A seamless transition from school to work  

by Charmian Roberts MBE on July 22, 2014

After reading a recent article in Personnel Today about employers wanting more support to get young people ready for work, I concluded there are several things employers can do, several things schools can do and several things young people can do to help. However, the key is to get all players ... Read more


Real acts of positivity

by Ian Anderson on June 27, 2014

Developing a business that can make a difference requires leadership that not only motivates, but also encourages positivity within the business. Not only does this mean that role models have to be at every level, but there has to be shared values and beliefs to create the right culture to be ... Read more


Distributed leadership and the Maillot Jaune

by John Sorsby on June 20, 2014

The upcoming Tour de France will see the world’s elite cyclists push themselves to the absolute limit over leg burning climbs and hair raising descents in the quest for cycling immortality, but what about their team leaders, largely detached from the heat of battle in the peloton; A great ... Read more


Want your business to grow and prosper?

by Nigel Trant on June 9, 2014

Many businesses stay in business but fail to reach their potential, or fail to get beyond mediocrity, or just fail to grow. Research from BIS (Business, Innovation and Skills) showed that in 2011 67% of SME employers had an aspiration to grow over the next two to three years, but only 20% ... Read more


You need to measure it before you grow it! PART 4

by John Mellor on June 5, 2014

How do we know how good or bad we are? How do we compare? - By developing your metrics you will gain the understanding of how you are performing, what is working well and what isn’t. Once confident in your data the natural step is to see how you are comparing to others and benchmarking is a ... Read more

You need to measure it before you grow it! PART 3

by John Mellor on June 5, 2014

Performance measures will be more powerful as a management tool if you focus on those areas that determine your overall business success. Once identified you need the best and most effective way of measuring them. The two key attributes of a KPI are quantifiable (must be able to reduce it to ... Read more

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PlaceNet Conference

by Charmian Roberts MBE on June 1, 2014

One of the best parts of my job is getting out and about and talking to people about how our products can help make their jobs easier. James Waring (our Head of Software) and I have just come back from a buzzing placement conference in Leeds, organised by placement charity PlaceNet. With a ... Read more

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You need to measure it before you grow it! PART 2

by John Mellor on May 30, 2014

So....What do we need to measure? Ultimately it is business profitability that needs to be measured, but what key factors within the business contribute to profitability? The answer to this question will be different for different types of business.

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