Yearly Archives: 2020

Exit? what Exit?: Weekly Roundup – May 30 2020:

Conversations this week have continued to centre around exit planning. Although volumes of customers in arrears continue to be down, largely thanks to the government payment holidays, with over 1.5m payment holidays on cards and loan, and nearly 11m people … Continue reading

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Week 10 of lockdown: Where next…?

The psychological relaxation of restrictions seems to continue apace with traffic on the roads and beaches full, but the question top of mind this week is where next now… the observations for this week. The volume of internet memes definitely … Continue reading

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May 22 2020: Weekly roundup

The big story at the end of this week was undoubtedly the decision by the UK bank regulator, the FCA, to extend the mortgage payment holiday period out by a further three months to the end of October. This of … Continue reading

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Week 9 of lockdown: Out and about… a little more

It seemed like this last week the world decided enough is enough and we are all ready to get back to normal… restrictions were being lifted and it felt like the lockdown pressure went down somewhat at home and work… … Continue reading

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May 16 2020: Weekly roundup

It feels like there has been less going on this week, maybe it was just the aftermath of the various announcements easing restrictions or just in comparison with previous weeks, but it did feel like there was less happening. Certainly, … Continue reading

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Week 8 of lockdown: Waiting for normal

With some nice weather* have been feeling the need to get out and do stuff this week…. the risk is still there of course, not much has changed, but this is going to get harder in the summer for sure. … Continue reading

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May 8 2020: Weekly roundup

This week was dominated by the economic reality of the lockdown now really starting to be seen. The Bank of England predicting this could be one of the longest slumps for over 300 years. Elsewhere the impact on business services … Continue reading

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Week 7 of lockdown: Getting used to remote working

It is now the start of week 7 and it feels like we are getting used to remote working. It is no longer new, we understand how it works now and feels that some of the more dynamics are starting … Continue reading

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May 1 2020: Weekly roundup

The lockdown appears to be changing in character this week. Certainly, there is some Zoom fatigue, however, it also seems people are starting to increasingly break restrictions too. The monthly total death statistics were out this week. These cut through … Continue reading

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Week 6 of lockdown: getting bored…

Observations from this week Any novelty of being stuck in lockdown is certainly now starting to wear off. An urge to get out and do something is definitely increasing…. nothing has really changed mind you… just more normalised… there is … Continue reading

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April 25, 2020: Weekly roundup

Some of the interesting stories, news and reflections from the week. Little old now, but DWP reporting 10x typical call volume and this was on top of the impacts we already saw in the financial and banking sector too. There … Continue reading

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Lockdown week 5: End of week 4 & starting to feel normalised.

Observations from last week. The initial reaction and shock from the first few weeks seems to have faded somewhat, and saw some more normal BAU activity recommence… however, still expecting to see more economic impacts feeding through this week Working … Continue reading

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Lockdown week 4

Week four of UK lockdown and things are starting to feel somewhat surreal. A beautiful sunny weekend, yet not allowed to be out… everything seemingly quiet, yet grim news on TV. Still, it is important we continue and it is … Continue reading

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April 10, 2020: Weekly roundup

Another busy week this week for most folks and it feels like the frenetic pace of the last few weeks has not let up…. this is the roundup for the week. Most people thankfully seem to be now either working … Continue reading

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Lockdown week 3: Another week in ‘lockdown’

Another interesting week of experience under the ‘official’ lockdown in the UK. This last week seemed more normal or at least routine… albeit long. It was a welcome respite from the dramatic changes the week before. However there were of … Continue reading

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Lockdown week 2: End of the first week in lockdown

The UK has been in ‘official’ lock down this week due to Coronavirus. As with all new experiences you learn new things about yourself, the people and processes around you…. especially early on. Here are my observations from the first … Continue reading

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Coronavirus: Short term thinking still needed

This week I have been listening and discussing some of the longer-term economic impacts of coronavirus. We have already started to see the impact on growth and it will likely decline further. A projection of contraction this year with a … Continue reading

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): What impact will we see on collections?

The recent worldwide spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), now confirmed as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), has affected numerous aspects of our lives, everyday hygiene, travel, social gatherings and perhaps most significantly here, the workplace. What will the … Continue reading

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#Coronavirus..ready and prepared… now… really?

Coronavirus is sadly still in the news this week, with a big leap in infections to 25,000 (globally) and a spread to two additional cities in the region. The world and certainly the media seem to be on alert. Mercifully, … Continue reading

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