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    one support from a low carbon sector advisor to help it communicate the unique selling points of rainwater harvesting to new markets For example the company is now able to calculate the associated carbon savings that its products achieve when reducing use of mains water and sewerage systems Tom Bardwell Green Growth low carbon sector advisor said Neptune Aqua is a hard working and highly skilled company with a genuine drive for ensuring their projects meet their clients requirements and yield maximum environmental and economic benefit One of their greatest strengths is the proven engineering expertise and design put into their products something which is made possible by manufacturing them on own premises in Rochdale Glenn Humphreys installation manager at Neptune Aqua said The Hub s Green Growth service has given us practical real world support for developing our marketing material and expanding our USPs which will help us to raise our profile and establish ourselves in the industrial and commercial marketplace Saving lives in Rochdale By Deborah Wroe Businesses across Rochdale are being invited to host a life saving defibrillator in a social media competition Rochdale Borough Council s public health team and the North West Ambulance Service NWAS are looking for the best site for a brand new defibrillator in a secure external cabinet The NWAS Cardiac Smart team promote the use of defibrillators and CPR training throughout the North West region and more information can be found at www cardiacsmart nwas nhs uk or searching Twitter CardiacSmart There are thought to be about 46 defibrillators installed across the borough which an ambulance service operator can direct callers to if someone suffers a cardiac arrest The caller can be given the code to unlock the cabinet and use the defibrillator on the person before an ambulance or medical help arrives For every minute that a person in cardiac arrest goes without defibrillation their chances of survival are reduced by 10 so it s vitally important to be able to use a defibrillator as soon as possible Installing another defibrillator will help save lives and make the borough a safer place to live and work The defibrillator is the last of 20 donated by the Cardiac Smart Gold award winning public health team CPR and defibrillator training will also be provided for the winner and their staff Councillor Richard Farnell the leader of Rochdale Borough Council said I am very proud that Rochdale Council is leading the way in ensuring our residents have the vital skills and equipment they need to be able to save lives This is a truly unique competition which is not only instilling health consciousness into our borough but could also save a life I would like to urge as many business and community organisations as possible to take part North West Ambulance Service Community Engagement Manager Andy Redgrave said Our ultimate aim is for defibrillators to be installed in easily accessible areas of high footfall across the UK including schools and colleges and for

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    opt in automatic enrolment is the official terminology There is a step by step guide to help small businesses get ready for automatic enrolment at http www thepensionsregulator gov uk employers your step by step guide to automatic enrolment aspx Interestingly The Behavioural Insights Team are reporting that automatic enrolment has thus far proved to be far more successful than originally thought Opt out rates have been lower than expected between 8 and 14 rather than the 28 the Department for Work and Pensions originally estimated More people are projected to start saving or to save more than they were before the Department has raised its estimates from 7 to 9 million people Employer compliance is higher than expected so far 99 of employers expected to declare their compliance with the new duties have done so The programme is costing less than expected DWP has reduced its implementation costs by 100million to 1billion Source https www nao org uk wp content uploads 2015 11 Automatic enrolment to workplace pensions pdf You can read more about the work of the Behavioural Insights Team and nudge theory in our Owl Marketing blog at http www owl marketing co uk sub1 owl blog p 169 SMEfinance By Liz Lancashire When it comes to securing finance businesses working in information and communications are far more likely than any other sector to consider alternative sources of financing such as peer to peer lending or equity finance A new survey of 5 000 UK SMEs conducted by ICM on behalf of the Business Banking Insight BBI an independent project commissioned by the Chancellor of the Exchequer and designed to help support micro small and medium sized businesses make informed decisions about which banking institutions products and services are right for them found that information and communications businesses were the most keen to consider the relatively new forms of funding such as peer to peer lending 32 and 33 against a national average of 23 Information and communication businesses were also considering selling equity in their business to help raise funding for expansion 25 against a national average of 16 Manufacturing professional services science and technology and real estate firms were also more likely to sell equity 23 21 and 20 respectively Agricultural firms however were much less likely to do so at just 8 Overall the survey found that 73 of businesses would consider investing their own money to expand their business 63 would consider a business loan and 59 would consider a business overdraft To find out more information about financing 70 of small businesses would consider talking to their bank 78 would turn to their accountant 58 would talk to an independent financial adviser IFA and 41 would look online at financial advice websites Mike Cherry Federation of Small Businesses Policy Director and spokesperson for the BBI said Investment is a vital element of business growth and finding the right finance for your business needs is critical Today there are increasingly diverse and innovative

