Month: August 2017

Banned number plates: ’67 plates provide new headache for DVLA

With the release of new registration plates each year, the DVLA has the enviable task of finding the big raft of silly, rude and offensive combinations using the new ‘67 plate before creative motorists get their hands on them. In past years, such classics as BU62 GER, ST12 OKE and SC12 OTM have made the banned number plates list, and now the latest additions have been given to Auto Express. Standout examples include: DO67 GER, BA67 ARD, OR67 ASM and DO67 SHT. The list of no return No number plate that has ever made the banned list has ever...

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Motorway service stations to get makeover

What’s the one word that comes to mind when you think of motorway service stations? Ugly? Overpriced? Disaster? Well, one of those things is about to change and probably the one you care least about. Transport minister, John Hayes, has put together a task force charged with revitalising the lowly service station to create “beauty at every turn”. Yes, that’s a real quote. Touched on in our recent podcast, MSL Car Talk, the idea that the transport minister’s main concern with service stations is aesthetics shows a clear disconnect with drivers. Inflated prices at the pumps hold drivers to...

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Community Chest: How important is networking when starting a business?

Last month, we launched community chest. A forum for employers and employees alike to ask burning questions that we will answer by amalgamating opinions and experiences gathered from people who have been through similar experiences. No canned, stereotypical responses, just real world advice and guidance. In this month’s community chest, we answer a question submitted to us by Sarah Louise, who asks: “I’m starting a new business and people keep telling me to go networking. How important is networking when I haven’t got that much work going on at the minute to talk about?” Networking is a hugely popular...

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Interns – to pay or not to pay

As the summer holidays arrive for students up and down the country, the subject of work placements and internships are likely to come up for a lot of businesses. Emails and phone calls will fill your in-tray, as young people aim to soak up valuable on the job experience to set them apart from the rest. But as a business, what are your rights when it comes to taking on an intern? Employment status While some employers take the approach that interns are free labour, that entirely depends on the status of the employee and how clearly that is...

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The rise and fall of Uber

Blogs. Companies either love them or loathe them. Done well, they can engage an audience, encourage conversation or showcase someone’s knowledge on a key topic. Susan Fowler’s high profile blog on her time at Uber ticked all the ‘done well’ boxes, yet I’m guessing Uber secretly loathed it. Background reading In February this year, Susan Fowler published a blog on her website detailing her time working as a site reliability engineer (SRE) at ride sharing start-up turned industry giant, Uber. Between joining in November 2015, to leaving in December 2016, Fowler described a culture of sexism, harassment, and bullying which has...

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