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Be part of Birmingham Weekender 2017

By Caroline Davis | Culture Central

Culture Central, the leadership body for Birmingham’s cultural sector, are the producers of Birmingham Weekender, a free three-day festival that takes over city-centre in September. Weekender celebrates all that Birmingham has to offer and, as the new year rings in, we are looking for new partners to work with us in 2017. Birmingham Weekender’s last edition, in 2015, was a great success. We attracted in excess of 150,000 people, presented over 200 events or performances and generated press coverage worth £1m. Audiences watched French acrobats perform in the skies above Centenary Square, danced together on a car park roof thanks to one of the UK’s leading choreographers and watched Birmingham...

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Top 5 Recruitment Tips for SMEs

By Dan Heathcote | ESA Group

It’s likely that virtually all hiring managers have had a similar problem at some point in their careers: attracting the perfect candidate for that new job vacancy they are desperate to fill. However, it can be especially difficult for those at smaller companies, who may find that they are losing out to bigger brand names when finding the best of the best. For the majority of people looking for a new job, it’s expected that they’ll want to work for a business they’ve heard of. This is because, ultimately, people need job security. And bigger companies are perceived to be more secure than smaller ones. However, there are lots of people out there who would prefer to work for a smaller business,...

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Growth Through People Campaign – Week 2 Roundup

By Elliot Mason | Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce

Following on from the busy opening week of our Growth Through People campaign there’s been plenty to keep us busy during Week 2. Events On Valentine’s Day we joined forces with the CIPD to deliver an appropriately-themed event entitled Tricky Conversations. The extremely well-attended workshop focussed on helping business leaders to understand how to most effectively approach and conduct difficult conversations with their employees. It was extremely interesting to learn about the importance of linguistics in difficult conversations and invaluable to receive so much practical guidance. The event included fantastic presentations from Fiona Anderson, Marian Hubbell, and Birmingham Chamber council...

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Growth Through People: Navigating employment status

By Kathy Daniels | Aston University

It is essential to know who is and is not an employee in your organisation. This is because employees have many more rights than workers and self-employed contractors. For example, employees can claim unfair dismissal and have the right to a statutory redundancy payment if they are made redundant. However, self-employed contractors have limited rights, such as those relating to data protection and health and safety. The status of worker has become increasingly important since the ruling that Uber drivers are workers. They do not have as many rights as employees, but importantly they are entitled to the National Minimum/Living Wage and they are covered by the law relating to working time (therefore...

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5 Signs That You Should Invest in Stress Management Provision

By Katie Buckingham | Altruist Enterprises

Mismanagement of stress and mental health problems in the workplace is costing UK businesses £30.3 billion per year with close to 1 in 3 employees experiencing poor mental health whilst at work (Centre for Mental Health/CIPD Absence Management Survey 2016). Simple steps to improve the management of stress and mental health should enable employers to save 30% or more of these costs – that’s a saving of over £9 billion per year. Every organisation will be affected by stress and mental health problems within the workforce but how can you tell if your workplace needs to invest in stress management provision and training? Here are five signs to get you started: Changes in habits and general behaviour...

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Planning for the Future

By Simon Chapman | Yee Group Ltd

So you want to plan for the future?  Do you know in general terms, what your company will look like in the future? Answering that question is a good starting point. If your business is unclear about the 'future', this blog may provide you with some advice on formulating your plan. You shouldn't start with a question; but let's dare to be different. Are you an avid planner, or do you rely on those oft quoted, gut feelings and taking ad hoc actions? In the former category, you will be familiar with planning routes for your business meetings. For the latter, you will probably have been successful in your business by taking spontaneous decisions that have helped you run a profitable company. In...

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Politics: 17th February 2016

By Raj Kandola | GBCC

A period of relative calm marked the start of the week as Parliament undertook recess, however, the topic of Brexit still shaped the week’s news. Monday began with Green Party MP Caroline Lucas claiming that Britain would be worryingly unprepared for the potential impact of Brexit on environmental protection, with over 1,000 pieces of EU green legislation requiring assimilation into UK law in order for safeguards to be maintained. Tuesday saw Jeremy Corbyn condemn the Government for heading for a “Hunger Games” Brexit as a report published in the Guardian on Tuesday suggested that over a million Brits living in the EU could pay a penalty for the PM’s failure to offer a secure future for EU nationals...

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Message from Sion Simon: Labour Candidate for WMCA Mayor

By Sion Simon | Labour

As we leave the European Union, I want to build a West Midlands where if you work hard and do the right thing, you can get on in life once again; earn a decent wage; find a place you can call home; rely on good local schools and a strong NHS.  When I talk to people about their ambitions - and worries - about leaving the EU, top of their list, is the challenge of creating new jobs that pay a good wage - and rebuilding the unity in our community, that makes our diverse region a great place to live. To meet this challenge, the West Midlands must create and attract more businesses and jobs - and in ways that benefit all communities and ensure that no one or no place is left behind.   We’re the...

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Message from Pete Durnell: UKIP Candidate for West Midlands Combined Authority Mayor

By Pete Durnell | UKIP

In just a few months time the West Midlands will elect its first Metro Mayor. Every other candidate in the forthcoming election campaigned for the UK to Remain in the EU. Aware that the West Midlands has been dubbed the ‘Brexit capital of the UK’, most of the mayoral candidates are being very discrete about their strongly pro-EU views. One of them even appears to be attempting to delete or rewrite history, and is producing ‘Vote Leave’ style literature, when they actually campaigned vigorously to Remain. All very curious! And more than a little deceptive. My view has never changed. I believe that the UK, and particularly the West Midlands, as the UK’s manufacturing power base, will benefit...

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How productive are you?

By Mark Tonks | LMI UK

This blog post has been produced in support  of the GBCC’s Growth Through People campaign. The views expressed by the author are their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of the GBCC. It’s great to see the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce launching its Growth Through People campaign next month, helping businesses to achieve the results they need by managing their employees effectively and increasing workforce productivity. Here at LMI, we’re firm believers that the most important part of your business is the people within. We have been working with businesses on a global scale to improve their leadership management and personal productivity for over 50 years. As part of...

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