- What Are the Relative Merits of Office Based and Remote Working?
Office-based working or remote working? Each has its pros and cons for businesses and for employees but the jury is still out on which is better and more productive.
- Candidates Can Benefit from Recruitment Agency Expertise
Using the resources available in a reputable recruitment agency can benefit candidates looking for career progression or a first position by helping them improve on presentation and on their CVs as well as helping them find work.
- Make Sure You Have Proper Paperwork as Evidence of Kitchen Hygiene
Missing paperwork caused a well-known UK hotel's temporary loss of the top-rated certification for food hygiene. There was no suggestion that food hygiene standards had slipped and the certification was eventually restored but the incident highlights the importance of keeping the paperwork in order.
- The Benefits and Risks of a Zero Hours Contract
There are questions about the benefits of Zero Hours Contracts to workers in terms of employment rights and continuity of a reliable income.
- If Employers Have Followed Employment Rules Dismissing an Employee By Text is Legal
Using a text message to dismiss employees may be efficient and less costly, albeit brutal, but it is legal provided the employer has followed the rules on dismissal.
- Risk Prevention is Better Than Cure in Commercial Kitchens
Kitchen extraction systems are vulnerable as both a fire risk and from food hygiene and health and safety perspectives and therefore their cleaning and maintenance need regular attention.
- When Problems Arise in Workplace Relationships Good Judgement is Needed
Relationships between male and female colleagues in the workplace can sometimes lead to romance or stray into inappropriate behaviour and HR teams need to use discretion, sensitivity and fairness if problems arise.
- Could You Afford to Wait Two Years If Your Business Was Destroyed By Fire?
While the setting is part of the ambience for diners in a restaurant and ancient listed buildings can add to the charm, the consequences of having to rebuild if there is an accidental fire can be lengthy and devastating to a business.
- Kitchen Ductwork Cleaning is Still Bottom of the List For Too Many Restaurants
Despite repeated warnings from the HSE, the B&ES; (the Building & Engineering Services Association) and the UK's Fire Services regular kitchen ductwork cleaning is still a low priority in many commercial catering outlets.
- Autumn 2012 Has Brought Glimmers of Hope on UK Employment
There are lessons for young graduates struggling to find a first position from the experiences of young people in other countries around the world.
- Candidates Need to Understand Their Value Even in a Difficult Economic Climate
It is easy to succumb to a variety of myths during a protracted search for work but it is important to maintain confidence in one's skills and value to an employer.
- Flexible Working Can Benefit Both Employer and Employee
Employers are increasingly choosing to introduce flexible working as a means of hanging onto valued and trained staff while surviving the economic downturn. To work well requires a change in culture for both.
- Fires Can Cause Costly Havoc in Business and Personal Lives
Business insurance may not cover personal injury, loss of business, repair costs or staff overheads during reconstruction when fire devastates a commercial kitchen. It may even be invalidated altogether if the cause of the fire is found to be failure to properly clean and maintain a kitchen extraction system.
- Will the Olympics Improve Employer Confidence and Boost Jobs?
The REC is not only the industry body for the Recruitment Industry, it also provides useful information for candidates and is currently predicting an improvement in employer confidence as a result of the Olympics.
- Spot Inspections Are No Problem if a Commercial Kitchen is Regularly Deep Cleaned
Cutting down on regular maintenance and deep cleaning can be a false economy for a commercial catering business.
- Entrepreneurs and SMEs Need Funding and Support if the Economy is to Grow
Funding and Support for SMEs and Entrepreneurs has to be much better and more accessible if the UK economy is to be stimulated into recovery and growth.
- A Well Maintained LEV System Helps to Protect Workers From Hazardous Substances
Prolonged exposure to hazardous substances in many industrial processes can lead to workers suffering ill health in later life unless they are adequately protected by such equipment as a properly tested and maintained LEV system.
- Is the Banks' Continued Failure to Lend to SMEs Delaying Economic Recovery?
Business turnaround advisers point to mounting evidence that banks are still not lending to SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) and argue that this is imperilling the economic recovery
- There Are Benefits and Disadvantages to Using a Directors' Loan Account
A directors' loan account can be a useful device for minimising personal tax liabilities, which is fine when a company is doing well and can pay a dividend to clear it, but it exposes directors to considerable liabilities if the company is in difficulties.
- Employer Confidence Has Not Been Damaged by the Introduction of New Agency Worker Regulations
There were fears that the introduction of new Agency Worker Regulations in October 2011 would deter employers from taking on temporary staff. So far the signs are that the new regulations have been a deterrent to recruitment.
