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Culture can be hard to define. It can be considered how organisation’s conduct their business – “how we do things around here”. Our blog explores how understanding your business' culture can help you.

So why be concerned with your culture? Because very simply, the organisation’s culture is the foundation of its success. A great culture will result in the following benefits and MAD-HR are able to explain why in our latest blog >> Why Should Every Employer Care About The Culture of Their Business?

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As a manager, or the lead for training and development in your organisation, you may have identified a skill gap, and feel you have a bonafide case for investing in training whether for an individual or a group of employees. Our blog will tell you more.

Delegates need to agree that they need the training. Whilst many welcome the opportunity for development and upskilling, there will be delegates who disagree that they need the development. This negativity could be due to fear, time pressure or simply a lack of self-awareness. You need delegates to be willing to attend, be attentive and to be keen to implement the learning once back in the workplace.

You can read MAD-HR’s seven tips to maximise delegate buy-in in our latest blog >> Training and Development – How to Maximise Delegate Buy-in?

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Suffolk Police is issuing a warning to Suffolk businesses following reports of a telephone scam.

A business owner in central Ipswich reported being contacted by a man purporting to be from Suffolk Constabulary, asking for money.

The caller asked the business for a payment of £299 to sign up to a discount initiative, which he said was set up in order to give discounted prices on goods and services to police officers and staff.

A Suffolk Constabulary spokesman says: "We would ask business owners and employees to be vigilant and aware of this approach, as Suffolk Constabulary does not contact businesses and ask for money to participate in discount schemes."

Businesses are asked to make employees aware and to report any incidents or attempted incidents directly to Action Fraud on their official website:

http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud

Further crime prevention advice and details of your local Safer neighbourhood Team can be found of the Suffolk Police webpage www.suffolk.police.uk.  

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If you tuned into the BBC this morning, you’ll have heard or watched as some of the corporation’s best-known presenters talked about their own salaries – and the gaping gender disparity between remuneration for male and female stars.

The furore over who earns what at the BBC follows the publication of pay scales for those who are paid more than £150,000 a year.

While the bumper salaries handed to the likes of Chris Evans (up to £2.5m) and Gary Lineker (at least £1.75m) caused a stir, the real controversy has surrounded the pay gap between men and women.

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Calling all businesses - did you know you can access 30 minutes of consultancy from 13 different business sectors as an ISSBA member?

Last year we launched the ISSBA Assist scheme, which allows any ISSBA member to reach out for support to one of our panel of experts.

Whether you need some pointers on a legal matter or have an SEO issue that needs some clarity, our team of specialists are on hand to support you and your business.

ISSBA Assist is an exclusive membership benefit to our members, which means that as soon as you join - even if you are in the process of creating your business - you can access these valuable resources. There is no obligation to go on and purchase services from the ISSBA Assist specialists, so you really have nothing to lose.

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Many software vendors now allow you to use their software for a monthly subscription, rather than having to pay for it up front. So, is this a better way to buy software or should we still pay the upfront fee and own it forever, or as least as long as it’s useful?

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