Goldenslot สล็อตออนไลน์ คาสิโนสด สมัครรับโบนัสฟรี 30% -Goldenslot.슬롯 가입머니http://www.baidu.com/4d4:80/NewsNewsCrisis Communications Management Guide for Trade Associationshttp://www.baidu.com/4d4:80/News/crisis-communications-management-guide-for-trade-associations<p></p> <p>One of the TAF&rsquo;s trainers, Adrian Wheeler, has written a short, practical guide to managing communications with the media, employees, stakeholders and members in the case of a crisis.</p> <p></p> <p>Adrian is a veteran public relations consultant who began his career as a reporter. This enables him to suggest techniques for neutralising hostile media coverage &ndash; a key factor in successful crisis communications management since the media almost always escalate problems and issues when they think there is a &lsquo;good story&rsquo; to uncover.</p> <p></p> <p>Adrian writes about the predicament of spokespeople and professional communicators with understanding: as chairman of his own trade association, the PRCA, he regularly appeared on TV and radio to defend the association and individual members against critical media attention.</p> <p></p> <p>The book stresses the importance of preparation &ndash; &lsquo;being crisis-ready&rsquo; and in particular the vital role of spokespeople, who should be trained, rehearsed and capable of responding to a crisis within an hour &ndash; confident, credible, calm and &ndash; above all &ndash; human. Demonstrating empathy under pressure is not easy. Few people can do it without practice. But it&rsquo;s essential &ndash; most stakeholders care little about the details of a crisis but they care a lot about the performance of the spokesperson.</p> <p></p> <p>&lsquo;Crisis Communications Management&rsquo; contains numerous real-life examples and handy check-lists, together with a set of practical exercises &ndash; &lsquo;What would we have done?&rsquo; - to help readers examine their own probable reactions and the condition of their own crisis defences.</p> <p></p> <p>To purchase your copy of this guide, please <a href="https://www.waterstones.com/book/crisis-communications-management/adrian-wheeler/9781787566187">click here</a>. The guide can also be downloaded on <a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/Crisis-Communications-Management-Practice-Guides/dp/1787566188">Amazon</a>. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><b></b><i></i><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span><sub></sub><sup></sup><span style="text-decoration: line-through;"></span></p>Mon, 04 Mar 2019 12:46:21 GMT/4d4:80/News/crisis-communications-management-guide-for-trade-associationsUKAS to remain EA member http://www.baidu.com/4d4:80/News/ukas-to-remain-ea-member<p>EA, the Association of National Accreditation Bodies in Europe, has published a statement on UKAS&rsquo; member of the organization (and in turn the recognition of certificates issued under UKAS accreditation). It states that EA has revised its Articles of Association and introduced the option of a transition period, which allows UKAS to remain a member for two further years. During this transition period EA will analyse together with UKAS the results of the negotiation between the EU and the UK, with a view to a future revision to the EA membership criteria that allows for UKAS to remain an ongoing EA member. That means also that UKAS will continue to be peer evaluated by EA in order to maintain its MLA signatory status.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ukas.com/download/general_documents/EA-and-the-impact-of-Brexit.pdf" target="_blank">Download a copy of the statement.</a></p> <p>Read <a href="https://www.ukas.com/customer-area/ukas-and-brexit/" target="_blank">further information</a> about UKAS and the latest developments on the impact of Brexit.</p>Thu, 21 Feb 2019 10:09:55 GMT/4d4:80/News/ukas-to-remain-ea-memberEnergy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Phase 2 Compliance has startedhttp://www.baidu.com/4d4:80/News/energy-savings-opportunity-scheme-esos-phase-2-compliance-has-started<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="mso-fareast-language: EN-US;">The Confederation of British Metalforming (CBM) is here to guide your company through the audit process with our expert knowledge of your sector<o:p></o:p></span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-fareast-language: EN-US;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-fareast-language: EN-US;">Are you aware that Phase 2 of ESOS has already started which means that you can<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-fareast-language: EN-US;">start working on your audit and identification of energy savings opportunities now!<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-fareast-language: EN-US;">The legislation means all qualifying organisations have to prepare mandatory<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-fareast-language: EN-US;">energy audits and if you know you will qualify for Phase 2 there is no reason<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-fareast-language: EN-US;">why you shouldn't start doing your energy assessments now. The audits identify<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-fareast-language: EN-US;">cost-effective measures to cut energy spending. Find out more: <a href="https://thecbm.co.uk/how-we-help/energy/">ESOS</a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Click <a href="/4d4/Media/Default/PDFs/ESOS%20flyer%20Sept17%20CBM.pdf" target="_blank">here</a> for further information&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-fareast-language: EN-US;"><img src="//www.taforum.org/Media/Default/BlogPost/News/ESOS%20flyer%20Sept17%20CBM.pdf" alt="" /><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img src="//www.taforum.org/Media/Default/BlogPost/News/ESOS%20flyer%20Sept17%20inc%20MF.pdf" alt="" /></p>Thu, 03 Jan 2019 10:14:25 GMT/4d4:80/News/energy-savings-opportunity-scheme-esos-phase-2-compliance-has-startedPrepare your business for floodinghttp://www.baidu.com/4d4:80/News/prepare-your-business-for-flooding<p class="MsoNormal"><a href="/4d4/Media/Default/PDFs/Miles%20Smith%20Newsletters/MS%20TAF%20-%20%20Prepare%20your%20Business%20for%20Flooding%20-%20Newsletter%20_%201.1_1118.pdf" title="/Media/Default/PDFs/Miles Smith Newsletters/MS TAF - Prepare your Business for Flooding - Newsletter _ 1.1_1118.pdf" target="_blank"><img src="//www.taforum.org/Media/Default/BlogPost/News/MS-TAF----Prepare-your-Business-for-Flooding---thumbnail.png" alt="" width="200" height="283" /></a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Floods are one of the most common natural disasters, and if your business is victim to a flood then the effects can be devastating. In excess of 185, 000 commercial properties are at risk of flooding across England and Wales. Read Miles Smith&rsquo;s latest <a href="/4d4/Media/Default/PDFs/Miles%20Smith%20Newsletters/MS%20TAF%20-%20%20Prepare%20your%20Business%20for%20Flooding%20-%20Newsletter%20_%201.1_1118.pdf" title="/Media/Default/PDFs/Miles Smith Newsletters/MS TAF - Prepare your Business for Flooding - Newsletter _ 1.1_1118.pdf" target="_blank">newsletter</a> to learn about how to protect your business from the risk of flooding. <o:p></o:p></p> <p></p>Mon, 26 Nov 2018 16:11:29 GMT/4d4:80/News/prepare-your-business-for-floodingInternational System of Units overhauled in historic votehttp://www.baidu.com/4d4:80/News/international-system-of-units-overhauled-in-historic-vote<p>On Friday 16th November, representatives from 60 countries voted to redefine the International System of Units (SI), changing the world&rsquo;s definition of the kilogram, the ampere, the kelvin and the mole, forever.</p> <p></p> <p>The decision, made at the General Conference on Weights and Measures in Versailles, France, which is organised by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM), means that all SI units will now be defined in terms of constants that describe the natural world. This will assure the future stability of the SI and open the opportunity for the use of new technologies, including quantum technologies, to implement the definitions.</p> <p></p> <p>The changes, which will come into force on 20th May 2019, will bring an end to the use of physical objects to define measurement units.</p> <p></p> <p>The definition of the kilogram for more than 130 years, the International Prototype of the Kilogram (IPK), a cylinder of a platinum alloy stored at the BIPM in France, will now be retired. It will be replaced by the Planck constant &ndash; the fundamental constant of quantum physics. While the stability of the IPK could only be confirmed by comparisons with identical copies, a difficult and potentially inaccurate process, the Planck constant is ready for use everywhere and always.</p> <p></p> <p>The new definitions impact four of the seven base units of the SI: the kilogram, ampere, kelvin and mole, and all units derived from them, such as the volt, ohm and joule.</p> <p></p> <p>- The kilogram &ndash; will be defined by the Planck constant (h)</p> <p>- The ampere &ndash; will be defined by the elementary electrical charge (e)</p> <p>- The kelvin &ndash; will be defined by the Boltzmann constant (k)</p> <p>- The mole &ndash; will be defined by the Avogadro constant (NA)</p> <p></p> <p>Although the size of these units will not change (a kilogram will still be a kilogram), the four redefined units will join the second, the metre and the candela to ensure that the set of SI base units will continue to be both stable and useful. The revised SI will maintain its relevance by facilitating technical innovations. Just as the redefinition of the second in 1967 provided the basis for technology that has transformed how we communicate across the globe, through GPS and the internet, the new changes will have wide-reaching impact in science, technology, trade, health and the environment, among many other sectors.