Brexit is starting to happen, as Covid moves from the agenda

Trade deals by numbers

  • 66 Number of countries the UK Government has secured trade deals with in less than two years
  • £890bn Total value of UK trade with these countries (as of 2019)
  • £229.9bn Total value of UK trade with the US, our biggest trading partner in 2019
  • £15.2bn Estimated long-term increase in trade with a UK/Japan agreement
  • £111bn How much UK trade with the CPTPP was worth in 2019. The UK has applied to join, deepening ties with emerging markets
  • £20bn Trade deal between Canada and UK signed on 9 December 2020. Both countries to negotiate a tailor-made deal in 2021.
  • £20bn Value of trade in 2019-20 with Australia, with which the UK has just announced a trade deal.

Source: gov.uk

Keeping your business open

With the exception of some non-essential shops and public venues, we are not asking any other businesses to close – indeed it is important for business to carry on.

However, you should encourage your employees to work from home unless it is impossible for them to do so.

Sometimes this will not be possible, as not everyone can work from home. Certain jobs require people to travel to their place of work – for instance if they operate machinery, work in construction or manufacturing, or are delivering front line services.

See the full guidance on work.

Many UK SME businesses are misunderstanding what the government instruction is… relating to COVID 19

All companies can carry on working, and the direction is that people should not breach social distancing. So Retailers, Pubs, Restaurants and Businesses that necessitate people to meet, Theatres, Clubs etcetera, should not open.

Remember that deliving your food or product to the customer is not only OK, in many ways for businesses it’s A unique opertunity. First you learn who and where your customers reside and secondly the delivery person, drives afficency as the customer will be available to receive the order.

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You can, however, trade if you can protect the public, your customers and perhaps most importantly, your employees.

Consider social distancing, don’t have teams travelling in the same vehicle. If you can work from home, do so, so clerical duties can continue. (more…)