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GTP21: How to get goosebumps about your business: Find purpose

By James Bolle | PRPSFL

This blog post has been produced for the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce as part of the 2021 Growth Through People campaign. Growth Through People is the Chamber’s annual campaign aiming to help local firms boost productivity and grow through improved leadership and people management skills. In 2021 this involves 8 free online workshops taking place throughout March, and a virtual Growth Through People conference on 30th March. In addition, throughout the campaign the Chambers will be publishing thought leadership podcasts, videos and blog content such as this. Thanks to our Headline Sponsors – Aston University, BMet College and the University of Birmingham’s Work Inclusivity Research...

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GTP21: How to support the wellbeing of your employees during restructuring

By Gemma Carter-Morris | Next Steps Consulting

This blog post has been produced for the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce as part of the 2021 Growth Through People campaign. Growth Through People is the Chamber’s annual campaign aiming to help local firms boost productivity and grow through improved leadership and people management skills. In 2021 this involves 8 free online workshops taking place throughout March, and a virtual Growth Through People conference on 30th March. In addition, throughout the campaign the Chambers will be publishing thought leadership podcasts, videos and blog content such as this. Thanks to our Headline Sponsors – Aston University, BMet College and the University of Birmingham’s Work Inclusivity Research...

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The Budget 2021 explained

By Chamber policy team | Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce

Introduction: The Budget is a set event in the political calendar, usually held in March or April, and sees the present Chancellor of the Exchequer present his Budget to Members of Parliament. A Budget begins with the Chancellor reviewing the nation’s finances and discussing the present economic climate before moving on to his proposals for taxation and policy. The tax measures introduced in the Budget are then subject to debate over the next four days in a process called ‘Budget Resolutions’. The 2021 budget has followed the summer economic update and spending review in November, which set Government spending priorities to cover Covid-19 pandemic impacts. The Chancellor announced that government...

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GTP21: Change with people – a three step guide

By Michelle Spaul | Delta Swan Limited

This blog post has been produced for the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce as part of the 2021 Growth Through People campaign. Growth Through People is the Chamber’s annual campaign aiming to help local firms boost productivity and grow through improved leadership and people management skills. In 2021 this involves 8 free online workshops taking place throughout March, and a virtual Growth Through People conference on 30th March. In addition, throughout the campaign the Chambers will be publishing thought leadership podcasts, videos and blog content such as this. Thanks to our Headline Sponsors – Aston University, BMet College and the University of Birmingham’s Work Inclusivity Research...

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GTP21: How Flexible is YOUR workforce?

By Helena Morrissey | Thursfields Solicitors

This blog post has been produced for the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce as part of the 2021 Growth Through People campaign. Growth Through People is the Chamber’s annual campaign aiming to help local firms boost productivity and grow through improved leadership and people management skills. In 2021 this involves 8 free online workshops taking place throughout March, and a virtual Growth Through People conference on 30th March. In addition, throughout the campaign the Chambers will be publishing thought leadership podcasts, videos and blog content such as this. Thanks to our Headline Sponsors – Aston University, BMet College and the University of Birmingham’s Work Inclusivity Research...

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GTP21: Managing flexible working post-pandemic

By Dr Daniel Wheatley | Work Inclusivity Research Centre, University of Birmingham

This blog post has been produced for the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce as part of the 2021 Growth Through People campaign. Growth Through People is the Chamber’s annual campaign aiming to help local firms boost productivity and grow through improved leadership and people management skills. In 2021 this involves 8 free online workshops taking place throughout March, and a virtual Growth Through People conference on 30th March. In addition, throughout the campaign the Chambers will be publishing thought leadership podcasts, videos and blog content such as this. Thanks to our Headline Sponsors – Aston University, BMet College and the University of Birmingham’s Work Inclusivity Research...

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How IV Therapy may benefit you and your employees

By J Edwards | Edgbaston Wellness & Medispa

The global pandemic has changed the way our world functions, especially the workplace. Millions are now working from home, going out less. For most of us, our daily movements have drastically reduced. Now we are in the middle of a cold winter, meaning we are getting less sun and spending even less time outdoors. What does this mean for you, your workplace, your employees? The NHS released a report in September highlighting the Sickness Absence Rates between April and May 2020. In March 2020, the monthly staff sickness rate was 5.3%, 0.8% of cases were Covid-19 related. In April 2020, the monthly staff sickness rate increased to 6.2%, 1.9% of cases were Covid-19 related. In May 2020, the...

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Why is a business plan important in 2021?

By Letha Charles | L Charles Accounting Limited

Right now, it’s ‘Business Unusual’ as businesses face restrictions during the pandemic and attempt to adapt to an unfamiliar environment.  This is why reiterating the importance of business planning should be at the forefront of our minds. Most seem to think a Business Plan is just a document put together at the start of setting up your business and set aside once it is completed.  However, a Business Plan should be revisited continuously, and will change along with the new developments. Check out our SEVEN Steps to successful business planning to ensure your business gives you the best running start in 2021:  Highlight goals and actions Close the disconnect Prepare to re-invent Set out...

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Top 10 tips for looking after yourself as a leader

By Gemma Carter-Morris | Next Steps Consulting

The nature of being a great leader is looking after others and enabling them to be at their best which means motivating, inspiring, building trust, being decisive and making difficult decisions. Being a leader is a privilege, but the responsibility of leadership especially through challenging times is significant and it can take its toll on wellbeing and energy levels leading to overwhelm and burnout. However despite this pressure and stress, leaders are often very resistant to taking time for themselves but it is now time to see ‘self-care’ as an investment and necessity.  As well as the wellbeing benefits, studies show that taking time out can renew motivation and focus, increase productivity...

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Marketing on a budget

By Clare Whalley | Meta4 Business Coaching

In tough times such as these, we start to consider costs and we should! But one of the first costs small business owners decide to reduce is the marketing budget (second is training). This is ALWAYS a costly mistake… and here’s why. When the chips are down that is the time, more than ever, to ramp up your activity! Show your clients / customers that you have confidence in your business and what you offer adds value to them. Don’t bury your head in the sand or burrow down, upping your marketing budget is a healthier approach and it will soon pay for itself. It’ll set you apart from your competitors and show the world that you still mean business. In contrast, the burying-the-head approach to...

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