</p> <p></p> <p><a href="https://www.ukas.com/download/general_documents/SI-BIPM-briefing-document.pdf" target="_blank">Download the briefing document issued by the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) on the impact of this change.</a></p> <p></p> <p>If you have any questions please contact NPL at measurement_services@npl.co.uk</p> <p></p> <p>If you want to read more, then go to the NPL website: www.npl.co.uk/measure/</p> <div></div>Wed, 21 Nov 2018 08:54:42 GMT/4d4:80/News/international-system-of-units-overhauled-in-historic-vote CMA sends tough message to business cheats with cartel campaign http://www.baidu.com/4d4:80/News/cma-sends-tough-message-to-business-cheats-with-cartel-campaign<p>The CMA is calling for more whistle-blowers to expose business cartels with the launch of a national awareness campaign.&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>It comes as new research shows many firms don&rsquo;t know enough about how to comply with competition law.</p> <p></p> <p>The Competition and Markets Authority&rsquo;s (CMA) latest cartel awareness campaign aims to educate businesses about which practices are illegal and urges people to come forward if they suspect a business has taken part in cartel behaviour, such as fixing prices or rigging contracts.</p> <p></p> <p>ICM research released by the CMA today to coincide with the campaign shows that out of amongst 1,000 companies surveyed:</p> <p>&bull;only 57% knew it was illegal to fix prices</p> <p>&bull;nearly half either didn&rsquo;t know or thought it was legal to discuss prices with competing bidders when quoting for new work (23% said &lsquo;don&rsquo;t know&rsquo;, and 25% actually thought it was legal)</p> <p>&bull;significantly more than half (59%) didn&rsquo;t know or thought that dividing up and sharing customers with rivals was legal (24% said &lsquo;don&rsquo;t know&rsquo; and 35% actually thought it was legal)</p> <p></p> <p>Howard Cartlidge, Senior Director of Cartels at the CMA, said:</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>&ldquo;Businesses that fix prices or rig contracts are breaking the law and ripping people off.</p> <p></p> <p>&ldquo;The victims are customers and other businesses, who are getting cheated out of a fair deal.</p> <p></p> <p>&ldquo;We know that the vast majority of businesses want to do the right thing, but pleading ignorance simply isn&rsquo;t good enough. Today&rsquo;s campaign makes it easy to find out the facts.</p> <p></p> <p>&ldquo;If you know of something illegal &ndash; do the right thing and tell us about it.&rdquo;</p> <p></p> <p>The campaign is targeting industries including construction, manufacturing, recruitment, estate agents and property management and maintenance. These are sectors identified as particularly susceptible to cartels. Previous campaigns have driven a 30% rise in the number of tip-offs to the CMA&rsquo;s cartels hotline.</p> <p></p> <p>The campaign uses simple imagery on social media sites and a dedicated website and comes as the CMA continues to step up its enforcement action. Since April 2015 it has issued over &pound;155 million in fines following investigations into anti-competitive practices and it is currently investigating 15 cases including in construction services, roofing materials and estate agency.</p> <p></p> <p>Examples of CMA action include:</p> <p>&bull;Two of the biggest suppliers of charcoal and coal for households in the UK were fined &pound;3.4 million for taking part in a market sharing cartel.</p> <p>&bull;Water tank firms were fined over &pound;2.6 million, after they formed a cartel to divide up customers, fix minimum prices and share commercially sensitive information for tanks used in large construction projects (such as schools and hospitals).</p> <p>&bull;Somerset estate agents were fined over &pound;370,000 for fixing minimum commission rates, such that local home owners had been denied a fair deal when selling their property. The CMA also secured the disqualification of 2 company directors in this case.</p> <p>&bull;An Amazon Marketplace seller was fined over &pound;160,000 and its director disqualified from running a company after agreeing to fix the prices of popular posters and frames with a competitor.</p> <p></p> <p>Notes to editors</p> <p></p> <p>1.Businesses found to have been involved in illegal cartels can be fined up to 10% of their annual turnover. Individuals can face up to 5 years in prison and directors can be disqualified from holding director positions for up to 15 years. These can be reduced or eliminated altogether where a business or individual report their involvement in a cartel and co-operates fully with the CMA&rsquo;s investigation. Witnesses who blow the whistle can receive a reward of up to &pound;100,000.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>2.The CMA has published results from an ICM survey of 1,201 businesses, which includes breakdowns by region and sector.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>3.The campaign encourages people to visit the CMA&rsquo;s designated &lsquo;Stop Cartels&rsquo; page which features videos, short guides and case studies to explain what cartels are and how people can report them.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>4.If you have witnessed a cartel or have been involved in a cartel and wish to apply for leniency, call: 0203 738 6888 (witnessed); 0203 738 6833 (leniency). For more information on cartels and the CMA&rsquo;s campaign, visit the Stop Cartels webpage.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>5.Enquiries should be directed to the CMA press team at press@cma.gov.uk or 020 3738 6460</p>Mon, 05 Nov 2018 10:07:12 GMT/4d4:80/News/cma-sends-tough-message-to-business-cheats-with-cartel-campaignWhy creating a website is so important and so easy for SMEs http://www.baidu.com/4d4:80/News/why-creating-a-website-is-so-important-and-so-easy-for-smes<p class="MsoNormal"><a href="/4d4/Media/Default/PDFs/TAF%20-%20SMEs%20need%20a%20website%20-%20Newsletter%20_%201.2_1018%20(1).pdf" title="/Media/Default/PDFs/TAF - SMEs need a website - Newsletter _ 1.2_1018 (1).pdf" target="_blank"><img src="//www.taforum.org/Media/Default/BlogPost/News/TAF%20-%20SMEs%20need%20a%20website%20-%20Newsletter%20Thumbnail_200px%20_%201.0_1018.png" alt="" width="141" height="200" /></a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">These days, it&rsquo;s easier and cheaper than ever for your members to build their own website. With countless website-building platforms available, and thousands of templates for them to start from, they don&rsquo;t need to know web coding or invest hundreds of pounds.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">With their own website they will meet their customers&rsquo; expectations, be able to share the content they want people to see, remain open 24/7, and potentially take their business to a national audience.&nbsp; And, of course, grow.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="/4d4/Media/Default/PDFs/TAF%20-%20SMEs%20need%20a%20website%20-%20Newsletter%20_%201.2_1018%20(1).pdf" title="/Media/Default/PDFs/TAF - SMEs need a website - Newsletter _ 1.2_1018 (1).pdf" target="_blank">Here</a>, we look at everything your members need to know when it comes to building their site and why we think it&rsquo;s so important for SMEs.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></p>Wed, 24 Oct 2018 11:27:14 GMT/4d4:80/News/why-creating-a-website-is-so-important-and-so-easy-for-smes2018 Salary and Benefits Survey now launched for participation!http://www.baidu.com/4d4:80/News/2018-salary-and-benefits-survey-now-launched-for-participation<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; text-align: justify; line-height: normal;">We are now launching the <b>TAF Salary &amp; Benefits Survey 2018</b> with our partner, <b>Ellwood Atfield</b>. They are the specialist head hunters in appointing Chief Executives of trade associations as well as their communications and advocacy teams. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; text-align: justify; line-height: normal;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; text-align: justify; line-height: normal;">As ever, the Survey is designed to provide you with up-to-date and detailed information to help you with salary reviews and budgeting for the year ahead.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; text-align: justify; line-height: normal;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; text-align: justify; line-height: normal;">You can access the on-line questionnaire via the following secure link (if the hyperlink is not clickable, please copy and paste into your browser):<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; text-align: justify; line-height: normal;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; text-align: center; line-height: normal;"><b><span style="font-size: 18.0pt;"><a href="https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TAFSB2018">https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TAFSB2018</a><o:p></o:p></span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; text-align: justify; line-height: normal;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; text-align: justify; line-height: normal;">We expect to publish the findings in November.&nbsp; It would greatly assist us to publish on time if you would complete the questionnaire before close of business on <b><span style="font-size: 14.0pt;">Tuesday, 6<sup>th</sup> November</span></b>.