The annual Christmas party offers employers the chance to thank members of staff for their hard work over the past year and is a chance for everyone to relax and enjoy the holiday season. However, with events of this nature, there is the potential for things to go wrong and careful planning is required to ensure their success.
IF you want to end the year with a new career, there’s no better place to start than the next Tameside Jobs Fair.
FOLLOWING the revaluation of Business Rates which took effect from 1 April, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, announced that a discretionary fund would be made available to local authorities to help them to administer relief that would target and support those business ratepayers who faced significant increases in their bills
In October 2016, the Prime Minister commissioned Matthew Taylor, a former policy chief to Tony Blair, to look at how employment practices need to change in order to keep pace with modern business needs.
A BUILDING that is set to become a Tameside landmark has already reached a landmark in its own brief history.
The joint public service centre, which is being built on the site of the old TAC complex on Wellington Road, Ashton, was topped-out on June 21 with the final piece of steel being fixed into place by Kyle Gallagher.
Kyle, who comes from Droylsden, is an apprentice joiner employed by Carillion Training Services and is completing a placement on the scheme.
The ceremony was attended by Cllr Kieran Quinn, the executive leader of Tameside Council and Jackie Moores, principal of Tameside College.
Cllr Quinn said: “The topping-out ceremony marks a major landmark in the Vision Tameside project which is now approaching the end of its second phase.
“The joint public services centre will provide a much more customer-friendly environment that provides better services for residents. By incorporating the latest energy saving innovations it will allow us to make dramatic cost savings.
“Of course Tameside Council will only occupy part of the centre. We will be sharing it with our partners from Tameside College. The advanced skills centre will be a fine addition to Clarendon College and the Beaufort Road advanced technologies centre which have already opened.
“I also look forward to renewing our partnership with Wilko, who will have a store as part of the complex.
Tameside College principal Jackie Moores added: “This is a very exciting time for Tameside College. The new campus will accommodate our service courses such as hospitality, travel and tourism, bakery, hair and beauty.
“By having a high-street location in the town centre our students will benefit from direct contact with the public. It will also house some of our advanced vocational academic courses such as childcare and health and social care.
Joanne Jones from Pearson Legal looks at Changing trends in family and living arrangements.
A recent study indicates that a third of parents are not willing to offer an inheritance or financial aid to their married offspring due to the fear of divorce.
The report by Investec Investment and Wealth stated that 30% of adults were unwilling to pass on money to their children due to the risk of money leaving the family through divorce.
So you dont disinherit your nearest and dearest, you need to plan accordingly. In this era of the ‘blended’ family, second and sometimes third marriages, most of us want what we have worked hard to achieve to remain ‘in the family’.
Of the 1,000 parents surveyed, 12% of their children had parted from their spouse and an additional 14% stated unlike their own marriage they had little or no confidence that their children’s would last “a lifetime”.
Extravagant spending was also considered a risk factor, so the Ferrari that the youngest son has planned would have to go on hold if the bank of mum and dad did not pay up. Some 14% of those surveyed believed that an inheritance would lessen the incentive for their children to “work hard and earn their own money”.
In order to mitigate these risks many parents said they preferred to provide smaller financial gifts to aid day-to-day living, as opposed to larger lump sums, or even skip a generation and bequeath assets to grandchildren.
One in seven stated that they were considering a discretionary trust, something which could be a “useful means to protect family wealth from future divorce within a family.
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A recent survey by the Will Aid charity found that over half of all adults in the UK do not have a Will, 51.6% say the reason is they have just not got around to it.
IF you want to give your local economy a boost, the answer’s simple – shop small.
For every £1 spent at a small business, at least 50p circulates back into the local economy. That’s why Tameside Council is backing Small Business Saturday (SBS) on December 3.
SBS highlights the 4.9 million small and medium-sized companies around the country which provide a personalised alternative to the mass-produced offerings of anonymous national retailers.
Shopping locally supports traders, their suppliers and the people on whom they depend to run their businesses. It helps the local economy by restoring confidence in the community, which in turn enables businesses to prosper and grow.
The organisers are hoping this year’s event – the fourth – will be the best yet. It has the enthusiastic backing of Tameside’s six town teams, all of which are promoting it on their individual websites.
To add a seasonal twist, the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Philip Fitzpatrick, will be criss-crossing the borough on December 3, visiting town-centre businesses accompanied by beautiful dogs from Tameside Huskies.
In 2015, customers spent an incredible £623 million at UK small businesses - an increase of almost £120 million or 24 per cent on the previous year. #SmallBizSatUK trended number-one on Twitter throughout the day after more than 100,000 tweets were issued in support of the initiative. These reached at least 25 million people.
Cllr Kieran Quinn, the executive leader of Tameside Council, said: “Our borough has many, wonderful small businesses across its town centres and Small Business Saturday has the full support of Tameside Council.
“We have always encouraged residents to shop locally and to look out for the many bargains on offer - that’s the whole point of our Tameside Loyalty Card scheme - but we especially ask them to do this on Saturday, December 3.”
Public Health England (PHE) has now published guidance setting out the key principles that should guide policy making on the use of e-cigarettes in public places and in the workplace.
Nearly 2.8 million adults in Great Britain currently use e-cigarettes, almost all of whom are smokers or ex-smokers. The guide is aimed at helping employers create policies that will support smokers trying to give up the habit whilst managing any risks specific to their setting.
There is no 'one-size-fits-all' approach as working environments vary. For example, a factory or warehouse is a very different setting from a nursery school, so a different approach will be appropriate in each case.
