New software to protect vulnerable children online to be piloted in Surrey

May 14th 2013: New software designed to help parents and carers of vulnerable children keep their children safe on the internet is set to be trialled in Surrey.

The project, being run by the Epsom based child protection charity, the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, will involve 25 families taking part in a two month trial of computer monitoring software, developed by software company Securus, based in Hersham. The software is programmed to monitor computer activity and record instances of concern, for example, inappropriate content such as sexual material, indications of grooming occurring or bullying situations. It contains a number of ‘libraries’ which allow it to identify worrying or concerning text or images on the computer screen – either online or offline and if something is identified, it takes a screen shot (a picture of what is on the screen) which can then be reviewed by an adult and appropriate action taken.

The charity is working with a number of Surrey based Special Educational Needs Schools to pilot the software with 25 families but has some places left for other families across the county.

Director of Research and Development at the Foundation, Donald Findlater said:  

“As we have been hearing in the news today, the internet can pose real risks to children. Statistics from the the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) show that in the last 12 months they received 18,887 reports of abuse, that’s 14% more than the previous year.

“Research we conducted into internet safety and children with Special Educational Needs showed that many pupils with Special Educational Needs are regular internet users but have a limited understanding of the potential dangers to their safety they face online.

 “While filtering and blocking software has a role to play in keeping children safe, it wouldn’t pick up on grooming behaviour on Facebook, for example. This software will. We hope it will prove to be an important additional tool for parents and carers who want to keep their children safe online.”  

·         The research report, Internet Safety and Children with Special Education Needs, found that:

 

·         Special Educational Needs children are using technology in much the same way as other children, albeit there was some evidence of less extensive use of the internet and they appear to engage in social networking at a later age. They often seek friendships online as they are often isolated from their local communities.

·         Mainstream technology providers who cumulatively create the online environment have made little if any allowance for users who may have learning and behavioural difficulties.

·         Messages about online safety have been received by the children but were not necessarily well understood or applied to the range of online contexts that is desirable.

·         Basic terminology such as ‘social networking’ and ‘privacy settings’ were not meaningful to most of the children studied.

·         The children may struggle to anticipate and respond to risks involving deceit, may respond to inappropriate requests (perhaps repeating inappropriate behaviour) and may become obsessive in their online activities.

·         Teachers lacked confidence that the children would or were able to implement their self-protective strategies sufficiently; and some parents lacked confidence in their own knowledge and skills to provide a safe online environment at home.

·         Online risks are unlikely to materialise in the school environment due to the filtering, monitoring and supervision that is in place here. By far the greatest risk for children with special educational needs, as with other children, is when they are at home or at the home of a friend or relative.

·         Parents lacked up-to-date knowledge, not only of the risks and of their management, but also of the different ways in which children engage with technology.

Director of Research and Development at the Lucy Faithfull Foundation added:

 

“This study showed that we have a cohort of children participating in all the same online activities as other children, but lacking the ability to judge and interpret the way in which people they encounter on the net behave towards them. A question such as ‘What are you wearing?’ might immediately send warning signals to other children but may be answered as a matter of course by a Special Educational Needs pupil. Managing the privacy settings on a Facebook account can also prove difficult for some Special Educational Needs pupils. Filtering and blocking software does not address these sorts of risks.

“Along with the monitoring software, parents and carers will also be encouraged to contact the Stop it Now! Helpline if they have any concerns about their child’s safety. Trained staff will then be on hand to offer advice, information and support.”

