Christmas lights campaign

Brighten the high street’s finances With local government budgets under increasing constraint, many councils withdrew funding for their 2012 Christmas lights in a bid to cut costs. But festive illuminations can be important for drawing trade onto the high street and customers into the shops. The Federation for Small Businesses (FSB) launched a campaign in[…]

Autumn Statement 2012

Chancellor George Osborne delivered his 2012 Autumn Statement on 5 December, as the Office for Budget Responsibility said it expected the UK economy to contract by 0.1 per cent in 2012. The Chancellor outlined a raft of measures designed to curtail public spending and kick-start growth. Some of the key announcements for businesses were: Corporation[…]

Cost reduction strategies for SMEs

Cost control should be an integral part of your business strategy, not something you turn to when your business hits hard times. Introduction During tough economic times such as these businesses can be faced with the need to reduce costs to remain competitive, maintain profitability, or even to survive. And whereas it is necessary to[…]

Keeping staff motivated

Here are some tips for managers to challenge, inspire and motivate their employees to do their best work. Ensure employees are aware of the big picture and why the work that they do is important to the organisation and its customers. Lead by example. If you show dedication to the organisation and work honestly and[…]

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Government family-friendly proposal

From 2015 men will have the right to take unpaid time off to attend two antenatal appointments. Unpaid parental leave is set to increase from 13 weeks to 18 weeks from March 2013. At present the leave must be taken before the child’s 5th birthday, but from 2015 this will be amended, so that it[…]

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Government pursues shares-for-rights scheme despite lack of support

The government has decided to press ahead with its plans for ‘employee-owner’ contracts despite a lack of support from either employers or employees. A consultation by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) revealed that most organisations would choose not to take up the new rights, which were announced by Chancellor George Osborne in[…]

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Attendance management best practice

It is important for employers to adopt and implement an attendance policy, which should aim to encourage reliable attendance among all employees. The procedure will be triggered when an employee reaches a certain level of absence, and will usually consist of a number of defined stages. The important points for employers to remember are: Where[…]

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