Why SME’s Need a Website and How to Approach Building It

It is tough to believe in the age of technology in which we live, but it seems that many SMEs wonder whether they need a website at all. Research has shown that 40% of small businesses don’t have one at…

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Publication of Industry Position Statement on Certification

Over 2.4 million organisations across the globe benefit from certification against management systems standards agreed and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The most widely adopted of these is ISO 9001, the standard for quality management system requirements,…

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Help to Understand Changes to Apprenticeships Now Available

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is working in partnership with the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) to help Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and other smaller business intermediaries throughout England understand the recent changes to apprenticeships and how…

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The Importance of prioritising Mental Health in the Workplace

Every Organisation in Britain is affected by poor mental health in their workforce.  One in six workers experience a mental health problem at any one time.  As stress, anxiety and depression are thought to be responsible for almost half the…

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Cyber Training Manual

One of the most important aspects of cyber security is a well-trained workforce. Use this Miles Smith Insurance Cyber Training Manual to educate your members employees about common cyber threats and the best practices to defend against them.

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Seven million and one reasons to change: FIS to lead new taskforce to look at Plasterboard Ingress

Approaching seven million workdays are lost in the UK due to Musculoskeletal Disorders every year with construction topping the naughty list. To combat this, the Health in Construction Leadership Group (HCLG) has set out its stall for 2020 with a…

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TAF Salary & Benefits Survey 2019 – Results Now Available

The Trade Association Forum (TAF) runs an annual salary and benefits survey in partnership with Ellwood Atfield. The results for 2019 are now available and the report has been distributed to all participants submitting useable data. Those members that did…

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Preparing Your Business for Flooding

The Environment Agency estimates that with proper preparation, most businesses can save between 20 to 90 per cent of the cost of stock lost due to flooding. Find out more here with guidance from TAF Partners Miles Smith Insurance Group.

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All Change at the Trade Association Forum

The Forum is delighted to announce that two additional Directors have been appointed to serve on the Board. Ray Perry, Chief Executive of the National Pawnbrokers Association will be representing our members in the 1-9 staff band and Gaynor Pates,…

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Register for NAS Webinars on how to support SME’s transitioning to the Apprenticeship Service

Last week the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) announced further details for SMEs (that don’t pay the apprenticeship levy) on accessing the apprenticeship service from 2020. See here for details of the announcement. In order to support small and medium sized…

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Launch of UKAS Accreditation E-Certificates

From Monday 9th December 2019, UKAS will be transferring to electronic certificates of accreditation. This initiative stems from our strategic priorities and marks the start of the modernisation and improvement of our online services for both customers and stakeholders. UKAS…

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Social Media for Business

With social media’s exploding popularity, it is increasingly risky for trade associations to ignore this medium. Whether promoting a new service or gauging consumer reactions, organisations today are dangerously close to becoming “behind the times” if they are not present…

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