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15 September, 2016

Reference requests: eight things every employer should know

Reference requests: eight things every employer should know
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It is common practice for employers to provide references for employees and ex-employees, but there are risks involved. Sarah Anderson outlines eight things every employer should know before they give a reference. 1. No legal duty to provide a reference There is generally no obligation on an employer to provide a reference about an employee
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15 September, 2016

gap sponsor former Amateur British MMA Champion

gap sponsor former Amateur British MMA Champion
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gap personnel’s Crewe branch have recently taken the opportunity to sponsor Crewe’s very own Shaun Hampton for his upcoming MMA fight in Manchester. Hampton is a former Amateur British MMA Champion in the light heavyweight category and now working his way up the pro ranks training out of Team Chongi Academy in Crewe, just a
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15 September, 2016

Six ways to inject wellness into your workplace

Six ways to inject wellness into your workplace
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Designing your office with employee wellbeing in mind can be an inexpensive but effective way to boost productivity and engagement, says Beth Ambrose. From health screenings and free vaccinations to gym subscriptions and bike loans, wellness initiatives are now a vital component of leading HR practitioners’ strategic toolkits. Although these initiatives are welcome, and undoubtedly
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15 September, 2016

FRL Flooring appointed sole distributor

FRL Flooring appointed sole distributor
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Burnley-based FRL Flooring has been appointed as the UK sole distributor for a luxury tiling specialist. FRL Flooring will launch a trio of product ranges for Preston-based The Piccolo Group including Rococo, Verve and Athena this summer. Stuart Procter, director at Piccolo, said: “FRL Flooring’s experience in the plastics industry makes the company a great
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15 September, 2016

Online focus pays off for Very owner

Online focus pays off for Very owner
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Shop Direct, the owner of online brands Very and Littlewoods, has posted a large hike in pre-tax profit to more than £150m following its first full year as a purely digital retailer. The Merseyside-based group said it enjoyed underlying profit before tax growth of 43.6 per cent to £150.4m in the 53 weeks to 30
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15 September, 2016

Clipper agrees store returns contract with M&S

Clipper agrees store returns contract with M&S
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Clipper Logistics has secured a new contract with Marks and Spencer (M&S) to process store-returned merchandise for the retailer. The contract is designed to ensure stock returns to the M&S fulfilment centre at Castle Donnington, where it will be ready for re-allocation. Under the extended agreement, Clipper will provide stock handling capability and reprocessing at
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15 September, 2016

Investor moves for £25m-turnover chemicals firm

Investor moves for £25m-turnover chemicals firm
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An industrial investor has swooped to buy the £25m-turnover Cheshire operations of a century-old US group as it expands its presence in the chemicals sector. GIL Investments has taken over the Widnes base of The Shepherd Chemical Company, an Ohio-headquartered group founded in 1916. Shepherd Widnes is a specialist manufacturer of cobalt-based salts and compounds
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15 September, 2016

JCB secures £40m machine order

JCB secures £40m machine order
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Manufacturing giant JCB has secured an order worth more than £40m for 700 of its machines. Ardent Hire Solutions is buying JCB Loadall telescopic handlers and rough terrain forklift trucks as part of an investment into new technology. The machine will be supplied by Leicestershire-based Watling JCB. Dan Thompstone, JCB’s sales director for the UK
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15 September, 2016

Airbus secures further Vietnam Airlines order

Airbus secures further Vietnam Airlines order
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Aircraft manufacturer Airbus, which has UK bases in Filton and Deeside, has agreed a deal to supply ten additional aircraft to Vietnam Airlines. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by the two companies covering the sale of A350-900 aircraft. The planes will be used by the airline on non-stop flights to the US, beginning
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