Scott Challinor

Business Editor for the Leaders Council

Scott Challinor is responsible for the Leaders Council’s business-related content. He also hosts a number of Leaders Council podcasts. In his career to date, he has written for several national publications and has interviewed leaders from every sector in the UK. 

Articles published by Scott Challinor

NEWS | Published August 2nd 2020, 2:00 pm

Future Life Wealth Management chief urges consumers to venture back out into high streets

As the government brings in temporary VAT cuts and the 'eat out to help out scheme’ to incentivise consumers to return to frequenting local business premises and spend money to get the UK economy on the road to recovery post-lockdown, Jillian Thomas, the managing director of Sheffield firm Future Life Wealth Management, has issued her own plea for people to play their part.

NEWS | Published August 1st 2020, 7:00 am

Acclaim Contracts joint chief discusses the need for a change in perception for the construction sector

Speaking on the Leaders Council podcast, joint managing director of Essex construction firm Acclaim Contracts, Ian Duggan, stressed the need for a change in the perception of the construction industry to inspire more youngsters to pursue careers in the sector.

NEWS | Published July 30th 2020, 7:00 am

“An eye opener both as a person and as a professional”: Lorraine Tindale talks Covid-19 as the government’s repatriation strategy faces parliamentary scrutiny

The challenge of adjusting to the Covid-19 pandemic has proven a difficult and sensitive one for businesses and their executives, but it has also come as a significant learning curve. Speaking to the Leaders Council, integrative psychotherapist Lorraine Tindale opens up about the impact of the crisis on her profession and how she has embraced the need to adapt her approach as a learning opportunity. Meanwhile, the Foreign Office’s measures to repatriate British citizens during the height of the pandemic have been criticised by the Foreign Affairs Committee which is now urging the government to learn from its shortcomings.

NEWS | Published July 29th 2020, 8:08 am

Covid-19: British Veterinary Association issues advice for pet owners after cat tests positive

The British Veterinary Association [BVA] has issued new advice to pet owners after the virus responsible for Covid-19 was detected in a pet cat in England.

NEWS | Published July 29th 2020, 7:00 am

Louvre Hotels Group opts to enrol in NSF International’s "Checked By NSF™" programme to assess its Covid-19 safety protocols

The Louvre Hotels Group has selected NSF International to provide an external independent review of its Covid-19 safety protocols through the "Checked by NSF™" programme.

NEWS | Published July 27th 2020, 4:00 pm

Hardy Signs completes Alexander Accountancy re-brand project

Hardy Signs has now completed its full office signage re-brand project at Alexander Accountancy, which first began in February but was initially delayed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

NEWS | Published July 25th 2020, 11:00 am

From maternity leave time-filler to successful business: Nailya Belkacemi speaks about the Plus Samples story

By her own admission, Nailya Belkacemi, founder and chief executive of high-end garment manufacturing studio Plus Samples, began her journey in business back in 2003 without really knowing where it would lead her. Intending to create a temporary workplace to keep busy during her maternity leave that appealed to her own enjoyment, Belkacemi started out with just a pattern cutting table in her home.

NEWS | Published July 25th 2020, 10:10 am

Maintaining ties: CRM recognises importance of close collaboration and communication amid criticism of the government’s economic crisis planning

Communication is a vital element of running any business, let alone when executives are faced with the prospect of managing a crisis. Speaking to the Leaders Council, Emma Bradley-Bond, founder and managing director of home rehabilitation provider Community Rehabilitation Management [CRM], highlights the importance of communication and close collaboration, while the Commons Public Accounts Committee takes aim at the government for failing to sufficiently plan for the economic impact of a pandemic situation.

NEWS | Published July 24th 2020, 7:00 am

Ruth Badger addresses the importance of leaders instilling a culture of trust as one local authority undergoes overhaul

In the week where the long-awaited Russia report was finally publicised, the need for leaders to instil a mutual sense of trust has become more relevant than ever. Ruth Badger, the managing director of her own eponymous consultancy service, speaks to the Leaders Council about the need for today’s leaders to establish a culture of trust, while news had emerged from the south coast that the Green Party will take control of Brighton and Hove City Council following the resignation of three Labour councillors, two of which were accused of anti-Semitic behaviour.

NEWS | Published July 23rd 2020, 8:00 am

Chiltern Marble Group discusses the importance of business being able to pivot as chancellor reacts to latest borrowing figures

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected UK business and society as a whole on an unprecedented scale, with firms forced to adapt quickly to the challenges of the pandemic while the government introduced numerous measures to safeguard businesses and employment which have taken their toll on the public purse. James Adams, director at Chiltern Marble Group, discussed how his company had to pivot in order to respond to the crisis, while chancellor Rishi Sunak responded to the latest borrowing figures forced by the pandemic.

NEWS | Published July 22nd 2020, 8:00 am

Onsite Technologies founder discusses the need for business to adapt as Fox makes case for WTO leadership

As businesses have had to adapt and overcome to meet the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, the co-founder and director of one such innovative business, Onsite Technologies, speaks to the Leaders Council about establishing a business “out of necessity” in an ever-evolving sector and juggling that with the challenges of being flexible enough to meet the challenges of Covid-19. Elsewhere, Conservative MP Liam Fox has played down suggestions that Brexit is an important factor in his bid to become the first British director general of the World Trade Organization.

NEWS | Published July 21st 2020, 2:02 pm

Abril Industrial Waxes and others projected to flourish during 2019-2025, new report says

A new report highlighting critical aspects of the global wax blends market has projected a strong five years for the industry.

NEWS | Published July 21st 2020, 8:00 am

“An unmitigated disaster”: New points-based immigration system may not bode well for care providers like Littlefair

The UK government’s plans for a fast-track visa system for health workers will not include concessions for care home staff and will have minimum salary thresholds in place which could have a significant impact on recruitment in the industry.

NEWS | Published July 20th 2020, 7:00 am

IncomeMax founder highlights importance of human-centric services

The nature of IncomeMax’s work as a social enterprise means that human-to-human conversations form a central part of its service delivery; helping families access unclaimed benefits to help ease the burden of household bills and debt. While the Covid-19 lockdown has seen a hailing of the powers of digital connections and prompted plenty of reflection about our working practices, IncomeMax founder and managing director Lee Healey stressed that there must still be a place for human-centred services under the new normal.

NEWS | Published July 19th 2020, 10:10 am

Follow your heart: WEPLUI Group Ltd CEO outlines the importance of instinct in leadership

It is often said that a key part of leadership is pro-activity: in business one must have plans in place to mitigate for any circumstances, particularly in times of crisis. However, it is also said that another key attribute that today’s leaders must have is the capacity to be reactive and take measured decisions when circumstances change with little notice. For Sam Bawa, CEO of human resources company WEPLUI Group Ltd, the key to being effective when having to react as a leader involves following one’s own instinct and taking ownership of personal decisions.


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