 

If you would like to take part in the software monitoring trial at no cost, contact the Lucy Faithfull Foundation on 01372 847160 or email Wolvercote@lucyfaithfull.org.uk

 

To find out more about how you can protect children from sexual abuse visit www.parentsprotect.co.uk 

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Notes to editors:

 

For more information and/or interview opportunities please contact Deborah Denis on ddenis@lucyfaithfull.org.uk | 01372 847160 | 07540 690 315

1.       About the Lucy Faithfull Foundation

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation celebrated 20 years of protecting children from sexual harm in 2012. Named after its founder, Baroness Lucy Faithfull of Wolvercote, the Lucy Faithfull Foundation is the only UK-wide child protection charity dedicated solely to reducing the risk of children being sexually abused. It works with entire families that have been affected by abuse including: adult male and female sexual abusers; young people with inappropriate sexual behaviours; victims of abuse and other family members. Drawing on expert knowledge about child sexual abuse the charity offers a broad range of services for professionals and members of the public. These include: assessments, intervention and treatment of known offenders, case specific advice and support, training and development courses and workshops, educational programmes for internet offenders and their families, circles of support and accountability, internet safety seminars for schools (teachers, parents and children) and Parents Protect! training for professionals, parents, carers and other adults. www.lucyfaithfull.org.uk. It also runs the Stop it Now! Campaign and Helpline (0808 1000 900) www.stopitnow.org.uk and www.parentsprotect.co.uk

 

2.       About Stop it Now! 

Stop it Now! UK and Ireland is a national campaign and Freephone confidential Helpline. It aims to prevent child sexual abuse by increasing public awareness and empowering people to act responsibly to protect children. Stop it Now! believes that it is the responsibility of all adults to take positive action to prevent the sexual abuse of children. Stop it Now! is an alliance of leading children’s charities including the NSPCC, Action for Children, Children England and The National Association of People Abused in Childhood, working with the government and child protection agencies, to promote public education and prevent child sexual abuse. The Stop it Now! helpline has been operating since 2002 and aims to prevent child abuse by encouraging abusers and potential abusers to seek help and by giving adults the information they need to protect children safely. The helpline is funded by the Ministry of Justice and the Lucy Faithfull Foundation. www.stopitnow.org.uk

Deborah Denis | Media and Communications Manager

Lucy Faithfull Foundation | Stop it Now! UK and Ireland

 

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation is celebrating 20 years of protecting children. Find out more at www.lucyfaithfull.org.uk and help support our vital work | Our Stop it Now! campaign and helpline is celebrating 10 years – visit www.stopitnow.org.uk | For prevention information www.parentsprotect.co.uk

(: 01372 847160 | 07540 690315

*: ddenis@lucyfaithfull.org.uk 

46-48 East Street | Epsom | Surrey | KT17 1HB

Confidential Freephone Helpline: 0808 1000 900

Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/stopitnowukandireland

People Dynamics appointed channel partner for Dinamiks, the online employee performance management tool

May 2nd 2013  Preston-based People Dynamics Consultants Ltd,  specialists in HR and employee relations, has been appointed a channel partner for Dinamiks, the online employee performance management tool, by its UK developer, Dinamiks Ltd.

The partnership enables People Dynamics to expand its range of services and offer Dinamiks to clients and prospects regardless of their location. “End users don’t install the software or update it,” says People Dynamics Managing Director Chris Munnery, “because Dinamiks is a web-based, anywhere-anytime solution. It’s all done on the cloud.”

He sees Dinamiks fitting in well with the current phase of the business cycle. “Many companies which have managed to survive the economic downturn are now starting to  focus again on getting the best out of their staff, and getting their performance management in place before recruitment finally becomes a possibility again.”  Dinamiks, he adds, “has a place in every part of the cycle but provides a good launch pad for a business in the middle of it, which is where many firms are now.”

People Dynamics mainly provides its consultancy services in the North West and helps clients with employment compliance issues; recruitment and selection; HR strategy and operations; training; employee relations; reward; organisational development, and change management.

Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd, welcomed People Dynamics as Dinamiks’ latest channel partner. “We are delighted to have Chris Munnery’s company on board and we look forward to working with him to grow our presence in the UK, with a focus in the North West and other markets.”

