‘Jack’s Law’ to give bereaved parents two weeks’ statutory leave

Parents who suffer the devastating loss of a child will be entitled to two weeks’ statutory leave under new UK legislation.

The government has announced the Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Regulations, known as Jack’s Law in memory of Jack Herd, whose mother Lucy campaigned tirelessly on the issue, will come into effect from April.

Jack’s law means all employed parents will have a statutory right to a minimum of two weeks’ leave if they lose a child under the age of 18, or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy, irrespective of how long they have worked for their employer.

Parents will be able to take the leave as either a single block of two weeks, or as two separate blocks of one week each taken at different times across the first year after their child’s death. This means they can match their leave to the times they need it most, which could be in the early days or over the first anniversary.

For more information on Jack’s Law, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-set-to-introduce-jacks-law-new-legal-right-to-paid-parental-bereavement-leave

UK government launches off-payroll working review

Last week, the government announced it was launching a review of changes to off-payroll working rules to ensure the smooth implementation of the reforms, which are set to come into force in April 2020.

Off-payroll working rules, known as IR35, were introduced in 2000 to ensure that workers employed through their own company, pay similar taxes to other employees.

The reforms are designed to tackle non-compliance with off-payroll working rules by making medium and large organisations in the private and third sectors responsible for determining the tax status of contractors, rather than the contractors themselves.

The review, which will conclude by mid-February, will engage with affected individuals and businesses on their experiences of the implementation of these reforms.

To read the full article on Gov.uk visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/off-payroll-review-launched

Sure Group in the spotlight with marketing investments

If you are travelling along one of the main roads into Hull city centre you may notice our huge new billboard advert promoting our homecare services.

 

It’s strategically positioned off Anlaby Road next door to Hull Royal Infirmary, letting people know we can provide peace of mind for those looking for help in the home when they need it.

The aim is to promote Sure Healthcare and our expertise in helping with:

  • Shopping
  • Companionship
  • Domestic duties
  • Personal care
  • Medication assistance
  • Nutritional aid

Will Draper, director of Sure Healthcare, said: “This billboard really increases the profile of our services. Thousands of people will be travelling by it every day, but more importantly we hope it can provide some reassurance to those leaving hospital, concerned about caring for themselves or their loved ones at home.

“We’re here to help and hopefully advertising the help we offer can take the weight off the shoulders of those who need support and aren’t sure who to turn to.

“Our staff provide a wealth of knowledge and experience and are committed to providing a one-on-one single point of contact for every client, creating long-term sustainable relationships by giving peace of mind and the knowledge that they are in safe hands.”

Sure Group has also recently invested in a new branded vehicle, which will spread our name far and wide. Look out for us on driving around the Yorkshire region as we up the gears on our recruitment drive!

 

 

For more information about Sure Group and our services, call 01482 629797.

National living wage to rise by 6.2%

There has been some good news for UK workers as the government has announced it will increase the national living wage by 6.2% in April this year.

The rise will be more than four times the rate of inflation and will take hourly pay for people over 25 to £8.72.

For a full breakdown of the new rates, see below table.

 

Mavis enjoys festive day out with Sure Healthcare team

One of our clients was treated to a festive day out with two of Sure Healthcare’s care staff last week.

Mavis enjoyed a trip out to Sandhills garden centre with Dale and Maggie to admire the Christmas decorations, have some lunch and get into the Christmas spirit.

Maggie has cared for Mavis regularly and wanted to give her a day out to remember as part of her service.

Will Draper, Director for Sure Healthcare, said: “It’s lovely to see that Mavis enjoyed her day out with our care team. Our staff always provide a high level of care for their clients and where possible, we like to provide a little extra to brighten their days.

“Maggie has cared for Mavis for a while and she wanted to give her a special trip out to show her how much she has enjoyed working with her.”

Sure Healthcare has evolved from a labour provider to now being a healthcare provider in its own right. We offer a domiciliary care service, which provide people with both the physical and emotional support they may need when faced with disability or illness.

Call 01482 629797 or email residential@sure-healthcare.co.uk to find out how our team can help you or your family member.

