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Small firms can show Whitehall how to do more with less, says Forum
Government departments could learn from SMEs when trying to manage shrinking budgets,
according to the Forum of Private Business.
(PRWeb UK) May 25, 2010 -- Government departments could learn from SMEs when trying to manage shrinking
budgets, according to the Forum of Private Business.



 Reacting to the spending cuts announced today, the Forum called for Whitehall to look at how recession-hit
smaller businesses have managed to cut costs without sacrificing the quality of their goods and services.

 Many Forum members have seen severe reductions in their revenue streams since the economic downturn took
hold, but have managed to weather the storm through a combination of flexibility, efficiency and good relations
with employees.

The Forum believes Government bodies could follow the example set by smaller firms when coming to terms
with significantly reduced budgets.

 The Forum’s Head of Policy, Matthew Goodman, said: “The cuts announced by the Government are regrettable
and many smaller businesses will be affected in one way or another.

 “The £836 million reduction earmarked for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills could potentially
mean that business support will be one of the worst casualties of the cutbacks. This, of course, is a cause for
concern.

 “However, the impact of the cuts can be mitigated by greater efficiency and use of resources at grassroots level,
rather than traditional top-down approaches such as indiscriminate redundancy programmes and blanket spending
cuts in certain areas.

 “We believe that smaller businesses are expert at doing more with less – many of our members have been put
under a huge amount of pressure over the past two years or so, but their dedication and attention to detail ensured
that their business survived. We believe the public sector can learn some valuable lessons from their experiences.”

 Mr Goodman added: “Perhaps it would be useful if senior managers in the public sector spent some time visiting
successful SMEs so they can see first-hand how organizations can provide more value for money with enough
determination and hard work.”

 Mr Goodman also said that the Forum would be keeping a close watch on how a shake-up of local government
funding will affect smaller businesses.

He commented: “The Chancellor has said that a lot of the ring-fencing which currently restricts council spending
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 “This could potentially be helpful to small businesses if town halls use it as an opportunity to direct more
resources to supporting their local economies. It could, however, place key support services for local businesses
under threat.

“We’ll monitor the situation and, of course, do everything we can to protect the interests of our members.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

Images of key Forum spokespeople, along with the Forum’s logo, can be downloaded here.

Twitter account - http://twitter.com/the_fpb

Forum blog - http://blog.fpb.org

 LinkedIn group: Small business forum -
http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=2481461&trk=anet_ug_hm

Follow the Forum’s Chief Executive Phil Orford on Twitter - http://twitter.com/philorford

About the Forum of Private Business

 Representing thousands of small businesses across the UK – including retail, service providers and
manufacturing companies – the Forum is recognised by the Government as one of the six main business support
and lobby groups.

Broadcast media – the Forum has ISDN capability and can provide comment, in quality audio, at short notice.
The Forum can also provide journalists with localised and sector-specific case studies.

 The Forum is a proactive, not-for-profit organisation, providing comprehensive support, protection and
reassurance to small businesses.

 The organisation aims to deliver an exceptional service to its members, adding value through the provision of
practical, tailored solutions that promote business success, and by being their voice in government.

Media contacts

Chris Gorman
Media and PR Assistant
Tel: 01565 626016
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ISDN: 01565 654673
Mobile/out of hours: 07775 756300
Email: chris.gorman(at)fpb(dot)org

Phil McCabe
Media and PR Manager
Tel: 01565 626019
ISDN: 01565 654673
Mobile/out of hours: 07775 756312
Email: phil.mccabe(at)fpb(dot)org

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How Not to be Written Off by 'Feverish’ Recruitment Agencies - New Advice
for Jobseekers from Careerplan4.me
Job hunters need to take positive action and find ways to stand out - or consider being their own
recruiter, say experts at www.careerplan4.me.
(PRWEB) May 24, 2010 -- Job hunters who’ve recently been made redundant are increasingly feeling ignored by
recruitment agencies, say job market experts www.careerplan4.me. With the recruitment industry in disarray
after substantial job losses, low morale and new market pressures, it’s not surprising that many job applicants can
feel overlooked. Experts say jobseekers need to find better ways to get noticed and supported by recruitment
consultancies.

 “Jobseekers need to take positive action and find ways to stand out,” says Tor Macleod, of Careerplan4.me.
“There are some key steps that will help jobseekers in their job search, but the onus is increasingly on the
jobseeker. Understanding what makes a recruiter tick can help them get one step ahead. The recruitment industry
can have a reputation of being a high profit, aggressive industry, so understand the system and work with it. The
key is coming across as a winning applicant - one they can easily place in one of their clients’ businesses.”

 Market conditions have dramatically affected the way recruiters work – and how they are paid. Because of
feverish competition between recruiters, increased demands from employers, a high influx of applicants and fewer
job openings, recruiters are spending less time qualifying applicants.

 “It’s all about the rush to be first to get a CV to the hiring company to ensure that potential commission comes
their way,” explains Tor. “Previous qualifying time could be seen by jobseekers as positive attention and good
for career advice, but now it is speed of service, rather than quality of service, that most matters in the market.
Frankly, that’s not what quality recruiters are happy with, but it’s a daily truth.”

Rules of thumb:

Make your CV as compelling as possible. Understand and clearly state your ‘transferable’ skills, ie, what you do
well that another employer will find valuable.

 Be clear where you can be marketed effectively. By career planning , you will be able to provide concise
information to your recruiter, which saves them valuable time. Which industries or companies will suit you well?
What roles?

Have a positive outlook; be confident and passionate about what you do.

Offer extra value to the recruiter by recommending friends or colleagues who they may be able to place.

Let them know if you’ve heard of companies that are hiring.

Offer to change your CV to match the job descriptions. In different times, a recruiter would do this for you, but
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they are short of time and long on pressure.

Once a recruiter has put you in touch with a company, do not contact their client directly.

 Do not hassle your recruiters. It’s a bit like dating. Desperation is a turn-off. After the first interview with their
client, it is ok to send your recruiter a quick email or text to say how it went, but no more. If there are 6 others
being interviewed, understand that it could be another 2 weeks or so before a decision is made.

Empathise with your recruiter – they have tough targets and are working in a dramatically different market.

 Do not expect ego-stroking. In better times, recruiters could spend more time boosting your confidence or
helping you understand your strengths.

Be selective. Only use a recruiter if you think they’ll do a better job than you, otherwise manage it yourself.


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 At the end of the day, using a recruitment agency is just one of the ways to secure a new job. So how can you be
your own recruiter?


 Realise that it’s a numbers game. The more activity you create, the more contacts you make, the more success
(and optimism) you’ll have.

Understand your value proposition. Just what is it that makes you a good hire?

Career planning is important to plot your route ahead. Set tough targets within your own ‘go to market’ strategy.
How many CVs will you send out each week? How many new companies will you track via LinkedIn? How
many relevant people will you connect with?

 There is no point in selling ice to Eskimos, so research the marketplace well. Online career planning tools can
teach you the best tips.

 Find out where recruitment activity is happening. If one company is hiring, their competitors will potentially be
doing the same.

 Recruitment is cyclical. While one industry is doing badly, another may be picking up. Once a company has
reached its recruitment targets, it will stop hiring. In a few months, that will change.

Change your CV as often as is necessary. It is a necessity to match as well as possible to each job description.

Empathise with the HR team within the company. Passionate and confident is good, needy or overpowering is
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not.



 Careerplan4.me provides a range of online career planning tools to help professionals who’ve been made
redundant to find a new career. www.Careerplan4.me gives a competitive advantage over other jobseekers, helps
break down the often daunting task of finding a new job and focus on the positive aspects of redundancy. It
firstly offers career planning resources to assess skills, identify key strengths and areas for development and helps
set objectives and goals. It then provides door-opening tools such as jobhunt4.me which scours 350,000
companies’ job sites; Mandis, the UK’s leading business intelligence provider; CareerSiteAdvisor to help
understand the modern day job market; as well as advice to use technology and the Internet successfully, in the
same way as employers and recruiters.

For more information, visit www.careerplan4.me.

Press enquiries, please contact Kay Phelps on phone + 44 7710 043244; T: + 44 1932 789524.

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Payday Powers Up its Affiliate Package
Payday Power has recently finished integrating its affiliate program which will allow its affiliates
and partners to send traffic direct to the website and earn commission on loan applications.
(PRWEB) May 24, 2010 -- Payday Power a UK based payday loans website which offers small same day loans
often in less than 1 hour to employed UK residents. Loans range from £50 up to £800 which will then need to be
repaid on the lenders next payday or agreed date.

 What singles Payday Power out from other Payday loan sites and affiliate packages is that affiliates will be able
to login directly to their account and track loan conversions and commissions in real time. Affiliates may attach
various tracking codes to their campaigns and so can differentiate between various campaigns from email and
PPC and see exactly which ones work and which ones don’t.

Affiliates signing up to this system will also be able to track and monitor their own sub-affiliates and campaigns,
making this one of the most flexible systems available.

 Commissions match the technical abilities and what is much more exciting is that affiliates may be paid on
additional follow up offers, even to applicants who did not receive or get their loans approved initially. Michael
the Marketing Director boasts that “Some of our new affiliates are achieving huge conversions and commissions
which work out to be over £2 or £3 per click, compared to around 50 pence or less on competitor sites, but it all
depends on the freshness and quality of the traffic…and then the follow up offers bump up the commissions in the
following days and weeks”.

Payday Power is now accepting applications from new affiliates wishing to join the programme.

To sign up or learn more visit:

www.paydaypower.co.uk/affiliates-programme.php

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Debt reduction plans backed by three quarters of small firms, survey finds
More than three quarters of small firms back moves to tackle Britain’s record deficit, a new
Forum of Private Business survey has found.
(PRWeb UK) May 19, 2010 -- More than three quarters of small firms back moves to tackle Britain’s record
deficit, a new Forum of Private Business survey has found.

When asked what the new Government’s immediate priorities should be, 77% of respondents to the
Forum’s latest Referendum ballot listed repayment of the national debt.

 The issue emerged as the single most prominent concern among SMEs polled by the Forum – apparently
endorsing the new coalition Government’s strong emphasis on rapid deficit reduction.

 Stronger regulation of utility companies and banks was the next most popular priority listed by small
business owners, finding favour with 62% of those surveyed. This was closely followed by simplification of
the tax system, on 61%.

 Commenting on the findings, the Forum’s research manager Thomas Parry said: “The one clear and
consistent message to come out of this survey is that business owners want to see the deficit dealt with, and
dealt with fast.

 “Many small businesses will be hit by tax rises and spending cuts, just like everyone else. However, I think
our members take the view that the economy can’t continue servicing such a dangerous level of debt and it
needs to be dealt with sooner rather than later, for the whole country’s sake.”

 The Forum’s latest Referendum ballot, which was completed by members just before the General Election,
also appears to indicate that some business owners will be happy with the Conservative/Liberal Democrat
coalition.

 The Conservative Party was easily the most popular party among the small firms surveyed. The Tories
found favour with 61% of respondents – way above the 36% share of the vote that the party won among
the general electorate.

 However, perhaps surprisingly, the Lib Dems were the third most popular party among small business
owners – and twice as popular as Labour. When asked which party best understood the needs of their
businesses, only around 2.9% of Forum members said Labour, compared to 5.5% for the Lib Dems.

The Liberals also appear to be more agreeable to small firms than that Scottish and Welsh nationalists –
SNP and Plaid Cymru attracted the backing of just 2% of Forum members in the two countries.

Mr Parry commented: “The Lib Dems aren’t traditionally thought of as being the party of small
businesses, but perhaps the popularity of stronger regulation of perceived monopolies among Forum
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members partly explains why they emerged as the third most popular party in this survey.

 “Since the global financial crisis, the Lib Dems have been very vocal about the need for tighter controls on
the banks, so perhaps this message has won them some support among SMEs.”

However, the Lib Dems attracted significantly less support than UKIP, which emerged as the second most
popular political party among Forum members. The anti-EU group found favour with 7.4% of small
businesses polled, despite managing only a 3% share of votes overall in the election.

 In addition, almost a quarter (around 23%) of Referendum respondents said they feel that absolutely none
of the political parties understand their business and its needs, reflecting a considerable amount of
disillusionment.

 Referendum 192 also found that small business owners appear to have been largely unaffected by the
election itself and its uncertain aftermath. When asked ‘What impact do you feel electioneering has had on
your business?’, 63% replied with ‘no impact’.

 Additionally, reducing local taxation was the most popular option for Forum members when asked
‘Where could support to your business be improved locally?’ A solid 57% supported such measures.

This was followed by parking and transport issues, which was selected by 41% of respondents, and crime
prevention, on 30%.

ENDS

Notes to editors

Images of key Forum spokespeople, along with the Forum’s logo, can be downloaded here.

Twitter account - http://twitter.com/the_fpb

Forum blog - http://blog.fpb.org

LinkedIn group: Small business forum -
http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=2481461&trk=anet_ug_hm

Follow the Forum’s Chief Executive Phil Orford on Twitter - http://twitter.com/philorford

About the Forum of Private Business

 Representing thousands of small businesses across the UK – including retail, service providers and
manufacturing companies – the Forum is recognised by the Government as one of the six main business
support and lobby groups.
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Broadcast media – the Forum has ISDN capability and can provide comment, in quality audio, at short
notice. The Forum can also provide journalists with localised and sector-specific case studies.

 The Forum is a proactive, not-for-profit organisation, providing comprehensive support, protection and
reassurance to small businesses.

 The organisation aims to deliver an exceptional service to its members, adding value through the provision
of practical, tailored solutions that promote business success, and by being their voice in government.

Media contacts

Chris Gorman
Media and PR Assistant
Tel: 01565 626016
ISDN: 01565 654673
Mobile/out of hours: 07775 756300
Email: chris.gorman(at)fpb(dot)org

Phil McCabe
Media and PR Manager
Tel: 01565 626019
ISDN: 01565 654673
Mobile/out of hours: 07775 756312
Email: phil.mccabe(at)fpb(dot)org

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Forum of Private Business
http://www.fpb.org
01565 626016


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Promethean Joined by Jim Wynn as Chief Education Officer
Promethean appoints Jim Wynn to its senior management team as chief education officer
Blackburn, Lancashire (PRWEB) May 16, 2010 -- Promethean, a world leader in the rapidly growing global
market for interactive learning technology, has announced the appointment of Jim Wynn to its senior management
team as chief education officer.

 Jim has over three decades of experience in education technology across more than fifty countries. He joins
Promethean from Cisco, where he led their public sector consultancy for emerging markets, with an emphasis on
education. Jim's previous appointments include head teacher of two secondary schools in the UK where he
pioneered the use of ICT, head of research at RM Plc, and partners in learning lead for EMEA at Microsoft.

 Jim's in depth global experience, both in education systems and serving education for highly recognised
technology players, will further strengthen Promethean's leading global position in the interactive learning
technology market.

 Jean-Yves Charlier, chief executive officer of Promethean, commented: "We are delighted that Jim is joining
Promethean. His knowledge of education systems across the world, together with the benefits technology can
bring to learning, will be invaluable in further shaping Promethean's strategy and continued development of
innovative products for the classroom."

 Jim's appointment will help to strengthen Promethean's pledge to bring to life the promise of 21st century
learning, improving engagement and results for learners and teachers alike through the use of interactive
whiteboards (http://www.prometheanworld.com/ ) and other interactive learning technologies.

Notes to editors:

 About Promethean - Lighting the flame of learning
 Promethean's aim is to unlock the potential of human achievement in education and training at all ages around
the world. It does so by creating, developing, supplying and supporting leading edge, interactive learning
technology and by encouraging the growth of the world's largest online teacher community in this field.

 The market for interactive learning technology is fast growing and global. In this market, Promethean is a world
leader. Developed for teachers, Promethean's ActivClassroom brings together its ActivBoard Interactive
whiteboard (http://www.prometheanworld.com/server.php?show=nav.15 ), its learner response systems
(http://www.prometheanworld.com/server.php?show=nav.16 ) (ActiVote and ActivExpression), and its suite of
specialised Activinspire (http://www.prometheanworld.com/server.php?show=nav.16874 ) teaching software.
They change how teachers and classes engage and interact, how students learn and how they are monitored and
assessed.

Beyond the classroom, Promethean provides comprehensive training and support and, with over 500,000
members, the rapidly growing Promethean Planet is the world's largest online community for users of interactive
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display system technology, providing user-generated and premium content, and is a forum for teachers to
exchange ideas and experience.