Dinamiks at a glance

Dinamiks is used by SMEs around the world to carry out regular staff performance appraisals, and recording the progress of personal development plans against targets, and for the following further core activities: talent management; identifying which staff are star performers [and why], and allowing poorer performers to be trained up; compliance; support of personal development plans, and ensuring staff pull in the same direction to the benefit of the business.  

Available 24/7 via secure web access, Dinamiks also reduces costs and inefficiencies; develops and motivates staff; aligns objectives with business goals; delivers appraisal analysis in real time; saves time in the appraisals process; helps in the setting up of competency frameworks; shows where training/coaching/other development is required; assists with issues around employment law.

More at: www.dinamiks.com and www.peopledynamicshr.co.uk

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Or Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd

Tel (+44) (0)1243 538835  shirley@dinamiks.com

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR

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Surrey woman to run London marathon for local sexual abuse charity close to her heart, as government cuts hit the charity’s prevention work

April 12, 2013: After months of training, Krystal Newbury, 32, an Administration Manager from Epsom, is going through final preparations for the London Marathon on Sunday, April 21st.

Krystal is raising funds for the Surrey based Lucy Faithfull Foundation and its Stop it Now! UK and Ireland Campaign and Helpline which work to prevent child sexual abuse – a charity very close to her heart.

The Foundation has been working to tackle child sexual abuse since 1992 and launched the Stop it Now! Campaign and Helpline in 2002. The Confidential Freephone Helpline, which operates from Surrey, is available for anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse. Due to a decision by the Department for Education to not provide funding to Stop it Now! England, the campaign now has limited capacity to deliver its successful sexual abuse prevention programme, Parents Protect!. The Helpline is also looking at cost-cutting measures despite a continued increase in demand for its services. 

Krystal selected the Foundation and Stop it Now! as her chosen charity because tackling child sexual abuse and protecting children from harm is a subject very close to her heart. She said: 

“Someone I know was sexually abused as a child and I have seen first-hand the impact it can have.  Being so close and seeing them live a daily battle is heartbreaking. I have struggled at times with feeling so angry about the trauma they have suffered, are still suffering and will always suffer. Knowing that I am helpless to say any words of comfort to help marginally soothe their pain is really hard.

“By raising money through running the London Marathon I want to help The Lucy Faithfull Foundation make a difference to the lives of others. The Foundation not only assists victims and the families of those affected, it also works to prevent child sexual abuse from happening in the first place.

“I’d also like every adult in Surrey to do just one thing to protect a child – that could be visiting the Parents Protect! website to get tips on keeping children safe or it could be talking to their child’s nursery or school about their child protection policies.”

Spokesperson for the Foundation and it’s Stop it Now! Campaign, Deborah Denis, said:

“Child sexual abuse is a real issue that affects around one in six children across the UK. In Surrey, this could mean at least 45,000 children are affected.

“While it is a problem that has always been around, recent media coverage of cases such as that of Jimmy Savile have brought it to the forefront of people’s minds. And while demand for our services, and crucially our Parents Protect! prevention programme, have never been greater, we unfortunately we don’t have the funds to meet the ever growing demand. That’s why support from people like Krystal is so greatly appreciated. She’s a fabulous supporter and we wish her all the very best for the Marathon which she has trained so hard for.”

Krystal originally set a target of raising £1000 but has already exceeded this and raised over £1800. 

To make a donation in support of Krystal’s determination search for ‘Krystal Newbury Virgin Money Giving’ online or go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=KrystalNewbury 

To find out more about how you can protect children from sexual abuse visit www.parentsprotect.co.uk

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Notes to editors:

For more information and/or interview opportunities with Krystal or Deborah, please contact Deborah Denis on ddenis@stopitnow.org.uk | 01372 847160 | 07540 690 315

