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Message From CEO Amanda Simpson – Are You Dynamic, Motivated and Ready For Your Next Career Move?

2nd August 2017 SVC HQ News
CEO Amanda Simpson is excited to be able to offer an opportunity to join us on the next phase of our journey, our mission is simple - to help people achieve their dreams. Our team of the very best industry professionals specialise in Recruitment, Training and Development, Health & Safety... Read More

Recruitment: Tortoise vs Hare | Who’s Winning in the Race for Talent?

7th July 2017 HR and H&S
When it comes to recruiting it can be a difficult balance to get right, between making sure your recruitment process assesses the candidate fully enough to be sure the successful applicant is the right person for the role and the organisation, whilst not moving too slowly meaning you miss out on... Read More

Charity Car Wash for St Helena Hospice | Wednesday 12th July at SVC HQ

5th July 2017 SVC HQ News
Please note: due to a urgent booking at SVC HQ training centre, we have had to postpone our Car Wash for a couple of weeks - we will keep you posted when we have a new date. Apologies for any inconvenience. The team at SVC HQ will be hosting a charity car wash for small donations on... Read More

Sponsors of Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust Celebration Event

30th June 2017 SVC HQ News
SVC Group were proud sponsors of the Essex Air Ambulance Celebration Event at Audley End House and Gardens on Sunday 25th June. Celebrating 20 years of saving lives and the launch of the charities new branded fleet. The day from start to finish was a dream. Audley End was jam-packed with... Read More

SVC Group’s New Managing Directors | Hard Work Really Does Pay Off

14th June 2017 SVC HQ News
Congratulations are in order at SVC HQ. I am over-the-moon to announce that Mel Carpenter and Paul Goodchild have both received promotions and are now SVC Group's Managing Directors! Hard work really does pay off. Mel will have been with us 14 years this year, starting as a temp in the... Read More

When Someone Says You Can’t – Tell Yourself I Can

23rd May 2017 SVC HQ News
“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” - Vincent Van Gogh Many of us have experienced uncertainty from others at one time or another, heard that your idea ‘will never work’, and believed it. Stepped away from an... Read More

We’re Expanding Our Team in Essex

15th May 2017 SVC HQ News
Looking for your next challenge within a growing values-driven business based in Essex? Following the success of our business and growth plan, SVC Group are pleased to announce that we are expanding our team and are looking for passionate and driven individuals to join us on the next phase of... Read More

Stress in the Workplace: Genuine Vs Diversion

28th April 2017 HR and H&S
Employers have a duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their employees which under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 means that they should assess and take measures to control risks from work-related stress. If an employee suffers from stress related ill-health and the court... Read More

Employee Engagement Surveys – Are They Worth It?

3rd April 2017 HR and H&S
Employee engagement is defined by HR Zone as the emotional attachment employees feel towards their place of work, job role, position within the company, colleagues and culture and the affect this attachment has on wellbeing and productivity. From an employer's point-of-view, employee engagement... Read More

First Group of Leaders Complete Management in a Box with Amanda

22nd March 2017 Training
Message from CEO and Founder, Amanda Simpson I am delighted to announce that our first group of leaders has now completed the SVC Management in a Box Programme with Amanda over the past 12 months. SVC Group’s Management in a Box enables delegates to complete a cycle of management skills ... Read More

Pension Auto Enrolment – What You Need To Know

20th March 2017 Finance
The law on workplace pensions has changed. Under the Pensions Act 2008, every employer in the UK must put certain staff into a pension scheme and contribute towards it. This is called 'automatic enrolment’. Auto enrolment is the UK’s new workplace pension’s initiative. Around 1.4 Million... Read More

Managing Stress and Conflict | HR Hot Topic

15th March 2017 HR and H&S
Statistics published by the HSE show that the total number of cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety in 2015/16 was 488,000 cases, a prevalence rate of 1510 per 100,000 workers. Employers have duties under health and safety law to assess and take measures to control risks from... Read More

Working From Home | HR Hot Topic

6th March 2017 HR and H&S
Working from Home Technology has never made it easier to work remotely and yet Yahoo has banned employees from working from home, so why is it that, although there has been an increase in employees working remotely from home that it is not the “norm”? Flexible Working Flexible working... Read More

Outstanding ILM Centre – Inspection Success!

