Brexit trade deal puts UK retailers at a disadvantage

New research has found that UK businesses are facing a competitive disadvantage after the Brexit trade deal.
M&S food chief urges government to help farming and food industry

M&S urges government to end Northern Ireland border checks and help solve labour shortage

M&S food managing director Stuart Machin has written to the prime minister to urge the government to use find a long-term solution for moving goods into Northern Ireland to avoid it becoming increasingly reliant on overseas, rather than British produce.
Apollo was in the running to buy Morrisons

M&S poaches Morrisons executive to join food team

Marks & Spencer has poached a Morrisons executive with knowledge in ethical trading and Brexit policy to join its food team.
“Given the unfolding humanitarian crisis following the invasion of Ukraine, M&S has suspended shipments to our Turkish franchisee’s Russian business. We are doing everything we can to support the people of Ukraine and in response to the growing refugee crisis, we are building on our existing support for UNICEF UK’s Ukraine appeal with a £1.5m package to support the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and UNICEF to help children and families in need. This is made up of a kickstart £0.5m donation to UNHCR with a further £0.5m for matched fundraising for all our global colleagues and double donations on Sparks transactions to support UNICEF; and activation of till-point and online giving in the UK. We are also providing practical help through UNHCR; donating 20,000 units of coats and thermals for families in need totalling a further £0.5m.”

M&S chair warns EU proposals on Northern Ireland to increase red tape

Marks & Spencer chairman Archie Norman has warned Brexit minister Lord Frost that EU proposals on the transit of goods to Northern Ireland will increase friction and cost for businesses.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled a raft of measures to reduce business rates but stopped short of fundamentally overhauling the system.

Budget 2021: Here are the key points

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will deliver his autumn budget at 12.30pm after PMQs - but announcements have been made already.

What’s to blame for shortages in retail workforces – Covid or Brexit?

As Covid and Brexit red tape continue to pose a challenge for retailers, how can they keep and find new employees as staff shortages persist?
Rishi Sunak has said he remains "confident" that Christmas presents will arrive in stores on time despite the escalating supply chain crisis.

Could Christmas really be cancelled this year?

As the UK continues to grapple with supply chain issues as well as Brexit and Covid, could Christmas really be cancelled this year?
Aldi is named most popular supermarket in new league table

Aldi promises “business as usual” despite driver shortage

Aldi chief executive Giles Hurley has pledged that it will be “business as usual” during the Christmas period despite the ongoing shortage of HGV drivers.

UK delays checks on EU goods until 2022 to reduce strain on supply chains

The UK government has been forced to delay imposing checks on EU goods entering the UK until next year in a bid to stop Brexit placing further strain on supply chains.
Shops could see Christmas shortages over driver issues - Tesco chairman

Shops could see Christmas shortages over driver issues – Tesco chairman

UK supermarkets could see food shortages at Christmas due to Brexit-related supply chain disruption, the chairman of Tesco has warned.

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