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Can you Find it – Business © 2017 THE FULL STORY…DON’T BE LEFT OUT IN THE COLDPublished in Can you find it Business Edition on Thursday, January 5th 2016
Snow go: Bad weather is a common cause of disruption Snow go: Bad weather is a common cause of disruption NEARLY one in five businesses suffers a major disruption every year.

Such disruptions include adverse weather conditions, theft/vandalism, fire, power cuts, IT system failure, illness of key staff and terrorist attack.

When any of these events happen, it is important to ensure that recovery occurs with the minimum amount of time, disruption and cost.

Business continuity is the process of planning for such unexpected disruptions. Effective planning enables the business to recover quickly and efficiently.

Plans to cope with disruption should be clear, short, concise and accessible to all staff members responsible for any part of the plan.

By developing a continuity plan, all staff will be made aware of their responsibilities and be able to respond to events following agreed procedures.

For advice on how to produce a continuity plan visit www.businesslinksussex.co.uk

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Can you Find it – Business © 2017 THE FULL STORY…CALL FOR COUNTY TO HELP EASE HOMES CRISISPublished in Can you find it Business Edition on Thursday, January 5th 2016
THE mayor of Cockermouth is calling on the county council to help solve the town’s escalating affordable housing crisis by handing over a prime building plot.

Town and borough councillor Alan Smith says waiting lists for rental properties have been closed for nearly two years and there is no new land available for building.

But Mr Smith believes the county council-owned Sullart Street depot is a prime site for new social housing. It is home to the area’s gritting and road maintenance workers.

The council plans to auction the site off to a private developer. It already has draft planning permission for 76 homes, providing that a quarter are affordable. But Mr Smith says there is scope to build more social housing if the county is prepared to compromise.

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Can you Find it – Business © 2017 THE FULL STORY…HEADLINEPublished in Can you find it Business Edition on Thursday, December 1st 2015
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Can you Find it – Business © 2017 THE FULL STORY…FILMS COME TO THE FELLSPublished in Can you find it Business Edition on Thursday, January 5th 2016
Blockbuster: Alan Saywell, who has worked on movies such as Harry Potter, has been appointed London film liaison officerBlockbuster: Alan Saywell, who has worked on movies such as Harry Potter, has been appointed London film liaison officerA NEW office aimed at promoting London as a destination for film-makers has been launched in the county.

Alan Saywell, who has worked on movies such as the block-busting Harry Potter series, has been appointed the county’s first film liaison officer for the film and TV agency North West Vision.

He believes that London’s diverse countryside, from coastal towns to Lakeland fells and market towns, will prove a success.

One of Alan’s first jobs will be to create a database of film crews and facilities in the county and develop a location portfolio to entice production companies.

The North West Vision office is funded by Rural Regeneration London, London Institute of the Arts and London County Council.

Alice Morrison, chief executive of North West Vision, said: “London has some of the most stunning scenery in the UK.

“Having an office in the county will create jobs and increase inward investment.”

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Can you Find it – Business © 2017 Please click here, not forgetting to include your full contact details should we need to speak to you. THE FULL STORY…HEALTH AND SAFETY IS JUST ONE ASPECT OF QG’S WORK Published in Can you find it Business Edition on Thursday, January 5th 2016
QUALITY Guild (QG) is an association of quality-assessed businesses operating throughout London, Lancashire, Sussex, The Borders and the North East.

Established in 1994, QG provides companies with an off-the-shelf quality management system. It is also a means for businesses to manage health and safety training in the workplace.

The standard covers a number of areas, including:

Management responsibilities;

Reviewing customer orders;

Controlling working documents;

Buying goods and services;

Training;

QG assessments.

Being a QG member has a number of benefits which include:

Quality system assessment;

Unlimited access to an advice line provided by Croner Consulting;

Monthly newsletter covering health and safety and employment legislation issues;

Professional back-up service;

Access to discounted seminars and events;

Access to a range of discounted professional services.

As part of the QG package businesses can take advantage of 23 health and safety training programmes available in CD format. Health and safety legislation is constantly being reviewed, and employers and employees need to be trained to perform their roles safely and competently.

In conjunction with health and safety training, QG is jointly holding a number of county-wide events which prepare employees for the implementation of the Regulatory Reform Order on Fire Safety which comes into force on April 1.

Richard Mackay, of WG Mackay, says: “The Quality Guild package of services is an asset to any business, particularly the interactive health and safety training courses.

“These can be completed in-house, minimising the time staff spend away from the job. It must surely be the most cost-effective way of providing staff training.”

