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Grants, Sick pay and more – December 21st 2021 Update

Grants, Sick pay and more – December 21st 2021 Update

Latest updates Coronavirus Support for Businesses  Rishi Sunak today announced today there will be three new measures to help businesses during this troubling time for many businesses with this new wave of COVID-19.   Cash Grants for Hospitality Eligible...
Introducing Toggl

Introducing Toggl

Tech Tuesday   We’ve got another #TechTuesday for you, and this week we want to talk about a great tool called Toggl. Have you heard of it? Do you know what it does? If you are yet to give it a go, it is about time you tried it!  Toggl is an extremely handy...
Breathe – the ‘go to’ HR system

Breathe – the ‘go to’ HR system

Tech Tuesday We’ve got another #TechTuesday for you, and this time we’d like to highlight our ‘go to’ HR system – Breathe! We believe that having the right software to support your HR processes, really can transform your business.  ...
Breathe – New People Portal app

Breathe – New People Portal app

Breathe HR Software keeps on getting smarter and smarter! It’s been just over 2 months since Breathe launched their brand-new Rota, Time and Attendance module, and they now have even more useful new features. Let us introduce you to the Breathe – People Portal mobile...
Flexible Working

Flexible Working

There have been some recent employment tribunal cases with regards to employers, not allowing employees time off to go and deal with things such as going to pick up their child from nursery who was sick and not allowing an employee to amend their working hours. So, we...
Introducing Otter

Introducing Otter

Tech Tuesdays It is safe to say that when it comes to transcribing meetings, volunteers are often hard to come by. I am yet to find a person who loves writing up minutes or transcribing interviews. Let me introduce you to Otter, a mobile app and website that...
Introducing Loom

Introducing Loom

Tech Tuesday   Have you ever spent far too long writing out an email to someone to explain how they should go about completing a task, only to find that when you reach the end…the wording is probably not all that clear, there would still be room...
Introducing Pirkx

Introducing Pirkx

Tech Tuesdays So as a self-confessed geek most people that know me, know that I love tech and finding new apps and programs to help small business owners – or frankly just to turn the kettle on to make sure the water is boiled for tea when I walk in the door...
Introducing Hannah, our latest addition to the team

Introducing Hannah, our latest addition to the team

Hi! I´m Hannah, and I’m over the moon to be the newest member of the KUHR team… until our young Kickstarters join us in June!  I´ve been part of the team for a while, working part-time from Mallorca, Spain. But I’m delighted to announce I will soon be back in the...
Empower don’t micromanage

Empower don’t micromanage

5 ways Employee Engagement will enable your small business to grow. To build the most effective team and to ensure long-standing employees it is important that your team members feel empowered rather than micromanaged. It is a fine balance between giving freedom to...
Does IR35 apply to Small Businesses?

Does IR35 apply to Small Businesses?

How does IR35 apply to Small Businesses? As you may remember IR35 was delayed for the private sector from being implemented due to COVID-19.  However, the legislation is going into force from 1st April.  Below are the 7 key steps that small business owners need to...
Statutory Increases April 2021

Statutory Increases April 2021

April 2021 Employment Law Changes for Small Businesses Following on from the Budget last week please find below all the changes to Employment Law that are happening in April 2021. National Living Wage / National Minimum Wage The important thing to note is that the...
4 Steps to Lifting Lockdown

4 Steps to Lifting Lockdown

The Government’s 4 Steps to Lifting Lockdown Today in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out his proposed 4 Steps to Lifting Lockdown. Here is a summary of those 4 Steps to Lifting Lockdown. Step 1: On 8th March, 2021 All students return to...
9 Financial Tips for Small Business Owners in the UK

9 Financial Tips for Small Business Owners in the UK

Here are 9 Financial Tips for Small Business Owners    Over the next few weeks, will be sharing blogs from our wonderful guest blogger Sarah Quirk of SarahQuirk Wealth Services. This week, Sarah shares all her expert knowledge with 9 Financial Tips for Small...
What are the new UK immigration rules?

