UK to Propose Interim Customs Agreement with EU After Brexit

 

The British government is proposing an interim customs agreement with the European Union after Brexit to allow trade to continue as freely as possible once the UK leaves the EU.

The Brexit Minister David Davis says that under the plan, existing customs arrangements would broadly stay in place during an interim period.

The UK has said it will leave the EU’s Customs Union – its tariff-free trading area – and the Single Market when its membership of the bloc ends in March 2019.

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The Entrepreneur Keeping An Old Scottish Tradition Alive

 

On a remote island miles off the coast of Scotland, Mati Ventrillon makes hotly sought-after Fair Isle sweaters according to traditions that are centuries old.

Made is a series of simple, gorgeous short films that demonstrate how everyday luxury objects are made, and honour the process and artisans behind them.

MOT 4 years Wait for First Test Raises Safety Concerns

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(qlmbusinessnews.com via telegraph.co.uk – – Fri, 21 Apr, 2017) London, Uk – –

The motor industry is campaigning against changes to the car testing regime, highlighting safety risks that potential changes to the MoT system could cause.

Drivers would collectively save £100m a year under proposals being consulted on by the government to delay when a new car needs its first MoT test to check its roadworthiness from the current three years to four. The requirement for annual tests after that would remain.

Such a change would mean a financial hit to the industry in lost test fees, with about 2.5m cars taking their first test each year at a typical cost of about £45 for the checks which measure cars’ emissions levels, as well as safety and roadworthiness. Other revenue generated from replacement parts and labour would also be delayed.

Changing the first MoT would bring the UK into line with much of Europe – though the proposal is not related to EU regulations.

However, industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers (SMMT) is calling for the government to give up on the change, citing safety concerns.

SMMT research found eight out of 10 drivers said the test fee is worth the peace of mind of knowing a car is safe and legal. Seven out of 10 raised concerns that delaying a car’s first MOT could put them and other road users in danger.

The results drove the trade group to call for a U-turn on the plans, a reversal it said was backed by eight out 10 drivers.

“MoTs are is an essential check on the safety and roadworthiness of vehicles,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive. “Extending the first test from three to four years is not what consumers or industry want given the serious risk posed to road safety and vehicles’ environmental performance.”

Almost one in five cars fail the checks when they take their first MoT, according to the SMMT, which calculates an extra 500,000 unsafe cars could be on UK roads if the change were to go through.

Keeping the requirement has not found such strong support from motorists’ organisation the AA.

Its research revealed that 44pc of members backed the change, 26pc were against it with the remainder ambivalent.

Modern cars are becoming much more reliable and safer said Luke Bosdet, from the AA’s policy unit, and this could mean that MoTs are not required so soon in a vehicle’s life.

“Cars now have the ability to ‘squawk’ and tell their drivers when there is a problem with the tyres of battery, as well as more fundamental mechanical models,” he said.

“This could be an opportunity for the car industry to extend the warranty on new cars to four years, with drivers getting protection from their car alerting them to problems which need to be fixed.”

By  Alan Tovey

European Court rule employers can ban visible religious symbols

 

Eleanor Gilbert, a senior associate in Employment Law at Winckworth Sherwood, tells Ian King Live that the bar is still quite high for a company to fire an employee if they wear a visible religious symbol, despite a ruling from the European Court of Justice that employers can ban them.

UK exports and factory growth rise linked to fall in pound

 

UK exports rose quickly towards the end of 2016 and early in 2017 according to the latest government figures.

Goods’ exports were up 1.6 percent in January, the fourth straight month they have increased.

The Office for National Statistics said it is not clear how much that is linked to the big fall in the value of the pound following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

British factories enjoyed their strongest growth in nearly seven years in the period though output did slip in January.

Starbucks plans to hire 10,000 refugees over five years

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(qlmbusinessnews.com via theguardian.com – – Tue, 31 Jan, 2017) London, Uk – –

Coffee chain unveils plan to hire staff as top US companies express ‘deep concern’ over president’s order.

Starbucks has promised to hire 10,000 refugees over five years in response to Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily barring refugees access to the US and banning entry for anyone from seven majority Muslim countries.

Starbucks has promised to hire 10,000 refugees over five years in response to Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily barring refugees access to the US and banning entry for anyone from seven majority Muslim countries.

The move came as leading US companies including Alphabet, Amazon, Ford, Goldman Sachs and Microsoft came out against the policy.

Howard Schultz, the coffee chain’s chief executive, said he had “deep concern” about the president’s order and would be taking “resolute” action, starting with offering jobs to refugees.

“We are developing plans to hire 10,000 of them over five years in the 75 countries around the world where Starbucks does business,” he told employees in a strongly worded note.

