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Working at home or everyone in an office?

My colleague Brian recently wrote a blog about the difficulties of hiring locally and thinking about relocating staff to work for you, with some handy tips and food for thought. But, as I sit in my kitchen, working remotely, I question why…
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“We can’t get local candidates”

Some job searches are tougher than others. Advertise for a part-time admin role and you’ll get 20 CVs in a day or so. Start searching for a developer with specialised skills or for a senior role with precise definitions of industry, product…
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Employ full-timers only? You're missing out

As the economy picks up and your business is expanding, it may be worth considering employing new staff on a part-time basis. Maybe you need more help but cannot justify the costs of a full-time worker? If you are replacing staff, do you really…
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Parents, sickness and minimum wage – what you have to pay

Compulsory pay rates for various situations have just increased: the minimum wage, maternity and paternity pay as well as sick pay, if your company doesn’t pay people normal salaries when they are absent from work through illness. To help…
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Major developments for Brighton's future

It’s Brighton, it’s 2018, and everything is changing! If you have been paying attention walking around Brighton over the last year, you will have noticed the building site currently located on Circus Street. While in this gloomy wet and…
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What you have to pay: minimum and living wage levels

Pay is a tricky issue. Employers have to balance what they can afford with what they need to pay to attract new recruits and keep people – as well as considering, if they’re wise, whether rates of pay are in line with what other employers…
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Free money for everyone!

Now I have your attention, let me tell you about a scheme that has been gathering momentum incredibly quickly over the last few years. Universal Basic Income – or free money for everyone! Where did I learn about something so exciting? A…
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Major development projects face criticism

Frustration about major development projects and their impact on tourism exercised the panel members at Construction Voice. With a focus on how ways to regenerate Brighton and Hove’s tourism and retail sectors, the city’s track record…
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No more Employment Tribunal fees: what happens now?

Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful and the Government has to refund anything from £27m to £32m to people who have made claims. So what happens next? Since 2013 when fees were introduced, people who felt unfairly sacked or discriminated…
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Come and meet us - in Uckfield

We're joining more than 70 other businesses at the Net Expo on Thursday March 16th at the East Sussex National in Uckfield and tickets are free for visitors. Come and see Brian and Melissa at Stand 52. We're offering: 10 minutes of…
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Life after Brexit - what will change?

When Britain leaves Europe, will it affect you? Can you prepare for any changes? Or is it too soon and you’ll have to wait for a year or more before you can decide what to do? We’ve been asked these questions since the day the referendum…
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Quick HR at a business show

We joined more than 100 other businesses from Sussex and Kent...
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Work feels like running a marathon?

Running a company sometimes feels like a marathon. Just when things settle down, somebody leaves or a problem happens. Things keep changing and you have to work out how to deal with them - and that includes getting employees to help. Sometimes…
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Free gifts at the Let's Do Business Show

 Want to meet us and 120 other businesses? Come to our stand at the Let’s Do Business show in Brighton on Thursday, 12th May. Admission is free and you can register here or on the day. The event is at Brighton Racecourse from 10am to…
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Special offer for our clients

We regularly run a practical "greatest hits" training course for busy managers, to improve your skills and confidence in a wide range of areas. We like to offer special services for our clients when we can. So instead of the usual course fees…
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Pensions: a quick guide

Employers are starting to talk about having to set up pension schemes. We’re not pension experts and we’re not going to waste your time getting involved – but we thought we would offer some tips and advice. An estimated 770,000 UK employers…
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£1,000 pay rise – coming soon

If you employ anyone 25 or older on pay levels based on the Minimum Wage, you will have to put their pay up by about £1,000 a year soon. Then it will carry on increasing by roughly the same amount each year, so it’s going to have a big impact…
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Why spend any time on employment contracts? Money, for a start

If you change jobs, you might notice your new employment contract is different to the last one. Apart from different logos and fonts, it's worth checking for any significant differences quickly – maybe more or less holiday than you’ve had…