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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme update Following the government’s announcement on 29th May that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will start to wind down from this month, we have updated our guidance to reflect the changes that will be happening over the next few weeks, with more updates to follow after 12th June. Posted by Carla Cifaldi
1st June 2020
Return to Work Guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic Now the Government has laid out their plans to start the recovery of the economy. How do you get your workforce back to work safely and responsibly? Posted by Carla Cifaldi
14th May 2020
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Inducting staff during the Covid-19 pandemic With the Covid-19 crisis pushing more and more of us to work from home, many of our clients may have concerns about the induction and training of new staff when not being able to do this face to face. How do employers engage new staff when they may not meet any of their colleagues in person for some weeks? Posted by Carla Cifaldi
1st May 2020
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Planning the return to work! As the 7th May fast approaches and the government are due to review the current measures that are in place to contain the spread of Covid-19, many of our clients may have started thinking about how they can resume operations and ask their employees to return to the office. Posted by Carla Cifaldi
29th April 2020
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Redundancies during furlough Are you considering how your businesses will survive post Covid-19 and if you will be able to continue to employ the same number of staff as before the crisis? Redundancies should always be considered as a last resort, but should you wish to start the selection process, we have put together some guidance for you to assist you in making redundancies during furlough. Posted by Carla Cifaldi
27th April 2020
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Facing up to disappointment and challenge Now that we are all well and truly living with the forced changes that this Covid19 Pandemic has created, we will be finding ourselves having to deal with a great deal of disappointment and unwanted challenges. So, how do we best deal with the cards we've been dealt? Posted by Graham Ravenscroft
24th April 2020
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Homeworking policies - do you have everything covered? The UK's homeworking force has increased exponentially over the last few weeks as everyone follows government guidance but does your business have a robust homeworking policy? Here we have put together some guidance for you when considering the key points that should be included in your homeworking policy, both for now and once this period of isolation/social distancing is over. Posted by Emma Wynne
24th April 2020
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Covid-10 Job Retention Scheme - update Our most current update relating to the Government's job retention scheme during the Covid-19 pandemic. Posted by Carla Cifaldi
20th April 2020
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Training and development for furloughed staff Guidance for employers who are considering asking their furloughed workers engage in job related training sessions and the points that should be considered. Posted by Emma Wynne
20th April 2020
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Covid-19 Job Retention Scheme - our furlough update Following the governments updated guidance on Wednesday 15th April 2020, we have put together our updated guidance on the Job Retention Scheme and the changes that have been announced. This is in addition to our earlier blog. Posted by Carla Cifaldi
16th April 2020
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Motivation - don't lose it! Keeping your people and teams motivated during the Coronavirus isolation & social distancing period. Posted by Graham Ravenscroft
9th April 2020
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The Good Work Plan The Good Work Plan came into force on 6th April 2020 and has been dubbed the “biggest overhaul of employment law in 20 years.” have you prepared for the changes? Posted by Emma Wynne
8th April 2020
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Remote coaching With so many people remote working from home, this is a good time to be coaching. Posted by Graham Ravenscroft
7th April 2020
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Key Points (updated 09/04/2020) On Saturday 4th April the UK government announced further guidelines in relation to the Job Retention Scheme, who is eligible and how to apply. We have updated our guidance to reflect the new guidelines and will continue to update you as and when new information is released. Posted by Emma Wynne
7th April 2020
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Exercise and Mental Health Looking after your mental health by doing regular exercise and keeping in touch, during the Coronavirus isolation period Posted by Graham Ravenscroft
2nd April 2020
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What our clients think

One of the directors of our company, Rob Buxton, suggested that we may benefit from an HR audit from a BNI member, Gateway HR. At first we were sceptical about this. Firstly, nothing in life is free – ‘there’s no such thing as a free lunch’ and all that. Secondly, we’re a firm of accountants, dealing with businesses, staffing matters and so on all the time – what could Gateway possibly do for us? Firstly we can confirm that the HR audit was totally free. We were visited by one of their consultants, Lindsay Gibson, who was with us for about an hour. During this time we ran through the procedures and systems that we have in place for dealing with our staff. Shortly after the meeting we received a health check from Lindsay that clearly showed the areas in which we were good, and the areas where improvements were needed. It became apparent from the report that we didn’t know as much as we thought we did.

Lindsay suggested that we should adopt a new staff manual. We agreed with this, and the first version arrived shortly afterwards. Various amendments were needed and Gateway were happy to assist us with making as many alterations as necessary. We have found Gateway to be thoroughly professional in all of our dealings with them, and would recommend their services to any business.
Mark Stockwell, BKS Accountants - client with a Starter Pack Plus
Their hands-on, down to earth approach to ‘all things HR’ is what makes Gateway stand out from the crowd. Their offering of quality, professional HR advice at an affordable price is what makes the Gateway solution a very good one. Having known and worked with Emma and her team for a number of years, I know that they deliver appropriate advice in any given situation … and not just legally compliant advice but advice that makes commercial sense too, which is essential in the running of a successful business
David Addison, Knights of Old Limited - Training client
Our business is growing fast (we’ve doubled in staff in the last year) and that means dealing with a lot of employment hassles. We’re glad to have Gateway HR on our side. Not only do Emma and her team ensure we do everything correctly and legally, but they are always there when we find ourselves in a new situation. It gives us great peace of mind to know we can pick up the phone or send an email, and an expert is there to talk us through our options. Gateway HR is such a trusted adviser, that we now even recommend them to our clients. And there are very few companies we trust that much
Paul Green, Growth UK - Monthly peace of mind subscription client
“James Gray initially engaged Gateway HR for some advice around the departure of a senior, long-serving staff member. The advice we got was clear and concise and the team were always on hand to support decisions that were being made around contractual obligations.

Following this initial engagement, we took advantage of the HR audit and starter pack to review all our existing forms and contracts. This is great value as it gave us a new suite of compliant documents that are all consistent and tailored to us. We have also committed to a longer-term arrangement with the Peace of Mind service offering which ensures Gateway are always on hand for any guidance. We have been very happy with the support to date and look forward to continuing the relationship.”
Richard Samuels, MD, James Gray Recruitment
We started working with Gateway HR earlier this year and never fail to be impressed by their friendly, efficient service and support. Their help over the last few months has been invaluable
Krissen Jessiman, Hingerose Ltd - Monthly peace of mind subscription client