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Female Directors on the rise

A recent study found that gender equality within the boardroom is on the rise (32.5%), especially in Nordic countries; however this isn’t the case throughout Europe. The rise in female board members can be linked to a law which was passed in Norway a decade ago. This stated a requirement of a 40% representation of... - Read more

Posted: May 6th 2016 in Business & Economy

37% of employees planning to change their job in 2015!

  GOT YOUR ATTENTION? Don’t let your company be negatively affected by the resignation of dissatisfied and demotivated staff, I can help by establishing your staff’s needs, your company’s needs and ensuring these are met in a positive way to enable you to enjoy a profitable and productive 2015. Have you thought about training contracts?... - Read more

Posted: February 2nd 2015 in Business & Economy

Businesses Taking Longer to Pay Suppliers

Businesses took longer to pay their suppliers in Q3 compared to Q2, according to figures released this week. Data released by Experian showed that companies were taking on average a day longer to complete payments than they did earlier in the year. The average time for a payment to be received was 26 days after... - Read more

Posted: October 20th 2011 in Business & Economy

Council Uses Buying Power to Improve Local Economy

Worcestershire County Council’s buyers are using the council’s spending power to boost their local economy – by including clauses in contracts to increase training and job opportunities in the area. The council’s purchasing department have announced a new plan to ensure that the council’s spending offers the maximum benefit to the local area, while still... - Read more

Posted: August 30th 2011 in Business & Economy

Sunderland Businesses Quizzed on Training and Skills

Sunderland City Council is giving local businesses the chance to give their opinion on future skills investment. The Council will survey hundreds of local companies to find out what training and skills are most important to them for the future. The survey aims to build a profile of the local workforce, identifying key strengths, skills... - Read more

Posted: June 6th 2011 in Business & Economy

Grow Talent Instead of Recruiting It, Says HR Leader

Managing talent should be “top of the agenda in terms of business success”, a leading HR manager has said. The vice president for HR at Oracle, Vance Kearney, discussed talented development in his address to the HR Forum conference. Kearney explained that Oracle preferred to develop talent in-house over recruiting externally. “It is hard to... - Read more

Posted: June 2nd 2011 in Business & Economy

New ‘Stress Guide’ To Help Businesses Reduce Workplace Sickness

The British Standards Institution has published a new guide to help employers manage stress in the workplace. The guide comes as the CIPD announced the results of their latest quarterly workplace survey, showing that workplace morale has hit a record low. The PAS 1010 ‘Guidance on the management of psychosocial risks in the workplace’ was... - Read more

Posted: May 9th 2011 in Business & Economy

Youth Unemployment Could Hit One Million Mark

Experts are encouraging employers to consider apprenticeships as youth unemployment is predicted to rise above 1 million. It is predicted that youth unemployment could hit the one million mark, with the ONS set to announce unemployment figures tomorrow. There is widespread concern about rising levels of unemployment amongst the 18-25 age group, as school leavers... - Read more

Posted: April 12th 2011 in Business & Economy

Training Budgets Hit as Organisations Tighten Finances

Over 40% of companies have reduced their funding for learning and development this year, and only one in ten expect to increase their training budgets this year. According to a survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, many companies are implementing cost-cutting measures such as moving training provision in-house, implementing e-learning systems or... - Read more

Posted: April 6th 2011 in Business & Economy

Above Average Performance for North East Private Sector

The output of private sector businesses in the North East rose at its fastest rate for a year in February, putting Northeast businesses’ performance above the UK private sector average. The manufacturing industry was behind the sharp growth, according to the TSB North East Business Activity Index. Employers also recruited at an above-average rate in... - Read more

Posted: March 14th 2011 in Business & Economy