Entrepreneurialism

Competitive socialising: regeneration's new Golden GooseHigh scores matter more than high alcohol consumption

Competitive socialising: regeneration’s new Golden Goose

When he was a student Merrion Strategy’s MD Dougal Paver well remembers the odd competitive drinking session or two, but ‘competitive socialising’?  That requires some investigating… My first illegal pint was in a pub called the Craven Heifer in Ingleton, North Yorkshire.  Myself and a load of pals had hitch-hiked up there, aged 16, for a week’s camping and fishing on […]

Bank of Liverpool porticoWe need to look to the powerhouses of old to find the ones of the future

How to fire up the Northern Powerhouse

Want to fire up the Northern Powerhouse, Chancellor?  Bung £25m into a kitty and task Merseyside’s private sector with matching it, then re-launch the Bank of Liverpool.  Shareholders will make a fortune, says Dougal Paver. Since the onset of the industrial age, 95% of the world’s trade by volume has been conducted by sea.  In my grandfather’s lifetime, Liverpool owned one […]

One of UK brewing's finestMake mine a large half

Boom in UK brewing proof that high taxes kill enterprise

Liverpool’s shipping industry migrated off-shore to escape high taxes, taking a huge wealth creator with it. Its brewing industry is being re-born thanks to a reduction in government duties.  See the connection? The UK brewing industry is entering a golden age, with 10% growth in the number of breweries in each of the last three years.  We now have more […]

Entrepreneurship largely eludes the frenchHeading for London, double-quick

Entrepreneurship? The French don’t even have a word for that

George W Bush’s famous quip about the root cause of France’s sluggish economy may have made him sound a bit foolish, but did he have a point?  Merrion Strategy founder Dougal Paver investigates. Over in France’s sixth largest city a workforce of 400,000 highly qualified Frenchmen run a vast array of enterprises, building one of the world’s great commercial entrepôts as they go.  Tell them that […]

UK Ste[ping UpSomeone lend them a tenner.

Today’s CBI Stepping Up reports challenges the government to adopt a more interventionist line on business support.

The publication today of a report by the CBI suggesting that the ‘funding ladder’ for mid-sized businesses is broken is bound to catch the government’s eye.  The CBI Stepping Up report offers some interesting remedies to the problem of the absence of bank funding for fast-growing mid-sized companies, which has fallen by 22% since the banking crash. As the corporatist, provisional […]

I used to be apathetic, then I couldn’t be ar….

I used to be apathetic, then I couldn’t be ar….

There’s a cracking quote from the Communist Party of Great Britain in 1919 which sums up the rebellious, contrary and sometimes frustrating nature of the Liverpool psyche: “Liverpool is an anarchic place where spontaneity and the flamboyant gesture are preferred to the disciplines of tactical thinking and planned interventions. It is an organiser’s graveyard.” If ever an insight summed up […]