HR tips

  • A small business owner working on knitted crafts.

    Do I need insurance to sell handmade crafts in the UK?

    Handmade crafts are big business in the UK. According to the Crafts Council, the value of the industry has increased from £883m in 2006 to over £3b in 2020. And the beauty of it is, almost anyone can start their own crafts business.

  • A company director talking to a lawyer.

    When can a director be held liable for negligence?

    Being the director of a company brings with it a lot of responsibility. This not only includes shaping a business’ strategy going forward, it also incorporates a certain duty of care for the business and all stakeholders. This includes employees as well as customers.

  • The definition of ‘liability’ in a dictionary.

    Are employers liable for employee actions?

    It’s generally accepted that employers have a duty of care when it comes to their employees. The Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 states that every employer in the UK is responsible for the health and safety of their staff while they are at work.

  • The UK Houses of Parliament and River Thames

    What should be in a first aid kit at work?

    The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 state that all UK employers must provide the facilities and equipment needed to keep employees safe. This includes providing a suitably stocked first aid box. But what exactly needs to be included as part of this emergency kit?

  • The hands of a businessman in front of a spiral notebook containing business plan ideas.

    What are the advantages and disadvantages of a business plan?

    Almost every business starts with a business plan. These documents are used to map out the steps you want to take to get your business off the ground. However, do these strategy documents work for all businesses?

  • A first aider providing CPR training to an employee, who’s using a doll to practise.

    First aid courses for your employees (and why they’re important)

    First aid courses are really important, because they prepare your employees for any accidents that could occur in the workplace.

  • A man working from home with a set of headphones on

    How to motivate employees working from home

    Operating in a highly digital world means that more employees are working from home than ever before. Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, an increasing number of people had started to work remotely thanks to the functionality that the internet and the cloud offered.

  • A small business owner shaking hands with a new employee.

    When to hire new employees for your small business

    There likely will come a time to hire new employees for your business, but knowing when this time is can be tricky.

  • A job description laid out on a desk with an orange folder on top of it

    Why are job descriptions important?

    Job descriptions have been around for hundreds of years. In newspapers from the 1880s, you can find people looking for everything from servants and apprentices to apothecaries, and nowadays, it’s easy to find available jobs with a quick online search.

  • An estate agent sat at her desk on the phone to a client.

    What should be included in a job description?

    Finding the right people to work for your business can make the difference between success and failure, so it pays to know your stuff when it comes to the recruitment process.