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    opt in automatic enrolment is the official terminology There is a step by step guide to help small businesses get ready for automatic enrolment at http www thepensionsregulator gov uk employers your step by step guide to automatic enrolment aspx Interestingly The Behavioural Insights Team are reporting that automatic enrolment has thus far proved to be far more successful than originally thought Opt out rates have been lower than expected between 8 and 14 rather than the 28 the Department for Work and Pensions originally estimated More people are projected to start saving or to save more than they were before the Department has raised its estimates from 7 to 9 million people Employer compliance is higher than expected so far 99 of employers expected to declare their compliance with the new duties have done so The programme is costing less than expected DWP has reduced its implementation costs by 100million to 1billion Source https www nao org uk wp content uploads 2015 11 Automatic enrolment to workplace pensions pdf You can read more about the work of the Behavioural Insights Team and nudge theory in our Owl Marketing blog at http www owl marketing co uk sub1 owl blog p 169 SMEfinance By Liz Lancashire When it comes to securing finance businesses working in information and communications are far more likely than any other sector to consider alternative sources of financing such as peer to peer lending or equity finance A new survey of 5 000 UK SMEs conducted by ICM on behalf of the Business Banking Insight BBI an independent project commissioned by the Chancellor of the Exchequer and designed to help support micro small and medium sized businesses make informed decisions about which banking institutions products and services are right for them found that information and communications businesses were the most keen to consider the relatively new forms of funding such as peer to peer lending 32 and 33 against a national average of 23 Information and communication businesses were also considering selling equity in their business to help raise funding for expansion 25 against a national average of 16 Manufacturing professional services science and technology and real estate firms were also more likely to sell equity 23 21 and 20 respectively Agricultural firms however were much less likely to do so at just 8 Overall the survey found that 73 of businesses would consider investing their own money to expand their business 63 would consider a business loan and 59 would consider a business overdraft To find out more information about financing 70 of small businesses would consider talking to their bank 78 would turn to their accountant 58 would talk to an independent financial adviser IFA and 41 would look online at financial advice websites Mike Cherry Federation of Small Businesses Policy Director and spokesperson for the BBI said Investment is a vital element of business growth and finding the right finance for your business needs is critical Today there are increasingly diverse and innovative

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    for National Statistics figures released on Monday around 21 000 jobs in Oldham paid less than the living wage in 2014 equivalent to 33 7 of all positions In Rochdale it was 32 6 of all jobs and Tameside it was 24 7 John Allan FSB National Chairman said The UK economy has been performing well but we should not allow this to make us complacent Businesses worked hard to weather the financial crisis keeping on staff despite pressure to cut headcounts Now times are better we know members are beginning to raise wages and take on new staff Over half of our members already pay their staff above the voluntary living wage but those that don t are often operating in highly competitive sectors with very tight margins In many of these industries the only sustainable way to deliver real long term wage growth is to improve productivity Without improved productivity there is a real risk that higher enforced statutory wages will lead to fewer jobs being created fewer hours for existing staff and unfortunately in some cases to job losses It s important that the independent Low Pay Commission continues to play a central role in setting the minimum wage and that includes deviating from the Government s plan to raise the National Living Wage to over 9 an hour by 2020 if it becomes apparent that the economy cannot afford it Sunday 1st to Saturday 7th November is Living Wage Week and is a celebration of the living wage and living wage employers Details of events throughout the week can be found here http www livingwage org uk living wage week Shining a light on self employment By Deborah Wroe Julie Deane OBE founder of The Cambridge Satchel Company a kitchen table start up that went on to become a UK manufacturing success story with an annual turnover of 10m is heading up an independent review of self employment for the government The online survey which runs from 24 September 2015 to 8 November 2015 is aimed at SMEs and micro business It is designed to take no more than 20 minutes to complete however if you have more to say there is the opportunity to upload documents at the end of the survey or email additional comments or issues to Julie Deane bis gsi gov uk The Prime Minister asked me to carry out an independent review into self employment and to make recommendations as to how the UK can create a more flexible and supportive environment for those who want to work for themselves I am keen to hear a wide range of views from as many people and as many different sectors as possible Whatever your occupation or business model if you work for yourself I want to hear about your experiences and what could have helped In particular I want to Shine a light on the self employed population in the UK to look at who you are what motivates you the different

