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A third of workers in Great Britain – and almost half of those aged 55 and over – did not learn any new workplace skills last year. New research published by the City & Guilds Group reveals that British workers are being denied critical opportunities to up-skill for the future.
The research highlights that 76% of the workforce agree it is important to continuously update their workplace skills regardless of age or career stage. However, less than half (46%) are getting enough help and support from their employer to develop the workplace skills they will need in the future.
The findings go on to show that while 81% of workers believe the skills they need to do their job will change over the next five years, from a lot to not very much. A quarter (24%) of GB workers are not getting sufficient feedback from their managers or colleagues on the skills they should be learning.
Chris Jones, City & Guilds Group Chief Executive, commented: “With Brexit uncertainty overshadowing the economy and a burgeoning skills crisis, skills development has never been higher on the agenda. At a time of rapid technological change, the skills used by today’s workforce are becoming obsolete quicker than ever before and there is a clear need for continued Investment In learning. Skills gaps are a stark reality and employers have a responsibility to enable critical training for their entire workforce, from graduate entrants through to senior leadership.”
According to the findings, the issue appears to be even more acute amongst certain groups within the workforce. Older workers are much less likely to receive workplace training than their younger counterparts and have less appetite to learn new skills: almost half of those aged 55 and over did not learn any new workplace skills last year.
Those working part-time are also less likely to receive workplace training compared to full time workers, with 42% reporting not having learnt a new skill in the last year.
Jones continued: “As working lives get longer and the age of the workforce Increases, now is the time for employers to prioritise up-skilling and re-skilling people at all ages and stages within their current workforce and to recognise the value and potential of every employee. However, our data clearly shows that people aren’t receiving enough employer support to develop the skills they need today, let alone those they may need over the next five years.”
Deborah Astles, HR Director Corporate Responsibility and Policy at Unipart explains why continuous learning is vital to the success of her business: “One of the motivations that guides all of our learning and development is the idea that anyone can be great if they are given the right opportunities to work hard and develop.
This philosophy has shaped our training programmes and means that everyone at Unipart is able to participate and progress within the organisation, regardless of their age or experience. As well as being great for the individual, this approach is also great for business and we’ve seen measurable ROI through working smarter that far exceeds the investment in each learner. Creating an internal talent pipeline with transferable skills across the business has also reduced our recruitment and retention costs and makes Unipart less vulnerable to the skills shortages faced by many businesses at the moment.”
When looking at the barriers to learning new workplace skills, taking time away from the day job is viewed as the biggest blocker; followed by a lack of investment in training and development by employers and a lack of personal budget or funds to invest in training outside the workplace.
UK companies are likely to speed up plans for a no-deal Brexit in response to Tuesday’s votes in Parliament, the head of the CBI has told the BBC. Carolyn Fairbairn said a plan to renegotiate the UK’s withdrawal deal “feels like a real throw of the dice”.
“I don’t think there will be a single business this morning who is stopping or halting their no-deal planning,” she said in response to the idea. “I fear they may even be accelerating it,” she added.
Theresa May is expected to seek further talks with EU leaders in the coming days after MPs voted 317 to 301 in favour of replacing the backstop – the insurance policy designed to avoid a hard border in Ireland in the event of no deal.
The backstop is the main objection that Brexiteers in the Conservative party have to the deal negotiated by Mrs May, which was heavily rejected by MPs earlier this month in the largest defeat for a sitting government in history.
The EU has already said it will not change the legal text of the deal.
Ms Fairbairn said the reaction of businesses to the outcome of Tuesday’s voting would be one of “rising frustration and concern”. She said Parliament had shown that there was “a consensus against no-deal”, but added: “It does nothing to take no-deal off the table and it does feel like hope rather than strategy.”
The CBI head said businesses in Northern Ireland were “incredibly concerned” about the turn that events were taking, adding: “The backstop is there for a purpose.”
One day, technology might be able to solve the Irish border problem, she said, but until that was possible, there had to be “other arrangements in place”.
Ms Fairbairn said many small and medium-sized businesses had done nothing to prepare for the “shock” of a “cliff-edge” departure from the EU on 29 March. “I think the kind of concerns that people have around disruption are absolutely right,” she said. “No deal is just not manageable at this stage.”
Other business groups endorsed the CBI’s view that Parliament’s opposition to a no-deal Brexit was welcome.
Stephen Phipson, chief executive of the EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, called on Mrs May to “confirm that she will not allow us to slide over the no-deal cliff”.
Mike Cherry, chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said MPs had “at least made some movement on breaking the Brexit deadlock”.
Dr Adam Marshall, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Neither government nor many businesses are ready for a no-deal exit in two months’ time, and it must not be allowed to happen by default.”
