Newsletter and bids 15 2019

 In bids

Dear Members.

This week more news and views and bids, grants and funds in conjunction with our sponsors Net Security Training Ltd. You can contact Richard at and We are going out to over 3,000 people and Organisations every week and today have a BUMPER EDITION of some 51 Pages.

Full details of all bids and grants can be downloaded from the link below:


Midlands based we are looking for a part time quality manager, for a Wolverhampton based training company. The candidate must have Ofsted experience and ideally that of a nominee. The candidate will ensure the quality of delivery, and assessment, understand the SAR process and is an experience trainer. Salary package is competitive. Please, send your detail including a cv and statement of you suitability for the role via Steve Lawrence at


Ok the Apprenticeship NEW Funding BANDS are now there are some 424 of the funding bands that will apply for existing apprenticeship standards, these came out Thursday. To see these and the Frameworks go to


With a stellar line up including Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Ryan Sidebottom and Clare Balding, a menu devised by chef of the moment Matt Healy and a fast, furious and very funny speed quiz, the Sporting Social is shaping up to be the corporate event of 2019.   Supporting the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, the informal evening is perfect for entertaining clients, rewarding staff or just for a cracking night out!
It takes place at the Queen’s Hotel on Friday 27th September and tickets are on sale now at £65 pe r head (or £600 for a table of 10), including a two-course Matt Healy dinner, welcome drink and all entertainment. There’ll also be a silent auction, raffle and the riotous Red and Yellow Card game – with some great prizes up for grabs.
Profits will go to support the legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson CBE in helping children to be happier and healthier and improving the lives of people living with cancer. You can book online at or if you’d prefer to be invoiced, email Katie Bell at Sponsorship packages – with a chance to meet the stars – are also available. Get in touch for more details.


Ok this week Jamie’s Jobs CVs to

Course Team Leader Apprenticeships / London / 35k to 38k / Generous annual leave
Sector Specialist Trainers / B-ham and London / 27k to 29k / Retail
ASL tutor / South London / £ TBC based on experience
Freelance Marketing Tutor / North West / £ TBC based on experience
Apprenticeship Coaches / Bucks and Beds / 27k / Retail or Warehouse



Last week, The Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) published their Skills Survey 2018-2019 report on the skills gaps of small charities with less than £1.5m income. The report highlights the different types of skills that are missing in small charities and potential reasons for those gaps, focusing in particular on IT and fundraising skills.

This blog draws out some of the report’s main findings and links them to research NCVO is currently doing on skills in the voluntary sector, which will be released in the coming months.

Fundraising continues to be a challenge

The report showed fundraising was the most challenging vacancy to recruit for with about a quarter (23%) of organisations reporting this. But it’s not just applicants; current staff also lack necessary fundraising skills. Legacy fundraising was the area that needed the most support, with around seven in ten (72%) reporting this gap in their staff. Small charities also reported that other areas of fundraising such as online (70%), major donor (69%) and corporate (67%) are also in great need of upskilling.

However, there are signs that fundraising skills are improving. For example, while fundraising is still a difficult vacancy to recruit for the number of charities that highlighted this as a problem has dropped in recent years. Similarly, 40% of small charities rated their fundraising skills as very good or excellent; an increase of five percentage points since 2016/17.

The weakest skills area is working with government

Overall, skills areas with the poorest performance ratings are working with government such as lobbying and government relations and understanding the latest HR laws.

Top three strongest skills Bottom three weakest skills
Basic IT and organisational skills (76%) Lobbying (57%)
People management (72%) Government relations (54%)
Managing deadlines (71%) Understanding the latest HR laws (52%)

Basic IT skills were reported as one of the strongest. However, more complex digital skills like specialist IT skills, social media, and website development need further improving. A significant proportion of charities (33-43%) identified these skills as missing from their workforce.

Our own research on skills in the sector confirms this. We found that the key skills employers felt applicants lacked were digital skills.

Accessing training is challenging

For current staff (see chart below) a lack of funding for training and development was cited as the most common cause for skills gaps in small charities (64%) along with a lack of time available for employees to attend training sessions (51%).

In terms of solutions, training provision was the most common action believed to address skills gaps (47%).

However, whilst training is seen as an important way of addressing skills gaps, many charities are unable to access training. This is commonly due to the cost of external training (39%) and the difficulty of finding the time to do training (29%). The report suggests that the fewer staff a charity employ, the fewer training opportunities there are.

