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Company Pension Minimum Contribution Increases planned by Law (phasing)

By law, under automatic enrolment, minimum pension contributions are required to increase over time on set dates, those dates being 6th April 2018 and 6th April 2019. The following information will hopefully answer questions regarding employer and employee contributions. Source: The Pensions Regulator As an Employer are you ready for these contribution increases? Do you know about the increases… Read more

GDPR Seminar Feedback

With GDPR increasingly in the news, SYLO Associates held this GDPR seminar, “How ready for GDPR is Your Business?”, to give local businesses an informative guide to becoming GDPR compliant. Attended by over 30 different businesses, from IT to Event Management, everyone went away feeling clearer on what they need to do prior to the May… Read more

ee – Employee Engagement Awards 2017 – Finalist

SYLO Associates were delighted to be nominated as finalists in the Employee Engagement Consultancy of the Year Award 2017. This award focuses on the efforts and achievements of consultancies that aim to bring employee engagement into the forefront of a business. The consultancies that deliver their expert skills to the benefit of their clients and… Read more

General Data Protection Regulations 2018

“How Ready for GDPR is your Business?” On Wednesday 7th February 2018, SYLO Associates will be hosting a free seminar to address this new legislation. On 25th May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into affect, yet recent surveys suggest that over 60% of small and medium size businesses have yet to consider the… Read more

ee Employee Engagement Awards – SYLO Associates are finalists!

We are delighted that 2017 has culminated in SYLO Associates becoming Finalists in the Consultancy of the Year category in the ee Employee Engagement Awards. Sarah and Sally will be attending the Awards Ceremony on the 25th January at Wembley Stadium, which is really exciting for us. As finalists in the Consultancy of the Year category in The 2017 ee… Read more

Tax-free Childcare – Enrollment ends December 2017

Tax-Free Childcare is available to around 2 million households to help with the cost of childcare, enabling more parents to go out to work, if they want to, to provide greater security for their families.   Tax-Free Childcare was introduced on 21 April 2017 and is being gradually rolled out over 2017, with parents of children aged under four (on 31… Read more

Why do you need Contracts of Employment?

In all businesses the golden rule when it comes to employees, is that they need to feel they are all treated fairly and consistently. The best way to achieve consistent Terms & Conditions is to produce contracts of employment for all employees; ensuring both the employer and the employee are clear on the foundations of… Read more

Where do you go for HR advice when you need it?

In this day and age, with more and more legal requirements impacting on businesses, if you don’t have an in house HR team, where do you go for HR advice? First of all you need to ask yourself, what do you need? Do you have an immediate issue that needs an urgent response or have you… Read more

Redundancy – how to handle it.

Redundancy generally happens when a business needs to reduce the number of employees, either because the company is closing or a particular part of their work is no longer required. There may also be a reason for a downturn in trade and as a manager or owner this may be worry to you. A couple of… Read more

Business Hub – 29th November 2017

Our final invitation only Business Hub breakfast meeting for 2017 is on Wednesday 29th November at Hartwell House Hotel & Spa from 7.30 am – 9.30 am.  Our topic at this meeting will be “The Selling Mindset”.  The speaker will be Mark Williams – Director of Sales-Mind. Attendance is £20 and includes a full English or continental breakfast.… Read more

It’s Autumn – here are 10 things that happen in the workplace!!

It’s that time of year when the summer tans are fading fast, the leaves are starting to change colour and everyone is on a the countdown to (sorry!!) Christmas – 83 days if you want to know…… With the changing of the seasons come all the other changes that we all experience at work. Here are… Read more

Standing up against race hate

There’s growing evidence of a deeply troubling spike in racism and race hate across the UK following the recent EU Referendum. We are standing up against race hate. SYLO Associates, in conjunction with our Professional Body the CIPD, are supporting a campaign by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), encouraging employers to show leadership… Read more

Gender Pay Gap – BBC Radio broadcast

Gender Pay Gap disparities have been highlighted in the news over the past week, following the new legislation regarding Gender Pay Gap reporting. There are two sets of regulations. The first is mainly for the private and voluntary sectors, taking effect from 5 April 2017 and the second is mainly for the public sector, from… Read more

Future Fest 2017 – A Student’s View

By Ben Penrose – Year 10 Student at Lord Williams School Future Fest, at Lord William’s School Thame, is an annual gathering of companies from all across the country to give interesting and informative talks to students about what they do as an employer. How they have achieved their success so far, how others can emulate… Read more

Psychometric Testing – A tool for Leadership Development & Teambuilding

Leaders and their teams are vital to a company’s success. Psychometric testing, in various guises, can identify the strengths and weaknesses of the team members and highlight gaps that require filling to move the team forward. As a company, SYLO Associates knows that teams are critical to the effective performance of a business, but we often come… Read more

Team-Building with a CSI suit!

SYLO Associates have collaborated on several Team-building Corporate Days with event specialists Right Angle. Run by ex-Scotland Yard detectives, Right Angle bring a fresh new perspective to the usual group activities team-building days are known for. Even if you have the best team in the world, there is always room for improvement.    With an increase… Read more

Coaching – an invaluable key for developing future talent

SYLO Associates recently conducted a coaching programme as part of a newly developed Leadership Management Development Programme for a globally recognised business. In addition to designing and delivering the bespoke programme, we promoted independent coaching so this runs alongside their programme giving participating employees access to an independent person, outside their organisation. We’ve often found this… Read more