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SMEs are gunning for growth in 2019 

According to new research from business energy supplier, Opus Energy, Despite official figures from the ONS showing a decline in consumer spending throughout much of 2018, entrepreneurs remain optimistic for small business growth. 

Contributor: Unknown | Published: 14 February 2019

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Investors prefer ‘disruptive’ start-ups, but give them less money

Timo analysed data of 918 start-ups from Start-Up Nation Central, a private non-profit organisation that has collected data on all Israeli start-ups since 2013. He compared the characteristics of each profile’s vision statement, aimed at investors, with how much funding the venture secured.

Contributor: Timo van Balen | Published: 14 February 2019


Ever wonder why candidates are turning jobs down?

And coming in second to last, Reboot Online Marketing found that 33% are put off by ‘office aesthetics’. Whilst, more interestingly, a ‘gender imbalance’ (20%) was a significant deciding factor for many British men and women looking for work. 

Contributor: Ever wonder why candidates are turning jobs down? | Published: 13 February 2019


Brexit gloom defied as asset finance doubles

Lending to gyms almost doubled in 2017, posting a 96 percent increase on 2016 levels, before increasing by a further 16 percent last year. Meanwhile lending to the manufacturing industry has risen consistently in the last few years, rising by 23 percent from 2016 to 2017, and then by a further 20 percent from 2017 to 2018. 

Contributor: Daniel Bailey | Published: 13 February 2019


“Train me or I’m off”!

It is HR employees that place the most importance on workplace training, with 8 in 10 (80 percent) saying they’d leave a job with no development opportunities, and 4 in 10 (40 percent) saying they had done so in the past. Despite the importance of training to employees, there is a shortfall in what employers are providing.

Contributor: James Kinsella | Published: 12 February 2019


The 2019 Top Employers to work for in the UK revealed

Phil Sproston, UK Country Manager at the Top Employers Institute, says, “This year’s Top Employers are really leading the way when it comes to creating progressive ‘people-first’ HR practices. We’ve seen outstanding best practice across every aspect of the employee lifecycle.

Contributor: David Plink | Published: 11 February 2019


Many businesses don’t know their headcount

 The survey also found that 63 percent of respondents believe that Brexit will be difficult, with 18percent believing it will be very difficult. To tackle the skills deficiency, almost two thirds (64 percent) of organisations will be hiring externally or training internally

Contributor: Brenda Morris | Published: 10 February 2019


Permanent staff appointments decline amid uncertain outlook

Data split by English regions showed that permanent placements fell in the Midlands, the North of England and London, with modest growth evident in the South of England. Temp billings increased in the Midlands and the South of England but fell in the North of England and London. 

Contributor: Neil Carberry | Published: 9 February 2019


Corporate apathy about mental health remains 

This corporate apathy felt by employees arrives at a time when awareness of mental health issues in the UK is on the rise. 80 percent of respondents said they had noticed an overall increase in awareness of mental health generally in the UK.

Contributor: Rebekah Tapping | Published: 8 February 2019


GDPR and new systems sees demand for HR staff soar

The annual HR Salary Survey for 2018 from HRC Recruitment found there was a 33 percent increase in vacancies for HR positions in Scotland compared to 2017. The company’s analysis also said there was a 40 percent rise in temporary and contract vacancies.

Contributor: Monica Lochrie | Published: 7 February 2019