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From Bradford to Buckingham Palace

I am absolutely honoured to have been awarded an MBE for ‘services to West Yorkshire Police and charity’. Firstly, I would like to congratulate all of those who have received honours in recognition of their outstanding work last weekend. Having found out about my MBE nearly 4 weeks ago I have had a lot of time to think about what it means to me and others. I recognise I now join a small group of people nationally to have received a Queens honour but an even smaller group of people…

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How Technology Could Make Your Business More Profitable

Sometimes the old ways are the best- sometimes the new ways are even better. Every business owner today knows the importance of keeping their business up to date and ready for the next challenge. Implementing new technology to keep your business ahead of the curve can seem daunting and many often shy away from it for fear of the expense. Here are some easy and cost-efficient ways using technology in your business could help you be smarter and more profitable. Productivity Using quality time tracking software pays for itself. Precisely…

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The Modern Approach to “Meal Tickets”

Court overturns Order that granted a millionaire’s ex-wife maintenance for life by Paul Lancaster, Partner, Family Law Team, PLancaster@LawBlacks.com, 0113 227 9215 The Court of Appeal (“CoA”) has recently reaffirmed the Court’s more modern approach to spousal maintenance, championing “clean breaks” between divorcing couples and limiting claims for ongoing spousal maintenance (reports of the story are accessible both here and here). In Waggott v Waggott [2018] EWCA Civ 727, the CoA overturned a previous ruling that would have granted the ex-wife of a millionaire travel boss £175k for life by…

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Creating Healthy Boundaries

This month is about boundaries and how crucial it is for our mental health and well-being to have healthy boundaries. Boundaries are guidelines, rules or limits that a person creates to identify for themselves what are reasonable, safe and permissible ways for other people to behave around them and how they will respond when someone steps outside those limits (outofthefog.net) When you feel anger or resentment or find yourself whining or complaining, you probably need to set a boundary. When I was younger woman, my boundaries were not healthy. I…

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Mental health and wellbeing in the workplace

The term ‘Mental Health’ includes our emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. According to the NHS, one person in four will be affected by a mental or neurological illness at some point in their life. Mental ill-health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, costing an average of £1,035 per employee per year. The working environment can, without doubt, exacerbate mental ill health; reported causes include poor management, unreasonable demands and deadlines, unfair pay, bullying, harassment and internal politics. Why managing health and wellbeing works for business There…

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The Art of Delegation: Finding the Balance

As a business owner or leader, one of the most important skills to practice, and more importantly one of the toughest skills to do well is delegation. The best leaders seem to be surrounded by capable people, keen to take on extra projects and who are genuinely concerned by the success of their tasks. It is these people, the ones who want to excel, and who are willing to go the extra mile that will learn, grow, generate growth and key to your success, afford you extra time to focus…

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HR & Employment Law advice

by Jabeen Tahir, HR Consultant England has eight permanent bank holidays per year: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Day, Spring Bank Holiday, Late Summer, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. But how much do you as an employer or employee know about employment law concerning bank holidays? With the Christmas holiday season upon us, here is a useful guide. Employers can insist that their staff take time off at certain times An employer can give notice to a worker to take statutory holiday on specified dates. Such notice must be at least twice the…

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Choppers no longer grounded

by Luke Patel, Partner, Commercial Dispute Resolution Team, LPatel@LawBlacks.com, 0113 227 9316 Noisy neighbours can be a real problem for those unfortunate enough to have to live next door to them. Going to court to deal with the problem is always a last resort. If you do however need to pursue court proceedings then there are two main remedies available: you can either pursue a claim for damages or apply for an injunction. Damages are a monetary award designed to compensate the injured party for the noise which it has…

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Printed vs Digital Media: Is printed media still significant in today’s digital age?

Is printed media still significant in today’s digital age? Newspapers, magazines, books and printed publications. We are surrounded by tangible reads and they are still a popular choice for many people. We can’t of course forget that we are living in an increasingly digital age. With internet access, you can have instant insight into news articles, current affairs, and almost everything that is available in print. It is all readily available to read online whenever suits your needs without the restrictions or shops being open and limited availability. Media has…

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Trust says farewell to Shirley after nearly six decades

Elvis Presley, The Shadows and Roy Orbison were topping the music charts, Mary Quant and Twiggy were fashion icons and the NHS was in its infancy when Shirley Hannan began her career in the ‘Swinging Sixties.’ Now, 57 years later, colleagues have said farewell to Shirley who has retired as one of the longest-serving members of staff at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. A special presentation was made to the 72-year-old on her final day as assistant general manager for non-clinical support services, based at St Luke’s Hospital. Shirley,…

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