3rd Mar 2013

For many employees and employers, the classic 9-5:30 working week has been all that they have known, this is especially true if you are PAYE. Coming from a freelance background where I have worked anything from 1 to 7 days per week, the 9-5:30 model has taken me a little while to get used to. So much so that when I became a PAYE employee, I came to an agreement that I would work a maximum of 30 hours a week split over 5 days.

6th Feb 2013

As HR Director of Argyll Environmental I decided that all the staff needed a ‘toughening up’ day. The consultancy team I thought spent far too much time sitting behind desks, goggle eyed at the computer.

But what to do? We had all been on Landmark Day last year and had greatly enjoyed ourselves – but this had to be far less enjoyable. I wanted a challenge that would have the team quaking in their boots.

5th Feb 2013

The ‘AEL champion’s trophy’ swings back into action. Argyll is well a truly engrossed in the second year of its prestigious fantasy football league. Following a grandstand finish last year, ending in an epic win for Mailbu Wanderers, Argyll’s fantasy football competition returns and the prestigious trophy is back up for grabs. The competition draws upon a bespoke skill set to wisely distribute 100million pounds in a 15 man squad full of premiership footballers. Each week all Argyll employees participating embark on a head to head match against each other for the chance to earn themselves a win. All victories are totted up at the end of the season and the winner is announced and presented with the trophy.

4th Feb 2013

With the world’s population now at 7 billion, and with an additional 9 billion people projected to be living on Earth by 2050, food and water shortages are a major global concern. It is estimated that already 900 million people go hungry and a further two million are malnourished globally; consideration the impacts of climate change on agricultural production and an extra two billion mouths to feed in the relatively future, these statistics are concerning.

31st Jan 2013

The Lake District National Park has begun to implement the £6.9 million travel scheme that was announced in April to encourage visitors to the area to use environmentally friendly transport alternatives.

28th Jan 2013

Having come 99th last year out of 110+ teams at the Bloomberg mile relays, Chris T invited me to lead the charge to improve on that lowly position in the 2012 version. The added incentive of Landmark putting in a team was sufficient stimulus for me to get involved. Team selection was to be split between Argyll staff and Argyll clients. Argyll were going to use the event to interact and help develop relationships with clients which is a very important aspect of business in the current economic climate.

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