27th February 2017 Training
Following our recent ILM External Verifier Inspection, SVC are delighted to announce that we have now been awarded full direct claim status for the ILM Level 5 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Leadership & Management. This was based on the standard and quality of the tutor support at SVC... Read More

5 Simple Ways To Encourage Your Team | Leadership Tips

Training
Generating an optimistic work environment means having accurate expectations, a positive workplace encourages productivity and ultimately increases profits. Managers that have to ask their staff for enthusiasm may need to alter company culture. A business based on honesty and respect will flourish... Read More

Working From Home: New Age Vs Old Headache | HR Debate

23rd February 2017 HR and H&S
Working from Home - new age or an old headache? This question frequently causes a dilemma for companies to know how to manage this. Employees want more flexibility in how they work and this is one request – to work from home – that repeatedly gets asked. It may be a permanent change for... Read More

Real People, Real Training – Your Place Or Mine?

9th February 2017 Training
At SVC Group, we are passionate about helping others. Whether you want to invest in soft skills training or have ideas for a bespoke programme for your team – the trainer can deliver the course at your premises or our own. We work hard to meet our clients’ needs rather than our own and we... Read More

Love Is In The Air But What Happens When It Is Also In The Workplace?

7th February 2017 HR and H&S
Whilst it is inevitable that employees will develop relationships and many couples work harmoniously within the same organisation, sometimes romances can cause difficulties. As an employer you may end up being held vicariously liable for allegations of sex discrimination or sexual harassment if... Read More

The Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust – SVC Group Charity Of The Year

6th February 2017 SVC HQ News
We're over the moon to announce that we have chosen the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust for SVC Group’s charity of the year. The Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust, unlike NHS emergency services, is a charity providing a free life-saving Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for... Read More

Employment Law Updates for 2017

13th January 2017 HR and H&S
As always April will see some significant changes to employment law: National Minimum wage including the National Living Wage will increase from 1st April 2017 as follows: £7.50 per hour - 25 years old and over £7.05 per hour - 21-24 years old £5.60 per hour - 18-20 years old... Read More

SVC Group Lunch & Learn | Bi-monthly Learning Sessions

12th January 2017 HR and H&S
We're over the moon to launch our exciting new programme - SVC Group Lunch and Learn. The learning sessions will be held between 12.15pm and 2.15pm.  We are working with fantastic experts that will be presenting on a number of different topics. There will be six sessions in total. The programme... Read More

Statutory Sick Pay Vs Enhanced Sick Pay | HR Debate

6th January 2017 HR and H&S
We are often asked the question from clients, typically when they are reviewing their contracts of employment as to whether they should operate a statutory sick pay scheme for absence, or whether they should operate an enhanced sick pay scheme. Statutory sick pay is payable to all employees who... Read More

A Message From CEO and Founder of SVC Group | Amanda Simpson

20th December 2016 SVC HQ News
This time of year, it is always a time to reflect and look back at the last 12 months and what a year it has been for us at SVC Group. 2016 saw us completing our first full year at our new HQ in Stanway, Essex and it has been a year that we can look back on with pride. We have expanded our own... Read More

The Office Christmas Party | Are You Ready?

29th November 2016 HR and H&S
December has arrived again and we are all busy planning and getting into the Christmas spirit and that much anticipated work get together is just around the corner. Although most employers are aware that they can be held responsible for the conduct of their employees during working hours,... Read More

Classroom to Boardroom | Ready for Success

16th November 2016 Training
Our NEW 2 day training course Classroom to Boardroom is for young adults making a start in their career that need a boost in confidence and an insight into the standards that are expected within a professional environment. This fun, interactive programme delivered by Business Development Director... Read More

Holiday Pay Commission – Latest Ruling

26th October 2016 HR and H&S
Holiday Pay Commission – latest ruling The Court of Appeal has now made a decision in the Lock V British Gas case. This is an important ruling regarding the calculation of holiday pay and whether or not commission should be included in annual leave payments. The Background The case is... Read More

SVC ILM Awards 2015/2016 ‘Our Winners’

20th September 2016 Training
This year’s ILM Awards was hosted in-house this year as it was the first time in history that we have had enough space in our own building to fit everyone in! It was wonderful to get everyone together to celebrate the success of our learners who have completed (or are in the process of... Read More

Health & Safety Audits | Providing A Clear Picture

HR and H&S
In-depth Health and Safety Audits can be very useful when establishing whether your current H&S Management System is actually working. Observing the following areas, we can provide you with a clear picture of your businesses performance in terms of H&S Management and legal compliance.... Read More

Employee Engagement: What Does It Mean For Your Organisation?