1.       About Stop it Now! 

Stop it Now! UK and Ireland is a national campaign and Freephone confidential Helpline. It aims to prevent child sexual abuse by increasing public awareness and empowering people to act responsibly to protect children. Stop it Now! believes that it is the responsibility of all adults to take positive action to prevent the sexual abuse of children. Stop it Now! is an alliance of leading children’s charities including the NSPCC, Action for Children, Children England and The National Association of People Abused in Childhood, working with the government and child protection agencies, to promote public education and prevent child sexual abuse. The Stop it Now! helpline has been operating since 2002 and aims to prevent child abuse by encouraging abusers and potential abusers to seek help and by giving adults the information they need to protect children safely. The helpline is funded by the Ministry of Justice and the Lucy Faithfull Foundation. www.stopitnow.org.uk

 

2.       About the Lucy Faithfull Foundation

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation celebrated 20 years of protecting children from sexual harm in 2012. Named after its founder, Baroness Lucy Faithfull of Wolvercote, the Lucy Faithfull Foundation is the only UK-wide child protection charity dedicated solely to reducing the risk of children being sexually abused. It works with entire families that have been affected by abuse including: adult male and female sexual abusers; young people with inappropriate sexual behaviours; victims of abuse and other family members. Drawing on expert knowledge about child sexual abuse the charity offers a broad range of services for professionals and members of the public. These include: assessments, intervention and treatment of known offenders, case specific advice and support, training and development courses and workshops, educational programmes for internet offenders and their families, circles of support and accountability, internet safety seminars for schools (teachers, parents and children) and Parents Protect! training for professionals, parents, carers and other adults. http://www.lucyfaithfull.org.uk. It also runs the Stop it Now! Campaign and Helpline (0808 1000 900) www.stopitnow.org.uk and www.parentsprotect.co.uk

University to host global sustainability conference

March 19th, 2013. Business leaders from around the world will gather at  the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Epsom, UK, November 2013, to  explore solutions to current environmental threats and challenges.

Sustainable Innovation 2013, a conference hosted by the university’s Centre for Sustainable Design, will provide a forum for new thinking, ideas and concepts.

Conference organiser and Director of The Centre for Sustainable Design, Martin Charter said, “Companies are being forced to rethink business models to adapt to the economic imperative, changing weather patterns, natural disasters and resource scarcity. In times of crisis there are often opportunities and there is a growing interest in creating new business models that deliver economic value whilst reducing negative  environmental and social impacts.

“Sustainable Innovation provides an ideal opportunity to take a strategic look at these challenges and to bring leaders from all sectors together to create solutions.”

Now in its 18th year, Sustainable Innovation has brought together 2,000 delegates from over 50 countries, representing a wide range of industry sectors and areas.

The 2013 conference has attracted a diverse range of speakers, including Tanya Bisgaard, founder of Novartis Innovation (Denmark); Lars Mortenson of the European Environment Agency (Denmark); Taru Aalto, Chief Operating Officer of Globe Hope (Finland); Mark Barthel, WRAP (UK); Tracey Rawling Church, Kyocera Document Solutions (UK); and Andy Baynes, Nest Labs (US).

The Centre for Sustainable Design is a research unit based at UCA, which has a leading-edge track record in knowledge transfer related to sustainable innovation and product sustainability. The Centre has a global reach, working with policy-makers, companies and academia worldwide.

For further information about Sustainable Innovation and the wider work of The Centre for Sustainable Design, visit: www.cfsd.org.uk or email Martin Charter mcharter@ucreative.ac.uk

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Charter, The Centre for Sustainable Design, mcharter@ucreative.ac.uk
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SureSet signs to use Dinamiks, the online employee performance management tool

January 17th 2013.   Market-leading permeable paving company SureSet UK Ltd is the latest in a string of new users of Dinamiks, the online employee performance management tool. The Warminster-based firm is to use Dinamiks with immediate effect after purchasing an annual licence.

Dinamiks will be utilised by SureSet to replace annual paper-based performance appraisals and roll out other performance-based initiatives.

Diane Crowther, Finance and HR Director, SureSet, explains why the manufacturer decided to go with the online, paperless approach. “We looked into employee performance systems while reviewing our HR procedures, because we knew that we tended to use our paper appraisal system just once a year.

