Free trade and independence

British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce president Alexis P. Lautenberg considers Switzerland’s trading relationship with the UK, the rest of Europe and beyond

Technology companies lead revival

Tech is the most innovative sector in the UK, says Julian David, director general of technology trade association Intellect

Backing Britain with big events that show we’re open for business

Does the UK value its business events sector as much as governments overseas promote their conference industries? Stephen Armstrong investigates

Uncertain future for uranium and nuclear amid safety fears

It generates a significant proportion of the world’s electricity supply, but as Chris Johnston writes, uranium also has the power to kill and destroy

Farmers must face new world order

Old patterns of agricultural trade are being swept away, reports Flemmich Webb, but business could be even better if barriers were lowered

Stepping into the funding gap

Small and medium-sized enterprises cannot always afford to buy the goods they need to fulfil their customers’ orders, but all too often banks are not prepared to provide the necessary funding

Look north for your port of call

Customer expectations around the delivery of non-food items are forcing retailers to radically rethink their supply chains, with many now seeing the benefits of portcentric logistics served from a northern UK base, says Geoff Lippitt, business development director at PD Ports

Financing exports to make UK business pay

Exporters are closing the UK’s trade gap, but to continue to grow overseas British businesses need finance, as Joe McGrath reports