Month: July 2017

Although those who voted to leave the EU don’t like to admit it, the eurozone is the UK’s largest trading partner, but it’s very much a two-way street – if you examine both imports and exports it becomes apparent the eurozone economies do more business with the UK than any other nation.

The UK accounted for 14% of eurozone exports between 2007 and 2011 and 10% and more recently it took over Fance and USA to become Germany’s single largest trading partner – in the first three quarters of 2012 Germany’s combined trade with the UK came to £128 billion (€153 billion).

If you’re looking to do business there, here’s everything you need to know about exporting to Germany…

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It’s just over a year since the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU), and just over a few months since the government triggered Article 50 and start two years of negotiations to thrash out a deal for Britain’s exit.

It’s safe to say the whole affair has been something of a farce since the votes were counted, and while the leave vote was cast largely on NHS funding and immigration, the only thing that’s become clear since the vote is that these two issues will not be dealt with as promised.

And that means migration is still a hot-potato in British politics and among the electorate – those who oppose it insist it’s bad for the job prospects of British-born citizens, while those in favour insist it’s essential to grow a thriving and culturally diverse country.

So, is migration good or bad for the UK economy?

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It’s hard to believe it been over three years since the UK’s new flexible working regulations came into force and now all employers will have to seriously consider their flexible working practices – it has to be right for both the employer and the employee.

With so many variables involved though, things can quickly get complicated.

So if you’re an employer or an employee considering the options, it’s a good idea to break flexible working down into two components – ‘flexi-time’ and ‘telecommute’.

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France is the world’s fifth largest economy, and with 65 million inhabitants it has Europe’s second largest consumer market – so if you’re thinking of exporting to France, it’s a pretty big market to aim for.

It’s also a stepping stone for other eurozone markets and a geographical hub for business within European Union (EU), it’s a geographical hub for anyone wanting to do business within Africa and the Middle East.

Services generate 80% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the economy is built upon a number of world class industries, including Europe’s largest aerospace and nuclear industries and the second-largest agri-food and chemical industries.

France also has Europe’s third-largest Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and pharmaceutical sectors.

Here’s everything you need to know about exporting to France…

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