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UK skills shortage: short-term concern or long-term crisis?

The UK skills shortage is at an all-time high, with the shortage of workers falling across multiple sectors including engineering, accounting, hospitality and care. The stats Job vacancies have risen by 16,000 from last year up to 767,000 (Office of National Statistics, May 2017), yet u... Read more »

Posted by: Su Allen HR on August 4th, 2017 | Tags: Business, Herts Chamber


A Guide to Converting More Prospects

We all know that lead nurturing is extremely important when growing your business. Though a marketing qualified lead (MQL) may vary from business to business, it’s important to attract the right kind of prospect. Do you find yourself asking, “What happened there? Why weren’t we... Read more »

Posted by: Action Coach on August 1st, 2017 | Tags: Business, Herts Chamber, Training


"The Right People on the Right Bus"!

Get your team right and you will have a commercial, profitable enterprise that CAN work WITHOUT you!" 6 Keys to a winning team (plus a bonus one): 1. Strong leadership 2. A common goal 3. Rules of the game 4. Action plan 5. Support risk-taking (delegation with monitoring and s... Read more »

Posted by: Action Coach on August 1st, 2017 | Tags: Business, Herts Chamber, Training


"Never Enough Time"?

Whether you own a business or work for someone who does, you have probably experienced the “never enough time” phenomenon. When I worked in the software development world, the saying was always that there was never enough time to do it right, but always plenty of time to go back and f... Read more »

Posted by: Action Coach on August 1st, 2017 | Tags: Business, Herts Chamber, Training


How good is your grammar?

Remember Lynne Truss’ fabulous book, Eats, Shoots & Leaves? It’s been a few years since it was published but the sentiment behind it is as fresh and relevant as ever. The placement of a simple comma can change the whole meaning of a sentence, yet many of us treat language as somet... Read more »

Posted by: Words Mean Business on July 21st, 2017 | Tags:


Spotting summer sickies and managing heat stress

The stats Records show that the number of sick days taken by UK employees was lower in 2016 than it has been for the past 25 years since comparable records began. According to The National Office of Statistics, work days lost to illness was just 4.3 per worker last year, compared to 7.2 days in... Read more »

Posted by: Su Allen HR on June 26th, 2017 | Tags: Business, Herts Chamber, Inspiring Hertfordshire


Disability in the workplace: what employers need to know

The most recent statistics show that out of all the working-age people with a disability in the UK, almost half are employed (NHS Choices, 2015), however campaigners say this should be higher and that employers are not currently doing enough to help disabled people feel more welcome and secure in... Read more »

Posted by: Su Allen HR on May 24th, 2017 | Tags: Business, Herts Chamber


Understanding the new Apprenticeship Levy

This month is the first month that some employers will be paying into the Apprenticeship Levy, with funds due to appear in business’ digital accounts this time next month, however there is still a lot of confusion over what this means. A recent survey carried out identified that 64% of smal... Read more »

Posted by: Su Allen HR on April 26th, 2017 | Tags: Business, Herts Chamber


Helping you understand the latest on workplace dress-codes

You may have seen a lot in the news recently regarding what employers can and cannot tell their employees to wear in the workplace, with questions being asked about whether or not employers can make it compulsory for women to wear high heels, or ban them from wearing Muslim headscarves. Whil... Read more »

Posted by: Su Allen HR on March 27th, 2017 | Tags: Business, Herts Chamber


Do you need your boss?

Dear Colleague, Our March newsletter for Hertfordshire has now been published. In this month's edition: Do you need your boss? Find out what UK employees think with results of a YouGov poll in this IPPR blog with some shocking statistics. This blog highlights the importance of... Read more »

Posted by: ACAS East of England on March 20th, 2017 | Tags: Business, Herts Chamber, News, Practical Guide , Training


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