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Apr14

The Business cost of Auto Enrolment

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

We all want to have a nice pension when we retire. The government has therefore introduced to all companies ‘Auto Enrolment’. This is where all organisations that employ one or more eligible people must pay into a workplace pension for them. Large companies have had to have this in place for sometime, but now the ‘staging dates’ for SMEs have started. The dates vary depending on the size of the company and other factors, but many businesses will find that they have to have a pension in place in 2015/16.

Mar16

Over the Employment Hill at 50?

Categories // HR and Training

When redundancies are made it is the over 50’s who have the most difficulty finding a new job according to a recent report by Business in the Community (BITC) The Missing Million: Pathways back to employment. Their report showed that less than a third of those aged 50-64 were successful in finding another job. Many became self-employed or took up unpaid work, but a much larger proportion never return to work. These figures are interesting when compared to younger people where two-thirds returned to work for an employer.

Mar16

How Important is a Social Media Policy?

Categories // HR and Training

We all think that the comments we make on social media are private, but they’re not. Things that employees say have had a very large impact on some careers and hit the headlines which aren’t always good for them or their employer.

Mar16

Work Experience Crucial to Growth

Categories // HR and Training

A recent report found that in England only 1 in 3 employers offered work experience to young people aged 16-24. This is despite 66% of businesses stating that experience was the most important criteria when recruiting.

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?

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