Country Profile — China

7 July 2020

China is on track to become the leading global economic and trading super-power this century, an opportunity not to be missed for UK exporters.

Covid-19 Regulatory Position Statements to help the environment

3 July 2020

The Environment Agency (EA) has published a number of temporary regulatory position statements (Covid-19 RPSs) to help organisations manage their activities during the current disruption. Regulators in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have taken a similar approach. In this article, John Barwise looks at those RPSs that are likely to affect businesses.

How prepared were organisations for the pandemic?

1 July 2020

Business continuity and resilience planning have not always been a priority for many organisations. Jon Herbert considers what lessons can be learned from a recent study on the pandemic response.

EU exit transition watch — Please leave at the next exit

26 June 2020

Almost exactly four years after the day the UK voted to leave the European Union (23 June 2016), Boris Johnson confirmed that the referendum decision would finally be made definite on 31 December 2020. At his June 2020 summit meeting with the three EU Presidents (Charles Michel (Council); David-Maria Sassoli (Parliament); and Ursula von der Leyen (Commission)), the Prime Minister endorsed the position set out by his lead man in the Brexit talks, Michael Gove, that there would be no extension of the transition period. However, he did not walk away from the negotiations, as he had several times threatened to do if the two sides were deadlocked.

Sustaining the supply chain

22 June 2020

Laura King considers the role of sustainable procurement as a tool to navigate Covid-19 now and into the future.

Digital detox or digital rethink?

18 June 2020

Since lockdown, our internet use has soared. Some of this increase is due to more working from home; other aspects will be related to our need to keep up with the news and stay connected. Here, Laura King considers how to ensure the wellbeing of employees in an “always on” culture.

Risk management for COVID-19: the new normal

18 June 2020

The coronavirus is a new hazard that will require the implementation of new risk control measures. Mike Sopp advises on how to assess and control the risks of a return to the workplace.

Coronavirus risk assessment FAQs

15 June 2020

As the lockdown eases, many organisations are planning for employees to return to work. However, before that can happen, employers must carry out a workplace risk assessment.