Big Picture

Published three times a year, Big Picture draws on the expertise of the IoD Policy and Parliamentary Affairs Team and external contributors.

Its purpose is to:

  • Present leading-edge thinking
  • Highlight key public policy issues affecting business
  • Look over the horizon at strategic issues likely to have an impact on business in the future
  • Provide an insight into public policy issues in an accessible format
  • Suggest solutions to the ‘big picture’ questions facing business

Well-regarded by IoD members and leading policymakers alike, each edition of Big Picture includes a range of topical articles on current and emerging business issues.

IoD members are welcome to submit ideas to the journal, or articles for possible publication. Please email Kathryn Allix.

Spring 2014 edition

High Speed 2: on the wrong track

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Article:  Personal taxes: shake them up and bring them down
Article: Education: 'must try harder'
Article: The new road ahead
Article: Evolving business trends in 2014

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High Speed 2: on the wrong track

Andrew Silvester, Senior Parliamentary Affairs Officer at the Institute of Directors, argues that High Speed 2 is not the infrastructure project Britain needs, nor that British business wants.

Sir David Higgins, the new Chairman of HS2, will be giving an alternative view to IoD members on 21 March 2014. Click here for further details. 

Personal Taxes

Personal taxes: shake them up and bring them down

Stephen Herring, IoD Head of Taxation, explains a personal tax reform proposal seeking to reduce marginal tax rates in the UK with an acceptable impact upon the Exchequer’s fiscal receipts.

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Education: 'must try harder'

Robert Coe, Professor in the School of Education and Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at Durham University, argues that efforts to improve education in England over the last 30 years have failed - but we can do better in future.

The new road ahead cover

The new road ahead

Dan Lewis, Chief Executive of Future Energy Strategies and Infrastructure Policy Adviser to the IoD, considers how emerging vehicle technologies can drive down the cost, congestion and pollution of road transport in the UK.

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Evolving business trends in 2014

David Smith, Chief Executive of Global Futures and Foresight, considers some of the major issues facing businesses over the next 12 months.

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