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Ledger Business Solutions Spotlight

Ledger Business Solutions Spotlight

25th Sep 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

Ledger Business Solutions Spotlight Mark Ledger, Principal of Ledger Business Solutions works with owner-managed and family-owned SMEs throughout East Anglia. Whilst he describes himself as a Portfolio Finance Director, the title does not give justice to the roles he performs for his clients. These range from creating a business plan, to providing a regular senior strategic leadership role. During the past six months, his clients have included organisations in a...

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Job Support Scheme

Furlough replacement – The Job Support Scheme

24th Sep 2020
Coronavirus, Employment Law, HR ResourcesPayroll

Furlough replacement - The Job Support Scheme The Chancellor has announced a new Job Support Scheme (JSS), which is to run from November 1st 2020 for 6 months and will replace the current Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which ends on 31 October 2020. Whilst businesses continue to deal with the impact of reduced income and challenging trading conditions due to COVID-19, there was some hope that an improvement was on...

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Job Support Scheme

Job Support Scheme

24th Sep 2020
Business, CoronavirusHuman Resources

Announced today the Job Support Scheme The Chancellor Rishi Sunak today outlined additional government support through the Job Support Scheme to provide certainty to businesses and workers impacted by coronavirus across the UK. Delivering a speech in Parliament, the Chancellor announced a package of measures that will continue to protect jobs and help businesses through the uncertain months ahead as we continue to tackle the spread of the virus. The...

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Quickfire Digital Spotlight

Quickfire Digital Spotlight

20th Sep 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

Quickfire Digital Spotlight Nathan Lomax started providing marketing and web services whilst still at school. Some ten years later, he is now one of three founders of Quickfire Digital: a web development and design agency. Quickfire Digital is emerging from the pandemic busier than ever, with an optimistic view of the future. Quickfire Digital was founded in 2017, by Nathan, Fred, and Martin. In early 2020 they decided the time...

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MAD-HR Spotlight

MAD-HR Spotlight

14th Sep 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

MAD-HR Spotlight Our MAD-HR Spotlight feature looks at a businesses most valuable asset - its employees. We also investigate the role the virus has played in turning businesses into either a hare, a tortoise or a hedgehog. Read on to learn more. Lockdown restrictions are easing, and businesses are trying to define and adapt to their new “normal”. Business leaders are faced with the challenge of managing the colossal impact...

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Safepoint Spotlight

Safepoint – Spotlight

4th Sep 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

Safepoint Spotlight The focus for Safepoint is employee protection and safety, by providing technology-based solutions to concerns with lone working. Launched successfully in 2019, they intended to do a marketing campaign in the first quarter of 2020 to introduce their app and guardian portal to the wider market: a campaign that has been delayed by three months due to Covid-19. Being a tech company, the move to homeworking in March...

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KICKSTART Scheme

Kickstart Scheme

2nd Sep 2020
Business, Coronavirus, Human ResourcesRecruitment

Kickstart Scheme Goes Live In the Chancellor’s Summer Statement, he announced that the Government will be supporting the UK’s economic recovery, with a number of measures which includes the Kickstart Scheme. This is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term...

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The Big Drop Brewing Co.

Big Drop Brewing Co – Spotlight

30th Aug 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

Big Drop Brewing Co. James Kindred and Rob Fink founded Big Drop Brewing Co in 2016: a radical change from their previous careers of web design and law. Driven by their own desire to see quality alcohol-free beer readily available, they have since that time launched over a dozen products and received numerous international awards for their range of craft low/no alcohol ales. Being stocked by major supermarket chains, pubs,...

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Business Growth Coaches Network

Business Growth Coaches Network – Spotlight

18th Aug 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

Business Growth Coaches Network - Spotlight Peter Basford, a business growth coach with the Business Growth Coaches Network, and his team have been working flat out since March. Not surprising when he describes himself as a mentor, coach, advisor, someone to celebrate success with and a shoulder to cry on – with that last one being heavily in demand at times during Covid-19. Like many businesses and SMEs, Peter’s type...

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Queuepay Spotlight

Queuepay Spotlight

14th Aug 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

Queuepay Spotlight In June 2019, Ellis Heighes had an idea for a quick and easy purchasing platform without the need to download an app. An idea that started with the principle of scanning a QR code to enable the purchase of a product quickly and easily for the consumer was developed and tested over the following months, and Queuepay was ready to launch in February 2020. A few weeks later...

