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Business Banana Skins (Saving your Business from the Unforeseen)

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November 29, 2019
8:00 am
The Cumberland Hotel
34-36 Grand Parade
BN21 3YT

The HR and H&S Dept have teamed up with East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service to provide this informative seminar aimed at small and medium sized businesses.

Did you know that 80% of businesses that suffer a serious fire close within 18 months?

Despite being able to re build their physical assets, their customers are often long gone!

Postponing your health and safety checklist is risky business. What once might have seemed like a lesser priority, has the potential to come back tenfold. Get it wrong and there are huge ramifications for your business, reputation, bank balance, employees, customers, family and more.

Did you know in the year 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 a total of 109,685 employment tribunal applications were received? The highest sum awarded in an employment tribunal claim in 2017/18 was £415,227 in an unfair dismissal claim.

Employment law continues to become more complex, the costs of getting it wrong have never been higher. You don’t want to break the law or face an expensive tribunal.

By planning and pre-empting situations, your can massively reduce risks for you and your business.

This session will:

  • Highlight the potential costs of the unforeseen
  • get you up to speed on Fire Safety Law and its implications
  • give you an overview of Fire Risk Assessment and what that means to your business
  • Highlight your legal obligations and responsibilities
  • provide you with useful information and guidance that can be taken back and used in the workplace

Time: 8.00am – 10:30am

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‘Leading with Confidence’ Programme

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September 12, 2019

If you have people management responsibility and want to be a more effective leader, book your place on our FULLY FUNDED ‘Leading with Confidence’ management development programme.

The 3 half day modules cover:The 3 Modules will take place on:

– Effective Team Leadership – Thursday 12th September 2019

– Managing Conflict at Work – Thursday 17th October 2019

– Managing with Confidence – Tuesday 1st October 2019

Through a mix of proven practical exercises, small group discussions and individual learning, each of the workshops will provide you with guidance,

practical tips and techniques that will give you the confidence to be a more effective and confident leader.

You will be able to put into practice everything you have learned as soon as you step back into the workplace.

To book your place please contact us.

For more information please visit:

Please be aware that places are limited and booking is essential. 0345 053 3665

‘Restructuring and Managing Employees in Changing Times’ Programme

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September 19, 2019
WA14 4QE

Restructuring job roles, making redundancies, managing changing expectations of employees in the workplace and having the know how
and confidence to do this can be a challenge for even the most experienced of managers.

This Programme of 3 half day (morning) modules is aimed at Business Owners, Managers or those responsible for HR involved in business change and restructuringaffecting employees.

The Programme covers the following:

Module 1 – Restructures and Redundancies – Thursday 19th September 2019

Covering how to restructure your business for growth or consolidation, this module
explains the legal requirements you need to follow, laws on redundancy and
consultation and employee rights to avoid risks of employment tribunal claims.

Module 2 – Managing in Changing Times – Friday 4th October 2019

The workplace is changing rapidly – with the introduction of AI and Augmentation; an
ageing workforce with the removal of the default retirement age and a workplace of
multi-generational employees with differing expectations. We will explore all of these
issues that managers need to be aware of and look at how employees react to change
and how you can best support them.

Module 3 – Managing with Confidence – Friday 25th October 2019

This module will focus on making you a more confident manager in effecting change
and the importance of how you communicate, to ensure you are delivering your
messages in the best way.

To book your place please contact us.

For more information please visit:

Please be aware that places are limited and booking is essential. 0345 053 3665

HR & Employment Law Essentials

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September 23, 2019

This FREE half day event will provide broad, practical advice and tips on employment issues, that any business owner, line manager or person responsible for HR needs to be aware of:

  •  An overview of what you legally need to be aware of when you employ staff – employment law is complex; ignorance will be no defence if you receive an employment tribunal claim.
  • Self-employed, worker or employee?’ – it’s not an employer’s choice to determine whether somebody is self-employed; the status is based on what happens in practice. Understand how this works and what the risk is of getting it wrong.
  • Types of contracts – types of contracts that can be used in your business: permanent, fixed term, zero hours, casual worker, interns and what you need to be aware of.
  • ‘Helping out’ – people who ‘help out’ on a casual basis are likely to have rights – do you know what they are and could you be at risk?
  • Discrimination risks – are you aware of how you may face risk at any stage when employing people, from recruitment through to dismissal and what the ‘9 protected characteristics are’
  • Disciplinary and Grievance – understanding capability v conduct, how to discipline staff and deal with issues that could be grievances.
  • Managing Absence including sickness and what rights employees have to statutory time off e.g. maternity, paternity, emergency dependant leave and rights to request flexible working.
  • Holidays – are you aware of statutory rights for holiday entitlement and how to calculate, especially for part time, casual and zero hours staff?
  • Working Hours & Breaks – understanding the law on working hours and breaks and the different legal requirements for young workers.
  • Uniform or stipulating clothing – if you require your staff to wear a uniform or instruct to wear e.g. black trousers – you may be in breach of contract for underpayment of National Minimum/Living Wage in how you do this. Many employers are getting caught out – learn how not to be one of them.
  • What the costs could be of ‘getting it wrong’ if you receive an Employment Tribunal claim

‘Developing a People Strategy for Your Business’ Programme

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September 25, 2019
WA14 4QE

Growing SME businesses may often have finance and marketing strategies and plans in place, but may not have thought about how a ‘joined up’ People Strategy can support their business, especially where people can be both their most important asset and biggest cost.

The objectives for the session are:

  •  To understand the benefit of strategic HR and how to develop a People Strategy to deliver business success – this programme is comprised of 3 half day morning modules:

Module 1 – Future World of Work and Business Strategy – Wednesday 25th September 2019

Looking at the medium to long term considerations for employers to consider including impact of AI, government interventions and policy and multi-generational expectations in
the workplace. Understanding how a People Strategy is part of a wider Business Strategy, focused on delivering purpose, vision and mission.

Module 2 – Developing a People Strategy – Wednesday 2nd October 2019

Importance of employee experience and engagement, values, competencies and how to develop a strategy considering e.g. recruitment, retention, recognition, reward, skill
acquisition, development, succession management, performance management, health and wellbeing, corporate social responsibility, metrics etc.

Module 3 – Action Planning – Tuesday 15th October 2019

Review and development of strategic people initiatives, aligned to deliver the Business Strategy. Development of a People Strategy, shared learnings from other delegates and an outcome focused action plan that can be put into place for your business. This Programme is ideal for Business Owners, stand-alone HR Professionals in SMEs or those who have a responsibility for HR

To book your place please contact us.

For more information please visit:

Please be aware that places are limited and booking is essential. 0345 053 3665

Managing Unacceptable Behaviour at Work

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October 8, 2019

This half day workshop provides business owners, managers and those responsible for HR, with the knowledge and confidence to recognise and address unacceptable behaviour in the workplace and an understanding of the costly legal and commercial consequences of not doing so. 

The workshop will deliver practical and real life examples in an interesting, interactive and thought provoking way to realise what risks you may have in your business.

We will cover:

  • What is ‘banter’, when does it become unacceptable and what should a manager do?
  • What is bullying and harassment and what’s the difference?
  • What is the difference between an assertive management style and bullying?
  • What is covered by The Equality Act 2010 and what does it mean in practice?
  • What are the different types of discrimination and where could there be risk to the business?
  • What is meant by sexual harassment at work and where do you draw the line with ‘banter’ and flirting?
  • What could the costs be of ‘getting it wrong’ and receiving an Employment Tribunal claim?