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Safety Culture and Staff Retention

As a leader within an organisation, it matters what you do and don’t do. What you do, what you challenge and, often, what you fail to challenge all shapes the culture of the organisation. Safety culture within an organisation has been dubbed: “the way that things are done around here” As a leader, you should think […]

Posted on 21 June, 2016 by

Employee Retention Tips

Is retaining good employees high on your priority list?   Keeping talented employees on board is great for your business:   They are fully trained They work hard They know your business And they generate revenue   Training new members of staff is not only time-consuming, but it’s also a drain on your resources.   […]

Posted on 6 June, 2016 by

Making Remote Working work for your Company

Remote working is becoming more popular in the business world, whether that is for a better work-life balance or due to the high demands of our clients. At some level, your employees may be mobile working, and while it does have its benefits, it is important that your staff know their rights and so do […]

Posted on 27 May, 2016 by

National Living Wage – How are you Coping?

    The National Living Wage was introduced on April 1st 2016…how has this affected your business?   Changes to businesses can cause a ripple effect that always comes back to HR. Do you have the correct policies and procedures in place? Have you made sure all your employees are being paid what they are […]

Posted on 16 May, 2016 by

Keep On Top of Ad Blockers

Online adverts can be a big source of income for many companies. However, the fight back from users wanting their internet space to be ad-free is increasing as more ad blockers are being used, and now supported by technology giant Apple. With the introduction of iOS9 software from Apple, it is allowing and supporting users, […]

Posted on 13 October, 2015 by

Finding a balance with Direct Marketing: Utilising email and direct mail in the digital age

As we have progressed further and further into the digital age, the way businesses connect with their customers has continued to change and adapt. These days, most rely on email marketing to drive results, accounting for the ever increasing ubiquity of smartphones and tablets, however recent research conducted by Royal Mail suggests that despite this, […]

Posted on 17 June, 2015 by

How to manage holiday absence in the workplace

Are you prepared for the summer holiday season? Legislation dictates that all employees who work 5 days per week are entitled to 5.6 weeks (28 days) of annual leave per year, including bank holidays. This is calculated pro rata for staff who work less days. You can offer additional days of holiday in your contracts […]

Posted on 5 June, 2015 by

Every vote is for apprenticeships!

It was clear in the weeks and months leading up to the election that ‘apprenticeships’ was a hot topic. Now we know that the Conservative party will be leading the country for the next 5 years, we can see even more clearly where this is likely to head. The Conservative pledge was to: Deliver 3 […]

Posted on 22 May, 2015 by

CDM 2015, new Construction Regulations

A summary of some of the key changes in CDM 2015 With update) The new Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) came into force at the start of April 2015. They apply to all building and construction projects, regardless of the size, duration and nature of the work. With these new regulations good […]

Posted on 13 May, 2015 by

Zero Hours Contract

Posted on 6 May, 2015 by

Pensions & Automatic Enrolment

Posted on 6 May, 2015 by

The perfect time to recruit!

With so many school and college leavers turning to alternatives to higher education, Government grants, local grants and widespread political commitment, there has never been a better time to recruit an apprentice! Major companies are recognising the advantages of recruiting apprentices at a variety of levels with Jaguar Land Rover, KPMG, Lloyds, BBC and most […]

Posted on 6 May, 2015 by

Mobilegeddon, or natural progression?

Posted on 23 April, 2015 by

Government Funding – 13 days left to claim!

The Government is currently running a Growth Vouchers scheme, which provides matched funding (of up to £2,000) to UK businesses. The scheme is designed to help businesses find trusted and accredited strategic advisors to help grow their business, either through investment in attracting and retaining new staff members or through attracting new clients and revenue streams. […]

Posted on 18 March, 2015 by

Keyword Research: Any successful business owner’s best friend

As you’d expect, my Leicestershire based business regularly gets approached by potential new clients that are operating websites with the intention of selling directly to their target customers. Almost without question, all of them are wholly reliant on their online marketing, whether it be via Google Adwords, Google Shopping, Social Media and natural/organic search but […]

Posted on 18 February, 2015 by

Succession Planning; crucial for business continuity and your ongoing business success

We all have business plans that enable us to develop and grow our businesses, but do we put the same effort into planning for our critical job roles? Succession planning is designed to identify critical positions within the business so that a strategy for filling these roles, should they become available, is put in place. […]

Posted on 18 February, 2015 by

Property Maintenance – your responsibilities, and what you should consider

For any individual, group of individuals or corporate body, the key to overcoming adversity in property is to seek advice from those professionals or organisations best placed to help you.

Posted on 18 February, 2015 by

HSE Enforcement – how to deal with (or avoid!) a visit

Have you ever faced action from an Enforcement Officer? Have you ever wondered what you would do and how you would handle it? Let me share a story with you Once upon a time … there was a Company doing well and trying hard. One day, they were faced with a call from an HSE […]

Posted on 12 February, 2015 by

Protect your business from the cost of an HMRC Investigation

If and when the inevitable happens and HMRC come knocking at the door, it is good to have a plan to respond in a cost effective manner.  An investigation will typically involve preparation of books and records prior to the inspector visiting your premises (usually handled by the accountant), an initial meeting with the HMRC inspector […]

Posted on 6 February, 2015 by

New Year, New Apprenticeships

It is the time of year to reflect on your successes and think about the new year ahead. If expanding your workforce is one of your New Year targets, an apprenticeship may be just the thing. The number of people starting apprenticeships is growing each year, and there is a very good reason for this; […]

Posted on 10 December, 2014 by

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