Country Profile — Sri Lanka

4 June 2020

Sri Lanka, which translates as “resplendent island”, is well known to thousands of UK travellers and business people.

How to guide for social distancing at work

4 June 2020

As workplaces begin to resume operations, one of the main challenges they face is social distancing in the workplace. Workplaces will vary; however, employers should remember that they have a duty of care to their employees. Fiona Burns, Health, Safety and Risk Manager at Croner outlines the essentials for managing social distancing in the workplaces.

EU exit transition watch — UK and EU heading for a no-score draw

29 May 2020

There is no mention of the latest round of talks with the European Union among the three main stories for May on the Department for International Trade (DIT) website, and this is perhaps not surprising as press reports have indicated that little or no progress has been made. Paul Clarke examines the reasons for this and summarises the steps that the UK and the EU have taken.

Managing stress during the pandemic

25 May 2020

Amid all the uncertainties and disruption caused by COVID-19, an awareness of how your team is coping is all-important. Laura King looks at what managers can do to reduce stress for themselves and employees.

Cultural issues in international business

20 May 2020

Everyone involved in exporting knows about the barriers to trade such as tariffs, quotas and product standards and it’s a given that, when we sell to another country, we need to understand the legal regime. However, cultural requirements can be just as important but are often much more difficult to define. In this article, Tim Hiscock discusses the cultural rules and how they are mostly generalities about how people in a particular country behave. Not everyone conforms, and in any case, the customs change over time, sometimes quite rapidly.

Country Profile — Angola

11 May 2020

Oil-rich Angola has been a major investment hub for UK companies in recent decades, but a new diversification trend offers fresh opportunities for exporters.

EU exit transition watch — remember Brexit?

30 April 2020

It is now almost four years since the UK voted on 23 June 2016 to leave the European Union; more importantly, at the time of writing, it is not much more than four weeks before Prime Minister Boris Johnson has to decide whether he wants to finally bring this saga to an end and cut the trading, political and security ties that still bind the two together. Despite the almost total focus on the coronavirus pandemic, the famous Brexit clock is still ticking in the background as the negotiations stutter their way towards 1 July, the date by which the two sides must agree if there is to be an extension to the transition period of up to two years.

The current COVID-19 health and safety priorities

28 April 2020

As the COVID-19 emergency evolves, understanding your changing occupational health and safety responsibilities becomes more challenging. There is a lot of guidance from the Health and Safety Executive continually being updated online. Jon Herbert reports.

How to mothball your building

26 April 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has pushed many facilities managers into unfamiliar territory, as millions work from home and workplaces become low use or temporarily empty. Vicky Powell reports on the advice covering maintenance, security considerations, statutory compliance and insurance implications from the Building Engineering Services Association.

Country Profile — Finland

21 April 2020

EU member Finland is one of the world’s most prosperous and advanced countries and presents tremendous opportunity for forward-thinking UK firms.