Press enquiries:
Tracey McLaine
Promethean Press Office
TDS House
Lower Phillips Road
Whitebirk Industrial Estate
Blackburn
Lancashire
BB1 5TH
+44 (0)1254 290752
www.prometheanworld.com

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Business group welcomes new PM and imminent Tory/Lib Dem coalition
The Forum of Private Business has given a cautious welcome to the appointment of the new
Prime Minister, David Cameron, and his stated intention to form a coalition government between
his party and the Liberal Democrats.
(PRWeb UK) May 14, 2010 -- The Forum of Private Business has given a cautious welcome to the appointment
of the new Prime Minister, David Cameron, and his stated intention to form a coalition government between his
party and the Liberal Democrats.

 The small business support group hopes this evening’s announcement will mark the start of a stable and
functional administration, which is committed to ensuring economic recovery.

 Forum chief executive Phil Orford said: “There’s no doubt that the past week has been an anxious and worrying
time for small business owners.

 “Smaller firms urgently need some degree of certainty so they can begin to plan for the future. Hopefully, Mr
Cameron’s appointment will herald the beginning of a workable government which will ensure economic stability
and give smaller firms the confidence to aspire and grow.”

 Mr Orford added: “I would just like to reiterate the Forum’s previous calls for politicians of all political
persuasions to show responsibility and put aside their differences in order to avoid pushing the UK into further
economic turmoil. It is imperative that our MPs put aside point-scoring and work together to make Britain a stable
and prosperous place to run a business.”

 Recent Forum research found that almost three quarters (70%) of small business owners were already finding it
difficult to plan for 2010, even before last week’s general election result.

The Forum has already set out what it thinks the priorities for the new Government should be in its election
manifesto, which has been circulated among prospective MPs and policymakers.

 • Free enterprise
 The Forum believes that the greatest drivers of growth in the UK economy will come from small businesses, with
new ideas borne in rapidly changing sectors and developed at a speed that traditional models of government
spending will not have the agility to support.
 • Fiscal responsibility
 Securing the UK's reputation as a good place to do business will mean bringing Britain's finances under control.
That will mean a combination of smart taxation and smarter cuts to public spending.
 • Stability
 Whichever party is elected, the Forum believes that any drastic cuts to government programmes and initiatives
should be balanced out with the need to ameliorate the damage of the recession. Put simply, there should be a
continuity of support that goes beyond party politics.
 • New technologies, new markets
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 As new technologies develop and new markets open around the world, there should be equal opportunities for
small businesses to develop new business models in innovative ways.

 The Forum is also calling on the new Government to completely scrap the planned rise in National Insurance
Contributions. The Conservatives have pledged to cut that rise in half but the Forum is arguing that it should be
dropped completely to avoid taxing employment as the economy heads out of recession.

 The Forum’s Tax and Budget Member Panel recently found that 68% of small businesses feel that the tax burden
is already unfair for small employers and 65% said that taxes overall are a serious problem for their business.

Images of key Forum spokespeople, along with the Forum’s logo, can be downloaded here.

Twitter account - http://twitter.com/the_fpb

Forum blog - http://blog.fpb.org

LinkedIn group: Small business forum -
http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=2481461&trk=anet_ug_hm

Follow the Forum’s Chief Executive Phil Orford on Twitter - http://twitter.com/philorford

About the Forum of Private Business

 Representing thousands of small businesses across the UK – including retail, service providers and
manufacturing companies – the Forum is recognised by the Government as one of the six main business
support and lobby groups.

Broadcast media – the Forum has ISDN capability and can provide comment, in quality audio, at short
notice. The Forum can also provide journalists with localised and sector-specific case studies.

 The Forum is a proactive, not-for-profit organisation, providing comprehensive support, protection and
reassurance to small businesses.

 The organisation aims to deliver an exceptional service to its members, adding value through the provision
of practical, tailored solutions that promote business success, and by being their voice in government.

Media contacts

Chris Gorman
Media and PR Assistant
Tel: 01565 626016
ISDN: 01565 654673
Mobile/out of hours: 07775 756300
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Email:       chris(dot)gorman(at)fpb(dot)org

Phil McCabe
Media and PR Manager
Tel: 01565 626019
ISDN: 01565 654673
Mobile/out of hours: 07775 756312
Email: phil(dot)mccabe(at)fpb(dot)org

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New national insurance policy better for small firms and jobs, says Forum of
Private Business
The Forum of Private Business is welcoming the new Liberal Democrat and Conservative
coalition government’s decision to scrap the planned 1% hike in employers’ national insurance
(NI) for many staff members, a policy that had been met with strong opposition from business
groups.
(PRWeb UK) May 14, 2010 -- The Forum of Private Business is welcoming the new Liberal Democrat and
Conservative coalition government’s decision to scrap the planned 1% hike in employers’ national insurance (NI)
for many staff members, a policy that had been met with strong opposition from business groups.

 The ‘tax on jobs’ had been scheduled to take place in 2011 – when many analysts anticipate small businesses will
be seeking to recruit in earnest in order to meet renewed demand.

 Although the 1% employers’ NI rise remains for staff earning more than £20,800, the threshold at which they
begin paying NI on employees earning up to that figure will increase by £21 per week - meaning most will be
spared a major tax increase in return for retaining staff and taking on new employees.

 “Small businesses did not want this tax on jobs because clearly it would have been a major barrier to staff
retention and job creation and would have hindered economic recovery,” said the Forum’s Chief Executive Phil
Orford. “For the majority of employers it would have proved to be an unpopular and unworkable tax rise.
Although not perfect, the new coalition government’s policy on NI is far better and provides a degree of certainty
for business growth now and in the future.”

 According to the latest Economy Watch member panel survey carried out by the Forum 43% of small businesses
selected the cost of employment as the joint biggest barrier to recruitment along with economic conditions and the
‘local business climate’.

 The interim results of the Forum’s quarterly Referendum survey, which is published on Thursday 19 May, show
that 60.8% of respondents believe the new government should prioritise ‘tax simplification’ while 45.9% selected
‘reducing barriers to employment’ and 38.5% ‘a fairer distribution of the tax burden’.

 In a statement released today coinciding with the new administration’s first ever joint press conference, in which
the Conservative Party’s David Cameron promised a “new politics” of “reassurance and stability”, the
Government confirmed its plans to increase employers’ NI threshold.

 The move was originally drawn up by the Conservative’s following the backlash over the previous
administration’s plan to increase NI for both employees and employers by 1%.

 In addition, the party planned to increase the threshold for employees’ NI contributions. However, following
today’s announcement employees will continue to pay 1% more in NI.

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 Instead, the money that would have been used to fund the Conservative’s proposed employee NI threshold
increases will be used to help lower and middle income earners in the form of a rise in income tax personal
allowances from April 2011.

 Formed in 1977, the Forum of Private Business is evolving following a year of intensive research about the real
needs of small businesses.

 As an invaluable extension to its members’ teams the not-for-profit organisation has developed a range of
tailored business solutions to support, protect and reassure small firms throughout the lifecycle of their businesses.

These are: ‘Finance Director’, ‘Legal Director’, ‘HR Director’, ‘Health and Safety Director’, ‘Development
Director’, ‘Purchasing Director’, ‘Communications Director’ and ‘Managing Director’.

 For full list of services under each solution and/or membership package, visit www.fpb.org/membership or call
0845 612 6266.

Broadcast media – the Forum has ISDN capability and can provide comment, in quality audio, at short
notice.

The FPB can also provide journalists with localised and sector-specific case studies.

About the Forum of Private Business

 A not-for-profit organisation, the Forum of Private Business provides a personal, friendly and highly
tailored service to its members – with the primary purpose of helping them run their businesses more
profitably.

 Representing thousands of small businesses across the UK – including retail, service providers and
manufacturing companies – the Forum is recognised by the Government as one of the six main business
support and lobby groups. It uses this position to influence decision-makers in the UK and Brussels on the
issues that matter to small businesses. Visit www.fpb.org.

 The Forum helps owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses to comply with regulations
via its dedicated member helpline, 24-hour legal advice line, and Health and Safety Guide, Employment
Guide and Credit Control Guide.

 In addition, the Forum’s www.smallbusinesschannel.co.uk was launched in June 2009, providing a wealth
of free video advice and information on a range of topics to business owners and managers.

The Forum is a proud supporter of the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG):
www.fpb.org/charity

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Careerplan4.me Experts Say Sky News' Report on Unemployment Figures
Highlights New Shift to 'Fractional' Work
"The quiet cultural shift for business and people is phenomenal". People made redundant are
turning to work with a number of employers, sharing their time to suit their individual needs.
(PRWEB) May 14, 2010 -- Over 8 million people in the UK are no longer working, according to Sky News’
report on the latest Office for National Statistics figures.

 In the last quarter alone, 88,000 people have either stopped looking for work, are students or are carers. Yet,
people claiming unemployment benefit fell by over 27,000 (to 1.52 million).

 Experts at www.careerplan4.me believe that the figures highlight the trend for people to work in a number
of part-time or freelance roles.

 Tor Macleod, co-founder of www.careerplan4.me believes people are adapting to their new situation by
reducing spending and finding new sources of income, which doesn’t include claiming benefit. “The quiet
cultural shift we are seeing is phenomenal. Many people initially think that when they are made redundant
, they’ll be able to walk into a similar role, but from our perspective, that is changing dramatically.
 “The ONS figures show that 6000 less jobs were available last quarter, and we see that truth daily; the
same roles aren’t as readily available, and if they are, they are often at reduced salaries.”

 Leon Benjamin, author of Winning by Sharing, says, “We’re experiencing continuous changes in the way
we work and do business, but people haven’t necessarily seen the full the cultural shift yet. The emergence
of the network economy and its implications for corporations, employees and portfolio workers is immense.
 People are working and conducting business in completely different ways, which are at odds with the
traditional nature of the firm and its command and control of organisational structures”.

 Careerplan4.me believes the modern day economy highlights jobseekers’ need to embrace new technology
and processes to help them on the road to ‘fractional work’.
 Macleod continues, “Work now is often not a single unit, it can be made up of fragmented, part-time or
freelance jobs where increasingly people share their time between different employers – and make it work
for their specific needs. If people understand the shift and get the career planning tools they need, they
can work it to their advantage”.

 Careerplan4.me provides a range of online career planning tools to help professionals who’ve been made
redundant to find a new career. www.Careerplan4.me gives a competitive advantage over other
jobseekers, helps break down the often daunting task of finding a new job and focus on the positive aspects
of redundancy. It firstly offers career planning resources to assess skills, identify key strengths and areas
for development and helps set objectives and goals. It then provides door-opening tools such as
jobhunt4.me which scours 350,000 companies’ job sites; Mandis, the UK’s leading business intelligence
provider; CareerSiteAdvisor to help understand the modern day job market; as well as advice to use
technology and the Internet successfully, in the same way as employers and recruiters.
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Financial Support For Mps, But Four Out Of Five Constituents Get Nothing If
They Lose Their Jobs Says British Insurance
MPs who lost their seats at this year’s Election are unlikely to suffer the same fate as four out of
five constituents who do not have unemployment insurance and so face spiralling debts if they’re
made redundant says independent provider, British Insurance.
(PRWEB) May 9, 2010 -- In a recent survey* undertaken for British Insurance, it was found that the 80% of
workers without any cover are hopeful their savings, families, the State, credit cards or even the Lottery will bail
them out, should they lose their monthly income, unlike MPs who receive financial support in the form of a
‘resettlement package’.

 The top three preferred sources of ‘income’ to pay bills outside of a salary were; savings (half of the
respondents), followed by families and State benefits. Worryingly, 13% aim to extend their debts by using credit
cards and 4% favour a Lottery win to see them through hard times.

 British Insurance Managing Director, Nel Mooy, comments: "The alarming number of workers without a
financial support mechanism suggests a high level of confidence in job security. However our findings contradict
this – 51% are worried about redundancy in this current economic climate and 67% know someone who has lost
their job in the last year."

 The unemployment insurance provider commissioned research in a bid to highlight that although the
Government has financial safeguards in place to support MPs who lose their seats, the same cannot be said
for workers across the UK.

 It questioned full and part-time employees on their attitudes to unemployment cover, their understanding
of this form of payment protection insurance and their opinion on how they would manage debts if they
lost their job.

 Nel continues: "I applaud any initiative that helps cushion the blow of a job loss, but sadly only a selective
few have the luxury of an employer-backed scheme, e.g. redundancy protection. Most people must take
responsibility for their own financial well-being in the event of redundancy and I am concerned so few have
done that, especially in light of the current economic uncertainty and change of Government."

 Feedback suggests a high proportion are prepared to ‘wing it’ if they lose their salary, despite 63%
without redundancy insurance cover appreciating its benefits. The main reasons for declining to buy are;
it’s too expensive, don’t like it, can’t afford it or have enough to cover household bills.

 Nel concludes; "There’s a misconception that cover is too expensive and I urge people to shop around
online and compare premiums in the same way they would their home or motor insurance – they could be
pleasantly surprised. What is most worrying is the number of people prepared to chip away at their
hard-earned savings or rely on others if they lose their salary. Equally disturbing are the high proportion
of respondents who believe State benefits are sufficient.
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 Given the weekly Jobseeker’s Allowance is £65.45 – barely enough for a weekly shop – debts could quickly
escalate out of control, especially as 32% say they need between £501 and £1000 a month to meet their
household bills, 27% require between £1001 and £1500 and 20% want between £1501 and £2000."

 Unemployment insurance pays out if the claimant loses an income due to redundancy. Also known as
Payment Protection Insurance, there are options to include accident and sickness as the reason behind a
lost income.

 Monthly premiums are priced dependent on the amount of benefit the policyholder is looking to receive
and tax free payments can be made for up to a year. Payment protection cover is available specifically to
meet mortgage, loan or credit card monthly repayment costs or to pay a wider range of bills such as rent,
utility, council tax and food.

 British Insurance recently launched a Mortgage Payment Protection Insurance Policy with
unemployment-only options. It covers up to £2000 worth of mortgage payments, including any related
expenses such as endowment savings plans, and varies its waiting periods between 30 and 180 days.
 There’s a ‘back to work assistance’ service and carer cover, ensuring those who have to leave work to care
for a family member for up to a year, still receive an income.

 A 35-year-old looking to protect mortgage payments of £1000 a month and opting for unemployment-only
cover with a 30-day waiting period would pay £32.30 per month, equating to £3.23 per £100 of benefit.

  British Insurance has won numerous awards as a provider of payment protection products and for service
delivery. Further information on Payment Protection Insurance can be found at www.britishinsurance.com
.

Note to Editors

 *Survey undertaken by TNS Omnibus - 665 16-64 year-old full or part-time workers were questioned
online from 29 April – 4 May 2010.

British Insurance is a widely-recognised consumer champion and one of the UK’s leading independent
providers of Payment Protection Insurance.

 British Insurance is a trading name of Towergate Underwriting Group Limited who are authorised and
regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

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iTEFLcourses.com Offers a Guaranteed Teaching Placement Abroad For All
iTEFL Course Graduates, After Just Two Weeks TEFL Training
Adventurous men and women looking for a fresh start, ready for a new career move or simply
hungry to escape the rat race can now receive immediate TEFL training in any one of twenty five
locations around the globe, in just two weeks.
(PRWEB) May 9, 2010 -- Adventurous men and women looking for a fresh start, ready for a new career move or
simply hungry to escape the rat race can now receive immediate TEFL training in any one of twenty five locations
around the globe, in just two weeks. http://www.iteflcourses.com

 The iTEFL group provides internationally recognised TEFL certificates to work abroad Teaching English
as a Foreign Language. This is ideal for adults of all backgrounds, as the iTEFL courses offer numerous
benefits:
 * Students at iTEFL have the incredible opportunity to earn money while travelling, to immerse
themselves in a foreign culture, to meet new friends and to make a positive difference to the lives of people
around the world.
 * Applicants with no previous teacher training or experience are as welcome to enrol with iTEFL as
applicants with extensive prior experience.
 * Students can choose from iTEFL training centers in the UK, Americas, Asia, Europe or Australia.
 * iTEFL is recognised not only for their outstanding reputation in the industry, but also for their excellent
Student Support Services.
 * Classes with iTEFL are challenging, fast-paced and intensive, while ensuring that students have plenty of
free time to relax and explore the local area.
 * Upon completing the course, students will receive an internationally recognised TEFL certificate for life,
which is fully accredited.
 This new accredited iTEFL certificate course is split into two components. Participants will first complete
a 40 hour online iTEFL course module prior to arrival. They will then take part in the two week onsite
component at one of the twenty five iTEFL training centers around the world.

 "This course was designed after extensive feedback from our other course graduates. Many have felt the
standard four week TEFL course was just too long. They stated that they would have taken a shorter
option if it had been available," says Annika Pahlsson, Program Manager of iTEFL.
http://www.iteflcourses.com

 "The challenge for us was to cram the four week TEFL course into two weeks, which proved to be
impossible. Our solution was to split the course between a 40 hour online iTEFL module, which
participants will complete before they arrive, and a two week face-to-face iTEFL course where the focus is
on the more practical aspects, such as lesson planning and teaching practice. This means participants will
have already completed most of the grammar and theory modules before they arrive at the iTEFL training
center, giving them the opportunity to enjoy a more relaxed learning experience at their preferred
location."

