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Feb
19
Mon
2018
FREE HR Advice Clinic @ Newbury College
Feb 19 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

1-1 Human Resources clinic. Bookable 1 hour appointments. Click here to book.

  • Free HR health check
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Develop your team to support high growth
  • Any people-related questions answered

Why?

Is your business ready to grow? Do you have the right team in place? The ‘right’ team has great attendance and timekeeping as well as making a positive contribution to your company. Do you know how to select and recruit that team and ensure they are your business’s greatest asset?

Also, following the Supreme Court ruling earlier this year, employees no longer have to pay a fee to bring a tribunal claim against their employers, so it is time to ensure you have the right policies and processes in place to avoid being one of those companies that experiences a rise in claims.

What?

1-1 sessions designed to give you an opportunity to explore your current people strategy and compliance with employment legislation. Whether you need advice on developing your team to improve performance and productivity, need to discuss your recruitment strategy or process to help you attract the best talent, or assistance with restructuring your organisation to support your growth ambitions, we can help you explore the issues that you need to consider. You can also take advantage of a complimentary HR health check on your current contracts of employment and employee handbook to ensure that you are not only compliant with employee legislation but are implementing HR best practice.

When?

Monday 19th February 2018

14:00 – 17:00

HR Clinic Expert – Katie Aldridge

Employing people can be the most rewarding, or the most frustrating part of running a business and, for The HR Dept Newbury it’s our approach that really sets us apart. Instead of telling small businesses what they can’t do, we tell them what they can do to achieve the results that they want.

With 20 years of experience in various HR roles, Katie’s supported both small companies and global corporates in a career spanning a range of industries from not-for-profit, education, through to financial and pharmaceutical. Now working to support small business she can support you with:

  • Employment law
  • People management
  • Contracts of employment
  • Disciplinary and grievance
  • Performance management
  • Absence management
  • Redundancy management
  • TUPE transfers
  • Employee surveys
  • Training and development

In fact, any people-related activities that help a company to achieve its business objectives. With this in mind, we can work with you on anything from a one-off employee issue through to a business restructure. From providing an updated contract template through to designing and implementing a full suite of employment policies and documents. From ad-hoc support to a regular on-site presence. The HR Dept also has a range of value added services which give smaller businesses access to HR tools that used to belong only to larger businesses. If you’re located in or around the Newbury area and are looking for proactive, pragmatic and friendly HR support then get in touch with The HR Dept Newbury – we look forward to working with you!

Feb
27
Tue
2018
Hungerford’s Business Breakfast Club Networking Event @ Audley Inglewood
Feb 27 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Hungerford's Business Breakfast Club Networking Event @ Audley Inglewood | Kintbury | England | United Kingdom

Business Breakfast Club (BBC) Hungerford meet every fourth Tuesday of the month over a cooked full English breakfast. Network with other local businesses, get advice, help and tips from our expert guest speakers and keep in touch via our Facebook page and group. BBC Hungerford offers local and surrounding businesses the chance to network, grow and support each other.

Mar
2
Fri
2018
Research & Development Funding Workshop for local businesses @ West Berkshire Council Offices
Mar 2 @ 9:15 am – 12:30 pm

Newbury based United Konsultants has teamed up with West Berkshire Council to offer a FREE workshop for local businesses.

Grants of up to 70% are available for commercial research and development, separately from Research & Development (R&D) tax credits or other tax allowances. Nevertheless many proposals fail because applicants don’t understand what is needed for the application.

This workshop will equip you to present your proposal in the best light.

So, if you, or someone you know has a technically innovative idea (whether it’s a new type of children’s shoe or cutting edge cryptography for banks) the government could fund the technical development of your idea.

Grants are allocated in open competitions and assessed to rigorous and transparent standards.

Subjects covered at the workshop include:

  • The stages of R&D which can be funded.
  • How much can I get, and what do they want in return?
  • How to find what grant competitions are open.
  • Why a great technical idea is only 10% of what you need.
  • Picking your project team – single company or consortium?
  • Ten questions and what they are looking for.
  • Project plans and financial plans.
  • Risk management, not zero risk.
  • Common mistakes and how to avoid them.
  • The timetable from submission to funding.
  • Running the project – how you will be monitored.
  • What can go wrong during a project.

To book your place, please email Janet Duffield, Lead for Economic Development at janet.duffield@westberks.gov.uk or call (01635) 519475.

Mar
14
Wed
2018
FREE Legal Advice Clinic for local businesses @ Newbury College
Mar 14 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

1-1 Legal Advice Clinic

Bookable 1 hour appointments. 09:30am – 1:00pm. Click here to book.

Free individual advice from a fully qualified, experienced solicitor in these areas:

Corporate Law

We can discuss business structures and how to put the appropriate framework and documentation in place to regulate the management of the business and the relationship between the shareholders/partners.

Investing and incentives

We can discuss company structure, including balance sheet considerations, and whether reliefs such as SEIS and EIS may be available.

It is also important to incentivise and retain key employees and there are a number of tax efficient ways to achieve this. We can discuss the tax advantages of different share option schemes and which may be the most appropriate for your business.

Employment Law

Employees are essential to driving forward any business, so it’s important that they are properly managed and rewarded. We can discuss a full range of employment matters, from recruitment, employment contracts and day to day HR queries to disputes and dismissals.

Commercial & Technology

Your first contract is your most important and in an increasingly competitive world, robust commercial agreements give business owners protection and certainty when dealing with customers and suppliers. We can help ensure you are properly protected through the use of clear and understandable contracts and provide other day-to-day business advice. We can also help you speed up the contracting process, improve customer experience and accelerate revenue.

WHEN?

14/03/18 09:30 – 13:00

WHO?

This legal advice clinic is being delivered by Simon Arthur of Paratus Law.

Simon is a business law specialist, based in Newbury in Berkshire, with 16 years’ experience. His vision is to provide dedicated, expert legal advice to new and growth businesses, priced transparently and using the most efficient and appropriate solutions in every instance.

ABOUT

The Thames Valley Berkshire Business Growth Hub is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership and delivered by Oxford Innovation to support entrepreneurs and businesses in Thames Valley Berkshire.

We help both start-ups and established companies, providing free support and advice that includes networking events and workshops on a range of business issues. The Growth Hub will provide a small number of eligible businesses with ongoing intensive support. Support provided will be bespoke and tailor-made to meet the needs of each business. Please note that eligibility criteria apply.

Click here now to read more about how our services can help your business to thrive.

GET IN TOUCH

A Business Advisor will answer your questions: T. 01344 388005

Mar
27
Tue
2018
Hungerford’s Business Breakfast Club Networking Event @ Audley Inglewood
Mar 27 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Hungerford's Business Breakfast Club Networking Event @ Audley Inglewood | Kintbury | England | United Kingdom

Business Breakfast Club (BBC) Hungerford meet every fourth Tuesday of the month over a cooked full English breakfast. Network with other local businesses, get advice, help and tips from our expert guest speakers and keep in touch via our Facebook page and group. BBC Hungerford offers local and surrounding businesses the chance to network, grow and support each other.