There are five key areas for organisations to take into account:
Make clear the distinction between vaping and smoking;
Ensure policies are informed by the latest evidence on health risks to bystanders;
Identify and manage risks of uptake by children and young people;
Support smokers to stop smoking and stay smoke free;
Support compliance with smoke-free law and policies.
Under each heading, the guidance provides considerations to enable employers to produce a policy that is suited to their particular working environment.
Legislation under the Health Act 2006 that prohibits smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces, on public transport and in vehicles used for work does not cover the use of e-cigarettes. The devices do not burn tobacco or create smoke but work by vaporising a flavoured liquid for the user to inhale, which is why their use is referred to as 'vaping'.
While debate continues about the absolute level of safety of e-cigarettes, the consensus across England's public health community is that they are significantly safer for users than smoked tobacco. Nor is there any evidence so far of harm caused by second-hand e-cigarette vapour.
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IS your home ready to withstand another big freeze? Does your central-heating boiler need a service? Do your gutters need cleaning? Is your roof watertight?
Whatever the job, you need to be sure it'll be done properly. No one wants to be part of the next cowboy trader story – and that’s where Tameside Trading Standards’ Buy with Confidence scheme offers you peace of mind.
BWC is a list of businesses you can trust. Members are only accepted after a thorough vetting process by Trading Standards which includes criminal records checks. You can contact any of the 200-plus firms safe in the knowledge that you will receive reliable, customer-friendly service.
Alternatively, search for the service you want at www.tameside.gov.uk/bwc
Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council’s executive member for environmental services, said: “The reason the Buy with Confidence scheme has been so successful is that it’s all about finding traders you can trust. That’s important for everyone, but especially for old and vulnerable people as they are targeted most by cowboy traders.
“When you do business with a Buy with Confidence member you do so knowing they have been subjected to a long list of strict checks.”
Companies which sign up benefit in various areas:
• Independent recognition of business standards.
• Beneficial publicity.
• A place on the BWC website, including a link to the business’ own website.
• Use of the BWC logo.
• Company’s name on a recommended list of council-approved firms.
• Training opportunities.
• A mediation service in the event of a consumer dispute.
• Regular updates with information about the scheme, new legislation and trade scams.
Think you can create the next must have digital app like Pokemon Go? Are you aged 13 to 18? Looking for something to do in the school holidays?
Education welfare officers will be visiting Tameside businesses over the next two weeks to check the arrangements for any children they employ.
In an age of fastmoving trends & disposable designs it’s comforting to know that you don’t necessarily have to throw the bath out with the bathwater! Help is at hand…an expert team of specialists will lovingly restore your bath, basin, indeed your whole suite to look better than new (and even a different colour if desired!)
The Dukinfield company William Kenyon's is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.
Local Joinery apprentices Joseph and Kane are both well on their way to one day achieving their dreams of setting up their own businesses.
THE countrys largest local authority pension fund, the Greater Manchester Pension Fund, is progressing talks with a range of other funds across England about creating a multi-asset pool with a value of more than 35 billion pounds.
New local business Aspray Manchester North hosted a launch event on 8th February at the Curzon Ashton FC, Tameside Stadium, Ashton-Under-Lyne. The launch event raised £100 for the The Frost Foundation charity.
The evening was a great opportunity for the local community to become familiar with the much needed service Aspray provides.
Aspray are leaders in managing property damage insurance claims, relieving much of the hassle and stress that can be associated with property insurance claims. Aspray will project manage the claim and negotiate with your insurance company directly whilst organising all repair works using vetted tradespeople and suppliers to reinstate your properties to its previous condition.
Paul Millar, director of Aspray Manchester North and the event organiser had one goal and that is to ensure the local community enjoys the benefits of the Aspray service.
Best of all, the Aspray service is free to you, the customer, as Aspray are paid by the insurance company directly for any property repairs they complete as part of the property reinstatement process. In the event of a claim call Aspray on 0800 077 6705, or to request your free £100 towards your excess voucher (terms and conditions apply) visit www.aspray.com.
Your Tameside interviewed local mortgage advisor Craig Coyne from Compare The Mortgage regarding some of the misconceptions about the mortgage market for the self employed and the perception that it is now very difficult for self-employed people to borrow in order to buy a home.
Your Tameside had the pleasure of visiting family firm Mack 4 who create safe and secure living environments for the less able.
A series of work clubs has been created by New Charter housing throughout the Tameside area.
The clubs aim to ease the pathway back into employment, through support and guidance. At the work clubs, local people can accces help with the following,
Creating a CV
Using the internet for job searches
Preparation for interviews
Online personal development training
One-to-One sessions (if needed)
Sign-posting to external organisations
Information about New Charter’s work placement programmes
For more information contact Melanie Kearns on 0161 331 2000
A national property claims management company is supporting the launch of
a local entrepreneur.
It’s here already! The office Christmas party and names have gone in the hat for the secret Santa, but amidst the fun the more relaxed atmosphere lead to embarrassment at best - and at worst, damage to the company’s reputation and business.
Denton based Modular building company, AV Group were absolutely delighted when they were asked to support the BBC’s Nick Knowles and his amazing DIY SOS team in their challenge to renovate not one house, but an entire street, in Manchester.
A new website has been set up to provide information for businesses and individuals that need to know about trading standards and consumer protection legislation.
Ashton-Under-Lyne based Gibson and Ryan have been awarded the 2015 Electrical Times Contractor of the Year Award.