- The Issues That Have to be Considered When Equipping a Commercial Kitchen
Proper planning is essential if you dream of running your own catering business, especially when considering cooking appliances and ventilation.
- A Negative Performance Review Should be Handled Constructively
A critical or negative performance review can be a blow to an employee, especially if there were question marks about their skills when they were first taken on. However, they can be handled positively as pointers to weaknesses that can be improved.
- Preventative Maintenance and Cleaning Can Protect Businesses from Unexpected Costs
A programme of preventative maintenance, such as regular kitchen deep cleaning, can protect a large-scale catering business from unexpected costs.
- Building a Flexible Business Model Can Ensure Perpetual Survival
While immediate attention may be focused on the possibility of a possible eurozone Armageddon, businesses will still need to adopt a flexible business model in order to ensure their survival throughout the expected coming decade of austerity.
- There is No Longer Any Doubt That Economies Are in a Long L-Shaped Recession
The relatively small changes in insolvency figures year on year coupled with declining confidence among SMEs suggest that economies are in a prolonged L-shaped recession.
- If You Want to Reach the Interview Shortlist Avoid These Mistakes
A candidate may never know why they failed to be invited to a job interview. Here are some examples of why they may have failed.
- To Survive its Current Roller Coaster Ride Magazine Publishing Needs to be Innovative
The shift away from print to online advertising coupled with rising costs of paper and ink have been causing problems for the magazine publishing industry for many years. They need to be much more innovative and restructure to survive.
- Retailers and Politicians Are Still in Denial As They Focus on Window Dressing
Focusing on stimulating consumer spending whether discounting or sales or talking up recovery means politicians and retailers are still in denial. Instead restructuring experts say we need innovation, vision and a focus on exports.
- Pay Down Business Debt and Avoid Offers That Seem Too Good to be True
It is better for a business to pay off its debt when lending from banks is tight and very expensive rather than turn to alternative sources of loans from lenders who may be less than scrupulous.
- Many Job Seekers Do Not Know How to Compile a Good CV
Many job seekers fail to pay proper attention to the quality of their CV. Whether seeking a first job, a role in administration or as a PA or looking for a step up the career ladder, the CV should be a resumé, not a life story.
- It Continues to be Tough for Graduates to Find a Job
The jobs market remains tough for new graduates, as well as for all job seekers, according to recent research.
- How Can School Leavers Improve Their Career Prospects in a Recession?
It has never been harder for school leavers to find work than it currently is. But there are ways they can help themselves by showing some initiative.
- In Uncertain Economic Times an Open Mind and Flexibility are Needed
Flexibility and an open mind will help job seekers trying to progress their careers in an uncertain economic climate.
- Job Seekers Should Check Their Spelling and Grammar Before Sending Applications
Recruiters deluged with hundreds of applications for every vacancy will quickly reject any that contain poor spelling and grammar.
- The Pace of New Job Creation Slowed in June 2011
Job Seekers Face Tougher Competition as the Pace of New Job Creation Slows. They need to pay attention to every detail and use all the resources out there.
- Greater Energy Savings in Large Buildings are being Required by New Building Regulations
Regular air duct cleaning can help large organisations comply with new energy emission regulations as well as controlling business overheads.
- A Rise in Workplace Stress is a Potential Cost to Business and Should not be Ignored
Workplace stress has been rising dramatically since the 2008 global financial crisis began, but employers often do not realise that it can have a significant impact on a company's costs if it is not dealt with.
- Attention to Air Duct Systems in Buildings Can Prevent Health Consequences for Occupants
Paying attention to a building's air quality and ensuring air duct cleaning is part of regular maintenance can have significant benefits for occupants' health.
- No Commercial Kitchen Wants to be a Suspect at the Centre of an E-Coli Outbreak
E Coli is a bacterium present in a benign form in the intestines of many animals as well as humans but in its toxic form the consequences can be very serious for anyone infected. Strict hygiene in handling raw food is vital.
- How do Small Businesses Attract and Keep the Best Employees?
Small businesses can attract and keep the best staff if they treat them all, from the executive PA to the lowest skilled worker, as valued contributors.
- Regularly Cleaned Kitchen Extraction Ductwork Can Help Reduce Accidents
A wet floor is a particular hazard in a busy commercial kitchen and there are a number of precautions that can be taken to prevent accidents, one of which is an efficient kitchen extraction system and regular ductwork cleaning.
- Saving the High Street
Regular reports of retail chains in difficulty suggest that consumer spending is not only being cut but that buying habits are changing. But announcements of the death of the High Street may still be premature.
