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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Johnson and Varadkar mark Stormont return

Prime minister Boris Johnson and Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will visit Belfast on Monday to mark the return of the Stormont executive.

Hitachi plant in County Durham to make 250 redundancies

The Newton Aycliffe Hitachi plant in County Durham is set to cut 250 jobs, which Unite trade union officials say has come “completely out of the blue”.

Withdrawal Agreement Bill passes through Commons

The House of Commons has voted 330 to 231 in favour of Boris Johnson’s Withdrawal Agreement Bill and it will now advance to the House of Lords.

Assembly speaker: Northern Ireland parties must agree deal for Stormont to be recalled

Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Robin Newton, has said that Stormont will only be recalled if the political parties of Northern Ireland agree a deal that will restore power sharing.

Talon Outdoor and other OOH specialist firms could play role in using the ‘third space’ in war on fake news

The December general election has re-ignited debate about how political campaigns are played out digitally. The funds invested by main parties into targeted online adverts on social media remains uncertain, and there has been widespread controversy over misleading information and fake news being allowed to go viral.

Businesses like Westfield Farms have role to play in fighting antimicrobial resistance

2019 provided a major boost for the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs as the Veterinary Medicines Directorate confirmed in October that sales of antibiotics used in food-producing animals had reduced by 53 per cent between 2014 and 2018.

Changes to the apprenticeship levy could help realise future hopes for firms like A.I.M Commercial Services

As the skills gap continues to grow in a number of sectors including the logistics industry, for one industry body the message has become clear that the shortcomings of the apprenticeship levy and the lack of apprenticeships standards must be addressed for there to be any hope of solving the problem.

Government’s next move on shale gas significant for companies like PR Marriott Drilling

After the Conservatives were re-elected to government in December, a number of firms and environment campaigners will be anxious to discover whether the indefinite suspension on fracking is set to continue.

Banning plastic packaging could leave environment worse-off, according to report

A report from the cross-party Parliamentary group suggests that banning plastic packaging could do more harm than good to the environment in the long run.

Annual retail sales down for first time in quarter of a century, BRC says

The British Retail Consortium has revealed that retail sales have fallen for the first time since 1995 after a 0.1 per cent decline in total sales.

Ofsted pursues new diagnostic approach for struggling schools

Schools inspectorate body Ofsted is pursuing a new approach to dealing with schools which have consistently achieved poor outcomes.

Boris Johnson set for first meeting with new European Commission president

Newly re-elected prime minister Boris Johnson is to meet with Ursula von der Leyen, the new president of the European Commission, at Downing Street.

Symply one of numerous firms eyeing Conservative pledges on business rates and online sales tax

One of re-elected prime minister Boris Johnson’s high profile pre-election promises was to launch a review into the rates system and “reduce the overall burden” of business rates, which he revealed at the annual Confederation of British Industry conference back in November.

Javid sets March 11 date for first Budget

Chancellor Sajid Javid has announced that his first Budget in post will take place on March 11, 2020, with a promise to invest billions “across the country”.

Boris Johnson’s VAT policies an issue of importance for firms like Universal Attractions

One of the higher-profile Conservative policies ahead of the December 2019 general election was Boris Johnson’s promise to introduce a triple tax lock which will freeze income tax, National Insurance and VAT for the next five years. Majority in hand, the onus will now be on the prime minister to deliver on the pledge