Sent Home for Not Wearing Heels – Justified or Not?

Sent Home for Not Wearing Heels – Justified or Not?

This week, it’s emerged that a London receptionist was sent home from work without pay after refusing to wear high heels.  Temp worker Nicola Thorp aged 27 years old, arrived at finance company PwC and was told that she should be wearing heeled shoes with a 2 to 4 inch heel.  When she refused, she reports that she was laughed at, and eventually sent home. Many have argued that Ms. Thorp was treated unfairly and…

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Why does a Trademark matter?

Why does a Trademark matter?

Trademarks are like birthmarks! Why does a Trademark matter? It’s been a rough week for Apple, who on top of seeing their shares plummet has lost a trademark fight in China, meaning a firm which sells handbags and other leather goods can continue to use the name “IPHONE”.  The decision was handed down by the Beijing Municipal High People’s Court in favour of Xintong Tiandi Technology, who are trademarked “IPHONE” for their leather products in…

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What’s the Best Legal Structure for your Business?

What’s the Best Legal Structure for your Business?

Should you be a sole trader, partnership, limited company or LLP? What’s the Best Legal Structure for your Business? You’re prepared and ready to start your new business, but how should you decide on the correct legal structure for your business? The answer to this question should not be taken lightly, as the legal structure you choose can have a significant impact on your ability to grow and survive. There are many structures which can…

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Rules of Redundancy

Rules of Redundancy

Rules of Redundancy Redundancy is becoming an increasingly common reality for many, but as it’s rarely expected, it often means that full awareness of our rights are lacking. So what are the rules of redundancy? If made redundant, employers must follow appropriate rules. This includes engaging in appropriate consultation and making payment for those with 2 years’ service or more. Yet it should be noted that entitlement is dependent on the employee’s weekly pay, length…

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Are you using your Smart Phone Wisely?

Are you using your Smart Phone Wisely?

Most mobile phone users have a smartphone, whether it was by choice or not, but are you using your Smart Phone wisely? Smart phones are called smart, because of their capabilities. In addition to being a phone, these days they operate very similar to personal computers and tablets from which you can run your business, and certainly run your life. It should be noted that the smartphone therefore becomes only a smart as our abilities…

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The Black Pay Gap Debate

The Black Pay Gap Debate

Black workers earn less than their white counterparts at all levels of education! Research from the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has found that there is a disparity in earnings for black workers, whom are educated to a similar level as their white counterparts, with the difference in average pay rates in excess of 20% in some cases. The research suggests there is a 23% gap in hourly pay between black and white university graduates. Black…

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Market outside the Box like Kanye West

Market outside the Box like Kanye West

You could have the greatest business idea, service or product in the world. If no one knows about it, then what’s the point? Yet, with social media and so many mediums for marketing available these days, then how can you Market outside of the Box to get noticed? The music industry provides a great example of an industry saturated. Mediums like YouTube means that good products and artists can stand out – and have; particularly…

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Is it time for a Career Change?

Is it time for a Career Change?

Do you dread going to work, and look forward to clocking out as soon as you’ve clocked in? Then maybe, it’s time for a Career Change. Finding the right career, rarely happens overnight and it often involves much trial and error; but how do you know when it’s time to walk away and seek something more enjoyable, fulfilling, and/or profitable? Well there are signs all around us that may be indicating that it’s time for…

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Rajinder Mann OBE introduces the Network for Black & Asian Professionals

Rajinder Mann OBE introduces the Network for Black & Asian Professionals

Since their creation in 1998, The Network for Black & Asian Professionals is a social justice, not-for-profit organisation committed to supporting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) professionals to achieve their full career and civic potential. The organisation is headed by Chief Executive, Rajinder Mann OBE, a founding member. A high profile figure in the social justice field, she has over 30 years’ experience, she was formerly the Executive Director of the Black Leadership Initiative (BLI),…

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Teenpreneur – Interview with Author, Errol Lawson

Teenpreneur – Interview with Author, Errol Lawson

‘Teenpreneur: How to build a business in your teens’, is the latest title from Author and Co-Founder of Emerge UK and Ghana, Errol Lawson.  Passionate about business and young people, Teenpreneur aims to present the “ABCs of entrepreneurship” by guiding and sharing the key steps to building a business, so your Teens can start early! As we discussed some the merits of the book, Errol provides insights into the areas that he believes a critical…

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