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


1916 – 2016 Plus ca change?

January 7th, 2016 by Stephen Archer | View Comments

Welcome to 2016. I cannot recall a year where I have felt so optimistic and so apprehensive too. If that sounds like a contradiction, then view this as polar perspectives which are inter-related by globalisation and the unstable geo-political climate that exists in much of the world. The febrile nature of many political states makes…

UK 2015 Election – A surprise? It should not have been

May 11th, 2015 by Stephen Archer | View Comments

On October 10th 2014 I made my one and only tweet predicting the outcome of the 2015 election 7 months later: Conservatives a small majority, Labour second and Lib dems a rout. I also made two that were slightly off: a low turnout (it was average) and 10 seats for UKIP, they got 1 seat…

2015: A complex year already

February 1st, 2015 by Stephen Archer | View Comments

We are hearing of a healthy UK economy in 2015, but is it another false dawn? There are many good indicators but fewer are the result of government action than George Osborne would have you believe.  Let’s take some key points: Growth: it will be good for the UK but it will not have any…

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…

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