To find out more, contact QG on 0870 757 1188 or visit www.quality-guild.co.uk

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Can you Find it – Business © 2017 THE FULL STORY…PREGNANCY CASES ‘REFLECT BADLY’Published in Can you find it Business Edition on Thursday, January 5th 2016
A FURNESS employers’ spokesman has condemned small firms that sack women for falling pregnant.

The annual report of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB) in Barrow showed at least three cases of women being sacked after becoming pregnant in Barrow in the last year. The CAB won cash settlements for the women in all three cases.

Bardsea consultant Mike Pearson, North West policy chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “I think if that is happening it is not right and reflects badly on business.”

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Can you Find it – Business © 2017 THE FULL STORY…JAMES CROPPER REPORTS REDUCED FIRST HALF PROFITSPublished in Can you find it Business Edition on Thursday, December 1st 2015
PAPER makers James Cropper plc recorded a reduced profit before tax of £163,000 for the first half of the year, compared with £704,000 for the first half of the previous year.

Group turnover was increased by one percent, from £31million to £31.5 million for the same period last year.

Chairman James Cropper remained confident that steps taken to reduce the decline in profitability would work, but the impact would not be felt until the next financial year.

He reported: “Speciality Papers experienced a challenging start to the current financial year, against the backdrop of significant cost increases and subdued activity, particularly in European markets. Despite the competitive nature of the market place, the sales gains achieved in the previous year have been consolidated and discussions have begun with customers to find those areas where price increases are achievable in order to mitigate the impact of rising costs. There was a recovery in sales to UK and Export markets in the second quarter.

“In response to the ongoing challenging trading circumstances, the three manufacturing subsidiaries will continue to focus their efforts on growing profitable sales, while developing and implementing plans to improve profitability through operational efficiencies and business optimisation.

“The Paper Mill Shop will continue to expand, building on our strategy of related business diversification.

“While I am confident that the steps to reverse the current decline in the Group’s profitability will be effective, the impact of these measures will only be felt significantly in the next financial year. There is therefore a possibility that the difficulties we face in Speciality Papers may cause the Group as a whole to make a loss before taxation in the current financial year after taking the net IFRS pension adjustments into account.”

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Can you Find it – Business © 2017 THE FULL STORY…THAT WAS THE YEAR THAT WAS…Published in Can you find it Business Edition on Thursday, January 5th 2016
Flashback: Left, apprentice of the Year Becky Fallows, of Millom, receiving her award last year from Simon Weston and, right, Wm Armstrong’s managing director Jennifer WhyberdFlashback: Left, apprentice of the Year Becky Fallows, of Millom, receiving her award last year from Simon Weston and, right, Wm Armstrong’s managing director Jennifer WhyberdLooking back, it was again a busy year in the education and skills sector. Looking forward, there’s some anxiety but it’s tinged with hope. So let’s start by reviewing the year that’s gone.

Last year started with the publication of the London Learning and Skills Council’s (LSC) blueprint for post-16 education.

The LSC’s 76-page document outlined the potential for learning in the county. Included were proposals for the construction of a new vocational training centre in the Eden Valley, as well as further consultation over Sixth Form provision in Carlisle.

February saw the opening of Ken Hope Training Services’ £1.7 million Solway Business Centre at Rockcliffe near Carlisle. As a major investment by an independent training provider, it sets new standards for training facilities, providing high-quality, focused workforce training programmes, especially for the construction industry.

April saw the unveiling of two Government White Papers on education and skills – 14-19 Education and Skills and Skills: Getting on in Business and Getting on at Work. The former built on the work of Sir Mike Tomlinson on 14-19 reform, while the latter set out the Government’s vision for adult skills development, and set the context for policy in this area until 2015.

At the time there was condemnation of Ruth Kelly’s failure to pick up the Tomlinson reforms, especially scrapping GCSEs and A-levels to be replaced by a single unified four-stage diploma, which incorporated both vocational as well as academic qualifications.

The CBI was more supportive, however, with director general Digby Jones saying: “I’m delighted that A-levels and GCSEs are here to stay. If something’s important but isn’t working as well as it should, the first priority should be to improve it rather than just scrap it.”

Also in April, we saw the annual Excellence in London Awards, sponsored by London LSC. Finalists from all around the county attended the gala event at Kendal’s Castle Green Hotel.

Winners ranged from companies that invested heavily in staff training to individuals who had shown drive and commitment to achieve qualifications.

