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Chris Roberts

July 20, 2021

How can employers can promote the value of their online benefits schemes?

I regularly hear from owner managers and senior management that they have tried benefit platform solutions for their employees (some…

Chris Roberts

July 20, 2021

Boom shake shake the room… Tick tick tick

Workforce engagement is at the forefront of senior management’s minds, in particular staff wellbeing. Covid has made many of us…

Chris Roberts

July 19, 2021

Increasing accessibility to 3D Printing

Like many of you I have seen the odd piece in the press and rarely seen a 3D printing machine…

Chris Roberts

July 2, 2021

A delicate balancing act in medical device manufacturing…

This month Polestar has been looking at ESG and environmental sustainability for medical device manufacturers is moving up the agenda….

Chris Roberts

May 25, 2021

A swift recovery in Manufacturing

After a whirlwind of changes such as HSE requirements (Covid Secure), managing resource (staff in / staff off), finances –…

Chris Roberts

April 28, 2021

Wellbeing proven to boost business performance

Following our recent publication on the HCM landscape, there continues to be renewed interest in the space, particularly wellbeing, learning…

Chris Roberts

March 29, 2021

Critical nature of the global supply chain

Many in export, import, distribution, and manufacturing will testify that there was already pressures on freight, with the cost of…

Chris Roberts

March 24, 2021

Polestar Propels People Value and Ethos with senior debt growth facility

Polestar, the full-service Corporate Finance boutique, has successfully advised Ethos Partners and Management on a debt raise through Harwood Capital to…

Chris Roberts

March 22, 2021

Have no fear, Super-Deduction tax incentive is here…

Many business owners and management teams will have noticed in the recent budget, the announcement of a new ‘super-deduction tax…

Chris Roberts

February 17, 2021

5G and its application in manufacturing

We will all have heard about the 5G rollout and if you are like me, the immediate thought may well…

Chris Roberts

January 28, 2021

COVID driving innovation in manufacturing….

In a similar way that COVID-19 has forced a new work from home dynamic, for many in the business services…

Chris Roberts

January 28, 2021

The work from home, teach & entertain young children holy grail…

You’ve been outside, spent a few hours rolling and building a snowman, almost put your back out with the constant…

Chris Roberts

December 22, 2020

Manufacturing – Funding Considerations for 2021

You may have read our piece on HMRC’s move back to Preferential Creditor status, so I will not dwell on…

Chris Roberts

December 16, 2020

From 1 December – The Crown Strikes Back…

With the onset of movie season over the festive break, the title seemed fairly apt when considering a material change…

Chris Roberts

December 11, 2020

R&D boost for single-use plastic packaging

During 2020 we have all seen the exponential growth and importance of takeaway meals, convenience products and the consequential plethora…

Chris Roberts

November 27, 2020

ERP brings kaizen results to manufacturing…

Having worked in a warehouse as a student, managing stock and order fulfilment with a clip board, I always thought…

Chris Roberts

November 24, 2020

Health Warning – Calling all business owners who don’t have the luxury of a Work From Home workforce…..

Business owners and managers are juggling lots of balls at present, well in excess of a world pre-covid. We wanted…

Chris Roberts

November 9, 2020

No limits, No boundaries… Chris Nikic becomes first person with Down’s syndrome to finish an Ironman triathlon

As many of you will know and indeed may have experienced, entering an Ironman endurance event and completing it, is…

Chris Roberts

October 22, 2020

#Support Hospitality

Having experienced the mask / no mask dance last week and navigated the bar restaurant floor space like Indiana Jones,…

Chris Roberts

October 1, 2020

Online sales, the demand for sustainable packaging and ESG awareness

Thanks to Food & Drink companies, particularly those that have had to pivot towards B2C (home deliveries),  there is a…

Chris Roberts

October 1, 2020

Retention and motivation of your workforce…

As a recent study from CV-library shows, 59.7% of professionals aged 25-34  and 44.9% of workers aged 18-24 years old…

Chris Roberts

August 14, 2020

The importance of being persistent

A year ago in August, I started a mad Swiss cycle event at 5am in pretty miserable conditions. Poor weather…

Chris Roberts

July 31, 2020

To return to the office, or not to return to the office (…as much) that is the question….

Many who haven’t had much experience of working from home (‘WFH’) or the shed (‘WFS’) for prolonged periods will have…

Chris Roberts

June 29, 2020

Maximise profits with excellent employee engagement

There is a trend of employers playing a greater role in their employees’ financial, physical health and mental well-being, which…

Chris Roberts

June 3, 2020

Expedited Investment in logistics software companies…

Pre-COVID and dare I say it Brexit, there was modest to reasonable interest in logistics software. If there was a…

Chris Roberts

May 29, 2020

Energy & Positivity in the face of adversity…..

Given the circumstances that have impacted people, friends, family and businesses around the globe, you can’t fail to admire the…

Chris Roberts

May 28, 2020

Home indoor-Outdoor Work Out vs Gyms & Classes

More and more people are having to adapt their personal exercise regime and are exercising for the first time from…

Chris Roberts

April 29, 2020

The death of cash and coin?

We all know disappointment of the grubby five pound note that looks like it’s on its last legs having been…

Chris Roberts

April 29, 2020

Prior planning and preparation prevents… Poor performance

It is clear that bars, pubs, restaurants could be some of the last consumer facing businesses to exit the government…

Chris Roberts

March 13, 2020

Riding the wave of activity in the visual effects space (VFX)

With the battle raging between major corporations (think Disney, Netflix, Amazon et al.) to capture audience interest, control the content…

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