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; text-align: justify; line-height: normal;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; text-align: justify; line-height: normal;"><b><i>Please note that we require one response per organisation only.<o:p></o:p></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; text-align: justify; line-height: normal;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; text-align: justify; line-height: normal;">There is no charge for your participation.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; text-align: justify; line-height: normal;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; text-align: justify; line-height: normal;">The detailed findings of the Survey will be presented anonymously to all participants. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; text-align: justify; line-height: normal;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; text-align: justify; line-height: normal;">If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact <a href="mailto:lcavender@taforum.org">Linda Cavender</a> or <a href="mailto:rfairclough@taforum.org" title="rfairclough@taforum.org.">Richard Fairclough</a>&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; text-align: justify; line-height: normal;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; text-align: justify; line-height: normal;">Ellwood Atfield and TAF would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your input and support for this Survey.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; text-align: justify; line-height: normal;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>Tue, 23 Oct 2018 11:46:12 GMT/4d4:80/News/2018-salary-and-benefits-survey-now-launched-for-participationUKAS Welcomes Brexit White Paperhttp://www.baidu.com/4d4:80/News/ukas-welcomes-brexit-white-paper<p>UKAS was pleased to note a number of encouraging references in the Government&rsquo;s White Paper: The Future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union published in July. In particular, UKAS welcomed the Government&rsquo;s confirmation of its intention to seek to ensure that &lsquo;manufacturers should only need to undergo one series of tests in either market&rsquo; and that there is a &lsquo;jointly agreed accreditation framework to provide mutual assurance that UK and EU conformity assessments are robust&rsquo;. Thus, confirming their understanding of the need for mutual recognition of accreditation and conformity assessment in any trade agreement with the EU.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>More recently, the Government has published a number of Technical Notices on the implications for the UK if agreement is not reached with the EU by 29 March 2019, including one on Trading goods regulated under the &lsquo;New Approach&rsquo;. The Notice confirms that, under a &lsquo;No Deal&rsquo; scenario, UKAS&rsquo; role as the National Accreditation Body would remain as now and also sets out proposed arrangements for those organisations currently operating as UK Notified Bodies. The notice makes clear that reaching agreement with the EU before 29th March 2019 remains the desired and expected outcome and UKAS fully supports the work the Government is doing to achieve that outcome.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To that end, UKAS continues to work closely across Government, particularly the Departments for Business, Energy, Industrial Strategy, Exiting the EU and International Trade to ensure that the key objectives for conformity assessment and accreditation are fully understood. These are that:</p> <p>&bull;<span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>UKAS&rsquo; recognition as the UK National Accreditation Body continues post Brexit.</p> <p>&bull;<span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>UKAS continues as a member of EA, ILAC and IAF to safeguard the European and international recognition of accreditation and accredited services.</p> <p>&bull;<span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>There is continued access to UK based notified bodies, or other mutually recognised bodies, to provide conformity assessment required by EU legislation.</p> <p>&bull;<span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Mutual recognition of conformity assessment is factored into any new trade agreement between the UK and the EU.</p> <p>&bull;<span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Accreditation is given due recognition in any new international trade agreements that emerge</p> <p>Good progress has been made on all these objectives and UKAS now awaits the outcome of the UK/EU negotiations with great interest.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Further information about UKAS&rsquo; preparations for Brexit are available on the UKAS website.</p>Mon, 15 Oct 2018 11:47:20 GMT/4d4:80/News/ukas-welcomes-brexit-white-paperWellness Newsletter from Miles Smith Insurance Grouphttp://www.baidu.com/4d4:80/News/wellness-newsletter-from-miles-smith-insurance-group<p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: 'Tahoma',sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black; background: white;"><img src="//www.taforum.org/Media/Default/BlogPost/News/TAF----Newsletter---Workplace-wellness-_-Thumbnail%20(1).png" alt="" width="200" height="283" /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: 'Tahoma',sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black; background: white;">A</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial;">n <a href="/4d4/Media/Default/PDFs/Miles%20Smith%20Newsletters/TAF%20-%20%20Newsletter%20-%20Workplace%20wellness%20_%201.1_0918-compressed.pdf" title="/Media/Default/PDFs/Miles Smith Newsletters/TAF - Newsletter - Workplace wellness _ 1.1_0918-compressed.pdf" target="_blank">informative newsletter</a> you can give to your m</span><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt;">embers to help them implement wellness initiatives within their workplace, no matter what size of company or the industry they operate in!</span></p> <p></p>Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:06:37 GMT/4d4:80/News/wellness-newsletter-from-miles-smith-insurance-groupHow UKAS accreditation can help Trade Associations and their Membershttp://www.baidu.com/4d4:80/News/how-ukas-accreditation-can-help-trade-associations-and-their-members<p class="MsoNormal">The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is the national accreditation body for the UK. It operates under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government through the Secretary of State for Business, Energy &amp; Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and is a non-profit-distributing company limited by guarantee.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">UKAS accreditation determines the technical competence and integrity of organisations that offer conformity assessment services such as testing, certification, inspection and calibration in accordance with internationally agreed standards. In short, UKAS &lsquo;checks the checkers&rsquo; and it allows organisations to demonstrate their competence, impartiality and performance capability so that users can have confidence in the outcome. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">UKAS' involvement in international groups such as EA, IAF and ILAC, provides for mutual recognition, which means that UKAS accreditation is recognised globally. This reduces the need for multiple assessments of suppliers, and consequently helps to reduce barriers to trade for organisations who have UKAS accreditation.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">UKAS accredits over 3000 organisations, operates in over 17 industry sectors and is recognised by over 100 economies around the globe. UKAS accreditation is a tool that is proven to deliver universal confidence in management and trading standards, and provides supply chain confidence. Furthermore, Government regularly acknowledges that accredited standards and schemes driven by industry are an acceptable alternative to legislation and provides a way to demonstrate compliance with regulatory requirements. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Accredited testing, inspection and certification are increasingly being specified by Regulators, and public and private sector organisations. UKAS is able to assist Trade Associations and their members with information on how to:<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoListParagraph" style="text-indent: -18.0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">a)<span style="font: 7.0pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span></b><!--[endif]--><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Find an accredited provider<o:p></o:p></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 18.0pt;">Using a UKAS accredited supplier for your testing, inspection or certification needs is an essential tool for decision-making and risk management.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 18.0pt;">Organisations can save time and money by selecting an accredited and therefore competent supplier. Accredited testing, inspection and certification carried out in compliance with best practices can limit product failure and down time, and control manufacturing costs. Government guidance on the use of accreditation is available on Gov.uk<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 18.0pt;">A list of all UKAS accredited organisation can be found at <span class="MsoHyperlink"><a >Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:52:02 GMT/4d4:80/News/how-ukas-accreditation-can-help-trade-associations-and-their-membersHelp your members tackle modern slavery by working with TAF Members ALP to offer effective and flexible training as a member benefithttp://www.baidu.com/4d4:80/News/help-your-members-tackle-modern-slavery-by-working-with-us-to-offer-effective-and-flexible-training-as-a-member-benefit<p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;">Around the world 40.3 million people are estimated to be victims of modern slavery.