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iTEFL has long attracted travelers and backpackers from around the world to their flagship course on
Koh Samui, Thailand with its pristine beaches and relaxed lifestyle.

 The complete iTEFL course meets the international TEFL certification standards of 120 hour including 6
hours of teaching practice. In addition, iTEFL are committed to serving the local community by providing
free English lessons to local students who otherwise could not afford them.
 http://www.iteflcourses.com

 "It's always a bit of a struggle for TEFL participants who study in such exciting locations as they feel like
they're on holiday. But this unique TEFL course will allow everyone enough free time to relax and explore
the area,” Annika explains.

iTEFL have been running TEFL programs in Thailand for over 8 years. Annika is so confident in their
TEFL courses that she is prepared to offer all participants two bold guarantees, an industry first.

 "No other TEFL course providers are prepared to offer guarantees," says Annika “And you should ask
yourself why not? We're prepared to offer our students two additional cast iron guarantees on top of our
standard ones. This has never been done before but I'm happy to stick my neck out. The first guarantee is
straight forward: If you join any one of our two week TEFL courses in Thailand and find you are not
satisfied at the end of your first day, you can leave and get a full refund of your fees."

 iTEFL guarantees that if you follow our instructions, but are unable to find a paid teaching job after 12
months of completing the iTEFL course, you can receive a full refund of your tuition. “We’ll even give you
a cheque for USD $100 for wasting your time,” Annika adds. “I think that's a very reasonable offer."

With guarantees like that it's no surprise the courses are almost full!

 The new iTEFL two week courses will launch on 30th July 2010 and are now open for applications. Those
interested may contact Annika by telephone at UK: 0800 6899 120 or USA: 1800 491 6315 Full details can
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Small firms urgently need post-election certainty, warns business group
The Forum of Private Business has commented on the high likelihood of a hung Parliament.
(PRWeb UK) May 7, 2010 -- The Forum of Private Business has commented on the high likelihood of a hung
Parliament.

While remaining politically neutral, the small business support group had hoped one party would win an overall
majority in order to secure swift economic recovery.

 However, with the election result creating an uncertain outcome, the Forum is calling for MPs to put aside their
differences and create a functioning administration as soon as possible.

 The Forum believes small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are crucial to Britain’s economic recovery, with
the potential to create jobs and spearhead innovation. But the not-for-profit organisation is concerned that the
uncertainty and confusion caused by a hung Parliament will jeopardise this and hamper business owners’ attempts
to plan ahead.

 Recent Forum research found that almost three quarters (70%) of small business owners were already finding it
difficult to plan for 2010, even before this morning’s general election result. With a hung Parliament potentially
threatening to hold up tax and spending proposals aimed at tackling Britain’s record deficit, this uncertainly is
likely to increase further.

 Forum Chief Executive Phil Orford said: “I expect many smaller businesses will be disappointed that the election
has resulted in a hung Parliament.

“However, the outcome can’t be changed so it is vital that the newly-elected MPs put aside party politics and
work together to come up with a credible system of governance.

 “With the economy still in a very precarious state and a mountain of public debt to be tackled, businesses owners
need our elected representatives to move away from inter-party point-scoring and show political responsibility.”

 Mr Orford added: “Small businesses are the lifeblood of UK Plc. I would urge all the political parties to do
everything they can to come to a swift, workable consensus in order to secure the prosperity of Britain’s SMEs
and the wider economy.”

The Forum has already set out what it thinks the priorities for the new Government should be in its election
manifesto, which has been circulated among prospective MPs and policymakers.

Those priorities are:

• Free enterprise
The Forum believes that the greatest drivers of growth in the UK economy will come from small businesses, with
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new ideas borne in rapidly changing sectors and developed at a speed that traditional models of government
spending will not have the agility to support.
 • Fiscal responsibility
 Securing the UK's reputation as a good place to do business will mean bringing Britain's finances under control.
That will mean a combination of smart taxation and smarter cuts to public spending.
 • Stability
 Whichever party is elected, the Forum believes that any drastic cuts to government programmes and initiatives
should be balanced out with the need to ameliorate the damage of the recession. Put simply, there should be a
continuity of support that goes beyond party politics.
 • New technologies, new markets
 As new technologies develop and new markets open around the world, there should be equal opportunities for
small businesses to develop new business models in innovative ways.

 The Forum is also calling on the new Government to completely scrap the planned rise in National Insurance
Contributions. The Conservatives have pledged to cut that rise in half but the Forum is arguing that it should be
dropped completely to avoid taxing employment as the economy heads out of recession.
 The Forum’s Tax and Budget Member Panel recently found that 68% of small businesses feel that the tax burden
is already unfair for small employers and 65% said that taxes overall are a serious problem for their business.

Notes to editors

Images of key Forum spokespeople, along with the Forum’s logo, can be downloaded here.

Twitter account - http://twitter.com/the_fpb

Forum blog - http://blog.fpb.org

LinkedIn group: Small business forum -
http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=2481461&trk=anet_ug_hm

Follow the Forum’s Chief Executive Phil Orford on Twitter - http://twitter.com/philorford

About the Forum of Private Business

 Representing thousands of small businesses across the UK – including retail, service providers and
manufacturing companies – the Forum is recognised by the Government as one of the six main business
support and lobby groups.

Broadcast media – the Forum has ISDN capability and can provide comment, in quality audio, at short
notice. The Forum can also provide journalists with localised and sector-specific case studies.

 The Forum is a proactive, not-for-profit organisation, providing comprehensive support, protection and
reassurance to small businesses.
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 The organisation aims to deliver an exceptional service to its members, adding value through the provision
of practical, tailored solutions that promote business success, and by being their voice in government.

Media contacts

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Henley Business School Reveals HR Paying Lip Service to Coaching
Henley Business School has revealed the results of a recent survey that suggests that only a few
HR professionals make the development of a coaching culture their number one priority.
St. Albans, Herts (PRWEB) May 8, 2010 -- Henley Business School has revealed the results of its Corporate
Learning Priorities survey which shows coaching remains high up the list of development priorities for 2010.
However, while 61% of respondents said developing a coaching culture was one of their top 5 priorities, only 9%
made it their 1st or 2nd priority.

 Henley has suggested that this reflects an uncertainty about how to go about creating a coaching culture and
concern as to whether the senior team will support the initiative. In addition, a quarter of respondents made
'developing leadership coaching
(http://www.henley.reading.ac.uk/executiveeducation/HenleyCoachingServices/cl-HenleyCoachingServices.aspx
) skills' their first or second priority.

 Dr Patricia Bossons, Director of Coaching Services at Henley Business School (http://www.henley.reading.ac.uk/
), commented: "I am hearing from clients and students alike that coaching has never been more important since it
helps maintain clarity and resourcefulness in people driving business recovery. The fact that so many in the
survey recognize the importance of coaching yet few appear to make it a high priority may be because coaching
is seen as a process, rather than a specific 'management development
(http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/CSTD/managementdevelopment/cstd-leadership.aspx )' area, such as strategic
thinking or managing change. It is also still perceived by many to be something that lies in the hands of HR, or
external coaches, so coaching skills development can easily be seen as someone else's responsibility."

 She added: "Coaching can be the 'oil' that enables the rest of a management development agenda deliver tangible
outcomes and results. A senior strategic leadership programme for example, is going to have much longer lasting
impact, and a much greater return on investment, if each individual is supported by an independent coach as they
go through their programme. Individuals recognize this, which is why the statistics in the research show
leadership coaching skills development as a high priority."

 Atkins Plc approached Henley Business School because it wanted to be able to have more open, adult and
constructive conversations with its top 100 managers and an honest exchange of views about current performance
and future potential. The senior team felt that understanding exactly where their leaders saw their own futures and
articulating how the organisation saw those leaders developing was critical in building a succession strategy that
would deliver business goals.

 The Dialogue Programme was created, which included a two-day workshop preceded by a detailed process of
data gathering and working to guidelines given by Henley. This included career history to date, current
aspirations, psychometric and 360-degree feedback data. During the two-day workshop, there were self awareness
raising and skills development sessions facilitated by the tutor and two one-to-one sessions with a personal coach.
The coaching sessions were designed to help the individual reflect in the moment about the issues being raised by
the programme.
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 Brian Fitzgerald, HR Director Group Talent Management, commented: "For the company, an in depth dialogue
with top talent is now providing insights that didn't previously exist on a consistent basis. This enhances
knowledge of current capabilities and aids succession planning aligned with the company's future strategy."

 Notes to editors:
 The Henley Corporate Learning Priorities Survey 2010 can be downloaded from:
http://www.henley.reading.ac.uk/executiveeducation/cl-home.aspx
 Henley's Academic contact, Dr Patricia Bossons, can be reached on 01491 571454.

 About Henley Business School at the University of Reading
 Henley Business School is one of Europe's largest full-service business schools and offers a comprehensive range
of management courses (http://www.henley.reading.ac.uk/ ), from undergraduate business degrees to executive
education. Its portfolio also encompasses the world-ranked Henley MBA, Executive MBA and Flexible Learning
MBA, The Henley Doctor of Business Administration, PhD opportunities, and postgraduate Masters courses in
business. It is also one of the very few international business schools to hold triple accredited status (AMBA,
EQUIS, AACSB).

 Henley Business School was formed from the merger of Henley Management College and the Business School at
the University of Reading.

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Access Legal Makes First Manchester Hire
Access Legal from Shoosmiths makes Debra Woolfson its first Manchester hire
Birmingham, UK (PRWEB) May 8, 2010 -- Access Legal from Shoosmiths - national law firm Shoosmiths'
consumer legal services brand - has made its first Manchester hire.

 Partner and personal injury specialist Debra Woolfson becomes the first non-Lender Services Group employee at
the Spinningfields office.

 Her appointment comes two months after Shoosmiths announced it would go full service in Manchester, just a
year after opening in the city in January 2009.

 Partner and head of consumer services Judith Dorkins said: "Having said we'd go full service ahead of schedule
many people expected appointments in other corporate areas, ones that would naturally complement our lender
services offering.

 "But when someone of Debra's calibre becomes available you're almost obliged to strike while the iron's hot, and
if we're able to develop our personal injury work sooner rather than later then we'll do it. The opportunity
presented itself and we've grabbed it with both hands."

 Woolfson, who joins from Manchester's Pannone, has been running a varied caseload of personal injury claims,
including amputation, fatal and non-fatal road traffic collision cases, disease claims, and professional negligence
claims with a personal injury element.

 She said: "I have strong business development skills, so to be able to join Shoosmiths at this exciting time is a
perfect chance for me to help grow its presence here, and in an area that will also enable it to diversify its offering
more quickly."

 Access Legal from Shoosmith (http://www.access-legal.co.uk/ ) was launched on February 1 and offers more
than 100 legal services to consumers under seven headings: conveyancing; employment law; personal injury;
legal disputes; medical negligence; motoring; and wills, family and wealth. It is among corporate, commercial,
commercial property, employment, restructuring and insolvency, and regulatory services that Shoosmiths aims to
offer from its 3 Hardman Street base.

 About Access Legal
 Access Legal from Shoosmiths is the new consumer brand of top 30 national law firm Shoosmiths. From offices
in Basingstoke, Birmingham, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Nottingham, Reading and Southampton,
Access Legal from Shoosmiths offers more than 100 services to individuals and their families, whether they are
buying a house, looking for a personal injury solicitor
(http://www.access-legal.co.uk/services/personal-injury-solicitors-56.htm ) or writing a will. Services have been
grouped under seven headings: conveyancing; employment law; legal disputes; medical negligence; asbestos
claim (http://www.access-legal.co.uk/services/personal-injury-solicitors/asbestos-claims-150.htm ); personal
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injury claims (http://www.access-legal.co.uk/services/personal-injury-solicitors/personal-injury-claims-139.htm );
and wills, family and wealth. Access Legal from Shoosmiths makes it easier for people to get specialist advice
from legal professionals. Shoosmiths has more than 150 years' experience and advises household name corporate
clients.

For further information please contact:
Alastair Gray
PR & Communications Manager
Shoosmiths
7th Floor
125 Colmore Row
Birmingham
B3 3SH
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‘Self Deception’ Undermines Jobseekers' Route Back to Work after
Redundancy, According to New Guidance from Careerplan4.me Experts
Top five self deception problems highlighted to help people avoid pitfalls
(PRWeb UK) May 6, 2010 -- Jobseekers are taking too long to accept their redundancy and the market
conditions - and it’s affecting their chances of finding employment, say job market experts. A poll by
www.careerplan4.me coincidentally shows that 32% of people are taking over a month to register at their
local Jobcentre Plus, with 21% waiting 8 weeks. Fifty-four percent were earning more than £30k per
annum, while 13% were earning £60k or more.

The top 5 self-deception issues include:

•    Underestimating how long it might take to find a role in the current job market.
•    Assuming that a similar role to their previous one is available.
•    Not understanding ‘transferable’ skills that another company would value.
•    Believing that going to 5 interviews with recruitment agencies is going to 5 interviews for actual jobs.
•    Falling into a home-life or ‘school run’ routine and not working hard to find work.

 Tor Macleod, co-founder of www.careerplan4.me, says, “It’s well documented that people who’ve been
made redundant go through three emotional stages. The first stage is shock and denial, the second slips to
anger and depression. The third stage is acceptance and with that, the ability to move on. The problem is
that many people get stuck in the first stage, not thinking about how serious the problem is and how much
the job market has changed. My advice to anyone who has been made redundant or is at risk of losing
their job, is to move to the third stage of acceptance as soon as possible. This is where people move ahead
and start solving problems. Jobs are hard to come by, but to get a job, the faster you move, the better”.

 Richard Banks, also co-founder of www.careerplan4.me, adds, “Self deception is a major problem in
several ways. We’ve seen so many people who receive a redundancy package, giving them say 6 months’
salary, and with that decide to have some time off to relax, not least because the redundancy was so
bruising. They might play a few games of golf, spend some time with the kids, walk the dog, and so on. But
the trouble with this is that after a few months, they are not the IT, Sales or Finance Director of a large
well-known corporation any more - or any one from any company. They’ve been unemployed for 6 months
and that gap on a CV can speak volumes. It’s ironic that the recent ‘war for talent’ has become the war for
jobs”.

It is recommended that jobseekers:

• Start career planning to finding a new job as quickly as possible.
• Evaluate themselves and the market. Don’t believe that their job role is always going to exist. They
may need to redefine how they work.
• Learn how to be their own recruitment consultant. Understand and work the system.
• Don’t let things they used to do in spare time become their every full-day activity.
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 • Go to recruitment consultancies, but don’t expect the earth. It’s one route of many to get back to work.
 • Get involved in voluntary work, not least as it is good for motivation and looks good on a CV.
 • Join a local job club for networking. The support is important, plus people help each other back into
work through shared contacts.
 • Keep active and motivated. This positive mindset shows in an interview and can help convince
interviewers that they’re the right candidate.

 Careerplan4.me provides a range of online career planning tools to help professionals who’ve been made
redundant to find a new career. www.Careerplan4.me gives a competitive advantage over other
jobseekers, helps break down the often daunting task of finding a new job and focus on the positive aspects
of redundancy. It firstly offers career planning resources to assess skills, identify key strengths and areas
for development and helps set objectives and goals. It then provides door-opening tools such as
jobhunt4.me which scours 350,000 companies’ job sites; Mandis, the UK’s leading business intelligence
provider; CareerSiteAdvisor to help understand the modern day job market; as well as advice to use
technology and the Internet successfully, in the same way as employers and recruiters.

For more information, visit www.careerplan4.me.

 Press enquiries, please contact Kay Phelps on kay(at)bluepostdigital(dot)com or phone + 44 (0) 7710
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Small Businesses See Election as Platform for Change But Feel Threatened by
Uncertainty
Business owners see Thursday’s election as an opportunity to change Britain’s enterprise culture
for the better, with one in five intending to vote for the party they hope will manage the economy
most effectively, according to new research from the Forum of Private Business.
(PRWeb UK) May 5, 2010 -- Business owners see Thursday’s election as an opportunity to change Britain’s
enterprise culture for the better, with one in five intending to vote for the party they hope will manage the
economy most effectively, according to new research from the Forum of Private Business.

 But many fear their businesses could suffer because of the uncertainty created by unclear tax plans, the threat that
spending cuts will jeopardise public sector opportunities and the possibility of a hung parliament.

 According to the Forum’s latest Economy Watch member panel survey, 55% of respondents view the public vote
as a platform on which to highlight the issues facing their businesses. Those mentioned most frequently were red
tape, economic management and the tax burden.

