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  • As we reflect on 2017 and the key areas that we have been asked to particularly support clients in, the twin themes of resilience and mindfulness have increasingly come to the fore as the year progressed. The continuing economic uncertainty and very real pressures on the domestic purse have caused employees to face a growing level of anxiety both in the workplace and at home which in turn is being bought to work.
    Posted: Wednesday 13 December 2017
  • The Chancellor somewhat mistakenly claimed that the UK has almost no unemployment. Whilst we are running at record lows in unemployment statistics the backdrop is far more precarious and the need for a strong, jobs orientated autumn budget has never been more urgently required.
    Posted: Tuesday 21 November 2017
  • This blog has a somewhat outdated title I know.

    I’m a child of generation ‘X’, raised when it was unusual to show disrespect for authority figures (police, teachers, anyone in uniform) and the phrase ‘respect your elders’ was still commonplace. I grew up respecting those who were older and wiser.

    So, what’s prompted this burst of nostalgia? I was reading a post on LinkedIn earlier this week, one with lots of comments making me pause to see what people were talking about. The post was innocuous, a simple request for people with project management skills to get in touch; the comments, a debate about the pro’s and cons of choosing someone young, inexperienced and cheap versus someone older, wiser and presumably therefore, expensive.
    Posted: Thursday 12 October 2017
  • CDS is delighted to welcome Matthew Taylor to the team. “We are entering an exciting new era at CDS, with plans to grow our business. Matthew’s appointment is at the forefront of helping us to make this happen, with an impressive career spanning 20 years in our industry and we look forward to having his knowledge and expertise on board” says Steve Thompson-Martyn, MD.
    Posted: Wednesday 13 September 2017
  • Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the Royal Society of Arts, was commissioned by Theresa May to look at the implications of new forms of work on worker rights and responsibilities, as well as on employer freedoms and obligations.

    This is what Taylor had to say about the scope of his review “all work in the UK economy should be fair and decent with realistic scope for development and fulfillment.”
    Posted: Saturday 2 September 2017
  • Career Directed Solution’s partner Rob Bryan of BPE Solicitors has undertaken the massive challenge of walking the Macmillan Way throughout July. The walk started on the 1st July in Boston Lincolnshire and will finish on the beach in Abbotsbury on the Dorset coast at the end of July, covering an impressive 297 miles. The walk is aimed to help raise at least £108,000 for two new Macmillan nurses for one year. Macmillan Nurses help people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support, In 2015, Macmillan reached nearly 600,000 cancer patients through Macmillan nurses… But more nurses are desperately needed
    Posted: Friday 21 July 2017
  • Lots include: a private dinner for 10 with former England Captain David Gower; Test, ODI & T20 tickets; signed bats & merchandise; 1:1 coaching session with Gloucestershire First-X1 Coach, Richard Dawson

    Place your highest bids now* at for your chance to win …
    Posted: Friday 7 July 2017
  • With Non-Executive Directorships becoming an increasingly popular career choice, providing expert guidance to those exploring this career path is crucial.
    Marianne Skelcher, herself a Non-Executive Director and an experienced Executive Coach, works alongside Senior Executives who are considering alternative career options. Through expert coaching, Marianne ensures Execs are in a position to make the right career decisions for themselves and the organisations they are considering joining.
    Posted: Friday 28 April 2017
  • This summer, BPE Solicitors and friends are taking on the challenge of a lifetime – hiking the 297 miles of the Macmillan Way from Boston in Lincolnshire to Abbotsbury on the Dorset Coast. We are proud to be supporting the team and helping to raise enough money to fund two new Macmillan Nurses, each for a year.
    Posted: Thursday 30 March 2017
  • In what was to be the last Spring budget, the impact on the jobs market looked and felt more like a wet Wednesday in Rhyl. The headlines suggest disincentives for those in self-employment or running small enterprises. Both options of meaningful employment have been borne out of necessity rather than a monumental shift to a new entrepreneurial generation.
    Posted: Friday 10 March 2017

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