Compliance watch

1 December 2020

A guide to current and forthcoming changes to the import and export regulatory regime compiled by Sandra Strong of Strong & Herd, LLP.

EU exit transition watch — closing time at the last chance saloon

30 November 2020

The negotiations between the UK and the European Union over their future relationship have been all about time ever since Prime Minister Theresa May set a deadline for completing Brexit. This is not how trade negotiations normally work: most of the EU’s major deals have taken years of detailed meetings — seven in the case of Canada, five to reach agreement with Japan — and have been open-ended with no fixed conclusion date.

Video conferencing: accessible to all or all Zoomed out?

16 November 2020

Video conferencing has allowed us to stay connected while workplaces are closed or only part-occupied. But are we following best practice? Laura King considers how to ensure online meetings are accessible as well as giving some practical tips on avoiding Zoom fatigue.

Managing currency exchange risk

12 November 2020

The effect of currency exchange on an exporter’s bottom line is just one of the many risks that can severely affect the potential profitability of a sale. For just about every business outside of the eurozone, trading with someone in another country means that one party has to do business in a currency that isn’t their own.

Covid-19: the catalyst for a digital revolution

9 November 2020

Many companies have made technology advances in recent months that normally take years. As the health crisis continues, practical health and safety innovations plus tech-based management systems are protecting both employee and employer business interests. Jon Herbert reports.

Country Profile — Ukraine

6 November 2020

Deal-making between the UK and Ukraine has been on the rise, but there remains considerable untapped potential after the signing of a new free trade pact.

EU exit transition watch — They think it’s all over…

29 October 2020

For many months, the date looming over the Brexit negotiations was the planned October meeting of the EU Council. It was generally expected that this would be the final deadline for agreeing a deal with just enough time left for it to be ratified by the European Parliament (and the House of Commons) before the transition period ends on 31 December 2020.

The Job Retention Scheme and Job Support Scheme: what’s the difference?

29 October 2020

The Job Support Scheme was intended to help businesses retain staff over the coming months and to serve as a replacement to the Job Retention (furlough) Scheme. Ben McCarthy, lead researcher and employment law writer at Croner-i, explores the key differences between these two schemes. This article has been updated to incorporate the several changes to the scheme from that which was originally announced.

State of play on the UK’s trade agreements

19 October 2020

The UK Government’s ambition is to secure Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) covering 80% of UK trade within the next three years. The priority is to agree trade agreements with the EU, US, Australia and New Zealand, having already concluded the first post-Brexit trade agreement with Japan in September. The UK is also continuing to negotiate trade agreements to reproduce the effects of EU agreements with countries when they no longer apply to the UK at the end of 2020.