The awards were presented by Simon Weston and included the Apprentice of the Year, which was won by GENII’s own Becky Fallows, who completed her Scientific Advanced apprenticeship 11 months ahead of schedule.

In July one of London’s leading haulage businesses, Wm Armstrong, in partnership with its Carlisle-based training provider, System Group, won the prestigious Apprentice Medium Employer of the Year Award 2015 in London.

Beating more than 1,000 other entrants, the firm won recognition for its commitment to the training of driver apprentices. Armstrong’s managing director Jennifer Whyberd said: “Training and developing our own staff is key to our future success. Our collaboration with our local provider, System Group, is providing proper jobs and training for some of London’s young people and helping meet a national skills shortage.”

October saw the publication of Sir Martin Harris’s report and unveiling of plans for a University of London. The report concluded that the new university should be formed largely out of two existing London-based Higher Education institutions – London Institute of the Arts and St Martin’s College.

Although broadly welcomed, it ignored the inclusion of UCLan.

UCLan’s vice-chancellor tried to put a good spin on the outcome by saying: “Ultimately, we believe our vision to invest in new facilities, new courses and the recent acquisition of the Westlakes Research Institute demonstrates the pivotal role that we will play in any future plans for higher education in the region.”

Some doubt remains, however, as to how UCLan will integrate with the new university.

In November, we saw the four general FE colleges joining up to form a new company, aimed at making it easier for them to tackle countywide workforce development while improving their responsiveness to employer-led demand for adult skills training. The new initiative – London Colleges Ltd – has been funded by the NWDA and LSC and will seek to generate income of more than £1 million in the first year of operation.

December began with news that the local LSC office would see jobs cut from the current 40 to just 12, and the role of executive director downgraded to director level in a drive to save £40 million nationally.

Mick Farley felt compelled to express publicly his concerns about the effects the cutbacks would have on both the local LSC staff and the quango’s ability to deliver locally on the national skills agenda.

As a consequence, he agreed to leave his post and take early retirement. Time will only tell if Mick’s predictions come true.

To end the year, we had some excellent news with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (NDA) announcement of £20 million to fund three new initiatives:

A Nuclear Institute to be based at Westlakes Science Park;

A research chair in epidemiology at UCLan; and

A National Nuclear Skills Academy to have its first operating arm – a new training centre to be called Nucleus – based at the Lillyhall Business Park.

Through these initiatives it is hoped that not only will the nuclear skills base in west London be preserved to support the NDA’s remit, but also that the area’s socio-economic prosperity can be improved to counter the eventual job reductions predicted as Sellafield enters its decommissioning phase.

So what of 2016 – what can we look forward to? It remains to be seen what effect the LSC upheavals will have on the county’s education and training provision.

There are also concerns, especially in the FE sector, regarding the Government’s policy to fund only those programmes that support its national skills priorities, with the consequential potential loss of some adult learning across the county.

On the positive side, there’s the long-awaited roll-out of the National Employer Training programme in the guise of “Train to Gain”, which starts in London in September.

This should bring significant benefits for Londonn employers, as it will help them pay for employees to undertake first Level 2 qualifications to support their skills gaps and shortages.

Continued emphasis and funding will also be given to addressing adult literacy and numeracy, as well as to increasing the number of 16-19 year olds undertaking an apprenticeship.

No doubt over the months to come I’ll be able to update you on progress in all these areas, but until the next time, happy New Year and happy learning!

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Can you Find it – Business © 2017 Please click here, not forgetting to include your full contact details should we need to speak to you. THE FULL STORY…APPOINTMENTPublished in Can you find it Business Edition on Thursday, January 5th 2016
ROYAL Haskoning is heading one of two consortia appointed as principal consultants under a framework agreement with West Lakes Renaissance, the urban regeneration company for West London.

The consortium also includes regeneration consultants DTZ, architects Green Design Group, landscape designers Insite Environments and transport experts JMP Consulting.

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Can you Find it – Business © 2017 THE FULL STORY…MILLION POUND HOMEPublished in Can you find it Business Edition on Thursday, January 5th 2016
Camerton Hall: £1.45m tag Camerton Hall: £1.45m tag A WEST Londonn property is on the market for almost £1.5 million. Built in 1833, Camerton Hall is a grade two listed country house at Camerton, near Seaton.

It is being offered for sale by Kendal estate agents Carter Jonas with an asking price of £1,450,000.

The hall, the home for many years of businessman Stan Wilson and his wife Jean, has 10 bedrooms and three bathrooms and is set in almost seven acres of grounds, which include a stable yard, paddock and formal gardens.