Germany ‘no longer attractive’ to US investors | EurActiv

EurActiv Germany reports that top American companies no longer see Germany as an attractive investment and the country is losing jobs as a result. It seems that, “Germany attracts attention, but it’s no longer attractive to investors,” according to AmCham Vice-President Frank Riemensperger.

Source: Germany ‘no longer attractive’ to US investors | EurActiv

Based upon Spiegel’s excellent article on innovation in Shanghai, I think that the EurActiv viewpoint has some traction.

Of course, the games not lost yet, and if German government policy towards investment and innovation was sufficiently aggressive, everything could still change.

Any thoughts on Germany stimulating investment and innovation?

Small business growth returns to pre-recession levels says study – FT.com

Here’s an excellent article from the FT, citing latest research from the Enterprise Research Center (five UK business schools).

via Small business growth returns to pre-recession levels says study – FT.com.

The article claims that small businesses (small medium enterprises  – SMEs) have finally returned to pre-recession levels. The article highlights that:

There are 5.2m businesses in the UK, 99 per cent of which are classified as SMEs. They employ more than 15m people and have a total turnover of £1.6tn, 47 per cent of business turnover.

Whilst the FT article and the underlying ERC research provide some useful objective data, there’s a an absence of subjective insight. During the same period, large corporate entities have continued to grow their profitability and capitalization – they have not had banks refuse to grant finance, nor ask for personal guarantees.

Let me turn this to an open question:

Why has UK small business growth only just returned to pre-recession levels?

Thoughts?