What are the new UK immigration rules?

What are the New UK Immigration Rules? Welcome to our quick blog post about new UK Immigration rules. Now, due to the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, new UK immigrations rules now apply. Free Movement for European nationals ended on 31st December 2020. This...
*Updated* 05/01/21 COVID The Lowdown on Lockdown 3

*Updated* 05/01/21 COVID The Lowdown on Lockdown 3

Here’s the Lowdown on Lockdown 3.0 Welcome to Rumour Control! Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement at 8pm on Monday 4th January, here’s what you need to do from Thursday 6th January 2021, when England goes into Lockdown 3.0  People...
HR Risk Quiz

HR Risk Quiz

Hello and Welcome to Our HR Risk Quiz! Do you run a small business but think you might need a little HR support? Well, you’re in luck! Here at Kate Underwood HR & Training, we’ve created an HR Risk Quiz to help you to decide what kind of support you...
Steps to Success: Wellbeing Challenge

Steps to Success: Wellbeing Challenge

  Welcome to Steps to Success: Wellbeing Challenge!   So, boys and girls; how are you feeling about this lockdown? It sucks, doesn’t it?   Well, there’s good news, the Steps to Success: Wellbeing Challenge is here to rescue you from the...
COVID-19 UPDATE: Job Support Scheme Expansion

COVID-19 UPDATE: Job Support Scheme Expansion

Job Support Scheme Expanded (For Businesses Required to Close) As of the 26th October 2020, The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak has announced on Friday 9th October 2020 that the Government’s Job Support Scheme will be expanded to firms required to close due...
Introducing Pocket HR

Introducing Pocket HR

HR in Your Pocket!  Before we introduce Pocket HR, a quick question: Have you ever wished you had help with HR? Starting out as a business owner – full of hope and expectations – human resources probably wasn’t that high on your priorities list. Perhaps you...
The Importance of Redundancy Process

The Importance of Redundancy Process

Following Proper Redundancy Process is Vital So, let’s start by looking at a few examples of how companies have made mistakes in the redundancy process: East London NHS Foundation Trust v O’Connor; Mr O’Connor was unfairly dismissed after accepting an...
The Happiness Index: Employee Voice 24/7

The Happiness Index: Employee Voice 24/7

What is Employee Voice 24/7? The Happiness Index have created an employee survey designed to give employees a voice during times of change. The pre-built survey is completely anonymous and allows employees to leave feedback 24/7. Whether your team work shifts and are...
How Do I Manage The Number Of Staff In The Office?

How Do I Manage The Number Of Staff In The Office?

How On Earth Do You Manage The Number Of Staff In The Office?   The question ‘How Do I Manage The Number Of Staff In The Office’ was relevant before the world changed, but it’s even more relevant now people have started returning to work after...
Are There Any New Small Business Grants To Help SMEs?

Are There Any New Small Business Grants To Help SMEs?

Government Announces £20 Million in Small Business Grants Finally, some good news amongst all this! And no, we’re not talking about the Eat Out to Help Out half-price Nandos! The government has announced the launch of a new £20 million support in Small Business...
Breathe Rota

Breathe Rota

An HR System that makes Rota Planning a Breeze! We know that organising and communicating quickly and efficiently with your team can be challenging, especially when they are spread across various locations (especially at the moment with so many people still working...
Surviving, Survivor Bias

Surviving, Survivor Bias

What is Survivor Bias? During WWII, the United States Army wanted to protect their airplanes and needed to know where to put additional armour. They looked at their bombers, that were returning from the war riddled with bullet holes, and plotted points on a chart to...
10 Amazing Tips on How to Prepare for an Online Interview

10 Amazing Tips on How to Prepare for an Online Interview

The Expert’s Tips on How To Prepare for an Online Interview As you can imagine, during lockdown we have seen a lot of things changing in recruitment, so you need to know how to prepare for an online interview – or even just an important meeting. The way things...
Training and Furlough: How Has COVID-19 Affected Training?

