News & updates from Professional People Management

A North East communications agency is plotting the next stage of its growth after completing a major rebrand. Sunderland-based Press Ahead, which underwent a management buyout led by managing director Kieron Goldsborough in 2014, has rebranded as Narrative Integrated Communications. The rebrand is the next stage in the evolution of the company and follows a period… Read more »

The 2015 Rugby World Cup begins on 18th September and England’s first game in the competition kicks off at 8pm on the opening day at Twickenham with the final match to be played on 31st October. Often employers feel some impact of a major sporting event, such as increased requests for time off from employees.  Also,… Read more »

The triggers that motivate people to achieve are unique for everyone. Every person has different reasons for working. The reasons for working are as individual as the person. But, we all work because we obtain ‘something’ that we need from work. That ‘something’ obtained from work impacts morale, employee motivation, and the quality of life…. Read more »

Road 51, a new letting portal that helps students find accommodation in university cities across the country, has attracted interest from a major independent property advisor. Launched this summer by Newcastle businessman Bo Tsang, the startup has caught the attention of Knight Frank, a London-based independent real estate consultancy. Giles Barrett, partner at Knight Frank,… Read more »

Do you have staff sickness absence issues? Is sickness absence damaging your business? Do you know how to deal with absence issues effectively? It is thought that sickness absence costs the UK economy in excess of £100 billion per year. Paying sick pay, loss of productivity, covering long term sick and recruitment costs can all… Read more »

Xiscad Training, a Sunderland-based apprenticeship training firm, has expanded into seven times the size from 700 sq ft to occupying over 5000 sq ft at the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC). Just three years ago Xiscad began life above a shop on Hylton Road and now run their growing business from 11 offices… Read more »

UK oil and gas engineering firm FES International has been awarded a contract by Subsea 7 for the supply of fully automated Diverless Bend Stiffener Connectors (DBSCs). DBSCs are one of FES’s most successful product lines and this is the 10th fully automatic end fitting release system DBSC. DBSCs enable the quick, efficient and cost-effective… Read more »

Have you ever been frustrated by the fact that some staff never seem to do what you want them to do? Do you find it difficult to address under performance in the workplace for fear of upsetting people? When dealing with issues, are you worried that you may be falling foul of ‘the law’?  Our… Read more »