The Push for Growth 11 May 2012
The election of Francois Hollande as President of France signalled a shift to growth policy across Europe.
Following the news of a double-dip recession in the UK, and the unpopularity of austerity measures in the Eurozone, pro-austerity politicians have suffered losses in elections. There has been a rise of support for politicians with an agenda to promote growth.
European Push for Growth
In France, Francois Hollande defeated Nicolas Sarkozy to become President of France, promising that austerity was no longer inevitable. Pro-austerity politicians have lost power in Greece, and the parties are attempting to form a coalition, but it appears the austerity measures already agreed may not be followed through.
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has insisted that existing agreements made by Greece of austerity in exchange for bailouts must be stuck to, and the fiscal pact for austerity already agreed among Europe’s leaders cannot be renegotiated. Germany has signalled, however, some willingness to be flexible and to have a cautious sustainable growth policy.
The key point for Germany is that growth should not be financed by debt, which would lead to short term unsustainable growth. This is echoed by European politicians.
European Proposals for Growth include:
UK Push for Growth
Business leaders looked for growth plans in the Queen's Speech.
In the UK, the Conservatives suffered losses at the local council elections, leading the government to promise to focus on the economy and not be sidetracked. The Queen’s Speech, outlining the government’s programme of legislation for the year ahead, was criticised by business leaders for lacking proposals for growth
Business surveys continue to show that UK companies remain optimistic, despite the double-dip recession.
The UK is ‘at a turning point’ and ‘on the brink of a lasting recovery’ according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
A common theme is that certain areas should be targeted for growth. These include measures aimed at helping the struggling southern countries of Europe and investing in infrastructure projects.
In the UK, the Chancellor George Osborne has identified 10,000 mid-sized British companies which are the ‘real engine of growth’, and is seeking to target and professionalize these.
SiteSphere offers growth opportunites for Suppliers.
The Telegraph has focused on 1000 of these companies, and reports on strategies these companies have used to be successful even through the downturn:
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Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup.
When business finance is hard to come by, there is a question of how small firms are to grow. A popular strategy for small businesses to grow without the need for venture capital is described by Eric Ries in his book “The Lean Startup”.
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How Bizzy Helps with Growth
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Posted in bizzy blog on 11 May 2012.