Training and Furlough: How Has COVID-19 Affected Training?

How Has COVID-19 Affected Training in the Workplace? Covid-19 has had a massive impact on all businesses, from micro-sized through to huge conglomerates. Some of the biggest and most complex questions we have been asked surround training and furlough. Initially, there...
Your Free Guide to Recalling Staff from Furlough

Your Free Guide to Recalling Staff from Furlough

Recalling Staff from Furlough With all beginnings, there is an end. Now is the time for you to think about recalling staff from furlough. Businesses that have furloughed members of their team must prepare for bringing them back into the workplace. While there may be...
HR Academy Launches Today!

HR Academy Launches Today!

Why Did We Come Up With The HR Academy? Like all businesses, we have had to adapt with the current coronavirus pandemic and we have been trying to adapt how we work to ensure our customers still receive the very best service. Over the last 6 weeks we have: Supported...
Your FREE Coronavirus Business Support Summary

Your FREE Coronavirus Business Support Summary

Coronavirus Business Support Summary – Last updated 29th May 2020 There is so much for Businesses at the moment with regards to what kind of support is available to them as employers and also to them as a business that I thought I would just put it all into one...
New Team Member at KUHR

New Team Member at KUHR

Introducing Our New Team Member!  Hello! I’m Becca. I am the new team member and the new Office Coordinator here at Kate Underwood HR and Training. My main role as the new team member is to assist with the smooth running of the office and support the team however they...
Your Free Guide to Coronavirus and Furlough

Your Free Guide to Coronavirus and Furlough

Answering Your Coronavirus and Furlough Questions Coronavirus and furloughing have had – and will continue to have – a massive financial impact on both SMEs and large business as well as your employees; who may have to have be furloughed. More than nine million...
Furlough and Holidays

Furlough and Holidays

Furlough and Holidays First thing’s first, if you are still unsure of what being on furlough means, or as an employer have not heard of the Government Job Retention Scheme, you should check out links to our own and the government’s content on these subjects. It seems...
A Helpful Guide to Working From Home (and How to Stay Sane!)

A Helpful Guide to Working From Home (and How to Stay Sane!)

Guide to Working From Home As a small business owner, you may be used to working from home already, and so may your team, but these are very different circumstances that we find ourselves into the normal working from home routine. Over the past few weeks as the threat...
Your FREE Job Retention Scheme for SMEs Update

Your FREE Job Retention Scheme for SMEs Update

Job Retention Scheme For SMEs – Updated 12th May 2020 With the Coronavirus pandemic, there’s so much information floating around, so I wanted to summarise it in one HR Update that we call Job Retention Scheme for SMEs. Having had time to review what the...
UPDATE: Extra Coronavirus Support for SMEs & Self-Employed

UPDATE: Extra Coronavirus Support for SMEs & Self-Employed

Coronavirus Support for Small Business and Self-Employed On the 17th March 2020, the Government announced further coronavirus support for individuals and businesses alike – to see the full video click here. The UK Government is Supporting Small Businesses In...
6 Easy Ways To Reduce Presenteeism

6 Easy Ways To Reduce Presenteeism

Presenteeism Is Already Negatively Affecting Your Business Happy New Year! We all made it through Christmas and New Year unscathed but now midwinter; the season of presenteeism is upon us. Today, we’ll be learning what the term means and making a New Year’s resolution...
The Amazing Benefits Of Napping At Work

The Amazing Benefits Of Napping At Work

The Rise of Napping at Work Did you know that 85% of mammal species are polyphasic sleepers? Humans are part of the minority that have just one period of sleep and one period of wakefulness during the day. Interestingly, it’s also disputable whether this is our...
How To Offer Employee Benefits On A Budget

