Scott Challinor

Scott Challinor

Business Editor

Scott Challinor is a specialist in communications and works on the assembly of particular Parliamentary Review documents. He studied French and Spanish at Oxford University.

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Cherry Mortgage and Finance discuss what green mortgages mean for the sector

In 2019, the UK became the first G7 country to set itself the ambitious goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. As part of this wider commitment, the government announced a Green Finance Strategy, confirming in July 2019 that a £5 million fund will be made available to help the financial sector develop green home finance products such as green mortgages.

French media explores Brexit Day tensions with Watford business Aonyx

January 31 has come. Ahead of the day that the UK will formally leave the EU, French media outlet France TV Londres has delved into the lingering division surrounding one of the greatest economic issues of our times in the Hertfordshire town of Watford, speaking to business leaders and locals with differing views of what to expect once Brexit takes hold.

Rainham Industrial Services Ltd champions anaerobic digestion as energy-from-waste initiative

The new Environment Bill first put forward in October’s Queen’s Speech has not only tied the UK government into a commitment to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, but guaranteed to put the environment at the forefront of new policy-making and enshrined environmental principles into law which will improve air and water quality, tackle plastic pollution and restore habitats.

Denroy Plastics seek to tackle skills gap in polymer processing industry

The polymer processing sector is one niche within the broad spectrum of UK industry that is afflicted by the skills shortage across the country. Yet, one business in Northern Ireland is not only proactively looking to tackle the problem with its own initiatives, but is joining the many voices calling for reform to the apprenticeship levy to help ease the issue.

PR Facilities Management Limited critiques minimum wage rise

Much has been made of the UK minimum wage increase set to enter force in April 2020. It was a policy pushed by Boris Johnson and his cabinet both before and after December’s general election victory, but while the impact on low-income workers may be positive, one business leader has highlighted the pitfalls of the policy and how this will affect UK businesses going forward.

More to do for government to support electric vehicle transition at firms like Mobility Vehicle Hire

The new Environment Bill first brought forward by Boris Johnson’s government in October 2019 has bound the UK government to a commitment to reach net-zero carbon emissions by the year 2030. With the introduction of electric vehicles into the mainstream seen as key to achieving this goal, initiatives being undertaken by firms like Birmingham based Mobility Vehicle Hire could be critical.

JKH’s efforts to reduce environmental impact could help UK hit net-zero carbon targets

One of the landmark bills of Boris Johnson’s premiership to date has come in the shape of the Environment Bill, which will guarantee a new independent Office for Environmental Protection which will hold the government to account on its commitment to reach net-zero carbon emissions by the year 2050.

New government measures could help ease The Card Centre’s concerns for the High Street

The shift in consumer habits toward online purchasing and the resulting impacts on UK high streets have been well documented in recent years, with a net 1,234 stores disappearing from the top 500 high streets in Britain in the first half of last year. However, the key to easing the woes of retailers could come in the shape of government measures lined up to enter force in the near future.

Outcome of UK-EU free-trade negotiations vital for wholesalers like Norscot Seafoods

When it comes to sectors that will be affected by Brexit, among the most relevant is the fish wholesale industry, where the impact of new regulations after the UK’s departure is causing various concerns. With a UK-EU free-trade agreement set to be negotiated later this year, the outcome of these talks will be vital if industry operators are to continue trading with the continent without hindrance.

Seasonal Business in Travel report intensifies Brexit concerns for snow sports operators like The Ski Club of Great Britain

The uncertainty surrounding the impact of Brexit on the snow sports industry has culminated in the foundation of Season Business in Trade [SBIT], a group which is lobbying for awareness of the Brexit-related issues facing the sector. The Ski Club of Great Britain, an industry operator, contributed to the foundation of the group. However, the SBIT’s latest findings will do little to relieve industry concerns as Brexit day draws closer.

Chancellor’s comments this week bode well for addressing Leith Planning’s concerns

Chancellor Sajid Javid’s comments reported by the Financial Times this week have drawn some attention due to his hinting that the UK could look to diverge from some EU rules after Brexit. However, other issues which he discussed, including plans for economic growth and regional investment, have garnered less attention. Yet, it is these comments which may bode well for one town planning consultancy and some of its concerns over how the country is run.

Azad Ayub Limited discuss how new HMO regulations have posed challenges for the lettings industry

The year 2018 saw new regulations enter force which introduced mandatory licensing to all multi-occupied properties with five or more people who form two or more separate households. While the licensing system has enforced standards concerning the size and safety of the properties, it has posed challenges for landlords and businesses to comply with those standards in order to continue renting out their properties.

Watford based business Aonyx’s no-deal Brexit preparations in 2019 to remain relevant in 2020

Prior to the original October 31 Brexit deadline, smart home installation firm Aonyx discussed some of the steps it had taken to mitigate for a no-deal departure from the EU with James Cowen of the Watford Observer. However, with a new Withdrawal Agreement in place negotiated by Boris Johnson, the UK’s leaving date set back to January 31, and much left hinging on a free-trade agreement that is yet to be negotiated, the need to mitigate may well arise once again.

Chancellor’s hint toward regulatory divergence after Brexit could pose challenges for SA Builders and Contractors and other firms

Skender Perpepa, founder of Romford based business SA Builders and Contractors has been vocal about some of the industry challenges posed by Brexit. Now, with chancellor Sajid Javid’s revelation that the UK will seek to diverge from some EU rules after departing the bloc, it could throw up a whole host of new challenges for the firm to grapple with.

Employers can do more to address staff shortfall posed by Brexit, according to recruitment specialist Human One

Before the 2016 referendum on EU membership, net migration from the bloc hit a peak of 219,000. This figure has been in steady decline ever since the British people voted to leave and has fuelled concerns of a Brexit associated skills shortfall, particularly with an Australian-style points based immigration system set to enter force once the Brexit transitional period has lapsed. Yet, recruitment specialists are still adapting to ride out the storm in their industry, and one in particular feels that industry and employers may have the answer to dealing with the staff shortage they fear.