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Resilience: from setback to comeback

Phil Jones MBE, managing director at business technology solutions provider, Brother UK, looks at the current issues for businesses with returning restrictions due to Covid-19.

The news at the moment is all too familiar. The broadcasters could almost be forgiven for recycling bulletins from March, with coronavirus cases rising again and regional restrictions coming back into force. At a time when we thought we were on the up, and when we’ve grown used to a narrative centred around recovery,

Manchester hospitality looks to a positive future

The recovery of the hospitality sector is a collaborative effort

I don’t need to tell anyone about the difficulties facing the events and hospitality sector. Navigating the ever-changing array of rules and regulations, trying to operate a ‘viable’ business whilst interpreting seemingly endless, confusing and contradictory guidance. After the relative highs of August where we all ate out to help out and in doing so drove some of our favourite establishments to their busiest August on record,

We must adapt, not optimise

Phil Jones MBE, managing director of business technology solutions provider, Brother UK.

On many occasions in my career, I’ve heard business leaders say that the vital components for success are a deep and unwavering passion, and steadfast commitment to an idea. And while I appreciate the sentiment, my experience has shown me the opposite. Successful companies are often built by testing assumptions and reacting as new information emerges.

The commitment piece comes after those smaller market tests and experiments have been quickly validated.

V for Victory and the shape of the recovery

Analysis from Dr John Ashcroft on the global social and economic impact of Covid-19

What shape will the recovery be in the UK..? It’s a V, it’s always a V…

We are at the stage in the economic cycle when questions are raised about the shape of the recovery. Pick a letter from the alphabet and make the case. Jerome Powell, Chairman of the US Federal Reserve, suggests the American recovery will follow a ‘Slow V’.

Lockdown could be over in weeks

Analysis from Dr John Ashcroft on the global social and economic impact of Covid-19

As the UK case load peaks…
In Italy, the epidemic is slowing down. Following four weeks of shutdown. Italian officials say it will take until Easter to reduce infections sufficiently, to begin a relaxation of quarantine measures. Sections of industry will be urged to return to work, under stringent safety conditions. Italian restaurants and bars are expected to begin to re-open at some stage later in May.

The impact of Brexit

Business at cross-channel and European freight forwarder France Line International Transport remains buoyant, despite the frustrating, ongoing uncertainty over Brexit – an uncertainty that is unquestionably now harming UK competitiveness, says managing director Marie Boyer. Healthy trading figures along with ongoing development and growth of new services contributed to France Line being voted Best European Road Freight Specialist 2019 and Recognised Leaders in Specialist Cross-Channel Freight Services 2019 at the SME News 2019 Transport Awards. A recognition of France Line’s diligence and hard work.

Brexit – what happens next?

The Brexit story is certainly picking up momentum. In our last edition we featured comments and views from Greater Manchester-based Economist Dr John Ashcroft. In this edition we follow John’s insights with Edwina Currie’s observations on the subject.

Edwina is a graduate of Oxford and the LSE and taught economics, economic history and business studies before serving as MP for South Derbyshire for 14 years. From there she went to the top of the political tree holding a high profile position in Margaret Thatcher’s government.

Industry and business 4.0 are driving huge change

Entire industries will cease to exist, as automation develops and machines become capable of doing many of the jobs we take for granted today. The ways in which business operates as a consequence of that is changing and will continue to change in ways that we don’t yet even understand. Building a flexible UK workforce that can meet the demands of this changing business model is vital.

At the University of Salford Business School we are committed to developing business leaders and managers that are equipped for next-generation practice in the global marketplace.

No deal Brexit, will it create another recession?

John Ashcroft, Economist and author of The Saturday Economist, weighs up the evidence.
Britain faces a ‘devastating recession’, a plunging pound and soaring prices if a ‘No deal Brexit’ takes place, according to a recent analysis from ratings agency Moody’s.

Here’s how that works out… In the event of no agreement to an orderly exit from the EU, the UK would face a considerable crisis of confidence leading to a fall in output.

Is this likely?