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Budget 2013 Insight
Analysis and Insight on Budget 2013 from The Sunday Times' David Smith
George Osbourne's 2013 Budget was delivered this year on March 20th.
REED hosted our fifth annual Budget Breakfasts in London and Birmingham, at 2 the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London, and the Bank Restaurant, Birmingham on March 21st. Find details of the events and the speaker presentations below.
Reed Accountancy & Reed Finance Budget Breakfast, London
Following the annual Budget from Chancellor George Osbourne, our Chairman, James Reed once again hosted a Budget Breakfast seminar in order to help businesses ‘make sense' of this year's budget.
David Smith, Economics Editor for The Sunday Times gave a compelling presentation and explained what is happening to the UK and global economy in simple and practical terms. Before explaining the specific terms and discussing the government deficit, he asked several questions of our guests, including: Is it a good Budget for business? Is it a Budget for jobs? And is it a Budget for housing?
Overall there was a general positive attitude towards measures in this year's Budget from our 67 guests. These were all Senior Finance Professionals from organisations such as HSBC, BNP Paribas and Harvey Jones to name a few.
Reed Finance Budget Breakfast, Birmingham
Reed Finance hosted a Breakfast seminar this morning on the topic of the Chancellor's annual budget yesterday. The event was held in partnership with Smith & Williamson at Bank Restaurant in Brindley Place.
Partners Ray Abercromby and Robert King presented the key points in relation to business; covering Employment Taxes, Offshore Issues, Corporation Tax, partnerships and many other issues.
42 senior finance professionals from the Birmingham area attended the event, all of whom expressed a broadly positive outlook on the budget's content, while there were some measures that many agreed as being "bizarre".
Budget 2013 Breakfast, Birmingham
About David Smith:
David Smith has been Economics Editor of The Sunday Times since 1989, where he writes a weekly column. He is also chief leader-writer, an assistant editor and policy adviser. He also writes columns for the CBI's Business Voice, Tax Journal and other publications. He speaks and broadcasts regularly to a wide variety of audiences. Prior to joining The Sunday Times, he worked for The Times, Financial Weekly, Now! Magazine, the Henley Centre for Forecasting and Lloyds Bank.
David Smith is the author of several books, including The Rise and Fall of Monetarism, Mrs Thatcher's Economics, North and South, From Boom to Bust, UK Current Economic Policy, Eurofutures, Will Europe Work?, Free Lunch: Easily Digestible Economics, The Dragon & the Elephant: China, India and the New World Order and, most recently, The Age of Instability: The Global Financial Crisis and What Comes Next. He has his own website www.economicsuk.com. He was born and brought up in the West Midlands and studied at the Universities of Wales, Oxford and London. He is a visiting professor at both Cardiff University and Nottingham University, and has lectured at Nottingham's Malaysia and Ningbo (China) campuses.