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10 reasons to use Google Analytics

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 9, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Amandine Poirier posted in Digital Marketing

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Google Analytics is a free website analytics service offered by Google that gives you insights into how users find and use your website. Google Analytics helps you not only gather data but also make sense of it.

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A brief summary of the Apprenticeship Levy

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 4, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Oliver Simpson

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Welcome to the final post in our 18 part series on the Apprenticeship Levy. Since its launch over two years ago in April 2017, the Levy has had a profound impact on individuals and businesses up and down the country.

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Intuitive and counterintuitive leadership and management issues with productivity

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 27, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Simon Taylor posted in Leadership & Management

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Over the summer break, we sat on the beach and by the pool and for the first time since last October when I was last away, I did nothing. It’s a great feeling, that ‘doing nothing’ when all you have to think about is what drink to have next and is 11 am too soon for one! It takes a while to settle into that mindset as humans we are genetically and socially programmed to be doing, in spite of the fact we are human ‘beings’, where ‘being’ should be enough, we should really be called human ‘doings’ because we have to ‘do’ to survive.

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How to implement an apprenticeship training programme throughout the workforce

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 20, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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Welcome to the penultimate article in our 18 part series on the Apprenticeship Levy. Over the course of this series we’ve put the Apprenticeship Levy under the spotlight and uncovered everything there is to know about it, from who needs to contribute to who’s eligible to use it - and everything in between. Now it’s time to take a brief look at how best to put those funds into action. You’ve looked into the Apprenticeship Levy, read our series on it and you’re all clued up. You know what funds you have access to, you’ve opened an online account and you’re ready to go… what next?

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Can you choose who you spend the Apprenticeship Levy on?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 13, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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This is the 16th article in our 18 part series on the Apprenticeship Levy. In our previous piece, we talked about which providers you were able to spend the levy with and whether or not there were any limitations. In this piece, we’re looking at who you can spend the levy on. Are there any limitations to who you can enrol as an apprentice? Is there a greater incentive to choose one individual over another? Let’s review...

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Can you choose who you spend the Apprenticeship Levy with?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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This is the 15th article in our 18 part series on the Apprenticeship Levy. Along the way, we’ve uncovered everything there is to learn about the levy, including who’s eligible to pay, who has access to the fund, and the various ways in which it can benefit businesses of all sizes. Having access to something like the Apprenticeship Levy is a huge boon to businesses and they’re glad to have it, but not a lot businesses are aware of the various ways in which the levy can be utilised. One of the most common questions on the Internet at the moment is, “Can I choose who I spend the Levy with?” and the answer, to a certain extent, is yes - but there are rules you need to be mindful of. 

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Can the Apprenticeship Levy be spent on graduates?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 30, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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Welcome to the 14th post in our 18 part series on the Apprenticeship Levy. Throughout the series we’ve covered everything employers and apprenticeship candidates could possibly need to know about the levy, including how it works, who’s eligible and what you can do with your funds. Though the levy scheme itself was launched in 2017, many employers still have questions about how they can best utilise their allocated funds. One of the questions we’ve noticed crop up time and time again, is whether or not the Apprenticeship Levy can be spent on graduate development. The short answer is yes, but there are some fundamental differences to traditional graduate programmes. 

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Is there an Apprenticeship Levy age limit?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 23, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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This is article number 13 in our 18 part series on the Apprenticeship Levy. We’ve talked in-depth about all aspects of the levy throughout this series, covering everything from contributions and eligibility, right through to how the funds can be used and what apprentices should expect. Since the Apprenticeship Levy was first launched in April 2017, it’s made apprenticeships more accessible to all and actively encouraged businesses to tap into apprenticeships as a way of improving or expanding their workforce. One of the most common questions people ask about the levy is whether or not there are any age restrictions. Far from being a restriction, this is actually one of the ways in which the Apprenticeship Levy truly shines.
 

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Does the Apprenticeship Levy apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 16, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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Welcome to the twelfth article in our 18 part series on the Apprenticeship Levy. Throughout this series, we’re breaking down the myths surrounding the levy and explaining, post by post, how it could benefit businesses of all sizes throughout the UK. Over the past few weeks, we’ve explored who is eligible to contribute to the levy, which businesses are entitled to use the funds and how those funds can be spent.

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The importance of listening in work

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 14, 2019 1:20:15 PM / by Simon Taylor posted in Leadership & Management

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All too often I hear or overhear a generic complaint in organisations across all staff in that they feel they are not ‘listened to’, ‘not heard’ or ‘there’s no point in saying anything as nothing ever changes anyway’. It is a common ‘gripe’ and actually comes out of the communication brand of ‘gripes’ that exist in all walks of life and across all organisations. Even in organisations that claim they have got communication nailed, it all too often rears its head as an issue.

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