Stephen Martin, director general of the Institute of Directors, said: “While it is something that MPs have managed to form a majority in any vote, the path ahead is still far from clear.”
When we hear the words “lead generation,” our minds automatically conjure up a B2B marketing strategy aimed at filling the top of the sales funnel. But leads are not exclusive to B2B companies.
Every type of business, be it wholesale, retail, startup or whatever else, needs qualified “potential” customers who can be nurtured into actual paying customers. Ecommerce is no different.
With the barriers to starting an ecommerce business tumbling faster than you can say Jack Robinson, the ecommerce industry has become competitive like never before. The online SEO journal ‘Search Engine Watch‘ has posted some useful guidance on the subject and is well worth a read. Here is a summary of the article.
Rewrite your product descriptions with a focus on SEO
This mistake, like history, has been repeated time and again in the world of ecommerce. While the importance of having unique product descriptions is plastered all over the web, rookie ecommerce companies still make the same mistake of using manufacturer’s descriptions and putting off giving them a custom twist until later when they’ve “made some sales.”
Continually expand your email list, segment it for maximum impact
There’s no better (and cheaper!) way to stay in touch with your customers than via email. I could quote research that shows how every dollar spent on email marketing brings back up more than $40 in revenue, but even if you don’t get such exponential ROI, email marketing is a channel you absolute must leverage.
Bring back lost souls with remarketing
As the old adage goes, a bird in hand is worth two in the bush. Getting users to come to your site in the first place is hard enough. But having them leave without buying a thing is simply heartbreaking. Put the brakes on your users’ exodus by retargeting them with two of the most effective methods available – retargeted emails and retargeted ads.
SEO Campaign – What is it, and how will it help my business? In order to succeed in business in 2019 and beyond, SEO, and especially local SEO should be a required part of your marking strategy. SEO stands for search engine optimisation, which means that the website for your business can reach potential customers using search engines like Google and Bing. Since getting your business in front of the right consumers is the first step to winning them over as customers, you can’t afford to skip out on a solid SEO campaign.
How do we know you need SEO? By analysing current and past trends, we can determine what searchers want. In recent years, “near me” searches have been on the rise. This type of search is like when a consumer Googles something like, “dentists near me.”
You can replace “dentists” with any type of business or office.
What this boils down to is that people want fast access to information about local businesses that will meet their needs.
How can your business benefit from an SEO campaign?
Now that you know a bit about what an SEO campaign can do, it’s time to move on to understanding why it works and what the benefits are. SEO can:
Draw new customers to your website
Get customers the information they need
Help your business be available 24/7
An SEO campaign accomplishes all of this by making your website one that search engines love to show users. This translates to getting a high-ranking spot on search engine results pages, or SERPs.
More Customers Means More Growth
Many people often confuse marketing and sales because the point of marketing is to bring in customers to boost sales. However, you know as well as we do that it’s a different job altogether. Yet, everything in business is tied to the bottom line. Sales define a business’ success. They determine whether a business dives, survives, or thrives. The more customers you can bring into the business, the more sales your business can get. We know you know this.
What you might not yet know is that you need local SEO to keep bringing in customers. A business with strong search engine rankings is more likely to be found. Local SEO not only connects your business to consumers, but especially to local consumers. If you want to get people in the door, they need to find you online. They need to find you on search engines.
Google handles at least 2 trillion searches a year. That number has consistently been on the rise since the search engine’s inception. The power of internet search is not waning. You need to get on board with SEO if you want to continue to get customers in the door–whether virtually or physically.
The Benefits of Website SEO Search engine optimisation is very important if you want to increase your visibility in the online world. While the methods of getting your brand message out there have evolved as search engines have become more and more sophisticated, the basic idea is still the same. When someone searches for something in your industry or product category, you want your website to rank near the top of the search engine listings.
Ø Over 90% of internet users take advantage of a search engine to find what they want on the web and that figure is fairly constant across the globe, including the UK.
Ø While competition for keywords in your industry might well be high, there are a number of other factors involved in SEO that need to be addressed if you want to boost your rankings significantly.
Ø Strong SEO is part of the entire marketing mix and can feed into other aspects of your strategy such as local searches and visibility on social media.
Ø Website SEO is a mix of standard inclusions such as site maps and good content that needs to meet appropriate standards as well as ongoing initiatives such as building strong inbound links, internal linking, image tagging and regularly updated and engaging content.
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Demonstrate credibility – A UKAS accredited laboratory is able to demonstrate a full audit trail fortheir full service.
Keep your reputationintact – Confidence in your product is enhanced if clients know it has beenthoroughly evaluated by an independent, competent testing facility.Increasingly customers are relying on independent evidence, rather than simplyaccepting a supplier’s word that the product is fit for purpose.
