Work Trip travel tips

Posted 21st March 2022 at 12:51 pm


Since the lifting of all Covid restrictions in England, many people have found that they are now finally getting back to some sort of pre-pandemic normal with regard to business trips. If it’s been a while since you last left home for a work trip, you might find the tips below useful to remind you what to do!   Get organised It may take you longer than you think to pack your suitcase for a work trip these days! Many of us used to have a ‘ready to go’ bag that we just added a few items to each time... Read more

How will the Commonwealth Games benefit our region?

Posted 15th March 2022 at 8:33 am


After 5 years of preparation Birmingham is warming up for the Commonwealth Games, with the 11 day event featuring 71 countries set to take place later this summer. With an estimated 1.5 billion viewers due to tune into the event, we look at how the games may benefit our region now and in the future. Regeneration of key areas in Birmingham is already nearly complete, including a £72 million redevelopment of Alexander Stadium, and a £500 million investment in Perry Barr to deliver 5000 new homes, and transport improvements promising greater accessibility by both road and public transport. Victoria Square... Read more

How to support your staff on International Women’s Day

Posted 8th March 2022 at 11:49 am


It’s International Women’s Day! (Yes, there is an International Men’s Day too but not until November!) In celebration of this day we’re sharing our top tips for supporting women in the workforce.   Amplify their voices Every woman knows the feeling of having something they say ignored, only to hear a man say the same thing later and be hailed for it as an heroic genius. If this happens in a meeting or other professional conversation, you can help by saying something along the lines of ‘I think that was X’s idea / Isn’t that similar to what you just... Read more

How to help Ukraine

Posted 3rd March 2022 at 10:10 pm


A humanitarian crisis is developing in Ukraine, and you might be wondering whether there is anything that you can do to help. Advice from charities expert in providing humanitarian support have identified the three main things that we can do here in the UK to make the most impact.   Firstly, visa restrictions are preventing Ukranian refugees seeking asylum in the UK. If you disagree with the government’s stance on this, you can sign a petition or write to your MP, to ask them to change their minds. In some circumstances it is possible for employers to sponsor work visas... Read more

Use your 2021-22 allowances before 5th April

Posted 23rd February 2022 at 8:23 am


Individuals are entitled to a number of allowances each year. However, many of them are lost if they are not used in the tax year to which they relate. With the end of the tax year approaching on 5th April, we consider a range of allowances which you may need to review to ensure you are making the most of them before they expire.   Personal allowance The personal allowance for 2021/22 is set at £12,570.* If you have not fully utilised your personal allowance, speak to your accountant for advice on increasing your income for 2021/22, for example by... Read more

Spread a little love to your customers

Posted 14th February 2022 at 12:57 pm


It’s Valentine’s season, and love is in the air! For those working in retail, hospitality, and beauty there are obvious ways to take advantage of this time of year; you can’t move in a supermarket at the moment for flowers, chocolates, and bottles of prosecco! But those of us working in other sectors can tap into the seasonal spirit too.   Here are some ways to show a little love to your customers this February:   Offer a loyalty discount – they’ve been there for you through thick and thin, so reward them with an exclusive discount to make them... Read more

Skills Accelerator Workforce Initiative

Posted 7th February 2022 at 2:08 pm

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Skills Accelerator, launched by five Black Country colleges is encouraging employers to sign up their staff for free digital/IT and management and new technologies-based training, paving the way for them to access higher level training.   A workforce training initiative for technical skills, the Skills Accelerator has been launched by five Black Country colleges, with support from local industry bodies.  The initiative has been developed in response to priorities outlined in the government’s Skills for Jobs white paper for reshaping the technical skills of the local labour market and wider economy. Its twofold objective is to strengthen relationships and partnerships... Read more

Defeat your inner critic

Posted 26th January 2022 at 9:39 am

If someone asked you how often you had negative thoughts about yourself, your answer would probably vastly underestimate reality. All of us have an inner critical voice which influences how we feel about ourselves by almost constantly spewing out negative thoughts, beliefs and attitudes. Every time you’ve berated yourself for getting something wrong, have felt overwhelmed or stressed, or made a decision that is not in your best interests, it’s likely that your inner critical voice is to blame.   If we had a colleague who was continually telling us that we were useless, annoying, stupid, worthless… Well most of... Read more

Supporting your employees’ mental wellbeing

Posted 18th January 2022 at 9:54 am

This week started with ‘Blue Monday’, allegedly the most depressing day of the year! Although this day was originally invented by holiday companies trying to boost sales, there’s no denying that this time of the year is not most people’s favourite! (Just ask your accountant as they plough their way through everybody’s tax returns at the same time…!) Add the fact that we are rolling into a third calendar year of a pandemic, and you might feel that you want to provide a little more support for your employees.   Offer mental wellness support Waiting lists for mental health support... Read more

The power of positive thinking

Posted 12th January 2022 at 1:45 pm


At this time of year, especially during a pandemic, our thoughts can be a little gloomy. Perhaps you’ve already ‘failed’ at your New Year’s Resolutions. Perhaps you didn’t set any resolutions, because who can predict what’s going to happen from day to day anymore?! It’s cold, it’s dark, you might be unwillingly dry or vegan for the rest of the month, and every day there is more bad news on everything from politics to the environment. You’d be forgiven for finding it hard to stay positive! But over time, negativity can lead to unhappiness and dissatisfaction with our lives.  ... Read more