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Evander Spotlight

Evander – Spotlight

10th Aug 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

Evander Spotlight Evander’s Central Operations is in Norwich, supporting 20 branches throughout the country. The UK’s leading provider of glazing and lock services, helping over 120,000 customers per year, they are a trusted brand with strong relationships in multiple sectors including insurance, facilities management and noise abatement. When Covid-19 started affecting businesses in March, it was no different for Evander. They have continued to operate throughout lockdown supplying prompt responses...

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Expert Print Management Spotlight

Expert Print Management- Spotlight

7th Aug 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

Expert Print Management - Spotlight Expert Print Management owned and managed by Paul Youngs is a successful Norwich based business working with marketers and marketing departments of businesses throughout the UK. Paul has over thirty years’ experience in the print industry, and over that time has seen significant change and survived economic turmoil more than once, but nothing quite prepared him for 2020. All three areas of the business –...

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New Anglia Growth Hub

New Anglia Growth Hub Spotlight

6th Aug 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

New Anglia Growth Hub was set up in 2014 to provide free face-to-face business support. Since then, its team of expert advisers have engaged with over 9800 businesses, providing more than 51,000 hours of support across Norfolk and Suffolk. Businesses can access a range of support including help accessing grants and funding, international trade advice, training opportunities and specialist high growth support. Initiated by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership...

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Survivors Guide to Redundancy

Survivors Guide to Redundancy

3rd Aug 2020
Business, CoronavirusRedundancy

Dealing with redundancy aftermath Survivors Guide to Redundancy - While the R rate may have become a much talked about piece of data in recent months, capturing the level of Covid infection ‘risk rate’, the other significant R word which keeps us all mindful of the pandemic impact – is Redundancy. This R Rate, continues to be high, and affecting businesses small and large throughout the UK. Indeed, the ONS (Office...

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Chase Plastics Spotlight

Chase Plastic – Spotlight

1st Aug 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

Chase Plastics Spotlight David Harris acquired Chase Plastics, one of the country’s longest established manufacturers of recycled plastic, in 2018. The company had a good reputation and established client base but needed new energy and a different approach to grow. Their historic demand had been based on price: it was cheaper to use recycled polythene.  However, in recent years the increased focus on sustainability and the circular economy has created...

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furloughed workers get full redundancy payments

Furloughed workers get full redundancy payments

30th Jul 2020
Business, Change Management, Coronavirus, Employment Law, HR Resources, Human Resources, PayrollRedundancy

Furloughed workers get full redundancy payments The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has announced this morning (30th July 2020) that it is bringing in a new law to ensure all furloughed employees receive redundancy payments at 100% of their normal pay, rather than a reduced furlough rate. Throughout the pandemic, the government has urged businesses to do right by their employees and pay those being made redundant based...

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Redundancy Getting it right guide

Redundancy Getting It Right

28th Jul 2020
Business, Coronavirus, Employment LawRedundancy

Making someone redundant is one of the hardest things you'll ever have to do – and for the sake of your business, you need to balance the need to get it right legally as well as skilfully manage the emotional impact that always ensues for the team member affected and their colleagues. Lockdown has posed a number of difficulties for businesses, many business owners, even with the support offered by...

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Employees returning from Spain

Employees returning from Spain

27th Jul 2020
Absence Management, Business, Coronavirus, Employee Benefits, Employee Handbook, Employment Law, Human Resources, MAD-HR NewsPayroll

Employees returning from Spain Employees returning from Spain Following a significant change over the last week in both the level and pace of confirmed Covid-19 cases, Spain has been removed from the list of countries where people do not have to self-isolate when arriving into the UK. As a result, the Government has recently re-imposed strict measures for anyone including employees returning from Spain, amid an increase in coronavirus cases in the...

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The Magnus Group - Spotlight

Magnus Group – Spotlight

27th Jul 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

Magnus Group started in 1973, initially as a shipping agency and now offering a complete range of freight logistics and forwarding services. When Olly took over the family business in 2019 he knew that he had a challenge on his hands to bring the business back to life. A firm believer in success being rooted in having a strong team, Olly started recruiting the management team he wanted to help...

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Smart Garden Offices Spotlight

SMART – Spotlight

22nd Jul 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

SMART - Garden Rooms, Offices and Studios SMART, based in rural Suffolk, manufactures, sells and installs garden rooms throughout the UK. An award-winning brand with 19 years’ experience, priding itself on customer service and the ability to provide a modular build to allow the room to be tailored to exact requirements. The last 18 months have been especially interesting for SMART. In January 2019 Matt Moss joined the team. Due...

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Brilliant service and advice from MAD-HR.   Thank you so much, you’ve made the process of taking on our first employee an absolute breeze! Highly recommended.