There is less than one month to go before the end of the Brexit transition period. From midnight on 31 December, the UK will be ‘on its own’ as far as Europe is concerned. With this in mind, here are six critical challenges that the UK’s construction industry (in common with various other sectors) faces from 1 January 2021. ...

Starling Bank has had its forward-tech thinking banking approach rewarded this year, becoming the first digital bank of its kind to make profit. I have to admit that on a personal level I’ve watched the tech world take over the traditional banking methods with absolute glee. When fiat currencies have been rife for years it made no sense to ...

Warner Bros will release all of its 2021 films, including Dune and The Matrix 4, online on the same day they hit cinemas. The move to put such major blockbusters straight on streaming service HBO Max is another blow to the struggling cinema industry, which has largely closed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Warner Bros said the ...

Brexit negotiations took a sudden step backwards on Thursday afternoon, Downing Street said, after furious French lobbying pushed the EU to make late demands. The apparent eleventh hour hardening of the EU position was said to have destabilised the protracted talks, peeling back progress made over the previous 24 hours. UK sources said the EU had started pushing for ...

Spend £10 and get £5 back – that’s effectively what’s on offer from a promotion encouraging people to tick items off their Christmas shopping list while supporting small businesses. American Express has been running its Shop Small offers in the UK since 2012, and the latest one starts on Saturday, which is also Small Business Saturday. Amex cardholders receive ...

Boris Johnson has hinted at the prospect of tax cuts for business next year in an attempt to boost the economy as it rebuilds after the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking on his latest “People’s PMQs” session on Facebook, the prime minister said: “We’ll be looking at the tax environment and the regulatory environment and everything we can do to encourage ...

No countries have been added to or removed from the UK’s list of travel corridors, but a new “business traveller” exemption from quarantine has been announced. From 4am on Saturday, people in a number of categories will no longer have to self-isolate upon returning to England, even if they are travelling from a country not on the travel corridors ...

COVID-19 has seen the shifting dynamics of the employment sector. Lockdown measures around the globe brought about tremendous losses to both businesses and workers. If you’re one of the employees whose livelihood was affected by this deadly virus, you’re like in a position where you need extra money to get by. The silver lining is: since the lockdown measures ...

It’s always smart to understand your money-making options, regardless of an international pandemic. As the health crisis points out, you never know when a drop in earnings will occur, and you can’t predict if you’ll be able to make up for it in the short, medium, or long-term. Rather than fretting over the future, you can focus on your ...

2020 has proved challenging for SMEs across all sectors but working with likeminded peers to address key issues and opportunities can help businesses to successfully navigate through Covid-19 and the ongoing EU transition. At a time when SMEs need impactful support, working with other business leaders is an effective approach to share knowledge and find solutions in a trusted ...