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Running Effective Virtual Meetings

Over the course of the past few months, we have all had to adapt to working remotely. Despite lockdown restrictions, many businesses have found ways to move their operations online, with all staff working remotely. This has given rise to an increased volume of virtual meetings on services such as Skype, Zoom, Teams, WebEx or […]

Read more September 21st, 2020

How To Improve Your Sales Strategy

In today’s challenging trading environment, a good sales strategy is essential. With the world changing at a rapid pace, from both technology as well as current events, you must always be looking for new sources of sales. Talk to existing customers Your current customers are one of your best sources of information. Your existing customer […]

Read more August 25th, 2020

Guidance On Reopening Tourism And Visitor Attractions

The Government has outlined the measures that will allow UK tourism and visitor attractions to reopen to the public from 4 July. The guidance, published today by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, outlines the processes and facilities that businesses must put in place before reopening on July 4 so that both staff […]

Read more July 2nd, 2020

Easing Of Lockdown Restrictions In England

From Saturday 4th July, the Prime Minister has announced that pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines. From the same date, he has set out that two households will be able to meet up in any setting with social distancing measures, and that people can now […]

Read more June 24th, 2020

Personal And Economic Well-Being In Great Britain: June

While our day-to-day emotions like happiness and anxiety have improved since the beginning of lockdown, our assessment of life overall, such as our life satisfaction and feeling that the things we do are worthwhile, have remained subdued since 20 March 2020. As average anxiety has fallen, the time we think it will take for things […]

Read more June 22nd, 2020

Latest Indicators For The UK Economy And Society

The Government has published studies about the effect of Coronavirus on the UK economy. According to the latest Business Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Survey (BICS), 30% of the workforce were on furlough, and 42% of businesses were topping up workers’ pay. According to the latest Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN), nearly half of all working […]

Read more June 22nd, 2020

More Space For Cyclists And Pedestrians

The Government has released details on its guidance for Local Authorities on managing their road networks in response to C19. The Secretary of state for Transport comments: “The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has had a terrible impact on the lives and health of many UK citizens, as well as severe economic consequences. But it has also […]

Read more May 14th, 2020

Contracts – Where You Stand With Covid-19

Overview This article looks at the contractual implications of the virus. Is it force majeure? Can good faith be invoked to preserve some of the bargains? How about frustration? This article provides practical guidance to allow companies to understand what they can do (and what they cannot) about contracts during this pandemic. What must be […]

Read more May 11th, 2020

Government Announces “Bounce Back” Loans

The Government has announced a new 100% Government backed loan scheme for small businesses. Small businesses will benefit from a new fast-track finance scheme providing loans with a 100% government-backed guarantee for lenders, the Chancellor announced yesterday. Rishi Sunak said the new Bounce Back Loans scheme, which will provide loans of up to £50,000, would […]

Read more April 29th, 2020

MOTs Due From 30 March 2020

Your car, van or motorcycle’s MOT expiry date will be extended by 6 months if it is due on or after 30 March 2020 – but you must keep your vehicle safe to drive. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has confirmed that MOT expiry dates will be extended by 6 months for all […]

Read more April 27th, 2020

COVID-19 Business Support Update 2 April

Business Secretary Alok Sharma gave the 1 April 2020 daily press briefing on the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He also gave some updates on the business support offered. He commented: “From today businesses will start benefiting from £22 billion in the form of business rates relief. And grants of up to £25,000 which […]

Read more April 3rd, 2020

Universal Credit / Benefits Calculator

Many people will need to consider Government Benefits because of the Pandemic. For some, this will be the first time and you may require guidance on what you can claim and how much. If you are at all unsure we have included links to guidance from independent Benefits Calculators. Benefits Calculators If you want to […]

Read more April 3rd, 2020

Budget Day Is 11 March

The December General Election meant that the Autumn Budget was delayed. We now know that Sajid Javed will deliver his first Budget on the second Wednesday in March which is when Budget day used to be! We are expecting that the tax measures in the Conservative Party manifesto will be announced again, together with confirmation […]

Read more February 10th, 2020

Becoming A More Resilient Leader

We live in uncertain times. As such, business leaders need to be able to deal with temporary setbacks and recover quickly when things go wrong. Managers are faced with different challenges every day. These might include managing conflicts, dealing with increasing regulatory change or difficult trading conditions. Having the ability to cope effectively when under […]

Read more January 24th, 2020

Fast Followers Versus First Mover Advantage

Most of us are familiar with the term “first mover advantage” but sometimes the “fast follower” is the winner. A Fast Follower is a company that quickly imitates the innovations of its competitors by collecting research and data. By figuring out the innovations that seem to have the greatest potential, companies are able to weed […]

Read more January 23rd, 2020