“We felt that as a modern business we wanted to do much more with appraisals, and that an online system would provide greater flexibility, quick and easier input and near-instant analysis of the results.”

Crowther adds, “We researched suppliers and chose Dinamiks because we felt it provided the best value for money and the best feedback to our enquiries.

“SureSet will use Dinamiks to ensure that employees understand what is expected of them by setting clear targets for them within the system, updating when necessary, monitoring throughout the year and reviewing the targets at the end of 12 months,” she says. “We will use the job descriptions for each role to identify targets to be set.”

About SureSet 

SureSet logo

SureSet is the UK’s leading manufacturer of permeable, resin bound surfacing materials, and has been supplying high quality permeable paving for residential and commercial projects for more than 13 years.

The company provides a full supply and installation service nationwide. Its products are used in a wide range of  projects, including driveways, pathways, tree pits, schools, access roads, car parks, and swimming pools and interior applications.

More about SureSet at  sureset.co.uk

email mail@sureset.co.uk

Dinamiks at a glance

Dinamiks is proven, as online appraisal software, across continents. Available 24/7 via secure web access, it reduces costs and inefficiencies, develops and motivates staff, helps management appraisal, aligns employees with business goals, helps deliver up to the minute appraisals, improves HR processes, shows where training or coaching is required – and helps with compliance and employment law across sectors.

More about Dinamiks at dinamils.com

email info@dinamiks.com

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Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd

T (+44) (0)1243 538835

E shirley.barnes@ikdevelopments.com

Or Diane Crowther, Finance and HR Director, SureSet UK Ltd

T +44 (0)1985 841180
E mail@sureset.co.uk

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR,

T (+44) (0)1403 711177

E paul@western-pr.com

Dinamiks Ltd launches “Objectives Weighting” option for its online employee performance management and appraisal tool, Dinamiks, to give a clear view of the importance assigned to objectives

– Improves productivity and sharpens focus –

November 9th 2012. Dinamiks Ltd’s new “Objectives Weighting” option – launched November 8th 2012 for its online employee performance management and appraisal tool, Dinamiks – gives a clear view of the importance assigned to objectives by users, and of the financial or other value of a business objective.

“Objectives Weighting improves employee productivity and sharpens focus,” says Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd. “If applied, it will improve the 80/20 rule, which is that 80 per cent of productivity is accounted for by only 20 per cent of staff. Organisations need to improve the productivity of a greater percentage of their employees if they want to grow their margins.”

Introduced by SME customer demand, Objectives Weighting allows the administrator of Dinamiks to assign a percentage-based weighting to an objective, giving both employer and employee, or group of employees, a better understanding of its value to the business and if, or when, it should be prioritised over other objectives.

The value can be financial, time to be spent on meeting the objective or complexity of the task.

The tool can also be used when calculating and assigning financial rewards across a group of individuals.

“Objectives Weighting is a powerful new tool in any move to improve employee and business performance,” says Barnes, “because it gives the direction and focus necessary for the most efficient way to meet an objective.”

Weighting is decided by management and/or by an individual employee or group of employees, and reflects the importance of the objective to the organisation.

Barnes adds, “Objectives Weighting is a breakthrough for online employee performance. For the first time, it gives a clearly understood, visual, real-time idea of the scale of the task faced by an employee or group of employees, to meet an objective.

“And when assigned to a timescale, Objectives Weighting gives a further idea of the value to the business of the objective or target, and the extent to which it should be prioritised over others. In addition, it will show if training, coaching or mentoring is required in order for an objective to be met, or met more quickly.”

Objectives Weighting can be trialled as part of a free trial of Dinamiks. https://www.dinamiks.com/freetrial.aspx

Dinamiks at a glance

Dinamiks at a glance

Dinamiks is proven, as online appraisal software, across sectors and continents. Available 24/7 via secure web access, it reduces costs and inefficiencies, develops and motivates staff, helps management appraisal, aligns employees with business goals, helps deliver up to the minute appraisals, improves HR processes, shows where training or coaching is required – and helps with compliance and employment law across sectors.

