5th June 2015

Forget the grades – find a graduate that fits your culture

Small companies (generally owner managed) have a unique culture which is heavily influenced by you as the owner. It is an extension of the way you work, your interests and your skills and experience. Your staff will have moulded themselves to fit within the way you operate. If they don’t get on with you a small business owner, there is only going to be one loser. However, taking on a graduate is a bit different. They can bring a new […]
9th January 2015

What Attracts a Graduate to Your Company?

When a small business writes a job advert for a graduate, they often end up drawing a blank, and don’t know why. Why are they struggling to attract a graduate? Students are very keen to join a small business, if the role advertised was made attractive to them. The advert that is written needs to appeal to the qualities they look for from a small business owner and for their career. To read more of this post click here
10th July 2014

Finally, We’re Forecasting Growth

A recently published report has shown that 71% of Yorkshire’s smaller businesses are forecasting growth over the next 3 months. There has been a large rise in recruitment, and a quarter of businesses have already taken on more staff.  The question these businesses needed to ask themselves is, did we need a permanent member of staff? Maybe the ideal route would have been to employ a graduate/apprentice to fill the skills gap that existing staff cannot do? To read more […]
16th June 2014

Use a Graduate to Get Out of Your Rut

Is your workload increasing? Are there just not enough hours in the day? Is this the same day after day after day? Maybe you need to get out of your rut, take a step back and decide whether you’re spending too much time working in the business rather than on the business. If you decide you need to take action, you need to work out how to do this…. Maybe a graduate can help you? You could use them to […]
15th May 2014

5 Ways to Sort Out Your Spreadsheets

Every company I have worked with uses Excel spreadsheets too much. Business systems get up dated every now and then, and people use Excel to fill that gap. However, this short term fix can easily become the long term answer. Most businesses complete their management accounts in Excel, and even large corporations like Orange use large spreadsheets to do their budgets. But, are these spreadsheets very effective? To read more of this post click here
22nd January 2014

9 Ways of Being More Attractive to Graduates than Corporates

It appears that smaller dynamic business are becoming more attractive than large corporate companies to graduates when they are starting their careers. Although the large corporate companies market themselves heavily at the career fairs, only 10% of graduates actually get jobs with these companies, and many graduates would actually be happy to work in smaller businesses. Here are 9 ways in which smaller business are more attractive to graduates looking for employment: -Access to decision makers – in a small […]
9th December 2013

4 Ways of Getting the Best from Graduates

As a business owner, what makes a graduate more valuable to you than a non-graduate? It is true that they have learned extra skills ta university but they are only useful to you if they can help your business in some way. How do you employ a graduate in the right role to enhance and bring out these skills, or should they simply just fill a vacancy? To read more of this post click here