- Maintain Ductwork in Public Buildings to Comply With EU Rules on Energy Efficiency
Public and commercial buildings are now subject to EU rules on regular inspection on such equipment as air conditioning ductwork systems as part of efforts to create more energy efficient buildings.
- Food Hygiene and Health and Safety Regulations Are Both Important to Kitchen Hygiene
Commercial catering is covered by two sets of rules, on food hygiene and health and safety, but many managers confuse the two. However, a regular kitchen deep clean is one operation that can help with both sets of regulations.
- The Last Two Months Have Seen a Significant Increase in Winding Up Petitions
The numbers of Winding Up Petitions (WUPs) presented to the High Court have risen significantly in March and April 2011, but a clearer picture and explanation will not emerge until the ONS publishes insolvency statistics in Q3 this year.
- The Outlook for Jobs is Improving in Line with Employers' Confidence in the Economy
Employer confidence in the economic recovery is gathering pace according to latest survey results so now is a good time for job seekers to start polishing their skills and adding to their CV.
- Wearing Well-fitting Clothes Can be Important for Making the Right Impression
Well-tailored clothing can make an impact at a first meeting and give their wearer self confidence. Professional alterations to an off-the-peg suit can make all the difference.
- Small Firms Cutting Costs by Not Using Recruitment Agencies Could be Counterproductive
A recent survey has found that small companies say the cost of recruiting using a specialist recruitment agency is too high and too time consuming. But the costs of getting it wrong could be even higher.
- Tips for New Entrants to Improve Their Employment Prospects in a Challenging Jobs Market
The best advice that can be given to new graduates and to public sector workers facing redundancy and looking for jobs in the private sector at a challenging time is to prepare thoroughly.
- The Skills of Recruiting Agencies Could be Used for the New UK Work Programme
The UK Government's new Work Programme for helping the longer term unemployed back into work could offer a business opportunity for specialist recruitment agencies.
- Becoming an Executive PA in an International Company Could be a First Step to Working Abroad
Businesses need a business plan to grow especially into the export market. Planning is also necessary for anyone who wants to eventually work in another country.
- Protect Staff from Slips and Injury with Regular Deep Cleaning of Commercial Kitchen Floors
The cleanliness and state of repair of flooring in commercial kitchens is particularly important to avoid staff injury from slips and trips. A regular kitchen deep clean can remove grease build-up.
- UK Job Prospects are Forecast to Improve in Some Sectors in the Second Quarter of 2011
There are signs of some growth in job availability in some sectors up to June 2011, but candidates will still have to work hard to beat the competition and get the job. Joining the right recruitment agency can help.
- It is Sensible to Call in the Experts for Testing and Cleaning LEVs
Regular, professional LEV cleans by a specialist cleaning company can ensure that a Local Exhaust System efficiently protects workers from substances harmful to their health.
- Failure to Test and Maintain LEV Systems to Protect Workers Can Prove Costly
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations place a duty on employers to protect workers from inhaling substances that could damage their health, by installing LEV systems and having them regularly tested and maintained.
- Employers Can Benefit from Building a Good Relationship With Their Recruitment Agency
It is worthwhile for an employer to take the trouble to build a good relationship with its recruitment agency that it can then trust to handle pre-screening and compiling a shortlist for a vacancy.
- Regular Attention to Building Hygiene Can Cut Down on Lost Working Days From Flu
Periodic building hygiene deep cleaning can help cut down on staff absence through illness, especially during the winter months when people are more vulnerable to colds and flu.
- There Are Misconceptions in What We Believe About the Environmental Effects of Paper Production
Paper sources and its production are often singled out for attention by people concerned about the environment and global warming. But there are many misconceptions and there are ways to ensure paper is from sustainable sources.
- A Company Can Use a Specialist Builders' Clean of its Premises to Refresh Its Image
A specialist after build clean does not have to be only used after construction work, the methods used in a thorough clean can help refresh a building's appearance at any time.
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- The History and Changing Composition of Ink
The ink used in modern copiers and printers is a complex chemical mix that is far removed from the inks used when humans first put pen, or quill, to parchment or paper.
- Reduce the Fire Risk From Fibre Build-up With Regular Laundry Ventilation Cleaning
The build-up of fibres and dust in laundry extract and ventilation systems can become a fire hazard as well as affecting efficiency. Regular specialist professional ventilation system cleaning can prevent this.
- How to Deal with a Job Hopping Career History and Remain Employable
A CV that shows a history of job hopping need not make a candidate unemployable provided it is constructed in a way that accentuates the positive.
