Blog Post – The lid is open: why is the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement costly and what does the UK need to do?


The lid is open: why is the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement costly and what does the UK need to do?     [Authors: Professor Jun Du, Aston University & Dr Oleksandr Shepotylo, Aston University]                As far as trade is concerned, the EU exit has been rather costly to the UK. At the Centre for Business Prosperity, we…

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Blog Post: SMEs Going Green in a Post Covid World


SMEs Going Green in a Post Covid World   [Author: Bach Nguyen, Aston University] Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) play a major role in most economies. According to Word Bank, they represent more than 50% of employment worldwide and contribute up to 40% of national income (GDP). In the UK, SMEs account for 99.9% of the business…

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Blog Post: Fuel Poverty and ‘Green’ Economics


Fuel Poverty and ‘Green’ Economics [Author: Mark Smith, Aston University] The estimated total number of households now predicted to be in fuel poverty due to the latest price cap rise from 1 April 2022 is 6.32 million. This could rise to 8.5 million by the end of 2022. Fuel poverty is a major cause of ill health and death from the physical and…

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Blog Post: Transition to Net Zero for Finance


Transition to Net Zero for Finance [Author: Dr Sajid Chaudhry] Decades of finance research has focused on “shareholders’ supremacy” ignoring other stakeholders (employees, customers, suppliers, communities) as well as the environment that ultimately has an impact on the stakeholders. This ignorance has been acknowledged by the Business Roundtable by leading…

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Blog Post: Are Environmentally Friendly Banks Less Risky?


Are Environmentally Friendly Banks Less Risky? [29 March 2022] Banks that adopt eco-friendly policies usually exhibit lower risk. We used data from US banks to calculate their tail risk. Our analysis shows that environmentally friendly banks are often compensated in the form of low risk. Being perceived as being a low risk option is beneficial for a number…

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Blog Post: Net Zero and SMEs in a Post-COP26 World


Net Zero and SMEs in a Post-COP26 World [Author: Dr Anastasia Ri] COP26 is over, but the climate change challenges are here to stay. COP26 featured global and national players and the aims of the conference were on a grand scale. But was there a missed opportunity to focus on the SME market and inspire a local, as well as global, shift in thinking?  As a new…

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Blog Post: Where are Business Angels from?


Where are Business Angels from? [9 December 2021] Business angels, those who invest in entrepreneurial ventures at a very early stage, play a key role for new business development, which can help improve a country’s productivity. But where are business angels from?  Fei Qin, Tomasz Mickiewicz, and Saul Estrin write that people are more likely to become…

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Blog Post: Post-Brexit Services: Winners and Losers


Post-Brexit Services: Winners and Losers [30 November 2021] The UK is a services super power. As the second largest service market in the world and the largest in Europe, UK services sectors, especially professional, business and financial services sectors, contribute significantly to the UK economy in terms of gross output, value-added, and job creation.…

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Blog Post: China’s Energy Crisis Shows Just How Hard It Will Be To Reach Net Zero


Brexit: China’s Energy Crisis Shows Just How Hard It Will Be To Reach Net Zero [8 October 2021] As the world prepares to discuss more aggressive cuts to carbon emissions at the UN’s COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, China has just sent out the worst possible advance signal. It is going to loosen restrictions on coal mining in the final three months of…

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Blog Post – Brexit: UK Services are Losing out to EU Rivals – but Asia could be Big Winner


Brexit: UK Services are Losing out to EU Rivals - but Asia could be the Big Winner [28 July 2021] Seven months after Britain’s exit from the EU, the chilly effects on UK trade are being felt. Total exports of UK goods and services were down by 13% (£36 billion) and imports down 22% (£66 billion) for January to May 2021 compared to the same period in 2019,…

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