Export pricing

16 September 2020

Effective pricing of our products and services for export markets is an essential part of a successful strategy. Setting prices too low can be at least as damaging as setting them too high. Here we discuss implementing an effective pricing strategy.

Working with agents and distributors

16 September 2020

It has often been said that the choice of local representative is the single most important decision in exporting success. It’s certainly true that the local representative will be the face of your business and products in their market, so they have a crucial role to play. Tim Hiscock looks at how an exporter should go about finding a representative and how they decide what the correct method of representation is?

Furlough fraud penalties confirmed by HMRC

10 September 2020

According to reports, the number of fraudulent claims has continued to increase in recent weeks as exploitation of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the furlough scheme) becomes a new Government threat. HMRC has announced the penalties that can be imposed on the employers who commit furlough fraud. Opeyemi Ogundeji, researcher and employment law writer at Croner-i, explores this in more detail below.

Country Profile — Turkey

9 September 2020

A vibrant, growing market located at the crossroads of three continents, Turkey is increasingly receptive to upping its business links with post-Brexit Britain.

End of the transition period — EU readiness notice on customs and preferential origin rules

2 September 2020

In 2020, the European Commission has published a series of notices aimed at EU businesses and other stakeholders in preparation for the end of the transition period. The notices cover a range of topics with many of them being relevant regardless of whether the UK and the EU manage to sign a trade deal towards the end of 2020. In this article Anna Jerzewska, founder of the Trade and Borders consultancy, advises to check your procedures and prepare now.

The furlough scheme — what is changing in September?

26 August 2020

For many employers, August has been the start of a very important period of post-coronavirus economic recovery. However, as September begins, employers need to be aware of the details pertaining to some upcoming changes to the Job Retention Scheme. Ben McCarthy, senior researcher and employment law writer at Croner-i, outlines this in more details below.

EU exit transition watch — Had we but world enough and time

25 August 2020

If the politician and poet Andrew Marvell had ever got round to writing an “Ode to a Coy Trade Negotiator” he might have reminded them that some things you cannot simply keep putting off forever. Unfortunately, lacking his words of caution, the UK and EU teams have continued to meet and continued to report little or no progress.

House of Commons report on the trade policy response to Covid-19

14 August 2020

Commenting on a wide-ranging report on the impact of Covid-19 on international trade by the International Trade Committee, its chairman said that the Department for International Trade (DIT) would need to provide the right support to UK businesses as they rebuild as well as to lead international efforts to respond to the disease through coordinated trade policy. “Their successes and failures will affect us all”, he said.