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The challenges and opportunities of helping Indian clients to relocate

13 May 2019

Marianne Curphey speaks to Simon Johnston, CEO of Icon Relocation, one of the fastest growing relocation companies in the UK, about the challenges of relocating employees from India to destinations around the globe.

India has huge potential – both inbound and outbound – and it is a country that has seen rapid cultural and economic changes over the past few years.

Until recently, Indian assignees were not supported by their companies when relocating in the same way that employees from the UK might expect to be supported. Instead of receiving advice and financial compensation for the move, many Indian companies sent their...

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Festival of Global People 2019

09 May 2019

The international management event of the year

Tuesday 14 May & Wednesday 15 May 2019 | 9am – 5pm

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London, NW1 2AR Discounts and Complimentary Tickets:

HR and corporate GM Professionals use code FESTGM19 for your complimentary place (code use is strictly monitored).

Schools and education providers: please email for discounted places.

RES Forum, Next Gen GM, FOCUS, ARP and AoEC members: your discount code will either be in your latest newsletter, or contact

Book tickets for both the Festival and Awards Gala Dinner and receive 25% off. Select the advanced combined ticket.

The Festival of Global People...

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Bristol's house prices rising at greater rate than London

06 May 2019

It may not come as a shock to discover house prices in Bristol are rising at a far greater rate than the rest of the UK

Bristol is expected to experience higher-than-average house price and rental growth than the rest of Britain over the next five years, according to a report by Bristol property experts JLL.

During 2018 the value of a typical two-bedroom apartment in Bristol rose from £280,000 to £290,000.

And there is no sign of Bristol’s property values slowing down anytime soon.

In fact according to JLL’s new Find The Gap report property prices are expected to increase by another 1.5...

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How will Brexit impact the Freedom of Movement?

30 April 2019

For many years, citizens of both the UK and the EU have enjoyed the Human Right to the Freedom of Movement between the UK/EU border. However, post-Brexit, this right is bound to come to a halt, particularly for those wishing to immigrate for work purposes, as Britain leaves the EU and changes its immigration policies accordingly.

For instance, the UK government announced that the Freedom of Movement will come to an end in 2021, which is likely to impact the entire immigration sector when implemented. Those targeted will predominately be all prospective immigrants who are looking to come to the UK...

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Tenant fee ban - Savills

23 April 2019

1st June this year sees the introduction of the Tenant Fees Act. This will mean that any agency or landlord cannot charge fees to tenants for the likes of administrative costs, referencing, check-in’s and other associated tenant charges. Below are some implications for companies relocating their employees using ASTs

It’s common practice for most agents to take a weeks rent to show the tenants commitment to the property once offer is agreed. From the 1st of June agents and landlords will now be only allowed to take a “Holding Deposit” to secure the property which has to be returned or...

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BREXIT: UK and EU Agree New Article 50 Extension Until 31 October 2019

15 April 2019

On 10 April 2019, the European Council and the UK government agreed a new, flexible extension of the Article 50 period.

This extension will last only for as long as necessary and, in any event, no longer than 31 October 2019.

What does this mean? The UK now has the following options:

Ratify the Withdrawal Agreement by 31 October 2019 In this case, the UK would leave the EU in an orderly manner on the first day of the month following ratification.

The Withdrawal Agreement includes a transition period until (currently) 31 December 2020, during which free movement continues. This means that, until the end date...

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BREXIT: Returning UK Nationals Can Bring Family Until End of March 2022

08 April 2019

A UK government policy paper, published on 4 April 2019, has established that UK nationals returning from the EU to the UK after Brexit can be joined by their EU or non-EU national family members, whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a ratified withdrawal agreement.

The deadlines for family reunification for returning UK nationals depends on when the relationship started.

Relationships beginning before Brexit A spouse or partner and other existing close family members (such as parents, grandparents and children), where the relationship existed on exit day (or where a child was born overseas after this date) will be able...

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BREXIT: European Parliament Approves Visa-Free Access to EU for UK Nationals Post-Brexit

08 April 2019

On 4 April 2019, the European Parliament approved a draft law exempting UK nationals from visa requirements to enter the EU for short visits (up to 90 days in any 180-day period), once the UK leaves the EU.

The United Kingdom will be included in the list of more than 60 countries whose nationals do not need to request a visa to enter the EU for business, tourism or to visit relatives or friends. The visa exemption does not provide for the right to work in the EU.

The legislation will apply from the day following Brexit, on the basis of reciprocity...

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Brexit fallout on UK finance intensifies - think tank

11 March 2019

More than 275 financial firms are moving a combined $1.2 trillion (£925 billion) in assets and funds and thousands of staff from Britain to the European Union in readiness for Brexit at a cost of up to $4 billion

UK lawmakers are due to vote on Tuesday on an EU divorce settlement. But with less than three weeks to go before Brexit day on March 29, it is still unclear whether the deal will be approved, whether departure from the EU will be delayed, or whether it will happen without agreement.

The report by the New Financial think tank, one of the...

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