Guy Hands’ View

9 December 2014

UK energy policy is driven by populism and prejudice: Consumers pay the price

I can imagine ministers’ horror when they read front-page stories earlier this autumn that the UK could suffer blackouts this winter. The speed with which National Grid promised that generating capacity would meet demand, no matter how low temperatures fall, shows how deep are memories of the political damage caused by the three-day week in the 1970s.

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22 May 2014

David Boies delivers 2014 Hands Lecture on the topic of human rights

Earlier this month, I was very pleased to take part in the Annual Hands Lecture, hosted by Mansfield College, Oxford. My wife Julia and I, along with Mansfield’s Principal Baroness Helena Kennedy, welcomed internationally renowned attorney David Boies to deliver a lecture on the topic of “Human Rights and the Rule of Law: Eight Centuries after Runnymede.”

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20 May 2014

Guy Hands: Chelsea Flower Show’s popularity shows gardening business is growing

Our love of gardening – and for Alan Titchmarsh who has designed a garden for the first time in three decades – means tickets for the 101st Chelsea Flower Show are changing hands for £575, nine times face value.

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14 May 2014

Ukraine crisis shows Europe must not turn its back on renewable energy

If we needed a reminder of how politics and energy are inextricably linked, the Ukraine crisis has done us all a timely service. The price and supply of gas is rapidly becoming a major Russian weapon against its neighbour, and by extension, its European supporters.

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9 May 2014

This unsustainable tech boom poses a serious risk to the global economy

THE PENNY seems to be slowly dropping. Investors have taken fright at how they have driven up the value of the tech sector. A range of big name tech firms have suffered sharp falls in share prices. Twitter is down over 40 per cent over the last three months. Facebook has fallen by 11 per cent over the same period.

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17 March 2014

Government is loading SMEs with too many costs and regulations

George Osborne’s Budget speech this week is, as usual, shrouded with secrecy. But I think we can all anticipate it will include a hefty section on the Government’s support for the hi-tech industries of the future and the high-skilled jobs they would provide. This has, after all, become as much part of the Budget tradition as the photograph of the Chancellor posing outside No 11 with his red box.

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28 January 2014

No matter what the politicians say, GDP is a distorted guide to economic performance and a bad way to measure prosperity

When running a business, you learn that nothing matters more than setting the correct objectives and making sure you keep a very close eye on the balance sheet.

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1 November 2013

Japan’s elderly must get a yen for change

Japan’s recent economic history has haunted Europe ever since the global financial crisis first hit. With every quarter of weak or non-existent growth, the country’s two lost decades of stagnation was seen as a terrible warning of what the future held for Europe and the UK.
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25 October 2013

Driving Value Through a Commitment to Operational Excellence

Earlier this month, we at Terra Firma were very pleased to receive the Operational Excellence Award from Private Equity International (PEI) for the European Large-Cap category. This was a wonderful recognition of the years of hard work Terra Firma has spent transforming Deutsche Annington, which ultimately transformed the business from a quasi-state-run entity to a world-class company which is now listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

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11 September 2013

Why Unions Must Be Part of Our Long-Term Economic Solution

The Trade Union Congress, like a Seventies revival band, rolled into Bournemouth this week. There will, I predict, be few surprises. From the conference floor, we will hear all the old hits replayed with industrial action threatened, government failure and employer callousness slammed by a succession of speakers. In response, the media, politicians and business will react by painting unions as out-of-touch and a brake on progress. It is a familiar if depressing narrative.

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