Systems benefit HR
October’s meeting was sponsored by Opal HR Ltd in conjunction with BrightHR, who provide HR systems to SMEs around the country. (Totally coincidental that October’s birthstone happens to be opal!)
Lucy Painter, owner and director of Opal HR provided an overview of services to the members as well as presenting key benefits for using HR systems. The top 5 benefits were listed as:
- Effective decision making – holding data in a logical and reportable way means it can be interrogated to support business decision-making on key focus areas. For example, sickness absence might need to be addressed if absence is reported regularly on a Friday.
- Improved productivity – manual recordkeeping is a very time consuming task. Use of systems, particularly with self-service functionality, frees up time which can be used for activities with higher value.
- Clear return on investment – labour costs are reduced for menial processes and functions when an appropriate system is used. For example, automatic tracking of holiday calculations is far more cost-effective than a manual record.
- Supports business management efficiencies – HR data can easily be integrated with other business systems such as accounting packages, payroll systems or other reporting systems. Creating a full picture of business data aids reporting and analysis for managing business requirements.
- And finally improved security – systems reduce the need for paper files and therefore reduce the related security risks associated with paperwork. Added to that, they reduce the need for physical filing space which could be used more effectively for the business
Lucy is a BrightHR Partner, and provides access (and discounted rates) to the BrightHR system. The system is extremely well positioned for small and medium sized businesses, offering a simple and intuitive solution to managing employee data. Its self-service functionality (also available as an App) means it’s flexible and accessible to employees.
The reporting functionality aids businesses to spot potential issues, such as sickness patterns, plus the document storage facility enables secure and space-saving capacity for employee records, all for as little as £1.90 per month per employee. Try it and see – Lucy can set you up on a free 30 day trial.
Opal HR specialises in three specific areas; HR Systems and Processes is obviously one. The remaining two are Employee Reward and Recruitment.
Opal HR supports its clients in ensuring employees are motivated by the pay and benefits they receive, as well as securing good value for the business from their investment in Employee Reward. Finally Opal HR advises clients on their recruitment strategy – key skill requirements, relevant selection techniques and a marketing focus on selling vacancies to top talent.
Lucy lives locally to Newark and generally operates in the Newark / Grantham / Lincoln region. Contact her directly if you are interested in the services offered by Opal HR, including the deal for BrightHR: email@example.com
DO MORE WITH YOUR LIFE
Members from Newark Roundtable gave a lively presentation on the merits of joining Round Table highlighting the many social and charitable events they organise.
Founded in 1927, Round Table is about having fun with a great bunch of friends and supporting local communities. Round Table clubs raise over £3.3 million a year for local charities and good causes through various events including bonfire nights, beer festivals and Santa Sleigh collections.
Scott Bower, this year's chairman of the chamber said if members were under 45 and wanted to make new friends and engage in new activities and help the community, they should consider joining the "Table".
He said that events organised included speed boating on the River Trent and the Santa Sledge fundraiser.
So if you want to make your weeknights better than your weekend text 'Join' and your name to 07961 681501
Business Card Draw - Alicia Merryweather
300 EXHIBITORS PREPARE TO DESCEND ON NEWARK SHOWGROUND FOR MIDLANDS MACHINERY SHOW
Newark Showground is looking forward to the Midlands Machinery Show, as they prepare to host more than 300 exhibitors on 23 and 24 November.
The Midlands Machinery Show is now in its third year and is a key event in the business calendar for agricultural businesses in the Midlands and further afield. It features the newest and best of machinery for modern farming methods, attracting both traders/manufacturers and buyers. The show is an up and coming event which is well-known for its intimate feel.
The show prides itself on being a platform for small to medium-sized agricultural businesses to showcase their diverse range of machinery and innovation to those who work and have an interest in agriculture.
Highlights will include rain water harvest and water technology specialists, JRH Water Management who will be launching its zero energy water pumps.
George Taylor, show manager, said: “We’re pleased to host some of the newest and best machinery for modern farming methods, priding ourselves on our ability to attract the big name brands and exhibitors in the agricultural industry while also maintaining that important sense of intimacy.”
Visitor entry and parking to Midlands Machinery Show is free. For more information, visit www.midlandsmachineryshow.com
Newark Awards are the Biz!
Rachel Wilson from the Advertiser Group put in a final call for entries to this year’s Newark Business Awards. She welcomed Richard Staniforth from Barcode Warehouse, winner of the Excellence in Business and Business of the Year awards in 2015, to the stage.
Richard advised that the application process for the awards was a great opportunity for the team at Barcode Warehouse to consider what they’re good at and celebrate what makes them different.
As well as raising the business’s profile among its peers, Richard believes that winning the award helped Barcode Warehouse compete with other local employers thanks to an increase in local coverage of both the award nomination and subsequent double win.
Applications are now closed but you can follow the progress of the finalists ahead of the awards ceremony on Monday 5th December by checking out the hashtag #GetInspiredNBA
Friday 4th November 7am
Everyday Champions Centre
Newark Business Club meets at the Everyday Champions Conference Centre at 7am. Entry fee £5.00 including coffee. Come early to secure a good seat.