- To Progress a Career as an Executive PA Means Regularly Adding to Skills With Training Updates
Candidates ambitious to become executive PAs in London can help their specialist recruitment agency to place them by ensuring they keep their skills up to date with regular training courses.
- Tips for Cleaning Stainless Steel in Between Regular Kitchen Deep Cleans
Stainless Steel is everywhere in most commercial kitchens because of its non-porous and hard wearing properties. There are ways of keeping it looking good day to day but it will also benefit from kitchen deep cleaning by a specialist company.
- Choose the Right Paper to Produce Top Quality Prints
Taking care over the quality, weight and type of paper being used in a printer or copier can make a huge difference to the professional look of the finished document.
- Regular High Level Cleaning Can Ensure a Building is Well Maintained and Looks Smart
A high level clean to the outside of a high-rise building can make it look smart, fresh and well cared for and also reveal small maintenance problems that could be more costly later if neglected.
- Engaging Employees in a Restructuring by Offering Employee Equity Can Improve its Success
Many UK businesses are struggling with a combination of inflationary pressure from austerity measures, rising taxes and commodity price rises while consumers rein in their spending. Offering employees equity as part of restructuring to survive will improve its chances of success.
- Prolong the Life of Your Printer and Copier With Regular Routine Maintenance
Regular cleaning and maintenance tips to keep a printer/copier working longer at peak efficiency.
- Is Steam Cleaning Alone Enough to ensure Complete Hygiene in a Commercial Kitchen?
While some may doubt the effectiveness of a thorough kitchen steam clean despite the evidence they may not have considered the health hazards associated with chemical cleaners.
- What is the Likelihood of Private Businesses Being Able to Employ more Staff This Year?
Public sector staff will lose their jobs as part of the UK Government's austerity package for 2011 and it is expecting the private sector to be able to create more jobs to compensate. How realistic is this expectation?
- A Good Relationship With a Recruitment Agency is Important for a Successful Job Search
The relationship between a candidate and their recruitment agency should be a partnership that should benefit both sides. It requires preparation, honesty, courtesy and respect.
- Repaying Bail-out Money by January 2012 Means Banks Will Continue to Restrict Lending
The repayment deadline that British Banks have to meet in January 2012 for repaying the money the Bank of England made available to them via the Special Liquidity Scheme suggests that lending will remain restricted while they try to raise the capital they will need.
- The Graduate With no Work Experience Can Overcome the Catch 22 of Job Hunting With Internships
Newly-qualified graduates with little work experience are often told they need to get some to be employable. For the aspiring top PA an internship can bridge the experience gap before they sign up with a top recruitment agency in London.
- HM Revenue and Customs is Rejecting CVA Proposals More Often
A Company Voluntary Agreement can allow a business in difficulty to manage repayment of debts in a way that allows it to carry on trading. However, it is becoming increasingly common for CVA proposals to be rejected by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
- Hospitals Can Prevent the Spread of Airborne Infection with Regular Airduct Cleaning
The Department of Health has special guidelines, called Health Technical Memorandum 03-01, for the construction, inspection and maintenance of hospital ventilation systems and ductwork to minimise the risk of transmission of airborne infections.
- GPS Vehicle Tracking Helps Businesses Keep Track of Company Assets
Theft of vehicles and property may rise in the current difficult economic conditions so businesses need to protect their assets with GPS tracking technology.
- Stakeholder Involvement Can be Crucial to Efforts by a Business in Difficulty to Restructure
Stakeholders, such as creditors, employees, suppliers and the bank can be crucial to the success or failure of efforts by a business in difficulty to restructure and survive. It is important to invite them to participate and co-operate in developing any plans.
- When Times Are Tough a Business Must Focus on Cash Management
Cash management and cash flow, rather than profit and turnover, are the most important focus for a business facing the difficult trading conditions that are expected for 2011.
- How to Make an Impression as a Good Temp
Fear of the effects having temp positions on a CV will have on a future career deters many people from taking on temp work, but it can also be a flexible way of combining earning with other commitments and a useful way of gaining experience and sometimes for converting to a permanent position.
- What Should Retailers do to Help Them Survive Tough Trading Conditions in 2011?
Consumer shopping behaviour is changing and 2011 is expected to be a tough trading year for retailers. Is there anything they can do to strengthen their chances of survival and what might the high street look like in a year's time?
- Multi-Function Printers Create More Space and Cut Costs in Small Offices
Multi-Function Printers can cut down on the number of pieces of equipment a small office needs, reducing costs and increasing efficiency as well as the quality of printed documents.
