Business Update – 19 April 2023

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Government bans forced installation of prepayment meters for vulnerable customers The government has banned energy suppliers from forcing over 85s and those with certain medical conditions to have prepayment energy meters installed, which require customers to pay for energy upfront and can often be more expensive than traditional meters.…  Read more

Business Update – 5 April 2023

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. UK welfare recipients to receive a boost in April 2023 with an increase in payments, says DWP The DWP has announced that benefit payments will increase by 1.5% from April 2023, in line with inflation. This will affect a range of benefits, including Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment (PIP),…  Read more

Business Update – 29 March 2023

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. UK economy impacted by Brexit as severely as the pandemic According to the Office for Budget Responsibility chairman, Richard Hughes, leaving the EU impacted the UK economy as badly as the COVID-19 pandemic, reducing output by around 4%. He also suggested that it’s comparable to other recent economic shocks,…  Read more

Business Update – 22 February 2023

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Getting over-50s back to work isn’t working The government is trying to fix chronic staff shortages by enticing people in retirement back to work, but a new survey shows that long-term sickness and pressure on the NHS are keeping this group out of the workforce and signal more significant…  Read more

Business Update – 10 August 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Former PM campaigns on the cost of living crisis Former Labour prime minister Gordon Brown is warning that people will go hungry and cold this winter, as the cost of living crisis worsens. He says that in his hometown of Fife, he is seeing a level of poverty “that…  Read more

Business Update – 19 July 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Economics 101: The Cost of Living Crisis Explained The Guardian interviewed ten experts and created this explainer on the cost of living crisis – how we got here, and where we’re going. It can be found here. Amazon presence set to grow in the UK Amazon announced it will…  Read more

Business Update – 12 July 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Retailers like Amazon blasted for sending tiny items in large packages Every year oversized packaging leads to five million unnecessary delivery journeys, but on top of that, consumers are also upset about the environmental toll of shipping air in those gigantic boxes. Rail passengers brace for strikes Train drivers…  Read more

Business Update – 6 July 2022

Welcome back to our Business Update. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Tonnes of food on British farms left unpicked Due to a lack of seasonal workers, farmers are losing hundreds of thousands of pounds due to unpicked crops. The labour shortage was triggered by Brexit and then the invasion of Ukraine. Government considers 50-year mortgages to help ease housing crisis…  Read more

Business Update – 29 June 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. ‘Hat-trick of hurt’ affecting small businesses Small and medium-sized firms are facing a triple threat of rising fuel costs, higher wages and the surging price of imported goods and raw materials. Staff shortages contribute to air cargo delays The IATA says that the cargo handling industry lost thousands of…  Read more

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