Back to school? 9th October 2020 5:33 PM

My god it's been marvellous!

Kids have loved it as well  There are restrictions, classes operate in bubbles an the kids do get a bit frustrated, but it's nice to see them back at school, mixing with their peers and just being kids again.

With the way things are going at present, I'm just praying we can keep them at school!

Just having a long overdue catchup!

Steve I know how you feel , if you can remote work it is great as you can save a small fortune as you then don't have to pay for the office + water lights etc etc. The only set back is you have to know that your workers are not lazing about doing nothing lol



You've raised a good point, as remote workers are a common worry for business owners, which is easily overcome if you analyze it, and the worry isn't rational.

In reality, a bone idle or workshy employee will be the same in an office or at home. It's spotting it and managing it that's the key, which is easily done as we naturally progress to task-based employment versus factory worker mentality of 9-5 working.

I feel a new post coming on 

Paragraphs are as well though. 


comment of the day award goes to... 

Pandemic Humour 9th October 2020 5:04 PM

We need something to cheer us up, all shamelessly stolen from twitter 

  • My husband purchased a world map and then gave me a dart and said, “Throw this and wherever it lands, that’s where I’m taking you when this pandemic ends.” Turns out, we’re spending two weeks behind the fridge.
  • Every few days try your jeans on just to make sure they fit. Pyjamas will have you believe all is well in the kingdom.
  • I never thought the comment “I wouldn’t touch them with a six-foot pole” would become a national policy, but here we are!
  • This morning I saw my mad neighbour talking to her cat. It was obvious she thought her cat understood her. I came into my house, told my dog and we had a good laugh.

Taxi for Richardson...

Friday Funny 9th October 2020 5:01 PM

Right Said Rebecca 

Cloud Computing for Beginners 25th September 2020 10:45 AM


An employment lawyer I work with, Amanda Pillinger, has just published an interesting update based on the latest announcements, which I thought business owners, self-employed, or employees alike might find useful. Amanda's post is below:

Having watch the PM speak in the House of Commons today, it is clear that the new rules will result in further difficulties for businesses. We are also seeing increasing cases of school children being instructed to self-isolate due to positive tests.

I thought it would be a good time to set out the current position relating to employee rights.


1. Employee tests positive
Employee must self-isolate for 10 days and will be contacted by test and trace.

2. Employee develops symptoms
Employee must self-isolate for 10 days.Employee is eligible for a test

  • Positive test – employee must continue to self-isolate for 10 days and will be contacted by test and trace.
  • Negative test – employee may return to work (provided no-one else in their household has symptoms OR everyone who had symptoms has tested negative)

3. Someone in employee’s household develops symptoms
Employee must self-isolate for 14 days.

  • Positive test of person with symptoms – employee must continue to self-isolate for 14 day period

IF ALL people in household with symptoms have a negative test, the employee may return to work

4. Someone in the employee’s household tests positive
Employee must self-isolate for 14 days.

If employee develops symptoms, they should arrange a test.

  • Positive test – must self-isolate for 10 days
  • Negative test – rest of house hold must still self-isolate for 14 day period

5. Employee contacted by test and trace
Employee must self-isolate for 14 days. If symptoms develop, arrange to be tested as soon as possible.

  • Positive test – self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days
  • Negative test – must continue to self-isolate for 14 day period

6. Employee returns to the UK from abroad and is subject to compulsory 14 day quarantine
Employee must self-isolate for 14 days. If symptoms develop, arrange to be tested as soon as possible.

Please note that the 10 day period means 10 days from the development of symptoms. The 14 day period starts from the day that the first person in the household became unwell or, if contacted by Test and Trace, 14 days from the date of the last contact with the person who has tested positive.

Shielding has been paused so, other than in areas of local lockdown, there is no need for people to follow previous shielding advice.

Entitlement to Pay
Where employees are able to work from home, they should be permitted to do so during any period of self-isolation (indeed, guidance is now for all employees to work from home if possible).

Where it is not possible for employees to work from home, other than employees who are self-isolating on return to the UK from abroad, employees are entitled to SSP when they are self-isolating as they are doing so in accordance with the advice of Public Health England.

Employees who are self-isolating on return to the UK from abroad are not entitled to SSP (even if the rules change whist they are abroad). As such, if they are not able to work from home, they are not entitled to any pay during this period.

Requiring proof of self-isolationEmployers are permitted to require reasonable evidence of any requirement to self-isolate. Self-isolation certificates are available online and the validity of these can be checked. Results of tests are often sent by text message or email and it is reasonable for an employer to require employees to show this prior to their return to work.

It is not reasonable to select someone for redundancy, based on their absence due to self-isolation. Such absences should be discounted in the event that attendance is used in the redundancy selection process.In that regard, it is always necessary to follow a reasonable procedure and consult with employees about any redundancy proposals. Failure to do so, even when consultation seems futile, is likely to result in claims of unfair dismissal.

It remains the case that parents are legal entitled to time off to care for a dependent in an emergency. Ordinarily, this would be limited to the time necessary to make alternative childcare arrangements, but this would no longer be possible in many cases. There are increasing numbers of children been sent home from school and advised to self-isolate for 10/ 14 days. These children cannot be sent to childminders or other households so I believe that, if they are not able to work from home, the parents of these children will be entitled to rely on this statutory entitlement to take time off work to care for their children. This time is unpaid.

If you have any queries or require any further advice or assistance, I'd highly recommend contacting Amanda directly by visiting her website: Pillinger and Associates or connect with her on Facebook 

It's an interesting time, obviously worrying for a lot of people, but I wonder if some of the changes we are seeing are here to stay.

With more people working at home, and big corporations looking at making at least a percentage of the workforce homeworkers moving forward, there is a worry that city centres and businesses dependant on lunchtime workers will suffer. But it also means more people are spending more time in their local area, spending money in local shops.

Could this be a lifeline to the local highstreet which has been in decline now since this interweb thingy was born. I think we will see a shift in businesses as companies react and adapt to different markets and requirements. With so many people home working, I can see opportunities that will encourage people out of their houses and be sociable (as much as we're allowed to be!) Maybe clubs, exercise, organised meetings hosted by local coffee houses, homeworkers pasty from Greggs, who knows.

My team are all remote working, it's actually worked out ok with twice weekly zoom calls to keep the team spirit up and have a good catchup and some all important banter. Since March I have an empty office just sat there and now I'm wondering if I actually need it, which I imagine many business owners are thinking similar thoughts.

Friday Fun - Get your own! 28th August 2020 5:41 PM
bahahaaaaa They are horrible sausages as well!!”

Not allowed to be called Pork sausages, doesn't bear thinking about 

Friday Fun - Get your own! 28th August 2020 8:55 AM

Shamelessly stolen from twitter...