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‘Disastrous’ apprenticeship levy needs a complete overhaul, business boss says

‘Disastrous’ apprenticeship levy needs a complete overhaul, business boss says

The apprenticeship levy, introduced by the government to encourage companies to take on apprentices, has been called “disastrous” and needs a complete overhaul, according to the chief of a major UK business group. Chair of Britain’s leading manufacturing body, the EEF, Dame Judith Hackitt, addressed business leaders, including Business Secretary Greg Clark, at the EEF’s

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Fellows claims number one regional auction house title after securing record sales

Fellows has been named the leading UK regional auctioneer by hammer total after recording overall sales of £17 million in 2017. This is according to Antiques Trade Gazette, who ran an in-depth auction report regarding sales of regional auction houses in 2017. Fellows has been continuingly growing as a company in recent decades, with increasingly

GUEST COLUMN: How can trade professionals strike a balance between family and business?

Kim Nutayakul, director of Thai Design Distributors, reflects on maintaining a successful career as a new mum. Juggling my time between working in the family business, as well as looking after two young babies was something I never thought could impact my life so much… Until I had them! I was inspired by my parents, who

Bransom introduces virtual workshops to make training easier

Technology provider Bransom has introduced virtual workshops to make staff training easier and more cost effective for retailers. Bransom has for many years provided both on-site and individual online training, but has now utilised the power of internet webinars to conduct virtual workshops and training online to much larger groups, meaning that trainees can learn from

Top jewellery firms offer discounts and prizes to pull in last minute Valentine’s Day sales

Leading brands and jewellery retailers are offering consumers exclusive discount offers and the opportunity to win prizes on the most lucrative season of Q1. For many of the leading brands, social media is being used as not only a selling tool, but a platform to engage with consumers and give back this Valentine’s Day. Thomas

THE BIG VERDICT: Ethical practices of top 10 jewellery brands in full detail

An investigation into the ethical practices of 13 of the industry’s top jewellers revealed none can be ranked ‘excellent’ when assessing steps taking to ensure responsible sourcing. In the ‘The Hidden Cost of Jewellery: Human Rights in Supply Chains and the Responsibility of Jewellery Companies’ report, the Human Rights Watch examines the policies and practices

RJC branded “flawed” by report into gold and diamond supply chain

In a report scrutinizing the hidden cost of jewellery 13 major players in the industry, Human Rights Watch has said many companies rely too heavily on trade watchdog, the Responsible Jewellery Council, which offers a “weak assurance” that ethical practices are actually being met. ‘The Hidden Cost of Jewellery: Human Rights in Supply Chains and

REVEALED: The hidden cost of jewellery sold by 13 major brands

Human Rights Watch has today released a report scrutinizing the hidden cost of jewellery created by 13 major jewellery brands, which collectively generative over $30bn (£21bn) in annual revenue. In a report titled ‘The Hidden Cost of Jewellery: Human Rights in Supply Chains and the Responsibility of Jewellery Companies’, the Human Rights Watch has analysed

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