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ACAS provide information, advice, training, conciliation and other services for employers and employees to help prevent or resolve workplace problems.

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Acas' free Learning OnLine modules provide a useful e-learning resource for anyone wanting to refresh their knowledge and improve their approach to employment relations issues.

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Free and easy to use, the Acas Model Workplace helps you to check how good your organisation is at people management - from recruitment to performance management.

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Acas training for managers, line managers, supervisors and HR professionals on the latest thinking in workplace relations can boost an organisation's productivity and profitability, increase motivation levels and ensure less conflict arises in the workplace.

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The Liverpool City Region (LCR) Apprenticeship Hub is a collaborative group, responsible to the LCR Employment and Skills Board. The Hub aims to increase the awareness of, the number of and the quality of apprenticeships available to residents of the region by supporting and co-ordinating apprenticeship activities to make Apprenticeships Work for businesses and young people.

The Apprenticeship Hub is responsible for identifying and agreeing the Apprenticeship strategy for the Liverpool City Region and driving forward the successfully implementation of an Apprenticeship Growth Plan.

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The law on workplace pensions has changed. Under the Pensions Act 2008, every employer in the UK must put certain staff into a pension scheme and contribute towards it. This is called 'automatic enrolment'.

Whether you're a hairdresser, an architect or employ a personal care assistant, if you employ at least one person you are an employer and you have certain legal duties.

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The Business Growth Programme is a Liverpool City Region business support project that aims to build both the capacity and confidence within SMEs who are reluctant to engage with existing business support providers for either lack of knowledge, understanding or simply because they are reluctant to pay for existing commercial provision.

The Project will provide participating SMEs with direct advice, guidance and information that will provide a clear route to growth and sustainability. Dedicated face to face interaction coupled with a range of complementary support, will help businesses to begin the journey to growth. Advice will not be prescriptive and will cover core business functions such as finance, business planning, creating sales & marketing, operational review, HR, etc; this will be drawn out within the diagnostic process.

Participating Liverpool City Region (LCR) Local Authorities (LAs) and Chambers of Commerce (CCs)   will work together to deliver a consistent and quantifiable business support programme for eligible LCR SMEs. The project will be delivered through the LCR Local Growth Hub which is co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Partnership to help bring a more cohesive approach to business support across the city-region.

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Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying for a work-based qualification - from GCSEs or equivalent up to degree level.

Apprentices can be new or current employees.

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Employers can reduce the amount of National Insurance contributions (NICs) they pay for their employees by up to £2,000.

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Every business needs an efficient, reliable and skilled workforce. This section provides the latest information on employment rules, training opportunities and working practices. It also highlights the resources, schemes and incentives to help businesses recruit, employ and develop their people. There is guidance on topics such as employing overseas workers and apprenticeships.

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Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a cross-border exchange programme which gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other Participating Countries.

The exchange of experience takes place during a stay with the experienced entrepreneur, which helps the new entrepreneur acquire the skills needed to run a small firm.

The host benefits from fresh perspectives on his/her business and gets the opportunities to cooperate with foreign partners or learn about new markets.

The stay is partially funded by the European Union.

Whether you are a new or highly experienced entrepreneur, the programme can offer strong added value to your business: possible benefits include exchange of knowledge and experience, networking opportunities across Europe, new commercial relations or markets abroad.

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Do you run a successful business or social enterprise and are looking to grow?

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education and business support services. 10,000 Small Businesses is funded by Goldman Sachs and the Goldman Sachs Foundation
The programme provides high-quality, practical education specifically tailored to the needs of UK small business leaders.  Participants will receive 100 hours of teaching designed by leading experts and delivered through online and residential sessions led by Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, together with Aston University, University of Leeds and Manchester Metropolitan University. The programme is fully funded for successful applicants. Participants will benefit from:
•    Specialist workshops
•    Business coaching
•    Networking opportunities 
•    Exposure to a network of professional experts and one-to-one support
•    A network of 10,000 Small Business graduates

Deadline for applications is the 14 May 2018.                                                        

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Online directory of Apprenticeships and other training opportunities for young people aged 16 to 18 on Merseyside. Search by job sector and location.


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iDEA is a national project that helps you badge your brilliance. Through our series of online challenges and events, you can win career-enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately, gain nationally recognised awards that help you stand out from the crowd.

Find out more is Britain’s first online gateway for small and medium-sized enterprises looking for mentoring services.

The free site offers businesses access to a list of quality-assured business mentoring organisations across Britain. An easy-to-use search engine allows businesses to refine their searches according to the life stage of their business and their location in Britain.

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There are three levels to the programme, all of which can be tailored to your specific needs.

Once you’ve completed your course on the Business Start-up Programme, you have access to a two year mentoring package, where you’ll get on-going support, regular reviews and access to local networking events to help you grow your business.


  • Financial forecasting and cash flow
  • Market research
  • Sales and pricing
  • Tax and VAT
  • Accessing finance and in work benefits
  • Marketing workshops
  • Online training and social media
  • Health and safety
  • Equality and diversity
  • Negotiation skills
  • Confidence and motivational building


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When you recruit new staff you’ll find there’s lots of helpful advice and support available to help you get the job specification and description right, find the right candidates, hold interviews, take up references and make the eventual hiring decision. Whether you are employing someone for the first time or taking on extra staff, there is practical guidance and advice as well as financial assistance that you can tap into.

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As part of the Liverpool City Region Local Growth Deal with Government, the City Region have been awarded £3.05m across 2016/17 and 2017/18 to deliver a Skills for Growth programme of training support to businesses including independent and impartial advice through a Brokerage Service working across the Liverpool City Region.

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If you’re 18 to 30, living in the UK and unemployed, or working fewer than 16 hours a week, and have a business idea or some ideas to explore, our Enterprise programme could be for you.

Kicking off with a free information session in your local area, we'll tell you how we can support you and, if you're still keen, we'll also invite you onto our four-day interactive workshop.

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A publicly funded, industry-led organisation that offers guidance on skills and employment issues in the UK.

UKCES is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.

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The Employer Investment Fund (EIF), which was created to stimulate employer investment in skills.

Launched by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) it has supported 87 projects. Public investment in this portfolio of projects totalled £70.3 million which has been matched with £53.9 million of private investment.

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