 Skills gaps affect organisations of all sizes

Data from the NCVO Almanac 2018 shows that 82% of charities have an income of under £100,000. They often work on a local level and are vital in the delivery of local services. Therefore, addressing the skills gaps they’ve reported isn’t just important for their organisation’s sustainability, but also for the community they’re working in.

Skills gaps also have implications for bigger organisations. Our research found that 14% of charities (regardless of size) identified a skills gap. Similar to the FSI’s Skills Survey report, our findings indicate that while most charities wish to invest in their training offer, many of them don’t have the time or financial resources to do so.

Did you know recruit an apprentice allows both levy paying employers and training providers to advertise on Find an apprenticeship (FAA).

We are members of the vacancy services team and user research team at the apprenticeship service.  We are responsible for ensuring this service is of a high quality and that it responds to our users’ needs.

To date, FAA has received 57 million visits and 2.6 million citizens have created an account. User research tells us that citizens value FAA for apprenticeships above other recruitment sites. They consider the vacancies on FAA to be of a higher quality and now more than 6 million candidate applications have been submitted.

In October 2018 levy paying employers were able to advertise their own apprenticeship vacancies using their apprenticeship service account, giving them increased control over their recruitment activities.

The service is designed to be easy for employers who can then in turn, focus on the end user need. The end user in this case are citizens, who apply for apprenticeships advertised on the service. The service will only be truly effective if employers and citizens alike find the service easy to use. To ensure we are providing what citizens need, we conducted extensive user research. We found citizens were more likely to apply for an apprenticeship if the following information was included:

  • Employment location
  • Training, on and off the job
  • Day to day duties for the job
  • Apprenticeship level
  • Certificate gained at the end of the apprenticeship
  • Prospects after they complete their apprenticeship


I have two clients looking for small but active companies looking to sell must have ROTO and ROATP and some activity.


Trainer Wanted! We’re looking for a qualified NRSWA Streetworks trainer in Hartlepool. If you have the qualifications and experience then give Donna a call on 01429 224433, alternatively send your CV to


Pearson has a New service PEARSON ”CONTACT US” PORTAL

Please find below a new service we are offering all centres. You can use this link to ask questions and obtain answers.

Once on this page existing customers should click on ‘send us a message.’


 Also on the ROATP many people who do this saying not clear re the feedback and others saying several items placed forward accepted nearly identical one accepted and another not. Please keep us posted.


 The Key 7 self-employed tax changes you need to know about for 2019

There are always tax and other financial changes the self-employed have to get to grips with when the new tax year starts on 6 April.

These can have a big effect on your earnings so it’s important to understand them sooner rather than later.  From changes to your personal allowance to a big increase in the national living wage, here’s a list of tax and other changes the self-employed need to know about.


  1. Personal allowance and higher rate increases for the UK

The government is fulfilling its commitment to raise the personal allowance to £12,500 a year early.

  • for 2019-20, the personal allowance increases from £11,850 to £12,500. Your personal allowance is how much you can earn before you start paying income tax
  • for 2019-20 the higher rate threshold increases from £46,350 to £50,000. This is the threshold at which you start paying the higher rate of tax on your profits
  • the additional rate threshold remains unchanged at £150,000

Check out our guide to income tax for the self-employed for more information.

Income tax in Scotland works differently, with five rates of tax to pay, between 19 per cent and 46 per cent. The starter rate of 19 per cent is applicable to income between £12,500 and £14,549 (up from £11,850 to £13,850 the year before).

As you’re self-employed, you pay tax on your profits, which is what you’ve earned after your expenses are deducted. Find out what you can claim as self-employed tax deductible expenses.

  1. Have employees? The national living wage increases nearly 5%

While not a tax change, an increase in the national living wage will affect business owners with employees. From 1 April 2019 it increases by 4.9 per cent, from £7.83 to £8.21. The Chancellor said in the Autumn Budget that this hands “a full-time worker a £690 annual pay increase.” There are other changes to minimum wages that business owners should know about:

  • the rate for 21 to 24-year-olds increases 4.3 per cent from £7.38 to £7.70 per hour
  • the rate for 18 to 20-year-olds increases 4.2 per cent from £5.90 to £6.15 per hour
  • the rate for 16 to 17-year-olds increases 3.6 per cent from £4.20 to £4.35 per hour
  • the rate for apprentices increases 5.4 per cent from £3.70 to £3.90 per hour
  • the accommodation offset increases 7.9 per cent from £7.00 to £7.55

The Low Pay Commission recommended the changes and said the new national living wage ensures “a pay rise for the lowest-paid workers that exceeds both inflation and average earnings.” The government will consult on what changes should take effect from April 2020.