How To Offer Employee Benefits On A Budget

How To Offer Employee Benefits On A Budget Running a business of any size is hard work. If you’re running a reasonably small business, it can be even harder because very often everything is down to you – the owner. You need a team behind you to lighten the load and...
Your FREE Guide To Occupational Health

Your FREE Guide To Occupational Health

A Quick Guide To Occupational Health First things first. Occupational Health Physicians are doctors – let’s get that out of the way for starters! I admit, the fact that I have to say that may just be me showing my naivety. However, I remember when I was first...
The 6 Best Apps For Small Business Owners

The 6 Best Apps For Small Business Owners

These 6 Apps For Small Business Owners Can Help Save Time & Reduce Stress! Welcome! If you caught last week’s blog, you may remember I shared my top 6 ‘Go To’ technologies for small businesses to help with HR. This week, I’m delighted to share my top 6...
Happy 4th Business Birthday To Kate Underwood HR!

Happy 4th Business Birthday To Kate Underwood HR!

Today, I Celebrate My 4th Business Birthday! As I sit on the 7.08 am train to London at the start of my 4th business Birthday, I have some time to reflect and to ask the eternal question – what do I want to achieve in the next 4 years? But first, here’s a...
The 17 Best Workplace Technology Trends For 2019

The 17 Best Workplace Technology Trends For 2019

I’d Like To Share 2019’s Best Workplace Technology Trends With You The development of workplace technology continues apace in 2019 and as we approach the close of the second decade of the twenty-first century, it shows no sign of slowing down! In this...
Why Return To Work Interviews Are Vital

Why Return To Work Interviews Are Vital

Do You Always Carry Out Return To Work Interviews? Cards on the table time. Do you ALWAYS carry out a Return to Work Interview when an employee comes back from a period of sickness? Or, like many business leaders, are you too busy? Maybe you see it as just another...
5 Sensational Tips For Using BreatheHR

5 Sensational Tips For Using BreatheHR

  Here Are My Five Top Tips For Using BreatheHR I recommend that all of my clients use an HR system, and I especially recommend BreatheHR. For those using currently using this brilliant and easy-to-use UK-based HR system, I’d like to share these five sensational tips...
The Incredible Benefits Of The BreatheHR System

The Incredible Benefits Of The BreatheHR System

BreatheHR System – The UK’s Number One HR Software I very much advocate the use of an HR system to all my clients, and number one for me is the BreatheHR System for helping small business owners to escape the admin of managing employees. BreatheHR System...
Is Your Business At Risk From Presenteeism?

Is Your Business At Risk From Presenteeism?

Is Your Business At Risk From Presenteeism? Mental Health in the workplace is big news right now – and rightly so. As a responsible employer, you care about the physical and mental wellbeing of your staff, right? For example, if you were asked ‘How are your company...
Which Is The Best HR System For Your Business?

Which Is The Best HR System For Your Business?

Need An HR System? Check Out BreatheHR! If you’re already a client of mine, you’ll know I love a sound HR system, and you’ll also know that I highly recommend BreatheHR. If you’re thinking about implementing up an HR System, or you’re not sure why you’d want one for...
4 Awesome Tips For National Relaxation Day

4 Awesome Tips For National Relaxation Day

Chillax! It’s National Relaxation Day I know, I know – there’s a ‘National Day’ for everything these days! Though National Donut Day may sound heaven-sent, thank goodness all these celebrations are not all Bank Holidays or nothing would get done! The History Of...
5 Wonderful Reasons To Choose A Cloud Based HR System

5 Wonderful Reasons To Choose A Cloud Based HR System

What To Look For When Choosing A Cloud Based HR System I believe a cloud based HR system is a must for all of my clients, and all small businesses with employees. Not only do they save time, but in the new GDPR world we live in, you need to make sure your...
The Pros And Cons Of Exit Interviews

The Pros And Cons Of Exit Interviews

Exit Interviews: Useful Information Or Too Little, Too Late? To say the HR world is divided over the value of exit interviews is an understatement. A quick internet search soon returns countless articles both extolling the benefits of gathering constructive feedback...
How To Become A Better Leader

How To Become A Better Leader

Recent surveys have shown that some business leaders in the UK are lacking key management skills essential for businesses to develop in the way they want to.  Whilst leaders appear competent in technical skills, budgeting and financial management, they can sometimes...
Can You Weather Disruptions To Your Business?

