[ 16 Jan 2017 | No Comment ]
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The Women and Equalities Committee has launched an inquiry as new research reveals that many fathers do not feel supported in the workplace to care for their children. The inquiry follows on from the Committee’s report on the Gender Pay Gap in March 2016 which found that:

Sharing care between fathers and mothers is the key to reducing the Gender Pay Gap
Many fathers want to fulfil their caring responsibilities for their children
The Government’s flagship policy of Shared Parental Leave, introduced in 2015, is likely to have little impact, with a predicted …

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[ 21 Jan 2017 | No Comment ]
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The normal human mind is that can only hold one thought at a time.
During the course of each day, our minds will focus on the task in hand for some of the time at least. There will be times though where we mull over past conversations or events. Our minds might wander forwards in time to what we’re having for supper. We are also prone to being interrupted by thoughts that appear out of the blue.
Our internal dialogue or chatter might replay conversations where we wished we’d come up with …

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[ 19 Jan 2017 | No Comment ]
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Guest article by Rohit Talwar – CEO and Katharine Barnett – Concept Editor, Fast Future Publishing
2016 was an extraordinary year. What could 2017 hold in store for us? Here are some predictions of what could emerge.

Brexit Brouhaha – Despite invoking Article 50 in the spring, the UK government is hampered by legal challenges. Negotiation priorities are increasingly split between securing an economically sensible agreement and ‘protecting’ the political face of the EU. Divisive hyperbole was increasingly used on both sides in the several national debates.Exasperated by Brexit roadblocks and under …

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[ 18 Jan 2017 | No Comment ]
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 New figures  released this month show a 28% increase in the number of men working in the direct selling industry. The latest figures from the Direct Selling Association (DSA),indicate that more than 92,000 of the UK’s 400,000 direct sellers are male.
Direct selling covers selling products to consumers through parties, face-to-face and online. Almost 95% of sellers working part time on their business. Lynda Mills, Director General of the DSA says: “There is a common misconception that direct selling is an industry dominated by women. However we have recently seen a surge in …

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[ 16 Jan 2017 | No Comment ]
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The Women and Equalities Committee has launched an inquiry as new research reveals that many fathers do not feel supported in the workplace to care for their children. The inquiry follows on from the Committee’s report on the Gender Pay Gap in March 2016 which found that:

Sharing care between fathers and mothers is the key to reducing the Gender Pay Gap
Many fathers want to fulfil their caring responsibilities for their children
The Government’s flagship policy of Shared Parental Leave, introduced in 2015, is likely to have little impact, with a predicted …

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[ 16 Jan 2017 | No Comment ]
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From the GP’s surgery, by Alexandra Phelan
Today, the third Monday in January, is often described as Blue Monday because it is said to be the most depressing day of the year. The reality is that depression doesn’t pick and choose the days it affects sufferers. However, Blue Monday provides a good excuse to talk about a condition that either has or will affect many people.
What is depression?
Depression is a mental health condition characterised by feelings of unhappiness, hopelessness and anxiety.
We all have days when we feel a bit down, but depression …

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[ 15 Jan 2017 | No Comment ]
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Government figures show that young women are less likely to start apprenticeships than young men, as Young Women’s Trust calls for action to support women. 227,500 women under the age of 25 started apprenticeships in 2014/15, compared to 282,600 men – a gap of more than 55,000.
Men are most likely to start an apprenticeship between the ages of 19 and 24, while women tend to start later. 220,000 women who started apprenticeships last year were over the age of 25, compared to 140,000 men.
 A Young Women’s Trust report, ‘Making …

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[ 14 Jan 2017 | No Comment ]
Ruth Oliver of The Make Arcade in her studio at Fisherton Mill, Salisbury.

Your name and age: Ruth Oliver,  35
Tell us about your family: I live in Salisbury in the south west with my husband and energetic young sons aged 4 and 9
What did you do before coming up with your business idea and how was it making the transition?
I have worked as a designer since graduating and was working as a millinery designer and maker when I launched the business. The transition to running The Make Arcade and launching on notonthehighstreet.com came gradually and when it got too much setting up a …

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[ 13 Jan 2017 | No Comment ]
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Are you worried about how to make your first sale? A million questions can arise, starting from “What do I do to make my product stand out?” to “How exactly do I handle objections?” and so on. However there are always ways to work around this stumbling block:

Don’t focus on features, sell benefits: This is hands down one of the biggest mistakes that most entrepreneurs tend to make. The focus should be on what your product or service does, rather than what it is, which most people can see in …

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[ 13 Jan 2017 | No Comment ]
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Find out the factors that are driving small businesses to fold – and what you can do to avoid them.
Over 760 businesses ceased trading last month, according. 14.5% of these companies were operating in the retail and food and drink sectors. This means at least another 110 empty units in high streets across Britain.

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[ 12 Jan 2017 | No Comment ]
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 The daily school run and ferrying children to and from extra-curricular activities after school and at weekends can mean hours spent in the car. Not only can it play havoc on your back, neck and overall health it can also be extremely stressful and impact your emotional as well as physical well being.
It is not uncommon to experience a range of musculoskeletal problems from spending too much time in the drivers’ seat, that over time can build up into serious health issues.
Steven Berkman of Boost Physio has some tips on …