“I Tip My Hat Top Anyone Running Businesses at This Particular Time” – Small Business Minister

Paul Scully MP, Minister with responsibility for Small Business talks to Steven Mather about funding, who they’re really talking about when it comes to small business and what their position is on the 3million small business owners currently excluded from the Government support during the Pandemic.

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Small Businesses Can Lead The Charge on Dealing With Plastic Waste

New data has revealed that almost three-quarters of UK consumers (71%) think brands, retailers and small businesses are NOT doing enough to make their beauty and personal care* purchases more sustainable. They also identified plastic waste as the main culprit – around half (46%) see it as the biggest sustainability challenge facing the industry.

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Small Businesses Should Prepare Themselves for Redundancies

Smaller businesses looking to reduce their workforces should urgently prepare for the costs of redundancies, following changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme made late last year.
That’s the warning from human resources experts The HR Dept, which provides human resources advice and support for more than 6,500 small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) across the UK and Ireland.

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What Your Small Business Needs to Know About the Uber v Aslam Supreme Court Decision

Today, Friday 15th February, the Supreme Court gave its long awaited input into a long running legal fight from Uber – a case known as Uber v Aslam & Others. It has huge implications for small business owners and freelancers.

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Half of Staff Like The Work/Life Balance – Double Trouble for Small Businesses

Do you run a small business that employs staff currently working from home?
How are they doing?
Do you know what they’re doing when they’re meant to be working for you?
Is this the way you see the future of your business?

Well according to one survey, nearly half of employees think they’d rather quit their job than work in the ‘office’ again.

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What’s Going On? HR in a CoVid World

The initial shock of lockdown HAS receded. We’re not seeing social media posts about wildlife wandering into city centres, schools have reopened, and the roads are fairly busy again. At the same time, we’re wearing masks, social distancing and maintaining our bubbles.

So, what does this underlying uncertainty mean for small businesses and their teams?

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HR in a World of Recession – Why It’s Time to be a Pole Vaulter, Not a Limbo Dancer

If we didn’t already know, then today’s BBC article has confirmed it – we’re in a recession. What does that usually mean? We look to save money. What’s typically the biggest cost for an employer? Their staff, and the costs associated with employing them. Salaries and on-costs are the obvious ones, but then there’s training and benefits – and HR support. 

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Redundancy is NOT an Easier Message

This is a conversation I have fairly regularly – there’s something going wrong in the employment relationship and, rather than tackle the root cause, it feels easier and ‘nicer’ to tell the individual that they’re at risk of redundancy. After all, redundancy is a business decision based on the roles you need – it’s not personal! 

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