More about Dinamiks at http://www.dinamiks.com Email info@dinamiks.com T: (+44) (0)1243 538835

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Note to the press. For further information please contact:

Or Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd
Tel (+44) (0)1243 538835 shirley.barnes@ikdevelopments.com

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR, (+44) (0)1403 711177
paul@western-pr.com

Staff leave planner WhosOff.com scoops a win at UK’s Software Satisfaction Award

Canterbury, Kent. October 16th 2012. WhosOff.com won the UK’s Software Satisfaction Award on October 11th, in the “HR and Human Capital Management – SME” category, for its globally used online staff leave planner, WhosOff.

The awards night, held at Harrods, was hosted by author, humourist, broadcaster and actor Gyles Brandreth, who was on top form and presented WhosOff.com co-founder and director Philip Cross with the award.

WhosOff’s Philip Cross with Gyles Bandreth

Says Cross, “We are really proud to be flying the flag for Canterbury-based businesses and count local firms such as Motorline Group, Heritage Transport and Intake Engineering among our many users. In addition we were delighted to be on the winners’ rostrum alongside some of the biggest names in business-to-business software such as Salesforce, AVG and PostcodeAnywhere, among others.

“We’d like to thank all those customers who voted for us. It was their votes – for our excellence in customer service – that propelled us to the winning spot.”

Cross adds that while WhosOff.com is keen to mention its local customers and presence, the company also helps UK exports with its users in more than 40 countries around the world.

Users pay by monthly-based subscription and access WhosOff.com via laptop or desktop computers or by WhosOff’s mobile app for the iPhone and Android.

“WhosOff helps businesses reduce the time and money spent on paper-chasing staff leave requests around the office,” says Cross. “Users love it because it means they can forget about managing the mundane tasks of finding out how much holiday people have remaining, and when they’re off and when they’re not. WhosOff does it all for you, regardless of business sector.”

More at:
http://www.whosoff.com/blog/SSA2012-WINNERS-HR-and-HCM-SME-Category
and http://www.softwaresatisfaction.co.uk

About WhosOff.com

Founded in Canterbury, Kent, in 2006, WhosOff.com offers a free, two month trial period of its full service, to enable users to fully evaluate it. The tool is used by more than 800 companies globally – 600 in the UK alone. Users include small businesses of four staff up to blue chip global companies with thousands of staff. WhosOff is a registered trademark in the UK and US. It is also available via a handy mobile app for the iPhone and Android.

Web: http://www.WhosOff.com Email: phil@whosoff.com

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Note to the media. For further information please contact:

Philip Cross, WhosOff.com, phil@whosoff.com +44 (0) 1227 764806
or see http://www.whosoff.com

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR
paul@western-pr.com (+44 (0)1403 711177

Online staff leave planner WhosOff.com shortlisted for the “Smarta 100, together with O2” Awards

Canterbury, October 12th, 2012. Online staff leave planner WhosOff.com is through to the finals of the “2012 Smarta 100, together with O2” Awards, described by Smarta and 02 as “the ultimate index of the UK’s savviest, supremely disruptive, most resourceful and socially-beneficial small businesses.”

WhosOff.com, used by 800 companies around the world, 600 of them in the UK, will learn next month if it has gained the £10,000 prize as overall winner, or if it has won one of six special awards for innovation, technology, resources, marketing, people and social impact.

All winners will be announced at The Smarta 100 Awards final on Thursday, November 8th at London’s Proud2, The O2, Greenwich. Voting is already under way by judges Theo Paphitis (Ryman and Dragons’ Den), Sháá Wasmund (Smarta), Ben Dowd (O2 UK), Rowan Gormley (Naked Wines), Mike Soutar (ShortList Media), Thea Green (Nails Inc) and Alastair Lukies (Monitise). The £10,000 prize is courtesy of 02.

