Jake Holyoak's Blog (38)

Put Your Phone Away: How Screen Time Affects the Quality of Your Sleep

Some may argue that sleeping is one of the best parts of the day. You get into bed, snuggle under the covers, rest your head on a comfortable cushion, and switch off your thoughts for the night. However, there is a specific routine that may be hindering this practice.

Most people spend a lot of time on their devices. With more free time at your disposal, evenings are a seemingly perfect opportunity to scroll through your phone and catch up on the latest social media posts. But do you…

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Added by Jake Holyoak on April 28, 2022 at 9:22am — No Comments

Home Working and Vehicle Hiring: How to Save Precious Money as a Self-Employed Worker

Self-employment is often a great lifestyle choice, and it offers you the opportunity to benefit from a wide range of advantages. You have the freedom to shape your own work schedule; hire and collaborate with people you get on with; actively pursue your passions and ambitions; and grasp an array of diverse, fulfilling tasks.

However, it is also fair to say that, especially at the start of your self-employed career, you may be inundated with hefty expenses. Ultimately, as with most…

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Added by Jake Holyoak on April 28, 2022 at 9:13am — No Comments

Don’t let your commute ruin your suit

In 2016, the Office for National Statistics revealed that 3.7 million workers travelled for two hours or more every weekday as part of their commute. This may involve walking, driving, cycling, taking public transport, or a combination of a few. On top of this, many men choose to wear a formal suit to the office to look smart — not ideal attire for a lengthy travel time! Read on as we look at some smart solutions to avoid damage to your tailoring.

A suit made for the…

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Added by Jake Holyoak on April 28, 2022 at 9:06am — No Comments

The perfect interview outfit — a graduate guide

It’s super stressful when you’re an upcoming graduate. Juggling late nights at the library for revision, spending hours meeting that 10,000-word target for your dissertation, and trying to find a job to walk into after graduation can get a bit too much. Not to mention that part-time job and trying to have some sort of a social life. When you eventually get invited to an interview, they are often with short notice and come around quickly — leaving you with little time to decide what…

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Added by Jake Holyoak on March 31, 2022 at 9:13am — No Comments

Wellbeing Balance: How Managers Can Look After Their Own Mental Health

Focus on employees’ wellbeing is often at the forefront of forward-thinking, caring businesses. In fact, as company owners or managers, you have a duty to ensure that your team is comfortable. Not only is this vital for their own physical and mental health, but it can also help uplift the productivity and efficiency of the business too.

However, it is common for people in a higher position of responsibility to forget or neglect their own wellbeing. This shouldn’t happen, as it is…

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Added by Jake Holyoak on March 31, 2022 at 9:11am — No Comments

The Challenges of Solo Shifts: How to Limit Loneliness at Work

Setting up a new business and embarking on a solo adventure can be truly exciting. You are fully independent and can often manage your working day in a personalised way that best suits your tasks and needs. But, as the saying goes, “not all that glitters is gold”.

In the long term, spending continuous hours working by yourself can become rather challenging. Even if you work for a company, but your role requires you to carry out your duties alone, the situation can be difficult to…

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Added by Jake Holyoak on March 31, 2022 at 9:08am — No Comments

Diversity and Fashion: What are the Most Influential Cultures?

The fashion world is bursting with inspiration, diversity, and creativity. Throughout the decades we have seen trends emerge, disappear and re-emerge. When it comes to clothing, we all have a particular style we strive to achieve with our everyday looks. But where do we get our inspiration from? With the emergence of social media platforms including Instagram and Pinterest, it has never been easier to find inspiration for our seasonal looks from trending celebrities and…

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Added by Jake Holyoak on March 30, 2021 at 4:31am — No Comments

Retaining High End Clients

Suggest we define what a “high end client is” in the opening sentence – might be different things in different markets.  Whether you are staying in a 5* hotel, eating in a Michelin star restaurant, traveling Frist Class by rail or in business on an airline. 

A recent study by the IDC, which sample included 24,000 consumers from 12 different countries, discovered that 25 per cent of users will be willing to leave a review after receiving good customer service. Furthermore, 18 per cent…

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Added by Jake Holyoak on September 3, 2020 at 4:11am — No Comments

Powerful women in business

In the past few decades, huge strides have been taken to challenge and shift the glass ceiling that was apparent in a range of industries, where certain demographics dominated and opposing ones were shut out by an invisible barrier.

With the assistance of Jermyn Street Design, who have kitted out big businesses with bespoke uniforms such as Pandora and Jet2, we look into some of the most powerful and influential…

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Added by Jake Holyoak on June 2, 2020 at 3:23am — No Comments

OPINION: Why Cyber Security should be taught in our schools

As opposed to past generations, schoolchildren today have been brought up around technology and the use of computers for as long as they can remember. Approximately 9 out of 10 households have access to the internet, and many own their own smartphones. It is therefore imperative that they are equipped with the…

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Added by Jake Holyoak on December 3, 2019 at 3:39am — No Comments

How do the southern uni's compare to the north?