9th September 2016 HR and H&S
How an employee performs in their role has a direct impact on organisational performance which can in turn be linked to a company’s growth and profitability. But does it run deeper than just the effective management of their performance? How an individual performs in their role is associated... Read More

Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund | £100 Raised via 50:50 Competition

2nd September 2016 SVC HQ News
We've collected £100.00 for the Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund by taking part in a the LCCF 50:50 competition game ? Thank you Sophie Wojtkiw for kick-starting this project, the team at SVC HQ and Commercial Director, Mel Carpenter for putting her prize of £50.00 back into the pot for... Read More

When It Comes To Staff Development – Sometimes One Size Does Not Fit All

25th August 2016 Training
At SVC we recognise the importance of incorporating our client’s unique requirements into our training packages, with a strong focus on responding to your businesses goals and challenges. The team at SVC understand that the training needs are different for every company. Our personalised... Read More

Sitting Comfortably? How Do You Know If Your Staff Are?

15th August 2016 HR and H&S
As an employer you have a legal responsibility to protect your staff and The Health and Safety Display Screen Equipment Regulations 1992 applies to all staff who ‘habitually use display screen equipment as a significant part of their normal work’. This includes multi-site and mobile... Read More

Phil Caborn – Celebrating 3 Months With SVC Group

12th August 2016 SVC HQ News
SVC Group’s Business Development Director, Phil Caborn has been with the team at SVC HQ for 3 months already - can you believe it? We asked Phil about his SVC Journey so far: Walk me through a typical day at SVC Group as a Business Development Director? I am currently working on key... Read More

ILM Awards 2016 ‘A Celebration of Success’

9th August 2016 Training
This year’s ILM Awards will be hosted on Friday 16th September 2016 at SVC HQ. 2015/2016 has seen some exciting developments for us as an ILM Centre and we couldn’t be more proud. Studying whilst holding down full-time, often demanding jobs within Senior Management can be a... Read More

Your HR Business Partner | Why Choose Us?

5th August 2016 HR and H&S
Our HR team works as your business partner to ensure that you always make the best decision for your business - which is appropriate in the circumstances and with the aim of mitigating the risk to your business of any Employment Tribunal claim. We believe there are many benefits of outsourcing... Read More

Engineering & Technical Sector’s | Highest Areas of Skill Shortage

3rd August 2016 Recruitment
The Engineering and Technical sector’s continue to be the highest areas of skill shortage according to recent research carried out by the REC (Recruitment Employment Confederation). This is why having an expert in this field, who will find creative ways to source these candidates is key to... Read More

Flexible Facilities | Room Hire

18th July 2016 Training
Whether you need to hire a venue for an off-site training session, impress clients with a presentation or hold a confidential interview, SVC HQ offers flexible facilities to meet your business needs all year round. We have three rooms available for hire. The main SVC Group training room hosts... Read More

Another Successful Debate! Talent Management: Grow Your Own vs Ready Made

5th July 2016 HR and H&S
The team at SVC HQ hosted yet another successful HR Debate as part of their “Challenge the Norm” Debate forums which aim to bring like-minded professionals together to discuss and take a view on a topical HR subject. This time the subject on the debating table was how organisations choose to... Read More

Colchester Youth Awards 2016 | SVC Young Entrepreneur

4th July 2016 SVC HQ News
Last week we saw the return of the Colchester Youth Awards hosted at Colchester Institute. It was a pleasure to once again sponsor the SVC Young Entrepreneur Category. Commercial Director, Mel Carpenter presented the award to Thomas Royce – our winner for 2016. Thomas has turned a passion for... Read More

Amanda Simpson | Just Get On With It

27th June 2016 Training
CEO & Founder Amanda Simpson was delighted to be a guest speaker for the Suffolk Coaching and Mentoring Partnership CPD on 17th June. Amanda spoke about her personal coaching journey and how having the support of a fantastic business coach early on inspired her to become the best she could be... Read More