It is the second time in two months that WhosOff.com – used in 42 countries around the world, by start-ups, SMEs and blue chip corporations – has featured in a UK-wide award. In August, WhosOff.com was shortlisted for the Small Online Business of Year Award at this year’s National Business Awards in partnership with Orange, the winners of which will be announced on November 13th.

Philip Cross, co-founder of WhosOff.com, said, “Our staff are delighted once again to see their hard work recognised and get through to an award final. They have helped us take WhosOff.com from an idea to a global enterprise that generates income from each of the tens of thousands of users on it. This a great day for the company and British innovation.”

In total, 2012’s Smarta 100 are generating revenues of over £200 million a year and employing more than 1,104 people. Sixty six per cent of the 100 – WhosOff.com among them – are self-funded.

More at http://www.smarta.com/smarta100

About WhosOff.com

Founded in Canterbury, Kent, in 2006, WhosOff.com offers a free, two month trial period of its full service, to enable users to fully evaluate it. The app is currently used by more than 800 companies globally – 600 in the UK alone. Users include small businesses of four staff up to blue chip global companies with thousands of staff. WhosOff is a registered trademark in the UK and US.

Web:  www.WhosOff.com  Email: phil@whosoff.com

About Smarta

Smarta is the UK’s leading online resource for start-ups, small business owners and entrepreneurs. Smarta also operates Smarta Business Builder, a cloud-based toolkit offering accounts, website, email, legal docs and business planning software from a single web page from £20 a month. Smarta was founded by Shaa Wasmund and is backed by some of the UK’s top entrepreneurs, including Deborah Meaden, Theo Paphitis, Michael Birch and Sir Richard Needham. At the heart of everything Smarta does is a commitment to encourage more people to start and grow successful businesses.
Smarta is supported by RBS, Intuit, NatWest, Viking and Mishcon de Reya.

About O2

O2 is the commercial brand of Telefónica UK Limited and is a leading communications company with over 23 million customers – read more about O2 at http://www.o2.co.uk/news

O2 runs 2G and 3G networks and was the first to trial 4G/LTE, reaching speeds of over 100Mpbs, as well as owning half of Tesco Mobile. It also operates O2 Wifi, O2 Health, O2 Unify, O2 Media and has recently launched the O2 Wallet. O2 employs over 11,000 people in the UK, has 450 retail stores and sponsors The O2, O2 Academy venues and the England rugby team.

Telefónica UK Limited is part of Telefónica Europe plc which uses O2 as its commercial brand in the UK, Ireland, Slovakia, Germany and the Czech Republic and is a business division of Telefónica SA.

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Verax launches PEP-Select, a new-generation recruitment selection tool that can identify rogue candidates

PEP-Select is designed for talent spotting, maximising ROI in candidates – and identifying rogue candidates.

September 10th 2012, Hartley Wintney, UK. Verax International has launched PEP-Select, a new-generation, online tool with an integrated De-railer Index. PEP-Select minimises the risk of recruiting the wrong candidate while helping to recruit those who will add value to the employer organisation.

Based on extensive research – and experience of developing organisational, team and personal effectiveness diagnostics – PEP-Select looks for adaptability in a candidate and shows how effective that candidate is likely to be. The De-railer Index identifies rogue candidates, including senior executives and other managers whose actions or behaviour could blow a business off course.

“Adaptability in a candidate is key,” says Verax chairman Keith Bedingham. “It correlates highly with on-job effectiveness, irrespective of role, and can be used across roles to help identify new rising stars in any part of an organisation. It is a good predictor of senior management potential.

“Individually or together, characteristics associated with adaptability and effectiveness drive ROI and add value. The more a candidate has of them, the better will be the value added to the business,” he says.

More about the PEP-Select De-railer Index

The De-railer Index minimises the risk of recruiting the wrong candidate, by identifying specific issues that could inhibit the candidate’s effectiveness in the client organisation.