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    Paul s Cathedral the Cabinet Office the BBC Buckingham Palace National Trust and even Grey Gables Hotel in Radio 4 s The Archers are just a few of the famous establishments that have added their support Food production security and traceability are seriously important as is the impact of what we eat on our nation s health and public services From a simple British family meal to whole communities coming together it s easy for everyone to do something for British Food Fortnight Markets pubs restaurants cafes and canteens farmers and fishmongers will all be promoting their industries during the fortnight with British menus producer open days special promotions and local food suppers Aside from attending events as a consumer you can make a special effort to check the labels on products you buy and to support your local butchers greengrocers and other producers at your local market Visit the 14 things you can do for British Food Fortnight webpage for inspiration and simple tips At the time of writing on searching the British Food Fortnight site there was only the Manchester Food Festival in Greater Manchester nothing in Tameside Rochdale or Oldham even in the fringe bits of the Manchester Food Festival With not one but two smoke house restaurants one opened one soon to be opening in Oldham the award winning Lily s veggie restaurant in Ashton and Rochdale being home to Nutters er hello And of course Oldham s very own MasterChef 2015 winner Simon Wood who flies the foodie flag for Oldham by supporting local producers and bringing a new level of cuisine to Latics as executive chef Come on Oldham it s not just about burgers and beards in Manchester s Northern Quarter step up to the plate and get some local events on that map Exterminate The robots are coming By Liz Lancashire If you don t want a nation of robots fund the arts said a very wise person once According to a study by researchers at Oxford University 35 of current jobs in the UK are at high risk of computerisation over the coming 20 years Oxford University academics Michael Osborne and Carl Frey calculated how susceptible to automation each job is based on nine key skills required to perform it social perceptiveness negotiation persuasion assisting and caring for others originality fine arts finger dexterity manual dexterity and the need to work in a cramped work space Read the full report here The Future Of Employment How Susceptible Are Jobs To Computerisation The BBC has now combined this study with figures on job numbers and average wages from the Office of National Statistics and a report by Deloitte which surveyed 100 London based organisations exploring the new jobs that will be created the skills that will be needed and the implications for current working practices to reveal the likelihood of a particular job being automated Many of the jobs at risk involve repetitive tasks and low levels of human interaction Other traits

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    that aren t in full time education has risen to a level last seen in 2008 74 3 Gerwyn Davies Labour Market Analyst for the CIPD comments After a long dark decade the prospects for young people are finally looking brighter The tightening labour market is undoubtedly encouraging more employers to turn to a wider range of younger recruits However it is also due to a recognition among a growing number of employers that they need to develop talent to limit the potential for future labour shortages and pay pressures The increase in the number of high quality apprenticeships and the ongoing recruitment pressures faced by employers should mean that the pathway to sustainable employment will be within the reach of more young people Looking further ahead the introduction of the National Living Wage may boost the attractiveness of employing workers aged below 25 further which could see young people reverse recent trends by becoming the new winners in a new era for the jobs market The Labour Market Outlook also suggests that employment confidence looks to remain strong over the next three months This quarter s net employment balance which measures the difference between the proportion of employers who expect to increase and those that intend to decrease staff levels has increased to 29 up from the 24 reported in Spring 2015 New research from The Prince s Trust and HSBC supports the findings of the Labour Market Outlook and the need to employ young people The research found that 72 per cent of UK business leaders believe that the recruitment of young people into the workforce is vital to avert a skills crisis Do qualifications matter By Deborah Wroe Business owners in Manchester and North Cheshire say schools and colleges could be doing more to make leavers better prepared for work The Federation of Small Businesses FSB survey asked members if they thought education providers equipped leavers with necessary workplace skills Just 4 answered yes 61 said no while 35 described it as hit and miss Simon Edmondson FSB Regional Chairman said It s a pretty disappointing assessment of the education system and quite frankly demonstrates a worrying lack of confidence among the business community in the ability of our education providers to do their job to an acceptable standard While our survey is only a snapshot there will be many people rightly concerned that business owners have such a low opinion of so many raw recruits who turn up for work having just left the education system This has to be addressed The survey asked which skill sets respondents believed to be most lacking with new starters Overall 5 said maths 11 English 44 said general work ready skills were the biggest concern and 40 answered all of the above Simon continued Quite clearly the vast majority of business owners who responded feel youngsters too often turn up for work completely unprepared and it s high time we looked to schools and colleges to address this issue

