Amy McIntyre

brazil nut trees

A new timber-related programme has been launched in a bid to end the illegality that exists across the sector and instead provide buyers with sustainable certification, supply chain and pricing information so they can ensure all purchases are genuine. Launched at the end of last month by BVRio Environmental Exchange,

private equity study

Private equity fund managers are optimistic about the industry’s performance in 2017 as they look to shake off the volatility of last year, according to a new report from BDO. Its global poll of 200 fund managers found 71 per cent now think the investment landscape is “favourable”, compared to

wind power europe

Europe received a record total of €27.5 billion of new investments in wind power in 2016, adding 12.5 gigawatts (GW) of new power capacity, according to a new report issued by industry body WindEurope. According to the newly published figures, wind energy projects accounted for 51 per cent of all

us real estate chinese investors

A record amount of global real estate investment was made by Chinese buyers over the course of last year, according to new research from JLL Global Capital Flows. Chinese buyers snapped up $33 billion worth of property, both commercial and residential, last year, which represented a staggering rise of almost

life sciences

Investment into some of the UK’s most promising life sciences firms more than tripled last year, with analysts expecting the trend to continue into 2017 as the sector continues to attract investors. Despite all the uncertainty caused by Brexit, the Trump presidency and a volatile global political situation, speakers at

uk retail shops

Landlords in the UK are abandoning the buy-to-let strategy that has been their mainstay over the past several years, investing instead in high street shops. The investors are switching from buy-to-let – buying a property to let it out, rather than live in it – to commercial property as they

Aim market london

“The increase in M&A shows that Aim works.” Dealmaking on the UK’s Alternative Investment Market (Aim) rose sharply in 2016 with 34 companies listed on it being snapped up, a fifth more than the 28 taken over in 2015. Research from Hacker Young suggests the number of Aim takeovers shows

logs, timber, forestry investments

If your Christmas tree got you thinking about investing in wintry UK woodland, you might want to keep that thought at the forefront of your mind, because investing in forestry could well put you on to a winner. UK forests are generally agreed to be good places to put your

records / vinyl collecting

First there was the CD. Then the MP3. Then smartphones. Then Spotify. All these formats and services were supposed to herald the death of the vinyl record, with music fans expected to shun their physical stores of music in favour of purely digital versions instead. Didn’t happen. For some reason

Oil Rig

The oil and gas industry will turn cash flow positive for the first time in three years – as long as OPEC production cuts drive oil prices above $55 a barrel. A new report from the respected energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie suggests the sector is close to recovery after being