Why sustainable travel matters

[Myriam Schweiger is a communication specialist and globe trotter. She was a student on the City, University of London Writing for Business short course in October-December 2019. Myriam wrote this blog as part of a homework/in-class exercise on that course.]

The travel industry has increasingly come under scrutiny with regard to its environmental impact – and more people will fly in the future, with passenger numbers expected to reach 8.2 billion in 2037. It’s without doubt that big efforts from all players in the tourism industry are needed. I love to travel but I’m also convinced that we need to protect the planet. Find out below why it is important to be aware of our impact while travelling and learn how to make better responsible travel choices.

The impact of the tourism and travel industry in the world is massive. With travelling becoming more accessible and with growing consumer demand for flights, the intensity of travel will further increase… as will our impact.

The consequences are many and varied, whether from pollution, exploitation of natural resources, or overuse of plastic.

Veganism: an ally to preserve the environment

[Milena Ferrari is a marketing specialist in the food and beverage industry. She was a student on the City, University of London Writing for Business short course in October-December 2019. Milena wrote this blog as part of a homework/in-class exercise on that course.]

The consumer’s growing concern with the environment is leading to widespread changes in food and lifestyle. Vegan diets are becoming more relevant. This is not only due to animal welfare issues but also for health or environmental reasons. Some consumers are choosing to become flexitarians – occasionally consuming meat – or vegetarians or vegans.

On the face of it veganism is a more extreme approach, given that vegans do not eat any food originating from animals, including eggs and milk. But it is becoming more popular. There is now an annual Veganuary Campaign, to which both omnivores (who eat both plant and animal origin food) and vegetarians subscribe, in an attempt to try veganism for a month. In the last year the campaign gathered 168,000 attendees.


Risk & Regulation Round-up: August 2018 to July 2019

Welcome to the latest Prism-Clarity round-up of key announcements and developments in UK financial risk and regulation.

It won’t have escaped your attention that, far from being a quarterly update, it’s been over a year since my last one. The demands of a corporate contracting role since last November have affected my ability to provide more timely updates. Still, here we are, and will aim to resume doing this update on a more regular basis in future.

As a result of the long gap, my reporting in this note is even more selective and summarised than usual. So I include the usual curated links to underlying source stories or documents for the reader who wants more detail.

And to help readers pick up any stories I don’t cover in detail, I also include selected links to publications and announcements from individual regulators’ websites.

*** Note: The articles in this blog do not constitute advice, but please contact me here for further information, including where to get the best advice. ***

In business or in employment pt 2: updated thoughts on IR35

Two years ago I went off the beaten track and wrote a blog on what is a vexed topic for many freelancers – IR35 – sometimes known as the ‘off-payroll working rules’.

These HMRC rules were introduced in 2000. They’re designed to ensure that contractors are not disguising what in reality amounts to an ’employment’ relationship with their client, to benefit from the tax advantages of operating through a limited company.

Some of my colleagues found the blog useful, thankfully. But as much as anything it was an internal thinkpiece. A way of proving to myself (or even HMRC if they ever came knocking) that I know about the criteria and can argue credibly that I am legitimately outside IR35.

This blog updates that thinking in the light of things that have happened internally in my business, and in the IR35 world itself, since I wrote the original piece.

[As before, please note: this blog does not represent advice. This is a contentious topic. If in any doubt, consult your accountant or a professional HR adviser.]