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6 December 2013
FORTHCOMING EVENTS Small Business Saturday
This Saturday (December 7th) marks the very first ‘Small Business Saturday’ and the FSB will be going all out to make it a successful event across the UK. Events will be happening right across our region, with free town-centre parking being offered across Hull and the towns of East Yorkshire, A ‘pop-up’ shop in College Street, Rotherham, where shoppers can get their gifts wrapped free of charge, and colourful events taking place in many town centres.
Andrew Flower, South Yorkshire Chairman of the FSB said: “It is worth reminding ourselves that there are over 4 million small businesses in the UK, which represents over 99 per cent of the total number of businesses; they employ 12 million people (over 50 per cent of the private sector workforce) and their collective turnover is £500 billion, or 50 per cent of the UK’s GDP. We hope that ‘Small Business Saturday’ will remind people to make use of their local small businesses so that the enterprise community may thrive and grow and continue to generate jobs and wealth to support economic recovery.” More details at: http://www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/ __________________________________ Making apprenticeships work for your business – free seminar Are you making the best of the opportunities that apprentices can bring to your business? Taking on an apprentice can bring huge benefits to your business. If you get the whole process right, you can get substantial funding to help with the costs of recruitment, employment and training, and, at the end of the apprenticeship, be left with experienced, qualified staff, perfectly fit to your work in your individual business.
Getting the process right is key of course. You must follow specific steps, make sure you pay the right wages, give the right holidays and support the apprentice in their qualifications, to mention just a few issues. Questions often arise as to whether the apprentice should be an employee akin to others or in a category of their own and what the legal and contractual consequences are. It can be complex, but The HR Exchange has got just the thing to help make sure you get it all right with its next free session on apprenticeships. Led by award winning employment lawyer Jay Bhayani, from niche HR and employment law firm Bhayani Bracewell, and leading recruitment specialists Brewster Pratap, this session will offer invaluable knowledge on apprenticeships and help each business to make sure they get the very best benefits for themselves. Free of charge with a light lunch included, the meeting will take place from 12 noon to 2.00pm on 11 December at The Aston Hotel, Sheffield. To book a place, email: email@example.com
REGIONAL AND LOCAL NEWS Sheffield to be home to Cable’s new business bank The new British Business Bank is to be set up in Sheffield, according to a government announcement, as business secretary Vince Cable pledges another £250m for the project. The Department for business, innovation and skills (BIS) said that the bank would begin with about 100 members of staff, including credit risk analysts. According to BIS, Sheffield was chosen as the department has an unused building, left over from the shrinking Capital for Enterprise programme. However, the bank still does not have approval from the European Commission to begin lending, so is unlikely to be fully operational until autumn next year. The Regional chairman of the FSB, Gordon Millward, welcomed the news: “Our members will welcome this commitment to setting up the Business Bank in Sheffield, which represents the confidence of government in the future success of the city as a key player in the UK’s finance sector. The finance through the Business Bank needs to help very small and start-up businesses who we know find it hard to raise finance through the main high street banks.” The increase in funding means that the state-backed bank, which is meant to help small businesses access finance, will begin with £1.25bn. Business secretary Vince Cable insists that the bank will help the UK’s 4.9m small and medium sized firms: “It is a new long-term institution which is helping to create more competition in the banking sector and give access to finance to businesses who are currently struggling with high street banks, to get the cash they need to invest in their future growth.”
