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News & Views Check image rights, small businesses warned

design companies to source and upload images to their websites, on the presumption that the design company will have secured permission to use them. However, all too often this is not the case and liability for any copyright infringement lies with the small busi- ness, rather than the design company which developed the website. As a result, the Forum is urging

Small business owners are being urged to check the images they are using on their websites in order to guard against costly copyright claims. The 522936x13495051x10200785” Forum of Private Business issued the warn- ing after a noticeable increase in calls to its member helpline on the issue in recent months, with several busi- nesses receiving letters demanding payment for unwittingly using copy- righted pictures. Small businesses often entrust web

smaller businesses to check they are legally entitled to use the images on their websites in order to avoid poten- tial claims from powerful copyright holders such as Getty Images, one of the world’s largest stock photography companies, which actively pursues copyright infringement involving its images. Forum chief executive, Phil Orford,

says, “I think the digital age has blurred the boundaries of image copy- right in many people’s minds and some

business owners mistakenly think that because an image is freely avail- able on the internet, it can be reused without permission. Additionally, many smaller businesses entrust web design companies with the whole pro- cess of registering and creating their website, and presume that their web design company will only use images they are entitled to use. However, this isn’t always the case, so I would urge business owners to check they are legally entitled to use each and every image on their websites.” The Forum’s recommendation is to buy images from reputable stock photog- raphy websites and, using them in an acceptable way, business owners can then prove that they bought the rights to use the image. Some companies even offer a legal guarantee to protect a business if it is accused of copyright infringement by the original artist.

Recruitment on the up in hospitality sector

The Hospitality Employment Index highlights the fact that the hospital- ity sector is in buoyant shape when it comes to recruitment, with 900,000 applications for 40,000 posts across the board in the first quarter (January- March 2011). The highest number of postings was for restaurant manage- rial vacancies as well as a broad range of chef posts.

Over the past year, applications have rocketed by nearly a fifth and almost doubled since 2009. Yet whilst 55% of employers surveyed by People 1st have

found it easier to recruit staff during the economic downturn, they are still struggling to recruit high calibre, skilled staff that have the appropriate skills, knowledge and experience of working in hospitality. Interestingly, whilst the greatest number of vacan- cies has been for higher-skilled jobs such as restaurant managers, chefs de partie and sous chefs, these posts have also attracted the lowest number of candidates.

Charting the number of jobs posted and applications made on,

Restaurant helps quake victims

No. 28, a curry restaurant in Helensburgh, Scotland, has been help- ing victims of the earthquake in Japan by donating all its profits, to help buy provisions for people struggling with- out food or water.

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Reza Gharib, who owns the building where the restaurant is based, rushed to Japan as soon as the disaster hap- pened on March 11th to be with his family and Yusuf Khan, restaurant


manager, decided to help out in view of Reza’s personal circumstances. The restaurant aims to raise around £3000 in total for the relief effort.

July/August 2011

the quarterly Hospitality Employment Index provides a comprehensive anal- ysis of trends emerging within the UK’s hospitality sector, covering a wide range of job roles. It found that there has been a 10% increase in jobs being posted since the last quarter of 2010, while the South East saw the greatest number of jobs posted an increase of 16% on the first quarter of 2010. Meanwhile, the North West suffered the most with a 7% decline in job postings, with Scotland, Wales and Yorkshire all experiencing a 4% fall.

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