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So far Bev Wakefield has created 25 blog entries.

Kickstarting careers: The kickstart scheme and how it works for business owners

So you may remember that Rishi announced the kickstart scheme designed to “kickstart the careers of thousands of young people who could otherwise be left behind as a result of the pandemic”. What does it mean for employers? So if you’re looking to take on youngsters aged between 16 and 24 for a high quality role who are claiming Universal Credit a six-month placement, the government will fully fund [...]

By |2020-09-10T05:27:46+00:00September 10th, 2020|

Is reengineering something your business needs to do?

Is re-engineering something your business need to do?   We've all seen the breweries and distilleries providing hand santiser during the pandemic and the designer clothing brands making scrubs and masks for the NHS, the formula 1 teams making ventilators. That's what reengineering is in the brief. It doesn't need to be a short term thing; you can re-engineer your business if you need to improve profitability, efficiency, qualify [...]

By |2020-08-13T19:55:05+00:00August 13th, 2020|

Key Furlough Dates

31st July 2020 First key date for your Furlough diary is that your CJRS* claim for the period ending on or before 30th June 2020 needs to be submitted by 31st July 2020. This is absolutely the LAST date you can make the claim and if you don’t submit a CJRS claim before this date you won’t be able to make any future claims for furloughing staff. HMRC issued [...]

By |2020-07-28T11:33:24+00:00July 28th, 2020|

Optimistic, confident, positive, collaborations

At last week’s Marketing Derby Property Zoommit 2020 it kicked off with a survey of attendees along the lines of ‘will life go back to as it was pre-pandemic and when?’. Interestingly most summit attendees believed that it will be next year when we will return to usual. 35% believed we will not get back to usual and there will be a new normal. Is this what you are [...]

By |2020-07-24T17:08:37+00:00July 24th, 2020|

What’s the retail sector’s picture?

With yesterday’s horrid news from the high street where thousands of jobs are set to go as major names announced the closure of stores and others cut roles in head offices combined with firms who are cutting previously furloughed staff as the scheme starts to wind down. The retail industry isn’t looking too healthy on the surface; with Intu going into administration, John Lewis keeping some stores permanently closed and [...]

By |2020-07-03T13:38:11+00:00July 3rd, 2020|

Got Questions?

Our Bev answered some questions from Derbyshire business owners over on Twitter via AahDoDerbyshire. We thought it would be great to round them all up here … Q: "What should I spend my bounce back loan on?" A: Great examples that businesses we know are doing are: investing in that bit of kit they've been after to needed to help you compete better, or be slicker something that widens [...]

By |2020-06-26T12:07:18+00:00June 26th, 2020|

An optimistic outlook for our city

What we learnt most from the Marketing Derby Business Live Talks is that our business community and public sector is fully unified on approaching bounce back with an optimism. Listening in to Steve Hall, Chair of Derby Renaissance Board, on Thursday 9 June the drive to build our city back to be better, stronger, sustainable, and future proof is critical. We heard much that we, as a local business, [...]

By |2020-06-15T10:36:59+00:00June 15th, 2020|

Flexible furlough … the new rules released

Flexible Furlough So Friday evening we received further guidance on the flexible furlough (and there were pages of the stuff) so to condense this down and give you the answers, we’ve summarised this into the key information, and then key questions that have been asked. There’s a new kid in town: flexible furlough Move over ‘furlough’ for the new sassing ‘Flexible furlough’ which will help so many businesses get [...]

By |2020-06-16T16:45:40+00:00June 15th, 2020|

You’re going it alone… sole trader loss case study

So, you’ve taken the plunge and decided you’re going it alone, you've read our first blog here, and want to consider how you may be able to use losses if you're a sole trader. Let's talk you through a case study. We recently took on a client who was trading as a sole trader. Let’s call her Mary. Mary was in her second year of trading and had been [...]

By |2020-06-08T13:07:38+00:00June 8th, 2020|

29 May COVID19 Update

‘Office lights will be turned on, windows thrown open, work clothes and school uniforms will be pulled out of the wardrobe, shops and factories will start to hum with activity’ were Rishi’s opening comments on Friday. As we enter this new phase we it won’t be quite as romantically put as this. Looking over the announcements we’ve summarised these below, or if you'd prefer to watch the job retention [...]

By |2020-05-31T20:13:50+00:00May 31st, 2020|
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