10 New Defenders lent to NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group Castle Bromwich Experience Centre to be converted into NHS vaccination research hub Jaguar Land Rover’s Centre for Wellbeing at Solihull now offers rehabilitation to support employees with ‘long Covid’ return to work New help follows production of face visors for frontline NHS staff; […]

GOV.UK | UK meets £250m match aid target into COVAX, the global vaccines facility

The UK has now mobilised $1 billion from global donors to support vulnerable countries to access coronavirus vaccines – stopping the spread of the disease. Published 10 January 2021From:Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and The Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP Comes as the UN Secretary-General António Guterres starts a ‘virtual visit’ to UK to mark the 75th […]

HSBC Insights – How banking will change after COVID-19

By Kevin Martin, Chief Operating Officer, Wealth and Personal Banking, HSBC Life for many of us has changed beyond recognition compared with just a few months ago – and one of the biggest changes has been doing electronically what we had historically done more in person. That means video conferencing for meetings and socialising, shopping […]

BBC – Virus Outbreak: UK poised to clear AstraZeneca vaccine as need grows

Bloomberg The UK is poised to approve the COVID-19 vaccine produced by AstraZeneca PLC and the University of Oxford, giving the kingdom another powerful tool to fight the pandemic as concern mounts over rising infections. The UK’s drug regulator could clear the shot for use as early as this week, said a person familiar with […]

UK and Foreign Nationals – Important Taiwan Travel Update

Companies and individuals should be aware of recent changes to travel advice. From 1 January 2021, foreign nationals are not permitted to enter Taiwan. The local authorities have confirmed that resident visa holders, diplomats, business passengers with special entry permits and spouses and children of Taiwanese nationals will be exempt from this restriction. Please refer […]

Adecco – Future of Work After the Pandemic

Making the Next Critical Decision The ­impact ­of ­the ­COVID-19 ­pandemic ­was ­felt ­in ­every­ corner­ of ­the ­world ­in 2020. International­ trade­ virtually­ came­ to­ a­ standstill,­ businesses­ put­ a­ freeze­ on­ their­ personnel­ budgets,­ economies­ went­ into­ recession­ and­ unemployment­ skyrocketed.­ The­ effects ­were ­felt ­in ­more ­than ­just ­the­ economy. ­The ­global­ […]

KPMG- European banks and COVID-19 : Impacts on 2020 Q3 results

Ewa Bialkowska Director, KPMG IFRG Limited (UK) In our previous blogs, we reported on the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the expected credit losses (ECL) disclosed by a selection of large European banks (Q1 reporting to 31 March 2020 and half year to 30 June 2020) and five Canadian banks (half year to 30 April 2020). Here, we look […]

Regus – Will Businesses Adopt Remote Working Permanently?

COVID-19 forced many companies to quickly adopt flexible working practices. After the crisis, will some make remote work arrangements permanent? Remote working isn’t possible for our business. If that was your opinion, pre-COVID-19, you’ll have realised over the last few months that the truth is quite different. The pandemic, and ensuing global lockdown, meant that […]

Standard Chartered Bank – Investors flood to sustainability in wake of coronavirus

Sustainable investment has seen a boom, with investors looking long term in difficult economic times. Standard Chartered has reported that money market deposits focused on helping finance sustainable development initiatives saw record inflows in March as coronavirus failed to push investors away from their sustainability goals. “We’ve seen a remarkable upturn in the amount of […]