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Feb10

Apprenticeships: Fit for Business

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // HR and Training

The government estimates that apprenticeships contributed £34 billion to the UK economy in 2014. The National Audit Office Report published in 2012 indicated that adult apprenticeships delivered £21 of economic benefit for every pound the government invested, that’s around £1.5 billion investment. This shows the importance of apprenticeships to the economy and to business. Tell us what you think with our Apprenticeship Survey.

 

Jan28

Should the Workplace Be Fun?

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // Leadership & Management

It’s January, one of the dreariest months. You are back at work after the festive period and it’s ages until you get paid. But don’t fear, there is something to cheer you up from the gloom. On 28 January it is National Fun at Work Day!

Jan28

Redundancy Support for Businesses

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // Redundancy

From Ebay to Sainsbury’s there has been a spate of large companies announcing that they are making redundancies. This is of course a difficult choice for companies to make, and it is one that large and small have to face. The redundancy Sword of Damocles hanging over employee heads doesn’t have to be so sharp; the edge can be blunted with rock solid support. The price of which need not break the bank, there is funded redundancy support out there that will cost you nothing.

Jan28

Can Skills Shortages Be Solved?

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // Leadership & Management

How often do we hear that there is a skills shortage, pretty much every month, but as the saying goes there is no smoke without fire, so what can we do to improve the situation?

We would like to know your thoughts on training and Apprenticeships, especially as recent PWC research shows that 84% of UK employers think that the biggest headache for UK business is skills shortages. This is a rise from 64% the previous year. Complete the 2015 Apprenticeship Survey here.

Nov28

Making Leadership Work

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // Leadership & Management

There are not many people who are born leaders. In the words of Shakespeare “some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them."  A lot of people in management fall into this last category. If your managers are not natural leaders then how can you spot if they need additional support?

Poor leaders can set a business back, they can damage profits, cause the moral of staff to plummet and bring about high staff turn-over. None of these things are good for business. These managers aren’t doing these things on purpose, they could be under pressure at home or work or both, be new to management or lack understanding. Spotting the signs early can prevent future issues, but the signs can be quite varied so… what signs can you look for?

Sep17

Growing Your Business Through Exports

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // Business Development

For a good few years now government and business organisations have been talking about the need to rebalance the economy and growth through exports, particularly the opportunities in what are called the BRIC nations. UK exports rose to £12.3bn to EU states and £13.2bn to non-EU in July. But, if you are a company that has never dipped your toe in the sea of exports, should you export and how do you make a success of it?

Sep17

Skills Shortages Cause Salaries To Increase

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // HR and Training

A recent survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG, has shown that companies are finding it hard to recruit the right people with the right skills. The shortage of appropriate applicants coupled with a rapid increase in vacancies is pushing up salaries in the UK.

Aug12

Selling Regulations Change

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // Business Development

There was a shake up in consumer law when the Consumer Contracts Regulations came into effect on 13 June. The new regulations replace the Distance Selling Regulation 2000 and the Doorstep Selling Regulation 2008. They apply to selling in-store, online at a distance, and away from the trader’s premises including at someone’s home or work and telephone selling.

The new regulations could affect the way you do business.

Jul09

Pinterest marketing for business success

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // Marketing and Communication

There is still a huge buzz around social media when it comes to marketing, and why shouldn’t there be? It is an area that is relatively cheap and always developing. Now over 3 years old, Pinterest is a major player in the world of social media marketing. Big brands such as John Lewis and Sony use it very successfully. A recent survey suggests that in some instances Pinterest has driven more sales than Facebook and that Pinterest users spend twice as much as those who use Facebook - plus you don’t need a huge marketing budget to make it work for you.

Jun16

Building teams as good as Brazil

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // Leadership & Management

The Football World Cup has just kicked off. The Brazilian team are the bookies favourites, a team full of individual talent, but in the past the team with the most flair hasn’t always been the winners. The country that lifts the world cup often has a group of players that work together, for each other and have a team mind set. In business, as in football, team work is crucial to success, so what does make a winning team?

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