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Homeworking is here to stay, and everyone should benefit

The last 12 months have seen an astonishing shift in the working patterns of millions of Brits. At the start of 2020, a mere 6% of UK workers worked from home. Now, it’s the norm for so many of us. The success of this unexpected experiment suggests that, as far as remote working is concerned, the genie is well and truly out of the bottle.

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Tackling the information and systems challenges of acquisitions

Asset transfers can be complex from an information and technology perspective but can be the springboard for innovation, as well as delivering the expected productivity. The critical path is for the transfer of services agreement, safety case, readiness and transition of operations. This article highlights the types of transfer, the issues we face and Sword’s tried and tested approach to dealing with them.

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ECITB: Time to get on with the job of preparing workforce for net zero

As the race to reach net zero picks up pace, the building blocks are one by one falling into place. Last month saw the publication of yet another milestone, the North Sea Transition Deal which sets out the crucial role the oil and gas industry will play in the quest to decarbonise.

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Maintaining corporate wellness remotely

There is no doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic has transformed how we work. Over the past year, it has been a constant challenge to balance legislation and safeguard health, safety and wellbeing as personnel were forced to work remotely.

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Peterson: Steps towards a big future

As the industry presses ahead towards achieving net zero by 2050, we recognise that everybody is being asked to be something different at the moment.

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Low-carbon deals fuel the energy M&A market

As governments and corporates set ambitious targets to decarbonise, investment in low-carbon technology is becoming increasingly attractive as a core investment strategy. “Low carbon” comprises technologies that enable the energy transition.

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A new M&A wave for upstream E&P – could it be the final wave?

A year on from being hit by some of the biggest challenges the upstream exploration and production (E&P) sector has faced and so far in 2021, we have seen a greater volume of disclosed North Sea deal value than in the whole of 2020.

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Drillmar Resources and JAB Recruitment join forces in Americas

Aberdeen-headquartered Drillmar Resources has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with fellow energy recruitment specialist JAB Recruitment to create DRILLJAB, a joint project with a view to providing staffing solutions to the drilling contractor sector across the Americas.

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R&D tax credits – the fuel for your business cashflow

No individual, business or organisation in the world has been left untouched by Covid-19 and with many businesses on their knees and not knowing where to turn, it has been a tumultuous year. However, a survey recently carried out by Santander found that of all the UK, those in Scotland are the most positive about bouncing back, with 74% of participants citing that they are now confident of growth within the next three years. This figure is up from just under 24% in autumn 2020.