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    report by Arup estimates that the global value of the IoT sector will exceed 255 billion a year by 2020 City regions such as Greater Manchester can use IoT to improve services for their citizens increase quality of life and make better informed decisions more quickly Examples of IoT at work in cities already include Smart lighting and sensing allows a city to gather and share information on footfalls air quality and noise pollution levels Measure passenger journeys and provide location based services to help speed up journeys and enhance passenger experiences across various forms of transport Data collection from traffic and road sensors helping ease congestion and reduce emissions within the city Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said The Internet of Things is rapidly becoming part of our everyday lives The UK technology sector is renowned for its creativity and pioneering research and development This competition will be instrumental in discovering new connections between city services and their users and identifying many more advantages that the Internet of Things could offer Nick Appleyard Innovate UK s deputy director for government partnerships said The Internet of Things is on the brink of connecting communities and commerce across the UK The transformative technology will make our lives more connected allowing us to make more informed decisions based on data and drive the productivity of companies The UK has the opportunity to become a world leader in this sector boosting the economy and creating the jobs of tomorrow Innovate UK has a vital part to play in working with companies and local partnerships to make this happen Projects must be collaborative and led by a local authority or local enterprise partnership or an equivalent body outside England Projects should involve at least one local authority one local enterprise partnership and several businesses All competition entries must involve IoT and additional requirements include A specific benefits for citizens the city region and the environment Economic benefits for businesses and local authorities both during and after the initial trial Appropriate security and privacy features Entries must be able to work across a variety of sectors for example social care transport and housing Deadline for registration is at noon on 23 September 2015 with the deadline for applications at noon on 30 September 2015 Find out more by calling the competition hotline on 0300 321 4357 email support innovateuk gov uk or follow innovate uk To find project partners and for dates of briefings on how to apply join the LinkedIn group https www linkedin com company digital economy Assessing growth potential in the North By Liz Lancashire The Federation of Small Businesses FSB is calling for greater efforts to rebalance the economy to ensure the vision of a prosperous Northern Powerhouse becomes a reality A series of roundtable events are being organised by the FSB in the North of England to find out what Northern businesses need to grow and increase productivity steps which are key to boosting the region s economic potential The

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    managing director of the Manchester based luxury British label Private White VC said We are expected to be able to respond quickly to the latest trends and this is creating a second industrial revolution in Manchester Thanks to improved technology brought on by the digital age the gap in manufacturing costs between the UK and off shore production has narrowed which means making textiles products in Britain and indeed Manchester is becoming economically viable again We also find many fashion houses and their customers want to support British industry and this is great news for the sector Supported by funding from the European Social Fund this Textile Teashops campaign follows the launch of The Alliance Report Repatriation of UK Textiles Manufacture at the House of Commons earlier this year The report is one of the biggest studies in twenty years on supply and demand in UK textile manufacturing Its findings show the industry is worth 9bn to the UK economy contributing approximately 100 000 jobs in the UK with a predicted 20 000 new jobs to be created nationally by 2020 The campaign launched by Coronation Street stars Jennie McAlpine and Sair Khan whose characters work in the street s knicker factory will promote the sectors careers opportunities with immediate vacancies for sewing machinists weavers cutters textiles operatives and samples machinists as well as supervisory management and professional positions The industry is offering retraining for those re entering the sector and a range of fashion and textiles apprenticeships are available for those interested in joining the sector for the first time Lorna Fitzsimons Director of the Alliance Project said We know that people who worked in the industry in the 80s and 90s have the skills we desperately need in order to compete with the global market The Alliance Project is reaching out to local communities through the Textiles Teashop roadshow to identify people who have the relevant skills but are not currently working in the industry or using all of their skills We also want to raise awareness of the sector s revival highlight current employment opportunities and progression routes and help people access jobs We look forward to meeting those interested in returning to the industry as well as school leavers and other young people who would consider a career in this sector The Textiles Tea Shop roadshow will take place in six locations across Greater Manchester throughout June and July For more information including locations and dates visit www textilesteashops co uk Women in care cleaning and catering to receive boost By Liz Lancashire Two thirds of those earning low pay in the UK are women One reason is that women are concentrated in low paying occupations and sectors Females also make up 77 5 per cent of part time employees and there are big differences in pay for full time and part time workers In 2014 the average full time hourly pay for women was 12 31 compared with 7 95 for part time Women in

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