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Thursday 30th January 2014

UK trade with China: brighter prospects ahead?

UK trade with China: brighter prospects ahead?
Description
We know that the phenomenal economic growth of China represents a huge opportunity for British firms. So it may be a surprise to learn that the UK's track record of exports to China is very weak, relative to our European counterparts.
Date:
Thursday 30th January 2014
Thursday 23rd January 2014

Crime on the high street goes missing

Crime on the high street goes missing
Description
For almost two decades now the statistics for recorded crime in England and Wales have been falling. And even though there has always been a difference, of some magnitude, between the numbers gathered through the British Crime Survey – a large-scale sample of the public's experiences of crime victimisation – and the (persistently smaller) statistics compiled by the police, there has been broad agreement at least in the downward trend.
Date:
Thursday 23rd January 2014
Categories:
Social Sciences
Friday 17th January 2014

The Birmingham Institute of Translational Medicine: world class made in Birmingham

The Birmingham Institute of Translational Medicine: world class made in Birmingham
Description
Remarkable progress in the treatment of human disease was made in the 20th century but much remains to be done.
Date:
Friday 17th January 2014
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences
Thursday 9th January 2014

A British Manufacturing Renaissance? The Reshoring of British Manufacturing

A British Manufacturing Renaissance? The Reshoring of British Manufacturing
Description
Something strange or perhaps rather unexpected has occurred over the last few years; the media and politicians have been highlighting the strength of British manufacturing. Perhaps even stranger are the many accounts of high profile manufacturing firms that have returned production processes to the UK from low-cost production locations abroad.
Date:
Thursday 9th January 2014
Categories:
Social Sciences
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