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We're all going on a summer holiday (all year round): overcoming the ups and downs of seasonality

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At this time of year, hospitality businesses are at full stretch, hosting holiday makers enjoying the British summer and making sure we are all having memorable holidays. But like other sectors, their trade is subject to seasonal peaks and troughs. …

How retail and hospitality employers are facing the National Living Wage

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I recently had the opportunity to chair a panel session at the ‘Better jobs better business’ conference in Leeds with employers and key players that UKCES is working with to explore ways of improving low paid jobs in the retail …

The importance of a local perspective…Employer Skills Survey 2015

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What’s the biggest challenge facing employers today?  Is it survival?  Growth?  Technology?  Recruiting skilled staff?  The answer, of course, depends on who you ask. To state the obvious, the challenges faced by a drilling firm in Aberdeen are vastly different …

Five tips to improve management and leadership in your busy business

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Having worked in the legal profession in both the private and public sector for over 30 years, starting as a solicitor, then partner, manager and now a director, I truly understand the necessity of strong management and leadership in any …

Going from ‘Good to Gold’ in management and leadership for supply chains

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Robert Woodhead Ltd has been working in the construction sector for 70 years, always family run, and always holding true to the values that have helped us grow to where we are now. From small beginnings, we've created a multi-million-pound …