Can You Weather Disruptions To Your Business?

How To Overcome Weather Disruptions To Your Business As Small Business owners, many unplanned events can affect your business. One of them being your staff not attending work, and this week, this might be because of adverse weather disruptions. My inbox is full of...
The 5 Best Tips To Prepare For GDPR

The 5 Best Tips To Prepare For GDPR

5 Simple Ways Small Businesses Should Prepare For GDPR Over the last week, the main topic of HR conversation has been about how small businesses need to prepare for GDPR. Some discussions have been very proactive, but there are many that believe they do not need to...
The 2017 Venus Small Business Awards Winner Is…

The 2017 Venus Small Business Awards Winner Is…

The 2017 Venus Small Business Awards, Hampshire After a near six month-long battle, the final of the Venus Small Business Awards, Hampshire’s finest small business competition took place on Saturday 11th November 2017 at the beautiful Spark Building at...
How To Stay Productive At Work

How To Stay Productive At Work

How To Stay Productive At Work In Our Always-On World If any one person had a cure-all answer to how to stay productive at work, then they’d be a millionaire. The National Office for Statistics recently calculated that productivity in Britain has lately been...
Venus Awards Finalist: Emily Walden, Happy Hounds

Venus Awards Finalist: Emily Walden, Happy Hounds

Happy Hounds Make A Happy Home! My first Finalist for the Small Business Award in the Hampshire 2017 Venus Awards is Emily Walden from Happy Hounds. Tell Us About Happy Hounds, Emily! “Happy Hounds was founded by Emily Walden who grew up in Yorkshire and moved...
Venus Awards Finalist: Danielle Rolfe, Penton Park

Venus Awards Finalist: Danielle Rolfe, Penton Park

Introducing Danielle Rolfe & Penton Park After much deliberation, the finalists for the small business award in the Hampshire 2017 Venus Awards have fnally been decided upon. And I’m delighted to announce that, starting proceedings off is Danielle Rolfe from...
Employment Tribunal Fees Deemed Unlawful

Employment Tribunal Fees Deemed Unlawful

Employment Tribunal Fees Deemed Unlawful: What Now For Small Businesses? Yesterday it was announced that Employment Tribunals Fees were unlawful and are to be abolished. What Does This Mean For The Government? In an unprecedented move, and a two year investigation,...
How Should You Make Redundancy Decisions?

How Should You Make Redundancy Decisions?

Making Tough Redundancy Decisions In today’s working life as an employee, people will have an average of 10 jobs in their lifetime. Therefore, working in HR is not always pink and fluffy. Unfortunately, sometimes, you have to be confident and ruthless enough to...
5 Ways To Keep Your Employees Cool

5 Ways To Keep Your Employees Cool

What Steps Should You Take To Keep Your Employees Cool? English weather is joked about all around the world and perhaps deservedly so. However, we do experience the occasional heatwave, and with climate change, just like sea-levels, their frequency is on the rise. So,...
Happy 2nd Business Birthday To Kate Underwood HR!

Happy 2nd Business Birthday To Kate Underwood HR!

