Electric vans available on trial

Up to 50 new electric vans will be available for loan through Nottingham City Council’s Electric Van Experience programme. The scheme offers the

chance for businesses and organisations to explore the use and benefits of electric vans. Loans are available for up to three months and the service is fully-funded, including unlimited mileage and vehicle insurance. A small administration fee

will be charged to each participating business and organisation to access the service. All the companies will need to fund is the fuel by joining the D2N2 electric vehicle public charging network. A fully-funded charging point is also on offer to participating businesses and organisations that need one.

For more information on the D2N2 electric vehicle charging network, visit /d2n2/

UK’s only recruitment and retention service opens

Macildowie Recruitment and Retention is the new name for the independent recruiter, a move which reflects the needs of modern businesses feeling the impact of Covid-19. The UK has almost 40,000 recruitment agencies but

a rebrand has positioned Macildowie as one of the only recruitment agencies in the country to specialise in retention. This evolution of its service provides dedicated support to help businesses hold on to their best people, resulting in significant financial and organisational benefits.

‘I confidently expect that our retention offering will result in more businesses wanting to work with Macildowie on an exclusive basis’

The average national employee turnover rate (the

percentage of staff who leave an organisation) is about 15% a year. When the average cost of replacing an outgoing member of staff is equivalent to 33% of their annual salary, poor employee retention is an issue that costs UK plc millions of pounds a year. Employee retention is such a common challenge that

a Google search for the term will return more than 146 million results. Yet “retention” is a word that most businesses would not expect a recruitment consultancy

Fabricator joins lobby on workplace air quality

Leicester-based Aerofab Fabrications has joined a delegation of UK manufacturers that has told Geraint Davies MP, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Air Pollution, that workers in manufacturing environments are still being exposed to dangerous levels of air pollutants. The Wigston company – which

designs, manufactures and installs bespoke metalwork, such as air filtration systems and assembly lines, for food producers – joined an online event where the findings of a new whitepaper on the current state of air quality in the manufacturing and logistics industries was discussed. The report suggests 440,000 UK

workers with health conditions that are worsened by air pollution are still being exposed to unhealthy levels of airborne hazards and pollution. It says regulation limits are too weak and are not being enforced. The MP for Swansea West was told

current regulations allow levels of airborne hazards and pollution that are dangerous to manufacturing workers’ health and that regulation enforcement is not meeting the necessary standards.

8 Kate Burgess, director at Aerofab

Fabrications, said the delegation called for urgent action to protect workers who are unable to work remotely, given the increasing evidence showing poor air quality worsens underlying health conditions that make a person more vulnerable to complications if they contract Covid-19. The most urgent action from the

whitepaper, titled With Every Breath We Make: Ensuring Healthy Air for Manufacturing Workers, which is supported by the Trade Union Clean Air Network (TUCAN) and the Hazards Campaign, is to call on the Government to update regulation to lower the acceptable limits for air pollutants in industrial workplaces. “The findings of the whitepaper

are compelling, and it was important that businesses like ours were given a voice, not just to highlight the problems but also to start exploring pathways to solutions,” said Kate. “We’re delighted that a Leicester

business is playing a key role in setting the national agenda for improvements to air quality in UK manufacturing.”

business network December 2020/January 2021 Kate Burgess, of Aerofab Fabrications

to advise on. Macildowie is aiming to change this trend and demonstrate the decisive and costly link between recruitment and retention. Macildowie chief executive officer James Taylor

(pictured) said: “Our new focus on retention is a unique offering in the UK and is part of our goal to build a ‘cradle to cradle’ approach with businesses. The cost of failing to have a sustainable people strategy at the heart of your organisation is immense, and the most limiting factor to any business coming back from lockdown and looking to thrive in the future will be if they lose their best people. “Retention is a symptom of a larger affliction and you can’t treat it by

increasing recruitment. As businesses, we all need to treat our people with more genuine

care than ever, which means building employee value

propositions and employer brands that attract candidates who fit our organisations, and investing time, money and energy into upskilling and inspiring our people. It’s really very simple - happy people stay longer and perform better. “I confidently expect that our retention offering will

result in more businesses wanting to work with Macildowie on an exclusive basis and by following our ‘cradle to cradle’ approach, our clients will enjoy the significant benefits of successful scaling, improvements to employee engagement, increased profitability and the potential to win prestigious awards.”

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