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4 Steps in Applying for a Sponsor License

Brexit is expected to take effect in March 2019. When it takes effect, EU citizens may no longer be allowed to work or live in the United Kingdom without a license. Basically, it will become more difficult for British businesses to fill job vacancies with non-native workers.

If the changes to EU citizens rights to work in the UK are handled in the same way as non-EEA (European Economic Area) workers, they may be required to apply for a sponsorship license.

Applying for a sponsorship license is a complicated process. As a matter of fact, 15% of current applications are rejected.  Fortunately, immigration lawyers in London such as Edgewater Legal can help employers secure a successful sponsorship application.

These are the four steps in applying for a sponsor license:

Check if you are eligible

Businesses or employers are only allowed to apply for a license if they:

  • Have not been convicted for immigration offences and other crimes, including fraud or money laundering
  • Have not failed, in any instance, to carry out sponsorship duties

Businesses or employers need appropriate systems to monitor sponsored employees. Moreover, the UK Visas and Immigration office will review your application and check all your supporting documents. They may also visit your business to determine your ability to carry out sponsorship duties. Continue reading

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Choosing the correct waste management solutions for your business

Waste management can quickly become a complicated issue for business owners. If you’re leading a new start-up, you might have to adapt quickly to make sure your actions are compliant with regulations, cost effective and environmentally friendly. Many comprehensive waste management companies such as Green Plan-it in the Midlands offer a variety of recycling solutions for dealing with each type of waste typically produced by businesses, so ideally you will be able to find an all-in-one solution that’s suitable for you. Each waste stream can be dealt with as follows.

General Waste

Almost every single business will create a certain amount of general waste that needs to be collected regularly and disposed of. Having said that, you may be able to recycle a higher proportion of that waste than you originally thought, minimising the amount that goes to landfill sites. Commercial waste collection companies sometimes offer free audits and consultations to help you do more of this.

General Recycling

Once you are able to identify materials that can easily be recycled, you should have a system in place within your business to ensure all employees can help organise your commercial waste properly. Non-confidential papers can be recycled along with card, plastic, glass and many types of metal. These may be sorted on-site, or collected together to be sorted later. Continue reading

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Improving your office or warehouse security

Security is a major concern for all of us in our day-to-day lives. We may spend a lot of time preoccupied with our personal security when it comes to protecting our homes, finances and so on, and rightly so. However, business security can be even more important and sensitive, since you may be responsible for the safety and security of your employees and your customers as well as looking after your own interests.

Despite this, many business owners still fail to install proper security measures, and may forget about easy things that can be done to increase security at an office, warehouse, factory or any other workplace. Here are some ideas you may want to look at in detail.

1) CCTV system

Modern camera systems overlooking the exterior and interior of your building are an essential security measure in most cases. They can act as a deterrent as well as offering invaluable insights into any security breaches you do experience. Remote viewing is a great benefit, especially if you can view the live feed from a mobile app. Continue reading

Risk Assessment and Management

Health and safety is something of a nightmare for many business owners, and as a new business the last thing you want is to get tangled up in red tape. Some people have a certain perception of risk assessment practices as overly cautious and more of a burden than anything else. However, getting professional consultation on UK health and safety issues is vital across many different industries, and you can’t afford to get this wrong when you’re just starting out. Here are some of the different areas you might need to consider depending on your niche.


In the construction industry, health and safety is obviously an issue due to the involvement of heavy machinery, working in potentially unsafe buildings and so on. However, risk assessment in this field should go far beyond the obvious. Hazardous chemicals used on sites such as paint and substances used to treat wood or metal can have devastating long term health effects. Cancer rates within construction are particularly high, which has largely been attributed to asbestos but is also closely linked to fumes from paint and petrol. Excessive noise and vibration must also be assessed formally as these pose a high risk. Continue reading


Financial Services That Can Help Start New Businesses

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Starting a business can be a financial headache in which the owners must worry about records keeping, taxes, laws, regulations and other money matters. In many instances, it makes sense to utilise financial services providers that help new companies with all these needs. This end of running a business can be very difficult, especially for companies that do not have a dedicated accountant. Even simple things like company registration can be problematic if you do not know where to start. Fortunately, there are agencies that provide financial services for those that are in the formation stage. They can help new businesses with every matter from choosing financing options to intellectual property management. For example, a company may need capital to help them get the equipment they need to start. Perhaps they are going into agriculture and would like to acquire specialised equipment that might not be readily available.