He added that the move was to make clear the company “will neither stand by, nor stand silent, as the uncertainty around the new administration’s actions grows with each passing day”.

Schultz said the initial focus would be in the US and for refugees who had served as interpreters for the US military, but it is not yet clear when the five-year period would begin, or whether people would be employed directly by Starbucks or by suppliers. Schultz added that the Seattle-based company had also contacted employees who had been affected by the immigration ban.

The move met with both support and a backlash on social media. The hashtag #BoycottStarbucks was trending on Twitter on Monday morning, with people praising and condemning the company’s move.

Starbucks’ move came as leading banks, car companies and technology firms voiced concern at the executive order. On Sunday, the Goldman Sachs chief, Lloyd Blankfein, left a voice message for staff that warned the plan could create “disruption” for the bank and its staff, according to a transcript seen by Reuters.

“This is not a policy we support, and I would note that it has already been challenged in federal court, and some of the order has been enjoined at least temporarily,” Blankfein said.

Ford’s executive chairman, Bill Ford Jr, and chief executive, Mark Fields, also condemned the travel ban in a statement to staff. “We do not support this policy or any other that goes against our values as a company,” they said.

Technology firms were the first to come out publicly against Trump’s plans. Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, said that as an immigrant himself, he would “continue to advocate” on the issue. “As an immigrant and as a CEO, I’ve both experienced and seen the positive impact that immigration has on our company, for the country, and for the world,” he wrote on LinkedIn, the business networking site owned by the group.

Microsoft’s president, Brad Smith, said 76 employees had been affected by the 90-day ban on entry for citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

In an email to Microsoft staff, he said: “We believe that immigration laws can and should protect the public without sacrificing people’s freedom of expression or religion. And we believe in the importance of protecting legitimate and law-abiding refugees whose very lives may be at stake in immigration proceedings.”

On Sunday, the Google co-founder and Alphabet president, Sergey Brin, was photographed among people protesting at San Francisco international airport over the immigration measures. Brin said he was there in a personal capacity, but reportedly told one journalist: “I’m here because I’m a refugee.”

A Google spokeswoman said: “We’re concerned about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families, or that could create barriers to bringing great talent to the US. We’ll continue to make our views on these issues known to leaders in Washington and elsewhere.”

On Monday, the billionaire investor Mark Cuban added his voice to Trump’s critics. Cuban, who campaigned for Hillary Clinton during the election, told CNBC that in person Trump seemed reasonable and open-minded. “But all that is thrown out the window when he tweets and when he communicates with the media,” he said. “This dichotomy makes things very difficult for business.”

Cuban said that Google, Microsoft and others had already had their businesses disrupted by Trump’s travel restrictions and that they were making life more confusing for employers of foreign-born workers.

“Now you have to give consideration to where they’re from, what their circumstances are, what type of travel that person is doing. Are they a risk? How does that impact my future hiring?”

By Adam Vaughan and Dominic Rushe

Business rates in London could be up an extra £4bn over the next five years

(qlmbusinessnews.com via telegraph.co.uk – – Sat, 31 Dec  2016) London, Uk – –

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London properties should be uncoupled from the national business rates system to prevent companies in the capital being treated as a cash cow, say the capital’s businesses.

Businesses in London could be forced to stump up an extra £4bn over the next five years under an upcoming revaluation, which has led the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry to call for the capital to have a separate business rates system or risk a “profound” impact on the capital’s economy.

The extra rates burden could force small, independent shops, bars and restaurants, which are already reeling from rocketing rents, to close down or move to cheaper locations, the LCCI has warned.

Property values in London have soared since the last revaluation in 2008, meaning that many businesses will be hit with rocketing bills under the new regime.

Business rates are often the third largest outgoing for companies after salaries and rents.

In total, the extra burden for London could be as much as £885m a year because of an upcoming revaluation, due in April, as companies across the city face an average rise of 11pc.

Few other places have seen values rise so significantly, with the result that businesses in the capital will pay disproportionately more than elsewhere in the UK. St Pancras Station will face the biggest jump in rates, paying £10.1m a year, an increase of £21.5m, or 73pc, over the next five years, exclusive analysis for The Telegraph by CVS, the business rates specialist, has found.

The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel also faces a £13.5m jump in its rates bill over the next five years while the demand on the BBC for Broadcasting House in Portland Place will rise by £19.5m.

Harrods, Selfridges and John Lewis will also face steep rises, CVS calculated. Some West End retailers and office occupiers in Shoreditch will see bills more than double as a result of the delayed revaluation, which was held back for two years to prevent the changes from taking effect just before the last general election.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, has proposed a relief scheme that would limit increases for business to 42pc in a year. This has been considered as woefully inadequate by critics who have highlighted that in the last business rates revaluation, rises were capped at 12.5pc.

