Category Archives: General

Setting personal development goals as a director

I am always short of time. If my business is booming, it is spent looking after customers, staff and suppliers to make sure we do a good job. If business is quiet, I am trying to win work … and get back to position one. In business we always set ourselves goals, whether it be to increase profits, launch a new product or service, or start exporting. The biggest challenge I faced in the last couple of years was to actually practice what I preached. When giving staff appraisals I always want them to have additional training or qualifications as … Read More »

Leave a comment

The vision that is Jaguar

What looked like a terminal decline in British car manufacturing started in the 1970s. Some may blame the trade unions, and some poor management. Either way, many wrote off the automotive industry in the UK for good. But the industry has quietly and very powerfully come back, as I discovered on a recent tour of the £500 million new Jaguar Land Rover engine factory in Wolverhampton – the first Jaguar engine factory to be built in a generation.

Leave a comment

Auto Enrolment “opt outs” – Are you being fair to all concerned?

Caroline Castle, from Torquil Clark, provides monthly guidance on auto enrolment topics that employers should pay particular attention to. Since auto enrolment was launched in October 2012 there has been the right for employees to “opt out” of the system. This is because they have been enrolled as pension scheme members through legislation rather than personal choice. Whilst the actual numbers of employees following this route has been far lower than the industry anticipated, there have still been a few who have decided their employer’s plan is not right for them, and who want to unravel the whole process and … Read More »

Leave a comment

Does your company pension scheme meet auto enrolment requirements?

Caroline Castle, from Torquil Clark, provides monthly guidance on auto enrolment topics that employers should pay particular attention to.

Leave a comment

Good business is about making the right decision, not the popular one

The Chinese Premier’s visit to the UK last week provided an opportunity to celebrate the growing trade links between our two countries, but it also inevitably reignited the debate about the very different ways our governments and societies function.

Leave a comment

Auto Enrolment – 12 steps to compliance

The Pensions Act 2008 established new duties that mean you need to provide your workers with access to a workplace pension scheme that meets certain minimum standards, here Caroline Castle, Senior Employee Benefits Consultant at Torquil Clark, takes a brief look at the key steps employers will need to consider.

Leave a comment