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The European Commission is struggling to justify an increase of nearly 7 per cent in the EU payments budget for 2013.  The timing could hardly be worse, with national budgets feeling the full force of austerity, governments facing fierce opposition to spending cuts at home, and the Dutch being forced into new elections as coalition… » read more

Governments obviously provide support to the riskier R&D phase of a company’s product development cycle, putting their trust in the private sector to provide further investment. One of the biggest challenges facing early-stage companies and even more mature enterprises, however, is how to best get their products and services to the market. At the same… » read more

Back from Davos

I am just back from the WEF in Davos. I should have posted this blog sooner but frankly the rhythm there was quite frantic. I am sure that you have been bombarded with information about the 2009 edition of Davos but here are my observations after more than a week in the over-protected Alpine resort… » read more

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