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Starting A Bakery? – Top Tips For New Employers

Starting a bakery? It's fair to say a lot of the British public have at least, at some point, considered if after watching the Great British Bake Off. But when starting a bakery business it may come to a point where you can’t do it all yourself, and when this happens...

How small businesses can manage staff holidays

How small businesses can manage staff holidays

For small businesses, coping with staff holidays at this time of year can prove a real headache. Even one member of a small team away on a fortnight’s holiday can be challenging. But several members of the team all away in the same week can be critical for a small business.

Staffing costs increase again

Staffing costs increase again

Last month we heard the announcement of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) in the UK being increased from 1st October 2014 following recommendations made by the Low Pay Commission. The increases are bigger than usual so we would strongly advise checking your staff’s rates of pay to check what impact this will have on your ‘bottom line’.

The Year of Workplace Pensions

The Year of Workplace Pensions

Time to get ready – pensions auto-enrolment is coming soon. Medium-sized and then small businesses are about to encounter one of the biggest changes to employer pensions we’ve ever seen. Staging dates for businesses with 50 – 249 employees start tomorrow …

Reducing staff absence in small businesses

Reducing staff absence in small businesses

What would it mean to lose 10% of your workforce suddenly, without notice, for up to a month at a time. And know it could happen repeatedly? Staff absence through illness in any business is difficult to handle, but in small businesses it can be deadly.
One of the things that employers can do to reduce staff absence is to have some sort of stress and anxiety management policy …

Putting HR management into place

Putting HR management into place

This time last year I came back to work fresh from a Christmas break, determined to be ruthless about concentrating on the aspects of running my business that contributed towards success. The challenge came in identifying which were distractions and which still needed my close attention. I have always wanted to invest time in my (18) staff, but when I looked closely, I realized that a lot of the time I spent on staff management was actually wasted on dull administrative functions …