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Commenting on the labour market statistics released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Mark Beatson, chief economist at CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development…
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Commenting on the labour market statistics released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Mark Beatson, chief economist at CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development…
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Kevin Marling, Chartered Building Surveyor at Delaney Marling Partnership
How long have you lived in this fine county?

All my life, I'm very proud to have been born in Yorkshire. I love the diverse rural settings from the coast to the vast countryside, it has many gems. People are extremely proud to be born in Yorkshire!
In your opinion, what is the best thing about doing business in Yorkshire?

The honest approach and desire to achieve successful outcomes, many clients appreciate a good level of service. We sometimes don't seem to let the world know what we do best in the area and the achievements made.
more...Fri 17th Apr, 2015 | 7:11pm

Yorkshire Companies Raise 15,000 For Children's Charity

L-R: Comedian Gary Marshall with Roger de Courcey, organiser Chris Silverwood, Matt Le Tissier and Harry Gration
L-R: Comedian Gary Marshall with Roger de Courcey, organiser Chris Silverwood, Matt Le Tissier and Harry Gration
This year's annual Yorkshire Asset Based Lending (YABL) charity dinner has raised just over £15,000 for the Candlelighters charity, organisers have announced.

The event, which saw 520…

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Thu 16th Apr, 2015 | 8:30am

Steve Phillip
6 Reasons Why You Should Have A LinkedIn Company Page
By Steve Phillip
Social Media Expert
Linkedin pen photo by Sheila Scarborough
Linkedin pen photo by Sheila Scarborough
Many businesses, I believe, are missing a trick by not having a LinkedIn company page. Whether you have a number of employees, who have personal LinkedIn profiles or you are a self-employed,…

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Mon 13th Apr, 2015 | 10:56am

Why Prompt Payment Matters

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photo - Images_of_Money
Shining a light on payment performance and strengthening the Prompt Payment Code are welcome steps to help small business

With the economic recovery now cemented, the small and medium sized firms…

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Fri 10th Apr, 2015 | 8:51am

Local Business Celebrates Theo Paphitis' #SBS Win!


Pebble Grey, a local bathroom accessories company with an innovative twist, were the lucky winners of Theo Paphitis' #SBS (Small Business Sunday).

Picked by the Dragon himself, their carefully…

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Thu 9th Apr, 2015 | 2:51pm

UK Growth Holds Steady - CBI Growth Indicator


UK economic growth held steady in the three months to March and is expected to gather momentum over the next quarter. That's according to the CBI's latest Growth Indicator.

The survey of 764…

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Wed 8th Apr, 2015 | 6:40pm

Dave Ettridge, Director, Ettridge Architecture
How long have you lived in this fine county?

Since 1991. I came to study at the Hull School of Architecture and never left.
In your opinion what's the best thing about doing business in Yorkshire?

The People. All of our clients are good, decent, approachable people - which means that our work is enjoyable.
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Business Owners Increasingly Using Colour Psychology To Improve Performance

You might not realise it, but colours have the ability to affect our emotions. The study of how colours can impact on human behaviour is called 'colour psychology' and you can use it to boost your…

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Tue 31st Mar, 2015 | 9:33pm

Ignoring Facebook For B2B Marketing? - Why?

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e-commerce image by garfield andersson
'LinkedIn is Facebook for grown ups' I've heard that statement a few times over the years and 12-15 months ago I might have agreed but not any more.

Most of my clients are looking to achieve one…

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Mon 30th Mar, 2015 | 3:31pm

Extra Savings For Employers Who Employ Under 21s

Andy Steele
Andy Steele
Hull & East Yorkshire-based 360 Chartered Accountants are warning employers not to miss out on potential National Insurance savings.

As well as the £2K Employment Allowance, which has been…

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Sat 28th Mar, 2015 | 9:30pm

Handling Holidays For Stress-Free Time Out


Often the run up to a holiday can be a busy time as there is always urgency to get everything to a 'straight edge' before you go. Though it's natural to want to get all the loose ends tied up…

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Fri 17th Apr, 2015 | 9:15am

Businesses Urged To Avoid Freewheeling Into Illegal Tour de Yorkshire Branding

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photo - Welcome to Yorkshire
As the days countdown to the first ever Tour de Yorkshire on May 1, regional businesses looking to capitalise on the three day race are warned not to fall foul of branding rules.

Giles Searby,…

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Wed 15th Apr, 2015 | 5:48pm

Corporate Volunteering Benefits Businesses, Employees And The Wider Community, Says CIPD

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Responding to the announcement by the Prime Minister*, the CIPD, the professional body for HR, welcomes a focus on the corporate volunteering agenda. A new report from the CIPD, 'From Big Society…

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Sat 11th Apr, 2015 | 10:20am

1 in 4 Of Us Have An Ongoing Difficult Relationship At Work, Finds CIPD Report

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New research from the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, highlights that one in three UK employees (38%) have experienced some form of interpersonal conflict at work in the…

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Fri 10th Apr, 2015 | 8:15am

Poundland/99p Stores Merger Faces In-Depth Investigation

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photo - Graham Richardson
Poundland and 99p stores are 2 large national discount retail chains with a combined network of around 800 stores located throughout the UK.

They both supply general merchandise at a single price…

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Thu 9th Apr, 2015 | 2:14pm

Over Half (56%) Of Employers Are Unaware Of Pension Wise Or The April Reforms

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With less than a week to go before reforms are introduced allowing savers greater flexibility in how they access their pension fund at retirement, over half (56%) of small and medium sized…

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Thu 2nd Apr, 2015 | 10:30am

John Anderton, Commercial Manager, Quickline Communications
How long have you lived in this fine county?

Whilst I was born in Chertsey, I was certainly bred in Yorkshire and embarrassingly admit that I have never strayed too far and have always found myself living and working within this fine county.
In your opinion, what is the best thing about doing business in Yorkshire?

Yorkshire folk are strong, passionate and proud, but the bit I like the most about the qualities of a Yorkshire resident is their honesty. In my various job roles I have had the pleasure of doing, I have met a lot of characters and undoubtedly it is them that has made our business transaction worth it.
more...Wed 1st Apr, 2015 | 3:38pm
Gaynor Osborne-Lawn, Owner of KarmaFeeling.co.uk
What was your first job?

I started working in a pet shop at 12 years old on Saturdays.
How did you get into the career you're in?

After 14 years in telecoms I fell pregnant with my son and wanted to find something I could do from home. I'd always had an interest in crystals and jewellery and I launched my business so that I had flexible working hours and control of my own destiny.
more...Tue 31st Mar, 2015 | 3:35pm

Good Workplace Practices Can Spot And Resolve Mental Health Issues, Says TUC

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A new report published today (Monday) by the TUC, Good practice in workplace mental health, says workers have been experiencing a significant increase in stress, which in some cases has led to…

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Mon 30th Mar, 2015 | 2:51pm

The Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Awards 2015

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The Duke of York and Professor Bob Cryan
On his latest visit to the University of Huddersfield, His Royal Highness The Duke of York - who has a mission to boost UK business and entrepreneurialism - stressed the importance of young people…

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Thu 26th Mar, 2015 | 5:36pm