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Mandy Fitzmaurice - Purple HR

Harassment at work - not just a Hollywood thing

Following sexual harassment allegations against producer, Harvey Weinstein, Mandy Fitzmaurice, Director of Purple HR, says it's not just a Hollywood thing and advises on what to do if it's happening in your workplace.

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Balancing childcare with work hits South West parentsÂ’ health and wellbeing

Balancing childcare with work hits South West parents' health and wellbeing

A quarter of South West parents (25%) claim balancing childcare responsibilities with work has negatively impacted their health or mental wellbeing, research has revealed. In a study of 1,123 workers by Willis Towers Watson, only 26% of South West workers said their employer currently offers childcare support or benefits. Furthermore, almost a third (31%) said their employers fails to pay maternity or paternity leave above the statutory minimum.

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Sir Clive Woodward OBE, speaker at the annual Business Leaders Lecture in Southampton, hosted by Rothmans Accountants

How to create high-performing business teams

Sir Clive Woodward OBE shares his secrets of success with businesses in the South Hundreds of business owners in the South have had a rare opportunity to share in the secrets of how to create high-performing business teams from Rugby World Cup winning coach and businessman, Sir Clive Woodward OBE.

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Tracey Wood and Frances Miles, directors of Jobshop UK

Dorset's employers advised to keep abreast of salary trends in order to secure the best talent

Bournemouth based independent recruitment consultants, Jobshop UK, has expressed concerns that some Dorset employers are potentially missing out on attracting the best people for the job due to not offering starting salaries in-line with the increases seen nationwide.

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Neil Davies, CEO, Close Brothers Asset Finance.

SME owners: lack of majority government hindering Brexit negotiations

Three quarters (76%) of UK SMEs feel that the absence of a majority government is likely to negatively impact the UK's ability to successfully negotiate our exit from the European Union - but they wouldn't want another election any time soon. The results were obtained from the Close Brothers Business Barometer, a quarterly survey that questions over 900 UK and RoI SME owners and senior management across a range of sectors and regions.

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Who knows what tomorrow brings?

Brexit, landlords and Scale-Up. Some of the burning topics being highlighted to dozens of business leaders at the latest business breakfast clubs being held by the South Coast office of Smith & Williamson, the accountancy, investment management and tax group.

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Poor UK broadband speeds are blocking eCommerce growth

Britain's eCommerce industry is battling a disappointing connectivity infrastructure, and it could be holding retailers back For a nation of online shoppers, the UK is letting eCommerce down by not providing the required infrastructure to boost growth and increase developments in the industry. That's according to Andy Burton, CEO of eCommerce systems integrator Tryzens, who says that retailers could soon be hitting a complete blockage in supporting the changing ways consumers shop today with advanced technology.

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Frances Miles and Tracey Wood, director

Drop in students seeking holiday work rings alarm bells with Jobshop UK

Bournemouth based independent recruitment specialists, Jobshop UK are asking, "where have all the students gone?" With increased financial pressures on students to fund their own courses, and with a reduction in student grants overall, Jobshop UK directors, Tracey Wood and Frances Miles are encouraging students to seek holiday employment to top up their funds and gain valuable workplace experience.

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From left: senior investment director Steve Hart from sponsors Investec, DCCI president Vincent Boni, DCCI chief executive Ian Girling, senior investment director Rob Jones from Investec, Investec divisional director Scott Jones, and BCC director general.

Rallying cry for Dorset businesses

Brexit and local economic growth were among the issues in the spotlight when one of the country's top business leaders visited Dorset. British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) director general Dr Adam Marshall also urged 'dynamic' Dorset businesses to fight their corner and seize opportunities despite any political uncertainty.

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Stay in single market and a customs union until final EU deal is in force - CBI proposal

Stay in single market and a customs union until final EU deal is in force - CBI proposal

UK needs a bridge to a new deal to reduce uncertainty and protect jobs Negotiators on both sides of the UK-EU talks should aim to agree transitional arrangements as soon as possible. A limited period of transition, beginning when the Article 50 process ends, would provide firms with continuity and certainty, protecting jobs and trade flows. This is why the CBI is proposing that the UK seeks to stay inside the EU single market and a customs union until a final deal is in force.

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Matt Horan with a drone

Cyber attackers can hijack drones

A leading cyber-security expert has warned about the increasing dangers of hackers taking control of drones in mid-flight. Matt Horan of C3IA Solutions, the Dorset-based cyber-security company, said it is just one of the latest threats in the cyber-sphere. There are 200,000 commercial drones - or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) - sold every month worldwide, so there are increasing opportunities for them to be hacked.

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David Picton, Chief Sustainability Officer at Carillion.

Construction firms urged to help the South West's homeless get back in to work

The RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) is calling on construction firms in the South West to help tackle the skills shortage in the industry by helping some of their community's most vulnerable people get back into work.

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