Covid-19 secure: business impact analysis

12 August 2020

As reopening businesses consider how best to implement the Covid-19 secure guidelines, certain activities become problematic. Mike Sopp advises on how to decide if that particular activity is required for your business to operate.

Cross-Channel trade in 2021

7 August 2020

Paul Clarke reports on the situation with regards to cross-Channel trade both pre and post-Brexit.

Country Profile — Australia

7 August 2020

Australia may be far away — it is one of the furthest destinations from the UK — but it is also the world’s 14th largest market and one of the most familiar to British exporters.

Importing and exporting – the post-transition EU Border

4 August 2020

The UK government has issued guidance on how to manage imports and exports following the end of the transitional period of leaving the EU. The transitional period ends on 31 December 2020 and the new rules come into effect on 1 January 2021. It should be noted that this guidance does not apply to goods moved from and to Northern Ireland, as Northern Ireland has its own protocol. Hence, this article will refer to Great Britain (GB) rather than the UK.

Eight essential coronavirus Q&As

30 July 2020

Reader note — December 2020. This article refers to self-isolation periods of 14 days which was correct at the time it was written. Please note that self-isolation periods have undergone adjustment and may no longer be 14 days.

EU exit transition watch — Are we nearly there yet?

29 July 2020

Almost exactly two years ago, one of the articles in this series had the title You can’t always get what you want, which only goes to show that Mick Jagger would never make it as an adviser to a Prime Minister who firmly believes the opposite. Not only has Boris Johnson continued to stick to his demands, he has increased the pressure by setting September as the deadline for agreeing on a new trade deal. The date by which the UK will leave the Union may still be several months away — 31 December — but a Number 10 spokesman has cut the actual negotiating time to a matter of weeks by insisting: “We’ve always been clear that talks can’t go on into the autumn.”

Face coverings for employees on public transport

24 July 2020

Mike Sopp considers the issue of whether employers should be providing face masks or coverings for those employees who have to use public transport to get to work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Evaluating new market opportunities

22 July 2020

It’s a cliché, but it’s true, nonetheless: the world is changing fast. A business that trades internationally needs to be able to understand and anticipate changing market trends, and to change their business strategy accordingly.

What might a second wave of infections mean for employers?

15 July 2020

Reader note — December 2020. This article refers to self-isolation periods of 14 days which was correct at the time it was written. Please note that self-isolation periods have undergone adjustment and may no longer be 14 days.