Articles, guides and news on holiday and annual leave topics for UK SMEs.

Employing & managing staff

Businesses must pack and prepare for holidays too

As more and more employees prepare for their summer break, we take a look at what businesses need to do to get ready for the holidays.


All work and no play – Small business managers don’t go on holiday

More than half of UK small business leaders have five or less days holiday a year, a fifth didn't have a single day off last year.


Brits preparing to spend big this summer on their big holiday

Research reveals that 26 million Brits are set to head off on a summer getaway this year, spending an average of £1,253 per person, per trip.


Should I stay or should I go? 2017 a summer of staycations after Brexit

Rakuten Marketing and Centre for Retail Research data reveals Brexit is causing Brits to change holiday plans.

Legal advice

How to manage employee expectations on holiday requests

As businesses and employees look forward to the year ahead, Raphael Prais explores a matter employees may now be planning for – annual leave.


Brits blame basic holiday allowance for lack of productivity

Britain’s workforce lifts the lid on the UK’s productivity shortage in a new online survey, calling for a more flexible approach to the traditional 9-5.


One in five forced to use holiday to attend funerals

Nearly one in five employees have been forced to use their annual leave entitlement or take unpaid leave to attend funerals, a new study reveals.


Work hard but don’t play hard? British workers more reluctant to take holiday

More than a third of British workers wait more than seven months to go on holiday, according to new research.

Employing & managing staff

Helping your staff switch off on holiday

Lee Biggins discusses how to ensure your staff can get the quality of holiday they deserve.


Small business leaders refusing to take sufficient holidays

Two in five business decision makers (43 per cent) do not have a holiday lasting more than five working days booked in the next 12 months.


Growing number of business owners skipping summer holiday

More than a third of business owners struggled to take a break this summer, research finds.

Employing & managing staff

How can I stop staff from asking for last-minute holidays?

What measures can I put in place to prevent employees from either asking for last minute holidays or calling in sick? We always receive a spike in requests when the weather is good.

Business Technology

How to keep your small business safe online

Here's how Security Service Edge from Vodafone can help to protect your SME from ever-increasing cyber threats

Business Technology

How to grow a global creative agency in record time

Find out how creative agency, Myth Studio, used technology to grow their business and quadruple their staff count in 18 months

Partner content

Attracting and keeping top talent through Total Reward

Employment benefits specialist, Drewberry, explain why you should base your benefits around a Total Reward Strategy

Partner content

5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting

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