Small Business

What Attracts a Graduate to Your Company

what attracts a graduateJob adverts for graduates written by small businesses so often draw a blank. But why?

What is the missing ingredient that attracts a graduate to your company?

Students are keen to join a small business, if the role advertised was attractive. There isn’t a lack of decent students.

Your advert needs to appeal to the qualities they seek from a small business and their career.

The springboard for their career… Continue reading →

5 Ways to Overcome the “Not my Job” Syndrome.

it's not my jobMaybe your staff don’t come out and say “It’s not my job”. But after settling into their role, some will be reluctant to ever move too far out of their comfort zone.

Perhaps they’re naturally insecure and defensive. Maybe the scope of their job has expanded beyond what they feel capable of dealing with. Whatever the reason, skills gaps will develop.

You expect your staff to work hand in glove… Continue reading →

Why No-one Talks to Car Salesmen Anymore

car salesmenDon’t suppose too many people will shed tears at the demise of car salesmen. They haven’t created the best of reputations. But the internet has really dealt them one body blow after another.

Firstly, buying cars from online companies with few overheads has seriously undercut the retail car showroom. Their only comeback is whether it’s safe in making large internet purchases, but as people get used to the internet, this… Continue reading →

4 Reasons to Rethink your Reluctance of Technology

Reluctance of TechnologyIt’s not so much a resistance to change, but rather a resistance to continual change. Many smaller businesses exhibit a reluctance of technology because what they have still works.

Have you upgraded any technology in the past 12 months? Do you have the skills or staff with the skills to handle it?

Or is it something that happens once every 10 years when a burning issue forces the change?

Perhaps… Continue reading →

Finally, we’re forecasting growth

forecasting growthA recent report commissioned by Bibby Financial Services and reported in Bdaily has shown that 71% of Yorkshire’s smaller businesses are forecasting growth over the next 3 months.

Many firms have been trading cautiously but since late last year there’s been a strong wave of confidence envelop the country.

There has been a strong rise in recruitment with a quarter having already taken on more staff and half saying they… Continue reading →

Use a Graduate to Get Out of your Rut

Get Out of your RutVolumes increase and there are not enough hours in the day to do it. Day after day. Sounds like you need to get out of your rut.

Perhaps time to take a step back. Maybe you’re working in the business too much rather than on the business?

Once you’ve recognised the need to take action to get out of your rut, the next question is how to resolve it?

Where… Continue reading →

How to Recognise the Good and Bad Universities

Good and Bad UniversitiesWhen you want to take on a University student, how do you chose? Is is trial and error to divide the good and bad Universities?

Which Universities are better for smaller companies? Is it best to simply use the local University and if not, how is it possible to differentiate?

When I first started dealing with Universities I had the same questions. Questions that I find my clients regularly raise… Continue reading →

5 Ways to Sort out your Spreadsheets

Sort out your SpreadsheetsYou’re not alone. Every company I’ve worked for uses Excel too much.

Business systems get updated periodically, every 5-10 years and in between times, Excel fills in as an easy quick way of getting an answer. But that quick ad hoc answer becomes the long term solution.

You’d expect integrated systems at a company like Orange. But when I worked there, they used huge complicated spreadsheets to do their budgets.… Continue reading →

Postcard from Morocco – keeping business simple

keeping business simpleI’ve recently returned from a two week holiday in Morocco. Before you think of sun and sand, we are a hyperactive family and we love the variety of doing something different every day.

We persuaded our 13 and 10 year old children to climb the highest mountain in north Africa, Jebel Toubkal at 4167 metres, though we hadn’t banked on camping in a snowstorm. We also made it to the… Continue reading →

A Graduate or an Apprentice?

Graduate or an Apprentice Apprenticeships have become very popular as a valuable way of training young people on the job, supported by financial incentives.

But how do you determine whether a vacancy is for a graduate or an apprentice?

Perhaps some roles are better for steady permanent staff whilst others are more suited to a graduate? But how do you determine the difference?

Transferable vs Technical Skills

The apprentices’ role is technical

Apprentices are… Continue reading →