 However, 14% of the small businesses surveyed feel threatened by the looming election because of the
uncertainty they believe it could create, with many citing a lack of detail on tax plans from the main political
parties and possibility of a hung parliament as the main reasons for this uncertainty.

 In addition, with spending cuts inevitable in order to plug the gap in public finances, the election is viewed as a
threat by businesses who undertake a significant proportion of work in the public sector.

 “Small business owners are generally confident that the election can be used to highlight their concerns and usher
in economic change. However, many feel threatened by the uncertainty caused by a lack of defined policies on tax
and red tape as well as threats to public procurement in the wake of anticipated spending cuts and the possibility
of a hung parliament,” said the Forum’s Policy Representative Matt Goodman.

 “Entrepreneurs want better support, a clearer tax regime – including a reversal in the planned National Insurance
rise – prompt payment and less red tape, although there is some scepticism about the delivery of this last
measure.”

 In all, 18% of business owners consider ‘economic management’ to be a significant factor that will influence
their vote. The same number believe ‘support for small businesses’ will be one of the main issues affecting their
decision at the ballot box.

 Further, 17% cited a better tax regime as a significant voting factor. Other influential factors included addressing
the planned National Insurance rise (10%) and reducing red tape and state interference (9%).

The survey’s other findings are as follows:

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Business confidence

 Overall, business confidence has increased compared to the previous month’s Economy Watch survey, but more
entrepreneurs remain doubtful about growth prospects in 2010.

In total, 44% of respondents are ‘confident’ or ‘very confident’ compared to the 39% recorded in March.
However, more than half (53%) are ‘not very confident’, ‘pessimistic’ or ‘very pessimistic’.

Economic indicators

In April orders increased for 35% of the businesses surveyed, fell for 25% and remained unchanged for 39%.
Turnover increased for 38%, fell for 21% and stayed the same for 41% of respondents.

Profitability was up for 33% of businesses, down for 32% and stayed the same for 35%.

 Late payment was more of a problem for 29% of respondents, less of a problem for just 4% and the same for
67%.

 Almost a quarter of businesses (24%) increased investment in sales and marketing (with 11% reducing this spend
and 64% indicating no change) and 22% increased investment in machinery and equipment (with 18% spending
less and 60% no change). Further, 17% increased staff training, 10% reduced it and 73% made no change.

 The cost of doing business – excluding tax - increased for more than a third of respondents (36%), fell for just
3% and remained unchanged for 61%. The tax burden was greater for 19%, fell for 35% and stayed the same for
78%.

Access to finance

 Fewer business reported better access to finance, with just 3% saying it has improved compared to 6% in March.
The same number reported a deterioration as did in the previous month (13%) while 66% indicated no change, up
slightly from 63% in March.

 Better financial management had resulted in businesses being able to better access finance in previous months but
respondents reported a number of reasons for a deterioration in April. These include poor returns from invoice
discounters, increased late payment by debtors and increased lending charges.

Cost of finance

 The number of businesses believing that finance has become more affordable has increased, with 85% reporting
it as ‘very affordable’ or ‘affordable’ compared to 78% in March.

 In total, just 10% feel that finance is ‘very unaffordable’ or ‘unaffordable’, which is consistent with the data from
the last two months.
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Business priorities and needs

 Improved business and consumer confidence was selected by 26% of entrepreneurs as the main factor that would
help their businesses grow – up by 2% from March.

 The next was ‘internal business development’, which was chosen by 24% (down slightly from 26%), followed by
economic improvements and stability, selected by 21% of respondents (a slight fall from the 25% recorded in
March).

 Other factors were training and recruitment initiatives (11%), specific industry incentives (10%) and addressing
finance issues (10%).

Anticipated business investment

 One in three respondents (32%) now anticipate making no investment in their businesses in 2010, up from 24%
in March.

 In all, 45% expect to invest in sales and marketing (down from 54%), 14% in machinery and equipment (down
from 18%) and 19% in product and process development (down from 25% in March).

Employment

 Employee numbers have dropped by 4% over the last year and approximately 8% of businesses have reduced
their working hours.

 Some of the changes were in agency staff or use of contractors. However, a number of vacancies from March
remain unfilled despite relatively high levels of unemployment, indicating that some businesses are looking for
highly specialised staff.

The monthly Economy Watch member panel survey is carried out as part of the Forum’s Communications
Director business support solution. For more information call 0845 612 6266 or visit
http://www.fpb.org/page/734/Communications.htm.

Notes to editors

 Formed in 1977, the Forum of Private Business is evolving following a year of intensive research about the
real needs of small businesses.

 As an invaluable extension to its members’ teams the not-for-profit organisation has developed a range of
tailored business solutions to support, protect and reassure small firms throughout the lifecycle of their
businesses.

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 These are: ‘Finance Director’, ‘Legal Director’, ‘HR Director’, ‘Health and Safety Director’,
‘Development Director’, ‘Purchasing Director’, ‘Communications Director’ and ‘Managing Director’.

 For full list of services under each solution and/or membership package, visit www.fpb.org/membership or
call 0845 612 6266.

Broadcast media – the Forum has ISDN capability and can provide comment, in quality audio, at short
notice.

The Forum can also provide journalists with localised and sector-specific case studies.

About the Forum of Private Business

 A not-for-profit organisation, the Forum of Private Business provides a personal, friendly and highly
tailored service to its members – with the primary purpose of helping them run their businesses more
profitably.

 Representing thousands of small businesses across the UK – including retail, service providers and
manufacturing companies – the Forum is recognised by the Government as one of the six main business
support and lobby groups. It uses this position to influence decision-makers in the UK and Brussels on the
issues that matter to small businesses. Visit www.fpb.org.

 The Forum helps owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses to comply with regulations
via its dedicated member helpline, 24-hour legal advice line, and Health and Safety Guide, Employment
Guide and Credit Control Guide.

 In addition, the Forum’s www.smallbusinesschannel.co.uk was launched in June 2009, providing a wealth
of free video advice and information on a range of topics to business owners and managers.

The Forum is a proud supporter of the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG):
www.fpb.org/charity

Media contacts

Phil McCabe
Media and PR Manager
Tel: 01565 626019
ISDN: 01565 654673
Mobile: 07775 756312

Chris Gorman
Media and PR Assistant
Tel: 01565 626016
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Oil and Gas Jobs Salary Survey for 2010
Oil and Gas Jobsearch is a global leader in recruitment services specifically for oil careers and
gas employment and are proud to release their first in depth Oil & Gas Salary Guide for 2010.
(PRWEB) May 4, 2010 -- Oil and Gas Jobsearch is a global leader in recruitment services specifically for oil
careers and gas employment and are proud to release their first in depth Oil & Gas Salary Guide for 2010.

 The survey contains an accurate view of the average annual salary for a range of disciplines across the
globe. The data is based on 7,000+ professionals working across more than 30 countries and 20 discipline
areas. This provides an in depth analysis of the industry as it stands today and is a unique insight into the
world of oil and gas careers. These figures allow us to track how experience is valued in disciplines such as
subsea, production management, offshore, engineering, logistics and drilling jobs.

 Results and statistics have demonstrated that a higher level of experience can result in an increase of
expected annual salary across the oil and gas industry.

 Using the statistics from this survey, it is clear to see a positive trend appearing in the forecasted salaries
expected for 2010 indicated by employers in the industry. Candidates working within oil and gas services
could be receiving the biggest salary increase in the past 24 months with many employers in these
disciplines predicting an expected increase by more than 10 per cent.

For more information on what you can expect from your salary, visit
http://www.oilandgasjobsearch.com/salary and download the free survey now.

 John Roberts, Marketing Manager - Oil and Gas Job Search has thousands of offshore jobs and drilling
jobs to search for. We also provide recruiters with an online service that is effective in terms of cost and
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World's First Freelance Marketplace Comparison Site Launched
WhichLance.com, the world's first global freelance marketplace comparison site launched today
with the aim of enabling businesses and individuals interested in outsourcing projects online to
make informed choices as to which marketplace will provide them with the best vehicle to
promote their freelance project opportunities for maximum effect.
London (PRWEB) April 29, 2010 -- WhichLance.com, the world's first global freelance marketplace comparison
site launched today with the aim of enabling businesses and individuals interested in outsourcing projects online
to make informed choices as to which marketplace will provide them with the best vehicle to promote their
freelance project opportunities for maximum effect.

 Businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals that want to outsource services or recruit freelance talent can now use
WhichLance? to identify the leading freelancing marketplaces and compare features to help them make an
informed choice about which website most closely meets their needs.

 With over twenty established global freelance marketplaces already listed and reviewed in the directory,
the site intends to expand its listings to incorporate more of the niche freelancing websites, together with a
range of the most popular crowd-sourcing marketplaces in the weeks ahead.

 Speaking of the WhichLance? launch, Saif Bonar, the website’s founder said “WhichLance.com is a
unique concept which fills an important knowledge gap. My own experience of using freelancing websites
as both a buyer and provider of services has demonstrated the need for a site like this. It enables people to
be more aware of what's available and can help those new to outsourcing an opportunity to avoid some of
the potential pitfalls.”

 The site includes a search facility which enables results to be narrowed by cost, number of providers,
available skills or safety and security features. Handy comparison charts make it easy to get an at-a-glance
overview of all the main marketplaces side-by-side, while the directory listings offer more in-depth
information and an independent review of each site.



 Other features of the WhichLance? Website include the ability for users to rate and review the
marketplaces which are featured and the opportunity for buyers and providers to access a range of unique
resources and articles aimed at helping them improve their outsourcing experience and avoid common
problems.

 "I am excited about the potential for WhichLance? and I have plenty of ideas to help enrich our visitors
experience in the weeks, months and years ahead."

The freelance marketplaces are gaining traction all the time, spend is increasing across the industry as
more buyers enter the market. A study by WhichLance which will be released in the weeks ahead, shows
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the first quarter of 2010 has been the strongest ever for all the market leaders.

 According to Bonar this is the tip of the Iceberg, he says "The sector as a whole is still in its infancy. Less
than one billion dollars has been spent on freelancing marketplaces in over a decade. This is a tiny amount
compared to the potential. I predict this figure will increase ten fold in the decade ahead and I am pleased
that WhichLance can become a small, but important, cog in this process"

 Saif continued “As a buyer or a freelance worker, it’s easy to get into the habit of using the same website,
without scouting the market for better options; for example, those with lower costs, more suitable
candidates or better levels of buyer protection. WhichLance? aims to make it easy for both buyers and
providers to compare the freelance markets and identify alternatives which are better suited to their
specific requirements”.

 WhichLance.com is free to use as a buyer or provider of services. It is 100% independent and has no
backers or investors. This gives it carte blanche to be totally honest about the merits or lack thereof, which
can be attributed to any particular marketplace.

The WhichLance.com website is now live and can be accessed at http://www.whichlance.com

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UK Graduates Looking Overseas for Work
The Post Office advises graduates working overseas to do their homework on international bank
transfers
London, UK (PRWeb UK) April 27, 2010 -- According to new research, working abroad is becoming an
increasingly attractive proposition for the UK's graduates. A survey found that one in three new graduates is
looking to take up employment abroad.

 Moving to a different country can be a daunting and expensive prospect for young people and for those relying
on financial support from the UK can involve costly bank-to-bank transfer fees and charges. The Post Office
recommends that by shopping around, individuals can get a good deal on an international bank transfers when
sending money abroad.

 Many graduates will be receiving funds through their parents sending money abroad to help with their
living costs. Similarly, graduates working abroad may want to transfer money overseas to cover monthly
expenses like rent. In such cases, the Post Office recommends that an international bank transfer need not
be the costly option.

 For example, the Post Office's international bank transfer service doesn't charge a fee at all. It also offers a
regular payment facility for sending money abroad - meaning that customers can set up a monthly
payment system.

 The Post Office advises that an overseas bank transfer can be a simple option for sending money abroad.
In knowing that sending money abroad via international bank transfer can be easy and efficient, parents
can be comfortable knowing that their sons and daughters living abroad won't go short.

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New survey of 1000 Jobseekers Shows Half of Britain’s Workers Failed by
Employers’ Redundancy Processes, says Careerplan4.me
“There is a right way to look after staff being made redundant, and it’s not ‘here’s a cheque –
goodbye’”
(PRWEB) April 27, 2010 -- Results from a new survey of over 1000 jobseekers finds that one in two were given
no extra support in their redundancy, according to www.careerplan4.me. A quarter of the jobseekers have a
very poor perception of their employer, while another half have a poor or indifferent view. Generally, half
believe their overall treatment by their last employer was unfair or poor.

 Garry Fullagar, a finance manager made redundant last year says, “There is a right way to look after staff
being made redundant, and it’s not ‘here’s a cheque – goodbye’”. Garry is working again and, one of the
lucky ones, feels his ex-employer couldn’t have done more to help him. He received a good package and
outplacement support to find another job.

 The survey shows the extent jobseekers feel employers are mishandling the redundancy experience, says
Richard Banks from www.careerplan4.me. “Redundancy is not an easy situation for any party involved,
but there are ways of handling it to support the employees – who, let’s face it, will voice their good or bad
opinions very clearly after the event. Over 90% said they didn’t hesitate to tell others about their
redundancy experience.

 “We’re sure most employers would rather be praised by current or past staff, rather than risk future
recruitment and their employer brand. Indeed, the survey clearly shows some employers handle the
redundancy process very professionally - 14% of the jobseekers said they were well treated. The question
is why don’t more employers take the time to handle redundancies carefully and support those leaving find
new careers?”

 www.careerplan4.me experts advise jobseekers to:
 • Make sure you know the type of job that you want and what you can offer.
 • Use the internet to find out what’s happening in your industry. Don’t just read relevant business news;
research companies that outperform the market and contact them.
 • Don’t be afraid of social networks. They are an incredible and easy opportunity to make yourself
known.
 • Employers will Google you, so make sure you have a professional reputation on every relevant social
network.
 • Start talking to previous colleagues, people in the gym or other parents at school. You never know who
knows who.
 • Get out there, secure some contracts and earn some money. All experience can be used as a positive and
to sell yourself.

Case studies

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 Garry Fullagar, a finance manager, says employers, now, want you to be perfect. “It’s much tougher now
because prospective employers are very specific about what they are looking for. Before, when everything
was working normally, an employer would take you if you didn’t have a particular skill. Now, it’s
completely different.” Garry is working again and, one of the lucky ones, feels his ex-employer couldn’t
have done more to help him. He received a good package and outplacement support to find another job.
“There is a right way to look after staff being made redundant, and it’s not ‘here’s a cheque - goodbye’.”

 Helen Parry felt her very poor redundancy experience wasn’t only because her ex-employer didn’t do
anything beyond the legal minimum, it was also because she felt she was being lied to before and during the
process. Employed as a database administrator in the same company for 11 years, she subsequently found
herself applying for fairly basic jobs – along with as many as 600 other applicants. Happily employed
again, but on a lower wage, she sums up, “Just some honesty during the process and I feel I would have had
the chance to find a new job while working out the last year with them”.

 Careerplan4.me provides a range of online tools to help professionals who’ve been made redundant to find
a new career. The career advice tool is available free via a local Jobcentre Plus. Careerplan4.me gives a
competitive advantage over other jobseekers, helps break down the often daunting task of finding a new
job and focus on the positive aspects of redundancy. It firstly offers career planning resources to assess
skills, identify key strengths and areas for development and helps set objectives and goals. It then provides
door-opening tools such as jobhunt4.me which scours 350,000 companies and most of the main UK job
boards; Mandis, the UK’s leading business intelligence provider; CareerSiteAdvisor to help understand the
modern day job market; as well as advice to use technology and the Internet successfully, in the same way
as employers and recruiters.

 • 29% of respondents to the survey rated the handling of their redundancy by the HR department as
poor, 21% were indifferent, 28% felt it was fair. Twenty two percent of the respondents’ ex-employers
didn’t have a HR department.
 • Overall treatment by their employer was rated as poor by 30%, 22% said it was unfair, 35% viewed it
as fair and 14% said they were well treated.
 • Just over half the respondents said they were given no extra support in their redundancy, 20% were
given outplacement services, 39% received a financial package, 15% were given advice to find a new role
and 9% were given legal advice.
 • Asked their perception of their previous employer, a quarter said very poor, while 22% said poor. 32%
were indifferent, while 16% and 5% said good or very good, respectively.
 • 31% told over 10 people about the treatment of their ex-employer, 44% told between 3 and 9, 16% told
between 1 and 2 others, while 9% told no one.
 • 86% of employers made it clear why the employee was being made redundant.
 • Respondents who were made redundant less than a month ago equalled 8%, 2-3 months ago (20%), 4-6
months ago (26%), 7-11 months ago (24%) and over 12 months ago (22%).
 • 1046 jobseekers across the professions responded to the survey.