Talent Management | Grow Your Own vs Ready Made

24th May 2016 HR and H&S
Talent Management is defined by the CIPD as “the systematic attraction, identification, development, engagement, retention and deployment of individuals who are of particular value to the organisation”. So what is talent? .. often recognised as individuals who can make a difference to the... Read More

Interruptions or Invitations? | 5 Minute Life Coach

23rd May 2016 Training
Life can be a series of interruptions or invitations.  Next time you stand in your shower, a place that guarantees few interruptions, recall the past 24 hours.  Notice where the interruptions came, how you felt and how you feel about them now. These are the events you endured while your blood... Read More

Corporate Supporters of the Essex Wildlife Trust

11th May 2016 SVC HQ News
We're delighted to announce that SVC Group are now Corporate Supporters of the Essex Wildlife Trust. Essex Wildlife Trust is the county’s leading conservation charity. It has more than 34,000 members, manages and protects over 8,200 acres of land on 87 nature reserves, 2 nature parks and runs... Read More

Phil Caborn, SVC Business Development Director

4th May 2016 SVC HQ News
Celebrations are in order at SVC HQ this week. We're delighted to announce that Phil Caborn has joined SVC Group as a Business Development Director.   Phil’s exciting background includes 19 years in the radio industry and 7 years as the Commercial Director for Heart/Global Radio managing the... Read More

From One CEO To Another, Who’s Got Your Back?

26th April 2016 Training
When I began my own SVC Journey in 1999 I had only a telephone, a desk in a rented office and my passion for business. 17 years later and I am a fully qualified Leadership & Management Trainer, Executive Business Coach and am the CEO of SVC Group, with a team of 26 fantastic employees to keep... Read More

HR Debate | Employee Well-being Results

13th April 2016 HR and H&S
On Thursday 7th April 2016 the SVC HR team hosted a debate at our HQ, considering what well- being means for organisations… Organisations should identify why they are introducing employee well-being initiatives, looking at key drivers and what they are hoping to achieve before deciding what they... Read More

HR Debate | Employee Well-being

8th March 2016 HR and H&S
The concept of employee well-being has increasingly become a focus for many organisations and is a concept that has grown in popularity over the past few years.  In recent months the topic of employee well-being has been hitting the headlines and would appear to be firmly at the forefront of the... Read More

5 Minute Life Coach | With Steve Coulson

Training
In life, in any situation involving you there are two viewpoints: other people’s view of you and your own view of yourself.  Of the two, the principle witness is your own insight.  For every 99 people who say you are good at something, there will always be one who says you are hopeless. ... Read More

Can We Help You Grow Your Business This Spring?

2nd March 2016 SVC HQ News
Permanent and Temporary Recruitment With a combined experience of over 100 years across all industries and an extensive understanding of all roles from junior level to senior management – you can put your trust in the experts. Human Resources Outsourcing to SVC is effective and economical.... Read More

HR Hot Topic | Pension Schemes and Auto-enrolment

24th February 2016 HR and H&S
If your Company does not already have a Pension scheme set up for its employees, you will have by now been given a Staging Date for your Company’s Pension Auto-enrolment. We are receiving queries about what companies need to do to comply and SVC are happy to sit with you for the time it takes... Read More

Could You Be Losing Your Number One Candidate?

11th January 2016 Recruitment
When it comes to making an job offer indecision or delay could lose you your top candidate. A seamless and speedy recruitment process is vital whenever possible to ensure the best people are snapped up quick as the candidate holds all the cards in the current market. We know that managers often... Read More

HR Debate | Appraisals: Should They Stay Or Should They Go?

