Why a hit to the wealthiest could prolong any recession and its impacts for all of us

By Professor Andy Mullineux Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, Emeritus Professor of Financial Economics Much of the analysis following the Autumn Statement (AS) on 17th November focused on the impact of the rising cost of living and the stealth tax effects of inflation on household discretionary incomes (i.e. income after tax). With wage … Continue reading “Why a hit to the wealthiest could prolong any recession and its impacts for all of us”

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Will neo-craft retailing save the high street?

By Dr Alessandro Gerosa Department of Marketing I argue that this trend envisions an emerging retail paradigm of neo-craft retailing – beyond the ones of e-commerce and mass distribution – particularly suited for small and independent shops The health of brick-and-mortar retailing is in more precarious conditions than ever. The vocabulary is very eloquent. Discussions … Continue reading “Will neo-craft retailing save the high street?”

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Convenience, cost and discovery: what are consumers looking for?

By Dr Sarah Montano Birmingham Business School What unites Primark, second hand selling and clothes rental as key trends? One key factor is convenience […] Also, there is the joy of discovery Having just survived the pandemic and hoping for brighter times ahead, retail is once again facing a challenging and difficult time. Over the … Continue reading “Convenience, cost and discovery: what are consumers looking for?”

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Taxing Banks Fairly

By Professor Andy Mullineux Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, Emeritus Professor of Financial Economics While the cost-of-living crisis tears through the UK, consumers have faced huge changes in their mortgage rates, energy bills and grocery shopping – but banks have enjoyed windfalls borne on interest rate and tax changes. With the Autumn budget … Continue reading “Taxing Banks Fairly”

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How ‘scenarios thinking’ can help localise net-zero targets from COP27

By Dr Nana Osei Bonsu, Research Fellow Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, University of Birmingham Yet businesses and states went home empty-handed, with their numerous delegates achieving no significant and clear pathways to keep the 1.5-degrees target alive. So what now? Countries and businesses worldwide are stepping up their commitments to reduce greenhouse … Continue reading “How ‘scenarios thinking’ can help localise net-zero targets from COP27”

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The UK’s broken promises need mending at COP27

By Professor Ian Thomson Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham Businesses have to change and adapt if the UK is to reach its net zero targets and keep its COP26 promises. But they need governments to set an example with clear and consistent net zero measurements and policie … Continue reading “The UK’s broken promises need mending at COP27”

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Love me Do: How to fall in love with your local high street

By Dr Sarah Montano Birmingham Business School In 20 years’ time, as a society, do we want to look back and wish that we had saved our high-streets and not missed our window of opportunity? During the pandemic, one of the key changes in the retail sector was that consumers went back to shopping locally … Continue reading “Love me Do: How to fall in love with your local high street”

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Exploring the limits of platformisation: can the fashion modeling industry be platformised?

By Abigail Harrington PhD Management, Birmingham Business School Why is there not an Uber for modeling? Drawing from research on the live music industry, researchers offer three identifiable characteristics to explain why some industries may prove difficult to platformise: Complex qualitative evaluations to determine value Complex transactions that are intertwined and require ongoing negotiation A fragmented organizational … Continue reading “Exploring the limits of platformisation: can the fashion modeling industry be platformised?”

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