Update on Possible new items from UK GOV

UK tech industry trade package announced: The Secretary of State for International Trade today announced a package of tech measures during a speech at #LTWConnects, the virtual iteration of London Tech Week, taking place this week. One of the measures us the Launch of an £8m Digital Trade Network (DTN) for Asia Pacific, a joint DIT-DCMS network, to support UK tech businesses to internationalise in this fast-growing region, attract capital and talent to the UK and enhance UK digital economy collaborations internationally. By increasing UK digital tech expertise on the ground across a number of key markets - including Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, and Australia, government will help innovative UK companies access new trade and investment opportunities, and forge new international partnerships for the digital economy.  See GOV.UK press release for more information.


The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will close to new entrants from 30 June. This means that the final date by which an employer needs to agree with their employee and ensure they place them on furlough is today, 10 June 2020. However, people on paternity and maternity leave who return to work in the coming months will be eligible for the scheme even after today.


Shops in England selling non-essential goods will be able to reopen from 15 June 2020, provided they follow Government guidelines to keep staff and customers as safe as possible.


The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure has published guidance for businesses in financial distress on managing security risks during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has published results from a survey on the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on businesses in DCMS sectors.


The Second Secretary at the UK Delegation to the OSCE made a statement today on the impact of coronavirus (COVID 19) on connectivity and trade.


The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has published new GOV.UK guidance on importing animal products into the UK, and importing and exporting plant products from 1 January 2021.