Four-Day Working Week Unlikely in the UK

Would you be willing to reduce your working hours if it meant a reduction in wages?

8 out of 10 British employees would not favour a four-day working week at the cost of their wages, according to research by cross-party thinktank, the Social Market Foundation (SMF).

This research saw a clear divide in the sectors, with white-collar workers and those in high-paying jobs in favour of cutting their working hours, even if it resulted in a loss of earnings.
In comparison, care workers and those in the hospitality sector said they would rather work more hours.

This scheme has been trialled in Iceland and has seen huge success. Participants have reported increased wellbeing, whereas productivity at work has either stayed the same or, in some cases, improved.

The SMF has warned that the four-day week is unlikely to become the norm in the UK unless it becomes clear who will be picking up the tab. There are also concerns that it would be deemed elitist, with only the highest earning members of society able to benefit.

“This presents a problem for campaigners: if they wish to make the scheme as attractive as possible then they need to explain who, if not workers, will bear the cost,” said Jake Shepherd, researcher at the Social Market Foundation.

Physical Right to Work checks could delay thousands of people getting back into work every day.

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has warned that thousands of people could be delayed in getting back to work if the Home Office does not continue with digitally conducting Right to Work Checks.
Digital RTW Checks were introduced in March 2020 at the start of the pandemic and have allowed employers to hire new staff without the need to meet them in person to check documents.
However, the Home Office has reversed this change and as of June 21st, all RTW Checks are to be conducted in person. The REC has determined that this could potentially delay over 300,000 people a week in starting work.
The REC has written to the Home Office urging them to extend the digital RTW checks until a more permanent digital solution is in place, or at the very least until all restrictions are lifted.
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21-year-old Harley comes joint runner up for Carer of the Year 2021

Each of our 60+ personal carers at Sure Healthcare have their own incredible stories of caring for their clients, but 21-year-old Harley Murray’s caught the attention of judges at this year’s HullLive Health & Care Awards resulting in him being shortlisted for Carer of the Year.

Harley is a caregiver who demonstrates extraordinary commitment to the delivery of care addressing and meeting the overall health and wellness needs of clients, all while studying full time to become a graphic designer at York University.

One of Harley’s main clients is 52-year-old Shaun, who is wheelchair bound and suffers from a multitude of health conditions. Harley’s commitment and compassion caring for Shaun was witnessed by Shaun’s family during a visit and were that impressed they felt the need to express their gratitude.

As a company, Sure Healthcare contacts clients and their families often to get regular feedback about our care provision – good or bad. The positive reviews we receive are a lovely reminder about our caregiver’s dedication to the lives of their clients.

What makes Harley’s story different is that this review was completely unsolicited. Shaun’s family voluntarily took time out of their busy day to research the Sure Healthcare website to seek out the email address to send on their words of appreciation.

The letter recognised Harley as a true asset to Sure Healthcare, citing his professionalism dealing with a complex medical situation, as well as his long-standing commitment to caring for Shaun while coping with his own personal battles.

Will Draper, Managing Director of Sure Healthcare, said: “Harley is no ordinary 21-year-old and I am absolutely delighted he was shortlisted for Carer of the Year.

“The feedback we received about Harley from Shaun’s family was a raw and off-the-cuff review of the care, kindness and compassion witnessed that day. The service provided by Harley was that outstanding, Shaun’s brother felt he just had to let us know and that is something that does not happen often.

“I am extremely proud of Harley and our entire team of caregivers for the hard work and dedication everyone has shown during what has been an incredibly difficult and turbulent year.”

For more information about he HullLive Health & Care Awards click here.


Sure Healthcare recognised as a “Covid Hero” at this year’s Hull Live Health & Care Awards 2021

Sure Healthcare attended the HullLive Health & Care Awards 2021 as one of three finalists last night, which recognises and rewards local care champions for their tireless efforts.

Sure Healthcare was shortlisted for the “Covid Hero Award”, for the team’s outstanding effort to deliver thousands of free PPE kits to vulnerable people in the community and surrounding areas at the start of the pandemic.