And keep in mind that the employee pension contributions you need to make to your employees’ pension funds goes from 2 per cent to 3 per cent from April.

  1. Are there any more changes to the dividend allowance?

The good news is that the government has made no further changes to the dividend allowance for 2019-20. But a cut to the dividend allowance was a headline change for the self-employed in 2018-19. So when it comes to filing your online Self Assessment tax return for 2018-19 in January 2020, you’ll receive the new, lower £2,000 dividend allowance.

This means you’ll get to earn just £2,000 as dividends before paying tax, down from £5,000 previously.

The rate of dividend tax you pay depends on which tax band the first £2,000 falls into. Read more about dividend tax for the self-employed.

  1. Self-employed National Insurance contributions

Here’s how the National Insurance thresholds and bands change for 2019-20, for both sole traders and limited company directors.

Small profits threshold, Class 2 NICs and Class 4 NICs (sole traders)

  • small profits threshold – this increases from £6,205 to £6,365 for 2019-20. You start paying Class 2 NICs if you earn more than this threshold
  • Class 2 NICs – the flat rate increases from £2.95 per week to £3.00 per week for 2019-20
  • Class 4 NICs thresholds and limits – the earnings threshold before you start paying these increases from £8,424 to £8,632 for 2019-20. You pay 9 per cent of profits between £8,632 and £50,000 per year (up from £8,424 and £46,350), plus 2 per cent of what you earn above that

Employer and employee National Insurance contributions (limited company directors)

Limited company directors are classed as employees and have to pay employer National Insurance contributions through the company and employee National Insurance contributions via payroll.

  • secondary threshold for employer NICs – this increases from £8,424 to £8,632 in 2019-20 (you’ll pay employer NICs of 13.8 per cent on annual salary payments above this threshold)
  • employee NICs – you pay 12 per cent of earnings between £166 and £962 per week in 2019-20 (up from £162 and £892 per week). You pay 2 per cent on any earnings above £962 per week
  1. An increase in the Capital Gains Tax allowance: in 2019-20, you can make £12,000 tax-freewhen you sell assets that qualify for Capital Gains Tax (up from £11,700 in 2018-19)

Basic rate taxpayers pay 10 per cent of Capital Gains Tax on profits above the allowance. Higher and additional rate taxpayers pay 20 per cent. These rates hold true for everybody other than buy-to-let investors or those with a second home – the rate for selling a second property is 18 per cent for basic-rate taxpayers, and 28 per cent for additional-rate taxpayers.Read more about Capital Gains Tax for rental properties.

  1. Self-employed ISA allowance For the third year in a row, your ISA allowance remains frozen at £20,000 for 2019-20. Your ISA allowance is the amount you can save into an ISA tax-free. You can choose to invest that allowance either entirely in cash ISAs, stock and shares ISAs, or a mixture of both. And don’t forget about your Personal Savings Allowance, which lets basic-rate taxpayers earn up to £1,000 in savings income-tax free – even outside of tax-efficient products like ISAs. In addition to pensions for the self-employed, ISAs can be a useful and more flexible way to save.
  2. Making Tax Digital: are you compliant? After consultations, confusion and calls to delay, Making Tax Digital for VAT goes live from 1 April 2019. VAT-registered businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold of £85,000 need to make sure they’re complying with the new rules. For VAT periods from 1 April businesses need to keep digital tax records and submit their VAT return using Making Tax Digital-compatible software.

HMRC says that during Making Tax Digital’s first year, it will “take a light touch approach to digital record keeping and filing penalties where businesses are doing their best to comply with the law.”  But they’re clear that this doesn’t mean a blanket “no penalties promise”, so if you’re not sure of the rules it’s important you get up to speed today.

We have a guide to Making Tax Digital for small businesses and the self-employed – take a look to understand what you need to do to comply, as well as to get to grips with the software you should be using.


Welcome to Sam’s Wall! : There are two key events I want to draw your attention to this week as well as a need for charity donations in Manchester for the homeless.  I have mentioned this before, but Irvin D Yalom the World’s great psychotherapist is about to retire and this makes the following event which I’ll be attending also, so important.


