Austerity is changing our values and priorities

Tightened household budgets has prompted a rethink among consumers, and altered the way they react to retailers and brands, as Jane Simms discovers

Tobacco companies are playing catch-up

Jason Hesse investigates how the e-cigarette market is developing and the reaction of big tobacco companies

A world of difference

Where in the world should far-sighted businesses look for customers in the next decade and beyond?

Mobile is driven by consumers

Some major brands are playing catch-up with mobile marketing, realising the growing importance of sales via smartphones, as Jason Hesse discovers

Eyewear that doesn’t cost the Earth

Sustainable bamboo, castor oil seeds and “liquid wood” are just some of the materials inspiring a new generation of eco-friendly eyewear, as Nicky Collinson discovers

State of pay and cashless society

James Silver looks into the future and sees a cashless society, which technology has already largely enabled, but may yet be delayed by consumer caution

Mobiles mean less cash

From browsing to checkout, m-commerce is set to transform the UK into a nation of mobile consumers, as Dave Howell reports

Low carbon is future of business

Concerns about rising greenhouse gas emissions, population growth, extreme weather and resource scarcity are combining to transform corporate and investor understanding of the need for sustainable low-carbon business, writes Felicia Jackson