Rhys Taylor-Brown

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NEWS | Published September 24th 2020, 11:11 am

Chancellor reveals emergency measures to protect jobs while Autumn Budget is called off

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled a new Jobs Support Scheme which will see the government and firms top-up wages covering up to two-thirds of employees’ hours, which will start in November after the furlough scheme ends and will last for six months.

NEWS | Published September 23rd 2020, 5:03 am

Lady Flora director discusses her motherly attitude to leadership as Labour leader vows to win back trust

In his first speech to the Labour Party Conference as its leader, Sir Keir Starmer has promised to win back the trust of voters and urged the party to “get serious about winning”. Meanwhile, Anoma Jayawickrema, director of Sandhurst-based florist, Lady Flora, appeared on the Leaders Council podcast to champion her leadership model, which she likened to that of a parent rather than a boss.

NEWS | Published September 22nd 2020, 8:08 am

Atruchecks extends Covid-19 clinics in UK to offer express RT- PCR travel certificate in 24 hours to satisfy UAE, Cyprus and Saudi Arabia rules

Atruchecks has announced that it now has partner clinics in London [five minutes from Heathrow Clinic], Bristol, Glasgow and Manchester to aid the collection of PCR swab samples for testing prior to passengers boarding a flight.

NEWS | Published September 18th 2020, 9:09 am

Driver Require CEO discusses challenges of replicating face-to-face interaction while foreign secretary makes appeal

Driver Require CEO Kieran Smith is one business leader who would describe his style as people orientated. Running a multi award-winning specialist driver recruitment agency, Smith favours face-to-face interaction with staff, clients and drivers alike, in order to generate the enthusiasm and motivation to run what is fundamentally a 24-hour quick response operation. However, with the Covid-19 pandemic grinding that interaction to an abrupt halt, Smith was left having to adjust his whole leadership style. In an interview with the Leaders Council’s Scott Challinor, Smith explains just how he was able to do it.

NEWS | Published September 18th 2020, 3:03 am

Conservative peer rejects PM’s amendment to Internal Market Bill as former transport secretary takes up new role

Conservative peer Lord Howard has said that prime minister Boris Johnson’s compromise on the Internal Market Bill does not go far enough to sway him to back the legislation in the House of Lords.

NEWS | Published September 17th 2020, 7:07 am

Audio Schemes founder talks up need for specialist skills in the job market as Labour leader calls for “national plan” to protect jobs

The skills gap has been a longstanding issue in British industry and one of the most significant drivers behind the problem has been a lack of training. Yet, the issue stretches beyond a lack of training opportunities for those seeking employment.

NEWS | Published September 15th 2020, 11:05 am

ARC Coachworks managing director discusses skills gap as Labour leader calls for furlough scheme replacement

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has today urged the government to replace the furlough scheme and do away with “firing and rehiring” methods to banish the “scarring effect” of “mass unemployment”.

NEWS | Published September 14th 2020, 12:50 pm

Shanly Homes appoints new PR team

Award-winning house-builder Shanly Homes has appointed a new PR and communications company to help take the business forward in pursuit of new goals.

NEWS | Published September 13th 2020, 1:01 pm

Bridge Academy Trust CEO discusses the importance of maintaining confidence as new research project tracking Covid-19 in schools gets underway

Enabling schools in Britain to return full-time for the new academic year has taken a capital effort from all involved, and it has not come without disputes between worried parents, teachers unions and the government, who have been keen for schools to be made Covid secure to allow pupils to return.

NEWS | Published September 12th 2020, 10:00 am

Rivertrace Ltd establishes new calibration portal for digital water monitoring technology

Rivertrace Ltd has announced the launch of a new, web-based calibration portal developed in conjunction with development partner Intellore.

NEWS | Published September 11th 2020, 1:01 pm

Alex Stewart International director calls for clearer leadership from the government as Withdrawal Agreement row goes on

While this week’s news has largely been dominated by division over the government’s plans to override elements of the Withdrawal Agreement struck with the EU in 2019, for many business leaders, there remains a desire for clear and robust leadership through the Covid-19 crisis after the announcement of new restrictions on social gatherings and details of a “moonshot” plan for testing came to light in recent days.

NEWS | Published September 9th 2020, 1:01 pm

Publication of Internal Markets Bill causes a stir as PM announces new Covid-19 restrictions in England

Details of the government’s plans for regulating trade between different parts of the UK were revealed on Wednesday with the publication of the Internal Markets Bill.

NEWS | Published September 9th 2020, 7:45 am

Abilities Development head keen to take positives from Covid-19 experience as housing secretary makes Grenfell promise

The well-documented Covid-19 pandemic has been a testing time for businesses and organisations across a number of industries, including social care. Abilities Development, a Wembley-based organisation that offers a range of practical and enjoyable activities to young people with disabilities, is one such operator in the sector that has not gone unaffected.

NEWS | Published September 9th 2020, 7:07 am

Cherry Mortgage and Finance director champions green mortgages as a forward-thinking solution to housing finance

In 2019, the UK became the first G7 nation to set itself the ambitious goal of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050. As part of this wider commitment, the government announced a Green Finance Strategy, confirming in July 2019 that a £5 million fund will be made available to help the financial sector develop green home finance products such as green mortgages.

NEWS | Published September 7th 2020, 5:34 am

Ofqual calls persisting with standardisation algorithm a “fundamental mistake” after results day fury

England’s exams watchdog Ofqual recently admitted that it was a “fundamental mistake” to believe that the public would accept the outcomes of its controversial standardisation algorithm in lieu of actual exam results.

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