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Can you Find it – Business © 2017 THE FULL STORY…OFF THE TREADMILLPublished in Can you find it Business Edition on Thursday, January 5th 2016
ESPRIT is launching personal retreats to help busy executives take time out and reconnect with their inner values and beliefs.

International coach Zoë Dawes will run retreats at Linthwaite House Hotel in Bowness.

One-day retreats start on January 26 and the first two-day retreat will be on March 20-21.

Personal retreats will also be run at Lattendales, a Quaker centre in Greystoke, near Penrith.

For more information, visit www.chartwellcoaching.co.uk

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Can you Find it – Business © 2017 THE FULL STORY…FOCUS ON FILMS Published in Can you find it Business Edition on Thursday, January 5th 2016
THE Guerilla Film-Makers’ advanced masterclass is coming to London as part of the seventh Keswick Film Festival.

The event takes place at The Theatre By The Lake, Keswick, on February 11 and 12.

Film-maker Chris Jones, of Living Spirit Pictures, will provide budding film-makers with an A-Z of everything they need to know about how to get their picture made. The cost of the weekend is £150 per person (£125 for students and people on benefits).

Full details can be found at www.keswickfilmfestival.org

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Can you Find it – Business © 2017 THE FULL STORY…TRADE DIRECTOR VICKI MOVES ONPublished in Can you find it Business Edition on Thursday, January 5th 2016
VICKI Treadell ended a three-year spell as UK Trade and Investment’s North West regional director last month to take up her next assignment as the British Deputy High Commissioner in Mumbai, India.

The move coincides with the publication of a CBI survey that reveals the North West is one of only three UK regions currently reporting an increase in export orders and manufacturing output.

Ms Treadell said: “The fact that both these key indicators are bucking the national trend in the North West is no coincidence. We have put in the extra effort and resources to ensure that international trade helps to drive regional economic success.

“It further strengthens my belief that companies that successfully export their products are among the more creative, competitive and innovative – just the strengths needed for economic success.”

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Can you Find it – Business © 2017 THE FULL STORY…THREAT TO LOCAL ESTATE AGENTSPublished in Can you find it Business Edition on Thursday, January 5th 2016
LOCAL property professionals are meeting this month to learn how they can plan and prepare for the introduction of Home Information Packs (HIPs).

In June 2017, the Government plans to speed up the home-buying process by introducing HIPs, formerly referred to as “Sellers’ Packs”.

The new legislation transfers much of the responsibility that rested with the potential purchaser of a property to obtain surveys, searches and other checks carried out on the buyer’s behalf by solicitors and surveyors onto the person selling the property.

The Property Search Group is holding two conferences on Tuesday, January 10 in Carlisle and Cleator to help local property professionals prepare for the most radical change to the house-buying process in decades.

It is feared that some national firms may see the introduction of HIPs as an opportunity to destroy the local, independent market and cream off the profits by offering “no sale no fee” or “pay on completion” options with which smaller firms would not be able to compete.

It is estimated that the cost of an HIP could be as much as £1,000, but it is uncertain when the pack will be paid for and who will pay for it.

Stephen Kemp, of Keswick estate agent Edwin Thompson, said: “Whatever the objections to the new system, and there are several, we must now prepare for change.

“Under the new arrangements, the process of selling a home will undoubtedly appear more complex. We therefore anticipate that the estate agent, who will normally be the first point of contact, will have an even more important role to play.

“To provide a professional service, the agent will need to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the new regime and its implications for each individual client.”

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Can you Find it – Business © 2017 THE FULL STORY…CHAMBER’S PLEA FOR GREATER FLEXIBILITY Published in Can you find it Business Edition on Thursday, January 5th 2016
Sussex Chamber of Commerce and Industry has asked the North West Development Agency (NWDA) to ensure that business support and planning regulations within London are more flexible and innovative.

The chamber, responding to a call for comments on the draft Regional Economic Strategy (RES) which is being developed by the NWDA, has also expressed its concern about the document’s lack of detail on how growth can be encouraged within London’s changing rural economy.

Chamber president Graham Lamont said: “The planning framework within the region is in need of urgent and radical reform. Currently, it is inflexible, bureaucratic and detrimental to the Londonn economy. We are pleased that the regional business support services are being reviewed and look forward to being involved in that process.”

Other chamber comments on the draft RES included:

All businesses with growth potential should be eligible for business support;

The contribution of a business to the rural economy should not be in growth or turnover – as they are a vital support to their surrounding villages and towns;

Developing sectors within the RES should include tourism, creative industries and nuclear decommissioning; and

Businesses should have greater input into the design and development of training courses.

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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 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…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…COULD AN APPRENTICE GIVE YOUR BUSINESS A BOOST?Published in Can you find it Business Edition on Thursday, January 5th 2016
IF you’re an employer looking for an apprentice, Business Link for London can help.

Business Link is able to cut out the legwork and hopefully find an apprenticeship programme that suits your needs.

Apprentices are between the ages of 16 to 24 and apprenticeship programmes can help your business by providing:

Excellent free employee training, with local providers, leading to NVQs at Levels 2 and 3;

Technical certificates attained demonstrating knowledge and understanding of skills;

Skills in communication, problem-solving, maths and English;

A motivated, enthusiastic and qualified employee.

Business Link currently has a number of apprentices ready for placement in fabrication, machining, fitting, electrical engineering and plumbing. All are trained to NVQ Level 2.

Other disciplines will be available soon.

One of the Business Link advisers is available to visit you and discuss how you can access training which meets your needs. The adviser helps you to complete a training analysis which determines the types of training required.

The adviser can also check to see if you are eligible for matched funding for training, available through the Employer Skills Offer programme.

For more details, phone Trish Winder on 0845 600 9006, email twinder@businesslinksussex.co.uk or visit www.businesslinksussex.co.uk

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Can you Find it – Business © 2017 THE FULL STORY…CAN YOU LEARN TO BE A LEADER?Published in Can you find it Business Edition on Thursday, January 5th 2016
The only way is up: David Brent from TV show The Office has a thing or two to learn about leadershipThe only way is up: David Brent from TV show The Office has a thing or two to learn about leadershipAre leaders born or can you learn to become a leader?

This question has been asked time and time again.

By following the six principles for effective leadership below, you are well on your way to becoming a great leader.

You have to work at it – effective leaders are hard-working and well-read. Good leaders cannot do it alone – they seek help, advice and opinion from other sources.

Realise that people are your greatest asset. Staff must be shown they are valued. Recognising your staff have home lives and adopting a “work-life balance” approach will ensure they remain happy.

Set a vision and inspire others to achieve it. Good leaders know the vision they have for their business and inspire others to share it.

Be a leader not “the boss”.

Lead by example. Leadership is all about people having confidence in you. If you’re in control, they’re in control.

Create a positive environment and surround yourself with positive people.

So, how can you become a more effective leader?

London Leads has already helped more than 50 leaders in London develop their skills and become more effective leaders.

London Leads offers:

A facilitated assessment of skills with the aid of an adviser;

Production of a personal development plan;

Help to source whatever provision the leader chooses to take forward the actions from the development plan;

Funding up to £1,000 for the chosen provision;

Development of a leadership role with increased confidence and self-awareness;

Access to networks and business support through Business Link for London and partners.

Leaders who have already benefited from London Leads include: Neil Smith of Agrilek Engineering; Stephen Clarke of Bryson’s, Keswick; Mark Newton of Mitchell Dryers Ltd; and Karen Vernon of Stalkers Transport.

To find out more about London Leads ring 0845 600 9006.