Sunak announces new rescue package for businesses hit by Covid lockdowns

Rishi Sunak has increased help for workers and businesses hit by Covid lockdowns in a financial rescue package issued less than a month after his last bailout.

It includes more wage support for businesses struggling to keep employees on full time, more generous help for the self-employed and further cash grants for hospitality firms forced to shut.

As he returned to the Commons to announce billions of pounds more in cash aid, Mr Sunak acknowledged that the picture had darkened since he presented his winter economy plan on September 24.

He rejected demands that he increase the subsidy paid to workers in businesses forced to shut in Tier 3 areas. That will remain at two thirds rather than the 80 per cent paid in the original scheme. However he tweaked the job support scheme announced last month as part of his winter economy plan after criticism that it did not

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Johnson departs Paste Magazine for Law360

Ellen Johnson

Ellen Johnson has been hired by Law360 as a copy editor. Her new role begins next week.

Recently, Johnson was an associate music editor at Paste Magazine. She joined the magazine in 2018, as an editorial intern and then served as an assistant music editor before holding her current post.

Johnson has also worked at The Crimson White, joining as an assistant culture editor and then holding the post of culture editor. She was also an entertainment editor at Alice Magazine and a co-creator at Tuscaloosa’s Battle of Bands.

She has also served as an editorial intern at Downtown Magazine NYC, Inc, and was an entertainment intern at The Tuscaloosa News.

In addition, she has also held the posts of brand ambassador and staff reporter at USA Today Network and The Crimson White, respectively.

Johnson earned her bachelor’s degree in communication, journalism and French from University of Alabama.

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Gain competitive advantage through collaborative relationships 

Supply chains today are required to deliver ever-better service levels while simultaneously bearing down on cost and meeting aggressive new sustainability agendas.

As Louisa Hosegood, Digital and Strategy Director at Henderson Consulting explains, This has to be achieved against a background of long-term fundamental changes in consumer behaviours, priorities and expenditure, and the shorter-term rolling turmoil of COVID. The supply chain is clearly, more than ever, a key factor in securing competitive advantage.

The current pandemic has spurred creativity and challenged some of the fundamental taboos of working together. We have seen glimpses of how collaboration can be vital to the retailer’s mission to offer customers the widest assortment, at the best prices, with assured availability.

So is collaboration the answer? Can partnerships and sharing be done effectively whilst still maintaining brand differentiation? The suggestion is, it certainly has a lot of potential and could offer a strategic route to

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The search for UK’s Top 50 SME Business Advisers in 2020 is on

A national competition to celebrate the hard-working advisers behind the survival – and success – of the UK’s vibrant and growing small business community, is officially on!

Now in its fourth year, the Top 50 Advisers Awards run by Enterprise Nation, the UK’s leading support network for small businesses (SMEs) – in association with Xero, Dell Technologies, ICAEW and Neat – will celebrate the unsung heroes whose professional advice behind the scenes during 2019-2020, has helped shape the fortunes of some of the UK’s flourishing small businesses.

Business owners and managers are invited to nominate their most valued advisers across 10 professional categories, ranging from legal eagles and financial wizards, to digital gurus through to marketing masterminds. Advisers can also nominate themselves if they’re able to provide evidence of their work with small businesses and how it has helped them, alongside relevant testimonials.

This year also sees the launch of

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