Last month Cable also announced that Ron Emerson, former group head of wholesale banking at Standard Chartered Bank, would head up the business bank. __________________________________ Can you spare a little time to mentor tomorrow’s entrepreneurs? The Federation of Small Businesses recognises that the future success of the UK economy depends upon empowering more and more young entrepreneurs to create the businesses which will underpin wealth and jobs for future generations. We intend to take very seriously our commitment to helping young people develop their skills and business ideas and learn more about enterprise. With that aim in mind, the National Chairman of the FSB recently announced that for the duration of his chairmanship, the FSB’s recognised charity would be Young Enterprise, the UK’s largest business and enterprise education charity. Every year Young Enterprise helps 250,000 young people learn about business and the world of work. To help them meet this goal, we are assisting Young Enterprise in a search for people willing to give up a little of their time to act as a business mentor in a local school or college; in particular, we are currently engaged in helping with their urgent search for a Business Adviser for a team of enthusiastic young people in Sheffield who will benefit greatly from the wisdom and guidance of a seasoned business owner/manager. If you share the FSB’s ideal of passing on your skills and experience to the next generation of young entrepreneurs, contact Kevin Donnelly on 07917 185580 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org __________________________________ Workplace health guidance for employers in Barnsley Barnsley Council has produced a “Workplace Health Guidance for Employers” leaflet which outlines to businesses why there is need to take action in respect of looking after their employees’ health and wellbeing. A framework document has also been developed to help businesses undertake a self assessment to identify what they are doing well and where improvements can be made. It will offer ideas on what measures they may wish to take in areas such as reducing sickness absenteeism. Businesses can complete a self assessment and use the framework to gauge their performance in looking after their employees’ health and wellbeing. They can then apply to be awarded a certificate which can be used for marketing to provide a positive employer image. In some cases when businesses are tendering for work, the certificate may provide evidence for tender specification to demonstrate it has taken workplace health measures.
Barnsley Council has initiated a business support fund which can allocate up to £500 to any business needing help to implement measures to comply with the framework. To receive a copy of the “Workplace Health Guidance for Employers” leaflet or for further details on the health and wellbeing scheme, email: JuliaSykes@barnsley.gov.uk __________________________________ Are you aware of new laws concerning commercial competition? UK laws are about to make it much easier for businesses to pursue compensation claims against competitors and others, if they infringe competition laws. It is not yet clear whether businesses are likely to take up these enhanced rights, but we’d be grateful for 3 minutes of your time to help determine that. Freeth Cartwright LLP, in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University, are gathering evidence through a short “3 minute review” to identify current awareness of issues relating to competition law that may be affecting businesses.
Do you believe or suspect that any of your competitors are rigging prices? Do you believe or suspect that your suppliers have discussed prices before selling their products? Are you aware that any dominant businesses are offering different prices or terms to similar customers, without objective justification?
If the answer to any of those questions is ‘yes’, there may be an entitlement to financial compensation. The Government is about to change the law to make claiming compensation easier, whilst acting as a deterrent to companies infringing those laws. All businesses must comply with competition law, and there are serious consequences for those who do not. The stakes are high – an infringing company can be fined up to 10% of their annual worldwide turnover. It would greatly help the research if businesses could participate in the “3 minute review” at: https://survey.zohopublic.com/zs/H9DrGA. Providing contact details at the end of the review will ensure receipt of a report summarising the results. __________________________________ Help shape the design of a new online service for small businesses HM Revenue and Customs is looking for volunteers to take part in a live trial of an early version of a new online service for small and medium businesses. The new service will bring together in one place everything businesses need to manage their tax affairs, for example: file tax returns, check and make payments, view important dates for future action. To take part in this trial, which will run during February and March 2014, volunteers will need to register their interest with HMRC by 17 January. Volunteers will be asked to provide some basic information about the nature of their business to help ensure that a diverse
