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Waltzing into a modern world...

By Sinead Teague | Pickford Solicitors

As Strictly Come Dancing fans delight in the glamour and infectious laughter portrayed on our TV screens during this year’s series, it is also great to see professional dancers Karen and Kevin Clifton working together and supporting each other so effortlessly following their decision to divorce. In the media Kevin and Karen have been praised for their united front, leaving hearts melting after Kevin jumps over the sofa to congratulate Karen following her outstanding performance. Sadly, some would still say it is a rarity, for a couple to remain amicable whilst dealing with their separation. It is often the case that during this time emotions will run high resulting in an acrimonious divorce...

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Brexit Deal or No Deal, low-skilled migration may continue

By Robina Shah | Optimus Law

The Home Office appears to have drawn up potentially controversial immigration contingencies for a no-deal Brexit At the time of writing, absolutely nobody knows how Brexit will pan out or what the implications might be for the 800,000 or so British citizens living on mainland Europe and the three million Europeans living in Britain. What we do know for sure is that the 500+ page withdrawal agreement makes it clear that nothing will change and that both side’s citizens can remain. But it is almost certain that the withdrawal agreement will be rejected by the British Parliament. Where does that leave us? This week, our Prime Minister is embarking on a nationwide tour to sell her deal – some...

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Diversity in Leadership: Women in leadership

By Rana Shama Nazir | Total Water Compliance

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. The proverb “treat others as you would like to be treated yourself” is something I feel embodies my personal and professional life. In my work as an engineer in the water treatment and specialist services industry, I believe that I have made...

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Diversity in Leadership: Improving diversity practice

By Baljit Kaur | Innate Consultancy

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. An increasingly multi-cultural population, ageing workforce and skills shortages are creating new challenges to recruiting, retaining and developing talent.  Creating a more diverse and inclusive organisation is seen as an enabler to deliver better...

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The Brexit fog thickens as the endgame approaches

By Ashley Tabony | Performanceart Ltd

I believe it is now widely held that the Chinese curse “may you live in interesting times” is actually apocryphal, but as the plot twists of the Brexit saga become ever more violent and unpredictable, I suspect that Theresa May and her Cabinet colleagues may well feel as though they are on the wrong end of a curse, of European descent. The only plausible assessment that appears to be emanating from the corridors of power this week is that frankly no-one really has any idea where this journey is heading, or quite how it will end. The apparent lack of a majority in the Commons for pretty much any "deal", real or desired, certainly supports the idea that it would be wise to avoid writing off any...

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Will Brexit make me less safe at work?

By David Cant | Veritas Consulting

Uncertainty about Brexit has generated all kinds of predictions, including a reduction in workplace safety. But is that really likely? With news that Prime Minister Theresa May has finally thrashed out a deal for leaving the European Union, the media has gone into overdrive. Aside from comment about how bad (or good) the deal is, stories are re-emerging about how bad life will be outside the EU. One story that keeps doing the rounds is about workplace safety. According to some outlets, leaving the EU will see an end to health and safety regulation, creating a veritable wild west on Britain’s construction sites. The good news is that these stories are completely baseless for these two reasons....

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Race Pay Gap: Employers’ reporting obligations may be extended

By Lisa Moore | The Wilkes Partnership Solicitors

A Race Disparity Audit conducted in 2017 found large variations in pay and opportunities between white British people and ethnic minorities. For instance, it was concluded that around 1 in 10 adults from a Black, Pakistani, Bangladeshi or Mixed origin were unemployed compared with 1 in 25 White British adults. Against this background, the Government are currently in consultation over introducing the compulsory disclosure of information on pay gaps for employees from different ethnic groups. It is hoped that this may improve equal opportunities in the workplace which, in turn, is likely to benefit Britain’s economy. As part of the consultation, which is due to close on 11 January 2019, businesses...

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Tired of not being taken seriously?

By Clare Whalley | Meta4 Business Coaching

This year we celebrated 100 years since suffrage. Since women were granted the right to vote. This wasn’t all women. After 50 years of campaigning, in 1918 it was granted to 8.4 million, women over 30 – if they were married, occupiers of property… (At this point men were granted universal suffrage). A landmark nonetheless. We have come such a long way since 1918. We still have a way to go, the world still needs to catch up in many ways. For now, let’s talk business… Creating the right space for women to grow their business. Overall it’s a fact that men are twice more likely to be in business as women. However, according a recent survey by Aston University: ‘…comparing 2003-6 and 2013-16,...

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Insurance cover that company directors often forget

By Adrian Littler | CLA (Risk Solutions) Ltd

If you are running a business, you will have made sure you are insured if anything happens to your employees, premises, equipment and stock. Losing any of these could have a major impact on the financial survival of your business. What you may not have considered is a scenario where you could lose your own personal property or wealth. After all, your company is a limited company and therefore has limited liability so there is nothing to worry about. However, as a director of the company your liability is unlimited. If a claimant cannot get full compensation from your company, they are entitled to seek redress from the assets of its directors. Directors and company owners often make decisions...

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To Cloud or not to Cloud?....That is the question

By Peter Barnes | Technical Drive

Many of the companies we engage with are confused about the cloud, what it means, how it works, is it right for them and perhaps most importantly, is it secure? One Managing Director recently told me that he was thinking of moving his IT to the cloud. When I asked him why, his response was “because everyone else is!” His response shows that the cloud is definitely in vogue at the moment, but that’s not necessarily a good enough business reason to move your IT to the cloud. Had he said that he was thinking of moving his IT to the cloud because he wanted his employees to concentrate on increasing the profitability of the company and that he wanted to be able to work from anywhere with improved...

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