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Firms must act to avoid Brexit brain-drain

A major international survey commissioned by KPMG UK reveals that although 45 percent of EU citizens working in the UK plan to stay, 35 percent are considering leaving and 8percent have already made up their minds to go.  When extrapolated across the UK’s entire EU workforce, that’s a group equivalent to almost 1 million potential leavers, or 3.1 percent of the UK’s national workforce. From Karen Briggs: Head of Brexit at KPMG.

Contributor: Karen Briggs | Published: 30 August 2017

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Customs duty – businesses should prepare for the worst

Today’s announcement is a very bold step from the UK government, especially given the EU’s public stance on the single market and the clear message that Brexit means an exit from the associated free trade arrangements. But the step is very much needed to get us to a workable transitional agreement. From Alison Horner, VAT partner at MHA MacIntyre Hudson.

Contributor: Alison Horner | Published: 19 August 2017

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Businesses warned, perfect storm’s brewing – be prepared

The Forum of Private Business is advising members to have a survival plan in place as the UK goes through the Brexit negotiations. Comment Ian Cass, the Chief Executive of the Forum of Private Business.

Contributor: Ian Cass | Published: 17 August 2017

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Border chaos and cost after Brexit

There has been a notable shift in Theresa May's language around the frictionless transport of goods between the UK and EU after Brexit, from vowing to maintain frictionless transport to making it ‘as frictionless as possible’.

Contributor: Andrew Meany | Published: 2 August 2017

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EU exit, what happened to Greenland?

The UK won’t be the first nation to leave the European Union. Greenland, the largest island in the world, exited in 1982. The tough talks took three years; meaning Britain won’t leave the EU until 2020 at the earliest, warns global delivery expert Fastlane International. From David Jinks MILT - Fastlane’s Head of Consumer Research.

Contributor: David Jinks | Published: 23 July 2017

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Fears Brexit could escalate ‘war for talent’

New research has found that, as a result of the UK’s decision to leave the EU, nearly three-quarters of HR professionals (72 percent) expect the competition for well-qualified talent to increase, and nearly two-thirds (61 percent) predict further difficulty recruiting senior and skilled employees over the next three years. Comment from Claire McCartney, Associate Research Adviser at the CIPD.

Contributor: Claire McCartney | Published: 10 June 2017

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Less than one in five UK managers support ‘hard Brexit

With the general election less than three weeks away, the UK's 3.2 million managers make their priorities for a new government clear. Brexit is at the forefront of their minds, with just one in five (19 percent) UK managers favoured a so-called ‘hard Brexit’. Comment Ann Francke, CEO of the Chartered Management Institute.

Contributor: Ann Francke | Published: 28 May 2017

Brexit and ‘zero hours’ contracts undermining financial wellbeing

Almost half of workers are borrowing to meet day-to-day financial needs. A quarter of workers have a monthly income fluctuation of more than 10 percent. 39 percent of employers think employees would approach them for financial assistance/only 3 percent* of employees would turn to them for help.

Contributor: Heidi Allan | Published: 26 May 2017

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Health & safety “at risk from Government’s Brexit plans”

The TUC has published a new briefing, Protecting Health and Safety after Brexit, which warns trade unionists and working people that health and safety protections are at risk from the government’s Brexit plans.

Contributor: Frances O’Grady | Published: 20 May 2017