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Powerful Photography – Creatively Stylish & Dramatic

I am CEO of Powerful Photography and my passion is to create powerful images that tell a story, your story. Powerful Photography is made up of a team of professionals, with over 40 combined years of experience in photography and post production. My passion for photography was ignited by my father, also a passionate photographer who would develop his own prints. (I can still remember the smell of the developing chemicals and the striking portraits he produced.) These days, most people have digital cameras, always poised to take the next “selfie” or a shot of whatever happens to be on their plate but, what happens next? Phones get filled with multiple images. Photos those that never make it onto social media for the “like” brigade are merely redundant, taking up valuable storage! Let Powerful Photography’s wealth of experience and personalised customer service take away the burden of “What happens next?” We pride ourselves to bring to the fore imagery that lasts longer than a “swipe”… We value the time spent getting to know our clients and what their needs and wants are. Through our complimentary personal consultation, we tailor our packages to suit client needs. Whatever your ideals are, Powerful Photography is well-equipped to assist with social events, professional headshots, social media, commercial and portfolio websites http://thecastingservice.com Our mantra is to provide quality customer service alongside a quality end product. Contact us or make a booking at https://Powerfulphotography.co.uk we look forward to working with you....

IS DOING YOUR OWN RECRUITMENT REALLY WORTH IT?

  Business is getting ever more competitive and the fashion business is no different. In fact, it’s one of the most competitive industries in the UK which means securing the right talent is crucial to any business that wants to grow and continually be successful. Whilst fashion remains one of the most popular industries to work in, with thousands of people trying to get into the industry every year, that doesn’t mean that quality candidates are easy to come by. In fact, many businesses are finding it harder and harder every year to secure the right staff with the key skills, qualifications and experience to drive their business forward. As well as a shortage of the very best talent, one of the key problems is that many businesses in the fashion industry are still doing recruitment in-house. Now of course, as recruiters, we’re going to think that using a specialist fashion recruitment agency is the best course of action. But the fact is, for most businesses, it simply doesn’t make sense to do their own recruitment. Imagine the time you’re wasting Have you ever actually calculated the amount of time that it takes for you to do your own recruitment? Here’s a typical example: Firstly, you have to write a job description. You might already have one, but is it fit for purpose? If not, you’ll have to update the one that you have. Next you need to write your recruitment advert. Your job really needs to stand out, so you need something that engages your target candidates. Simply using a job description as your advert isn’t going to...

HOW TO SELL YOURSELF IN AN INTERVIEW

You’ve applied for the job and got yourself an interview. The hard work isn’t over yet though. Your prospective employer will be interviewing a number of candidates for the role. Chances are, they’re going to have very similar skills, qualifications and experience as you, so what’s going to make your interviewer choose you? The reality is that you’re going to need to sell yourself, show how you aren’t just better than the other candidates but that you are different, the solution to their needs. We take a look at some simple ways that you can do that. DO YOUR RESEARCH Researching your prospective employer is crucial for any interview and you can guarantee that other candidates for the role will be doing the same thing. Therefore, regardless of whether you are going for a creative role or more business based role, you need to go the extra mile. Instead of just researching the company, what it does and its history, think about researching the market it operates in and their competitors. Get a full 360 view of the business and showcase your knowledge and apply it critically. This sort of attention to detail won’t fail to be noticed by your interviewers and can really set you apart from the competition. MIND YOUR BODY LANGUAGE Choosing the right words is important in an interview. But just as important is your nonverbal communication, also known as your body language. The fact is, you could be giving excellent answers to your interviewer’s questions, but if your body language isn’t right, it could be saying other things to your interviewer. Your body language...

Freelance Garment Technologist – Tax War

According to the papers on Sunday, Eamonn Holmes is locked in a legal fight with tax chiefs as HM Revenue & Customs is challenging his freelance pay, which he receives through his own limited company and he may owe millions from the past seven years.  BBC celebs, whose salaries are paid in the same way, have already been targeted by HMRC, which says they are employees. However, Karen Collier Careers will not register a freelance garment technologist who refuses to agree that they are employees and working inside IR35. We have had difficulty explaining this to them, as they know they are much better off working outside IR35, so that they can pay a reduced tax rate and can claim expenses back through their limited companies. There are a lot of retail head offices who are still paying freelancers through the thier limited business, so they are getting away with it. They say they will be worse off, but I try to explain to them that they won’t be worse off, they have just been better off as they have not been paying the correct tax in the first place. Freelancers are still using the same doctors and hospitals as employees who are paying the correct tax and national insurance, so why should they not pay fully for these services when others are. Let us explain: 99% of the time a garment technologist will be working inside IR35, and therefore are deemed to have the same responsibilities or benefits as a permanent employee, their earnings for that assignment are also considered the same as a full time employee. As...

GIVE AND MAKEUP

We’ve all splurged on a lipstick, perfume or shower gel only to find charity shops won’t accept opened products, but you can send hardly-used toiletries and cosmetics (apart from ‘wand’ products like mascara and lip gloss) to Give and Makeup (carolinehirons.com/page-give-and-makeup), a non-profit initiative to provide essentials for women and children in refuges. Give and Makeup is a non-profit initiative whose sole purpose is to get everyday essentials into the hands of women and children who need them the most. The standard rule is, ‘if you’d happily give it to a friend, we’ll take it’.  Send items in shoe boxes (you’ll need to pay for postage) to Give and Makeup, PO Box 855, London W4...