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Changes To Employment Law In April Your Small Business Needs To Know

Changes To Employment Law In April Your Small Business Needs To Know

1. Gender pay gap reporting A new law introduced on 6 April will require private sector employers with 250 or more employees to report on their gender pay gap each year. Employers are required to take a data snapshot of their pay data on the 5 April 2017 and report on specific calculations by the 4 April 2018. The report needs to be published on the company’s website and uploaded to a government website. Similar provisions are being introduced for public sector employers with a snapshot date of the 31 March each year 2. Apprenticeship levy From the 6 April, large employers with an annual playbill of more than £3m are required to pay an apprenticeship levy. This is set at a value of 0.5% of the total paybill with a £15,000 allowance from the government to offset against the payment. The lev... »

Religious Symbols In The Workplace: Still Safer To Allow Them

Religious Symbols In The Workplace: Still Safer To Allow Them

As you may be aware, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has given a ruling on wearing religious clothing, such as Islamic headscarves, at work. Before explaining the ruling, I’ll say this – it remains safer to allow your workers to wear religious clothing or symbols. Banning such symbols may result in a finding of indirect discrimination. But what this ruling says is that if you do wish to project neutral corporate image, and you apply the same rule to every religious and political viewpoint, it might not be direct discrimination, and in some circumstances, it might be possible to justify the rule. The context The ruling relates to two cases. Both cases concern private employers and female Muslim employees. In both cases, there were rules against the wearing of visible religious symbols i... »

The Law Cannot Keep Up With Technology, Can You?

The Law Cannot Keep Up With Technology, Can You?

Technology is big business for the UK and despite scary tales I believe following Brexit the UK will continue to thrive. London continues to be a hub of excitement for investment and advanced technology development. So now the UK law must evolve to respond to these advances and changes in society and business, but we all know it’s not likely to keep up very easily. A perfect example is the current data protection law which is based on a piece of law from 1998. Whilst the law has recently been updated (2016) this will only take effect from 2018. As we all know technology is barely recognisable from 1998 and you have to wonder is it going to be out of date before its even implemented? So, what faces business owners, investors and technology creators? Artificial intelligence Autonomous cars a... »

Negotiating The Workers’ Rights Minefield

Negotiating The Workers’ Rights Minefield

With so many businesses coming under scrutiny over the employment rights of their staff, small business owners would be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed and confused by the sheer volume of employer do’s and don’ts. The recent Pimlico Plumbers v Smith case is yet another interesting development, and will be viewed with much interest by small business owners. The ruling The Court of Appeal ruled that plumber Gary Smith was entitled to basic workers’ rights despite his contract with Pimlico Plumbers describing him as self-employed. He was considered to be employed for Equality Act purposes, meaning he was entitled to complain about discrimination towards his disability, and he was considered to be a worker with regards to receiving holiday pay and unauthorised deductions from wages. It was co... »

Optimising For Micro-Moments With Targeted Landing Pages

Optimising For Micro-Moments With Targeted Landing Pages

Landing pages are an absolutely essential part of your inbound marketing mix, helping to provide a relevant, targeted and personalised experience tailored to your customer’s intent. For those of you who don’t know, a landing page is simply a web page that serves as the entry point for a website or particular section of a website. Hubspot conducted some research across 7,000 businesses and found that, whilst most companies don’t see an increase in leads when increasing their total number of landing pages from 1-5 to 6-10, companies do see a 55% increase in leads when increasing their number of landing pages from 10 to 15. Even more interesting is that this figure spikes massively when increased to 40 or more. This data also correlates to the number of leads generated. The data is hard... »

Here’s What Your Employees Are REALLY Afraid Of

Here’s What Your Employees Are REALLY Afraid Of

According to recent research from CV-Library, nearly half (47.8%) of UK professionals admit to having fears in the workplace, with over a third (35.7%) believing that these fears have impacted their career. In fact, many workers admitted to suffering with anxiety, not applying for certain positions and turning down job offers as a result. These findings are very concerning, and as an employer it’s vital that you can recognise when these fears are getting all too much for your employees and help them to overcome their anxieties. So what exactly is holding professionals back, and how can you address this in your business? Making a mistake One in five workers (20.1%) said that their biggest workplace fear is making a mistake. While it is a horrible feeling knowing you’ve made an error, we are... »

Why Your Small Business Cannot Afford To Ignore Micro-Moments in 2017

Why Your Small Business Cannot Afford To Ignore Micro-Moments in 2017

‘Micro-moments’ are the talk of 2017 within the digital marketing community, and your business should be taking note. Labelled by Google, micro-moments refer to the hundreds of interactions we (read: your customers) make each day with our mobile devices. Google believes that we “are seeing a fundamental change in the way people consume media”. These include actions such as checking the time or weather forecast, or using your phone as an alarm clock. How many of us wear watches but generally reach for our phones to check the time? I’d bet that I’m not the only one. Then, there are ‘those’ moments. The I want-to-know moments, I want-to-go moments, I want-to-do moments, and I want-to-buy moments—that really matter. These are what Google are referring to with the phrase ‘micro-moments’, and th... »

5 Ways You Can Increase Client Spend

5 Ways You Can Increase Client Spend

Every product or service a business provides has a price associated with it, which represents what must be paid by a client to buy a product or benefit from a specific service. The price represents the sale value for that item. However, if a client buys more than one thing at the same time, then the sale value for that particular transaction is the sum total of all items purchased at that point. Below are my five key increasing client spend strategies: Strategy 1: Increase your prices This might seem a bit obvious so is easily overlooked, but by raising your prices you increase your average sale value. Clients will be paying you more for the same products or services every time they buy from you. This isn’t always an easy thing to do in reality and there may be market forces at play that p... »

How to Respond When a Lender Pulls The Plug

How to Respond When a Lender Pulls The Plug

There is nothing more frustrating as a busy small business owner than an unforeseen cash-flow problem causing your lender of choice to tighten the purse strings, or worse still, pull the plug. In the current climate of uncertainty, lenders are understandably cautious about lending money to businesses that lack a positive trading history or those that have breached their bank facilities previously. While banks will not necessarily want to pull any existing finance arrangements in these situations, they will probably not want to extend them. Your relationship with the lender Often the reason for a bank’s reluctance to lend more finance comes down to the nature of its relationship with the lender. If you’ve failed to communicate in an open and honest way about your performance and taken... »

Breaking Through The £100,000 Plateau

Breaking Through The £100,000 Plateau

Working with business owners, I’ve spent the last seven years helping them unlock new growth in their businesses. One pattern that I’ve seen time and time again is that many businesses get stuck at very predictable revenue levels. On the journey to £1m in turnover, the big plateaus many get stuck at are £100,000 and £500,000. Although each plateau presents different challenges, the good news is that the challenges at each one tend to be quite predictable. In this article I’m going to talk about the most common challenges that business owners experience as they approach the £100,000 mark, and, most importantly, how you can overcome or avoid them to quickly break through that revenue level. Keep It Simple As a business owner it is very easy to get overwhelmed by the seemingly endless list of... »

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