Colin Stanbridge, chief executive of the LCC, said: “The Government should consider proposals for London to be ‘uncoupled’ from the national valuation system that gives London’s businesses an unfair deal.

“We are not asking for special treatment for London nor do we seek to implement changes that will see the rest of the country lose out, but at the same time we do not want to risk businesses shutting up shop or moving out of London altogether.

“We need to be wary of potential pitfalls including business being viewed as a ‘cash cow’,” Mr Stanbridge said.

The LCCI says there is a case for “substantive” changes to the rates system, including breaking the link between revaluations and the fixed tax yield it generates. Doing so would prevent what the chamber described as “punitive rises” in the future.

According to the LCCI, the new rates will hit small- and medium-sized businesses particularly hard, as they are less able to find the resources to pay the higher bills.

There has also been criticism of the Government’s plans to reform the business rates appeals process, which will mean that companies have to pay their rates bills for an entire year, even if the bill is incorrect.

Ashley Armstrong and Alan Tovey

Post Office workers prepare for strike action before Christmas

(qlmbusinessnews.com via news.sky.com- – Mon, 12 Dec, 2016) London, Uk – –

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Post Office workers are to stage five days of strikes in the week leading up to Christmas.

The industrial action next week comes amid a dispute with management over job losses, the closure of a final salary pension scheme and branches being shut.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) said the walkout will include Christmas Eve.

A spokesman defended the decision to strike, saying the union feared the Post Office “as we know it” will cease to exist unless “we stand up now”.

The Post Office claimed if the strike action goes ahead then at least 97% of its 11,600 branches will not be involved and it will be “business as
usual in almost all of our network”.

It said over the last four years it had dramatically cut its losses and modernised almost 7,000 post offices, adding more than 200,000 extra opening hours each week.

Kevin Gilliland, the Post Office’s network and sales director, said: “Just today, we agreed with the CWU that we would resume talks, which have been ongoing throughout the summer, on Wednesday.

“We are extremely disappointed that they prefer to resort to calls for strike action and we will be reviewing our position in light of this development.

“Our focus must be on supporting our customers, who rely on us at Christmas more than ever.”

CWU general secretary Dave Ward said: “Our members are being forced into fighting to save their jobs and this great institution from terminal decline.

“We didn’t want to be in this position…We are defending the very future of the Post Office in this country.

“We want a Post Office that works for everyone, for communities, for small and medium-sized businesses, and for the people who serve them – our hard-working members.

“But the people running the Post Office have no serious plan other than further closures and managed decline and we won’t accept that.”

He added: “We will be making a firm proposal for meaningful talks to establish a vision for the future and, if the company respond to that positively, then this dispute can be avoided.”

CWU assistant secretary Andy Furey said: “All of the blame for this unfortunate turn of events is 100% down to the intransigence of the company.”

He claimed the Post Office had “launched an unprecedented attack on the jobs, job security, and pensions of thousands of hard-working and loyal Post Office workers”.

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London 8,400 finance jobs openings chased by 15,000 in September

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The number of new available jobs in the the UK’s financial centre fell 5% in September year-on-year to 8,400, according to a survey by Morgan McKinley, while the number of people seeking jobs increased by 15%.
Month-on-month the number of fresh open positions increased by 1% in September, stabilising from a post-Brexit collapse in Luly.
Those who did find new jobs in September got an average of a 18% pay rise.
In July, the survey reported that the number of new City jobs plunged 27% while the number of people seeking them dropped 13%.
“Clearly there’s an ongoing appetite to recruit,” said Hakan Enver, operations director at Morgan McKinley Financial Services, adding: “Given the volatility that we have been facing, two months of positive growth is welcome news.”

Brexit, and the future status of London as the European Union’s financial centre, has been the main focus for those entering the City’s job market.
Prime minister Theresa May’s government has raised the possibility of a so-called “Hard Brexit,” which prioritises control over immigration, as opposed to maintaining some economic links in return for concessions on Freedom of Movement.
Such a move would also lead to the automatic loss of the City of London’s EU financial passport. The loss of passporting rights would be devastating to the City of London. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said earlier this year that 5,500 UK companies rely on passporting rights, with a combined turnover of £9 billion.
“Given the number of businesses affected in Britain and across the EU, and the massive contributions made by City workers to the British economy, it’s frankly shocking to see the government take such a dismissive attitude towards passporting,” said Enver.
“Stability is the foundation of business growth, so hopefully the government will right this course. If we are not careful, London will have a massive talent drain to countries such as France, Germany, USA, Japan and Ireland who have already turned on a charm offensive to woo our professional workforce,” he said.

By Ben Moshinsky