Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurs have long been the subject of many studies from Eton to Harvard and indeed Moscow to China. Are they born or are they made? What are the fundamentals that make an Entrepreneur? What is without doubt, however, is the impact that an entrepreneurial spirit can have on local communities and businesses.
Apprenticeships are on the rise in Wales- slowly but surely employers are realising the potential that work based learning offers in relation to filling organisational skills gaps and attracting and retaining the best talent on offer. The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy on 6th April 2017 has definitely created a new stimulus for employers to engage in Apprenticeship programmes as they are keen to gain some benefit from this new UK Government-driven employment tax.
We are all generally aware of the positive impact that effective leadership has on employee engagement and ultimately, organisational success. Nevertheless, too many organisations still waste thousands, and in some case, millions, of pounds every year by appointing the wrong people into leadership positions, or by not developing them to become effective leaders.
In his 2015 Autumn statement, former Chancellor George Osborne announced his plan to raise £3b to fund Apprenticeships in England. Since then, plans have emerged in relation to the Apprenticeship Levy whereby all UK organisations with a wage bill in excess of £3m a year are required to pay 0.5% (declared to HMRC and paid via PAYE) into the Levy.
We are so excited to announce that we’ve been included on the prestigious Times Top 100 Small Companies to Work For list for a third year. After being awarded 3 star status by workplace engagement specialists, Best Companies- indicating ‘extraordinary levels of engagement amongst our employees’- it was last night revealed at a high profile awards ceremony in Chelsea, London, that we ranked sixth in the overall Times 100 roll of honour.