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Leadsom warned over no-deal Brexit impact on food and drink workforce

Trade bodies are calling for a revision down of the suggested £30,000 minimum salary threshold

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Farmers of the future: are apprenticeships the solution to a labour crisis?

Britain’s farmers are concerned that Brexit could lead to a shortage of quality managers for their businesses, but could apprentices provide a long-term solution to a potential labour crisis?

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Government faces backlash over ‘bamboozling’ Brexit immigration move

It has said it intends to bring an end to freedom of movement on Halloween in the event of a no-deal

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Heck insists it ‘didn’t mean to cause offence’ amid Boris Johnson furore

The company was accused of resorting to a ‘cheap publicity stunt’ with the pro-Brexit MP

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Food and farming bodies hit out after migration committee 'ignores' sector

A new report into ’shortage occupations’, where vacancies need to be filled by non-UK workers, had omited the sector, warned the NFU

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Driver shortage leaving vacancies unfilled in logistics sector

The study found the average age of an HGV driver was 48, and 13% of drivers working in the UK were EU nationals

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Can robots solve the labour shortage in UK warehousing?

There’s an evolving stream of technology ready to revolutionise warehousing – and replace humans


Businesses 'may go bust' in no-deal Brexit, says survey

Nearly 12% agreed with the statement that no-deal would be a “calamity” for their business

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Even healthy businesses have been put in a Brexit planning stranglehold

We at Birds Eye are directing time and money towards Brexit planning instead of improving our business, says Wayne Hudson, managing director at Birds Eye

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Growers look to northern ports to mitigate no-deal Brexit gridlock

There are fears of tailbacks at Dover, which handles 17% of imports and exports

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Food and drink bosses welcome PM's u-turn on settled status charge

The government has promised anyone who had already paid the fee will be reimbursed

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The UK is reliant on non-UK labour - deal or no deal

Sir, In this whole Brexit debacle, there is a ‘known known’. Deal or no deal, Scotland and the UK are getting thrown into a meltdown as far as labour is concerned. We require approximately 10,000 non-UK workers per year for the fruit, veg and horticultural sectors in Scotland alone. These ...

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Crops already suffering from scant labour, warns NFU

Farmers and growers are now facing further uncertainty after the Commons voted down Theresa May’s Brexit deal last night

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Retailers face higher recruitment costs under immigration plans

Under plans published today, low-skilled workers from EU countries will no longer have the automatic right to work in the UK after Brexit 

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Watch The Grocer's Brexit webinar as May's deal is debated

The webinar, in conjunction with headline sponsor PwC, entitled Brexit – A Moveable Feast is still available on demand

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Industry leaders urge clarity on Brexit EU workers checks

Immigration minister Caroline Nokes told MPs the onus would be on companies to carry out checks

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Apprenticeships are the lifeblood of retail post-Brexit

The retail sector could be facing a very real skills challenge, says Nikki Flanders of Opus Energy. Time to take action now

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Leek growers warn of shortages after adverse weather

Smaller and fewer leeks are expected on shelves due to reduced yields