Welcome to July’s newsletter and the school holidays are upon us - it seems that international holidays are right back in vogue again for 2022. I have been lucky enough to have just come back from a lovely break myself in Cyprus and I can testify that Gatwick was, let’s say, chaotic! I had a friend who went on holiday this year who actually checked his bags in the day before his flight. If you live near an airport, not a bad shout in the current frenzy! It was also a bizarre feeling to be relieved to be leaving London’s record-breaking 40-degree heat to escape to the ‘cooler climate’ of the Mediterranean! 😅 I hope you survived the heatwave yourself?
What’s been great for us here at Prism this month is the number of client meetings we have been able to go on. Naturally, following covid and the rise of Zoom/Teams, in-person meetings had all but vanished. But it seems this trend is steadily reversing as we had the opportunity to meet with a number of our clients at their offices this month (see me and my colleague Eman sat overlooking the Tate at one of our partner’s headquarters). It’s great to get back out there meeting people again! If you’re currently working with us and feel like you’re missing out on all the fun, drop me a line, let’s go for lunch!
One couldn’t escape Boris’ resignation this month. It reminded me of my February newsletter where I asked Boris to “open the taps” and suggested that “one can’t help feeling that we are not taking advantage of our newfound emigration decision making ‘freedom’ post Brexit. Surely, we should ‘open the taps’ to the skilled areas we desperately need to hire into. This is *still* as relevant as ever with staff shortages in airports, restaurants (The Evening Standard quoting that 19% of hospitality jobs are unfilled forcing them to stay closed for part of the week or limit their customers) and of course in the technology and IT world. We have the ability to implement our own points-based visa system or offer temporary youth mobility visas which could help plug the gap in demand in say the hospitality sector. It really is time to start implementing innovative policies that will give us a competitive advantage over our European neighbours. Let’s see! If London / UK is the Fintech capital of Europe (article below) it would be nice to be able to continue to attract (and retain) the world’s best talent, as opposed to only, Europe’s finest tech talent. Let’s make it happen Ms Truss / Mr Sunak (whomever it may be), the world is our oyster!
Also, good luck to the England Women’s football team this weekend, who are in the Euros Final. Hopefully, the Lionesses will go one step further than the men!
I hope you have a great August and summer. If you’re lucky enough to be getting away yourself on holiday, good luck with the flights and travel!
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