Brighton & Hove Business

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Brighton & Hove Sussex Interns is an exciting website that connects graduates with businesses. In a nutshell, employers will use it to find and hire talented candidates. Candidates will find our tool ideal to meet employers and gain some work experience. Internships have become an essential part of a growth process, and Internwise is helping to build up that new side of the market.”

“Successful interns are prepared to do what it takes to get the job done. They know the value of doing a good job and are prepared to do much more than what the employer asks them to do. They take initiative, ask questions and arrive on time while staying out of office conflicts or gossip.” Read more >


Businesses Need to Prepare for Staff Holidays over Queens Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

Industry figures, Trade Organisations and The Governor General of The Bank of England Mervyn King have all provided recent reminders to businesses urging them to ensure staff holidays and time off are planned with care, over the forthcoming Queens Diamond Jubilee weekend taking place June 2012.

Businesses are reminded that staff taking three days of leave, can gain a nine-day break from work over the Bank Holiday period, Monday 4 June 2012 and the additional day granted to celebrate The Queens Diamond Jubilee Holiday, 5 June 2012.

Schools with the summer half-term breaks are also coinciding with the double bank holiday in many regions, employers are likely to be facing an influx of holiday requests from staff.

Special TV Dragons Den Doug Richard’s Web Fuelled Business

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Doug Richard’s Web Fuelled Business – Brighton Bootcamp 27 March

This one day bootcamp is designed for all small businesses, entrepreneurs and social enterprises that want to grow their business fast online. Led by Doug Richard, from TV’s Dragon’s Den, this FREE practical bootcamp immerses you in the strategies, tools and techniques required to find and close customers via the internet and manage your business more effectively using web-based tools and solutions.

Every business, whether it’s a brand new startup, local shop or small business needs to know how to establish an identity across the web, build a brand through social media, mass media and search engine marketing, find customers through pay per click and viral media marketing, and build a website that truly closes sales. Every company needs to leverage the internet to run their business more efficiently and more cost effectively.

Register now on the Web-Fuelled Business website to book your place.

27 March 2012 – Doug Richard’s Web Fuelled Business – Brighton Bootcamp

9 -17:30  Chichester House The University of Sussex

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Business Startups What’s the business in you?

The 2012 Challenge is underway – Be Inspired – Whats news – Find Finance – Find A Business Mentor – Find Advice – More Sources of Help – the Government, StartUp Britain campaign and other partners are working together to support new business startups and growth. Between them they got all the advice, inspiration and practical help you need to turn a dream into a working, profitable business.  Read more  about the Campaign 


BBC Dragons’ Den

BBC Dragons’ Den

If you have a great idea or invention and looking for cash then make space in your diary – 23 February 2012 – 11 am to 4 pm at The Holiday Inn Seafront Brighton. Businesss Admission FREE. Read more > Brighton & Hove Business Days Event

Apprenticeship Week and the Creative Industries

Apprenticeship Week has been launched  6- 10 February 2012 by Business Minister Vince Cable.It’s set to be the biggest Apprenticeship Week so far, with over 500 events across the country celebrating the achievements of learners and employers. Skillset (the sector skills council for the creative industries) in partnership with the National Apprenticeships Service (NAS), and supported by the Government, have pledged to work with 300 businesses in industries such as fashion, media and design to deliver 500 apprenticeships. The first places are set to be offered in September 2012. Many of these businesses will be small firms who from next week will be able to apply for an incentive payment of £1,500 to take on their first apprentice in 2012/13. Read more > Apprenticeships

Businesses of all sizes can enter The Challenge

The Make it in Great Britain Challenge is open to inventors, manufacturers, engineers, designers, businesses of all sizes, young people and the general public. It forms part of the Make it in Great Britain campaign, which aims to change the image of modern manufacturing.

The winning entries from each category will showcase their creations on a weekly basis at the Make it in Great Britain exhibition to be held later in the year at the Science Museum in London, which will coincide with the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer.

Business Minister Mark Prisk launched the nationwide competition to find the most innovative pre-market products, processes and concepts the UK has to offer. Read more > Making It In Great Britain

Counterfeit 2012 London Games Goods

IP crime can take the form of the counterfeiting of trade-marked goods such as clothes, pharmaceuticals, car parts and electrical goods and the piracy of copyrighted material such as CDs, DVDs, software and games.

More than 350 prosecutors from the Crown Prosecution Service specially trained to build successful cases against counterfeiters and pirates. The move is in line with the recently published Hargreaves review of intellectual property and growth and the Government´s IP crime strategy, which highlighted a need for a more integrated approach with partners to enforce IP rights.

With the huge London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games events being staged in the UK, people are looking to sell counterfeit goods using trade marks associated with the games. Merchandise with unauthorised London 2012 Olympic logos are already believed to be in the UK supply chain. With counterfeit goods already tracked down by Trading Standards.

Anyone found guilty of offences under the Trade Mark Act 1994 or the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 could face a 10 year prison sentence and/or a fine. In addition, the Proceeds of Crime Act (PoCA) allows criminals´ gains from counterfeiting and piracy to be confiscated.

Read more > The IPO has an intelligence hub which acts as an information gathering and sharing body to support public and private investigations of IP crime 

Business Employment

Survey carried out by YouGov for HR adviser Croner highlighted the continuing rise in UK employees looking for job offers that offer a good work environment, good pay and benefits and an attractive work-life balance rather than big name companies. Whilst big names such as Google, Apple and John Lewis attracted the most frequent mentions, just 11 per cent of respondents said a great brand makes a good company.

Of the 2,133 people surveyed, 82 per cent rated a good working environment as the best feature of a good employer, followed by attractive pay and benefits, a good work-life balance and training and development.

Noted that although many small businesses were unlikely to go to the same lengths as big corporations such as Google and Apple, they were capable of being innovative in their approach to engaging and rewarding employees.  Read more > YouGov

Executive Pay 2012 under the spotlight

The overhaul for executive pay proposals first outlined by Business Secretary Vince Cable September 2011 are under the spotlight.  Measures highlighted focused on four key areas: greater transparency; increased shareholder power; more diverse boards and remuneration committees; and best practice led by the business and investor community. The coalition Government working with businesses and investor groups to agree on the best way to implement some of the proposals outlined with proposals welcomed by John Cridland, CBI Director-General, sees that start of several high profile bosses waiving or reducing fees such as RBS boss Stephen Hester.