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08 September 2020
“Climate change will remain a top priority, as it is recognised as the most likely source of major future disruption”   Context Our recent report, Navigating beyond coronavirus – how could sustainability evolve ? proposed five hypotheses, and the first of these focused on climate change. The report stated that: “Climate change will remain a top priority, as it is recogn...
07 September 2020
Watch this video to hear the latest on what the UK’s exit from the EU could mean for the food and consumer goods industry. This video will cover: Economic update Grocery market future Shopper sentiment More economic news and analysis EXPLORE .EconNews { background: #3b1e61; padding: 20px; padding-bottom: 60px; } .EconNews h3 { font-...
03 September 2020
Before the Coronavirus pandemic, two thirds of people were open to changing their diets to be healthier and more sustainable. But since March, many aspects of consumer behaviour have transformed. Find out more by watching this video.   In this video from August 2020, we look at consumer attitudes to Healthy and Sustainable diets, before and during the pandemic. Joined by guest behav...
03 September 2020
Confidence among food and grocery shoppers remained stable in August, with some uplift, according to the latest IGD Shopper Confidence Index . The slight increase has been supported by the summer holidays and the Eat Out to Help Out Government scheme, with shoppers also benefiting from a general return to a sense of normality. August 2020 results Shopper confidence remained relatively lo...
01 September 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. COVID-19 winter response project A COVID-19 Winter Response Project has been set up by the Association of Labour Providers along with several other industry stakeholders to develop gu...
01 September 2020
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – more often called “furlough”, will continue to “taper-off” over weeks ahead, ending on 31 October. At launch, on 19 March, CJRS paid workers 80% of their regular wage, up to £2,500 per month, on condition that they did not work at all. From July, workers were able to return to work part-time e.g. earning a wage for one day per week...
01 September 2020
The government has set up a trial to provide financial support for people on low incomes in areas with high rates of COVID-19. The scheme, which will start in Blackburn with Darwen, Pendle and Oldham, will provide the following: People who test positive will receive £130 for their 10-day period of isolation Other members of their household or non-household contacts who have to s...
01 September 2020
With schools returning to normal operation, the government is keen to encourage workers in England to return to normal also – this is seen as critical to the financial performance of town centres and public transport. A new publicity campaign is expected over the next few weeks. There is, however, divergence in policy between the different devolved administrations – governments in Northe...
01 September 2020
The government’s list of “safer” travel destinations continues to evolve. Latest changes take effect from 29 August 2020. Cuba has now been added to the list, meaning that UK citizens returning to England from Cuba will no longer need to self-isolate. However, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Jamaica have been removed, meaning that they are now considered more dangerous, requiring ...
01 September 2020
The Eat Out to Help Out scheme, which helped to protect the jobs of the hospitality industry’s 1.8 million employees, has now ended. HM Treasury announced that restaurants have claimed more than 64m meals after three weeks of the scheme. The number of customers at UK restaurants was 61% higher than the same days last year from Monday to Wednesday The number of customers at UK re...