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Apprenticeships - the latest shift in higher education

Posted in Apprenticeships by Martin Hickerton, Partnerships Development Manager (from Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln ) on 2017-12-12 00:00

The world of higher education is changing, and apprenticeships are at the forefront of this evolution. For years Higher Education (HE) has fallen mainly into one of two camps. The traditional 18-21 year olds going to university to study and spread their wings, and those unable to study on campus and learning remotely. Apprenticeships are throwing an exciting new option into the mix. Increasingly, employers are looking to spend their training and development budgets on their staff in order to upskill them in an area that will invigorate their business and ultimately increase staff retention. The catalyst for this paradigm shift is...

‘Tis the season to be careful!

Posted in Security by Mark Booth (from Cyber Security Partnership ) on 2017-12-11 00:00

So, we’re into December and the countdown to the festive season is under way. With all these distractions it’s easy to let our guard down, particularly when we’re online. Here are some simple tips to help you stay safe this season.

Hotels and B&Bs can generate savings and attract more customers through sustainability

Posted in Visitor Economy by David Knight (from Business Lincolnshire ) on 2017-11-22 00:00

  The hospitality sector is all about customers. Attracting visitors, enhancing their experience and retaining their custom to encourage them to return time and time again are vital. Just as vital to any business is to ensure that operations are efficient and that opportunities to reduce overheads and maximise profits are implemented. Running costs including utilities, maintenance, marketing, and materials and inventory (supplies) are some of the most significant costs faced by small to medium sized businesses. It’s fair to say that all businesses want to succeed and grow, whether that’s in size, turnover or footfall. However, it is important to consider...

Five reasons to move your business to Lincoln

Posted in Running a Business by Peter Jenkins (from Sunhat Villas ) on 2017-11-15 00:00

  For business owners, location plays a vital role in its operation. Sometimes, businesses have to operate within a specific location, for example to support clients. However, on occasion, the location of the business’ office isn’t always critical to its day-to-day running. Peter Jenkins, Managing Director and owner of Lincoln-based Sun-hat Villas & Resorts, specialists in luxury Algarve villas, shares his thoughts on why working and living in the city matter a great deal to him. The workforce Any successful business is only as good as the people who work there. They’re the face of the business, providing a friendly and sometimes reassuring voice on...

Small Changes, Maximum Impact: Simple Ways to Make Your Small Business More Efficient

Posted in Business Planning by Rebecca Taylor on 2017-10-31 00:00

Making some small changes to your business can have a huge impact on its efficiency and maximise how your money is being spent. Efficiency is important for small business as it means you are using your time and resources to their maximum potential and saving money in the long run. If you just need to make a few small changes or have a complete overhaul, by focusing on the areas discussed below, you are bound to notice a difference to overall efficiency of your business. Maximise your workforce. Do you have lengthy staff meetings that go completely off track? Or do you...

Starting a small business

Posted in Starting Up by Jack Green (from Dunholme Chillies ) on 2017-10-31 00:00

When starting up a business, there is a lot to think about. Money, products, brand, marketing, opportunities, the list goes on! How long will it take to make your dream a reality? Some people can do things all by themselves, others need more guidance. I had a lot of help and guidance, without even knowing it. When I make my products I will often have a ‘willing victim’ in the form of my mother. When I grow my produce I have my father helping with the digging, planting and growing. It’s not a bad thing to ask for some help...

Business against cyber crime: Why businesses can no longer afford to be complacent about cyber crime.

Posted in Security by Stuart McFarlane – Digital Development Programme (from Business Lincolnshire ) on 2017-10-26 00:00

An attack on a valued public service institution like the NHS came as a shock to all of us and to them, but it illustrates just how disruptive a cyber-attack can be, underlining the necessity for having effective defenses and incident management plans in place. All businesses (micro, small as well as large) and sole traders who use the internet – cyber-attacks has become the new norm; it has become an unwelcome but constant part of our digital working lives.  All organisations need to be sufficiently prepared for all eventualities and they cannot afford to ignore this reality. Defences are down and complacency...

Using print in your marketing plan

Posted in Marketing Plan by Sophie White (from Visual Print and Design ) on 2017-10-19 00:00

It is common knowledge that businesses strive to get their message out there with the latest exciting digital marketing campaigns, but it is equally as important to make the most of a fundamental option that has been around for so long – print. Choosing to focus part of your marketing efforts into print may seem like a strange choice in this digital age, but here are some ideas why you should. Print creates a tangible connection. The internet encompasses so much of our day to day lives, but handing a customer a product they can touch and feel will have a huge...

As tourism booms, ensure you are on the right side of the law.

Posted in Visitor Economy by (from Wilkin Chapman LLP Solicitors ) Social Change on 2017-08-22 00:00

  VITAL advice to keep seasonal holiday businesses on the right side of the law has been issued, as new figures reveal the Lincolnshire visitor economy is booming. A report, released by East Lindsey District Council, shows an increase in overall visitor numbers to the area in the last two years. Between 2014 and 2016 the visitor economy across the area grew by 8.87 per cent, with a five per cent increase in overall visitor numbers. The research shows how a growing number are also opting for non-serviced accommodation – either in self-catering or holiday parks. The East Coast has some of the highest...

Water deregulation - what a business should know

Posted in Running a Business by David Knight (from Peterborough Environment City Trust ) on 2017-04-18 00:00

As of the 1st April 2017, eligible companies now have the opportunity to choose who manages their water and waste water, an option that was only available to large organisations, or organisations that used over 5 million litres a year in England. The change is legislation is estimated to allow over 1.2 million more customers to choose their retail water service provider.   Following a consultation and review, carried out via the 2010-2015 coalition government, the Water Act 2014 was introduced. This Act has set out the framework for the reformation of the entire water market. The new water retail scheme has been introduced to create...