to win a place in…

We should all be glad that Unilever saw off predatory robot Kraft Heinz

25 February 2017 9:00 am

I was sorry Kraft Heinz’s £115 billion bid for Unilever collapsed so fast — unveiled on Friday, it was dead…

Oxfam don’t understand the rich — but they still have a point

21 January 2017 9:00 am

I’ve objected before to the fact that supporters of Oxfam shops are unknowingly funding not only an aid charity but…

Whatever happened to Sir George? A festive finale to an eventful year

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Many (well, several) of you asked me what happened to George, the supermarket chairman who was the anti-hero of my…

Painting with light: a Polaroid shot on vintage film by photographer Alex Cad

The magic of Polaroid – and how I rescued it from oblivion

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Florian Kaps celebrates the magic of Polaroid – and describes how he rescued it from oblivion

May and Hammond’s promises to business are just window-dressing

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Theresa May likes to give a kitten-heeled kicking to conference audiences, even when they are police officers or her own…