“A ‘de-railer’ characteristic in a candidate can have three times more negative impact than a productive characteristic,” Bedingham adds. “By identifying potential problems at the recruitment stage, the index can save later costs associated with disruption and loss of contribution to productivity – or worse.”

The De-railer Index’s report displays a candidate’s specific de-railers from among a range of counter-productive attitudes and behaviour and displays the results in an easily understood colour coded format.

More about PEP-Select

PEP Select is a cloud application, meaning that users do not install it on their computers. Its cost per candidate is £45.00 + VAT, with discounts applying at quantities above 50 candidates.

PEP-Select profiles the precise behaviour, motivations and attitudes required for the results that a business needs today, while being flexible to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Current methods have produced the following results:

Research shows that 40% of new hires leave in the first year [an average performer breaks-even only after more than two years in the job]; 43% of line managers are seen as ineffective; 80% of employees do not contribute to their organisation as needed [50% of staff could contribute twice their current value.]

PEP-Select ensures the recruiter recruits the following: those most likely to deliver the results the organisation needs; the most productive people; good team members and network builders; those who cope best with change and different circumstances; resourceful and persistent individuals; those who fit well now and as the organisation changes; those with the capacity to grow [both professionally and personally, in both breadth and depth]; authentic people who genuinely want to be effective and successful employees.

A pre-launch field trial of PEP-Select led one user – a manager at an NHS Trust – to comment, “The PEP-Select results were scarily accurate. We are delighted with the candidates we selected using PEP-Select. They are already contributing at a very high level.”

More at http://www.verax.co.uk/PEP-Select.html

Email info@verax.co.uk

 

 

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Note to the press: For further information contact

Keith Bedingham, Verax International,
info@verax.co.uk +44 (0)1252 849300

or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR,
paul@western-pr.com +44 (0)1403 711177

Venture Housing Association selects Dinamiks as its employee performance management tool

4th September 2012.  Chichester, UK.  Venture Housing Association has selected Dinamiks as its employee performance management tool of choice and purchased a 12 month licence to use the online tool for all staff, including management.

Venture, which owns and manages 1300 homes in Liverpool and the Wirral, will use Dinamiks to align business goals and objectives to the annual Personal Development Review (PDR) process.

Developed by Chichester-based Dinamiks Ltd, Dinamiks is a cloud application that dispenses with need at the customer end for software installation and time consuming updates. Customers manage it themselves to give an easy and quick way to initiate and  process PDRs and other functions.

Graeme Freeman, Business Improvement Co-ordinator at Venture, said all 33 staff, including management, will use it and be able to see at a glance where they are in their  individual personal development plan, as part of their ongoing professional development.

“What we liked about Dinamiks is that it’s an online tool that fully automates the appraisal and other processes and keeps the information in one place,” Freeman said, “while mitigating the risks we would face if we hosted a solution ourselves.

“And unlike other solutions we looked at, it was designed for SMEs and so is not loaded with features we don’t need, as the bigger solutions are.”

Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd, welcomed Venture as the latest in a string of new customers, which join a client base that is spread over three continents.

About Venture Housing Association

Venture was formed in the early 1970s by a group of Liverpool professionals working on a voluntary basis. The first development of two bedroom flats was completed in 1974 and, in 1976, the association appointed its first full-time member of staff. Today, the association owns and manages 1300 homes in Liverpool and the Wirral.

Today, Venture now employs 33 members of staff but the organisation is still controlled by a voluntary Board of Management. More at www.vha.org.uk

Dinamiks at a glance

Dinamiks is proven, as online appraisal software, across sectors and continents. Available 24/7 via secure web access, Dinamiks reduces costs and inefficiencies, helps develop and motivate staff, helps management appraisal, aligns employees with business goals, helps deliver up to the minute appraisals, improves HR processes, shows where training or coaching is required – and helps with compliance and employment law across sectors.

Dinamiks also provides for a personal development plan for recording progress against planned development targets.  More at: http://www.dinamiks.com

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