range of small and medium businesses is selected to participate in the trial. Basic internet skills are all that’s needed – no special equipment or expert knowledge is required. Volunteers will be asked to provide some feedback on their experience of using the new service using online surveys, which should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. This will be used to help shape the development and design of the service. To register an interest visit: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/tools/tfmb/tfmb-register.htm __________________________________ Applications invited for social enterprise grants The South Yorkshire Venture Philanthropy Programme is managed by the South Yorkshire Community Foundation and part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The objectives of the South Yorkshire Venture Philanthropy Programme are to promote a culture of enterprise and entrepreneurship within third sector organisations, particularly those that are in the most deprived communities in the region, and to help establish and support new social enterprises, as well as providing support for existing ones to grow. As well as creating new jobs and safeguarding existing posts, it is hoped the programme will raise the profile of social enterprises in the private sector. The Yorkshire Venture Philanthropy programme consists of a number of different elements: a small grants programme up to £5,000; a combined grants/loan programme for investments over £5,000; and practical support in areas such as business planning, sales & marketing, leadership and HR and legal & governance. To find out more about the programme call Rich Cole, programme director, on 0113 242 2426. The small grants programme is now open in South Yorkshire and the deadline for applications is 18 December 2013. Application forms and eligibility guidelines can be found at: www.yvpp.org.uk/apply-forsupport __________________________________ E-marketing masterclass by Square Orange Digital Marketing is a quick moving industry offering significant opportunities but also posing substantial challenges. Recent developments within the industry have increased the methods that can be used by SMEs to market. Square Orange is presenting a part-funded Master Class supported by The Skills Enhancement Fund. This one day course introduces the full range of digital marketing tactics available to SMEs and micro businesses, enabling participants to be able to identify which tactics are most suitable to their business, how best to implement them, what to avoid and what are the ultimate business benefits. The programme will cover where and when each marketing tactics can be used and make it easy to understand the different ways a business can implement successful marketing campaigns. The masterclass will focus on launching a search engine
optimisation campaign (usually suitable for lead generation) as well as undertaking social media marketing (usually suitable for sales conversion or account growth). The programme will also outline the need for tracking and monitoring the campaign. The programme costs £20 to eligible companies and is co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency through the European Social Fund. For more information please contact Mark Burley on 0114 282 3364 or email email@example.com __________________________________ “Intrapreneurship” – help ground-breaking research Jo North is undertaking a PhD in Corporate Innovation at The University of York. She is conducting research into “intrapreneurship” (entrepreneurial behaviour within an established business) and is looking for individuals from a wide cross-section of industries and job functions to take part. It’s a great way to find out more about your intrapreneurial style, but also further the understanding of intrapreneurship. To support her work she has created The Centre for Intrapreneurial Excellence at The University of York: an online facility that gives people the opportunity to participate in this ground-breaking research through a series of questionnaires. There are 12 surveys on the site and they take around an hour to complete in one sitting, but can be done in short bursts if preferred. Throughout the process participants receive either feedback on their results or rewards in the form of learning and personal development resources. Anyone wishing to participate should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org __________________________________ Solutions sought to Sheffield’s most pressing challenges Sheffield is taking part in the Mayors Challenge (a European innovation project) and local businesses have been invited to take part. The competition has a €5m prize and four €1m runner up prizes. There are people with great ideas across the city, and they are being asked to put forward their solutions to six of the big challenges facing Sheffield today:
How can Sheffield reduce social isolation through having better connected communities? How can we create an affordable and sustainable energy supply for Sheffield? How can we improve air quality in busy urban areas to protect human health
and the environment? How can we support people be physically active and lead healthier lives? How can we give children and young people the information, advice and guidance they need to start their careers in the right direction? How could we increase innovation and collaboration in Sheffield?
Solutions need to be submitted online and will be shortlisted in line with the criteria on the website. Then, on 11 January, five shortlisted idea owners will be brought together with people who are experienced in developing products and services and turning ideas into reality, and take the solutions on a one day journey from idea to implementation plan. Timescales are very tight; Sheffieldâ€™s entry needs to be submitted by the end of January, so solutions are needed by 10 December. The shortlist will be announced by 19 December. Anyone interested should submit their ideas and as much evidence as they can provide to support them, but at this stage there is no need to specify how it would be delivered. Owners of shortlisted ideas will need to attend the event on 11 January. Anyone interested can submit ideas at: www.sheffieldcollab.net __________________________________ Sheffield MP backs moves to inspire more girls into engineering Girls are being encouraged to consider a career in engineering, science and technology, as part of a new recruitment campaign in the city region. Yorkshire's first university technical college in Sheffield wants to encourage more young women to develop those skills to boost their career prospects and fill a regional skills gaps in those sectors. The move has received support from Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn, who campaigns regionally and nationally on the issue. Meg Munn MP visited the