Employment and skills/all case studies

Questions, not barriers: taking on that first employee

Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation, and Bev Hurley, chief executive of YTKO, on the very big decision of making that first hire. It may appear to be a daunting step with many uncertainties but there is a wealth of advice available for business owners.… Read more »

Find a mentor, as early as you can
Rekha Mehr, former entrepreneur-in-residence at BIS and currently interim MD of Small Business Charter

My biggest regret is not finding a mentor earlier on into my journey. When I was planning to start my business I was keen to find a mentor. I was entering a sector in which I had very little knowledge. I needed help to construct… Read more »

Taking on young talent: how to find your own apprentice
Photo of Rolls-Royce plc, finalist in the Macro Employer of the Year Award category at the Apprenticeship Awards 2009

You know what you would like in your business: young, enthusiastic talent that you can mould and develop. But you’re concerned about the time and the potential costs to find and hire them. The answer: take on an apprentice. It is a surprisingly cost-effective way… Read more »

Westons: putting people at the core
Weston's Cider

Westons has been producing cider at its Mill in the village of Much Marcle in Herefordshire since 1878. Since then, using apples grown on the farm, it has continued to lovingly produce cider and perry to the highest quality. "Yet whenever I’m asked about the… Read more »