31 July 2013
I should get the declaration of interests out of the way first. I am a physical sciences geek. As a child I took things to pieces – and occasionally put them back together again. I read science books. I was given endless “science project” birthday and Christmas presents. I trained as a scientist and got my first job as a scientist in industry. Over time, I have added a veneer of being a businessman, but I cannot walk past a cool piece of technology without trying to work out how it works – although the impulse to exploit it comes a close second.
16 July 2013
In all my time in industry, the main thing we worried about was money. Whether we had enough, whether we could get any more, how much we had to spend to get more and so on. I got to musing about it all recently when the debate about a Green Investment Bank appeared and receded. What is the best financial support mechanism for a Government to use? In industry we used to worry about 3 main types of money. When I became a public servant, I have learnt that there are 2 other types. There may be more!