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02 June 2020
On 28 May, the Prime Minister gave an update on the government’s five tests which gauge success in managing the coronavirus crisis. Progress on these measures is a pre-requisite for relaxation of lockdown measures. The tests are as follows: NHS able to cope with the workload Sustained, consistent fall in the death rate Rate of new infections falling An adequate supply ...
02 June 2020
As a response to coronavirus, both GB and the EU relaxed rules on maximum working hours for HGV drivers. The EU relaxation ran from 23 March to 31 May and has therefore now ended- the normal practice has been resumed. The GB relaxation initially ran from 23 March to 31 May but was extended to 14 June and therefore has (at time of writing) 12 days left to run. The relaxation is in...
02 June 2020
The Scottish Government has pledged an additional £20 million for National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS). The government has also announced £15.8 million of investment to the Advancing Manufacturing Challenge Fund (AMCF. The 12 projects, which include universities, colleges, third sector organisations and local authorities, will offer free services across the country to help ...
02 June 2020
Data from an ONS survey shows that UK citizens are gradually beginning to emerge from lockdown conditions. Simple boredom may be a powerful motivator for this, coupled with a falling perception of risk. Results published on 29 May, covering 21 to 24 May, show the following changes: 90% of respondents left home in the previous week (vs 86% the week before) 29% felt unsafe out...
02 June 2020
The government has announced that it has reached 200,000 the capacity a day for coronavirus testing including capacity for 40,000 antibody tests a day. Everyone in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms can now get a test. The antibody tests are available to NHS and social care staff. There are now over 150 drive through and mobile testin...
02 June 2020
Co-op is rolling out robot deliveries to further communities across Milton Keynes and surrounding towns and villages in response to increased demand for convenient delivery services during coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.  The convenience retailer was the first to trial same-day autonomous robot deliveries in the UK when it teamed-up with Starship Technologies in April 2018 , extendin...
01 June 2020
“I found it really interesting, a different way to look at creativity via small effective actions. Very relevant in the here and now.” Feedback on this session from a listener In this webinar recording, you’ll discover four practical and effective ways to stimulate your creativity and help you approach challenges in new ways, wherever you are working from. ...
29 May 2020
We talk to talent, culture and change expert, Sam Redman about the key ingredients for building a learning culture in an organisational and team level. Listen to the interview to hear about: What learning culture means and what success looks like How to build a community for learning that also works remotely The benefits of prioritising learning in a fast-paced and unc...
29 May 2020
As more people are being urged to return to work (where home working is not practical), new guidelines provide some direction for employers and their catering partners to support a safe return to work. Natasha Maynard Nutrition and Scientific Affairs Manager Current UK government guidance allows workplace canteens to stay open where necessary: LINK . As fa...
28 May 2020
Following the global outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), IGD is working closely with the UK Government and the food industry. Here is a summary of some of the key developments we have picked up. Test and Trace NHS England has announced that Test and Trace will commence from today. Similar schemes are being developed or in place in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. From toda...