James Ashton

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James Ashton: Human capital could be Dubai’s next challenge

“Do you like cricket?” the Pakistani taxi driver asked as he drove us out to The Atlantis hotel, a pink confection on the tip of The Palm that features an ATM dispensing gold in a Rodeo Drive-style shopping arcade. “You look like a bowler.”

James Ashton: Abu Dhabi is trying hard – maybe too hard – to be a new desert playground

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is stunning, but will the tourists come?

International Airlines chief Willie Walsh slams Government over visas and Heathrow

Airlines chief Willie Walsh today renewed his assault on the Government’s tourism policy, warning Heathrow will be eclipsed by faster-growing hub airports and British travellers face tougher travel restrictions from countries frustrated by our visa regime.

James Ashton: Pippa Middleton job shows Waitrose chief's media ambitions

Much fun has been had at Waitrose’s expense for signing up star

James Ashton: Junking junk mail may not be such a good idea

Lunch with an advertising executive on Tuesday persuaded me that all was mostly well in the land of black rollnecks.

James Ashton: Size matters, so Britain must grow big businesses to feed our economy

A confluence of events reminded me of the real challenge Britain faces to reboot itself as a nation of entrepreneurs. I emerged on Wednesday from a persuasive briefing with Santander's boss Ana Botin on her campaign to recruit more small-business customers to read an email reporting that a little-known company called Ubiquisys had been sold.

New dawn in regulation as Osborne launches PRA

George Osborne will today reaffirm the Government's commitment to learn lessons from the banking collapses and mis-selling scandals of the past as he joins Sir Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, to launch the Prudential Regulatory Authority, a new subsidiary that will police financial stability.

Charities use mobile technology to boost donations

The charity website Justgiving.com is souping up its mobile service after a surge in fundraising on the go helped to fuel a 26 per cent rise in donations so far this year.

Sir Ronald Cohen stepping down as head of Big Society Capital

Sir Ronald Cohen, the veteran financier, is stepping down as chairman of Big Society Capital, the government-backed social investment bank set up a year ago to help charities and community projects.

James Ashton: A change of mindset (and another miracle) would really help the economy

An extra £3bn a year from 2015 to kickstart infrastructure is a drop in the ocean
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