Future of Work

Economic uncertainty and digitalisation the biggest challenges facing SMEs

SMEs say that economic uncertainty (45%), ongoing digitalisation efforts (41%) and increased competition (37%) are the three biggest challenges facing their organisation in the next two years, according to new research from Robert Half UK. SMEs require strong leadership to navigate this period of change in the next two years, but a significant proportion believe […]

Boots review puts 200 stores at risk

More than 200 Boots stores across the UK could be closed by its American owners Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) in a bid to cut costs. The shops – which are in areas where Boots has more than one store – are under review for possible closure. It is understood the review will take place over […]

Stagecoach takes legal action over West Coast franchise

UK rail operator Stagecoach is to take the government to court over its disqualification from running the West Coast Partnership franchise from 2020. Stagecoach and its partners were barred from running three franchises by the Department for Transport (DfT) last month. The DfT disallowed the bids because they did not meet pensions rules. The claim […]

Travelodge to open 17 hotels and create more than 350 new jobs in 2019

Travelodge, the UK’s first budget hotel chain announces the next wave of its ongoing UK expansion programme, extending more locations and more choice to UK travellers. The group expects to open 17 new hotels across the UK in 2019, creating more than 350 new jobs and growing its hotel network to 595 locations in the […]

Topshop boss Green to close 23 stores as problems escalate

Topshop tycoon Sir Philip Green plans to close 23 stores, putting 520 jobs under threat, as part of a rescue plan. Under the proposal, Burton, Dorothy Perkins and Topshop stores will close and rents will be cut at another 194 stores at the Arcadia group. However, the pensions regulator has doubts that the deal will […]

British Steel insolvency endangers 5,000 jobs

British Steel has been placed in compulsory liquidation, putting 5,000 jobs at risk and endangering 20,000 in the supply chain. The move follows a breakdown in rescue talks between the government and the company’s owner, Greybull. The Government’s Official Receiver has taken control of the company as part of the liquidation process. The search for […]

Jamie Oliver restaurant chain collapse into administration

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has said he is ‘saddened’ after his restaurant group went into administration, putting up to 1,300 jobs at risk. The group, which includes the Jamie’s Italian chain, Barbecoa and Fifteen, has appointed KPMG as administrators. In total, 25 restaurants are affected by the move, 23 of which are from the Jamie’s […]

Car maker Ford announces 7,000 jobs cut globally

US car giant Ford has announced it will cut 7,000 jobs globally by the end of August in an effort to save costs. The plan will reduce Ford’s salaried workforce by 10% and will be made through both voluntary and forced redundancies, according to the firm. Ford said the plan, which includes 2,300 cuts in […]

How the talent acquisition landscape is changing

HR departments must fully embrace the internet age when acquiring new talent, new research has revealed. A survey of 1,167 UK HR professionals carried out by leading digital marketing agency, Marketingsignals.com, revealed that 68% of HR departments are having to embrace a new approach to hiring staff. Although the internet age is firmly upon us, […]