&nbsp; Almost 25 million of those are in forced labour.&nbsp; All businesses in the UK with a turnover of &pound;36 million or more are required to report the actions that they are taking to address modern slavery and human trafficking risks in their business and supply chains. Equipping their employees to detect, deter and deal with forced labour is a significant yet easily achievable step through our e-learning training.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;">As a trade association you can now directly support your members in this goal by enabling them to access a range of general and sector and role specific e-learning modules. These have been developed by leading experts <a href="https://www.stronger2gether.org/">Stronger Together</a> and <a href="https://eukleia.com/">Eukleia</a> to support businesses to tackle forced labour.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;">At the end of the courses, learners will:&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></p> <ul type="disc"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list 36.0pt;"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Know what forced labour is and how it can affect them and their workplace<o:p></o:p></span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list 36.0pt;"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Recognise the indicators and signs to help them detect forced labour<o:p></o:p></span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list 36.0pt;"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Understand how they can help fight forced labour, and what to do if they identify a potential case. <o:p></o:p></span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;">For more information and to discuss partnership options please contact:<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b><a href="mailto:info@stronger2gether.org">info@stronger2gether.org</a> / +44 (0)1276 919090 / <a href="https://www.stronger2gether.org/elearning/">www.stronger2gether.org</a> </b><b><span style="font-size: 12.0pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></b></p>Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:50:16 GMT/4d4:80/News/help-your-members-tackle-modern-slavery-by-working-with-us-to-offer-effective-and-flexible-training-as-a-member-benefitUKAS Supporting UK business in a post-Brexit worldhttp://www.baidu.com/4d4:80/News/ukas-supporting-uk-business-in-a-post-brexit-world<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; color: #333333;"><br />A new leaflet has been produced setting out the requirements for accreditation and conformity assessment in the Brexit process. The leaflet, which can be downloaded from our </span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #0563c1; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;"><a >Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:46:04 GMT/4d4:80/News/ukas-supporting-uk-business-in-a-post-brexit-worldInsurer publishes report into value of standards and accreditationhttp://www.baidu.com/4d4:80/News/insurer-publishes-report-into-value-of-standards-and-accreditation<table class="MsoNormalTable" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" align="right" style="mso-cellspacing: 0cm; mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184; mso-table-lspace: 2.25pt; mso-table-rspace: 2.25pt; mso-table-anchor-vertical: paragraph; mso-table-anchor-horizontal: column; mso-table-left: right; mso-table-top: middle; mso-padding-alt: 0cm 0cm 0cm 0cm;"> <tbody> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 0; mso-yfti-firstrow: yes; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes;"> <td style="padding: 0cm 0cm 7.5pt 7.5pt;"> <table class="MsoNormalTable" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="200" style="width: 150.0pt; mso-cellspacing: 0cm; mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184; mso-padding-alt: 0cm 0cm 0cm 0cm;"> <tbody> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 0; mso-yfti-firstrow: yes; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes;"> <td style="padding: 0cm 0cm 0cm 0cm;"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; mso-line-height-alt: .75pt; mso-element: frame; mso-element-frame-hspace: 2.25pt; mso-element-wrap: around; mso-element-anchor-vertical: paragraph; mso-element-anchor-horizontal: column; mso-element-left: right; mso-element-top: middle; mso-height-rule: exactly;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #333333; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB; mso-no-proof: yes;"><!--[if gte vml 1]><v:shape id="Picture_x0020_5" o:spid="_x0000_i1025" type="#_x0000_t75" alt="http://ukas.newsweaver.com/files/1/64855/125695/5966563/4eca6b08f490354813455530/200_airmic%20logo.png" style='width:150pt;height:114.9pt;visibility:visible;mso-wrap-style:square'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:/Users/linda/AppData/Local/Packages/oice_16_974fa576_32c1d314_1c23/AC/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image003.png" o:title="200_airmic%20logo"/> </v:shape><![endif]--><!--[if !vml]--><img width="200" height="153" src="file:///C:/Users/linda/AppData/Local/Packages/oice_16_974fa576_32c1d314_1c23/AC/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image004.png" alt="http://ukas.newsweaver.com/files/1/64855/125695/5966563/4eca6b08f490354813455530/200_airmic%20logo.png" v:shapes="Picture_x0020_5" /><!--[endif]--></span><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #333333; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 11.25pt; line-height: 13.5pt; background: white;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #0058a5; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;"><a >Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:44:10 GMT/4d4:80/News/insurer-publishes-report-into-value-of-standards-and-accreditationElectronic Certificates of Accreditationhttp://www.baidu.com/4d4:80/News/electronic-certificates-of-accreditation<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><br />Following consultation with stakeholders, UKAS plans to stop providing hard copy certificates of accreditation and provide electronic certificates of accreditation to all customers.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 106%;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #333333; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">Electronic certificates will be provided in a PDF format produced using &lsquo;Docusign&rsquo; software which provides a level of traceability and authenticity to the certificate. It is considered that providing certificates in this format will make it easier for customers to display copies of their certificate on their website, provide copies of their certificate to clients and for their clients to check the authenticity of the certificate.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 106%;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #333333; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">This change will be rolled out over the summer. Not all certificates will be immediately transferred from hard copy to electronic but the aim is to reissue all certificates by 31<sup>st</sup> December 2019. Once all certificates are in an electronic format we will also consider the potential for copies of accreditation certificates to be available alongside a customer&rsquo;s Schedule of Accreditation on the UKAS website.<o:p></o:p></span></p>Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:42:08 GMT/4d4:80/News/electronic-certificates-of-accreditationAppointment of new UKAS CEOhttp://www.baidu.com/4d4:80/News/appointment-of-new-ukas-ceo<table class="MsoNormalTable" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" align="right" style="mso-cellspacing: 0cm; mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184; mso-table-lspace: 2.25pt; mso-table-rspace: 2.25pt; mso-table-anchor-vertical: paragraph; mso-table-anchor-horizontal: column; mso-table-left: right; mso-table-top: middle; mso-padding-alt: 0cm 0cm 0cm 0cm;"> <tbody> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 0; mso-yfti-firstrow: yes; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes;"> <td style="padding: 0cm 0cm 7.5pt 7.5pt;"> <table class="MsoNormalTable" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="200" style="width: 150.0pt; mso-cellspacing: 0cm; mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184; mso-padding-alt: 0cm 0cm 0cm 0cm;"> <tbody> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 0; mso-yfti-firstrow: yes; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes;"> <td style="padding: 0cm 0cm 0cm 0cm;"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; mso-line-height-alt: .75pt; mso-element: frame; mso-element-frame-hspace: 2.25pt; mso-element-wrap: around; mso-element-anchor-vertical: paragraph; mso-element-anchor-horizontal: column; mso-element-left: right; mso-element-top: middle; mso-height-rule: exactly;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #333333; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB; mso-no-proof: yes;"><!