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All blog pieces written by Ellen Leith unless otherwise stated

We've Seen it All Before - Haven't We?

13th July, 2021

As the ubiquitous tones of David Baddiel and Frank Skinner fade into the background and the England shirts return to their natural habitat in back drawers up and down the country, hope turns to resignation. As the song goes; “we’ve seen it all before.”David Baddiel 2

The Power of a good Waistcoat

And yet, there really did seem to be something different about this incarnation of the England squad. You didn’t have to be a dedicated follower of football to notice that some of the teams in the past seemed to have more loyalty to their clubs than the national team. Were perhaps a bit too keen on the apres football than was good for them. But this team seemed to gel in a common purpose. As with any team, some of that comes from the individuals involved and a lot of it comes from the leadership. Though we might not be able to remember why it was, we can all remember teachers at school who we didn’t want to disappoint. Maybe it’s the waistcoats...but whatever that “it” was, Gareth Southgate seemed to have it.

Do you Know How to Manage Your 3rd Party Risk in Our Post Brexit World?

On 29 March 2021, the PRA published its long awaited Supervisory Statement (SS2/21) (and associated Policy Statement (PS7/21)) on outsourcing and third party risk management.

In the days before Brexit, the UK requirements on outsourcing were largely covered in EU legislation issued by the EU supervisory bodies. And currently, the European Banking Authority (EBA) Guidelines on outsourcing, has transitional provisions until 31 December 2021. The UK FCA notified the EBA of its intention to continue to comply with the EBA Guidelines back in 2019, which is important to note, because firms subject to the PRA’s SS will also be subject to the FCA’s requirements.

November’s a Good Time to ReThink

2nd November, 2020

If there’s ever been a year when organisations have needed to stop and think again about their digital strategy, it’s been this one. As we head into the tail end of the year, we’ve all become used to meeting our colleagues and clients over Zoom or Teams – but what about our corporate digital strategy?business people final

This year, our partners at Proactis have put together their own digital offering with their free, three-day online event, Proactis ReThink ‘20, running from 10th – 12th November. Usually held as a physical event in London, of course this year that’s not been possible. But the team have put together a fantastic virtual programme, packed full of ideas and insights to challenge your existing strategy and understand why the ability to be agile and change direction quickly – underpinned by technology – is critical during uncertain times; and why Finance and Procurement must ‘unite’ to deliver great bottom-line value and help-future proof their organisations.

Where do we go From Here?

With the prospect of at least another few months of restrictions in the UK, the patterns of work that we have had to adjust to seem set to stay with us well into next year. The good news is that at this point, most organisations already have a good handle on how to manage business continuity remotely. But with the end of the furlough scheme (now extended until April) some will find themselves out of work, and the company with a gap where once there was a person, or people.

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