Oil and gas: offshore environmental legislation

Environmental regulations and guidance on offshore oil and gas exploration and production, offshore gas unloading and storage and offshore carbon dioxide storage activities.

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National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage: government evidence on compliance and enforcement, 2020

This report sets out a summary of government’s evidence and analysis on the enforcement of National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage.

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Business grants data published

The government has published its latest round of business grants data today (24 February), showing the government funding delivered to each council in England to support their local businesses.

Since August last year, the government has provided councils with £7.8 billion for businesses who have needed support the most, through Local Restrictions Support Grants, Christmas Support Payments and Additional Restrictions Grants, targeting those who were required to close or had severe restrictions in place during the pandemic.

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New plans to ease lockdown in England

While things may still change depending on the spread of COVID-19, here’s what we know so far about how the lockdown ‘roadmap’ will affect businesses:

  • 8th of March: All schools reopen for all age groups. However, work-from-home guidance stays the same.
  • 29th of March: Outdoor sports facilities, such as basketball courts and golf courses, reopen.
  • 12th of April: Hospitality businesses can reopen for outdoor service. Non-essential shops also reopen, as do many other businesses, including hairdressers, zoos, theme parks, drive-in cinemas, public libraries and indoor leisure facilities.
  • 17th of May: Pubs, bars and restaurants reopen for indoor service. Hotels, cinemas, theatres and many other businesses also reopen.
  • 21st of June: Everything reopens, including nightclubs.
  • The government will also review the need for face masks and social distancing. This will influence work-from-home guidance.

In addition, the government has extended its offer of workplace COVID testing. Businesses in England with 50 or more employees can now take part in a lateral flow testing scheme until June 2021.

There’s no doubt that for many, the end of lockdown is good news. But it’s true there will be a lot to think about on the road to reopening.


Business Readiness Bulletin – Brexit: New rules are here – 22 February 2021

Issue 73: 22 February 2021

The UK has left the EU, and the Brexit transition period has ended. There are new rules for businesses doing business with the EU from 1 January, and you need to take action now. All information on Brexit can be found at www.gov.uk/transition. This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for businesses.

  • Draft data adequacy decisions pave the way for continued free flow of data between the EU and the UK
  • Moving Goods
  • Northern Ireland
  • Trade
  • Business Support Helplines
  • Webinars and Podcasts
  • Sector-specific guidance

Read more: Business Readiness Bulletin – Brexit – New rules are here – 22 February 2021

We are very pleased to welcome Industrial Physics into membership of the Aluminium Federation

We are very pleased to welcome Industrial Physics into membership of the Aluminium Federation. Industrial Physics offer instruments for testing and analysing paint, coatings and general surface treatments used across industries ranging from transportation infrastructure to marine, beverage and canning and automotive. Their comprehensive portfolio includes specialized corrosion and environmental test chambers that simulate how components will perform when exposed to natural weathering elements. They also offer an extensive range of paint testing technologies that include viscosity meters, automatic film applicators, scrub and scratch testers, gloss and colour meters, thickness gauges and drying-time testers.



Tariffs and Rules of Origin (RoO) in the UK-EU Trade and co-operation agreement

Read more: Tariffs and Rules of Origin (RoO) in the UK-EU Trade and co-operation agreement – FAQs February 2021