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Peter Court ActionCOACH Bournemouth

Take work-life balance seriously for a happy community

The 11th-15th October is National Work-Life Week and it's an opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on wellbeing at work. In a recent survey, work-life balance was hailed as more important than salary for two thirds of Brits1. Of course, it's important every single year but this year, with so many people spending the best part of 18 months doing everything from home, the work-life separation has become somewhat blurred.

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PM's speech comment: Expert says businesses need improved Covid testing if we really 'must see people back in the office'

Boris Johnson's party conference speech included the call: 'We will and must see people back in the office'. With Covid-19 cases still climbing that is only safe if businesses introduce new antibody testing, says expert.

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Nicola Bailey, FSB Development Manager (Hampshire, Dorset, Isle of Wight)

Season's turn signals colder environment for small businesses as furlough ends and pandemic support withdrawn

The end of the furlough scheme coincides with the withdrawal of the small employer Sick Pay Rebate and the end of the Apprenticeship Incentive - meaning that small employers could find their operating environment becoming less hospitable as of 1 October. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme provided 60% of the wages of furloughed staff up until the end of September, with around a fifth of employees in businesses with 2 to 4 employees still on full or partial furlough in early September, according to HMRC. Small businesses have been far heavier users of furlough than large firms, reflecting the disproportionate impact of the pandemic and restrictions on smaller firms - and the gap has grown as the scheme has neared its end.

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CBI responds to Labour leader party conference speech

CBI responds to Labour leader party conference speech

Tony Danker, CBI Director-General, said: "The Labour party has taken an important step forward by outlining an agenda where businesses can find common ground. "Its ambitions to decarbonise the economy and build a better future for everyone through improving education are shared by business. Lifelong learning is the bedrock of productivity, growth, and in turn, rising wages.

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Ian Girling - Dorset Chamber chief executive

Dorset Chamber reaction - Winter Covid Plan

Ian Girling, Dorset Chamber chief executive, said: "Clearly we are not out of the woods yet as the Covid infection rate remains worryingly high. "Whilst the forward guidance in the government's Winter Covid Plan is welcome, there is still a great deal of uncertainty to contend with.

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Simone Protheroe

Decline of department stores means more space for mixed use

The gradual decline of the high street has been taking place over a number of years, with retail battling the impact of the 2008 crash followed by the massive growth of online shopping and then a global pandemic.

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Nicola Bailey

Firms call for Employment Allowance rise amid "anti-small business" tax hikes

Responding to a 1.25% increase in National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for employers, employees and sole traders alongside a 1.25% increase in dividend taxation, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Development Manager for Hampshire, Dorset and Isle of Wight Nicola Bailey said:

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Dan Grimshaw

August shutdown the answer to an annual dilemma?

Britain's construction industry could be more efficient if there was a national shutdown for two to three weeks each August, says Dan Grimshaw from leading design and construction firm Beam Development.

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Saffery Webinar - Onwards and upwards - lessons learnt in the charity sector

Onwards and upwards - lessons learnt in the charity sector

Saffery Champness hosted a webinar for their charity clients entitled, 'Onwards and upwards'. Attendees shared experiences from over the last 15 months during the pandemic and talked about the lessons learnt, challenges faced and opportunities arising.

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CBI responds to GCSE results day

Alissa Dhaliwal, CBI Head of Skills, said: "Students receiving their GCSE results should be immensely proud of the hard work they have put into their studies. The resilience young people have shown throughout the pandemic is highly valued by employers. "Regardless of their results, there are great options for students to pursue in education, vocational training and employment. Whatever route they choose, developing skills like communication, creativity and teamwork will help them to thrive. Employers stand ready to offer support through Kickstart placements, apprenticeships and T Levels."

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CBI responds to UN Climate Report

The CBI has responded to a landmark report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Matthew Fell, CBI Chief Policy Director: "If anybody still had any doubts to the scale of the climate crisis, this report must surely put those to bed.

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Saffery Webinar – Entrepreneurs: Driving Business Performance

Entrepreneurs: Driving Business Performance

Saffery Champness Chartered Accountants held their second webinar of a 12- part series to support Entrepreneurs. Hosted by Alistair Hunt, a partner in the Peterborough Office, this webinar entitled "Entrepreneurs: Driving Business Performance" was joined by Chris Zanone from Centurion Safety Products and Ashley Maile from Treerange Group, who discussed the value of KPIs in driving business performance and growth.

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