If we're going Dutch on takeovers please can we first plan the route?

City talk is of having an open, post-Brexit economy. So shouldn’t we be changing our approach to takeovers too?
Blimey. I had no idea. I simply did not realise that GKN was so vital to the interests of national security. There I was, supposing it was a car parts manufacturer with a bit of aerospace thrown in, and yes, a weeny slice of defence. And an underperforming, uninspiring amalgam at that. Then, along comes a bidder, Melrose, and flags are raised, and the national anthem sung. Melrose is portrayed in some sections of the media as a “vulture” and “asset stripper”, while GKN is hailed as a “British colossus”. GKN, didn’t you know, once made Spitfires (well, a small portion but not all, but hey ho), and the barricades must be manned. This, despite the reality that Melrose is itself British.
Unions and politicians get drawn into the conflict, pronouncing sonorously that GKN must be saved at all costs. To no avail, as some major investors indicate they are siding with Melrose. Then..

As Facebook Struggles, Rivals’ Leaders Stay (Mostly) Mum

As Facebook Struggles, Rivals’ Leaders Stay (Mostly) Mum Photo Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, has suggested that new regulation protecting personal data might be in order. Credit Jim Young/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The recent tribulations of Facebook, which has lurched from crisis to crisis over the past year, most recently over the handling of user’s personal data, has pushed a few of the industry’s most prominent names to speak out against the company.
Marc Benioff, the chief executive of Salesforce.com, has compared the deleterious effects of social media to those of tobacco and alcohol, and has called for more regulation of those tech companies. Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, has also suggested new regulation protecting personal data might be in order for businesses like Facebook.
“I think that this certain situation is so dire and has become so large that probably some well-crafted regulation is necessary,” Mr. Cook said recently at an event in Chin..

With one year to go until Brexit day, small businesses still have big concerns over Brexit

It’s vital that David Davis makes good on delivery of unprecedented access to it for a non-EU country
“There is a risk,” the Brexit secretary told BBC journalist Andrew Marr last Sunday, “in trying to focus just on the downsides.” He went on to say that the new free-trade deal between the UK and EU will be “the most comprehensive ever”.
David Davis is not the only one feeling a measure of optimism as the 12-month countdown to Brexit day on 29 March 2019 begins. Our latest small business confidence index returned to positive territory this quarter after a steady decline last year. Continued progress on Brexit talks will be key to ensuring this upward trend continues in the months ahead.
A transition period lasting until the end of 2020 is a key ask for small firms and it’s been a relief to see a real commitment to avoiding a cliff-edge moment in recent days. Having some certainty about what the regulatory landscape will look like immediately after our withdrawal makes it much easier..

Businesses are in danger of failing to prepare for something more than 'damage limitation Brexit'

Brexit offers the UK a chance to open new trade corridors, cut service sector based deals, and develop a new global identity. But these ambitions can only take off if we adopt a far bolder approach
Do you remember when we heard “Brexit means Brexit” or when we were offered a “red, white and blue Brexit”? Well with one year to go, I think business is in danger of failing to prepare for something beyond a “damage limitation Brexit”.
Of course we need to mitigate against the risks. Companies need to review workforce strategies, re-engineer supply chains and prepare for regulatory changes. Equally the public sector needs to build and staff giant new systems on both sides of the channel. These are huge challenges.
But unless we take more fundamental action, Brexit will create an economic headwind and UK innovation could spend the next 31 months stalling.
Read more UK businesses are not educating themselves on what Brexit could mean We are already seeing our clients question whether ..

Judge allows 2,300 women to proceed with gender bias lawsuit against Goldman Sachs

'This case is eight years old, and sometimes it’s worth the wait'
More than 2,300 women are pushing forward with a lawsuit claiming one of Wall Street’s largest banks discriminated against them on grounds of gender, after a federal judge gave the green light to their action.
US District Judge Analisa Torres said the women could bring their lawsuit alleging discrimination in terms of pay, promotions and performance reviews against Goldman Sachs, as a class action. The ruling covers female associates and vice presidents who have worked in Goldman’s investment banking, investment management and securities divisions since September 2004.
Goldman was accused of systematically paying women less than men, and giving them weaker performance reviews that impeded their career growth, Reuters said. The class certification can help plaintiffs achieve greater awards at lower costs than if they sued individually.
Here’s the TicToc on gender pay gap:
-Goldman Sachs pays women in U.K. 56..

TV licences, dental appointments and prescriptions are all increasing in price this weekend

Price hikes coming into effect this weekend will cost UK consumers more than £2bn in total
Prices for a range of goods and services are set to go up this Sunday, and British households will have to shell out an extra £100 over the next year to cover the costs, according to new research.
Financial comparison site money.co.uk has dubbed Easter Sunday 2018 “National Price Hike Day”, and warned of a raft of price hikes that will take effect over the weekend, costing more than £2bn in total across the UK.
The price rises include:
Increased NHS dental charges Prescription costs will go up by 2.32 per cent, or 20p TV licence costs will rise by £3.50 to £150.50 Air passenger duty on long haul flights (distances over 2,000 miles) will increase by 4 per cent, which will pull flight costs up Read more The cost of living in every part of the world in one infographic Energy firms E.ON, Engie and Bulb will hike bills later this month, while iSupply increased prices last month and water b..

One year to Brexit: How well has the British economy really been performing? And what can we expect next?

So just how has well or badly has the British economy performed since the country voted to Leave? And what is the best estimate of what we can expect to come next?
There is now just one year to go before the UK exits the European Union.
Read more The real reasons the UK's economic forecasts are so apocalyptic Before the June 2016 referendum the Treasury famously warned that a Leave vote would result in an instant UK recession.
That has not materialised, as Brexiteers frequently delight in pointing out.
But opponents of Brexit also stress that the UK’s growth has slowed dramatically since 2016.
So just how has well or badly has the British economy performed since the country, by a relatively narrow margin, voted to Leave?
And what is the best estimate of what we can expect to come as the 12 month countdown to Brexit itself begins?
Currency The UK’s currency, of course, fell through the floor in the early hours of 24 June 2016, when it became clear that the Britons had vot..

Tech Tip: Keeping Personal Appointments Private on Google Calendar

Keeping Personal Appointments Private on Google Calendar Q. My office uses the business version of Gmail and Google Calendar. Can other people see my appointments on Google Calendar even if I haven’t sent a sharing invitation?
A. Google’s G Suite is the paid version of its mail, calendar, office software and file-sharing applications, and is designed for businesses. The company’s designated administrator controls the default settings for users, so ask your corporate G Suite master about the specific calendar visibility used across your company.
Google notes that it is “common practice” to use the “See all event details” setting as the default for corporate calendars. This means that other people can add your office calendar to their own list of calendars to manage and plan meetings, videoconferences and other collaborative events. Some offices allow people to see when co-workers have time blocked out on their calendars, but generically label the events as “busy” so that co-workers can ..