Monthly Archives: January 2015

Self employment – Want to start your own business?

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Becoming an Entrepreneur

Self employment can be an attractive proposition for anyone, it is a chance to create a future for yourself and make a difference. A chance to start, run and grow a business. It can bring with it great rewards when it works out.

There are local business enterprise clubs dotted across the country that offer great support, advice and courses to guide you through the the minefield of considerations which you need to take into account in a start up. Here are some:

  • Trading Entity: Will you be a Sole Trader, Parternership or Limited company
  • Finance: How you will fund the venture. Grants, Loans, Crowd Funding.
  • Accounts and book keeping
  • Tax: Vat, income tax, corporation tax, national insurance, more at HMRC website
  • Premises: Home or rented
  • Business rates: paid to local authority
  • Health and Safety
  • Insurance: Employer and public liability, vehicle, premises, content and accident
  • Wages and pensions
  • Companies house registration. Trading names.
  • Licenses depending on the type of business

So look up your local business enterprise club for help in starting up.

Want to start a business?

So you’ve decided to to start your own clothing line, make cards, chocolate or a bespoke app, the New Enterprise Allowance scheme maybe able to help.

This is government run scheme aimed at people who are on state benefits.

If you qualify you could be entitled to £65 for the first 13 weeks of being self employed and £33 for a further 13 weeks, in total a support package for the first 26 weeks of work.

You may also be eligible for a start up loan.

How do I sign up?

Firstly you would need to be on a qualifying benefit such Job seekers allowance.

You would need to have an idea which can be developed into a viable business.

Speak with one of the Work Coaches at your Jobcentre Plus office and discuss the fact you would like to go on to to the NEA Scheme.

Your Work Coach will then arrange a meeting with a local provider to discuss your idea.

If accepted you be assigned to a business mentor and business courses for 8 weeks. They will assist in producing a business plan, cash flow forecast, networking and any other support required to develop your idea into a start up business.

The mentor will also assist in accessing start up finance in the form of start up loans and grants.

My business plan is completed, now what?

Great, once your business plan is ready, it needs to be approved by the provider who then notifies the Jobcentre that you are ready to begin trading.

Ideally, as soon as are ready to trade you would meet with your Work Coach and make a claim to receive NEA.

 Good luck with your idea, we wish it success

CV in my inbox – Store your CV in your Email Inbox


A Quick CV Tip

Ever spotted a job and wanted or need to apply for immediately?

Realised you have your CV is at home, stored somewhere on your computer or USB, can’t remember where you’ve place the USB.

A simple yet extremely effective solution is to email your CV to yourself.

Yes, you’ve read it right.

Email your CV to  your inbox.

Yes, it is as simple as it sounds. There are also cloud storage solutions which will come to later.

Ok, so,  why email it? and how? I guess are your next questions.

Emailing your CV to your own inbox allows you to have instant access to it anywhere. When you want to apply for that job instantly, just log in to your email account, find your CV and use the forward function to send it to any prospective employer. You can also download and then upload it to any job website.

How to Email CV to myself

This tip works for any email account out there.

Make sure you have your CV on your PC or USB and know where it’s located within the device.

  1.  Log in to your email.
  2. Type in your own email address where it says “To” e.g
  3. In the subject box type in “My CV”.
  4. Attach your CV to this email:
  5. Find an icon that looks like a paper clip
  6. Click on this Icon and navigate to find your CV
  7. Click open and this will attach your CV to your email.
  8. You can also attach a cover letter or type up the cover letter in the body of the email
  9. Click send.
  10. Flag the email in your inbox as important, this will make it easy to locate in the future.

What you have actually done is sent an email to yourself with your CV attached to it.

Now whenever you see an employer requesting you send your CV, just access your email forward.

Cloud solutions

You can and should also upload your CV to cloud storage services. All the major email providers  offer free solutions. Here are some:

With the ever increasing demand for mobile phones, job hunters need to be able to apply for jobs via their device. Bearing this in mind job websites are now being designed mobile friendly in mind. Not only do they incorporate social login but also offer options to attach CV via cloud.


In a nutshell. Email your CV to your inbox and save to a cloud service. Not only will it give you instant access to it but also save you time.

Good luck and happy job hunting.

Free SIA Course – Want to work in the Security Industry

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The Security Industry Authority (SIA)

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the UK. It is compulsory for individuals wanting a career in security to be approved and licensed to work within specific sectors of the private security industry.

You must be over 18 and have to pass a criminality check (DBS formerly known as CRB).

Two Types of SIA licence

There are two types of SIA licence:

  • Front line
  • Non Front line

More info at

Front Line – Door supervision course

The most popular course is the SIA accredited Door Supervisor which offers a huge number of employment opportunities across the country. Just by conducting a quick search on an online jobboard for security or SIA, you’ll receive hundreds of results.

Others courses include CCTV and Close Protection.

Free SIA Training

Templegate Training are an offering free SIA courses to anyone who is out of education and unemployed (over 19).

Is it really free?

Yes, we have contacted the company and they have assured us this is a free course which is offered as part of their “Back to work” support programme. There is some eligibility criteria you need to meet before you can enroll.

The course is open to anyone who is

  • Not in Education
  • Unemployed and not in any training
  • Over the age of 19 years
  • UK National or Resident (for 3 years or more)
  • Claiming benefits such as JSA, ESA or income support

The free security training course is held at various locations across the. Previous courses have been conducted at training centres in Blackpool, Burnley, Liverpool, Blackpool, Leyton, Derby and Bristol.

Good luck with your training