High praise in first CQC inspection

Following our first CQC inspection, Sure Healthcare was delighted to be awarded a ‘Good’ rating across the board.

The regulator of health and adult social care in England found our service good in areas which included safety, efficiency, response and leadership.

Registered Manager Dale Davenport said: “It’s testament to the hard work of all the staff who are committed to providing the highest standards of healthcare.”

Sure Group managing director speaks on national radio show

Sure Group founder and managing director Charles Draper has appeared on national radio station LBC promoting the city of Hull – where Sure Group first formed and our headquarters is based.

The city enjoys the fastest broadband in the UK according to comparison website Broadband Choices, with an average download speed of 87Mbps.

That’s more than 30Mbps faster than the average UK download speed.

LBC contacted the Sure Group to speak to Charles about the impact it has on our growing services in the staffing, logistics, commercial and healthcare sectors.

Charles spoke live on Eddie Mair’s afternoon show on Friday 15th November.

He said: “Hull’s a really up and coming place now. We look at what KCOM offers our city. It makes a huge difference to how we operate especially in the way the world is now digital – especially when it comes to my business.

“We have offices across the UK and we operate different management systems within the business so it is important we have a good solid broadband connection to ensure we have effective links across the rest of our offices.

“Hull is potentially the digital capital of the UK – here we use KCOM and we’re proud of it. We have faster broadband in the UK than in Taiwan.

“Our head office is in Hull. A huge element of that is that we benefit from superfast broadband – the business runs off it.

“Why would we ever move our head office from potentially the digital capital of the UK?”

To listen to more from Eddie Mair on LBC visit: https://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/eddie-mair/

Sure Group founder and MD named Young Entrepreneur of the Year at prestigious business awards

Our founder and managing director, Charles Draper, has been named Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Hull Live Business Awards 2019.

Charles received his award at a glittering ceremony held at the city’s DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel on Thursday 14th November, which saw more than 500 of the region’s biggest names come together to recognise the outstanding success of Hull’s business community.

He beat off competition from worthy finalists Jody Annandale, founder of salon business Brown Sugar and Sarah Fenwick, co-founder of tree surgery business The Tree Fellas Hull.

Sure Group was founded by Charles six years ago as a means of making money to help him while studying at University.

Fast forward to 2019 and Sure Group is now a £5m turnover business with bases in Knottingley, Wakefield, Manchester, Northampton and London as well as headquarters in Hull.

On receiving his award, Charles said: “It is an honour and privilege to be named Young Entrepreneur of the Year, I’m absolutely over the moon.

“This award is testament to the hard work and dedication of our people, including Tom, Mark and the invaluable input of my brother and fellow director Will. Without the team around me Sure Group wouldn’t be enjoying the success it is today. Thanks to everyone who has supported the group and here’s to many more successes in future!”

Charles will be continuing his ventures outside of the business including speaking at events and conferences to share his story with aspiring entrepreneurs.

He has also recently launched a video series where he will be interviewing well-known public figures and businesspeople to share their success stories and advice for young people embarking on their careers. Details of the latest video will be announced soon.

Sure Group achieves clean sweep with Quality Management standard

We have achieved the International Standards Organisation (ISO) 9001 certification for excellence in our quality management.

It follows several months of hard work and an independent assessment which proved a clean sweep with no minors.

It recognises our strong customer focus and our strengths in the management of our:

• Facilities.
• People.
• Training.
• Services.
• Equipment.

To achieve the certification, we had to demonstrate our skills in the quality management principles of:

• Customer focus.
• Leadership.
• Engagement of people.
• Process approach.
• Improvement.
• Evidence-based decision making.
• Relationship management.

Will Draper, Sure’s Commercial and Healthcare Director, said: “We are always striving to be the best in all areas of our work so to achieve this certification is excellent news.

“Having quality management shows our commitment to developing, delivering and maintaining the highest of standards which play a major role in not just meeting, but exceeding our customers’ demands.

“ISO 9001 is a powerful business improvement tool and having this certification puts us among the best in successfully achieving management excellence.

“However, we’re not complacent and we’ll be continuously looking at ways in which we can make improvements in all our areas of work.”