The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has welcomed the business secretary’s confirmation that a consultation with business leaders on post-Brexit EU employment rules will take place. However, the trade body has warned that an overhaul– rather than minor change – is required, with the existing Agency Worker Regulations 2010 (AWR) hindering the flexibility of highly skilled independent workers. According ...

Investment company Aviva is to close offices across the UK and allow staff to work from home, beyond the pandemic. Aviva, which employs 16,000 people in the UK, said the plans would not lead to job cuts and people could still work from an office if they would rather. In a statement, the company said: “The way we use our ...

Chances are, unless your business was one of the fortunate few whose services were called upon in the Covid crisis, you’ve had to totally revamp your strategy to survive. As the UK has moved on into lockdown 3.0 with a vaccine shining a light at the end of the tunnel, chances are you’re now really looking to scale quickly when ...

New offices and commercial properties will have to install better ventilation systems to help to reduce the spread of airborne diseases such as Covid-19, under government proposals. Offices would have to have systems that can provide fresh air at 50 per cent higher rates than the existing minimum standards. This would enable an “increased ventilation rate to be used during ...

EasyJet says bookings for this summer with its holidays arm are up 250% on last year, fuelling the airline industry’s hopes of pent up demand for when lockdown restrictions ease. EasyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren has said that it offers confidence for the travel market post-coronavirus. “We know that people want to go on holiday as soon as they can,” ...

The Cabinet Office has warned hauliers that Britain’s border controls are about to face their sternest test since the Brexit transition period ended on December 31. Government modelling indicates that cross-Channel freight will begin to return to normal in the coming days, raising the prospect of tailbacks at ports and other disruptions if lorry drivers continue to arrive without adequate ...

Algorithms used by online marketplaces could lead to a rise in prices of goods and services, the UK’s competitions watchdog has warned. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is investigating businesses which use technology on selling platforms. Shoppers could be “manipulated” into buying specific items, as search results favour certain brands, it said. Consumers may also be shown misleading messages ...

The mountain of post-Brexit bureaucracy facing Britain’s services sector could be equivalent to imposing a tariff of as much as 26 per cent, a leading investment bank said today. The additional red tape blocking trade with European Union countries could create “non-tariff barriers” equivalent to imposing levies of between 6 and 26 per cent, UBS said. The services industry is ...

Working hard or hardly working? It seems Brits working from home courtesy of yet another lockdown fall on either side of this divide. Some UK workers find their home offices perfect for their needs and manage to keep up a solid workflow easily. Others are less enamoured with the most recent stay at home orders and find staying productive a ...

It’s a question that you’ve probably had to ask yourself many times since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. But you may not have thought about how much you rely on the everyday technologies that we all take for granted to keep your business running, and what could happen if something were to go catastrophically wrong. In the aftermath of ...