8th January 2016 HR and H&S
Now we are in 2016, organisations are planning for the year ahead. To ensure that an organisation’s strategic goals and objectives are achieved, it is now time to start preparing for the annual appraisal process with all employees. Research has shown organisations will thrive, develop, achieve... Read More

SVC Gift Project | EACH East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices

22nd December 2015 SVC HQ News
This year SVC Group has chosen to forgo Christmas cards in favour of giving something back. CEO & Founder Amanda Simpson wanted to see if we could make a difference this festive season by supporting East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH).  The team decided to launch #SVCGiftProject where... Read More

The Mistley Kitchen | Staff Cooking Workshop

17th December 2015 SVC HQ News
The SVC team had a fantastic day preparing a simple but tasty Thai feast at The Mistley Kitchen, a well renowned cookery school that offers one-day recreational hands-on cookery workshops. We used beautiful fresh and local ingredients, the whole team came away with some great ideas, tips and... Read More

Well Done Nicola! | £300.00 For The British Lung Foundation

14th December 2015 SVC HQ News
Last week, Commercial Director Mel Carpenter and the team invited Mel's sister Nicola Leslie to the SVC HQ to receive a special thank-you. Nicola was born with Cerebral Palsy and has spent the last year working hard and raising money by creating and selling Hama Bead decorations and cards, the... Read More

We Will Never Send CV’s Blind To Your Business

25th November 2015 Recruitment
In such a highly competitive marketplace, SVC knows the importance of listening to our clients’  specifications and finding the right person for your business. Feedback from our clients suggests that high-street recruiters are sending CV upon CV without actually meeting either the candidate or... Read More

3 Months In Our New HQ | CEO & Founder, Amanda Simpson

20th November 2015 SVC HQ News
It has been three months since we moved in at the Westside Centre and I can already see the positive impact it has had for the team. Taking that leap and leaving the Nayland offices where I started my own SVC journey over 17 years ago was sad times for us all but with our new HQ being four times... Read More

SVC Group Official Open Day Was A Huge Success

17th November 2015 SVC HQ News
Yesterday the SVC team was on hand to celebrate our new home and brand with a fun-filled day of networking, bubbly and canapés. We were joined by the Mayor of Colchester, Councillor Theresa Higgins - who cut the blue ribbon and officially opened our new building at 11:30am alongside CEO &... Read More

SVC Open Day | Adventurer Sally Kettle Confirmed As Guest Speaker

9th November 2015 SVC HQ News
With SVC’s Official open day just a week away, you should have now received your V.I.P invitation in the post. However… we have some exciting news to add.. Adventurer, speaker, event host, television presenter, and author Sally Kettle will be joining us to present her story at the SVC HQ at... Read More

Lean On Us For HR | Specialist Skills And Cost Reduction

30th September 2015 HR and H&S
According to a survey conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, the top three reasons why companies decide to outsource HR are; access to specialist skills and knowledge, quality of work and cost reduction. At SVC we believe there are so many benefits to a business when they... Read More

A New Journey For SVC Group – Your Business Compass

30th July 2015 SVC HQ News
We are delighted to announce that we will be taking SVC Group to the next level and moving to new offices at the Westside Centre, Stanway come September. Our new head office will host a state of the art Training, Coaching and Development facility complete with smart boards, designed to boost... Read More

The Secret Is Out | Welcome to Your Business Compass

10th July 2015 SVC HQ News
The secret is out! We are over-the-moon to announce the rebranding of our business. The rebranding follows our journey of expansion and is the positive outcome of the company’s growth and ambition. Our new bold logo features the NEW SVC Business Compass with our spotlight services at each... Read More

Colchester Youth Awards 2015

2nd July 2015 SVC HQ News
The SVC team really enjoyed being part of the Colchester Youth Awards last night, CEO & Founder Amanda Simpson and Commercial Director Mel Carpenter were honoured to present two awards, The SVC Group Entrepreneur Award and The SVC Group Learning Achievement Award. We were lucky enough to see... Read More

SVC HQ | Kent Blaxill Sponsor

30th June 2015 SVC HQ News
SVC Group are happy to be sponsoring Simon Blaxill, Julian Wood, James Park and Kevin Pryke from local builders merchants, Kent Blaxill KB who are taking on an incredibly challenging 450 mile bike ride over 3 days in September, including one of the iconic Tour de France mountains – the Alpe... Read More

ILM Centre Inspection | We passed!

22nd June 2015 Training
"I always suggest at least a few improvements a centre can make. But i can't think of one thing you could do to improve. As a programme leader, you have an extensive knowledge and experience and it shows in every aspect of this centre. As an ILM Centre, SVC is outstanding" - Suzanne Crowley, ILM... Read More