flexibility

Rent flexibility urged for small retailers

Rent flexibility urged for small retailers

Retailers warn of toughest quarter day since last recession This could be the toughest quarterly rents payments day for at least 18 years warned the British Retail Consortium (BRC), as it urged landlords to show more flexibility on retail rents. Today (Wednesday) is the first quarter day of 2009. Hard-pressed retailers face rent bills totalling hundreds of millions of pounds*. The first few months of the year usually see the lowest levels of consumer spending. This year has been compounded by recession and follows the worst December sales performance the BRC’s Retail Sales Monitor has recorded in the fourteen years it has been running. Traditionally commercial landlords demand rents be paid in advance, four times a year, on the quarter days. It is an anachronism dating back hundreds ... »

Flexible Working

Small Firms anxious about Flexible Working extension

More than a third of small firms will find it difficult to offer more flexible working when the right to request it is extended to most working parents in April 2009, according to Alliance & Leicester. Some 38% of respondents to a survey by the bank said they would struggle to offer flexible working to more employees. 65% claimed they did not have enough staff to provide cover when someone is needed in the workplace. An overwhelming 86% of small–business owners said it would be easier for large firms to implement the change to flexible working law, which will allow working parents of any children under 16 to ask to work from home or to work irregular hours. Currently, only parents of children under six and disabled children have this right. The Government is now consulting busine... »

A Guide to NVQs for Business

A Guide to NVQs for Business

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) can offer a range of benefits to your business – they are nationally recognised qualifications covering almost all occupations, from customer service all the way up to business management. Because of this, even the smallest firms can benefit from NVQs in some way; most will have some staff who could benefit from a customer service-based NVQ, at least. What can NVQs offer my business? Essentially, NVQs can measure whether someone has the competence to do their job according to a set of standards, which are based on work performance. These standards are agreed and set according to industry, and are generally measured in different modules or ‘units’, each representing a different area of work performance. For example, the core units for the ‘Health and... »