Our Freeports business sentiment report shows that opinions are positive. Leaders can see the potential that Freeports offer, but raise concerns over skills shortages and the need for more clarity and collaboration to drive success.
The UK has faced one of the most disrupted trading years since World War II, but as always, the UK rebuilds. We’re supporting our clients across all sectors to tackle the challenges of today, with an eye on the future, helping businesses to plan and rebuild.
Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has unveiled its new policy for all its UK offices, adopting a hybrid working model. Its people will have the flexibility to combine home and office working, blending personal preferences with business and clients' needs without any mandatory requirements being set across the business other than for those in learning roles.
Tom White, innovation architect at Connected Places Catapult, provides his insights on the potential of Freeports. White notes that regions must develop their own regional and global USPs to drive investment, but a challenge is coordinating what each region is going for.
Relevant to all UK consumers, The UK Intellectual Property Office has produced a consultation paper on the future of the UK's exhaustion of intellectual property rights and parallel trade regime post-Brexit.
During a recent instalment of our property owners post-COVID webinar series, our panellists explored overseas investment in the UK. In particular the conversation included the typical issues which arise for non-UK resident trustees, what lenders look for, when they may or may not be prepared to lend and what may impact pricing, and how to select investment opportunities, as well as the relevant UK tax issues to be aware when structuring deals and ownership.
ESG concerns are becoming ever more relevant to corporate bodies of all sizes across the UK. For many years now, climate change, sustainability, green energy, reducing one's carbon footprint, deforestation and charitable giving, to name a few, have been high on the corporate agenda. We have seen these wider public interest issues commonly factor into business reporting, management decision-making and stakeholder management.