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05 January 2021
Following the re-implementation of tough lockdown conditions in England, the Chancellor has announced a further package of financial support for affected retail, hospitality and leisure businesses. One-off grants will be provided – £4,000 for business properties with a rateable value under £15,000, £6,000 for properties valued at £15-51,000 and £9,000 for others. Additional funds wi...
04 January 2021
We look at the implications and opportunities of the UK’s journey to Net Zero by 2050.   We recently invited Martin Baxter , Director of Policy and External Affairs and Deputy CEO at IEMA to talk to IGD’s Technical Leaders Forum about the UK’s transition to Net Zero. As a collaborative industry group, the purpose of the Technical Leaders Forum is to help provide thought leadershi...
30 December 2020
Your overview of political and economic news with a focus on the food and consumer goods industry, featuring the latest guidance on COVID-19 and planning for the end of the transition period with the EU. EU Exit The EU and the UK have signed a comprehensive new deal, the Trade and Co-operation Agreement. The European Union (future relationship) bill is expected to be approved by parli...
30 December 2020
What just happened? On Christmas Eve, the EU and UK announced a new trade deal , which will take effect when the EU Exit Transition Period ends on 31 December. The deal is called the Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA). The TCA addresses a major source of uncertainty and risk for businesses on both sides, especially in food and drink markets, which would have been impacted severely if...
23 December 2020
Your overview of political and economic news with a focus on the food and consumer goods industry, featuring the latest guidance on COVID-19 and planning for the end of the transition period with the EU. Delays at ports A protocol has been agreed between France and the UK to reopen the French border to UK arrivals, including accompanied freight. This follows an announcement by the F...
22 December 2020
Your overview of political and economic news with a focus on the food and consumer goods industry, featuring the latest guidance on COVID-19 and planning for the end of the transition period with the EU. Delays at ports At the time of writing, negotiations are continuing between France and the UK to lift a travel ban on all accompanied freight in a bid to stop the new variant of COVI...
18 December 2020
Your overview of political and economic news with a focus on the food and consumer goods industry, featuring the latest guidance on COVID-19 and planning for the end of the transition period with the EU. EU exit trade talks Negotiations are continuing between the EU and the UK with just two weeks to go before the end of the transition period on 31 December. The Prime Minister has ...
18 December 2020
The government has created a new “micro-site”, intended to act as a “one-stop shop” for traders sending goods from GB to NI after January 2021. The site focuses on animals, animal products and plant products, all of which will be affected by new regulations and procedures as a result of EU Exit and the Northern Ireland Protocol. The site includes process maps and recordings of webin...
18 December 2020
A Command Paper published on 10 December outlined how goods movement from GB to NI will operate from January 2021. A key part of this plan, intended to remove barriers to food trade, is the new Movement Assistance Scheme (not to be confused with the existing Trader Support Service). More detail has now been made available on this. The Scheme is intended to remove new costs to busi...
18 December 2020
According to ONS, year-on-year “all items” inflation in the UK has fallen sharply, from +0.9% in October to +0.6% in November, when using the CPI measure. Food and non-alcoholic drink made a large contribution to this change. Inflation in this category turned negative, from +0.6% in October to -0.5% in November. Contributions to the change came from a broad range of foodstuffs. It is ...