Welsh fintech start-up helps charities worldwide

A social entrepreneur who wanted to combat the inefficient donation system for international charities met his business partner at an event which helped to bring the idea to reality; building a partnership with a donor which manages £100 million in funds, and working in international markets. In September 2016, Ben Joakim from Monmouthshire attended leading tech event, Digital where he crossed paths with Laura Bailey from Zerado,...

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Welsh workplace creche sell off slammed by GMB
Jul13

Welsh workplace creche sell off slammed by GMB

Trade Unions GMB and Unison have slammed the University of South Wales for its decision set to sell off staff working at the University’s popular creche facility based at the Treforest Campus. The facility provides vital nursery places to 100 children from the local community, staff and students, who have campaigned vigorously since March this year after the University threatened closure and the withdrawal of  a £142,000 subsidy...

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Bluestone prioritising staff wellbeing as Wales faces £7.2Bn bill for mental illness
Jul06

Bluestone prioritising staff wellbeing as Wales faces £7.2Bn bill for mental illness

  The need to improve employee health and wellbeing has for several years been acknowledged by many businesses as part of their developing protocols. While it’s now recognised that workplace environments and management culture have a major impact on employees’ health and wellbeing, at Bluestone National Park Resort the link between a healthy and happy staff and a positive business outcome has been adopted as part of its wider...

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Welsh employer supports male suicide charity with band night fundraiser
Jul04

Welsh employer supports male suicide charity with band night fundraiser

A leading Welsh property and construction firm has raised over £2,000 to help combat male suicide, the leading cause of death for men aged 20 to 49 across the UK, following the loss of a respected and popular co-worker. Jehu Group hosted a fundraising band night at popular Cardiff venue Tramshed in aid of suicide prevention charity CALM, which provides help to men who are down or in crisis, as well as support to those bereaved by...

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Former front line combat medic finds new role training others to save lives
Jul04

Former front line combat medic finds new role training others to save lives

A former front line combat medic awarded the DZ Award For Bravery in Afghanistan has found a way of putting her unique experiences to good use in a new role with one of the UK’s most innovative training companies. Francesca Burrows served on tours in Iraq and Afghanistan during 12 years of service with the Army. She has now joined Call of the Wild, a multi-award winning management and leadership development company based in Neath,...

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Perks of the job: Bar 44 prides itself on jetting staff to all corners of Spain
Jun29

Perks of the job: Bar 44 prides itself on jetting staff to all corners of Spain

The Bar 44 Tapas y Copas Group has displayed once again why it is one of Cardiff’s best employers by surprising staff members across their restaurants with a once in a lifetime holiday in northern Spain. The ‘Bar 44 Road trip’ will see owners Owen and Tom Morgan take eight of their highest performing employees across the Galicia region, starting in the city of La Coruna, which is famed for its exceptional wine and world class seafood....

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South Wales HR Leaders discuss the importance of people management at a strategic level
Jun29

South Wales HR Leaders discuss the importance of people management at a strategic level

The South Wales HR Forum met last week on 21 June at the iconic Brains brewery in Cardiff, where they discussed the importance of people management strategy The event was sponsored by LHH Penna and was graphically facilitated by Eleanor Beer, whom South Wales HR Forum leader Mark Hendy describes as ‘simply remarkable to watch in action’. Delegates heard that the current business environment is changing at a pace most of us...

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HR in Wales? There will be hugs!
Jun19

HR in Wales? There will be hugs!

Lesley Richards, Head of CIPD Wales, explains how Welsh passion is driving HR in the region – and that includes hugs! As the Head of the CIPD in Wales, my role can be quite varied, but there’s one thing that’s consistent: big, genuine, friendly hugs!  Some colleagues based outside Wales find it both amusing and bemusing – no air-kissing for us! However, there’s something else that I share with my Welsh HR colleagues...

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Shock study finds Wales ‘haemorrhaged almost 28,000 manufacturing jobs in the past decade’
Jun15

Shock study finds Wales ‘haemorrhaged almost 28,000 manufacturing jobs in the past decade’

The scale of challenges for Wales’ manufacturing heritage has been highlighted by a new GMB study, which reports that the region haemorrhaged almost 28,000 manufacturing jobs in the past decade.   The figures were discussed at GMB’s annual Congress in Plymouth between June 4 and 6. They show that 27,900 jobs in the sector disappeared from 2006 to 2016, a massive fall of 15%. [1] Between them the lost jobs have meant Wales...

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CIPD Awards dinner celebrates South East Wales CIPD student success
Jun08

CIPD Awards dinner celebrates South East Wales CIPD student success

CIPD Wales’ South East Branch were proud to round off their annual year with a gala dinner at Cardiff Bay’s St. David’s Hotel to celebrate success among the region’s students. Students and members celebrated the evening with a delicious three course meal, a mock casino, and of course, dancing, after the all-important awards were announced. Winners of the most outstanding student from each of their...

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Workplace mediation specialist Alison Love Limited rebrands as Resolution at Work
May31

Workplace mediation specialist Alison Love Limited rebrands as Resolution at Work

Leading Welsh workplace mediation and people management consultancy, Alison Love Limited has come together with Bristol-based sister-company Mediation at Work under a new umbrella brand to become Resolution at Work. The move signals further integration between the two companies following the acquisition of Mediation at Work by Alison Love and business partner, Dionne Dury in May 2016 from then owner John Drowley. The name change to...

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CIPD Wales opens nominations for inaugural Wales People Management Awards
May30

CIPD Wales opens nominations for inaugural Wales People Management Awards

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in Wales (CIPD Wales) has opened nominations for its inaugural Wales People Management Awards, to be held on 26 October at the National Museum Cardiff.  This is exciting news for Wales, and HR News readers can nominate their colleagues in Wales here.     The Welsh PMAs will recognise and celebrate best practice and innovation across not just human resources but all aspects...

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Keeping staff motivated and at work in hot weather
May26

Keeping staff motivated and at work in hot weather

Hot sunny weather can hit productivity and sickness absence. We asked absence management expert Adrian Lewis from welsh HR software firm Activ Absence for his tips on keeping staff engaged when the temperature goes up. Adrian  says: “The good weather can impact on productivity and sickness absence – but it doesn’t have to. “Effective planning, good preparation and the ability to ‘go with the flow’ a bit...

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New Work Skills Centre & Specialist Facilities set to Transform Lives in Wales and the borders
May18

New Work Skills Centre & Specialist Facilities set to Transform Lives in Wales and the borders

A new specialist service dedicated to supporting children and young people with complex needs associated with autism has been opened by Orbis Education and Care to support families in Powys. Orbis, one of the UK’s leading providers of education and care for children and young people with an autism spectrum condition (ASC) recently opened its doors at Summergil House; a high-spec facility fully equipped with classrooms, shared lounge...

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Wales HR Network announces new programme of events
May18

Wales HR Network announces new programme of events

Following the success of the first ever Wales HR Awards, the Wales HR Network has announced three new seminar dates to address key topics within HR. The Wales HR Network, created by Wales’ leading recruitment and training agency Acorn and commercial law firm Darwin Gray, offers HR professionals across the country the opportunity to network and engage with others in the industry, swapping experience and best practice. The first event,...

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