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Over the next six weeks spiked, in association with Clarke Mulder Purdie, will be looking at how the business psyche is likely to be affected by the recession. Will risk-taking and innovation be replaced by caution and restraint? And what of the political pressures? Will the scrutiny and regulation of the financial sector inhibit business practice more generally? These are just some of the questions we hope to address in the coming weeks.

At Clarke Mulder Purdie, a corporate and B2B public relations agency, we believe that understanding how organisations are positioned in relation to the big issues of the day is vital to effective communications. We have partnered with spiked to deliver this event as part of our Hothouse Foresight initiative, a series of research, debates and events, which explores how changes in the economic, social, political, business and media landscape - both locally and globally - are impacting organisations and their stakeholders.

Today’s unprecedented volatility poses complex challenges to safeguarding organisational relevance and the reputation of brands. Hothouse Foresight provides communicators with the strategic insights to overcome these challenges and deliver their organisational objectives. If you'd like to know more about Hothouse Foresight, or if you would like to explore how current trends are affecting your business and what the implications for your communications efforts, please do get in touch.

With risk-taking comes responsibility
Dan Atkinson
Economics editor, Mail on Sunday
No business should be too big to fail.
Business leaders do not want to take risks
Pippa Goodman
Account director, Future Foundation
Research by the Future Foundation shows the extent of risk-aversion.
Biotech strangled by risk-aversion
Dr Eliot R Forster
CEO Solace Pharmaceuticals
While there are reasons for under-investment in UK biotech industry, more risks need to be taken.
Lessons from the dot.com boom and bust
Chris Francis
director of government and regulatory affairs, IBM UK
Things may have looked bleak when the bubble burst in 2001, but online business has gone from strength to strength since.
The barriers to innovation
James Woudhuysen
professor of forecasting and innovation, De Montfort University, Leicester
Economics alone cannot explain the restraints on innovation.
The recession has empowered regulators
Nick Kochan
author of The Washing Machine and What Happened? And Other Questions Everyone is Asking About the Credit Crunch
Don’t neglect biotech
Simon Best
entrepreneur-in-residence, TVM Capital
The impact of the recession on risk-taking can be glimpsed in that most risky sector: medical advance.
A new era of regulation?
Edward Mason
Ethical investor
Business activity is being reshaped more by societal attitudes than new forms of regulation.
The demonisation of entrepreneurship
David Kern
British Chambers of Commerce
Attacks on bankers’ greed have led to a denigration of risk-taking and innovation.
This is really a political crisis
Rob Killick
CEO, cScape
To tackle the recession, we need to stand up for risk, science and progress.

Debate home
The debate
Dan Atkinson
Economics editor, Mail on Sunday
Pippa Goodman
Account director, Future Foundation
Dr Eliot R Forster
CEO, Solace Pharmaceuticals
Chris Francis
James Woudhuysen
De Montfort University
Nick Kochan
author, The Washing Machine
Simon Best
entrepreneur and investor
Edward Mason
Ethical investor
David Kern
British Chambers of Commerce
Rob Killick
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