--[if gte vml 1]><v:shape id="Picture_x0020_8" o:spid="_x0000_i1025" type="#_x0000_t75" alt="http://ukas.newsweaver.com/files/1/64855/125695/5966563/eb82850c04845ed83e8e105c/200_portrait%20colour%208_2.jpg" style='width:150pt;height:225.6pt;visibility:visible;mso-wrap-style:square'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:/Users/linda/AppData/Local/Packages/oice_16_974fa576_32c1d314_1c23/AC/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image003.jpg" o:title="200_portrait%20colour%208_2"/> </v:shape><![endif]--><!--[if !vml]--><img width="200" height="301" src="file:///C:/Users/linda/AppData/Local/Packages/oice_16_974fa576_32c1d314_1c23/AC/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image004.jpg" alt="http://ukas.newsweaver.com/files/1/64855/125695/5966563/eb82850c04845ed83e8e105c/200_portrait%20colour%208_2.jpg" v:shapes="Picture_x0020_8" /><!--[endif]--></span><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #333333; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 106%;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #333333; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">In May 2018 Lord Lindsay, UKAS Chairman, announced the appointment of Matt Gantley as the new UKAS Chief Executive. Matt will succeed Paul Stennett MBE and commence his duties at UKAS from 1<sup>st</sup> September 2018.</span><span style="mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; color: #333333; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 106%;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #333333; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">With 19 years&rsquo; experience in the conformity assessment sector, Matt Gantley has a recognised track-record in delivering sustained growth and profitability. He has held key commercial and international leadership positions in Ascertiva Group and Certsure LLP, and is currently the Managing Director of NQA, a leading global conformity assessment body.</span><span style="mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; color: #333333; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 106%;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #333333; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">His core achievements include strategic and commercial development alongside international management in emerging markets, especially in India and China where he has held long-standing board positions in conformity assessment enterprises.</span><span style="mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; color: #333333; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 106%;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #333333; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">In the UK, Matt is the current Chair of the Association of British Certification Bodies and an active member of the Federation of Certification Bodies. Alongside this he has been a Non-Exec Director for Elmhurst Energy (Training/Certification), is a member of SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement), IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) and IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management &amp; Assessment). He has also been a regular contributor to events held by CQI (Chartered Quality Institute) and the former UK Trade &amp; Investment.</span><span style="mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; color: #333333; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 106%;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #333333; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">Matt&rsquo;s academic background includes a BSc in Biology from Nottingham Trent University and an MSc in Environmental Impact Assessment from University of Wales. During this time, he studied and worked at the University of Evora, Portugal and the Federal Agricultural Research Centre (GFAR), Braunschweig Germany. He went on to bolster his business and commercial skills with an MBA at Manchester Business School, including studying at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He was awarded the highest graded dissertation in Strategic Management and was welcomed back as a visiting Strategy lecturer, subsequently training over 400 Executive MBS students in the UK, China, Brazil and the UAE.&nbsp; Through his time with Ascertiva and NQA he has developed a strong background in the delivery of executive development in the environmental, quality assurance and safety markets.&nbsp;</span><span style="mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; color: #333333; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 106%;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #333333; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">The UKAS Board is pleased to have found a person of Matt&rsquo;s calibre and experience as Paul Stennett&rsquo;s successor. Matt&rsquo;s background, track-record and skills will take forward Paul Stennett&rsquo;s exceptional legacy of transforming and growing UKAS fourfold over the fifteen years of his leadership.</span><span style="mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; color: #333333; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #333333; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">We greatly look forward to working with Matt to continue the UKAS strategy of constantly improving customer service and developing further new and innovative areas of accreditation to support businesses, healthcare and other public services, regulators and Government.</span><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:40:44 GMT/4d4:80/News/appointment-of-new-ukas-ceoNational Apprenticeship Service - Non-levy employers move to the Apprenticeship Servicehttp://www.baidu.com/4d4:80/News/national-apprenticeship-service---non-levy-employers-move-to-the-apprenticeship-service<p class="MsoNormalCxSpFirst" style="margin-bottom: 8.0pt; mso-add-space: auto; line-height: 105%;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 105%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">National Apprenticeship Service</span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpFirst" style="margin-bottom: 8.0pt; mso-add-space: auto; line-height: 105%;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 105%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;"><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpFirst" style="margin-bottom: 8.0pt; mso-add-space: auto; line-height: 105%;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 105%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">Our aim is for all employers to take more ownership of their apprenticeships and access the full range of high quality training provision on offer. <span style="color: #1f497d;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 8.0pt; mso-add-space: auto; line-height: 105%;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 105%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; color: #1f497d;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 8.0pt; mso-add-space: auto; line-height: 105%;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 105%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">We believe that the best way to do this is through the apprenticeship service.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 8.0pt; mso-add-space: auto; line-height: 105%;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 105%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 8.0pt; line-height: 105%;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 105%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">We had planned that all employers would be able to use the apprenticeship service to access apprenticeship funding from April 2019. Having listened to feedback about the scale and pace of the apprenticeship reforms that we have introduced since May 2017, we want to make sure that future changes are introduced in a gradual, well-managed way. This is to give time for employers and training providers to prepare to take full advantage of the new approach and to keep stability in the marketplace.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">What do I need to know?<o:p></o:p></span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <ul style="margin-top: 0cm;" type="disc"> <li class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="margin-left: 0cm; mso-add-space: auto; line-height: normal; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo1;"><span lang="EN" style="font-size: 12.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN;">To ensure a more gradual transition, we will extend current contracts for training providers delivering training for employers that do not pay the apprenticeship levy for 12 months, from April 2019 to March 2020.<o:p></o:p></span></li> <li class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0cm; mso-add-space: auto; line-height: normal; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo1;"><span lang="EN" style="font-size: 12.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN;">Over the summer, we will work closely with employers and training providers to plan what a gradual transition should look like. <o:p></o:p></span></li> <li class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0cm; mso-add-space: auto; line-height: normal; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo1;"><span lang="EN" style="font-size: 12.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN;">We will provide further details in the autumn, <span class="normaltextrun1">including what this will mean for providers with existing contracts and plans to develop the apprenticeship service for all employers.</span></span><span class="normaltextrun1"><o:p></o:p></span></li> <li class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="margin-left: 0cm; mso-add-space: auto; line-height: normal; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo1;"><span lang="EN" style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black; mso-ansi-language: EN;">Contracted providers should contact their provider managers if they require any further information about their contract arrangements.