Looking for specialised manufacturing such as one that uses resistance welding to build the needed agricultural equipment may mean costs that can be way out of budget. Financial services can then step in and study how the payment terms should be so that it has very minimal impact on the start-up.

Start-up capital may come from sources like angel investors or venture capitalists. Once the company is in operation, there may be further need for options. Some companies may qualify for traditional bank loans. Continue reading


Find A Property To Start Up Your Business

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There are many factors that contribute to finding your best property for a start-up business. For instance, you may want to find a flexible office space, a retail shop or a heated warehouse for your products or services. You may also require commercial storage & equipment space, as well as front and rear parking lots and a loading area. This can be all sorted out thanks to the help of this professional guide and an estate agent. According to experienced estate agents, the process of starting a company involves lots of planning and making key legal actions required by law.

For instance, if you’re a business owner and want to find an old factory that could be converted to a retail shop, an office or warehouse as it will have plenty of commercial storage & equipment space.

If you need commercial storage, in particular, you will need to consider whether you need a basic warehouse, compartment and whether it will need to be temperature controlled. This is especially important for businesses who supply food. Make sure to find a company that is MHRA approved and only has the highest standards in service, like Harlow Group Storage. This company prides itself on their expertise in warehousing, 24-hour surveillance, and exceptional logistics. Continue reading


Running A Business – Is It For Me?

Many people dream of running their own business so they can really call the shots and make their idea into a success.

It’s not all about the dream of independence and profit, however. Running a business well entails a lot of responsibilities, and there is no guarantee that you will succeed. Remember that running a business really isn’t for everyone, and you’ll need to consider all of the following points before committing to it.

Can you handle the workload?

Starting your own business is not a simple task. It’s usually much more intense than a standard 9 to 5 job, at least for some time at the beginning of the process. You will almost certainly need to sacrifice a lot of free time and your social calendar may suffer.

Do you understand the risks?

Financially, the risks of starting up your own business are obviously a serious consideration. It’s also worth thinking about the wider implications of potentially failing, as you could miss other career opportunities as a result of this venture and your confidence could even be severely knocked for a while if you’re not prepared. Continue reading


Finding The Perfect Business Location

Although an increasing number of businesses are now able to operate with a virtual office, employing remote workers who can contribute and communicate from home, most businesses still need a physical location. This may be an office, or even more crucially it could be a shop front where you meet and interact with your customers. In most cases, it will serve a combination of purposes.

How to look for business premises

It can be difficult to know where to start if you haven’t done this before or if you’re simply in a location you don’t have too much experience with. Here are a few key tips for the search process.

  • Look somewhere logical – Think about where your ideal customers will actually be, so you can make sure you’re looking somewhere that makes sense. The other businesses around an area will have an impact on your chances of success, and ideally they should be targeting similar people but not direct competitors.
  • Get to the front of the line – This can be difficult, but sometimes an agent will help you do this and sometimes you’ll need to do it yourself. Beating other people to view properties first will give you the best chance of securing one you love.
  • Explore and enquire – Simply visit the area you’d like to be in. Walk around and talk to as many business owners as possible. Ask if they know any properties that are about to become vacant, or if they know the details about any that already are.

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Where Can You Start Cutting Costs As A Business?

Whatever position you are in with your business, it’s always beneficial if you can reduce your overall costs. This isn’t always easy to do, though, and many business owners or managers may feel that they are already doing everything they can to cut down on spending.

If you’d prefer to reduce costs further but you’re just not sure where to begin, consider the following points…

Staff are usually a major cost

Hiring people to work for you is one of the most costly aspects of running a business, but in most cases it’s absolutely essential. If you have the right people doing the right jobs and being managed in a way that maximises their potential, you should be able to make a good return on every employee you hire.

However, most businesses aren’t fortunate enough to be in this position all the time and they could still take measures to improve their return on investment in staff. One idea to try is leaving a position open for a while when someone leaves, and seeing how much of their workload can be shared by other staff. This may allow you to refocus the priorities of each team member and hire someone at a lower price point to pick up the slack. Continue reading