With benefit cuts and the failure of the government's Mortgage Rescue Scheme, homeowners must understand that they cannot rely on state help alone if they lose their income.
The Mortgage Rescue Scheme was intended to help 6,000 households struggling to pay their mortgage: in its first two years it has helped just 2,600.
Not only that, but the scheme is over budget, with…Continue
Added by Mark Williams on August 31, 2011 at 15:30 — No Comments
... and she shot me too - at our wedding on the 13th August (after 11 years together)!
Trish is a brilliant photographer and I highly recommend her services to you all. Luckily, the sun shone on our wonderful day with a lovely boat trip along the River Thames with lots of champagne, canapees and BBQ, followed by a…Continue
However it’s definition of exercise can also mean gardening and walking which unless you’re hugely overweight or incredibly lazy isn’t really going to get you anywhere.…Continue
Added by Garth Delikan on August 30, 2011 at 14:33 — No Comments
If you really want to get into the shape you desire then cardio, love it or loathe it, is essential.
But that doesn’t mean you have to do three hour jogs around the park…Continue
Added by Garth Delikan on August 29, 2011 at 12:00 — No Comments
With the advent of the Age Discrimination legislation in 2006, it was only a matter of time before the practice of "enforced" retirement at a specific age became unlawful. So now that the "default retirement age" of 65 has disappeared, how can employers help older people exit their businesses fairly and with dignity?
Clearly the best outcome is where the person decides to retire of their own volition. Keep your…
More than three-quarters of people are happy for their parents or grandparents to use equity release to help fund their retirement, despite property being seen as a key part of inheritance, according to recent research.
It revealed that the topic of inheritance remains taboo, with 63% of Britons having not or refusing to talk…Continue
Added by Mark Williams on August 24, 2011 at 13:00 — No Comments
The Amber Foundation is a charity in Surrey that helps homeless and unemployed young people aged 17-30 from across Surrey and beyond, to turn their lives around get back on their feet and back into employment or education.
Many of these young people have come from a difficult background, which has led them to making some bad choices early on in their life. For some of…Continue
Added by Barry Kirkwood on August 24, 2011 at 9:30 — No Comments
Human Resources outsourcing used to be only for large corporates trying to reduce their headcount and cost bases. Nowadays many smaller companies are waking up to the fact that having a specialist external HR resource available as and when you need them can be more practical than having a general function in-house.
Even relatively small companies have been…Continue
Added by Nicola Orr on August 24, 2011 at 9:00 — No Comments
Being an ex -family law solicitor, my initial response is no no and no!…Continue
Chris over at Networking in Berkshire has been approached by Caroline Morris of Sky TV who is looking for contestants for a new show, and I thought the NiS crowd might be interested. There's nothing in it for us - just a bit of fun, as Rob Brydon would say! Here's Caroline's email and the application form - feel free to pass on the details:…Continue
Added by Keith Grover, NiS Founder on August 23, 2011 at 19:00 — No Comments
Everyone has their own definition of fitness and what it means to them, whether it’s to be able to walk up the stairs without getting out of breath, running 10k, rowing 1000m, cycling without stopping for 20 minutes, playing tennis or being able to lift weights for a sustained amount of time in the…Continue
Added by Garth Delikan on August 22, 2011 at 12:00 — No Comments
Having defined your job, examined your organisational culture and management style, and decided what your ideal candidate is like, now you just have to find that person!
To give yourself the greatest chance of success, you need to make the best possible use of the tools at your disposal:
Added by Mara Thorne on August 19, 2011 at 10:30 — No Comments
Lenders continue to cut fixed mortgage rates in an attempt to get borrowers to switch away from their variable rate deals.
The latest research has revealed the average five-year fixed mortgage rate has fallen below 5% for the first time since records began in 1988.
While the average…Continue
Added by Mark Williams on August 18, 2011 at 11:30 — No Comments
Have you ever taken on an employee whose CV looked really good and who performed well at interview, but who didn’t work out in the role? How much trouble did that cause you, and do you wish you’d done things differently?
Getting the right people into your organisation
This is arguably one of the most important tasks you face. But “the right people” doesn’t just mean “good people”; because putting a good…Continue
Added by Mara Thorne on August 17, 2011 at 12:00 — No Comments
Hi, I'm Mara and I have just joined the network.
As a relative newcomer to self-employment, I find networking events both useful and enjoyable. What is so refreshing is that the people I meet are so helpful and supportive; it's very different from the corporate world where nobody has time to share their wisdom with you. There's so much to learn when you're out on your own, you have to do your own…Continue
Added by Mara Thorne on August 16, 2011 at 11:30 — No Comments
If you're a cricket enthusiast, why not be one of the first to Zip Slide across the Kia Oval Cricket Ground, for a bird's eye view and help to raise funds for Arthritis Research UK...
Home of the Surrey County Cricket Club, the Kia Oval offers a thrilling 500ft zip slide, launching from the roof terrace of the OCS stand, 75 ft above the pitch,…Continue
Added by Christine Hillier on August 16, 2011 at 8:30 — No Comments
1. Do you want to know what your customers are saying about you online?
2. Do you want to hold customer conversations…Continue
Added by Keith Grover, NiS Founder on August 10, 2011 at 18:15 — No Comments
Summer is the best time to think about solar water heating!
Solar water heating harnesses free power from the sun and can provide around one third of the hot water requirements for an average family home. Whilst they work best on warm sunny days, modern solar systems will heat up water all year around, even on cloudy, overcast days in winter. Solar water heating is perhaps one of the most affordable active…Continue
Added by sara winnington on August 9, 2011 at 16:00 — No Comments
This is supposed to be the silly season! You know the routine – no real news as such, politicians on holiday, headlines about escaping pigs, celebrity divorces, and Branson up in a balloon somewhere. Instead, we have riots and looting on the streets of London, America heading for Skid Row, and famine in the Horn of Africa. The world’s all over the place, and listening to the news is a sobering…Continue
Added by Keith Grover, NiS Founder on August 8, 2011 at 1:03 — No Comments
Before you even start thinking about domain names, hosting and website design you need to think about your online marketing strategy. It’s rather like thinking about the foundations before you pick out the curtains.
Before you pick up the phone and call a web design team have a think about the following points because your web designer will be asking you for the answers. Of course, if they…Continue
Added by Ian Picken on August 4, 2011 at 19:00 — No Comments