What is a Fulfilment Company?

What is a Fulfilment Company?

What is a Fulfilment Company? What is a Fulfilment Company? …An order has just come through, what happens next? Fulfilment… but what does this actually mean? In the broadest sense, order fulfilment is everything that happens between a customer placing and receiving an...
Management Training – filling the skills gap

Management Training – filling the skills gap

Developing the Management Training & Skills needed to improve our national productivity Throughout the 20th century, national productivity, measured by output per hour worked, rose consistently. From this we were able to pay ourselves higher wages and generally...
How to find a virtual assistant

How to find a virtual assistant

How to find a virtual assistant who can help you run your business Virtual assistants are pretty commonplace these days with plenty to choose from but how to find the right one for you? Every business is different, with different things that can be outsourced....
Growth Strategy: Love your Customer

Growth Strategy: Love your Customer

Growth Strategy: Love your Customer When people want to increase sales they tend to focus on the usual promotional techniques of giving away margin.  However, we’d like to open your mind to a new approach and ask you to consider thinking first about your best friends...
Point of Difference

Point of Difference

Graceful growth requires a Point of Difference Statements of the very, very obvious! It is easy to sell products or services when the offer is: 1)      Wanted and needed by the customers.2)      Wanted and needed by the customers at the time of the sale or...
Employment Legislation – A Detailed Overview

Employment Legislation – A Detailed Overview

Employment Legislation – A Detailed Overview This guide to Employment Legislation provides a brief overview of some of the most commonly encountered aspects of legislation applicable to employment. It is not designed to be a comprehensive guide and further advice...
Management Qualifications An Overview

Management Qualifications An Overview

Management Qualifications – an overview In a previous Yorkshire Powerhouse guide, we outlined the perilous state of management training and development in Britain today and the direct disastrous effect that has had on our national productivity, economic growth and...
Managing Employees

Managing Employees

Managing Employees Employing people brings a whole new dimension to running a business.  There are things that you need to consider which are both informal and pretty much common sense (managing people) and formal (legal requirement). Managing your employees can be...
Training & Developing Staff

Training & Developing Staff

Training & Developing Staff In a small business or start-up environment, developing staff (the training of staff) can be an extremely difficult area. It is important as you design the ‘shape’ of your new start-up, or your growing business, that you consciously...
Employee Handbook

Employee Handbook

Employee Handbook The employee handbook is an addition to the contract of employment and is often referred to in the contract of employment. The Employee Handbook is intended to cover areas that apply to all employees equally and refers to policies that should be...
Contract of Employment

Contract of Employment

Contract of Employment All employees have a contract of employment with their employer.  A contract is an agreement that sets out an employee’s: Employment conditions Rights Responsibilities Duties These are called the ‘terms’ of the contract. There are hundreds of...
Employee Benefits

Employee Benefits

Employee Benefits Designing a reward system for your company is best done at the outset or at least before you have too many employees. The different types of employee benefits and rewards are numerous and some companies offer a mix and match approach, leaving...
Paying Employees

Paying Employees

Paying Employees There are seven key things a company must do before employing a member of staff: Decide how much to pay someone – you must pay your employees at least the National Minimum Wage. Check if someone has the legal right to work in the UK. You may have to...
Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships There’s a view that apprenticeships are expensive and don’t fit into small business models. These are major misconceptions. We’ve entered a new age of apprenticeships, and there’s no better time to get an apprentice on board. Whilst common wisdom would...
Employment Law

Employment Law

Employment Law Regardless of the size of your business or the sector that you operate within, it is essential that you are aware of employment law rules and regulations. A failure to follow or adhere to rules, policies and procedures could see you facing costly...
Thinking of recruiting your new team

Thinking of recruiting your new team

Recruiting Your New Team One of the most challenging stages of setting up your own business (or buying an existing business) is finding and recruiting the talent to take your business forward and help you grow. The success of many businesses is dependent on a strong...
Being Productive and not a fool

Being Productive and not a fool

Being Productive and not a fool Did you check out the earlier article on this subject – Time Management: Busy vs Productive? How many of those busy fool traits did you have and made you really think about how you could do things differently? Let me show you the...
Time Management: Busy vs Productive

Time Management: Busy vs Productive

Time Management: Busy vs Productive Time Management seems to be a common problem for many business owners. We all have the same amount of time, so it comes down to how you choose to spend that time. Remember, it is a choice! Another factor with managing your time is...

