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Friday, August 20, 2021

Employment crisis - what crisis?

In the early months of the pandemic, forecasters predicted dire consequences for employment in just about every sector of the UK economy. The Bank of England thought the unemployment rate would rise above 10% as the worst economic recession for 300 years hit home. While the employment market has been rocked it has proved surprisingly resilient, and those predictions turned out to be rather far...

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Thursday, July 1, 2021

We don’t live in a cold country anymore

We used to live in a cold country, but we don’t anymore, says BESA chief executive officer David Frise. The British obsession with the weather stems from the fact we are used to living in a temperate zone with clearly defined seasons: Not terribly cold in winter, not that hot in summer and definitely varied…but all that has changed. Witness the intense thunderstorms experienced by many parts of...

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Dying in plain sight

The long overdue acquittal last week of the ‘Shrewsbury 24’ who were convicted of illegal picketing 47 years ago took us back to a dark era of violent conflict between the police and trade unions. The shameful way workers fighting for better conditions were treated and denied legal justice is shocking to a modern audience, but even more horrifying is why they were striking in the first place. The...

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Out of adversity comes a united front

“Coming together is a beginning; staying together is progress; and working together is success” Henry Ford. BESA chief executive officer David Frise explains why this is the right time to launch a new alliance of eight engineering services organisations. “So what did you do during the great world pandemic of 2020/21?” That’s a question many of us will face from our children and grandchildren in...

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Friday, February 12, 2021

R&D tax relief: Be wary of spurious COVID advice

Recently, I was shocked to read an article from an ‘adviser’ counselling businesses that all manner of COVID-19 business responses qualify for R&D tax relief. The article's list of eligible projects included building bike storage and using a dedicated meeting room for social distancing purposes. Much of this advice is nonsense and characteristic of the untrustworthy guidance businesses often...

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