Podcast Blue Plaster from Home – Life Beyond Covid-19

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In our latest ‘from-home’ episode, Thea and Andy begin to look forward and theorise about the world after Covid, reflecting on the scenarios at play for challenger brands. Young Foodies is the leading voice of challenger food & drink brands in the UK. With a blend of industry news, feature interviews, brand spotlights and maybe […]

Furlough Advice — How To Sharpen Your Axe

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Over the past two months, the government’s initiative to support businesses through this unprecedented time has resulted in a new common status of employment, with HMRC reporting nearly a quarter of the UK workforce being furloughed. Whilst for every individual this new situation presents a unique challenge, life on furlough may be the chance to […]

Has the furlough scheme failed us? SMEs pen open letter to Rishi Sunak

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In response to the government’s furlough scheme, we partnered with Volcano Coffee Works to write an open letter to Rishi Sunak, addressing its challenges in regards to small businesses. The #RatherBeWorking campaign found that 86% of furloughed employees were “ready and willing to work”, but restrictions around working while on furlough did not allow this. […]

Fear of furlough scheme ending leaves SMEs asking questions

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We teamed up with Emma Loisel at Volcano Coffee Works to lobby the government to make the COVID Furlough Scheme work better for our brands. In her open letter, she puts pressure on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to make small changes to furlough rules to support the sustainable returns of business. Read the full article in […]

‘Let us work’, employees are calling

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Many small businesses fear closing down if furlough continues without the option for their employees to work. In a survey created by Volcano Coffee Works, 86% of employees said they were “ready and willing to work” while on furlough in order to keep their company in business. Read the full article in CITYA.M.