Smart Systems To Help SMEs Drive Down Energy Use & Costs

Smart Systems To Help SMEs Drive Down Energy Use & Costs

Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the hospitality and retail industry, as well as schools and colleges, look set to benefit from lots of new innovative ideas designed to help them drive down their energy usage and thus reduce their bills at the same time. As part of the government’s Industrial Strategy, smart technology like meters, an upgraded energy grid, smartphone-controllable household devices and thermostats […]

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SMEs Using Homes To Store Stock, Survey Reveals

SMEs Using Homes To Store Stock, Survey Reveals

The majority of small to medium-sized enterprises that sell products are using their homes to store stock, with a new survey revealing this to be the case for 71 per cent of such companies. The Direct Line for Business study found that the most common rooms to keep stock are spare bedrooms, the garage or cupboards, because these keep it out of sight. But nine […]

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Top Tips On Beating Competition When Applying For A Job

Top Tips On Beating Competition When Applying For A Job

Applying for a job is not easy, and if candidates are not put off the application procedure, they might be nervous when going for an interview. That is why we’ve put together some great tips on how to stand out from the rest to increase your chances of getting the job of your dreams.   – Get the relevant skills Having the relevant skills is […]

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Govt Called On To Rethink Approach To SME Support

Govt Called On To Rethink Approach To SME Support

Off the back of a new survey revealing that the vast majority of entrepreneurs here in the UK don’t think that the government is doing all it can to back small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the call has been made for Whitehall to rethink its approach with regards to the support provided. Carried out by specialist bank Aldermore, the study found that 71 per cent […]

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Scottish Govt Invests £2.2m For Worker Training

Scottish Govt Invests £2.2m For Worker Training

The positive impact on having well-trained members of staff is so great that the Scottish government has pledged a considerable amount of money to make sure workers get the education they need. Earlier this week, first minister Nicola Sturgeon revealed £2.62 million will be given to Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) Learning, which will help union members provide training so their employees can have adequate […]

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UK Employment Rate Reaches Record High

UK Employment Rate Reaches Record High

A staggering 427,000 people entered employment in the UK in the last 12 months, which has pushed the employment level to a record high. The Department for Work and Pensions recently revealed the employment rate is 75.4 per cent, increasing by 0.8 percentage points from March 2017. It means that 32.26 million people in Britain are now in employment, which is a huge 3.2 million […]

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Training ‘Good For Talent Retention’

Training ‘Good For Talent Retention’

Offering your staff training not only helps your business by ensuring your staff are kept up to date with the latest regulations, techniques and systems, but it shows your personnel that you value them and wish to develop them and their careers. Putting personal development training courses in place for your staff, no matter where they fall in the scheme of your operations, yields good […]

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Would Your Small Business Benefit From Fire Safety Training?

Would Your Small Business Benefit From Fire Safety Training?

There has been a big focus on fire safety in the UK in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, not only for those that own and operate residential tower blocks, but for businesses as a whole. As Real Business recently pointed out, it’s shone a light on why firms have to stick to such exacting regulation when it comes to fire safety. But as […]

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Leaders Reveal They Would Have Liked More Training

Leaders Reveal They Would Have Liked More Training

We often see surveys looking at employee satisfaction and staff turnover, and one of the main complaints of many people is the quality of their manager. In fact, for teams or organisations with a good management team, productivity and morale are typically higher, while staff turnover is lower. But in many places, people don’t get into management roles because they are skilled at leading people, […]

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Employment Problems BME Workers Face Revealed

Employment Problems BME Workers Face Revealed

Now would be a good time to consider offering further training on avoiding and dealing with race discrimination in the workplace, given new research revealing the extent of the problems that black and minority ethnic (BME) people still face even today. A TUC study has found that this demographic has to deal with a wide range of issues, including abuse at work – 37 per […]

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