The BPA is seemingly just as confused on the parameters of a work event, as I saw Richard bringing a suitcase of wine into a Port Marine Safety Code Working Group meeting this week.
Other work events this week included the BPA's results of research into open-loop scrubbers, a call with HMRC on red diesel, a trip to Purfleet, and the first of many of 2022's working group discussions.
More broadly, there have been drops of positive news on the economy this week as new figures from the ONS show that the UK economy surpassed its pre-pandemic level for the first time in November. This was the likely high point in 2021, with figures collected before the Omicron variant entered the fray. Also, the pound’s trade-weighted index has risen to its highest level since Brexit, as worries over Omicron’s long-term impact ease.
On Covid, restrictions in Scotland and Wales are due to be dialled down over the next week, as it appears most of the UK has surpassed its Omicron peak. In England, the self-isolation period has been cut from seven to five days – a move to hopefully reduce staffing pressures across the economy. And from next week, French ski resorts will return to their equilibrium of dealing with intoxicated Brits as France relaxes its restrictions for vaccinated UK travellers.
If the past two weeks is anything to go by, 2022 looks to be a quiet year.
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