For more information, visit www.careerplan4.me.

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Forum Urges Councils To Use LABGI Funding To Boost Small Business
Hardship Relief
The Forum of Private Business is urging local councils to use the £50 million awarded by the
Government’s Local Authority Business Growth Incentives (LABGI) scheme to provide additional
hardship relief for small firms.
(PRWeb UK) March 17, 2010 -- The Forum of Private Business is urging local councils to use the £50 million
awarded by the Government’s Local Authority Business Growth Incentives (LABGI) scheme to provide
additional hardship relief for small firms.

 By ‘thinking smallest first’ and pledging the money to bolster small business rate relief, councils could free up to
£150 million in match-funding from the Government.

 The business support and lobby group’s call follows the yesterday’s publication of the latest round of LABGI
grants. The scheme is aimed at encouraging business growth by rewarding enterprise-friendly councils with grant
funding that is not ring fenced – meaning they can spend it as they see fit.

 "As the £50 million from the LABGI scheme is ‘unringfenced’, according to the Department for Communities
and Local Government (DCLG), councils should use this money to pay for hardship business rate relief for
struggling business,” said the Forum’s Rates Adviser Andrew Bacon, of LeaseholdersUnited.

 He added: “If the entire £50 million was used by councils to pay for hardship relief the Government would have
to give them another £150 million. This is because the relief is 25% funded by the Councils and 75% by the state
but councils have sole discretion on granting it.”

 The LABGI scheme operated from 2005-06 to 2007-08. It did not operate in 2008-09 but, for councils in 55
sub-regions of England, it has resumed for 2009-10 following several changes the Government says will make it
more ‘transparent and predictable’.

 These include allocating initial funds to sub-regions, which are then distributed to local authorities, rather than
directly to councils. Further, grants are now awarded based on increases in income from rates rather than
increases in the rateable values of commercial properties.

 But there remain concerns, initially reported to the Forum in 2007, that, because the level of LABGI funding is
based on increases in business rates, some councils are spending their time and money courting bigger
developments, such as out-of-town shopping centres, at the expense of helping independent firms within their
communities.

 Mr Bacon explained: "The easiest way for a council to increase its ‘bonus’ under the LABGI scheme is by
granting permission for large high value developments, or indeed diverting resources towards them,”

"Plus, as the new scheme doesn’t ignore increases in business rates as a result of indexation, some councils will
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end up just getting paid for business rates rising by inflation and be left to spend the money on anything."

 The Government wants to encourage sub-regional cooperation on economic development via the latest LABGI
scheme, focusing on giving struggling small businesses a kick start.

 The Forum of Private Business is responding by calling on councils to help achieve this by using the LABGI
funding to boost the rate relief that is available.

 In addition, the Forum is urging all councils to remember the importance of small businesses as major local
employers when trying to secure LABGI funding, seeking inward investment and developing their economic
infrastructure.

“Of course the funding is welcome, but, for the good of the community, as well as its economy, this latest
LABGI scheme is only relevant if it encourages the council to focus on the growth of small firms,” said the
Forum’s Policy Representative, Matt Goodman.

  “Local authorities are free to spend the LABGI money as they please but given their importance to the
community as employers and rate-payers, and with the tough economic climate we still face, it is fair that small
firms should be the main beneficiaries.

“Let’s give the money back to the businesses that are trading and get the economy moving again.”

 Formed in 1977, the Forum of Private Business is evolving following a year of intensive research about the real
needs of small businesses.

 As an invaluable extension to its members’ teams the not-for-profit organisation has developed a range of
tailored business solutions to support, protect and reassure small firms throughout the lifecycle of their businesses.

These are: ‘Finance Director’, ‘Legal Director’, ‘HR Director’, ‘Health and Safety Director’, ‘Development
Director’, ‘Purchasing Director’, ‘Communications Director’ and ‘Managing Director’.

 Membership of the FPB automatically includes discounted access to LeaseholdersUnited's online services, which
provide a cost-effective alternative to professional appointments.

 Experts from LeaseholdersUnited can also help small businesses with many other aspects of property costs, such
as rent, service charges and claims for Small Business Rate Relief.

For more information call 0845 612 6266 or click www.fpb.org/membership.

Notes to editors

A list of individual LABGI grants can be found here:
http://www.communities.gov.uk/localgovernment/localgovernmentfinance/labgi/labgischeme2/
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 For full list of the Forum of Private Business’ services under each solution and/or membership package,
visit www.fpb.org/membership or call 0845 612 6266.

Broadcast media – the FPB has ISDN capability and can provide comment, in quality audio, at short
notice.

The FPB can also provide journalists with localised and sector-specific case studies.

About the Forum of Private Business

 A not-for-profit organisation, the Forum of Private Business provides a personal, friendly and highly
tailored service to its members – with the primary purpose of helping them run their businesses more
profitably.

 Representing thousands of small businesses across the UK – including retail, service providers and
manufacturing companies – the FPB is recognised by the Government as one of the six main business
support and lobby groups. It uses this position to influence decision-makers in the UK and Brussels on the
issues that matter to small businesses. Visit www.fpb.org.

 The FPB helps owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses to comply with regulations via
its dedicated member helpline, 24-hour legal advice line, and Health & Safety Guide, Employment Guide
and Credit Control Guide.

 In addition, the FPB’s www.smallbusinesschannel.co.uk was launched in June 2009, providing a wealth of
free video advice and information on a range of topics to business owners and managers.

The FPB is a proud supporter of the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG):
www.fpb.org/charity

Media contacts

Phil McCabe
Media and PR Manager
Tel: 01565 626019
ISDN: 01565 654673
Mobile: 07775 756312
Email: phil.mccabe(at)fpb(dot)org

Chris Gorman
Media and PR Assistant
Tel: 01565 626016
ISDN: 01565 654673
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Mobile/out of hours: 07775 756300
Email: chris.gorman(at)fpb(dot)org

Notes to editors

 For full list of services under each solution and/or membership package, visit www.fpb.org/membership or
call 0845 612 6266.

Broadcast media – the FPB has ISDN capability and can provide comment, in quality audio, at short
notice.

The FPB can also provide journalists with localised and sector-specific case studies.

About the Forum of Private Business

 A not-for-profit organisation, the Forum of Private Business provides a personal, friendly and highly
tailored service to its members – with the primary purpose of helping them run their businesses more
profitably.

 Representing thousands of small businesses across the UK – including retail, service providers and
manufacturing companies – the FPB is recognised by the Government as one of the six main business
support and lobby groups. It uses this position to influence decision-makers in the UK and Brussels on the
issues that matter to small businesses. Visit www.fpb.org.

 The FPB helps owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses to comply with regulations via
its dedicated member helpline, 24-hour legal advice line, and Health & Safety Guide, Employment Guide
and Credit Control Guide.

 In addition, the FPB’s www.smallbusinesschannel.co.uk was launched in June 2009, providing a wealth of
free video advice and information on a range of topics to business owners and managers.

The FPB is a proud supporter of the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG):
www.fpb.org/charity

Media contacts

Phil McCabe
Media and PR Manager
Tel: 01565 626019
ISDN: 01565 654673
Mobile: 07775 756312
Email: phil.mccabe(at)fpb(dot)org

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ISDN: 01565 654673
Mobile/out of hours: 07775 756300
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2Calm.com Launch Their Easy to Use Confidential Stress & Anxiety Rapid
Reduction System Ready for the Exam Season
2Calm Limited have launched their Rapid Stress Reduction system (http://2Calm.com) to the
online world. Previously only available to the wealthy, modern online technology allows
2Calm.com to be now available to anyone for only £10. 2Calm.com is expected to provide an
important and valuable service to the general public in this age of high pressure and stress
at work and at home.
(PRWeb UK) April 19, 2010 -- 2Calm Limited have launched their Rapid Stress Reduction system to the
online world. Previously only available to the wealthy, modern online technology allows 2Calm.com to be
now available to anyone for only £10. 2Calm.com is expected to provide an important and valuable service
to the general public in this age of high pressure and stress at work and at home.



 Developed for the rapid reduction of symptoms associated with stress, anxiety, fear and phobia, 2Calm is
totally private and confidential and gets rid of the worry of stigma associated with anxiety based issues.
The system is based on therapies approved by the NHS Trust Association and insured by Towergate
professional risks for delivery online. 2Calm state that over 90% of their users gain a 75% or better
improvement and are so confident of 2Calm.com’s effectiveness that they offer a no quibble money-back
guarantee if a significant reduction is not achieved.

 Each 2Calm.com rapid stress, anxiety, fear or phobia reduction solution is designed to match the
individual requirement exactly. It provides a therapy sequence that is easy to use and only requires the
following of clear video instruction. The average session takes 15 minutes which is no time at all compared
with the time most people have suffered.

 2Calm have launched in time for students and parents to take advantage of the system in the run up to and
during the exam season and there is a direct link for the reduction of Exam Nerves on the site’s home page.
Solutions are also inbuilt to the online system for the reduction of varying general and specific issues
relating to stress, anxiety, fear and phobia. The system is also available for private in-company use via
intranet and extranet.

2Calm.com is available to the general public for £10. For rapid relief visit 2Calm here: http://2Calm.com.
Further information and details of 2Calm.com can be obtained from Steve McNulty – Director 2Calm
Limited

stevemcnulty(at)me(dot)com +44 (0)800 612 3017 or +44 (0)7545 855324.

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Make Some Cash with the Domino's Widget
Users can add the Domino's widget to their Facebook, MySpace or blog, and earn cash from
each order!
London, UK (PRWeb UK) April 13, 2010 -- Thanks to the new cash-rewards widget, everyone with a social
network site or blog can cash in on the popularity of Domino’s Pizza. All users have to do is install the widget on
their site or profile page, start promoting Domino’s and wait for the sales to roll in.



 Bloggers and social networkers will get a cash reward each time a friend or visitor to their blog or profile, gets
hungry and places an order with Domino’s. The widget will keep track of their sales and they’ll get a generous
slice from every purchase, 0.5% to be precise. So if they want to make some serious cash with Domino’s, whet
their friends’ appetite and let them know where to order.

Download the widget at http://www.dominos.co.uk/widget. There are simple instructions to install it to a
Facebook profile, MySpace page or blog. Later, check or collect commissions by signing up with Domino’s
payment partner Affiliate Window – making it easy and safe to get the cash.

Go on, download the Domino’s cash-rewards widget today.

 About Arena BLM
 Arena BLM was launched in 2008 following an investment from Arena Media Communications, part of
Havas Media. Founded in 1990 BLM is the only media agency to have won five IPA Advertising
Effectiveness Awards. In 1998 it launched digital agency, BLM Quantum growing to be the UK’s second
biggest independent digital agency. In 2008 BLM Quantum was voted Digital Agency of the Year for the
second year running. BLM also comprises of BLM Azure, a specialist in the toy and kids sector that was
launched in 2002. In 2006 the company acquired Red Media, a media specialist focusing on the premium
and luxury sector, to create BLM Red. Arena BLM’s clients include: Bulgari, Character Options, The
COI, Domino’s Pizza, Haven Holidays, Jaeger, Legal and General, Mirror Group Newspapers, Pathe
Films, Paul Smith, Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Suzuki, Swiftcover Insurance, Tesco Bank, Thomas
Cook, T-Mobile and Young’s Seafoods.

 Arena is Havas Media’s fastest-growing tailor-made communications network and now operates in 8
markets: UK, Spain, Portugal, France, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Colombia. In most markets
established prior to 2008, Arena is ranked within the top five agencies. Arena’s global client list include
brands such as Santander, Movistar (Telefonica), Wal Mart, Bwin, Damm Group, Aero Mexico, Bebidas,
Fox Channel, Paris, Bayer, Parmalat, Quala, Pritty Cola, Comunidad de Madrid (feria de artesania &Plan
Fico, and Cetelem) and Mitsubishi

About Domino’s Pizza:
Domino’s Pizza UK & IRL plc is the leading player in the fast-growing pizza delivery market. As at 27
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December 2009, there were 608 stores in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Of these, 481 stores are in
England, 45 are in Scotland, 22 are in Wales, 14 are in Northern Ireland, 45 are in the Republic of Ireland
and one is a mobile unit. The first UK store opened in Luton in 1985 and the first Irish store opened in
1991.

 Founded in 1960, Domino’s Pizza is one of the world’s leading pizza delivery brands. Through its
primarily franchised system, Domino’s Pizza operates a global network of more than 9,000 Domino’s Pizza
stores in over 60 countries. Domino’s Pizza has a singular focus – the home delivery of pizza, freshly made
to order with high quality ingredients.

 Customers can order from Domino’s via the national hotline 087 12121212 (Calls cost 10p per minute from
a BT line. Calls from mobiles may vary) and online at www.dominos.co.uk. Orders can also be placed via
SMS and to register for this service, customers should visit www.dominos.co.uk.

For more information, please contact:
Rich Way, BLM Quantum, Tel: 020 7182 6400
Georgina Wald, Corporate Communications Manager, Domino’s Pizza , Tel: 01908 580660

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Don't Let April Showers Wash Out Business Productivity, Advise voxclever
voxclever, one of the leading providers of Workplace Solutions for SMEs, is advising businesses
not to let the unreliable British weather impact on productivity.
Bracknell, UK (PRWEB) April 15, 2010 -- voxclever, one of the leading providers of Workplace Solutions for
SMEs, is advising businesses not to let the unreliable British weather impact on productivity.

 UK businesses were seriously affected earlier this year by snow and ice, and the Forum of Private Business
estimated that such conditions could cost small businesses as much as £230 million a day in lost revenue
and productivity as a result of employees being unable to come to work in extreme weather conditions.

 By incorporating Mobile Working into a business, owners can bring significant benefits to their companies
in terms of cost, flexibility and productivity - not least when weather conditions cause havoc to commuters
 With weather forecasters unable to rule out a repetition of the summer floods of 2008 and 2009, voxclever
is advising businesses to have a flexible working strategy in place to ensure minimal disruption should
people be unable to get into the office due to traffic problems, waterlogged roads or school closures.

 Scott Goodwin, CEO of voxclever, said: "Employee access to information and facilities whilst out of the
office is vital to boost workforce productivity and maintain excellent customer service levels. voxclever's
services include hosted desktop, email and BlackBerry to enable employees to be connected whenever they
are on the move or working off-site.

 "Not only does mobile working boost productivity, but it can also mean huge savings for a business as the
need for investment in additional office space and facilities is removed when staff are able to work from
their own homes or client sites."

voxclever offers a range of tailored VoIP For Business, IT management and hosting services for small
businesses, allowing them to concentrate on day-to-day activities by eliminating the stress associated with
managing and maintaining communications systems in-house .

voxclever is headquartered in Bracknell, Berkshire, with additional sales offices located around the UK in
Manchester, London and Edinburgh.
For more information regarding Small Business VoIP or voxclever's other outsourced services please visit
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Joslin Rowe Reports Recession has Created Demand for Generation R
Employees
Joslin Rowe has reported that the recession has created demand for a new class of employee:
Generation R.
London, UK (PRWEB) April 12th, 2010 -- Joslin Rowe has revealed that the recession has created demand
among companies for a new class of employee known as Generation R, with 68% of City employers recognising
Generation R as an emerging labour market force.

 Generation R is a term coined to describe those professionals who were retained during the recession, escaped
redundancy, worked in far leaner teams and thus progressed faster than usual as they took on the work of more
senior ex-colleagues.

 According to research across 571 professional bankers, lawyers and accountants in London, 70% stepped up to
the more technically demanding responsibilities that redundant colleagues left behind and 81% gained more
experience and a wider skill set during the recession than at any time in the boom years. Now the recession has
eased, 73% believe they are performing at a level above their current job title - and want recognition and reward
for their achievements.

 The Generation R trend has been identified by Joslin Rowe, the UK financial services recruitment agency
(http://www.joslinrowe.com/ ) of the world's second largest HR and recruitment services group, Randstad. Joslin
Rowe Managing Director, Tara Ricks, said: "Filled with confidence as to their own abilities and what they can
offer, Generation R has high expectations as to what their next move should be. Some initial research we've
conducted across our banking recruitment desks shows that many assistant vice president (AVP) level candidates
feel they operated at a junior vice president (VP) level during the recession and therefore will only move on to a
competitor, or stay at their current firm, in return for a VP title."

 City employers are also fast becoming aware of the Generation R phenomenon. Of the 163 surveyed, 70% agree
that the employees they retained in the recession are more proficient and commercially aware thanks to their
experiences over the last 18 months. 59% acknowledge they have discovered future 'stars', who weren't apparent
before the recession forced employers to give smaller teams increased responsibilities. Over a third of
organisations (37%) also stated they feel pressure to progress their existing staff to the next level (title wise) faster
than would usually be the case, because of their recent track record.

