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The big dirty health and safety paperwork secret

By David Cant | Veritas Consulting

Checklists, reports and documents are swamping construction sites – but they aren’t making your employees any safer. Over the years, health and safety provisions have become synonymous with bureaucracy. Ask any construction site manager or foreman and they’ll tell you – health and safety is nothing but paperwork and form-filling. Clearly this is a problem – first, it helps to create a negative attitude towards the very important role of health and safety. Second, it is fundamentally wrong – workplace safety has (almost) nothing to do with paperwork at all. So what went wrong? How did the construction industry become obsessed with paperwork? Building ironclad risk assessments Workplace risk...

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Urban manufacturing insights through peer review – a design-led process

By Heather Law | Birmingham City Council

It is not only the destination that is important, but the journey In the midst of the relentless momentum of the project lifecycle, the peer review experience has offered a wonderful opportunity to pause and reflect upon the policy challenge that we have set ourselves in Birmingham to consider: ‘How Birmingham’s collaborative maker space (CMS) infrastructure can encourage its SME’s to become more innovation active, with a particular emphasis on prototyping’ The EU’s regional innovation scoreboard notes that the West Midlands is the joint lowest performing region in the UK – the regions’ science & innovation audit from 2018 identified that 44% of firms lacking innovation. If Greater Birmingham...

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My executive apprenticeship journey: Nine months in

By Raj Chima | Wesleyan

Raj Chima’s nine-year career with Wesleyan, started as a Finance Analyst in 2010. Since then Raj has covered financial planning and analysis, financial modelling and management accounting. He quickly showed his ability as a financial analyst and was promoted to Senior Business Partner. He is now about to embark on the next stage of his career with the Wesleyan Group as Finance Director. As a very focused and driven individual, Raj was naturally drawn towards a Senior Leaders Degree Apprenticeship’ with Aston University. Nine months into the two and half year Senior Leaders Degree Apprenticeship at Aston University, I thought I would share my experience so far, to hopefully help others considering...

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The battle for bandwidth and how to improve your connectivity

By Adam Flynn | EBC Group

It’s the last thing you need in your day. Watching that tiny icon circle over and over again, as you frustratingly wait for a page to load, email to send or file to open. At some point, we have all been victim to slow Internet speeds. It’s no secret that digital transformation in the workplace has increased significantly over recent years, with many business services, processes and data now accessed online. But what happens if you’re not able to access this information quickly? Chances are clients will become increasingly impatient, a backlog of work will quickly mount and your processes will become as slow as your Internet speeds. As your business grows, so does your Internet demand. Whilst...

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Diversity in Leadership: From 100 failed job applications to founder

By Shani Dhanda | The Diversability Card

This blog is part of the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce’s (ABCC) Diversity in Leadership campaign. The Diversity in Leadership campaign works with some of the regions’ biggest employers in order to boost the numbers of women and those from black and minority ethnic (BAME), lesbian gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and disability groups being represented on boards of directors and in leadership roles. Click here to find out more about the campaign.  With my passion for creating everyday equality, I’m a business and culture change agent, social entrepreneur and disability rights advocate, writes Shani Dhanda. However, my career began with having over 100 job applications turned down while...

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Creating opportunities for Solihull

By Simon Richards | Birmingham Airport

This blog post has been produced for the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce to provide insight on the findings of our new publication Doing Business in Solihull: An Economic Snapshot. Doing Business in Solihull: An Economic Snapshot is produced by the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce policy team. It offers an introduction to the local economy and business community within Solihull. The report is sponsored by Prime Accountants Group , one of the West Midland’s leading independent firms of chartered accountants, forensic accountants, business and financial advisors. This post is featured in the full report here. As the arrival of High-Speed Rail rapidly approaches, and the region...

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Over 40 years of success in Birmingham and Solihull

By Kathryn James | NEC Group Conventions and Exhibitions

This blog post has been produced for the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce to provide insight on the findings of our new publication Doing Business in Solihull: An Economic Snapshot. Doing Business in Solihull: An Economic Snapshot is produced by the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce policy team. It offers an introduction to the local economy and business community within Solihull. The report is sponsored by Prime Accountants Group, one of the West Midland’s leading independent firms of chartered accountants, forensic accountants, business and financial advisors. This post is featured in the full report here. I have the pride of leading fantastic teams that manage the NEC - one...

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How reducing accidents at work can save your insurance costs

By Adrian Littler | CLA (Risk Solutions) Ltd

If you are an employer, a self-employed person or are in control of your workplace premises, you are required by law to report certain workplace incidents. These include occupational diseases, specified dangerous occurrences (near misses) and acts of non-consensual violence to people at work. What is RIDDOR The initials RIDDOR stand for the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013. Accidents must be reported online using the relevant form for the type of incident you are reporting. For fatal accidents or accidents resulting is specified injuries to workers only, you can call 0345 300 9923. A report form must be sent within 10 days of the accident occurring...

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FX volatility - the bottom line

By Western Union Business Solutions | Western Union Business Solutions

From politics to international trade tensions, recent economic turbulence has highlighted one thing more clearly than ever: risk management strategies have to be in place to protect profits for businesses trading internationally. If you are responsible for a business’s finances; many hours of expertise are poured into choosing the right opportunities and tracking yields but if there is an international element, even a small change in the currency exchange rate can have a significant effect on profit or the value of returns. With currency rates fluctuating up to five percent in a month last year, volatility is a real threat to any international business transaction. A five percent profit margin...

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Doing Business in Solihull: The Hub

By Jonathan Bretherton | UK Central Urban Growth Company

This blog post has been produced for the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce to provide insight on the findings of our new publication Doing Business in Solihull: An Economic Snapshot. Doing Business in Solihull: An Economic Snapshot is produced by the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce policy team. It offers an introduction to the local economy and business community within Solihull. The report is sponsored by Prime Accountants Group, one of the West Midland’s leading independent firms of chartered accountants, forensic accountants, business and financial advisors. This post is featured in the full report here. What we’re doing at The Hub has been described as a mega-project.  It’s...

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