Recent data produced by KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) shows a decrease in permanent staff appointments for the seventh month in a row, with overall vacancies increasing at the weakest rate since January 2012. The UK Report on Jobs data demonstrated that an increasing political and economic certainty surrounding Brexit is continuing to weigh on hiring activity in the UK.
According to new research by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), small businesses are in more need of support than ever due to the long-awaited ‘Brexit Day’ on 31 October and the lack or preparedness that is coming with it.
The government has launched an information campaign urging the public to ‘get ready’ for Brexit. The campaign launched on Sunday, beginning with the introduction of the gov.uk/brexit website.
The tax-payer funded campaign is said to rack up costs of up to £100m and will include billboards, social media adverts and TV adverts in the upcoming weeks.
British citizens who plan to travel to Europe as well as businesses who export to the EU are among the number of groups targeted by the campaign.
Government department, HMRC, are automatically enrolling firms in a customs system in preparation for the case of a no-deal Brexit.
As with all industries, the fear and uncertainty of a no-deal Brexit is constantly tapping businesses on the shoulder. Every industry may face an independent Brexit-related issue of their own, however issues have come to light particularly for the UK printing industry following recently released data.
Much like manufacturing and haulage companies, UK printing businesses face supply uncertainties following a potential no-deal Brexit. In particular, ink and paper supplies are at the top of these companies’ concerns when determining future trading.