</span><span class="normaltextrun1"><span lang="EN" style="font-size: 12.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span class="normaltextrun1"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span class="normaltextrun1"><b><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">For more information<o:p></o:p></span></b></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span class="normaltextrun1"><b><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></b></span></p> <ul style="margin-top: 0cm;" type="disc"> <li class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="margin-left: 0cm; mso-add-space: auto; line-height: normal; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2;"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span lang="EN" style="font-size: 12.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN;"><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/apprenticeship-service-transition-acting-on-user-feedback">https://www.gov.uk/government/news/apprenticeship-service-transition-acting-on-user-feedback</a></span></span><span lang="EN" style="mso-ansi-language: EN;"><o:p></o:p></span></li> <li class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top: 2.0pt; margin-bottom: 2.0pt; margin-left: 0cm; mso-add-space: auto; line-height: normal; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN" style="font-size: 12.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN;">If you need any additional support or have any feedback contact the helpdesk:<o:p></o:p></span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top: 2.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: 2.0pt; margin-left: 36.0pt; mso-add-space: auto; line-height: normal; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN" style="font-size: 12.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN;">By phone:&nbsp;<b>0800 015 0600</b><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top: 2.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: 2.0pt; margin-left: 36.0pt; mso-add-space: auto; line-height: normal; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN" style="font-size: 12.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN;">By email:&nbsp;<span class="MsoHyperlink"><b><a href="mailto:Helpdesk@manage-apprenticeships.service.gov.uk">Helpdesk@manage-apprenticeships.service.gov.uk</a></b></span><span style="color: black;"> <o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="margin-top: 2.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: 2.0pt; margin-left: 36.0pt; mso-add-space: auto; line-height: normal; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN" style="font-size: 12.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 8.0pt; line-height: 105%;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 105%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">Any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 8.0pt; line-height: 105%;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 105%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; color: #1f497d;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 8.0pt; line-height: 105%;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 105%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">Kind regards<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 8.0pt; mso-add-space: auto; line-height: 105%;"><b><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></b></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 8.0pt; mso-add-space: auto; line-height: 105%;"><span lang="EN" style="font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 105%; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; mso-ansi-language: EN; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">Intermediary Engagement Team<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; color: black; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">Web: </span><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/education-and-skills-funding-agency"><span style="font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">Visit our pages on GOV.UK</span></a><o:p></o:p></p>Thu, 23 Aug 2018 14:24:32 GMT/4d4:80/News/national-apprenticeship-service---non-levy-employers-move-to-the-apprenticeship-serviceProtection Against Cyber Breacheshttp://www.baidu.com/4d4:80/News/protection-against-cyber-breaches<p style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt; line-height: 18.45pt; background: white; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; color: #434343;"><img src="//www.taforum.org/Media/Default/BlogPost/News/MS-TAF----Newsletter---cyber-security_front-_-1%20jpeg2.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="283" /></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt; line-height: 18.45pt; background: white; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; color: #434343;">Provided by Miles Smith Insurance Group.</span><span style="font-family: -webkit-standard; color: black;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; line-height: 18.45pt; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; caret-color: #000000; font-variant-caps: normal; text-align: start; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; outline: 0px; font-variant-ligatures: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; color: #434343;">Find out more about how to protect your organisation against cyber breaches with this&nbsp;</span><a href="/4d4/Media/Default/PDFs/Miles%20Smith%20Newsletters/MS%20TAF%20-%20%20Newsletter%20-%20cyber%20security%20%201.5_0718.compressed.pdf" title="/Media/Default/PDFs/Miles Smith Newsletters/MS TAF - Newsletter - cyber security 1.5_0718.compressed.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman',serif; color: #434343; border: none windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-alt: none windowtext 0cm; padding: 0cm;">informative guide</span></a><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; color: #434343;">&nbsp;from Miles Smith Insurance Group. Miles Smith is an official partner for the Trade Association Forum.<o:p></o:p></span></p>Tue, 24 Jul 2018 14:29:35 GMT/4d4:80/News/protection-against-cyber-breachesChanges to the law on Trustee disqualifications – Action needed nowhttp://www.baidu.com/4d4:80/News/changes-to-the-law-on-trustee-disqualifications-%E2%80%93-action-needed-now<table class="MsoNormalTable" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="108%" style="width: 108.36%; mso-cellspacing: 0cm; mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184; mso-padding-alt: 0cm 0cm 0cm 0cm;"> <tbody> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 0; mso-yfti-firstrow: yes; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes;"> <td width="100%" style="width: 100.0%; padding: 0cm 0cm 0cm 0cm;"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt;">Another important deadline is imminent.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Changes to the law on trustee automatic disqualifications will come into force on 1<sup>st</sup> August 2018.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="color: #1d1d1b;">Charities have less than two weeks until the disqualification provision of The Charities (Protection and Social Investments) Act 2016 takes effect. Since the Act received Royal Assent back in March 2016, various provisions have been implemented (raising standards in fundraising, for example). From 1 August, the one relating to automatic disqualification of Trustees and Senior Managers will also apply.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #1d1d1b;">While the sector, via the Charity Commission, already had disqualification provisions, these new requirements are far more extensive in nature and could have significant potential ramifications for your organisation. </span>These new rules extend the scope of those who are currently disqualified from running a charity<span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #0b0c0c;"> and will also apply to some senior manager positions. </span><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #1d1d1b;">A definition of &lsquo;senior management&rsquo; is provided in the Act and outlines those employees who are management and/or have control over money. Almost definitely, your Chief Executive and Finance Director (or equivalent) will meet the definition.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt;">So, for any organisations which are registered charities, there are several things you should do before the deadline. <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">You must:<o:p></o:p></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="margin-top: 0cm; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 14.2pt; mso-add-space: auto; text-indent: -14.2pt; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo3; background: white;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; color: #0b0c0c;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">&middot;<span style="font: 7.0pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #0b0c0c;">Make sure you read the&nbsp;</span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #4c2c92; border: none windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-alt: none windowtext 0cm; padding: 0cm;"><a href="https://www.gov.uk/guidance/automatic-disqualification-rule-changes-guidance-for-charities"><span style="mso-ansi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; color: #4c2c92;">guidance for charities</span></a></span></span><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #0b0c0c;">&nbsp;to help you understand what is changing. This guide also includes a handy disqualifying reasons table that you can download.