Sirius Bulletin - 31st August 2021
This bulletin provides a summary of topical news, announcements and policy developments affecting business across the UK.
Businesses given more time to apply new marking
Businesses will have an additional year to apply new safety marking for most products placed on the market in England, Scotland and Wales. The UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marking will replace the product safety labelling which applied while the UK was a member of the EU, such as the CE mark.
Read more about the UKCA marking at: www.gov.uk/government/news/businesses-given-more-time-to-apply-new-product-safety-marking
Volunteers may be required to address staff shortfall
An army of volunteers could be needed this winter to tackle rising staff shortages in care homes across England fuelled by the looming requirement for all care home workers to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus.
Read more about the shortage at: www.theguardian.com/society/2021/aug/24/staffing-shortfall-english-care-homes-drop-in-workers
Driver shortages could ‘cancel’ Christmas
Retailers have warned the Government it must allow them to recruit HGV drivers from abroad to avoid a supply chain crisis that could ruin Christmas. The warning comes after the Government rejected industry calls to issue temporary visas to European truck drivers in an effort reduce shortages.
Read more about the warning at: www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aLIg/25/iceland-boss-h gv:<1ri>
National initiative to help retailers go green
The UK’s Retail Sector Council has launched a national online initiative to help small independent retailers become more environmentally friendly. Green Street includes a range of practical resources and support to help retailers take practical actions to cut their carbon footprint.
Read more about Green Street at: www.acs.org.uk/news/retail-sector-council-launches-national-initiative-help-retailers:9o:9reen
Plans to open department stores
Amazon is planning to open department stores after years of competing against traditional brick-and mortar retailers. With the opening of department stores, Amazon’s strategy is to expand sales of its private-label clothing, household items and electronics as well as independent brands.
Read more about the plans at: www.theguardian.co m/technology/2021 /aug/19/amazon-open-department-stores?
Sellers stockpiling European wines
Businesses in the UK are being forced to stockpile wine from Italy, France and Spain due to delays importing from the EU. Additional paperwork is also increasing prices by between 13p and 20p per bottle of wine.
Read more about the stockpiling at: www.grocerygazette.co.uk/2021/08/20/selIers-euro pean-wines
Surge in Garage Finder searches expected as more MOTs expire
The Motor Ombudsman is expecting a significant increase in searches on its online Garage Finder tool during the coming weeks, as motorists look to secure an MOT booking. Around seven million MOTs are due to expire during September and October, up 22% compared to what would ordinarily be seen during these two months.
Read more aboutthe increase at: www.alphabet.com/en-gb/auto-digest/motor-ombudsman-expects-surge-garage-finder-searches-number-mots expiring-set-rise
Market set for strong growth
With Brits disposing of an estimated £140 million worth of clothing every year, clothing rental services are paving the way for a more sustainable approach to fashion and waste. According to GlobalData, the UK rental market value is expected to reach £2.3 billion by 2029, up from £400 million in 2019.
Read more about the figures at: www.retailgazette.eo.uk/blog/2021/08/7-retailers-that-are-offering-clothing-rental-services
Property sector calls for yearly revaluations
The UK property sector has called on the Government to revalue business rates every year in a bid to support the recovery of high streets and town and city centres following the pandemic. The Government is currently consulting on proposals that would introduce three-yearly revaluations.
Read more aboutthe proposals at: www.retailgazette.eo.uk/blog/2021/08/business-rates-should-be-revalued-every-year-property-sector-says
Boots pilots on-demand delivery with Deliveroo
Boots has launched a 14-store pilot in cities across the UK to deliver products to customers via Deliveroo. Around 400 products will be available, including pain relief, make-up, sandwiches and snacks, and vitamins.
Read more about the pilot at: www.retailgazette.co.uk/blog/2021/08/boots-pilots-on-oemand-delivery-with-deliveroo
Dangerous products on sale without health warnings
Dangerous weight loss products containing substances that can induce a stroke or heart attack are being sold on websites such as eBay without any health warnings. A Which? investigation found dozens of products on sale containing plant extracts that can make users agitated and increase their heart rate and blood pressure.
Read more about the issue at: www.theguardian.com/society/2021/aug/25/dangerous-weight-loss-products-for-sale-online-with—no—health warnings?
Lowest levels of production for any July since 1956
British car factories produced the fewest cars for any July since 1956 as they struggled with worker absences and the global shortage of computer chips. UK carmakers made 53,400 vehicles in July, down 37.6% compared with the same month in 2020.
Read more about the decline at: www.theguardian.com/business/2021/aug/26/lowest-levels-of-car-production-for-any-july-since-1956-uk industry-reports?
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