University Technical College Sheffield for 14 to 19-year-olds on Matilda Street to tour the new facilities, and meet staff and students. Students complete GCSEs and A Levels as well as technical courses in two specialisms that reflect areas of regional business growth. They are the advanced engineering and manufacturing, and the creative and digital media industries sectors. Currently, 14% of students at UTC Sheffield are girls. A national report by the Social Market Foundation published this year warns that one in five young people will need to become an engineer if the UK has any chance of rebalancing the skills shortages, and the economy. The UK needs to substantially increase the number of young people taking these subjects at school, argues the report. The issue is compounded by a shortage of girls going into those sectors. According to a paper published by Engineering UK in 2011, the UK has the lowest proportion of female engineers in the European Union. Despite the gains that women have made in the workforce, progress has been uneven and STEM disciplines remain overwhelmingly male. Meg Munn, Sheffield Heeley MP, is patron of the Women's Engineering Society whose mission is to inspire women as engineers, scientists and technical leaders. Read more at: http://www.blmforum.net/en/blm/Manufacturing/4391 __________________________________
NATIONAL NEWS ROUND-UP Small business owners 'frustrated by energy waste' Seven in ten small business owners are frustrated by energy waste in their business, according to research by energy firm E.ON. The survey of 1,000 firms with between five and 249 employees revealed that cost reduction was the main reason business owners wanted to make energy efficiency improvements in the workplace, but four in ten recognised that having a poor reputation for energy efficiency was damaging to their firm's reputation. Catering and hospitality was found to be the most proactive sector, with 72% of firms monitoring and measuring energy consumption. There is more about the survey at: http://www.workplacelaw.net/environment/news/49706/sme-bosses-irritated-byenergy-waste __________________________________ Government unveils plans for reformed apprenticeships The Government has unveiled an 'implementation plan' for improved apprenticeships in England, which will bring greater focus on quality for the learner and ease of use for employers. Under the reforms, employers will be put in the driving seat to create new apprenticeship standards that will deliver the skills businesses and learners need, while the Government will set a small number of criteria that the standards must meet. Groups of companies, have come together in eight business sectors to give industry the power to lead the design of, and develop the standards for, these new apprenticeships. More than 60 companies who took on more than 13,000 apprenticeship starts in 2011 to 2012 are involved in these groups, which are known as â€˜Trailblazersâ€™. Despite the prevalence of large corporations within the groups, the Government stresses the importance of the need for apprenticeships to work for small businesses and says that the Trailblazers will work with small businesses in their sector to ensure that the standards they develop are widely applicable. Click here to read the complete story: http://www.fsblegalinfo.org.uk/LegalNews/Pages/Government%20unveils%20plans%20f or%20reformed%20apprenticeships.aspx Enterprise Weekly
LEGAL UPDATES Government survey reveals employers underpaying workers risk losing 80 per cent of their business Employers who pay their workers less than the national minimum wage risk loss of reputation, low productivity and high staff turnover according to a survey published by the Government. Results from the research show that eight out of ten people would
not use the services of a business if they found it paid less than the national minimum wage. Underpaying staff was also found to breed resentment, low productivity and high employee turnover. 80% of workers would not work as hard if they knew they were underpaid, 90% said they would resent their employer and 85% would seek other work. Click here to read the complete story: http://www.fsblegalinfo.org.uk/LegalNews/Pages/Government%20survey%20reveals%2 0employers%20underpaying%20workers%20risk%20losing%2080%20per%20cent%20 of%20their%20business.aspx __________________________________ Government to consider options to tackle non-payment of employment tribunal awards In light of Government-commissioned research (the Payment of Tribunal Awards 2013 study) showing that over half of those awarded employment tribunal compensation do not actually receive what they have been awarded, the Government has stated it will look at measures to clamp down on non-payment. The Government is also looking at what action it can take to make sure people get their tribunal award when a company has stopped trading. If a company is insolvent, the Redundancy Payments Service can pay certain elements of an employment tribunal award and the Government intends to raise awareness of this service. Click here to read the complete story: http://www.fsblegalinfo.org.uk/LegalNews/Pages/Government%20to%20consider%20op tions%20to%20tackle%20non%20payment%20of%20employment%20tribunal%20awar ds.aspx __________________________________ Government publishes amended draft TUPE Regulations Following its recent consultation on changes to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE), the Government has now published the draft Collective Redundancies and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 to implement its proposed amendments. The Governmentâ€™s aim is to improve how TUPE works. It intends to lay the draft amending Regulations before Parliament in December 2013, with a view to their come into force in January 2014. Click here to read the complete story: http://www.fsblegalinfo.org.uk/LegalNews/Pages/Government%20publishes%20amende d%20draft%20TUPE%20Regulations.aspx __________________________________ New regulations set out deadline for dealing with website comments New regulations outlining the process to be followed by website publishers who receive complaints about comments posted on their sites will come into force on 1st January 2014. Under the Defamation (Operators of Websites) Regulations, publishers will be required to contact comment authors to inform them of a complaint and give them five days either to consent to the removal of their comment, or provide the publisher with their contact details to be passed to the complainant. If there is no response from the