Happy 2nd Business Birthday To Me! Today is the 2nd Business Birthday of Kate Underwood HR! 730 days and counting and I’m thinking “Wow; how did that happen? Does this mean I am in my terrible 2’s now?” I spent a little time yesterday basking in the glorious English...
Hampshire Venus Awards 2017

Hampshire Venus Awards 2017

The Hampshire Venus Awards 2017 Just Got Bigger! Last year I was honoured to be nominated for Southampton’s Venus Awards and managed to become one of the Semi-Finalists for Influential Woman and Finalist for New Business. So now, as the competition brings...
Statutory Payment Increases 2017

Statutory Payment Increases 2017

How Will April’s Statutory Payment Increases 2017 Affect Your Payroll? As of April, 1st, the government’s Statutory Payment Increases 2017 will increase. It has been a few years since Maternity, Paternity, Adoption and Statutory Sick Pay were increased, so...
4 Ways To Achieve Perfect Work-Life Balance

4 Ways To Achieve Perfect Work-Life Balance

How Do You Achieve Perfect Work-Life Balance? How to achieve the best work-life balance is, of course, one of the eternal questions and one that may remain elusive for decades to come. As 2016 draws to a close, I started to consider starting my own business and found...
A Refreshing Alternative To Going To Court

A Refreshing Alternative To Going To Court

A Refreshing Alternative To Going To Court by Sarah French Working within the Human Resources industry means no day or case is ever the same. In this way, HR can be a little bit like family law lawyers. As HR professionals, we often become the confidant to our...
4 Simple Ways To Manage Employee Holidays

4 Simple Ways To Manage Employee Holidays

4 Ways Small Businesses Can Manage Employee Holidays Over the last few years, new events such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become popular in the UK as employee holidays. From a business perspective, you need to make sure you can deal with holiday requests on...
Childcare Voucher Scheme: 2017 Changes

Childcare Voucher Scheme: 2017 Changes

The 2017 Legislation Update: Changes To The Childcare Voucher Scheme As you may or may not be aware, there are quite a lot of legislation changes coming in 2017. The one we’re going to be taking a look at today is the Childcare Voucher Scheme. I’ll begin...
The Importance Of Fair Process

The Importance Of Fair Process

Do You Have Fair Process & Procedures? When it comes to fair process and procedures, I’m quite often asked: “Is that really necessary?” My response is always something along the lines of “Well, if you were in that situation, how would you...
Lessons Learned From My First 365 Days In Business

Lessons Learned From My First 365 Days In Business

One Year Older, One Year Wiser!​ My first year in business has come and gone, and I’m asking how on earth have 365 days passed already? Some of those days brought smiles, some brought tears, but most of all, they brought a sense of achievement. Reflecting now on...
6 Reasons You MUST Harness HR Technologies Now!

6 Reasons You MUST Harness HR Technologies Now!

Harness HR Technologies Now… Or Get Left Behind Just because you’re a small business does not mean you can’t harness the same HR Technologies as the large corporates. Just to let you into a secret, you don’t have to have deal with Excel...
My Incredible Journey To The Venus Awards 2016

My Incredible Journey To The Venus Awards 2016

There are Only Nine Days Until The Venus Awards 2016 Finals Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin, because today, boys and girls we’re going on a little adventure! Once upon a time. Nope; let me start that again. It was a dark and stormy...
The Entrepreneur 2016: A Fun And Worthwhile Event

The Entrepreneur 2016: A Fun And Worthwhile Event

Get Involved With The Entrepreneur Event! In 2015, I sponsored and entered an event run by the Countess Mountbatten Hospice called The Entrepreneur, the main sponsor being Complete Vehicle Management based in Fareham. Little did I know I would be in the centre pages...
Venus Awards 2016: Important Finalist Announcement

Venus Awards 2016: Important Finalist Announcement

Important Announcement About The Venus Awards Finalists! On Thursday 11th February 2016, Tara Howard, Founder of the Venus Awards, announced the Finalists of this years Southampton Venus Awards. I am very honoured to have been included in the Top 3 and as a Finalist...
6 Top Tips To Crush Employee Sickness

6 Top Tips To Crush Employee Sickness

How To Deal With Employee Sickness I have just spent some time reading a few great articles around employee sickness and how much it costs small businesses. During my time, I have heard a multitude of excuses as for why someone cannot come into work, some obviously...