- When Asking HM Revenue and Customs for Time to Pay Arrears Expect Detailed Questions
Guidelines on the information required by an HM Revenue and Customs case officer for assessing a Time to Pay request from a business in difficulty owing VAT, PAYE or tax reveal a stringent level of detailed questioning for which applicants should be well prepared.
- Businesses Should be Prepared for the Problems Caused by the High Level of Inflation
Controlling UK inflation is unlikely to be achieved by the Bank of England raising interest rates, being fuelled by global influences outside their control. Businesses will need to prepare themselves by revisiting their business model and focusing on profits, not growth, to survive.
- Key Questions a Business Must Answer to Arrange Time to Pay with HMRC for Revenue Arrears
New guidelines for case officers on the HMRC website make it clear that businesses must supply detailed and honest information when trying to negotiate a Time to Pay arrangement for revenue arrears.
- A Guide to the Process of Pre-pack Administration and When it Can be Used
Pre-pack Administration is a tool that can be used to save a struggling business that is potentially sound, by "selling" the business to a new company immediately following the appointment of an Administrator.
- Ensuring Fire Safety in Duct Work and Assessing the Risks
Fire risk assessments are a must in any non-domestic building particularly those with air duct or extraction systems and particularly in commercial kitchens. Prevention with a proper air duct maintenance and cleaning regime is crucial.
- There Are Ways of Maximising Your Chances of Getting a Job at Times of High Unemployment
It may be tougher to find a job in times of high unemployment after a recession but there are plenty of tips for improving your chances, starting with preparing ahead of time if you fear your job may be under threat.
- Winding Up Petitions (WUP) and How to Deal With Them
A Winding Up Petition is a legal application to the courts by a creditor asking for a company to be closed down. However, it is often an act of frustration and the company can still be saved with help from an expert rescue adviser.
- Successful Recruitment Agencies Know Their Clients and Candidates Well
A good recruitment agency will do more than register job seekers and file their CVs. It will take care to talk to both candidate and client to ensure they are well matched and then do follow-up afterwards.
- How and When to Use a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA)
A Company Voluntary Arrangement is a binding agreement between an insolvent company and its creditors for the repayment of money it owes. Used properly it can improve a company's cash flow very quickly.
- Steam Cleaning Can Ensure School Kitchens are Ultra Clean in an Environmentally Friendly Way
Councils have a duty to ensure school kitchens are hygienic but they also like to be environmentally friendly. A steam clean is the answer.
- The Advantages of Using a Creditors Voluntary Liquidation (CVL) for an Insolvent Business
When a company is insolvent and its directors have decided that it cannot continue to trade, they can close it down using a process called a Creditors' Voluntary Liquidation (CVL) without involving a court procedure.
- Confidentiality Means Some Business Situations Cannot Substitute Email for Printed Documents
No business can do absolutely without paper and at least some printed records, particularly for confidential matters and formal contracts. The office printers and copiers come in handy when a limited number of copies are needed.
- Closing Down a Business Using the Process of Insolvent Liquidation
A guide to the formal process of Insolvent Liquidation when closing down a company in the UK and the two types of liquidation, voluntary and compulsory.
- Research in Printing Technology Makes Flexible Printed Electronic Circuitry Possible
Printing technology is no longer about producing words on paper using either a printing press or an office copier and printer. Technological developments in ink and in the surfaces that can be used mean printing can now be used for flexible electronic circuitry.
- When a Business is in Difficulty Shareholders and Directors Have Different Liabilities
When a company is insolvent its directors and shareholders have different liabilities and it is important to understand exactly what they are, especially if the directors are also shareholders.
- A Company in Difficulties Can be Saved by Terminating Onerous Contracts to Cut Costs
When a company in difficulties does not have the cash to continue to pay onerous long term contracts the fear of incurring expensive cancellation fees often deters directors from cancelling them to reduce costs. But a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) can provide a solution.
- Sacrificing Salaries to Help an Insolvent Company Can Create Problems of Liabilities for Directors
Directors forgoing pay and cutting back drawings to reduce the balance sheet of a company in difficulties but they should be careful that they don't incur personal liabilities to creditors once the company is in negative equity.
- A Range of So-called Soft Skills Are Part of the Repertoire a Top PA Needs
A job as a top PA in a large corporate environment in a city like London pays more highly than the average secretarial or admin post but that is because the person holding down this job needs a comprehensive range of "soft" skills along with their administrative qualifications.