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What's new in Health and Safety

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CHANGES IN LEGISLATION…HOW DOES THIS EFFECT YOU?

 

First Aid

 

From 1 October 2013, the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 will be amended, to remove the requirement for HSE to approve first aid training and qualifications. Removing the HSE approval process will give businesses greater flexibility to choose a training provider and first aid training that is right for their work place, and based on their individual business needs. The provider will be required to meet a certain standard, set by HSE.

The legal requirement for employers to ensure they make adequate provision for first aid, in accordance with their first aid needs assessment, will remain unchanged.

ETS advice -  unless you have reason to change, ETS recommends that employers carry on using their existing provider(s)

 

RIDDOR

From 1 October 2013 changes will be introduced to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995 that will simplify the mandatory reporting of workplace injuries for businesses, while ensuring that the data collected gives an accurate and useful picture of workplace incidents.

 

·         The classification of ‘major injuries’ to workers is being replaced with a shorter list of ‘specified injuries’.

·         The existing schedule detailing 47 types of industrial disease is being replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related illness.

·         Fewer types of ‘dangerous occurrence’ will require reporting.

 

ETS advise - If you need any further guidance / advice in respect to RIDDOR give us a ring.

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Mavis Makes is just beginning to add Papercuts to their stock! The first beautiful creation is this tiny hanging Papercut Flower ball which was handmade using old books and put together to create this lovely, bright papercutting which will bring the summer weather to you!

Please take a look at my Etsy Page, visit: http://www.etsy.com/shop/MavisMakes

Or my website at, http://mavismakes.wix.com/mavismakes

 

Advice for your small business

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This week has seen a raft of benefit cuts strike fear into most non-gated communities across the UK. £18.5bn has mercilessly been shaved off everything, from a freeze on job seekers to a spare limb tax for orphans and the elderly.

So, now that the most vulnerable among us are shaking the shackles of a burdensome and cumbersome safety net, let's take a look at the radical steps the Government has put in place during this budget to resurrect working Britain and have us small employers swing our doors wide open to the now shivering, hungry job seeking masses:

 

  • Fuel tax has been frozen. From September there was a planned rise in tax but this has been abandoned. It's a genuine relief to everyone that the continued petrol price rises are due to a weak pound (against the dollar) and the mercy of supermarket profit margins. Phew!
  • £2,000 annual employment allowance - This means that the Government will cover your first £2000 of NI contributions annually. All joking aside this is a great offer and I used a similar 'holiday' when starting to expand WMC Training. Quite a nice surprise for me to see and very welcome. Thank you.
I don't think I am overlooking anything here - maybe a short, blink and you'll miss it stutter about Co2 or something, something else about corporation tax for larger companies going to 20%. Oh, and a carefully worded, self-conscious bit about tax avoidance, treacle dipped for those fickle, hesitant foreign investors (think over zealous weather girl employed to tell you your 'something for nothing' benefits have been stopped).Apart from that I think I've covered everything.

So, not exactly a Platinum standard package there to inspire you to recruit and grow your business despite your possible desire/need to do so.

But there is another way forward that offers you low risk, high returns and which brings unrivaled value for cautious, steady staff recruitment and growth. Its available to you right now and has been all along.

I am of course rose-tinting the Apprenticeship scheme. It's nothing new but it offers excellent value and will give your business a great edge, a positive experience and a lovely warm glow.
As above I've outlined below the benefits to this scheme minus the childish sarcasm. You really have little to lose and lots to gain, including:
  • Full skills match - there are 1 million unemployed young people aged 16 - 24 to choose from (many who are eligible for but cannot afford to stay in education or progress to University) and we can provide you the very best for your business.
  • Fixed term - you decide if you want to salary and keep your apprentice up to one year after they start with you.
  • £2.65 per hour - that is all you need to pay your Apprentice. Think of it as a paid alternative to college for them.
  • Fully supported, fully trained - you and your apprentice will be fully supported through the scheme by qualified assessors and case managers to deliver a nationally accredited qualification.
And that's it. That's the deal. I am biased of course, I've made a career out of championing young people and presenting them to businesses like yours.
It's a privilege, and we are confident it will be a great success for your organisation, to find you the very best person for your vacancy and grow your business carefully and from the bottom up.And we can do that with no risk to you.

For more details on the best employment strategy in town please call me on: 077654 08 523 direct,
or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and I will be delighted to speak with you.
Alternatively visit: www.wmctraining.co.uk
Many thanks for reading and I hope to hear from you.
Kindest regards,
Paul Rees
Managing Director
WMC Training

 


 

 

Shopping locally?

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Hobko Fasterners Ltd can provide your business with all the fasteners you might need, from bolts, nuts, screws, hose clips, and even have a bespoke service so if there's nothing on the market that can do what you need, or you simply can't find it, they will endeavour to provide it either by sourcing it for you or designing what you need.

Also providing cutting blades, tools and workwear at prices you'll be very pleased with.

Thoroughly nice people to work with too.

www.kent-fasteners.co.uk

 

Area Sales Partners – Venue/Business Listings

 


Job Description

 

KentVenues.co.uk is a leading venue finding website dedicated to Kent and an exciting and forward thinking media business. We’re currently approaching our 2nd anniversary and on the back of generic success we’re looking to recruit experienced Area Sales Partners. Our website is growing in popularity and content with a 550% increase in traffic over the last 12 months bringing in thousands of visitors monthly generating tens of thousands of page impressions. We are looking for hard-working sales professionals wanting to supplement their existing sales ventures and we offer an opportunity to sell a variety of our products to venues and businesses in Kent. The successful candidates will be tenacious, full of initiative and have the skills to manage and grow existing accounts as well as deliver a solid pipeline of new prospects. This is a challenging, varied but very exciting role for the right individuals.


Your key responsibilities will be:

 

- Identifying new business

- Making outbound sales enquiries both over the telephone, via email and face to face

- Closing sales in accordance with our Corporate Sales Policy

- Building relationships with new clients and maintaining and growing relationships with existing clients to foster annual renewals.


Key attributes:

 

- Must be organized

- A good knowledge of your chosen area of Kent

- Have B2B sales/telesales experience (or equivalent)

- Passionate, motivated and willing to succeed

- Great customer service skills

- Provable written and verbal communication skills

- Be able to work under pressure, respond to supervision and to meet targets set

- Understanding of Google & the internet would be an advantage

- Understanding of online advertising would be an advantage


 

The bits you’re really interested in…

 

- Self-employed agency engagement

- Rolling 6 month contract subject to performance

- Commission range of 20-40%*  paid monthly in arrears. OTE £31,000 pa.

(*subject to achievement of objectives)

- You will be offered a local area of Kent to operate


 

DEADLINE – 21st March 2013

Please apply by sending a covering letter and your CV to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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