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News in brief
News in brief


Toucan launches new advice-led event for SMEs

The online platform for entrepreneurs, small businesses and start-ups, Toucan, has announced details of a UK-based event for entrepreneurs called The Nest. The event is being billed as a one-stop-shop for those starting up their own firms and who are in need of expert advice.

The two-day event will include keynote speakers and panels with some of the biggest names in the business. This includes, among others: Brendan Barns, London Business Forum; Richard Reed, Innocent Drinks; Rupert Hambro, Hambro Perks; Jamie West, Sky; Carolina Bucci, Bucci Jewellery; Frank Meehan, Founders Forum; the Entrepreneurial Finance Hub and Temple Bright Advisory. Throughout the event, there will also be practical workshops on accounting, finance and the law, with a special focus on start-ups and plenty of opportunities for networking.

Toucan will be hosting this event for start-ups and small businesses in London at the Rosewood Hotel from 14th-15th January 2016.


UK employees lack energy at work

A survey conducted by Scotland-based Eden Springs, a global water and coffee supplier, has found that both UK male and female employees UK lack energy and motivation at work.

The survey asked 500 UK office workers between the ages of 18 and 65 to rate on a scale of 1-10 how motivated and energised they felt during the working week. The survey showed that nearly half of respondents rated their energy and motivation below five. Younger workers – between 18 and 24 years old – were the least motivated age group, while people aged between 35 and 44 were the most motivated, with an average score of 5.9.

Head of marketing at Eden Kafevend Peter Sullivan-Stark comments: “Here at Eden one of our main focuses is helping businesses feel more energised and productive at work. Our survey paints a worrying picture, and it is concerning to think the impact low motivation could be having on productivity levels.”

New report finds employees want responsibility to encourage productivity

Employers can unleash the productivity of their workers by allowing them more scope to use their initiative, create more stimulating work and reduce the burden of unnecessary rules and procedures, according to the latest Employee Outlook Survey from the CIPD.

When respondents were asked what enabled them to be productive, the most common responses were interesting work (40%), being able to use their own initiative (39%) and being given tasks which complement their skills (25%). On the other hand, the most common hurdles to employee productivity were unnecessary rules and procedures (28%), not having the resources available to do their jobs (28%) and office politics (24%).

Research adviser at the CIPD Claire McCartney commented: “Productivity at work has been a real focus this year for employers and policy-makers, but it’s easy to forget that the most important perspective on the productivity debate is that of employees themselves. This survey gives us unique insight into what workers feel affects how well they work, and the answer is much simpler than many would probably assume.”

National Stress Awareness Day

Survey results from show that two in five people openly admit to feeling stressed and overworked in their jobs.

National Stress Awareness Day is held annually on 4 November and aims to educate people on the consequences of leading a stressful lifestyle, and encourage employers to take a more proactive approach to improving their employees’ wellbeing.

According to the Mental Health Foundation, 13.3 million working days are lost per year due to stress, depression and anxiety, costing employers £1.24 billion.


Plans to protect tied pub tenants released by government

Plans to ensure large pub-owning businesses deal fairly with thousands of tied pub tenants have been announced by Business Minister Anna Soubry.

The first of a two-part consultation on a new Pubs Code sets out how the “market rent only” option will work. It implements the principle that a tenant tied to a business owning 500 or more tied pubs should be no worse off than a free-of-tie tenant. Up to 13, 000 tied tenants in England and Wales will be protected by the Code.

Business Minister Anna Soubry said: “Pubs are the lifeblood of so many of our towns, villages and high-streets, playing a vital role supporting our local economies. It’s not right that some tied pub tenants are unfairly overcharged by their landlords and the Pubs Code will help ensure they get a fair deal.”