It is a tumultuous time at the moment — especially for businesses — and the third national lockdown has forced companies to once more adapt and change in a short space of time.
In this hot list, sponsored by Gloucester BID, SoGlos shares 5 tips from businesses in Gloucester offering advice on how to get the edge in 2021.
Gloucester BID supports businesses in the city by offering them a platform to share what they want from the city and raise any issues affecting businesses, as well as launching a range of projects including the Gloucester Gift Card.
For more information, visit gloucesterbid.uk.
Putting its clients at the heart of everything it does, Gloucester Quays’ Quayside Wealth Management’s objective is to make your money work for you.
Quayside Wealth Management’s tip is: ‘Celebrate the wins: in a climate when business can seem challenging, it’s important to take stock of the good times no matter how small.
‘A thank you from a client, a new referral or even getting to be the one in the office to have that extra slice of cake! Try to enjoy the good times.’
Located in Hempsted, Advantage Buying is a focused cost reduction consultancy service, generating a wide number of clients across a range of industry sectors.
Advantage Buying’s tip is: ‘Businesses should ensure all their costs and contracts are newly negotiated to save money and maximise their profits.
‘Negotiating new deals will make sure they are in the best financial position to succeed when they reopen.’
The award-winning Tayntons Solicitors in Gloucester’s Clarence Street has helped thousands of clients with its highly skilled team, who undertake regular training and development initiatives.
Tayntons Solicitors’ tip is: ‘Keep talking — All employees be they on furlough, working at their place of work or working from home need to know what is going on. This will lead to an involved and not disconnected workforce.’
Located in Eastgate House on Eastgate Street, Acorn is listed in the top 1 per cent of all leading UK recruiters – helping develop careers, grow businesses and fulfil ambitions.
Acorn Recruitment’s tip is: ‘A happy, engaged workforce is key for business. Clear communication, encouraging annual leave, speaking to colleagues and managers regularly and creating fun projects during lockdown all help to keep the mind healthy — also, don’t stop the small talk with clients and colleagues, use video calling, emails and chat to keep the office buzz alive.
‘Having motivated, happy and productive employees will only help your business thrive during the current climate and beyond.’
Established more than 20 years ago, HR Champions has steadily and organically grown into a leading independent HR and training consultancy.
HR Champions’ tip is: ‘Work, including our workspace and daily schedules, have seen the most notable changes recently and as the changes we experience continue to become embedded and normalised, employers need to examine how the needs of their businesses will change in order to thrive.
‘Employees of the not-too-distant future will need to be able to demonstrate an aptitude for embracing and working with technology. Where in the past a general understanding of Microsoft Office would have sufficed in most environments, businesses will want employees who understand and grasp more. Knowing how to exploit the extent and potential of the apps in today’s Microsoft 365 for example or having the ability to author or create apps for productivity and workflow.’
By Maddy Richards
Wednesday 03 February 2021
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