PREPARING YOUR BUSINESS EXIT PLAN

Preparing your business exit plan As a business owner, whether or not you are thinking about exiting your business, we encourage you to start planning for an exit as early in your business Life Cycle as possible – preferably during the startup phase, but if not then,...
Growing your business value for exit

Growing your business value for exit

Growing your business value for exit Strategic business exit planning In our previous article on business exit planning we encouraged you to begin planning your transition from the business as early as possible in your business lifecycle. Too many business owners wait...
What does a typical exit process look like?

What does a typical exit process look like?

What does a typical exit process look like? Editors Note: Expert content needs an expert content writer and Yorkshire Powerhouse is pleased to publish this business advice article on exiting your business, kindly written by a real expert in his field – Richard Forde...
Remote Worker thinking – The Rise of the Remote Worker

Remote Worker thinking – The Rise of the Remote Worker

The Rise of the Remote Worker As life starts to take on a sense of normality – albeit tentatively – our thoughts turn to getting our businesses back on track. Many employers now find themselves having to choose between bringing employees back into the work environment...
Innovate or Go Bust

Innovate or Go Bust

Innovate or Go Bust! ‘Innovate or Go Bust’ was a phrase coined by the world-renowned economist Joseph Schumpeter when taking about his Theory of Dynamic Economic Growth. Never has this statement been more pertinent than now. The aftermath of the Covid 19 epidemic is...
Imports & Exports

Imports & Exports

Imports & Exports If you are looking to grow a business then the World is your oyster – literally.  The general concept of importing means there is no limit to the products or services you can access and exporting opens up a genuinely global audience. Clearly in...
Time for Management Systems

Time for Management Systems

I haven’t got the time for management systems and ISO certification … or do I? Editors Note: Expert content needs an expert content writer and Yorkshire Powerhouse is pleased to publish this business advice article on being ISO Certified, kindly written by a real...
Employing Your Team? – Your HR essentials

Employing Your Team? – Your HR essentials

Employing Your Team? – Your HR essentials Editors Note: Expert content needs an expert content writer and Yorkshire Powerhouse is pleased to publish this business advice article on Employment Law and HR Compliance, kindly written by a real expert in his field – Paul...
Grow your business without employing people

Grow your business without employing people

Grow your business without employing people When we set up in business we realise that it’s hard on our own – there are lots of tasks that need to be done. That ‘stuff’ is not what we do – it’s our responsibility to do the ‘doing’ in our business – but when it comes...
Design your Business for Growth

Design your Business for Growth

Design your Business for Growth There is not a successful Bridge builder in history that started construction before knowing how wide the river is and how big the bridge will be. The height of every sound building is determined by the depth of the foundations. The...
Common Obstacles to Business Growth

Common Obstacles to Business Growth

Common Obstacles to Business Growth Editors Note: Expert content needs an expert content writer and Yorkshire Powerhouse is pleased to publish this business advice article on growing a business, kindly written by a real expert in his field – Richard Charlesworth from...
Understanding ISO certification

Understanding ISO certification

ISO certification is just a money making exercise for auditors, right? Editors Note: Expert content needs an expert content writer and Yorkshire Powerhouse is pleased to publish this business advice article on being ISO Certified, kindly written by a real expert in...
The role of a virtual assistant

The role of a virtual assistant

The role of a virtual assistant and how to work together to grow YOUR Business Virtual Assistants are pretty common these days – plenty to choose from – we’ll come to that in another blog; but I want to tackle that question of how a VA can support you in your business...
e-Learning – What is all the Fuss About?

e-Learning – What is all the Fuss About?

e-Learning – What is all the Fuss About? Ultimately, the aim of any business is to bring their products and services to market profitably. That may sound straightforward enough but in order to sustain and maximise profitability, organisations need to develop and grow....
Planning your Exit Strategy

Planning your Exit Strategy

7 areas to consider focusing on when planning your Exit Strategy Editors Note: Expert content needs an expert content writer and Yorkshire Powerhouse is pleased to publish this business advice article on exiting your business, kindly written by a real expert in his...

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