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7 steps to ensure you’re legally compliant when employing your first member of staff

Growing your team will bring a wealth of benefits, but it also adds to your responsibility as a business owner.
Amanda Orton
Amanda Orton
Posted on: 16.02.17
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Search for your superstar – Essential advice for employing your first member of staff

Adding an additional member to your team can significantly improve your business efficiency and can give you time to focus on your strategic vision.
Amanda Orton
Amanda Orton
Posted on: 15.02.17
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South West unemployment continues to fall

The latest data released by the Office for National Statistics today (15th February) found that in the three months to December 2016: • South West unemployment fell by 0.3% to 101,000 • Unemployment...
Mary Martin
Mary Martin
Posted on: 15.02.17
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Business confidence in the West falls in the final months of 2016

Research by Business West suggests that businesses were happy to see the back of 2016 as business confidence declined in the final quarter of last year.
Kye Parkin
Kye Parkin
Posted on: 15.02.17
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Q&A with Paul Geddes - CEO of Direct Line
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UWE, in partnership with Business West, runs an annual lecture series that brings top business leaders to Bristol. We caught up with Paul Geddes, chief executive officer of Direct Line , before he...
Sarah Atkinson
Sarah Atkinson
Posted on: 15.02.17
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The Apprenticeship Levy: Changing the face of apprenticeships

From April, the new Apprenticeship Levy comes into effect, bringing with it a host of training benefits for all businesses.
Nicky Williams
Nicky Williams
Posted on: 14.02.17
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Essential cyber security considerations for business owners

A ‘cyber attack’ generally refers to unintended effects happening to the data and information that an organisation has responsibility for. Most commonly this data can be breached in 3 different ways...
Mark Smyth-Roberts
Mark Smyth-Roberts
Posted on: 14.02.17
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3 ways to nail your digital marketing in 2017

Bristol is home to a thriving community of marketers, many of whom are at the forefront of all things digital. As the Internet Ocean continues to be swamped with various forms of marketing material,...
Chris Danks
Chris Danks
Posted on: 13.02.17
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Bristol at the centre of efforts to tackle modern slavery

In 2015, the then Home Secretary Theresa May introduced the Modern Slavery Act to enhance police and CPS powers to tackle a vast swathe of offences related to human trafficking and exploitation. One...
Kye Parkin
Kye Parkin
Posted on: 10.02.17
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