Community House in Selby held an event on the 12th June to highlight the ‘Disability Confident campaign’. This is promoted all over the UK by Justin Tomlinson, who is the UK’s Minister for Disabled People. Disabled people make a huge contribution to our national economy both as customers and as employees. Our newly elected MP for this area, Nigel Adams and his team has organised this event to help businesses and recruitment managers find out how disabled people can make a greater contribution. All local business leaders and management teams are welcome to attend the free event. The UK’s 12 million disabled people have a combined household spend of £212 billion every year. They also have major skills, valuable education and knowledge which is sometimes overlooked when looking through piles of CV’s. Help is available nation wide to adapt buildings and equipment to accommodate a disabled workforce. Looking at the bigger picture, disabled people are a significant proportion of the available employees in the UK. The event runs for 2 hours and includes networking amongst those in attendance and refreshments. Various presentations and one to one fact finding discussions can take place. For more information and further details please call the Tadcaster office on 01937 838088.
A report published recently shows that Asia has overtaken Europe as the world’s second richest region. The Asia Pacific, which excludes Japan, held £30 trillion in private wealth. The number of millionaires also rose drastically in China and India. North America remains the world’s richest region with £34 trillion of private money. The report predicts that Asia will take over the number one spot in 2016. If growth continues in that part of the world, Asia is projected to hold 34% of worlds wealth by 2019. Asian companies are buying well known brands across the world and expanding their marketing projects. Some consumers will not know famous English and American brand names are now produced overseas for a fraction on the cost. Supplying items for cheaper means higher profit margins. 4.4 billion people (60% of the world population) currently live in Asia. China and Asia are the largest economy’s in the world and hold a huge spending power over other countries. They also hold the record for the world’s longest continuous economic booms, starting with the Japanese (1950 – 1990), and China (1978 – 2013). As mentioned in previous columns, Selby is a very famous location in Asia as the abbey was the wedding location for a very famous Asian singer. Overall, global wealth grew by 12% last year to £100trillion, lifted by positive gains in the stock and bond markets. ‘Old world’ regions remained in the single digits, but ‘new world technology’ led by Western Europe, North America, and Japan created the highest gains.
This is the time of the year when school leavers decide on their next stage in life. Some will go onto college, some will travel the world, while others will look for employment. As part of the process of leaving, Year 11 students are given advice and guidance on having a great CV to hand into businesses. Having looked at hundreds on CV’s in the past, and then deciding on who to ring up, my advice is to keep it simple. Include the correct contact details such as your current mobile number, make sure your date of birth is shown, then we can work out how old you are and new working rules means the company has to check you have a right to work in the UK. It should be typed and presented correctly, handwritten CV’s are a complete non starter. Keep it to one or two A4 pages, you can expand into further details during the interview conversation. Don’t lie, you will be found out and easily dismissed because of this. Most importantly, be prepared to answer an unknown number. If you don’t, the recruitment manager might just move onto the next person. First impressions are very important if you make it to the interview stage. Time keeping is a must, arrive 10/15 minutes early. Be confident and think of it as having a conversation with somebody on the bus. The person sat on the other side of the desk once had their first interview, so they know how you feel. Dressing smart and looking neat and tidy is a must. I’ve mentioned this before, but it is one of my favourite stories, I once waited for over an hour for someone to show up for a interview, I found out afterwards that they went to the wrong store in a completely different town!
Six of the world’s biggest banks have been fined £3.6 billion between them for manipulating the foreign currency exchange market. JP Morgan, Barclays, Citigroup, Royal Bank of Scotland & UBS will all plead guilty to charges made against them. Barclays was fined the most as it did not help the investigations team. Eight employees from Barclays involved in the scheme have now been sacked. A sixth bank, Bank of America, had a smaller fine as it was not a major player in the scheme. The investigation found that between 2008 and 2012, several traders formed a on line chat room to manipulate prices in their favour. A few seconds before the days price was announced, one of the traders withdrew his stake, The other traders knew this was going to happen so they planned ahead to make more money. Violence and threatening demands we’re made during the four years worth of messages. One trader was told to ‘sleep with one eye open’ if he messed up a major deal. Unsuspecting members of the public and financial businesses would be buying their currency at an artificial price. This has been a game changer in the banking world as they finally admitted guilt. The financial district has been dragged through the mud in previous years with under hand dealing and working together to get a better price for themselves. Normally the banks have settled previous investigations out of court without an admission of guilt, but with a bigger fine.

Earlier this week local businesses and support groups held their 2nd Selby Enterprise Day. The event took place on Monday at the Selby District council offices. It was attended by many people and around 30 different businesses, Support groups and networking associations who gave tips to new and old business owners. Heidi Green, from Business Support York and North Yorkshire set up the annual event and was delighted by the attendance and the amount of eagerness between owners to help each other. People at both ends of the business scale attended, Some people have been trading for decades, while we also had brand new start up ideas looking for guidance. If you are thinking of starting up a brand new business of any size, or expanding your current business, help and support is available if you look for it. Everybody involved in the Enterprise day started from new at some point. The hashtag #EnterpriseDay was used via twitter to give updates. The social media hashtag was being used to guide people to the correct location, who then could help. Three workshops took place involving local business coaches giving talks on Social Media, ‘Not giving away too much Profit’ and ‘Networking Groups’.

As mentioned before in this column, Heidi also arranges monthly ‘Enterprise Cafe’ events each month, these are on a smaller scale to the main yearly event, but still welcomes 40 to 50 people each time. They are now held in Community House on Portholme Road. In the wonderful world of business, It is not very often that you have the words ‘free’ and ‘help’ in the same sentence, so this is very valuable.