Other finalists included Overton House, who went on to be crowned winners, and Kate Munson, Head of Probation at the National Probation Service.

Will Draper, Managing Director, said: “While we might not have taken home any gold medals this year, being shortlisted for this prestige award is a true testament to the team’s hard work and round the clock care to keep our clients and wider community safe during the pandemic.”

This shortlist follows on from Sure Healthcare being awarded the prestige McAlpine CEO Care Professional Awards (MCCPA) in 2020

The MCCPA celebrates the excellence throughout the care industry, recognising team efforts across the UK regardless of size or CQC rating.

Sure Healthcare received the Ancillary Award 2020 for ‘always going above and beyond in delivering the best possible care for our customers and services users and for supplying care staff at very short notice during Christmas and unsociable hours.’

Click here to learn more about the work Sure Healthcare carried out in response to Covid 19.

UK National Living Wage increased and extended

From April, more young people will be eligible for the #nationallivingwage as the age threshold is lowered from 25 to 23.

The increase in the NLW will mean that low-paid workers’ incomes rise broadly in line with predicted wage growth; and modestly ahead of projected increases in prices, meaning low-paid workers’ living standards should be protected.

To find out this how this may affect your workforce, contact Sure Group today on tel: 01482 629797 or email:

Sure Healthcare wins McAlpine CEO Care Professional Award

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve received a prestigious award from the McAlpine CEO Care Professional Awards (MCCPA).

The MCCPA celebrates the excellence throughout the care industry, recognising team efforts across the UK regardless of size or CQC rating.

We received the Ancillary Award 2020 for ‘always going above and beyond in delivering the best possible care for our customers and services users and for supplying care staff at very short notice during Christmas and unsociable hours.’

Discussing the award, Will Draper, Managing Director of Sure Healthcare said:

“This year has been incredibly challenging for all industries but particularly for the care sector, where staff have provided such essential services in difficult circumstances. It is therefore brilliant for Sure Healthcare and our people to be recognised for their outstanding work in caring for others during the pandemic. Well done to everyone who has worked hard this year to make this achievement possible for us.”

You can view the full MCCPA virtual awards ceremony here: McAlpine Care Professional Awards 2020 – YouTube

Christmas Opening Hours

During the Christmas period, our opening hours will be as follows:

  • Monday 21 Dec- Normal Office Hours
  • Tuesday 22nd Dec- Normal Office Hours
  • Wednesday 23rd Dec- Normal Office Hours
  • Thursday 24th Dec- 08:30 – 14:00
  • Friday 25th Dec- Closed
  • Monday 28th Dec- Closed
  • Tuesday 29th Dec- Normal Office Hours
  • Wednesday 30th Dec- Normal Office Hours
  • Thursday 31st Dec- 08:30 – 14:00
  • Friday 1st Jan- Closed
  • Monday 4th Jan- Normal Office Hours


For support or assistance with labour requirements during the festive season outside of our office opening hours please call the relevant branch number below and this will go to our 24 hour on call helpline:

Hull- 01482 629797             Leeds- 0113 250 2100         Northampton- 01604 320585

On behalf of everyone at Sure Group we’d like to wish all of our clients, suppliers and employees a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2021!



Sure Group to remain open for business throughout second lockdown

We’re pleased to announce our branches will remain open for business throughout this second lockdown period.

All our staff will be working either on a rota system in our offices or remotely from home. We’re operating on an appointment only basis and will be strictly adhering to all government advice on social distancing, face masks and hygiene measures.

Contact your nearest branch to make an appointment at Hull 01482 629797, Leeds 0113 350 2100, or Northampton 01604 320585.

Sure Group founder and MD shortlisted for top Yorkshire business award

We’re excited to announce that our founder and managing director has been shortlisted for one of Yorkshire’s most prestigious business awards.

Charles Draper has been shortlisted for Entrepreneur of the Year at The Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business
Awards 2020.

The Yorkshire Post Excellence awards recognise and celebrate the inspirational business people who are bringing jobs and investment to our region during a period of uncertainty.