Newcastle upon Tyne, in the North East of England, has an estimated population of 300,000 people. The city, or the ‘Toon’ as it is referred to locally, is synonymous with culture, a welcoming atmosphere, and, unfortunately, rather poor weather.

As of 2017, the two universities in the city, Newcastle University, and Northumbria University, boasted 23,000 and 26,000 students respectively. Taking those statistics into…

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Added by Jake Holyoak on December 3, 2019 at 3:36am — No Comments

Why should you study a postgraduate course?

What shall I do next? A regular question asked from students undertaking an undergrad degree.

It’s unlikely that in the last three years or so you’ve paused the partying to think about the next stage of your life seriously.

As with all major life decisions, there are pros and cons to consider. With further study comes even more fees. However, in a saturated jobs market, additional qualifications could be essential to even land a job in the first place. Ultimately, the best…

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Added by Jake Holyoak on December 3, 2019 at 3:33am — No Comments

Regulating outdoor events: what are the laws?

You see them all over the place and at every time of the year. Whether it’s a Christmas market in the winter months, a festival or carnival in summer, or a sporting event throughout the year, outdoor events are extremely popular. However, while many of us simply turn up to such events, have you ever thought about the planning that has to go in to make them a success?

Here, alongside Inn Supplies, who offer a range of disposable catering supplies,…

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Added by Jake Holyoak on October 30, 2019 at 6:17am — No Comments

Catering for older people in the workplace

According to the U.S. jobs report which was released in July 2017, around 19 per cent of people aged 65 years old or over were working at least on a part-time basis during the second quarter of 2017. This is the highest employment to population ratio that has been recorded by this age group in 55 years. What’s more, the Labor Department’s good employment report has recently recorded that the number of individuals aged over 85 years old who are still working is increasing too.

There is…

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Added by Jake Holyoak on August 5, 2019 at 11:32am — No Comments

Are Apprenticeships and Graduate Schemes in Construction the Way Forward?

As our population continues to grow here in Britain, there’s a demand for a greater infrastructure. From commercial builds to support our booming business scene to the development of new homes to tackle the housing crisis nationwide, we need to prepare the future generation of construction workers to keep up demand while ensuring that skill shortages within the sector remains low.

 

There are multiple ways that someone could enter the construction industry, but this has…

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Added by Jake Holyoak on August 2, 2019 at 3:50am — No Comments

A North VS South uni comparison

Newcastle upon Tyne, in the North East of England, has an estimated population of 300,000 people. The city, or the ‘Toon’ as it is referred to locally, is synonymous with culture, a welcoming atmosphere, and, unfortunately, rather poor weather.

As of 2017, the two universities in the city, Newcastle University, and Northumbria University, boasted 23,000 and 26,000 students respectively. Taking those statistics into consideration, almost a sixth of the entire…

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Added by Jake Holyoak on July 30, 2019 at 6:12am — No Comments

Workplace Injuries: A Worrying Number

In 2015/16, there were 144 workers killed as a result of a workplace accidents – this number decreased slightly in 2016/17 to 137 workers. Whilst the number is still worryingly high, when comparing the past two years’ figures with 2006/07 when there were 247 deaths in the workplace, it is clear that health and safety is slowly, but surely, improving.

However, it is worth noting the number of non-fatal injuries in the workplace – in 2015/16 there were 621,000 workers who experienced…

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Added by Jake Holyoak on June 18, 2019 at 3:47am — 1 Comment

Teaching tech to the elderly

It’s common knowledge that those born before the technology surge naturally struggle with some of the new innovations, and understandably so.

Maplewave, whose revolutionary customer experience software which has transformed the way in which we do our shopping, have lent their expertise on how we can provide a helping hand when it comes to the elderly learning technology.

Grasping new…

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Added by Jake Holyoak on June 2, 2019 at 7:17am — No Comments

Side hustles – on the rise

Having one or more jobs these days is becoming more and more popular, with a whopping fifth of workers in the UK considering the opportunity predominantly the millennials.

The term ‘side hustle’ was originally coined in the 1950s and is defined as ‘a way to make money from your passion, interest or hobby’. However, it’s said…

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Added by Jake Holyoak on June 1, 2019 at 6:38am — No Comments

How to reduce your staff turnover

Hiring new members of staff can be an expensive task. Not only is it time consuming to undergo the recruitment process, but when you bring a new colleague into your business, they need extensive training to make sure they can be the biggest asset possible. However, a lot of companies completely overlook up to 95% of the overall cost of hiring.

In the UK, the average recruitment process costs £3,000. This takes into consideration the need to advertise, interviewing time, hiring fees…

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Added by Jake Holyoak on March 1, 2019 at 8:34am — No Comments

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