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top: 0cm; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 14.2pt; mso-add-space: auto; background: white;"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #0b0c0c;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="margin-top: 0cm; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 14.2pt; mso-add-space: auto; text-indent: -14.2pt; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo3; background: white;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; color: #0b0c0c;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">&middot;<span style="font: 7.0pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #0b0c0c;">Ask your current trustees to check that they won&rsquo;t be affected by these changes. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; background: white;"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #0b0c0c;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin-top: 0cm; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 14.2pt; mso-add-space: auto; text-indent: -14.2pt; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo3; background: white;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; color: #0b0c0c;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">&middot;<span style="font: 7.0pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #0b0c0c;">Ensure any incoming trustees are also aware of the new requirements.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; background: white;"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #0b0c0c;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin-top: 0cm; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 14.2pt; mso-add-space: auto; text-indent: -14.2pt; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo3; background: white;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; color: #0b0c0c;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">&middot;<span style="font: 7.0pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #0b0c0c;">Senior managers (at Chief Executive or Finance Director level) should also check if the disqualification law will affect them from 1 August.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; background: white;"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #0b0c0c;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin-top: 0cm; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 14.2pt; mso-add-space: auto; text-indent: -14.2pt; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo3;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">&middot;<span style="font: 7.0pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]-->Ensure that all trustees and senior managers state whether they will be affected / disqualified from acting in their positions after the 1<sup>st</sup> August.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin-top: 0cm; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 14.2pt; mso-add-space: auto; text-indent: -14.2pt; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo3;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">&middot;<span style="font: 7.0pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]-->Ensure that each signs a declaration.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Examples can be found and<span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #0b0c0c;"> downloaded from the&nbsp;</span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #4c2c92; border: none windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-alt: none windowtext 0cm; padding: 0cm;"><a href="https://www.gov.uk/guidance/automatic-disqualification-rule-changes-guidance-for-charities#preparing-for-the-rule-changes"><span style="mso-ansi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; color: #4c2c92;">preparing for the rule changes section</span></a></span></span><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #0b0c0c;">&nbsp;of the charity guidance.</span><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin-top: 0cm; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 14.2pt; mso-add-space: auto; text-indent: -14.2pt; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo3;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">&middot;<span style="font: 7.0pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]-->Update the checks that you will make before making any new appointments to these positions.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>See paragraph below.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin-top: 0cm; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 14.2pt; mso-add-space: auto; text-indent: -14.2pt; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo3;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">&middot;<span style="font: 7.0pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #0b0c0c;">If someone is affected by the changes and is going to be disqualified then they may apply to get the disqualification waived. The organisation may not apply on their behalf.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Otherwise, from 1<sup>st</sup> August they must resign as trustee or senior manager. Find out more about the waiver process in the&nbsp;</span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #4c2c92; border: none windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-alt: none windowtext 0cm; padding: 0cm;"><a href="https://www.gov.uk/guidance/automatic-disqualification-rules-for-charity-trustees-and-charity-senior-positions"><span style="mso-ansi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; color: #4c2c92;">guidance for individuals</span></a></span></span><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #0b0c0c;">.</span><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="margin-top: 0cm; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 14.2pt; mso-add-space: auto; text-indent: -14.2pt; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo3;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">&middot;<span style="font: 7.0pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]-->If an individual applies for a waiver before 1<sup>st</sup> August, they won&rsquo;t be disqualified until they get a decision from The Charity Commission or the tribunal if an appeal is made against the decision.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="margin-left: 14.2pt; mso-add-space: auto;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">How to extend your checks for new appointees <o:p></o:p></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The controls you have in place for checking whether Trustees are eligible (both current and new appointees) should be reviewed and updated.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>To simplify the process, organisations should use the official registers which record the names of people who have been disqualified from acting as trustees.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoListParagraph" style="text-indent: -18.0pt; mso-list: l2 level1 lfo4;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">&middot;<span style="font: 7.0pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><em><span style="font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #1d1d1b;">The Individual Insolvency Register</span></em><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #1d1d1b;"> maintained by the Insolvency Service. </span><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span style="mso-ansi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #d93f88; text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;"><a href="https://advisers.kingstonsmith.co.uk/acton/ct/34072/s-01b7-1807/Bct/q-0359/l-sg-contact-0017:a0dc/ct1_0/1?sid=TV2%3AuGipsuPhf"><span style="mso-ansi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; color: #d93f88; text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;">https://www.gov.uk/search-bankruptcy-insolvency-register</span></a></span></span><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #1d1d1b;">. Searches of the Register can be made on the </span><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span style="mso-ansi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #d93f88; text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;"><a href="https://advisers.kingstonsmith.co.uk/acton/ct/34072/s-01b7-1807/Bct/q-0359/l-sg-contact-0017:a0dc/ct2_0/1?sid=TV2%3AuGipsuPhf"><span style="mso-ansi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; color: #d93f88; text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;">Insolvency Service website</span></a></span></span><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #1d1d1b;">, by visiting your &nbsp;local Official Receiver&rsquo;s office, or by post or fax.