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Business Agencies and Networks

 

1:3 of working age people will be 50 or older by 2022, employers will increasingly need to draw in the skills of older workers in the future² (UK Govt 2017).

 

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Labour shortages, an ageing population and long-term health conditions are impacting businesses’ abilities to recruit staff, improve productivity and support economic growth.

Business agencies and membership organisations are seeing a rise in requests from SMEs to help overcome issues. There is a fear of legislation around work, health and disability as many businesses don’t have the expertise or knowledge to deal with these issues and are fearful of doing the wrong thing.

The health of working age people, recruiting and retaining quality staff, and wellbeing of an older workforce are also impacting on productivity, customer service and sales.

Businesses are also missing out on the potential custom of the ‘purple pound’, estimated at £249 billion per annum. Employing a diverse workforce that reflects their target market can attract new customers.

Having the ability to support SMEs with these issues by developing strategies and influencing key stakeholders can also impact on membership numbers.

• Working alongside national and local business agencies, as well as LEPs and as a Government policy fellow, Jane Abraham has in-depth knowledge of the pressures on SMEs. Jane is considered an expert on engaging SMEs in this agenda through her research and work with the sector.

• Jane support business agencies to: work with multiple agencies to identify issues regarding work, health and disability that affect their members.

• Create analysis reports on issues with recommendations for action.

• Facilitate joint initiatives and discussions with key stakeholders.

• Work with the business community and engage SMEs.

• Signpost SMEs towards the right support available for this sector.

• Play an active role in steering groups on work, health and disability issues.

• Identify key stakeholders and engage in programme delivery.

Labour shortages, an ageing population and long-term health conditions are impacting businesses’ abilities to recruit staff, improve productivity and support economic growth.

Business agencies and membership organisations are seeing a rise in requests from SMEs to help overcome issues. There is a fear of legislation around work, health and disability as many businesses don’t have the expertise or knowledge to deal with these issues and are fearful of doing the wrong thing.

The health of working age people, recruiting and retaining quality staff, and wellbeing of an older workforce are also impacting on productivity, customer service and sales.

Businesses are also missing out on the potential custom of the ‘purple pound’, estimated at £249 billion per annum. Employing a diverse workforce that reflects their target market can attract new customers.

Having the ability to support SMEs with these issues by developing strategies and influencing key stakeholders can also impact on membership numbers.

• Working alongside national and local business agencies, as well as LEPs and as a Government policy fellow, Jane Abraham has in-depth knowledge of the pressures on SMEs. Jane is considered an expert on engaging SMEs in this agenda through her research and work with the sector.

• Jane support business agencies to: work with multiple agencies to identify issues regarding work, health and disability that affect their members.

• Create analysis reports on issues with recommendations for action.

• Facilitate joint initiatives and discussions with key stakeholders.

• Work with the business community and engage SMEs.

• Signpost SMEs towards the right support available for this sector.

• Play an active role in steering groups on work, health and disability issues.

• Identify key stakeholders and engage in programme delivery.

What Happens Next?

Contact Jane Abraham on +44 (0)7966 240076 or email jane@flourishworkplace.co.uk to arrange a meeting to discuss challenges and the process for achieving success and supporting your members.

FAQs:

Legislation is a big fear for business, how do we overcome that?

It’s about understanding legal responsibilities and opportunities. Jane is able to support business, SMEs and large employers, to understand their responsibilities and help them meet them, as well as find new opportunities for growth.

How can we build confidence on managing people with health conditions and disabilities in this sector?

With her knowledge of the support available to this sector, and evidence based good practice, Jane can help to signpost towards all the support that SME business owners can access. She could also help you to develop local support and information hubs for your members.

How can we link health, skills based training, and employment services to provide a better service to our members?

Jane can help you to identify the right agencies and people to talk to in your area. She can bring them together and create a dialogue that ensures that everyone understands how working together can bring greater benefits for everyone.

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