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Special Report: The General Data Protection Regulations

Cheryl Dyer Ballard examines the The General Data Protection Regulations, which will come into force on Friday, 25th May 2018. Here, Cheryl examines the implications, what exactly is involved, the whys, ways and means of this landmark EU legislation, why you need to act in accordance with it by the deadline, and what it means for you as an individual.   Introduction You may have noticed in your inboxes the large amount of emails that you are receiving from companies that you have registered your details with at some time or the other. Personally, I’m ignoring quite a few of them as they’re from companies that I don’t even recognise –...

Our compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations

We’ve now updated our General Data Protection Regulations policy (GDPR for short).  This is to meet our obligations under the new European Union regulations which come into force on Friday, 25th May 2018.  You may have had a whole plethora of emails and communications from all manner of online companies and websites recently, saying things like “Updates to our privacy policy”, “Data changes to EU law: please read”…and so on.  It’s because of the massive change to data protection regulations in order to strengthen EU laws, which also means that any company that isn’t compliant by the due date has the potential to receive a rather large penalty for not doing so. According...

Engineering News (July 2017)

Rolls Royce on the up More than 7000 jobs in the East Midlands have been created following an announcement by Rolls Royce following the largest single investment in the United Kingdom for over 10 years. Rolls Royce have confirmed that they will be investing £150 million in a new testing area in Derby. The site will be used primarily to test large civil aero-engines, creating 200 jobs at the new plant. The investments in Derby, Hucknall and Annesley in Nottinghamshire have ensured that 7,000 employees will remain in their jobs for at least the next five years. Speaking for Rolls Royce, Eric Schulz explained that the “unprecedented growth” in the...

The Bulletin’s Guide to Bribery and Corruption

This week, Cheryl Dyer-Ballard examines the issue of bribery and corruption in the workplace.  What constitutes corruption or a corrupt act, or can a seemingly innocent act be twisted into something more sinister? When does a gift become a bribe, or  a simple lunch become a very awkward encounter with HR and possible dismissal? Cheryl investigates… Introduction An anti-bribery policy could be the best way to help you protect your business if there is a risk of your staff being offered, promised, given, requested, agreed, to receive or accept bribes. Under the Bribery Act 2010, this form of practice would be considered illegal. If you have someone who works for you...

How important is legislation to your business?

Charlotte Smith takes a look at business legislation.  The law is an important consideration when running any business – there are obvious legal requirements, such as health and safety, and there are others that are not immediately obvious, which all businesses have to comply with. Here, Charlotte takes you through the subject to give you a potted guide on legislation. Why the need for legislation? All businesses have to follow rules – these protect both the business, its staff and consumers alike, and for any kind of trade or market to proceed, these things have to be in place. But what things and why? We hope this little guide will help...

How to employ the right people

Charlotte Smith looks at how you can pick the right person for the right job.  It’s not always easy, and by no means an exact science, no matter what some human resource gurus may tell you. There are so many factors to consider when choosing someone to work for you.   Here, Charlotte looks at some of these, and how you can make sound informed choices when employing new staff. Introduction Small businesses that grow and thrive have one thing in common—they recruit the right people for the right job. Not as easy as it sounds. If you ask the MDs of really successful companies, they’ll tell you that finding...

How competitive are you?

Steven Parham is the Managing Director of The Starjammer Group.  Here, he takes a look at the nature of competitiveness, why people feel compelled to succeed, and tips drawn from observing successful people.   He doesn’t have a copy of ‘If’ nailed to the wall, does play occasionally with Lego with his sons, and doesn’t play Golf. Why be competitive at all? OK, imagine that you have set up shop on a respectable high street with a restaurant, with a good reputation and a growing local clientele, when one morning you are walking down the same high street, and another restaurant, almost like yours arrives practically on your doorstep. All...

Aim High – Our new promotional campaign

As part of our tenth anniversary celebrations, we have commissioned a new advertising campaign called ‘Aim High’.  We hope you enjoy these, and the next few promos that will appear in the next few months.  Keep an eye out for more exciting content, news and views as always from the Starjammer Bulletin. The music is called ‘World Class’ by Giovanni Lodigiani, the award winning Italian composer who has worked on a number of scores for film, television and computer games, including Richard: The Lionheart, The Substitute, Battle for Avalon and The Stolen Christmas. His work has been heard globally, and showcased at film festivals around the world, including the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals...

Happy 10th Birthday to us – The Starjammer Group (2006 – 2016)

The Starjammer Group is ten years old this Sunday ! We started off however back in 2003 with a small engineering consultancy, Starjammer Engineering, and quickly diversified into other areas. In 2006 The Starjammer Group was formed, promoting not only engineering services, but also internet and business services.  As the years went on, we honed our capabilities and grew slowly but steadily. It is now 2016, and Group includes several smaller companies, which have sprung from the originals.  Amongst these are Moonhopper, a video production company, Starjammer Scientific which has runs a number of research projects as well as the Lab Bits website, and ISearchSense, our digital marketing company. We love doing what...

How to dismiss employees

Cheryl Dyer Ballard looks at the whole process of dismissing employees.  Whether it is down to the sad process of redundancy, pruning dead weight, or getting shot of a big problem in the office, Cheryl explores the options.   Introduction Sooner or later, if you employ people, you will have to let someone go.  It may be due to business circumstances such as dwindling sales, or disciplinary reasons such as attendance or misconduct.  Whether it is fair or unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal, wrongful dismissal or even redundancy, there are policies and procedures all businesses and company CEO’s must follow; if you get it wrong, it could cost you dearly.  Dismissing...