 Interestingly, 53% of hiring managers admitted they have a preference at CV stage towards candidates who were
retained during the recession as opposed to those who were made redundant. Tara Ricks believes this has more to
do with the high demand for Generation R CVs than any negative reflection on candidates who were made
redundant:

 "It's not that losing your job in the recession is seen as a stigma rather that being retained during the worst
economic downturn in modern history carries so much kudos. Employers only have to look internally at the
people they retained to know they possess a unique set of skills, so it's only natural to want to entice the same
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Generation R population from their competitors. It's almost a form of Guerrilla warfare - as companies start to
focus all their efforts on attracting and retaining the very best Generation R employees."

 About Joslin Rowe:
 Founded in 1982, Joslin Rowe recruits for the financial services sector from London headquarters as well as
offices Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dubai. Operating as the preferred supplier to over 113 major financial services
employers, Joslin Rowe typically recruits for over 1,000 positions per month, including HR jobs
(http://www.joslinrowe.com/hr/browse/ ), banking jobs (http://www.joslinrowe.com/operations/browse/ ),
insurance jobs (http://www.joslinrowe.com/insurance/browse/ ) and other finance jobs
(http://www.joslinrowe.com/accountancy/browse/ ) for professionals earning, on average, £65,000.

PR Contact:
Belinda Walmsley
Associate Director
Joslin Rowe
London Wall
EC2M 7AD
0207 786 6907
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Acas Reports Increase in Those Seeking to Avoid Employment Tribunal Claims
Acas has reported a sharp increase in the number of employees and businesses seeking to avoid
employment tribunal claims.
London, UK (PRWEB) April 11, 2010 -- Acas, the employment relations service, has released new figures that
reveal the number of businesses and employees which are trying to avoid employment tribunal claims continues
to rise in recent months.

 Monthly calls to the Acas helpline which, have resulted in being referred to the early conciliation service -
pre-claim conciliation (http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=2744 ) (PCC), have almost doubled since
September. The free service aims to settle workplace issues which could escalate to an expensive tribunal.

 By the end of February 2010, 8,304 PCC referrals had been made from the Acas helpline since the service was
launched to accompany changes to the Employment Act in April 2009. Acas estimates that over 5,000
employment tribunal (http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=356 ) claims have been avoided already.

 Rising demand for the service has resulted in a steady increase in referrals culminating in over 2,700 in the last
quarter of 2009. The first quarter of 2010 is on track to exceed this figure by at least 20%. At the moment around
300 referrals are being received every week on average, and Acas expects this number to rise to about 400 during
2010.

 Commenting on the figures, Ed Sweeney, Acas Chair said: "This data indicates that workers and employers are
increasingly taking steps to avoid employment tribunals. The current economic climate has created difficult
workplace challenges for managers, HR professionals and employees. The earlier issues can be sorted out, the
more likely people will remain in productive employment in the workplace.

 "The service is quick. Over half of all resolved cases are completed in around three weeks instead of the six to
nine months that most tribunal claims take We have a responsibility to support the economic recovery by
resolving workplace disputes (http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=2126 ) early on and in doing so,
avoiding costly, stressful and time consuming employment tribunals."

The PCC service was launched in April 2009 alongside the new Acas Code of Practice on Disciplinary and
Grievance Procedures following the Government's Dispute Resolution Review in 2007.

 About Acas:
 Acas' aim is to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. It provides
information, advice, training and a range of services working with employers and employees to prevent or resolve
problems and improve performance. It is an independent statutory body governed by a Council consisting of the
Acas Chair and employer, trade union and independent members.

For press enquiries please contact:
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Help for small firms struggling with spiralling fuel prices
With prices at the pump reaching a record high, the Forum of Private Business has joined forces
with The Fuelcard Company, one of the UK's largest fuel card resellers, to help small businesses
reduce their fuel costs.
(PRWeb UK) April 9, 2010 -- With prices at the pump reaching a record high, the Forum of Private Business
has joined forces with The Fuelcard Company, one of the UK's largest fuel card resellers, to help small
businesses reduce their fuel costs.

 The average price of fuel has now reached 119.9 pence per litre, topping the previous high of 119.7 pence
reached two years ago. In some areas prices are much higher and analysts have warned that they could
reach as much as 150 pence per litre over the summer.

Despite the Government's decision to stagger a planned hike in fuel duty prices the rising cost of fuel is
hitting struggling businesses hard, the Forum is warning.

 Already, increases in VAT and fuel duty between December 2008 and April 2010 have boosted the
Government's fuel tax take by 12.5%. Cost increases on this scale are unsustainable for small businesses at
the best of times, let alone in periods of recession.

 Following April's 1 pence rise the Forum is calling for the further two increases announced in the Budget -
1 pence in October and 0.76 pence scheduled for next January - to be scrapped.

 "High fuel costs affect the entire economy. When prices at the pumps go up, nearly every business and
consumer in the UK suffers. It's probably no coincidence that the previous record high prices in the
summer of 2008 were soon followed by full-blown recession," said the Forum's Policy Representative, Matt
Goodman.

"The only organisations that benefit, it would appear, are multinational oil companies and the Treasury.

 "Following a prolonged period of decline, we are at the beginning of a crucial stage in the UK's economic
recovery. Small businesses will play a central role in this recovery and must be given a tax environment in
which they can thrive. Spiralling fuel duty is jeopardising small business growth and the planned increases
should be shelved."

 In a survey carried out by the Forum after the 2010 Budget 35% of respondents said the planned increases
in National Insurance and fuel duty would hit their profitability.

 Earlier research following the 2009 Budget found that 75% of small businesses feared that the planned
fuel duty increases would be 'damaging' or 'very damaging' to their businesses.

Support to help small businesses reduce their fuel costs is available from the Forum of Private Business,
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which is a not-for-profit business support and lobby group.

 As an invaluable extension to its members' teams the Forum has developed a range of tailored business
solutions to support, protect and reassure small firms throughout the lifecycle of their businesses. These
are: 'Finance Director', 'Legal Director', 'HR Director', 'Health and Safety Director', 'Development
Director', 'Purchasing Director', 'Communications Director' and 'Managing Director'.

Through the Forum's 'Purchasing Director' solution members can access the Fuel Card Programme
provided in conjunction with The Fuelcard Company.

 With a choice of eight different fuel cards, which are free to members of the Forum, small businesses can
better control their fuel costs and enjoy a range of money-saving benefits, including preferential fuel prices,
a consolidated VAT invoice approved by HMRC and freedom from binding contracts.

The Fuelcard Company also provides a complete and free fuel analysis, giving businesses guidance on
potential cost savings.

For more information call 0845 612 6266 or visit www.fpb.org/fuelcard.

Notes to editors

 Although a fuel duty increase planned for April 2008 was postponed, this duty was implemented in
December 2008, following the Pre-Budget Report. The cost to business was offset by the decrease in VAT of
2.5%. With duty increases in April 2009 and 2010, and with VAT rising to 17.5% in January 2010, the net
increase in fuel duty in the period December 2008 to April 2010 was six pence per litre. Put another way,
this equates to a fuel cost increase to motorists and businesses of over 6%, or a rise in fuel duty of 12.5%.

For the full list of services under each solution and/or membership package offered by the Forum, visit
www.fpb.org/membership or call 0845 612 6266.

Broadcast media - the FPB has ISDN capability and can provide comment, in quality audio, at short
notice.

The Forum can also provide journalists with localised and sector-specific case studies.

About the Forum of Private Business

 A not-for-profit organisation, the Forum of Private Business provides a personal, friendly and highly
tailored service to its members - with the primary purpose of helping them run their businesses more
profitably.

Representing thousands of small businesses across the UK - including retail, service providers and
manufacturing companies - the Forum is recognised by the Government as one of the six main business
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support and lobby groups. It uses this position to influence decision-makers in the UK and Brussels on the
issues that matter to small businesses. Visit www.fpb.org.

 The Forum helps owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses to comply with regulations
via its dedicated member helpline, 24-hour legal advice line, and Health and Safety Guide, Employment
Guide and Credit Control Guide.

 In addition, the Forum's www.smallbusinesschannel.co.uk was launched in June 2009, providing a wealth
of free video advice and information on a range of topics to business owners and managers.

The Forum is a proud supporter of the Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG):
www.fpb.org/charity


Media contacts

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Media and PR Manager
Tel: 01565 626019
ISDN: 01565 654673
Mobile: 07775 756312
Email: phil.mccabe (at) fpb (dot) org

Chris Gorman
Media and PR Assistant
Tel: 01565 626016
ISDN: 01565 654673
Mobile/out of hours: 07775 756300
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Homeworkers Need the Same Protection as Office Workers, Says Cardinus Risk
Management
Cardinus Report Helps Companies Manage Staff Working At Home. Expert Gives Advice On All
Aspects Of Homeworkers’ Welfare
(PRWeb UK) April 9, 2010 -- Employees who work from home fall under the same health and safety regulations
as those who work in the office, according to a recent white paper published by Cardinus Risk Management.

 The number of people working from home increased from 921,000 in 1997 to 2.4 million in 2005 and employers
have a duty of care towards those members of staff. Companies must ensure that facilities and equipment used by
homeworkers comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act and other regulations relating to the workplace.

 The white paper, The issues facing homeworkers and how to ensure their health, safety and welfare has been
written by Barry Holt, head of health and safety consulting at Cardinus Risk Management. Mr Holt said, “The
employer is responsible for ensuring the safety of the area of the home in which the employee is carrying out their
company work, during the time they spend working there. We have also looked at other welfare issues like stress
and loneliness.”

 Jon Abbott, managing director of Cardinus Risk Management, said, “Working from home can have tremendous
benefits. Unfortunately, a homeworking culture increases the risk faced by an organisation. The latest Cardinus
white paper has been written to help employers identify the risks homeworkers often face and discusses strategies
to effectively manage those risks.”

 Copies of the white paper The issues facing homeworkers and how to ensure their health, safety and welfare can
be obtained from the website: www.cardinushealthandsafety.co.uk or by calling 020 7469 0200.

 Notes to Editors
 Cardinus directors, experts and consultants are available for interview and quotes on industry issues. The full
range of Cardinus consultancy services can be seen on its website, www.cardinus.com or you can telephone 020
7469 0200 (UK) 1-866-966-3420 (US).

 About Cardinus
 Cardinus is a member company of THB Group plc and provides online injury reduction solutions and risk
management within the safety, fleet and property sectors.
 Established in 1995, Cardinus has an enviable track record of working with government and leading blue chip
organizations. Cardinus provides solutions to customers across the United Kingdom, the US and worldwide.
Solutions include 'Workstation Safety Plus' a software solution designed to reduce the risks associated with using
DSE and ergonomics; a comprehensive fleet risk solution that combines in-vehicle driver training with online
self-assessment; property solutions including fire risk surveys, asbestos assessment and a range of e-learning
courses.

Cardinus Risk Management Limited, Phoenix House, Cantelupe Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 3BE.
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Cardinus Risk Management Limited, 10 Flag Business Exchange, Vicarage Farm Road, Peterborough, Cambs
PE1 5SL.

 For further information please call Cardinus Risk Management Limited on 020 7469 0200 or email
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Global Gathering for Second Social Media in Recruitment Conference - 22nd
April 2010 - London
Around two hundred forward-thinking Recruiters from the UK, New Zealand, South Africa, USA
and nine European countries are heading for London to attend the UK’s second Social Media in
Recruitment Conference.
(PRWEB) April 9, 2010 -- Around two hundred forward-thinking Recruiters from the UK, New Zealand, South
Africa, USA and nine European countries will be gathering in London on the 22nd April 2010 for the UK’s
second Social Media in Recruitment Conference.

 With a broad mix of delegates, including Corporate Recruitment and HR professionals, Recruitment Agencies,
Recruitment Advertising Agencies, Recruitment Software Providers and Job Site owners there should no shortage
of questions for the expert speakers!

 Mike Taylor from Web-Based-Recruitment.com, organiser of the 2010 Social Media in Recruitment Conference,
has programmed the event to show how a wide range of Social Media tools can be used effectively as part of an
online recruitment strategy.

2010 Social Media in Recruitment Conference Programme

 The subject areas to be covered at the Conference (including some brand new social media case studies that will
be published for the very first time at the 2010 Conference) will include:

•    Strategies for using LinkedIn as part of your online recruitment plans.
•    Insights from Google to help you recruit using social media.
•    How to maximise the use of Facebook pages as a recruitment tool for your company.
•    Key strategies for using Twitter effectively in recruitment, including the use of automated tools.
•    How online communities can play a part in your social media recruiting strategies.
•    The legal issues surrounding social media and employment.
•    Social media strategies for Generation Y job seekers.
•    Social Media Success Stories
•    Social Media Discussion Panel

Social Media In Recruitment Success Stories

 Taylor is particularly excited that two delegates from the first Conference will be sharing the Social Media
strategies they have implemented since attending the July 2009 Conference. “I have never heard of delegates from
a previous event coming back as speakers for the next event and sharing their success” commented Taylor. “They
have a unique story to tell and both have seen their businesses grow as a result of using social media.”

“If you are a Recruiter and you are unsure about how you should be using Social Media in Recruitment then the
Conference offers an ideal opportunity for you to learn from others who are already embracing social media as
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part of their online recruitment strategy” continued Taylor.

 Full details of the conference and speakers, including how to save £50 by booking by the 16th April 2010, can be
found at: www.SocialMediaInRecruitment.com (Twitter #SMIR)

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Economic improvements overshadowed by late payment, according to latest
barometer of small business
Improvements in orders and turnover experienced by small firms are being overshadowed by
cash flow difficulties as a result of late payment, the latest Economy Watch member panel survey
from the Forum of Private Business suggests.
(PRWeb UK) April 2, 2010 -- Improvements in orders and turnover experienced by small firms are being
overshadowed by cash flow difficulties as a result of late payment, the latest Economy Watch member panel
survey from the Forum of Private Business suggests.

 According to the monthly survey of members on the Forum’s Economy Watch panel 43% of respondents said
they had experienced an increase in orders, with 18% reporting a decrease and 39% no change.

 In all, 35% said their turnover has increased from February, 24% that it has fallen and 40% that it stayed the
same. Respondents’ total turnover is up by a reported £508,000 in March compared to the previous month.

 However, the total amount of capital tied up in late payment at any one time is £16,608,500, an increase of
£1,014,780 from February. This equates to 35.5% of their combined turnover.

 “Our research shows that, while there are indications of recovery for small firms, particularly those seeing a
boost in orders and sales, this is being more than offset by increasing late payment,” said the Matt Goodman,
Policy Representative at the Forum of Private Business.

 “Unfortunately, it’s a case of two steps forward, three steps back as far as small businesses and the economy are
concerned. Late payment devastates cash flow. It is important that more large companies sign up to the
Government’s prompt payment code and that the principle of sustainable payment is embraced across the supply
chain.”

The survey’s other findings are as follows:

Other economic indicators

In total, 23% of business owners noticed an increase in profitability, 29% a reduction and 48% no change.

The amount of money held on deposit has increased for 13%, stayed the same for 53% and decreased for 34%.

 Cash flow difficulties not resulting from late payment have become worse for 20% of business owners surveyed,
better for 13% and remained the same for 67%.

 Investment in machinery and equipment has increased for 17%, fallen for 21% and remained unchanged for 63%
of respondents. For investment in sales and marketing it is 29%, 11% and 60% respectively.

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 The tax burden has risen for 27%, remained the same for 70% and fallen for just 4% of business owners
surveyed. Other business costs have increased for 41%, stayed the same for 51% and decreased for fewer than
1%.

Business priorities and needs

 A total of 24% of respondents anticipate not investing in their businesses in the coming months, with 54%
expecting to invest in sales and marketing, 18% in machinery and equipment, 25% in product and process
development and 13% upgrading property.

 Improved business confidence and industry growth was chosen by an overwhelming 45% of respondents as the
main factor that would help their businesses to grow, followed by innovation and improved product ranges (15%),
reduced costs (10%), cash flow improvements (9%), cuts to public spending and better government management
(9%), new clients (9%) and improved marketing (9%).

 In all, 6% cited less tax, the same number improved access to finance, 5% less red tape and 5% resolving
competition issues. Further, better working practices were selected by 4% of respondents, more
business-to-business investment by 4% and ‘stability’ by 4%.

Confidence

 Business confidence has decreased, with 39% of respondents saying they are ‘confident’ or ‘very confident’
compared to 44% in February. However, levels of pessimism have also fallen slightly, with 13% ‘pessimistic’ or
‘very pessimistic’ compared to 16% in February.

Business support

 Of all the businesses surveyed, 16% anticipate requiring support in the coming month, with 68% intending to be
self-sufficient and 15% uncertain, indicating the importance of a stable business environment.