IRVIN D YALOM, THE WORLD’S GREATEST PSYCHOTHERAPIST LIVE STREAMED IN LONDON  The event is important for business people who are involved with introducing mental wellbeing, mental health awareness and training into the workplace or healthcare professionals. Additionally, the event is perfect for psychotherapists, counsellors, coaches and therapists and provides a unique opportunity to speak to Irvin D Yalom,  enabling you to bring something additional to your training and delivery to truly stand out with full effectiveness ! This is an interactive live streamed event with Ayanay Training Retreat taking place on 30th April at The Flowerpot Hoxton in London and is available for the reduced of £119 (originally £150 incl VAT and you can claim this back in tax!)

Ask your questions and interact with Irvin D Yalom directly. Not only this, for practitioners and businesses the event will give you an insight into what makes world leading organisations so successful. Dave Sleet, Managing Director of Ayanay Training Retreat and The Hive Group will be giving a CPD Presentation on Connectivity For Success. The presentation will give you a whole new way of understanding how businesses and brands connect to each other and the vital ingredients which bring success internally and externally and delivers real value and food for thought. Takeaway this valuable information and use it as a blueprint for your own business!! You also get the opportunity to network with peers and colleagues and the elite of the mental health world who will also provide you with invaluable help and advice for your mental health training packages / HR issues and more! With an introduction to Ayanay; (a facilitation platform which brings business opportunities and sounding board coaching to its’ members), they will enlighten you to the companies that they collaborate with which include The Hive Group UK (mentioned above) and APS  Psychotherapy and Counselling

The organisation is integral to coaches, therapists and counsellors as well as corporate businesses and mental health practitioners! UNIQUE BUSINESS / COLLABORATION OPPORTUNITIES & SOUNDING BOARD COACHING. Whilst you don’t need to be a member to attend, Ayanay is constantly creating opportunities for their members to benefit from additional work and business opportunities, connecting corporate businesses with the best in the world of mental health. Check their membership details here:

Don’t worry if you can’t make the event, details of pre-purchase streaming are also available on the website (starting from £25) so you don’t have to miss a thing!

ONCE IN A LIFETIME. This is literally a once in a lifetime opportunity that will never be repeated as Irvin D Yalom is retiring from public appearances. BOOK NOW (Discounted tickets only available until 23rd April). Last few tickets are available on the website so grab them whilst you can!



Saturday 16th November, 2019, 6pm – 1am at Aston Villa Football Ground.

The event will feature a red carpet drinks reception, a 3 course meal and the all-important awards. Nominations so far have started to be announced all week for this integral Midlands award ceremony which was founded by Zoe Bennett.

The Business and Community Charity Awards were created to bring both the community and business sectors together to celebrate the regions unsung heroes.

Zoe Bennett founded the awards after having the desire to recognise and honour Gavin Williamson MP for all he did to assist in keeping her safe when she was facing a time of immense adversity, death threats and despair. Zoe’s father was tragically murdered whilst in Jamaica and Zoe spent most of her time tirelessly fighting for justice. As a result of her relentless quest for justice Zoe was faced with a barrage of death threats. As a result, Gavin Williamson MP stepped in to support Zoe in her time of need. Nominations are still being accepted until 5th July 2019 and you can do this and find out more by visiting:



As we know Easter is fast approaching, please consider helping us to get those experiencing homelessness in Manchester off the streets and into a home. Last year Barnabus supported 2,348 people, 66% of those were rough sleeping. 

Barnabus are asking you to donate items they need to keep their doors open. Every day Barnabus give food and clothing items to those in need of them. Whether it is breakfast, dinner, a shower or a slice of cake we aim to build trust, make people feel loved but most importantly encourage them to engage with their support team.

Bring donations to their support office; 61 Bloom Street, Manchester, M1 3LY between 10am and 4pm Mon-Fri or you can donate them to the Mess café (Harper Road, Sharston, Manchester, M22 4RG). To get in touch with Barnabus directly for donations and find out more about their events visit:


See you next week!


Tip of the week I: Free Easter in-store workshops at Hobbycraft. Details

Tip of the week 2: Two-course Italian meal for two for £18 or three courses for £21 at Bella Italia. Details

Tip of the week 3: Save 51% on a family Blackpool glamping holiday. Details


All from me Steve and from all the team have a great week and keep training

Non-Executive Director at Five Companies and MD of EEVT Ltd

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