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  • Neurodiversity at Work

    Neurodiversity at Work #Lightitupblue

    Neurodiversity is a collective term that refers to people who have neurological conditions such as dyslexia, autism, ADHD or dyspraxia. These are known as spectrum conditions, with a wide range of characteristics, but which nevertheless share some common features in terms of how people learn and process information. Some of these conditions are referred to as Specific Learning Difficulties. However, Neurodiversity is a broader term used to…

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  • Tackling Gender Issues

    Tackling Gender Issues

    2018 is proving to be a busy year for gender issues: the escalation of the #MeToo movement (started back in 2006), the 100th anniversary of women over 30 and all men over 21 winning the right to vote (6th February) and the first deadline for gender pay reporting for larger businesses in the UK (4th April). However, a worrying recent study from LeanIn.Org, Sheryl Sandberg’s non-profit women’s empowerment organisation, and Survey Monkey, has…

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  • 7 New Management Principles for Small Businesses

    Management Principles for Small Businesses

    Why do small businesses need new Management Principles? In an increasingly globalised and competitive business world, how can small businesses not only stand out from the crowd, but adapt, survive and prosper? Relying on outmoded traditional bureaucratic and hierarchical management styles favouring control, conformity and discipline, are no longer viable options. So what are the new management principles small businesses need, to respond to…

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  • 2018 Employment Law Changes

    Employment News for Small businesses 2018

    For busy managers of small businesses, there’s always lots to navigate, interpret and filter around employment law. This short digest will help you focus on some of the most relevant areas likely to affect your business over the first few months of 2018. National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage Increases (April 2018) The National Living Wage will increase to £7.83 per hour and the National Minimum Wage for 21-24 year olds will…

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  • Adverse Weather and Work

    Adverse weather and travel disruption

    As another winter storm approaches our shores, it is wise to think ahead about adverse weather and work. It’s worth remembering that in most situations there is no legal right for an employee to have paid time off if they are unable to get to work or are late for work due to travel disruptions and or bad weather. Advance planning will not only help avoid last minute uncertainties regarding the management of absences, but resolve pay and…

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  • Are you Disability Confident?

    Disability Confident

    According to government figures, almost a fifth of the working age population is disabled and the vast majority of these people develop their conditions or impairments during their working lives. This means there is a huge pool of talent that is often being overlooked, due to misinformation, misunderstanding and a lack of support. What is the Disability Confident scheme? Disability Confident is a voluntary government scheme designed to support…

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  • Mental Health – Are Your Employees Thriving at Work?

    Mental Health - are your employees thriving at work?

    Thriving at Work Review The October 2017 government-backed Stevenson-Farmer review ‘Thriving at Work’ reveals that poor mental health is costing employers up to £42 billion a year. Yet, for every £1 a business invests in supporting mental health at work, it can reap a £9 return. The report highlights the stigma that is still attached to mental health in the workplace, despite around 15% of people at work having symptoms of an existing…

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  • Employment News, GDPR, IR35 and Tribunal Fees

    Employment News for small businesses GDPR, IR35 and Tribunal Fees

    Employment News – Autumn Edition 2017 This is a one page Employment News summary covers the latest legislative changes that are likely to affect small businesses and the way they employ and manage their people. TAX-FREE CHILDCARE AND 30 HOURS FREE CHILDCARE   Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hrs free childcare are two separate government schemes, to help parents with the cost of childcare. Parents can apply for both through one online…

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  • Enabling Exchange

    the circle, Clare Downes, Enabling Exchange

    Guest Article written by Clare Downes, from the circle What is the Enabling Exchange? I believe that the best way forward in business is an open exchange of experience to enable development and progression. The Enabling Exchange is about encouraging a positive exchange across start-ups, SMEs and family businesses with corporate organisations, to help businesses develop and evolve. Within family businesses there are complex networks of…

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  • Are you Ready for GDPR?

    Are you ready for GDPR?

    What is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? It is a new piece of legislation which is due to come into effect on 25th May 2018. It aims to provide consistent data protection legislation across Europe regarding the collection, storage and security of personal data. GDPR applies to data processing carried out by organisations within the EU and organisations outside the EU that offer goods or services to individuals in the EU. The UK has…

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