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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...

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...