‘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

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.

 

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.”

International Stress Awareness Week- our top tips for handling stress

We all know what it is like to feel stressed at work – but it can make a huge difference sharing how you’re feeling with friends and colleagues.

This week is International Stress Awareness Week and stress is something many of us will go through on a daily basis. It can be situations or events which put pressure on us or our reaction to being placed under pressure.

Here at the Sure Group we go above and beyond taking the stress out of finding a new job and for organisations looking to fill vacancies in the healthcare, logistics and commercial sectors.

But we want to go beyond that. There’s nothing wrong with feeling stressed, but there’s something wrong with keeping it to yourself. As the saying goes, ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’. Don’t let the stress build up as it could lead to tiredness, headaches, upset stomach and can really impact both your physical and mental health.

Speaking openly about feeling stressed could mean you get some great advice and tips or find you can support other colleagues who need help.

Mental health charity MIND has revealed their top tips to dealing with pressure. Something we should all take note:

• Work out what triggers stress for you and think of ways to solve them.
• Making some adjustments to the way you organise your time could help you feel more in control of tasks you are facing.
• Address some of the causes, looking at practical ways you could resolve or improve the issues which are putting pressure on you.
• Accept the issues you can’t change and focus your energy more productively.

As the charity states, it is also important to take steps to look after your wellbeing – developing emotional resilience. This is not just your ability in bouncing back, but your ability to adapt to challenging circumstances.

The examples given by MIND includes:

• Make some lifestyle changes.
• Look after your physical health
• Give yourself a break.
• Build your support network.

Being under pressure is a part of life, but don’t become overwhelmed by stress. Here at the Sure Group the message is simple for all our staff – there will be moments when work is stressful, but we’re in it together so we should share our problems together.

National Stress Awareness Day is a great chance to highlight wellbeing and managing stress, but this is something which is as important today as any other day. We want all our staff and everyone we work with to arrive and leave work physically and mentally healthy.

Have that conversation – don’t suffer in silence

Here at the Sure Group we are urging all our workers and everyone we work with to take their mental health seriously.

Today is World Mental Health Day, an opportunity for all of us to raise awareness of mental health issues and advocate against social stigma.

Support is always available and we actively urge our staff and everyone who we work with to speak out. There is no weakness if you’re struggling, but there is courage to talk about how you feel.

The theme of this year’s event is suicide and suicide prevention, with figures released revealing every year close to 800,000 people globally take their own life, with many more attempting suicide.

Will Draper, the Commercial and Healthcare Director at the Sure Group, said: “Mental health should be treated as seriously as physical health. We take it very seriously across the Sure Group and hope all our staff and the people we work with have the courage to speak out if they are struggling, not just today, but any day.

“We are working hard to raise the overall understanding of mental health and a key part of that is to address the stigma around suicide so as to support those who might most need help.

“There is nothing wrong if you are struggling and it isn’t a sign of weakness. Life can be hard at times, but it can be made easier by starting that conversation and not trying to tackle it alone.”

Failure shouldn’t be seen as a weakness- Sure Group MD hosts podcast to inspire young people

With GCSE and A-Level results now confirmed and young people embarking on the next chapters of their lives, the MD of recruitment agency Sure Group says all is not lost should the grades not have been as expected.

Sir Richard Branson famously left school with no qualifications while Lord Alan Sugar’s one GCSE hasn’t stopped him being worth over a billion pounds.

Failure not being a weakness is one of the key messages in the first of a series of inspirational podcasts created by Charles Draper – the Managing Director of the Sure Group.

He recently interviewed Ben Coomber, a nutritionist, educator, speaker and writer who has one of the UK’s number one rated health and fitness podcasts. Ben has also coached thousands of people and worked with the likes of Twinning’s Tea, O2 and Sky TV.

In the podcast, Ben said: “Most people will see failure as a weakness, but you learn through failure. It’s about taking your opportunities and trying it. The reality is the people who mock you for trying are the people who go home and when they have a quiet, reflective moment they’re jealous that they didn’t have the opportunity.

“I’m not scared to fail. I’ve failed a lot and I’ll continue to fail. It’s part of the process. It makes me a better leader, better coach and a better business owner. It’s just like going into a gym and trying to lift a weight. If you can’t lift it, you lift a lighter one and when you can do that you lift a heavier one. You earn the stripes. Everyone wants the end result, but you’ve got to earn it.”

The interview is the first of several which will see experts give advice and share their experiences to Charles in a bid to both help and inspire people of all ages.

During the interview, Charles asked Ben about how opportunities for young people have changed. Ben said: “I’ve spoken to a couple of schools about what life can be like after school and university. Traditionally, you’ve gone to school and then looked to go to university or sign on to an apprenticeship scheme. The reality is that the world we live in now there’s limitless opportunities.

“I know people making craft furniture and selling it through Instagram. It’s about going into schools and saying ‘imagine what you can do in your life’. The first thing you have to do is find something you’re passionate about, so you have to try different things.”

This is the first in a series of video interviews Charles will be hosting to highlighting the successes of people, and any tips and advice to help those in pursuing their dreams.

To view the full Ben Coomber interview, visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlVYf_pFxxo