Chris Nicholas

Chris Nicholas is a media and technology businessman, having originally studied economics and sociology at Edinburgh University and then qualified as a barrister and in accountancy. For the last ten years he has also written and advised extensively on economic policy and taxation; and is currently writing a book on contemporary capitalism.

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Britain’s ebbing economy

Chris Nicholas

The end of the belated and weak post-2008 recovery is exposing Britain’s economic weaknesses. If we are not to fall ever further behind, a new determined economic strategy is needed in place of failed Neo-liberal policies. Headline GDP only recovered to pre-crisis levels in late 2013. Growth was then desultory and has now slowed to…


While the superficial sunshine lasts

Chris Nicholas

In going for an early election focused on Brexit, the Conservative government knows even the superficially good economic news is unlikely to last. Four years of GDP growth, high levels of employment, the deficit down to pre-2008 levels and the stock exchange at record highs might all suggest the sun is shining on the British…

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A costly business

Chris Nicholas

Changes in business rates – the equivalent of council tax for businesses – are causing a storm of protest. The property values used to calculate business rates are being updated from the levels set seven years ago (having been deferred for two years to avoid this happening in an election year). As from the 1 April,…