The awards shine the spotlight on the region’s brightest, bravest and best-performing companies.

In a year that has presented every single person in Yorkshire with significant challenges, the awards will honour the firms which have weathered the storm the best, not just in terms of performance but also how they looked out for clients, customers and staff.

They will be presented by a top class media personality and celebrate the best of Yorkshire commerce.

On his shortlisting, Charles said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been selected for the shortlisted of Entrepreneur of the Year at The Yorkshire Post Excellence Awards. These awards are an outstanding showcase of Yorkshire’s best business talents and achievements and it is an honour to be featured alongside these high-profile individuals and organisations.

Charles added: “This has been a challenging year for everyone involved in business and this is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and recognise the hard work, creativity and resilience of our business community.”

Greg Wright, the Yorkshire Post’s business editor, said: “The awards ceremony has become
one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the region’s corporate calendar.

“The wonderful, dynamic enterprising companies that have earned a place on the shortlist prove that our region is the best place in Britain to do business.

“The judging panel was particularly impressed with the large number of companies who have gone out of their way to protect and support the local community during the pandemic.

“It is more important than ever that we focus on our region’s deep-rooted commitment to enterprise
and innovation.”

The Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards 2020 will take place on Wednesday, November 4 through a digitally streamed event. For more information visit:

Sure Group’s Charles Draper

Sure Group’s MD selected to tackle suicide prevention on Amazon Prime’s The Social Movement series

We’re very excited to announce that our Founder and Managing Director, Charles Draper, has been selected to take part in a reality tv docu-series where participants accept the mission to change the world.

Charles will be tackling suicide prevention during The Social Movement, Season 2, an Amazon Prime docu-series where entrepreneurs from across the globe will come together in Montreal, Canada to tackle global social issues in a four-day challenge.

Charles is one of over 60 brilliant minds who have been selected to work together in teams of twelve to take on the world’s most pressing social issues. Participants on the show will also take on education, racism and economic injustices for women.

Charles founded the Sure Group in 2013, starting out as a small recruitment firm operating from a single office in Hull. The business was formed during Charles’ time at university as an idea to make some money to support his studies.

Since then, it has grown rapidly and diversified to become a leading independent one-stop specialist solutions business, operating nationally in the recruitment, logistics, commercial and healthcare sectors, with a turnover of over £10million a year.

Beyond his day job Charles takes part in numerous ventures, including attending public speaking events and sharing his business stories with aspiring entrepreneurs.

On being selected to take part in The Social Movement, Charles says: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of this journey and to be working on a show with such talented and like-minded people.

“The opportunity came out of nowhere. I was contacted by the show due to my background in recruitment and asked to go through a series of interviews. Before I knew it, I had been told I had been chosen to join the participants, it was pretty surreal.”

With World Suicide Prevention Day taking place on September 10th, Charles says filming of the show will take place at a perfect time to highlight the importance of a huge and growing social issue: “For me, taking part in The Social Movement is about giving something back and using this series as a platform to help people and make a difference in the world.

Suicide is a major issue in our society at the moment, particularly among males, who account for three-quarters of suicide deaths in the UK. It is a subject I feel very strongly about and I want to want to take part in The Social Movement to make my voice heard and to work on a project that will help people who are struggling in their daily lives. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a real difference which I simply couldn’t turn down.”

Following a rigorous selection process where he was interviewed by the show’s production team, Charles was selected as a participant on Season 2, which he says was largely due to his positivity, drive and background in recruitment:

“The producers were looking for purpose led people with ambition and the ability to take a look at the wider issues surrounding society. They wanted people who can work together and use their knowledge and experience to tackle socio-economic issues in a high-pressure reality environment.

Charles added: “This really is an incredible opportunity and I can’t wait to take part. I’ll be flying the flag for the recruitment sector and anyone who has overcome adversity to achieve their dreams. I want to show that together we are stronger than the sum of our parts and help us achieve something special.”

The Social Movement will be aired on Earth Day 2021 and will be shown on Amazon Prime, H2Htv, Apple TV and Roku. To see the trailer visit: