What they say

Stephen Archer is a speaker with great charisma. By using illustrations and personal experiences and not being afraid to share his own point of view of the current situation and who is to blame for it, he engages the whole audience, at the same time helping us all to understand the credit crunch a little better.

— Warwick Business School


Greece and Scotland – Unlikely comparisons?

October 13th, 2014 by Stephen Archer | View Comments

For three hundreds years Scotland, made up of a mainland and many islands has been part of the UK. For nearly 15 years Greece made up of a mainland and many islands has been part of the Euro – the ‘ultimate’ member status of the EU. Greece has had a torrid time as a member…

What have we learnt from the Great 2008 to present recession?

March 3rd, 2014 by Stephen Archer | View Comments

‘Great Recession’? Of course not greater than the Great War 100 years ago but let us not forget the lessons of this lesser skirmish since it arguably affected so many people. It was (and still is) the greatest economic crisis since 1929 – the so-called Great Depression. So what are the lessons for businesses? 1.…

2014 – What will this significant year bring?

January 13th, 2014 by Stephen Archer | View Comments

In January 1914 there was no hint of the first global conflict that would commence just 8 months later. Such is unpredictability. Yes, the seeds were there but even the best informed could not make a credible prediction of the events starting in August 1914. Are we in for any major economic or political shocks…

We are recovering – but how has the world changed?

August 13th, 2013 by Stephen Archer | View Comments

Having  just completed a world tour on business (UK, Ireland, Canada, USA and China) it is interesting to consider how the world looks as it settles from recession and the shock of 2008-2009. Such a shock has to have long term effects – but what are they? Before considering that I should point out that…

Economic Austerity – A broken Model?

March 20th, 2013 by Stephen Archer | View Comments

Let’s start with the clear and hazardous issue: the economy of the UK has shown no ability to grow under austerity policies and the policy compounds the issue by putting handcuffs on the patient so that the economy is structurally unable to grow and trade its way out of trouble. Businesses are frustrated, the electorate…

Is the UK economy doomed to stagnate? Can we put austerity on hold?

February 27th, 2013 by Stephen Archer | View Comments

The loss of the AAA rating from Moody’s would seem to cement the answer as a yes to this question – but it need not be so. Much as George Osborne may bluster the loss of credit rating, it shows that austerity policies alone will not suffice in the current economic malaise that is affecting…

Stimulating and enabling business and growth

October 5th, 2012 by Stephen Archer | View Comments

As the US Presidential debates get under way the ideas of big government vs. small government are being aired just as they are in the UK and indeed Europe – all be it in more oblique terms on this side of the Atlantic. France for example is suffering from the reaction to the reality of…

Banks – How will they recover their reputation? A global leadership crisis

July 11th, 2012 by Stephen Archer | View Comments

There are continued intakes of breath, tutting and shaking of heads at the antics of the banks. Barclays is in for the most opprobrium but the banking community has been viewed as villains ever since Northern Rock was the first to have the wheels come off in 2007 – yes it’s nearly 5 years since…

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