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20 March 2018
The UK will leave the EU on 29 March 2019. It’s now just a year away and the exact nature of the country’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU is still unclear. Our chief economist James Walton has examined the present situation and possible challenges ahead, including: Current negotiating position What’s still outstanding What the UK government wants UK suggestions for a ...
16 March 2018
If we assume Brexit follows the Article 50 timetable and the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019, what should your company have done by now to avoid a state of panic in twelve months’ time? One year to go Most thrillers involve some form of ticking clock, with the hero racing to complete a vital mission under steadily mounting pressure. It makes for compelling viewing but no business like...
16 March 2018
Much of the debate about Brexit has centred on customs. Should the UK sit inside or outside of an EU Customs Union? If it’s outside, how could delays be minimised? If you import or export products, or intend to, make sure you’re up to speed with changes to the UK Customs declaration procedures. The position of the UK government is that it will leave the Customs Union. In this case, HM Reve...
16 March 2018
If you’re typical of the majority of UK based food companies we’ve spoken to, the two most urgent Brexit related issues for you are trade and immigration. We suspect a third area, farming policy, is not yet receiving enough attention. All change (sort of)! Ever since its creation in 1962, the Common Agricultural Policy has sat at the heart of the EU and currently represents 38% of its b...
16 March 2018
Jamie’s Italian knows that consumers want healthier choices when eating out, so it makes sure that at least 30% of the menu (excluding desserts) includes healthier choices. To achieve this, Jamie’s Italian has established nutrition criteria for its starters, main and side dishes. This also ensures recipes are continually reviewed and improved.   Energy (calories) ...
16 March 2018
We forecast the European grocery retail market will add €377.6 billion in sales to reach €2,289 billion by 2022. The dynamic economies of Central and Eastern Europe will drive growth in the region. Jon Wright, our head of retail insight, explores the key markets and the reasons behind their growth.  Poland, Romania and Russia among strongest performers The grocery retail markets of...
12 March 2018
Learn practical ways that you can adopt agile and digital-first ways of working to help you be more responsive to change. In this webinar recording, Agile coach Amy Wagner explains: What is Agile – a definition and the 12 key priorities for an agile way of working How it differs from traditional project management  Examples of agile-first, digital-first approaches Five tips to...
09 March 2018
Watch this webinar recording to learn six key tips for improving your workplace relationships, and download the worksheet to help put the tips into practice. DOWNLOAD THE WORKSHEET Leadership and workplace relationship coach, Felicity Hodkinson, leads you through an engaging session with a coaching-style approach to help you understand: Why bother with workplace relationships? ...
08 March 2018
Our industry is dealing with disruption on an unprecedented scale, says our chief executive Joanne Denney-Finch.  She outlined three ways your companies can survive and thrive in such conditions, when speaking at the Checkout Conference 2018 in February. 1. Do the ordinary, extraordinarily well Food companies will always need excellent everyday management from ensuring products are h...
05 March 2018
Writing this with Western Europe still gripped by the ‘Beast from the East’, it’s another reason I’m looking forward to escaping to the desert heat of Las Vegas next week. It’s almost exactly a decade since I was last in Vegas. That was to see Tesco’s Fresh & Easy stores in action, a venture that led to Terry Leahy’s memorable quote that Tesco found a “gap in the market but is there a mark...