</span><o:p></o:p></p> <table class="MsoNormalTable" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="650" style="width: 487.5pt; border-collapse: collapse; mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184; mso-padding-alt: 0cm 0cm 0cm 0cm;"> <tbody> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 0; mso-yfti-firstrow: yes; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes;"> <td width="650" valign="top" style="width: 487.5pt; padding: 0cm 0cm 0cm 0cm;"> <table class="MsoNormalTable" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%" style="width: 100.0%; mso-cellspacing: 0cm; mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184; mso-padding-alt: 0cm 0cm 0cm 0cm;"> <tbody> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 0; mso-yfti-firstrow: yes; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes;"> <td width="100%" valign="top" style="width: 100.0%; padding: 0cm 11.25pt 0cm 11.25pt;"> <table class="MsoNormalTable" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%" style="width: 100.0%; mso-cellspacing: 0cm; mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184; mso-padding-alt: 0cm 0cm 0cm 0cm;"> <tbody> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 0; mso-yfti-firstrow: yes; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes;"> <td valign="top" style="padding: 0cm 0cm 0cm 0cm;"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 24.2pt; text-indent: -14.15pt; line-height: 125%; mso-list: l3 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list 24.2pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; line-height: 125%; font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; color: #1d1d1b;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">&middot;<span style="font: 7.0pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><em><span style="font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #1d1d1b;">The register of disqualified directors maintained by Companies House</span></em><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #1d1d1b;">,</span></i><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #1d1d1b;"> </span><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span style="mso-ansi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; line-height: 125%; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/companies-house"><span style="mso-ansi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; line-height: 125%;">https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/companies-house</span></a></span></span><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #1d1d1b;">. &nbsp;Searches of the register can be made on the </span><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span style="mso-ansi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; line-height: 125%; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #d93f88; text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;"><a href="https://advisers.kingstonsmith.co.uk/acton/ct/34072/s-01b7-1807/Bct/q-0359/l-sg-contact-0017:a0dc/ct3_1/1?sid=TV2%3AuGipsuPhf"><span style="mso-ansi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; line-height: 125%; color: #d93f88; text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;">Companies House website</span></a></span></span><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #1d1d1b;">.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 24.2pt; text-indent: -14.15pt; line-height: 125%; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; line-height: 125%; font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; color: #1d1d1b;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">&middot;<span style="font: 7.0pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><em><span style="font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #1d1d1b;">The </span></em><span class="MsoHyperlink"><i><span style="mso-ansi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; line-height: 125%; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: windowtext; text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;"><a href="https://advisers.kingstonsmith.co.uk/acton/ct/34072/s-01b7-1807/Bct/q-0359/l-sg-contact-0017:a0dc/ct4_0/1?sid=TV2%3AuGipsuPhf"><span style="mso-ansi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; line-height: 125%; color: windowtext; text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;">register of all persons who have been removed as a charity trustee</span></a></span></i></span><em><span style="font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #1d1d1b;">.<span style="text-decoration: underline;"> </span></span></em><span class="MsoHyperlink"><i><span style="mso-ansi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; line-height: 125%; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #d93f88; text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;"><a href="https://advisers.kingstonsmith.co.uk/acton/ct/34072/s-01b7-1807/Bct/q-0359/l-sg-contact-0017:a0dc/ct5_0/1?sid=TV2%3AuGipsuPhf"><span style="mso-ansi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; line-height: 125%; color: #d93f88; text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;">http://apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/trusteeregister/search.aspx</span></a></span></i></span><em><span style="font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #1d1d1b;"> </span></em><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #1d1d1b;">either by the commission or by an Order of the High Court since 1 February 1993.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: 12.0pt; margin-left: 0cm; line-height: 125%;"><span style="color: #1d1d1b;">More information can be found at </span><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span style="mso-ansi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; line-height: 125%; color: #d93f88; text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;"><a href="https://advisers.kingstonsmith.co.uk/acton/ct/34072/s-01b7-1807/Bct/q-0359/l-sg-contact-0017:a0dc/ct7_0/1?sid=TV2%3AuGipsuPhf"><span style="mso-ansi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; line-height: 125%; color: #d93f88; text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;">https://www.gov.uk/guidance/automatic-disqualification-rules-for-charity-trustees-and-charity-senior-positions</span></a></span></span><span style="color: #1d1d1b;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: 12.0pt; margin-left: 0cm; line-height: 125%;"><span style="color: #1d1d1b;">&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: 12.0pt; margin-left: 0cm; line-height: 125%;"><span style="color: #1d1d1b;">This guidance was prepared by Susie Kay, The Professionalism Group.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: 12.0pt; margin-left: 0cm; line-height: 125%;"><span style="color: #1d1d1b;">23 July 2018<o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>Tue, 24 Jul 2018 13:53:13 GMT/4d4:80/News/changes-to-the-law-on-trustee-disqualifications-%E2%80%93-action-needed-nowHow UKAS accreditation can help Trade Associations and their Membershttp://www.baidu.com/4d4:80/News/how-ukas-accreditation-can-help-trade-associations-and-their-members<p class="MsoNormal">The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is the national accreditation body for the UK. It operates under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government through the Secretary of State for Business, Energy &amp; Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and is a non-profit-distributing company limited by guarantee.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">UKAS accreditation determines the technical competence and integrity of organisations that offer conformity assessment services such as testing, certification, inspection and calibration in accordance with internationally agreed standards. In short, UKAS &lsquo;checks the checkers&rsquo; and it allows organisations to demonstrate their competence, impartiality and performance capability so that users can have confidence in the outcome. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">UKAS' involvement in international groups such as EA, IAF and ILAC, provides for mutual recognition, which means that UKAS accreditation is recognised globally. This reduces the need for multiple assessments of suppliers, and consequently helps to reduce barriers to trade for organisations who have UKAS accreditation.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">UKAS accredits over 3000 organisations, operates in over 17 industry sectors and is recognised by over 100 economies around the globe. UKAS accreditation is a tool that is proven to deliver universal confidence in management and trading standards, and provides supply chain confidence. Furthermore, Government regularly acknowledges that accredited standards and schemes driven by industry are an acceptable alternative to legislation and provides a way to demonstrate compliance with regulatory requirements. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Accredited testing, inspection and certification are increasingly being specified by Regulators, and public and private sector organisations. UKAS is able to assist Trade Associations and their members with information on how to:<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoListParagraph" style="text-indent: -18.0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">a)<span style="font: 7.0pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span></b><!--[endif]--><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Find an accredited provider<o:p></o:p></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 18.0pt;">Using a UKAS accredited supplier for your testing, inspection or certification needs is an essential tool for decision-making and risk management.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 18.0pt;">Organisations can save time and money by selecting an accredited and therefore competent supplier. Accredited testing, inspection and certification carried out in compliance with best practices can limit product failure and down time, and control manufacturing costs. Government guidance on the use of accreditation is available on Gov.uk<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 18.0pt;">A list of all UKAS accredited organisation can be found at <span class="MsoHyperlink"><a >Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:33:59 GMT/4d4:80/News/how-ukas-accreditation-can-help-trade-associations-and-their-members
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