Digital Volume Correlation (DVC) Analysis of Aluminium Foam

X-ray computed tomography (CT) has been successfully exploited in different fields as a non-destructive testing (NDT) technique to qualitatively and quantitatively inspect components. Intricate structures, such as cellular solids, require a three-dimensional characterisation, therefore X-ray CT can provide insights of the behaviour for this class of materials. TWI conducted a series of experiments to assess the behaviour of aluminium foam under mechanical and thermal load.

Read more: Digital Volume Correlation (DVC) Analysis of Aluminium Foam

HSE: Protecting vulnerable workers during the coronavirus outbreak

HSE has produced guidance on protecting vulnerable workers from coronavirus.

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the government has defined some people as clinically extremely vulnerable (shielded).

Shielded workers are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus.

As an employer, you have a legal duty to protect workers from harm. You should make sure you consider the risk to workers who are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus and put controls in place to reduce that risk.

Read our latest advice and guidance on protecting vulnerable workers from COVID-19.

£400 million boost to regional R&D projects across the UK

Seven major research and innovation projects across the UK have today received over £400 million in government and industry funding.

  • Over £400 million of funding to back cutting-edge R&D projects across the UK – creating thousands of jobs
  • projects to develop autonomous and electric vehicles in South Wales and zero-emissions tech in Northern Ireland set to benefit
  • funding marks the latest step towards reaching the government’s target to invest 2.4% of GDP in UK research and development

Read more: £400 million boost to regional R&D projects across the UK

Government unveils £200 million package to help innovative businesses bounce back

The Sustainable Innovation Fund will help companies recovering from the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) keep their cutting-edge projects and ideas alive.

  • Almost £200 million boost to help businesses across the UK drive forward cutting-edge new tech and recover from the impacts of coronavirus
  • government investment to support innovations ranging from AI systems managing city traffic flows to the latest reusable packaging materials
  • research and development (R&D) intensive businesses urged to apply for funding to turn ingenious ideas into new technologies

Read more: Sustainable Innovation Fund

Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for UK businesses that trade internationally

Guidance for UK businesses trading internationally.

This guidance will advise UK businesses on:

  • DIT support for UK business trading internationally
  • financial support for business trading internationally

Read more: Support for UK businesses that trade internationally

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin – 26 June 2020

This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). All coronavirus business support information can be found at gov.uk/business-support.

Contents:

  • Government outlines support for pubs, cafes and restaurants
  • Pay Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grants back if you have over-claimed
  • New Updates and Guidance
  • Requests for Business Intelligence and Assistance

Read more: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin – 26 June 2020

 

Rules that have been relaxed to help businesses during the coronavirus pandemic

A list of the rules that have been temporarily relaxed to make it easier for businesses to continue working through the disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19).

The government has temporarily relaxed the rules in the following areas:

Annual leave: Workers will be allowed to carry over leave into the next 2 years.

Business rates revaluation postponed: Revaluation of business rates will no longer take place in 2021 to help reduce uncertainty for firms affected by the impacts of coronavirus.

Childcare funding: Councils will be able to move around government funding for free childcare entitlements to make sure sufficient childcare places are available for vulnerable children and those of critical workers.

Companies House enforcement: Enforcement process has been relaxed, including temporarily pausing the strike off process to prevent companies being dissolved.

Competition law: Rules have been relaxed for certain agreements that would normally be considered anti-competitive.

Read more: Rules that have been relaxed to help businesses during the coronavirus pandemic

 

Government introduces legislation to relieve burden on businesses and support economic recovery

The government has introduced the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill in Parliament.

The government today (Wednesday 20 May) introduced the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill in Parliament, which will put in place a series of measures to amend insolvency and company law to support business to address the challenges resulting from the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Bill consists of 6 insolvency measures and 2 corporate governance measures.

The insolvency measures will provide vital support to businesses to help them through this period of instability.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said:

This is a particularly challenging time for businesses right across the UK, and we are doing all we can to support them through this period.

Our proposals have been widely welcomed by business groups. The Bill will help companies that were trading successfully before the COVID-19 emergency to protect jobs and put them in the best possible position to bounce back.

The corporate governance measures will introduce temporary easements and flexibility to businesses where they are coping with reduced resources and restrictions.

This Bill will do this through:

  • introducing a new moratorium to give companies breathing space from their creditors while they seek a rescue
  • prohibit termination clauses that engage on insolvency, preventing suppliers from ceasing their supply or asking for additional payments while a company is going through a rescue process
  • introducing a new restructuring plan that will bind creditors to it
  • enabling the insolvency regime to flex to meet the demands of the emergency
  • temporarily removing the threat of personal liability for wrongful trading from directors who try to keep their companies afloat through the emergency
  • temporarily prohibiting creditors from filing statutory demands and winding up petitions for coronavirus related debts
  • temporarily easing burdens on businesses by enabling them to hold closed Annual General Meetings (AGMs), conduct business and communicate with members electronically, and by extending filing deadlines
  • allowing for the temporary measures to be retrospective so as to be as effective as possible

Read more: The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill received royal assent on 25 June and is now an Act

2m Distancing Rule Reduced | Your Guide for a Safe Return to Work | Solutions

  • From the 4th of July, thousands of businesses across England will be free from lockdown.
    Pubs doors will unlock. Cinemas will reopen. Hairdressers, waiters, and librarians will return to the workplace. And you may be able to bring even more of your people back to work…
    But before you recall your staff, remember: you first need to meet new government guidelines on health & safety.
    Click ‘read more’ for your FREE back to work toolkit and enjoy expert advice on how to get COVID secure
  • A Guide to Flexible Furlough: On 12 June, the Government released further guidance on how the flexible furlough scheme will operate from July. This scheme is an adaptation to the original Job Retention Scheme. Here’s how it works…
  • Schools Staying Shut: What Could This Mean For Your Company?
    Schools are no longer obligated to fully reopen before the school summer holidays in England. Instead, schools will be…
  • Managing Health & Safety: Social Distancing at Work Guide
    Businesses are starting to return to work across the UK. One of the main challenges they’re facing is social distancing…
  • Unpaid Leave & Coronavirus: The coronavirus pandemic continues to cause issues for businesses across the UK. It has resulted in furloughs and…
  • [Checklist] 7 Steps to Becoming COVID-19 Secure

Read more: Croner Solutions newsletter – June 2020