Minimise your risk – While risk can never be removed altogether, employing the services of a UKASaccredited testing company means you have chosen a technically competentlaboratory, thus minimising the risk of producing or supplying a faulty service/product.
Reduce ongoing costs – precompletiontesting of buildings can be expensive and time consuming, even when they aredone correctly the first time. If not done correctly, then the cost and timeinvolved in undertaking the re-testing can be even higher if the product hasfailed to meet the specification and building signoff cannot be achieved.
Defend against litigation – The use of a UKAS accredited sound testing laboratory is a powerful demonstration that you have exercised all due diligence in the selection and appointment of a supplier.
APT is a multi UKAS accredited company to undertake pre-completion testing; here are some links to our UKAS accreditation:
Banks Could Have to Pay ‘billions’ More in PPI
People who were not mis-sold PPI policies may be able to claim billions of pounds more in compensation, following a court ruling in Manchester. Christopher and Joanne Doran were awarded all the sales commission they paid plus interest for a policy, a total of £17,345. They are the first people to have all of their commission payments refunded for a legitimately sold policy.
However anyone wanting to make similar claims would have to go to court.
The commission is the money paid to firms who sold the policies to consumers on behalf of the insurers.
Under the Financial Conduct Authority’s existing guidelines, consumers who were sold their policies legitimately may still be entitled to claim back commission which is deemed excessive. This means that policy-holders can reclaim any amount of commission that was in excess of 50% of the premium.
Around 1.2 million complaints have proved successful under this, the so-called Plevin rule, out of the total of 13 million PPI pay-outs.
But the judge in Manchester ruled that the Dorans were entitled to receive the whole of the commission – in their case 76% of the premium – plus interest.
Paragon Personal Finance, which lost the case, is deciding whether to appeal against the ruling. Lawyers have claimed the ruling is a new precedent that could mean that banks are liable for another £18bn in pay-outs. However, sources in the City were sceptical about that figure.
Shares in Lloyds Bank – which has had to pay the largest share of PPI mis-selling claims – fell in early trading, but have since recovered.
So far banks and insurance companies have had to pay out a total of £30bn to compensate consumers. Under the FCA’s deadline, all claims have to be lodged before the end of August next year.
EU to Launch Counter Tariffs Against US
The European Union will launch a raft of retaliatory tariffs against US exports on Friday, a top official has said. The move comes after US President Donald Trump imposed steep duties on steel and aluminium earlier this month.
American exports such as blue jeans, motorbikes and bourbon whiskey will be targeted, trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom confirmed.
However, she said the bloc “did not want to be in this position. The unilateral and unjustified decision of the US to impose steel and aluminium tariffs on the EU means that we are left with no other choice,” she said.
Brussels drew up the list of products in March when Mr Trump initially proposed the 25% tariffs on steel imports and 10% on aluminium, which also target Canada, Mexico and other close US allies.
Cranberries, orange juice, sweetcorn and peanut butter are among the other goods targeted.
It comes amid an intensifying row over trade between the US and its partners.
On Tuesday, Mr Trump threatened to impose duties on an additional $200bn (£151bn) of Chinese goods after hitting $50bn of products with tariffs. He said the 10% duties would come into effect if China “refuses to change its practices”.
However, China accused the US of “blackmail” and said it would “fight back firmly”, raising fears of a full-blown trade war.
US Arrests 74 in Global Email Scam The US has arrested 74 people including nearly 30 in Nigeria, as part of an effort to combat email scam artists. It said the arrests reflect a coordinated crackdown on people who convince correspondents to wire them money for fraudulent activities. The US said such scams are “prevalent” and pledged to pursue perpetrators “regardless of where they are located”.
Authorities said they have seized, recovered or disrupted more than $16m (£12m) since January. The effort, which involved local and federal law enforcement agencies, targeted scammers who trick people into transferring them money, for example by impersonating a business partner or colleague.
In one case, the US alleged that two Nigerians living in Dallas posed as a property seller when requesting a $246,000 wire transfer from a real estate attorney.
Authorities also went after “money mules” – “witting or unwitting accomplices” who receive the money from the victims and transfer it as directed by the fraudsters.
The US said arrests occurred in the US, Nigeria, Canada, Mauritius and Poland.
One man was extradited from the UK in 2016 for his role in a scheme that allegedly sought to take $2.6m. He pleaded guilty in January to wire fraud and identity theft.
FBI Director Christopher Wray, whose agency funded and coordinated the operation, said: “This operation demonstrates the FBI’s commitment to disrupt and dismantle criminal enterprises that target American citizens and their businesses.”
The FBI said people have reported losing more than $3.7bn since it started tracking the issue through its Internet Crime Complaint Center. “The devastating effects these cases have on victims and victim companies, affect not only the individual business but also the global economy,” the US said.
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