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Four Employment Law Changes October 2014

1. Antenatal rights for fathers and partners to take time off work

 Under the new shared parental leave it is proposed to allow the husband, civil partner or partner of the pregnant women the right to unpaid time off to attend up to 2 ante-natal appointments.

 2. Employment tribunals must order equal pay audits

Where an equal pay claim is submitted on or after 1 October 2010, and the employment tribunal finds that there has been an equal pay breach, it must order the employer to carry out an equal pay audit unless an exception applies.

3. National minimum wage increases to:
  • £6.50 for workers 21 and over
  • £5.13 18 - 20 yrs
  • £3.79 for 16-17 yrs, who are above school leaving age but under 18
  • £2.73 for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over who are in the first year of apprenticeship.

These rates apply to pay reference periods beginning on or after 1st October 2014

What you need to know about Cyber Security

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has brought out a new booklet for small businesses to inform small businesses about cyber security.

Cyber security is about protecting your computer-based equipment and information from unintended or unauthorised access, change or destruction.

The internet brings huge opportunities and benefits. But it also brings risks.

But most online attacks can be prevented or detected with basic security practices for your people, processes and IT systems.

This guidance provides you with a good practice foundation. You don’t need to be an IT expert to improve your security. Taking some simple steps can help make all the difference.

Click here to download the booklet.

Doing Good Business - Marketing Your Social Firm

Thursday 30th October 2014, 9:30am - 1:30pm

Our free Leeds Interactive Workshop on Marketing Your Social Firm is presented by Stuart West, MBA Programme Director at the University of Derby.

The event includes a two hour interactive workshop that will give you insight into new ways to market your employment or employability social firm, and provide examples of marketing strategies that work.

It is a great opportunity to network with other social firms and get up to the minute news about Social Firms UK, and Social Enterprise Yorkshire & Humber.

Connect with social entrepreneurs across the Euro-Med region

Social Entrepreneur Exchange and Development for the Euro-Mediterranean Region plans to strengthen social entrepreneurship in Northern Africa and develop links between the UK, France, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria to support social enterprises in all countries

They are looking for experienced social entrepreneurs in the UK to host an aspiring social entrepreneur from the southern neighbourhood for a one-to-one exchange of ideas, skills and experiences. For a placement of between one and three months, you and the aspiring entrepreneur would work together in your organisation to develop their business idea, share your experiences and provide them with the skills necessary to set up their business back home.

Host entrepreneurs will:

"Quids In" Newsletter Supports Disadvantaged People

Social Firms UK Member CleanSlate provide a monthly e-newsletter that is relevant to many  employability social firms. With a focus on the news for people on low incomes, it looks at issues such as the digital divide, bedroom tax, universal credit and the developments in affordable housing. 

It's a great resource for anyone who finds themselves giving support and advice to those on benefits and low pay. The sign-up is free right here.

Social Investment Awards Deadline

This week sees the deadline (30th September) for nomination for the first ever UK-wide social investment awards, recognising the excellence and energy of the country’s social investment sector. 

There are five categories that will showcase the impact of social investment in the UK:

  • Investor Access Award
  • Global Impact Award
  • Community Impact Award
  • Investment Readiness Award
  • New Markets Award

Click for the application form which is very quick and easy to fill in. Self-nominations are encouraged.

Recruit for Good

Good Moves is a job listing website that was set up to make recruitment cheaper for not-for-profit organisations. It's the only specialist third sector jobs site that's actually run by a social enterprise.

They offer simple, professional online job advertising at a flat cost of £120 per vacancy anywhere in England, with over 100,000 visitors (not hits!) per month. Not an agency, they provide an effective way to connect directly with people who want to work in the third sector.

To book an advert, or for more information, just email Bob on or ring 0800 019 2149. Don't forget to mention you heard about them through Social Firms UK!

Social Economy Alliance Launches Manifesto Campaign

For those who may have been around Westminster recently, you will have seen the new Social Economy Alliance Campaign which includes billboards, posters and wraps on tube-station ticket gates, featuring the merged faces of high profile political figures, past and present. These include Boris Johnson and Karl Marx, Ronald Reagan and Fidel Castro and Angela Merkel and John Prescott. Click here to view all the images

Have you heard about Growth Vouchers?

 Some social firms may be eligible to recieve Growth Vouchers from BIS. Growth Vouchers cover half the cost of getting professional advice.

The vouchers are only available for this financial year so don’t miss out. Click here to apply.

  • Growth Vouchers is a government scheme to help small businesses get strategic business advice.
  • Businesses can get a grant of up to £2,000 towards the cost of this advice.
  • It will take you only a few minutes to register.

The vouchers can be used for strategic business advice in areas from finance and cash flow to management skills, to even making the most of digital technology. Click here to find out more and apply.

Social Firm Sets the Tone

 Partnership has proven successful in setting up Social Firm, Inklusive. And the main beneficiaries are the customers.

Setting up in 2011, the three directors of green toner and cartridge suppliers, Inklusive, made a conscious decision to work with supply chain partners.

“We looked at manufacturing everything ourselves but found spare capacity in supply chains with a similar outlook which were already operational” said Business Development Manager, Steve Ralf. “So we approached partners asking them to do some of the work for us”. With substantial previous experience in the ink industry, the team offered improved knowledge and practice to their partners. “As we grow, so do they” added Steve. “So everyone benefits”.

Steve is very proud of the fact that “we worked with existing suppliers rather than compete with them”.