author, or they refuse to allow their details to be passed on, the publisher will have 48 hours to remove the comments from the site. The regulations also give complainants the right to insist that their identity remains concealed from the author of the comment. There is more about the new regulations at: http://www.outlaw.com/en/articles/2013/november/defamation-law-reforms-to-take-effect-from-thestart-of-2014/ Enterprise Weekly
TAX AND MONEY Pensions Regulator investigates auto-enrolment challenges The Pensions Regulator has visited firms in the recruitment sector to identify any compliance issues that have arisen as they prepare to introduce automatic enrolment. The visits are part of a series of fact-finding exercises that the Regulator will carry out over coming months in a range of sectors facing particular auto-enrolment challenges, to help prevent possible breaches in compliance when the rules come into force. As a result of information gathered from the visits, the Regulator will be issuing compliance guidance tailored for the recruitment sector. Charles Counsell, Executive Director of Auto-Enrolment at the Pensions Regulator, said: "We want to ensure any problems they face are addressed in good time and that they do not run the risk of non-compliance which can come at a cost." There is more about the visits at: http://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/press/pn1344.aspx __________________________________ Tax reform group claims Universal Credit penalises self employed Self-employed people claiming the new Universal Credit can be worse off than employed claimants earning similar amounts for the same sort of work, according to the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group. The Group has called for reform of the pilot Universal Credit system, which will eventually replace benefits such as tax credits, as the existing pilot is not testing the impact of the new system on the self employed sufficiently. The Universal Credit system will require the self employed to prepare monthly accounts for the Department for Work and Pensions on a different basis than annual information required by HMRC. In addition, the Department for Work and Pensions' 'minimum income floor' assumes a deemed amount of profit is made in the month even if the actual profit is lower and does not allow for trading losses to be offset against future months' profits. Low Incomes Tax Reform Groupâ€™s Technical Director Robin Williamson said the Universal Credit rules for the self employed should take into account how small businesses actually operate. Read more about the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group's concerns at: http://www.litrg.org.uk/News/2013/131112_PR_wider_uni_credit_pilot __________________________________ Social Incubator North scheme reopens The second round of funding under the Social Incubator North scheme has opened to coincide with Social Enterprise Day 2013. Applicants with a business idea that provides social or environmental benefits to the community can apply for a loan of up to ÂŁ25,000 and up to 80 hours of tailored business support, as well as access to networking opportunities and business premises. Social Incubator North, which was launched in May 2013, is led by Sheffield-based Key Fund and co-funded by the Cabinet Office through the Social Incubator Fund. The first
round of the scheme received 114 applications and 33 applicants from across the North of England were granted a place on the programme. Read more about the scheme at: http://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/news/entrepreneurs-invited-pitch-Ap2m-socialincubator-fund And: http://socialincubatornorth.org.uk/ Enterprise Weekly
IT AND NEW MEDIA NEWS Small firms warned about mass malware campaign The National Crime Agency's National Cyber Crime Unit has issued a warning about a new mass e-mail malware campaign. The e-mails, which are specifically targeted at smaller firms and consumers, appear to be from financial institutions, but carry a malicious attachment that encrypts files on the infected computer and any local network it is attached to. A £500 ransom demand in bitcoins is then made to unlock the files. The National Cyber Crime Unit is urging firms not to open any suspicious-looking attachments, regularly back up files to a location off the network and update antivirus software. Anyone whose device is infected by this malware should report it via ActionFraud (http://www.actionfraud.police.uk). Read more about the warning at: http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240209198/UK-police-warn-of-malwarecampaign-targeting-mainly-SMEs Enterprise Weekly
LEISURE AND TOURISM NEWS Theatre tourism generates £2.7 billion for the economy Around 2.8 million inbound tourists go to the theatre, opera or ballet when they visit the UK and generate £2.7 billion for the economy, according to research by VisitBritain. In comparison, around 1.3 million overseas visitors attend a live sporting event and generate £1.1 billion. The research revealed that overseas theatre-goers spend an average of £983 during their stay, buying tickets, accommodation and transport (significantly higher than the average tourist spend of £600). The majority of theatre tourism takes place in London, but the West Midlands and North West of England are also popular destinations for theatre tourists. There is more about the research at: http://media.visitbritain.com/NewsReleases/THEATRE-SCORES-TOURISM-POINTS-OVER-SPORT-fcd8.aspx __________________________________
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