Finance

 The amount being sought in loan lending has decreased by £44,000 compared to February. Other forms of
finance are being pursued more aggressively, including overdrafts (up by £8,200) and alternatives such as use of
credit cards (an increase of £11,900).

 In all, access to finance has improved for just 6% of respondents, deteriorated for 13% and remained unchanged
for 63%.

 The majority of businesses now believe finance is ‘affordable’ or ‘very affordable’ (78%, down slightly from the
81% recorded in February) while just 10% said it is ‘unaffordable’ or ‘very unaffordable’ – the same figure as in
February.

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 The average cost of overdrafts has remained at 5.7% and stayed at 4.4% for secured loans. The cost of unsecured
loans increased slightly to 11.6% (from 11.5% in February). Although increasing for 7% and decreasing for 3%
the cost of finance has not changed for 90% of respondents.

 Most businesses are holding back from seeking growth finance, probably until there is greater confidence in the
lending market.

Employment

 Total employee numbers have decreased by 4% over the past year and 8% of businesses surveyed have reduced
staff working hours.

Chosen by 45% of respondents, the cost of employment is seen as the joint biggest barrier to recruitment along
with economic conditions and the local business climate.

 A quarter (25%) selected the complexity of employment law and18% poor skills of local workers. In all, 16%
feel they are unable to recruit good staff and 14% cited health and safety law as the biggest barrier to taking on
new employees.

 In addition, 29% of businesses surveyed said their ‘business model’ does not require further recruitment, 11% felt
that their existing staffing levels are adequate to meet their growth plans and 10% believe there are no barriers to
recruitment. Just 1% believe they do not have the internal management skills required.

Staff training costs have risen for 14%, fallen for 9% and stayed the same for 77% of respondents.

ENDS

Notes to editors

 Formed in 1977, the Forum of Private Business is evolving following a year of intensive research about the real
needs of small businesses.

 As an invaluable extension to its members’ teams the not-for-profit organisation has developed a range of
tailored business solutions to support, protect and reassure small firms throughout the lifecycle of their businesses.

These are: ‘Finance Director’, ‘Legal Director’, ‘HR Director’, ‘Health and Safety Director’, ‘Development
Director’, ‘Purchasing Director’, ‘Communications Director’ and ‘Managing Director’.

 For full list of services under each solution and/or membership package, visit www.fpb.org/membership or call
0845 612 6266.

Broadcast media – the FPB has ISDN capability and can provide comment, in quality audio, at short
notice.
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The FPB can also provide journalists with localised and sector-specific case studies.


About the Forum of Private Business

 A not-for-profit organisation, the Forum of Private Business provides a personal, friendly and highly
tailored service to its members – with the primary purpose of helping them run their businesses more
profitably.

 Representing thousands of small businesses across the UK – including retail, service providers and
manufacturing companies – the FPB is recognised by the Government as one of the six main business
support and lobby groups. It uses this position to influence decision-makers in the UK and Brussels on the
issues that matter to small businesses. Visit www.fpb.org.

 The FPB helps owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses to comply with regulations via
its dedicated member helpline, 24-hour legal advice line, and Health & Safety Guide, Employment Guide
and Credit Control Guide.

 In addition, the FPB’s www.smallbusinesschannel.co.uk was launched in June 2009, providing a wealth of
free video advice and information on a range of topics to business owners and managers.

The FPB is a proud supporter of the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG):
www.fpb.org/charity


Media contacts

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Media and PR Manager
Tel: 01565 626019
ISDN: 01565 654673
Mobile: 07775 756312

Chris Gorman
Media and PR Assistant
Tel: 01565 626016
ISDN: 01565 654673
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Students at Waltham Forest College Sparkle on Night of Hair Spray, Lip Gloss
and Eye Shadow
With her silver streaked curls carefully crafted into a flamboyant crown, the Snow Queen had
judges shivering with delight at the annual Total Look Hair and Beauty show at Waltham Forest
College on Wednesday
(PRWeb UK) April 2, 2010 -- With her silver streaked curls carefully crafted into a flamboyant crown, the Snow
Queen had judges shivering with delight at the annual Total Look Hair and Beauty show at Waltham Forest
College on Wednesday.

 Student Argentina Pavlou stunned the audience by adorning her model in a variety of shades of white,
silver and pale grey to represent the winter season.

 Not only did Argentina, 33, design the hair style herself, she also applied the make up and even hand
stitched the intricate patterns to the white silk dress worn by her model, Luba Rasintova.

 The skills she used in straightening, teasing and spraying her model’s hair into shape won her first prize in
the adult hairdressing section of the show in which the four seasons was one of the themes.

 “I have been up until the early hours every night for the past month working to perfect my Snow Queen
look,” she said. “I am delighted it paid off for me.”

 Luba said: “I am amazed with what Argentina achieved. This is all my own hair, no extensions or
anything.”

Argentina is studying for a NVQ Level 2 qualification hairdressing, at the College in Forest Road,
Walthamstow.

 She had already studied make-up as part of a qualification in beauty therapy she achieved before taking
this course. Now she has ambitions to become a hair and make up artist for stage and film.

 “I have been working in the beauty business but I wanted to learn hairdressing because I enjoy providing
a total look. Being able to do hair gives me a different vision to create.”

She was one of eight prize winners on the night in which students brought a touch of Hollywood and
Bollywood glamour to the catwalk with strikingly bold displays of their make up and hairdressing skills.

 A movie theme for the Level 2 Beauty Therapy prize allowed students to run riot with lip gloss, mascara,
eye shadow and glitter.

They made up their models to look like a succession of movie characters including Bond girl Pussy Galore,
Dorothy from Wizard of Oz, the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, and several Bollywood
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princesses.

 A Marilyn Monroe styled model even met Danny la Rue look-alikes on the night, as Drag Queens was
another theme for level 2 hairdressing students.

 Gods and Goddesses, Moulin Rouge, the 1980s, and Fairies completed the series of themes that allowed
students to test their talents in designing a total look for their models.

 Prizes were presented by the Mayor, Cllr Anna Mbachu, who was so impressed by the skills on show that
she is planning to book hair and beauty treatments at the college’s four training salons which are open to
the public.

 She arrived wearing an outfit in an African print made for her by fashion design students at the college. “I
attended the college’s fashion show last year and was so impressed by their ability I wanted the students to
make something for me.

“Now I want them to do my hair and make up as well so I can be a walking advert for their talents. What I
have seen tonight is wonderful.”

 Head Hair Judge, Cheryl Tunca of the Phase II Hair Design Group commented:
 “As usual the Annual Total Look Hair and Beauty Show hosted by Waltham Forest College was a huge
success.

 Each year to see these fantastic looks being created by such young talent, still manages to amaze and
inspire me.

 The imagination, hard work and commitment of these students really showed in the creativity of the hair
and make-up on display on the Cat Walk.”

 Charmaigne Krokou, the College’s acting Head of School for Vocational Care which includes hairdressing
and beauty therapy, said the judges included representatives from the industry.

 “We had local salon owners among the twelve judges and this was an excellent opportunity for the
students to showcase the skills they have acquired.”

Hairdressing and beauty therapy courses are continuing to expand at the College. Claire Shire, the
College’s Director of Young People’s Learning, said: “We have growing numbers of part-time students
who are trying to improve themselves in these tough economic times.

 “We also offer a range of full and part time courses from Level 1 (Entry Level) to Level 3 (A-level
equivalent) as well as offering apprenticeships to young learners.

“From September we will be offering the new diploma course to pupils aged 14 to 16. Local schools value
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this opportunity for their learners to follow this vocational route.”

 She said the courses offer a variety of opportunities for students to progress into a wide range of careers.
“Most of our students go into the industry but we do have some who go to university to study salon
management,” she added.

For information about courses available at Waltham Forest College call 0208 501 8501. The College will be
hosting an Open Evening on Wednesday 19 May 2010 why not pop along and see what’s on offer.

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Forum lays out vital small firm-friendly measures in Election Manifesto
The next government urgently needs to rebalance workplace law in favour of employers,
according to the Forum of Private Business.
(PRWeb UK) April 2, 2010 -- The next government urgently needs to rebalance workplace law in favour of
employers, according to the Forum of Private Business.

 The Forum is arguing that an ever-increasing tally of legislation has made many smaller businesses frightened of
hiring, and even advertising for, new staff.

 As a result, the Forum believes redressing the balance between employers’ and employees’ rights should be one
of the key priorities for the next government.

This would help to both improve the fortunes of small business and reduce unemployment in the UK.

The proposal is one of many small business-friendly measures outlined in the Forum’s 2010 Election Manifesto.

 Entitled ‘Rebuilding the UK Economy’, the document outlines moves that the Forum believes are necessary in
order to help small businesses over the next four or five years.

 FPB policy representative Matthew Goodman said: “With growing unemployment and an every-changing
landscape of employment law, the Forum feels that any new government should dedicate itself to rebalancing the
cost and risk of employing staff.

 “Many of our members fell that the current burden of employment law weighs disproportionately on the
business, creating unreasonable compliance burdens on most small businesses and ruining relationships between
employers and employees.

 “The UK economy will suffer during the recovery because of this imbalance. Small businesses are reluctant to
hire additional staff – some are even afraid to advertise for staff after hearing of serial litigators who scrutinise the
wording of job adverts for opportunities to sue employers.

 “Consequently, unemployment will not fall as quickly as it should. We believe that the only way to redress the
imbalance is through reforming the regulatory approach to employment legislation, making fundamental changes
that acknowledge the employer’s rights alongside those of the employee.”

 Elsewhere in the Manifesto, the Forum calls for the next government to help make the UK the small business
capital of Europe.

 The Forum believes policymakers can do this in four main ways – by encouraging free enterprise, by showing
fiscal responsibility, by ensuring stability and by helping to foster high-tech, high-value manufacturing.

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Short-term proposals put forward by the Forum in the Manifesto, concentrating on the next two years, include:

 • A focus on the continuity of business support and incremental change in regulation in 2010.
 • An increase in the amount of credit available to small firms from the major lenders, achieved through more
transparency from the banks and better financial reporting from small firms.
 • A state-aided expansion in the range of financing options available to small firms.

Longer-term measures which the Forum would like to see implemented over the next 20 years include:

 • More competition among energy suppliers and easier switching between suppliers for small businesses.
 • Government action to help roll-out the next generation of broadband services and improve access in remote
rural areas in order to ensure there are no geographical restrictions on business start-ups.
 • A decrease in the small firms’ rate of corporation tax to promote wider economic growth.

 Other issues which the Manifesto highlights include the problems small firms face in their local communities,
such as planning problems and declining local trade, and unfair competition and procurement.

 The Forum also used the document to reiterate its calls for a comprehensive regulatory review – a complete
re-think of all the existing workplace legislation affecting businesses.

 Mr Goodman added: “Small businesses will continue to be the foundation of growth in the market and through
providing the right mix of freedom, intervention and support, we can build a strong, sustainable recovery for the
UK economy.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

A full copy of the Election Manifesto is available on request.

Hi-res images showing Matthew Goodman are also available.

About the Forum of Private Business

 Representing thousands of small businesses across the UK – including retail, service providers and
manufacturing companies – the Forum is recognised by the Government as one of the six main business support
and lobby groups.

Broadcast media – the Forum has ISDN capability and can provide comment, in quality audio, at short notice.

The Forum can also provide journalists with localised and sector-specific case studies.

The Forum’s www.smallbusinesschannel.co.uk was launched in June 2009, providing a wealth of free video
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advice and information on a range of topics to business owners and managers.

Media contacts

Chris Gorman
Media and PR Assistant
Tel: 01565 626016
ISDN: 01565 654673
Mobile/out of hours: 07775 756300

Phil McCabe
Media and PR Manager
Tel: 01565 626019
ISDN: 01565 654673
Mobile/out of hours: 07775 756312

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Home Based Call Centre Rescues Seaford Man
Despite a long and painful medical history, Andy Dovey, from Seaford, between Brighton and
Eastbourne in East Sussex, took a leap of faith from the security of benefits and decided to start a
venture with a company that encouraged him to build his own home based call centre.
(PRWeb UK) March 31, 2010 -- For more than a decade Andy has endured tremendous pain and suffering, yet he
is still positive, refusing to allow his entrepreneurial spirit to be dampened.

 It all started before the millennium when Andy was diagnosed with a tumor in his foot. At first he rejected the
idea of operations and continued working as a financial consultant. As the years slipped by, Andy could no longer
walk and eventually had to accept defeat and throw himself at the mercy of the NHS.

 He spent the next year in and out of Guys Hospital having a succession of operations, with subsequent daily visits
from Community Nurses to change dressings and support his recovery.

 Andy had no choice but to live on State benefits for a couple of years, but then ventured back into the world of
commerce to start a small business called ‘Pet Favourites’, which was a web based pet supplies home delivery
service, which he started in 2006.

 Once again, his foot was becoming increasingly painful and he was often unable to walk due to many years of
limping. Even though his business was still flourishing, Andy physically could not continue and he sold it in
2008.

 For the next year, Andy worked as a fundraiser for a charity call centre in Brighton. Travelling by bus was
incredibly painful and he often found that by the time he got to work, he was in too much pain to talk on the
phone. Due to the public transport ride being so hard on his daily physical strain, he couldn’t get himself to work
and back, so once again his illness conquered him.

 Then, in 2009, Andy heard that Arise Virtual Solutions were looking for working professionals to run their own
home based call centre and Andy grabbed the opportunity to work from home. As Andy was already self
employed, he whizzed through the process to become a ‘certified professional’ for Arise UK.

 After the initial training, Andy now handles sales orders and is able to use his skills and experience
working from home in retail account management. Andy is one of thousands of Arise home based
professionals across the UK working with inbound and outbound calls, routed to them from shopping
giants such as Shop Direct and Littlewoods.

 Working at home for Arise is a huge benefit for Andy as it allows him to earn an income without physical
strain or relying on benefits. Andy said: “Once I get downstairs, I am at work. The hours with Arise are
flexible. I’m in less pain now than I have been for years and I am able to keep positive as I am earning
money. Even on days when I am unable to go out, I am talking to people and doing something useful.”
 Arise Virtual Solutions is the world’s leading provider of virtual systems to improve business results
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through sales and customer services.

 By retaining home working professionals, such as Andy, they deliver high-quality voice, e-mail, and
personalised customer service, technical support, and sales. This is accomplished through a network of
entrepreneurial, self-incorporated home-based certified professionals across the United Kingdom and
Ireland.

 VP of Strategic Sourcing & Operations, Jared Fletcher said: ‘We may be in a recession, but Arise UK is
building a new and modern workplace model by adding independent home based businesses to the UK
economy. This year alone we’ll welcome 1,200 new home based professionals to our virtual network and
would like to hear from more inspiring people like Andy.’

For more information on how you could work from home as a virtual customer service professional,
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Plato Training (UK) Ltd Choose Safety Media as Their E-Learning Provider
Safety Media is pleased to announce that Plato Training (UK) Ltd becomes the newest client to
purchase Safety Media’s E-Learning system.
(PRWEB) March 31, 2010 -- Safety Media is pleased to announce that Plato Training (UK) Ltd becomes the
newest client to purchase Safety Media’s E-Learning system.

 An established organisation in the NVQ arena, Plato Training was looking for a way to diversify their core
offering. The company was looking for a solution they could offer to existing clients as well as an extra benefit
when acquiring new clients.

 The company selected Safety Media as their E-Learning partner due to their expertise and credibility in the health
and safety market, particularly with regards to safety training. Safety Media’s competitive pricing and client
driven service were also factors in Plato Training’s decision.

 Catrin Jones, Managing Director of Plato Training (UK) Ltd commented: “My existing clients and
associates have spoken very highly about Safety Media in terms of service and product. I have found the
content of the courses are of a high quality and will provide added value for my clients. I hope to offer an
alternative training solution with increased flexibility and reduced training costs while also meeting
legislative requirements.”

Julian Roberts, Managing Director of Safety Media commented: “I’m delighted to be working with Plato
Training (UK) Ltd. I’m confident we will forge a long and beneficial partnership that will continue for
many years to come.”

 Find out more about how an E-Learning could benefit your company by visiting safetylearning.co.uk or
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FreeAgent Central Announces Strategic Partnership With Iris
Agreement brings FreeAgent online accounting to the mainstream.
(PRWEB) March 30, 2010 -- FreeAgent Central, the Edinburgh-based software company, today announces
a strategic partnership with Iris, the UK’s largest private software house, opening up the significant
accounting practice market to their award-winning online accounting software ‘FreeAgent’ and
positioning the company for rapid growth.

 Iris supplies software to over 60,000 businesses across the UK. With a total of 28,000 accountancy
practices in the UK, Iris dominates the accountancy practice software market with 50% marketshare and
14,000 active accountancy customers.

