Tag Archives: Brexit

Sense and Sensibility


He is a perpetual fountain of good sense; learned in all sciences; and therefore speaks properly on all subjects. Maybe I’m seeing this in too simplified a way, but what we appear to have coming out from government is an outbreak of the sensibles. I’ll give you a moment to …

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An infinite deal of nothing

Live a little, cheer a little, comfort thyself a little The good news is that the first batches of the coronavirus vaccine have arrived in the UK, been transported round the country and are being administered into the upper arms of those at the top of the list as I …

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BMBI says merchants’ sales fall as Brexit deadline nears

The latest overview of the Builders Merchant Building Index shows that after a strong start to the year, growing uncertainty around Brexit led to a marked slowdown in merchants’ sales in Q2. As the deadline looms closer it’s clear that the uncertainty continues to impact negatively on merchants’ sales. Year-on-Year …

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FTA Response to the Yellowhammer Document

The FTA has worked closely with government over the past three years to develop new trading processes for the UK’s businesses to use after Brexit, but the Yellowhammer document shows that there is still much that could go wrong and still has to be done to keep Britain trading effectively. …

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Heating Group founder urges political leaders to scrap 5% energy charge


Flame Heating Group founder John Savage has written to the leaders of the three main political parties urging them to scrap the 5% VAT rate on domestic energy as soon as the country departs the European Union. The managing director of the North East’s fastest growing heating and plumbing merchant …

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Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend More than cool reason ever comprehends. Wow. I am really confused now. Three years ago, the EU referendum was ‘won’ by the side which wanted the UK to take back control of our own legislation after decades of …

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FTA calls for politics to give way to action

The time has come for government to put the politics of Brexit to one side, come clean with industry, and share its full impact assessment for a No Deal departure from the EU, according to FTA, the organisation which speaks for the logistics sector.  After this weekend’s leak of the …

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BMF launches Merchant Industry Forecast with special Brexit Report

Following an intensive programme to develop a forecasting model specifically aligned to the UK merchant sector, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has published the first edition of the Builders Merchants Industry Forecast, covering the period 2019-2021. The BMF’s new forecast model has been developed to support members in future planning …

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SR Timber boss tells MP about impact of Brexit on importing

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SR Timber Trading Director Shaun Revill joined business leaders to tell prominent Conservative Nicky Morgan MP about the stark realities that businesses are facing as the uncertainty around Brexit continues. The group – which included the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), a high street bank and leading business figures – …

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No-Deal Comment from the FTA

Comments from Pauline Bastidon, Head of European Policy, FTA on the rejection of EU withdrawal agreement by parliament: “The risk of a no deal departure from the EU is heightened after today’s rejection of the government’s proposed Withdrawal Agreement by Parliament.  FTA therefore continues to advise its members to keep …

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