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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...

Running a Recruitment Business after a life-changing diagnosis

  I received a shocking breast cancer diagnosis in January this year after I found a pea-sized lump in my left breast. Whilst I would in no way want it again, having cancer has changed my working life for the better. Whilst some people take a year off work (I was told); I knew I needed to run my business and working would aid my recovery. I think my healing would have suffered had I not been able to carry on doing something I loved.  Jobs change lives! Getting over the initial disbelief of having cancer, I didn’t regard it as an illness, just something I had to get through; I approached it as I would a business task, drawing up a plan, revealing the news to my clients and candidates; I was very open about it from the start. Following a lumpectomy, I was told the cancer had been removed.  I needed further treatment: six sessions of chemotherapy and 20 sessions of radiotherapy. Phase 1: Operation; Phase 2: Chemotherapy; Phase 3: Radiotherapy.  Diarising start dates, end dates and dates in-between, there could have been delays; I may have caught an infection or my immune system may have been too low.  Like any business plan, the critical path may not always remain static.  It can change during the course of the project completion date as unforeseen circumstances can happen. I monitored and diarised my first chemotherapy session.  I was advised that this would pretty much be the same pattern for all six treatments. My chemotherapy was every three weeks on a Thursday.  The first three days I would be...

Amanda Alker-Newman at stART Designs

  As the granddaughter of a seamstress for Burtons and the daughter of an artistic mother, I guess you could say flare and creativity runs in the family. The birth of my daughter Elizabeth was when my inner me began to slowly take a hold.  Designing, creating and making my daughter’s clothing and adding sparkly glitter, sequins, ribbons and diamontes to her socks/skirts/tops/jeans/shorts/footwear and hair accessories. Years later I had to balance having a second child which put my own needs on the backburner as my son, whom we adopted, had many known and unknown needs at the time. Slowly, as my children grew, they always wanted their face painted.  This restarted my creative flair leading me to complete a face painting course. As my daughter got a little older, I began to look into adult cosmetics and started my own work on my nails.  I took a college course in Gel and Acrylic Nails. I then went back to college to train in Hair and Media Make-Up.  As well as qualifying on the course, I was awarded first prize in a National Competition for make-up and headdress design.  This course is what finally fulfilled my learning desire to design, create and make head wear pieces.  I love to create and design avant-garde for catwalk shows, to delicate wedding style head wear designs. I start by drawing my designs; this process is how I also currently work with customers.  Creating a finished piece for a customer, and seeing their reaction, makes all the time and process into making the piece worthwhile. My website is currently being designed.  I am...

‘Fortinbras HR Solutions takes care of the people matters.’

Whatever business you’re in, you probably didn’t choose it simply to manage people issues. ‘Fortinbras HR Solutions takes care of the people matters.’ Most people do not go into business with the sole intention of recruiting staff, appraising staff, performance managing, dealing with grievances, disputes and dismissals. In fact, in my experience, most employers find these sorts of issues a bit of a headache. At Fortinbras HR Solutions, implementing all of the employment legislation and managing all of those people issues are exactly what I came into business to do! I am a qualified and experienced HR professional who understands the pressures and strains of running a business and I help to take the strain of people management from the clients’ business. I take problems off clients’ desks and provide them with commercially sound solutions, not just advice, but hands-on practical support that aims to help them: Save time; Save money; Gain peace of mind knowing that their people issues are being dealt with quickly, efficiently and within the law. I offer expertise in HR Administration, day-to-day HR matters such as handling disputes, grievances and strategic HR such as Coaching, Employee Development and Talent Management.  Providing all three levels I can add real value to the clients’ business. The aim of Fortinbras HR Solutions is to provide support with the day-to-day running of people management in a wide range of business sectors. If you need any support then please contact me at...

How I became an International Buying and Brand Director!

I’ve always had a passion and love of clothes, fashion and interiors and knew from a very young age that I wanted to work with fashion and textiles. My mum was a fabulous dress maker, so I was always surrounded by fabrics and encouraged to make my own clothes. I also loved business and numbers so was amazed at finding the perfect degree course at Manchester Polytechnic, Hollings Faculty that combined both! It also included  a year’s work experience in manufacturing, so the perfect training for an amazing career in the fashion business! Buying was absolutely my first choice! Being able to combine my love of design, trend and colour to develop and create collections, with all the commercial elements of business strategy, planning and negotiation was the perfect mix. I also loved the travelling and building relationships with amazing suppliers around the world to create and deliver successful ranges. Armed with a fantastic content learned at Hollings coupled with my work experience I joined the graduate training program for Buying at M&S, which laid the solid foundations for my fabulous career to date! Since then I have been fortunate enough to work for and lead teams in some amazing  brands as Buying Director, Brand Director and MD, both here in the UK and Australia. These include French Connection, Accessorize, Coast, Arcadia-Wallis, Habitat, Jacques Vert and Forever New. I am now sharing my knowledge and expertise by offering my services as a consultant and coach to businesses that need help and support The world of retail and fashion is one of constant change and evolvement which is why I...

Assisting Small Businesses, Virtually

Assisting Small Businesses, Virtually by Judi Evans I set up my Virtual Assistance business, Indigo Bureau, to offer office admin support mainly, but not exclusively, to busy creatives. Having come from a design background myself I appreciate how admin can get in the way of creative energy. As the name suggests, I work virtually from my own home office which means that clients don’t need to provide me with desk space or a computer. They don’t pay my National Insurance or my holiday and sick pay, instead they hire me on an hourly basis as and when needed.   Who might need a VA? My clients are all small business owners, working in a variety of different industries. Many work from their own home office, but some employ a couple of staff and operate from small studios. The one thing they have in common though is, as their business starts to grow and become more successful, they may find themselves drowning in admin and paperwork. They usually contact me when they’re finding they’re working late into the evening and on weekends to clear the paperwork backlog. This was never their intention when they initially set up their business, so they look to outsource help with this admin, and that’s where I come in. How does it work? If a prospective client lives within reasonable travel distance we’ll initially meet face-to-face, if they’re further away we can Skype. Then, if we both agree we’re a good fit to work together, most communication is done by email or by phone. Documents can be posted, sent by email or shared in Dropbox...