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Northern Ireland: Government denies it is about to renege on its customs agreement with the EU

08 September 2020

Press reports suggest that the Government’s Internal Market Bill, due to be published tomorrow, may significantly diverge from the customs border arrangements it agreed with the EU in the Northern Ireland Protocol. If so, Northern Ireland businesses could be pushed into a position of even greater uncertainty as Brexit looms.

Manufacturing output rises but employment levels fall
Mike Thornton

02 September 2020

August has seen UK manufacturing output expand at the fastest rate for over six years as companies and their clients restarted operations following coronavirus lockdowns. It is excellent to see these figures showing a bounce back for the manufacturing industry but this bounce back is as fragile as they come….

Untangling workforce issues

06 August 2020

In this episode, we discuss real life workforce scenarios to deliver practical advice on how to manage workforce needs for now and in the future.

Untangling trade beyond brexit

06 August 2020

Brexit is a disruptor. Whether its impacting today’s operations and decision making, or future trade or investment, Brexit is disrupting businesses today; but are you ready?

Untangling finance and innovation in manufacturing

06 August 2020

Given recent developments in the economy and Brexit, in this episode we welcome Tim Figures, Make UK’s Director of Technology, Sustainability and Innovation as well as Mike Thornton, RSM’s Head of Manufacturing to talk through some of the issues faced by manufacturing businesses in the current economic climate.

VAT and customs duty as Brexit concludes

18 July 2020

The UK government announced last month that it will not be seeking an extension to the current transition period, meaning that barring a significant change in the parties' current negotiating position, the UK will leave the EU’s single market and customs union on 31 December 2020.

HMRC hints at plans for an electronic border with the EU

08 July 2020

Details are emerging of a new electronic customs system to record imports of goods between the UK and the EU and between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK after the end of the Brexit transition period. How will it work, and will it be ready on time?

Encouraging signs of recovery for the manufacturing sector
Mike Thornton

06 July 2020

The June CIPS PMI returned to an above neutral measure in June at 50.1, showing some early signs of recovery as lockdown measures ease. Over the past few months many have been mitigating supply chain risks by sourcing new suppliers closer to home – will this trend continue?

Manufacturing CIPS PMI: Overseas travel corridors and reshoring earmarked as short-term opportunities to rebuild
Mike Thornton

01 July 2020

The latest monthly CIPS manufacturing PMI today reports an above neutral measure in June at 50.1. This marks a welcome return to positive sentiment. It also adds credence to short term opportunities to bolster and strengthen the prospects of the manufacturing sector, and those whose supply chains rely on it, according to leading audit, tax and consulting firm RSM.

Clarity at last over post-Brexit imports of goods from the EU
Brad Ashton

18 June 2020

The Government has provided information on border controls and customs procedures that will be applied to goods imported into Great Britain from the EU with effect from 1 January 2021.

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