The deal also sees Iris acquiring a minority stake in FreeAgent Central for an undisclosed sum, and Phill
Robinson, Iris’s Accounting Practice Solutions’ Managing Director, joining FreeAgent Central’s board.

 Robinson, formerly Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Operating Officer – Sales & Distribution at
ground-breaking Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company Salesforce.com, will be invaluable to FreeAgent
Central as it looks to continue its rapid growth both in the UK and internationally.

 Phill Robinson comments: “Having surveyed the market we were incredibly impressed with FreeAgent
and its management team. Everyone at Iris is excited about the opportunity to be working with FreeAgent
and to be changing the technology landscape of the accountancy practice sector through the use of
ground-breaking products and technology.”

 Ed Molyneux, FreeAgent Central’s MD comments: “This is an important milestone for FreeAgent
Central and our strategic partnership aims to deliver a number of SaaS based solutions to the mainstream
accounting practice software market.

 “Accountants have a unique opportunity in these trying economic times to help small businesses survive
and even thrive. FreeAgent and Iris will help them to do that through new levels of collaboration made
possible by this partnership.

 “FreeAgent users quickly become highly vocal advocates for the service. By building powerful analytical
tools for practitioners, we hope to infuse the same levels of passion and enthusiasm among professional
accountants.”

 Existing investors, including Robin Klein (The Accelerator Group) and serial angel investor Christoph
Janz, also participated in the investment round.

 FreeAgent Central has pioneered online accounting since its launch in 2007 and has steadily grown a loyal
community of small businesses. Unlike most accounting software packages, FreeAgent is designed for users
without an accounting or book keeping background.
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 Small business owners need to be in control of their finances, particularly during the tough times of
recession. It is easy to use and gives a clear, real time, picture of a business’s finances, making financial
decisions easier to make. It allows users to invoice clients, track expenses and work out what they owe the
taxman. Being online FreeAgent is accessible around the clock, updating its software on demand.

 The software has a clean and simple design, highly intuitive and usable. It will prepare VAT returns,
calculate self assessed income tax and corporation tax and manage PAYE and National Insurance. Users
can monitor profit and loss, send and track invoices, track time and expenses, manage projects and
payments.

 About FreeAgent Central:
 Edinburgh-based independent software company FreeAgent Central has pioneered online accounting
since the launch of its ‘FreeAgent’ service in 2007, rapidly growing a loyal community of small businesses,
and now having over 2,000 subscribers who pay monthly for access to its easy-to-use software. Subscriber
numbers are currently growing by over 10% per month.

 As well as making accounting easy for business owners to understand, FreeAgent offers unique real-time
projections of tax liabilities including VAT, Self-Assessed Income Tax and Corporation Tax. Users can also
analyse bank statements, see live profit and loss reports, send and track invoices, track time and expenses,
and manage projects.

 The company is run by founders Ed Molyneux, Olly Headey and Roan Lavery who – originally freelancers
themselves - needed a finance tool that would give them a clear picture of their business accounts. That
product did not exist and so FreeAgent was born.

 In a recent survey, a remarkable 99.5% FreeAgent users said they would recommend the software to
others, and the service won the prize for Best Newcomer at the 2009 SIFT Media Software Satisfaction
Awards. FreeAgent Central is listed on the Telegraph High Growth Index for privately-held UK firms.

 About IRIS:
 IRIS Software & Services is the UK’s largest privately-held software company. It serves the UK
accountancy sector under three brands; IRIS, PTP and Drummohr. It is the market-leading provider of
fully integrated software and services to UK accountancy firms. The company has over 14,000
accountancy practices of all sizes and has 40 per cent of the country’s top 50 firms as clients. IRIS is
headquartered in Datchet, UK. More details at: www.iris.co.uk as well as the company’s official CEO blog
at: http://www.irisblogs.co.uk/

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Sixty Minutes of Business Exercise Will Improve Your Financial Health
To remain fit and healthy, an average session at the gym requires only a small commitment of
just sixty minutes per week. An exciting new business initiative launched today guarantees that
for the same investment in time, Business Owners and Managing Directors can bring about an
improvement to their financial health and to their bottom line.
(PRWeb UK) March 22, 2010 -- The 1-Hour Business Challenge is now open for free registration and is the
first of its kind in the UK. Designed to help participants do their part to kick-start the UK’s flagging
economy, the Challenge comes with the assurance that an improvement in business direction and strategy,
as well as an increased bottom line can be achieved in just one month.

 The 1-Hour Business Challenge encourages participants for one hour a week for four weeks to concentrate
on their business rather than in their business thanks to a tailored four-week programme devised
specifically for the Challenge.

 Timed to coincide with the beginning of a new financial year for many companies, the 1-Hour Business
Challenge runs from Monday 22nd March to Friday 30th April 2010 and will focus on crucial business
success strategies. Participants will be encouraged to commit to implementing actions that focus on
improving their bottom line through a series of materials sent to them throughout the Challenge month.

 Laura Ashley-Timms, Director of Coaching for BusinessCoaching.co.uk explains: "With everyone
working so hard often just to stand still, it’s difficult to find the time to think about how to grow the
business further. The 1-Hour Business Challenge has been developed by leading Business Coaches and
Business Growth Experts from across the UK to help owners and Managing Directors of SMEs take action
as a result of having taken just one hour a week to work on the business success strategies that will drive
their future revenues.”

 “We understand that everybody is committed to looking after the financial health of their business and
also to ways of continuously improving operations; they simply don’t have the time to do anything about it!
The 1-Hour Business Challenge is a simple, non-committal, low-intensity way to start doing something that
will move you in the right direction."

 "At this time of year in particular, many business leaders want quick-fixes and immediate answers to their
problems which is where the 1-Hour Business Challenge comes in. The Challenge is beginning to capture
the imagination of business people nationwide and promises to not only save you from 2010 economic
gloom but to make this financial year your best ever,” explained Ashley-Timms.

 To take up the 1-Hour Business Challenge yourself, simply register for free and you will be sent the
1-Hour Business Challenge starter pack.

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A Brand New Makeover for MyAccountant.co.uk
www.myAccountant.co.uk, specialist contractor accountants, have launched their new and
improved website.
(PRWEB) March 20, 2010 -- MyAccountant.co.uk, specialist contractor accountants, have launched their new and
improved website.

 Expanded to include an extensive tools and resource area, the new website is now designed for anyone in the
contractor market seeking clear guidance on accounting and tax matters.

 “We’re really pleased with the result” says Edward Miller, Business Development Manager for
MyAccountant.co.uk. “Our objective was to provide our users with a comprehensive, accessible and jargon-free
site, which we feel has definitely been delivered. For ease of navigation, services are split down into four client
sectors, as follows:

- Contractors and Freelancers              - Sole Traders
- Limited Companies                           - Personal Tax

 Miller continues : “We’ve added a wealth of online information, from calculators and IR35 advice to business
reports and tax guides. We feel the new site represents a fantastic online proposition, and will provide an
invaluable resource to the contractor market.”

 To see the new site in action or for advice on how you could benefit from MyAccountant.co.uk’s bespoke
contractor accountancy services, visit www.MyAccountant.co.uk. Alternatively, contact MyAccountant.co.uk at :

Head office : 0117 985 8797
London office : 0207 268 3906

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From Paratrooper to PC Engineer - Ex Serviceman Makes the Jump into New
PC Business
South Shields man and ex-paratrooper Phil Bowman, is set to be your computer's new best friend
as he launches PC PAL, which provides computer repairs on the spot to homes and small
businesses.
(PRWeb UK) March 16, 2010 -- South Shields man and ex-paratrooper Phil Bowman, is set to be your computer's
new best friend as he launches PC PAL, which provides computer repairs on the spot to homes and small
businesses. Phil recently left The Army to provide this essential 'emergency service' to frustrated PC users
in the Sunderland and South Tyneside Area.

 Prior to setting up the new business, Phil was a member of The Armed Forces. He joined The Parachute
Regiment aged 18 as he wanted to gain some life experience and see the world. He not only went on active
service in Northern Ireland but also served in The Iraq War in the run up to and after the liberation. After
5 years in the Army Phil joined a defence services company, providing security for reconstruction work in
Iraq.

 Another 4 years on, Phil wanted a fresh challenge away from the obvious dangers of being in Iraq, and
started thinking about starting his own business.

 'I wanted a new career with the freedom offered by having my own business, as well as the big personal
challenge which inevitably comes from being your own boss!' Phil explained. He also decided to look at
franchises as it reduces risk with a proven business model. He finally chose PC PAL's computer repair and
support franchise as he liked the strong brand image and the professional support package on-offer.

'PC PAL's strong branding and professional service made them the obvious choice,' explained Phil.

 Phil went through rigorous training before launching the business - something he was obviously quite used
to with his Army background!. 'I really enjoyed going out with the PC PAL Engineers on real jobs,
learning vital tips and tricks and really putting my qualifications to work in the real world,' Phil
commented. 'PC PAL also arranged everything for my launch - the support has been excellent.'

 'I am now a fully qualified Microsoft Certified Professional and also have the CompTIA A+ Certification
for hardware,' Phil commented. 'As I also carry a comprehensive range of spare parts and diagnostic tools
it means I can fix 99% of problems on the spot in people's homes or offices which reduces the
inconvenience to the customer of having to take the PC out to another location.'

 The initial response to the service has been excellent and Phil is now looking forward to the challenge of
building a successful business and being recognised as providing an excellent service in the local
community.

For PC help, local people can call Phil Bowman of PC PAL on the 7-Day Helpline 0191 546 6500 to
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arrange a suitable time slot or visit PC PAL Sunderland

 For media enquiries and more information about PC PAL in the Sunderland and South Tyneside Area, or
a photo opportunity, please contact Phil Bowman on Tel: 0191 546 6500 or email
sunderland(at)pcpal(dot)co(dot)uk

 For more information about the Franchise Opportunity please call 0121 369 5000, email:
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Only Six Weeks To Go Until The Second Social Media In Recruitment
Conference Featuring Google and LinkedIn
The second Social Media In Recruitment Conference takes place on Thursday 22nd April 2010 at
the British Library Conference Centre in London with Google, LinkedIn and some of the UK’s
leading Social Media in Recruitment specialists sharing their knowledge at this prestigious event.

(PRWEB) March 11, 2010 -- The second Social Media In Recruitment Conference takes place on Thursday 22nd
April 2010 at the British Library Conference Centre in London with Google, LinkedIn and some of the UK’s
leading Social Media in Recruitment specialists sharing their knowledge at this prestigious event.

 “We are delighted to have such a great line-up of speakers for the Conference” said Mike Taylor from Web
Based Recruitment, organisers of the Conference. “The first conference in July 2009 quickly established itself as
the leading event covering Social Media in Recruitment in the UK and I am looking forward to another successful
conference to help Corporate Recruiters, Recruitment Agencies, Recruitment Advertising Agencies, Job Boards
and Recruitment Industry suppliers get the most from using Social Media in Recruitment.”

2010 Social Media In Recruitment Conference Programme

The subject areas to be covered at the Conference will include:

•    Strategies for using LinkedIn as part of your online recruitment plans.
•    Insights from Google to help you recruit using social media.
•    How to maximise the use of Facebook pages as a recruitment tool for your company.
•    Key strategies for using Twitter effectively in recruitment, including the use of automated tools.
•    How online communities can play a part in your social media recruiting strategies.
•    The legal issues surrounding social media and employment.
•    Social media strategies for Generation Y job seekers.
•    Social Media Success Stories
•    Social Media Discussion Panel

Social Media In Recruitment Success Stories:

 Taylor is particularly excited that two delegates from the first Conference will be sharing the Social Media
strategies they have implemented since attending the July 2009 Conference. “I have never heard of delegates from
a previous event coming back as speakers for the next event and sharing their success”, continued Taylor. “They
both have a unique story to tell and place a major factor in their social media success down to the quality of
information they learnt at the first conference.”

Speaker Preview Interviews:

A brand new series of audio and video preview interviews with some of the Speakers has just been published on
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the Conference web site at www.SocialMediaInRecruitment.com so that delegates can hear in advance what
will be covered on the day.

International Delegates:

There were 150 people at the first Conference which was a clear indication of the interest in Social Media.
For the April 2010 Conference bookings have already been received from the UK, New Zealand, USA,
South Africa, Germany, Holland, Belgium and Malta which Taylor believes is down to the quality of the
programme that has been put together.

 For further information about the Conference visit: www.SocialMediaInRecruitment.com where you can
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Vivastreet.co.uk Reports 'Work From Home' Search Increase
In the wake of the recent economic turmoil, free classifieds website Vivastreet.co.uk reports that
more people are actively searching for Work from Home opportunities to supplement their
household income.
London, UK (PRWeb UK) March 10, 2010 -- The recession has taken its toll on millions of families across the
UK, but the Brits are nothing if not resourceful. According to free classifieds website, Vivastreet.co.uk, more
people than ever are turning to the Work from Home section of the website to boost their salaries, replace lost
income or keep on top of their debts.

 Vivastreet.co.uk figures show that last year the number of people searching for work they could carry out
in their own homes increased by 142% compared to 2008. This trend is expected to continue this year as
people look for ways to supplement their income to help keep on top of their finances.

 In fact, January 2010 has already seen almost 150,000 people visiting the Work from Home section of the
website making it one of the more popular categories in the part-time jobs section and 62% more people
searched for 'work from home' jobs last month than did in December 2009. Traffic levels in January 2010
were also a staggering 412% higher than traffic levels in the corresponding month in 2009.

 Currently, the most popular types of jobs on the Vivastreet.co.uk website that people can do from the
comfort of their front room include data entry clerks, remote typists, online survey respondents, online
sales consultants, part-time PAs and translators.

 With millions of people struggling to cope with mounting debt and worries about job security, the option
to earn additional income after work and at weekends has proved a life-saver. With the country expected to
languish in the economic doldrums until at least the beginning of 2011, the number of home workers is
likely to grow significantly in 2010.

 The attraction of working from home has also benefited from the home communications revolution, with
the majority of households now having access to fast speed broadband. This has provided a wealth of new
opportunities to make money armed simply with a computer and a phone.

 Inevitably, with more people looking for work they can carry out at home, Vivastreet.co.uk, a website for
free classified ads listings, has also seen an explosion in 'work from home' ads being posted on the site
during the past 12 months. January 2010 actually saw the highest number of ads uploaded to the site in any
one month since the section launched five years ago. The number of new Work from Home job ads placed
in 2009 was double (98%) the number of new ads placed during 2008.

 Yannick Pons, CEO, Vivastreet.co.uk, commented: "The Work from Home section has been one of the
most popular sections on the site over the past year, but we've noticed a massive spike in page views during
the first month of 2010. Traffic has been growing month on month, and the number of news ads has also
risen sharply.
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 "Not only are people looking for ways to bolster their incomes, it seems businesses are beginning to see
home working as a more cost-effective resource than having staff on-site, particular at a time when they
need to cut spending to the bone. With a lot of the jobs people can take up requiring just an internet
connection and phone, it's no surprise this segment of the market is beginning to appeal to consumers and
businesses alike."

About Vivastreet.co.uk
VivaStreet.co.uk is a free UK classifieds website. With more than 100,000 ads, it is the largest classifieds
website in the UK after Gumtree.

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Online Marketing Recruitment Demand to Drive up Salaries
Further signs of an improving economy as the number of jobs available in the marketing sector
grew almost 10% in February, according to the Ashdown Group Jobs Index.
(PRWeb UK) March 2, 2010 -- The Ashdown Group Jobs Index (AGJI) monitors demand for marketing
personnel by tracking the number of advertised jobs within the UK Marketing sector. Data is compiled
throughout the month and released in the first few days of the following month.

 February 2010 has seen a 9.66% increase in the number of marketing jobs being advertised compared to
January.

 The UK employment market is beginning to gather pace, leading the way is the marketing sector having
posted the greatest growth figures over the past 6 months with a 27.5% increase in demand versus July
2009.

 Commenting on the figures, John Lynes, Managing Director of specialist marketing recruitment agency
the Ashdown Group said;

 ‘We are seeing a war for market share raging and the companies with the largest marketing budgets are
winning. Online marketing spend is growing rapidly and investment in non-traditional mediums is
increasing demand for marketers with strong online, search engine marketing (SEM) and Social Media
experience. I predict demand for marketing professionals to remain high for the remainder of the year.

‘Attracting and retaining the top marketing talent will be one of the big challenges for businesses in 2010.

 ‘An increase in demand and shortfall in supply can only mean one thing, upward pressure on salaries.
Online marketing success is so easily monitored I foresee an increase in bonus activity pegged to online
sales performance and new customer attraction as a popular choice to retain top people.

 ‘There is a perception in some companies that we are in an employers market. Where this may be the case
within other sectors, with strong demand continuing for marketing staff, it will not be long before demand
outstrips supply.'

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