polkadotfrog foot

Spider swallows a frog!

  Ahem....a little announcement from Spider HQ. I know that so many people are going through an awful time but we'd like to share a little good news... You may think we're completely mad (it's…


Michelle Pollard

Messsage from Spider HQ

To our valued clients, As a small, local business, we know that the next few months are going to be testing, so we’ve been reviewing our processes to ensure that we can continue operating “business…


Smoker cigarette break

Smokers rights to breaks

With National Non-Smoking day approaching, we look at smokers rights to breaks and how businesses can accommodate smokers without penalising non-smokers in the workplace. It's always a controversial…


Skilled worker

Is it getting harder to recruit skilled workers?

The British Chamber of Commerce reports the UK is currently the 9th largest manufacturing nation in the world – impressive! However, more than 80% of manufacturers claim they have difficulties…


Great Job Appreciation Thank you

Do you show your staff you appreciate them?

It's National Employee Appreciation Day on Friday 6th March 2020. Will you take the opportunity to thank your staff for their hard work? Or do you believe that appreciation should be shown…


Dealing with Office Romances

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it's a good time to talk about office romances and how to deal with them. Around a quarter of all marriages start in the office, but workplace…


stick people chat talk speech bubbles

Mental Health Awareness - Make time to talk!

We all know that keeping things bottled up isn’t good for us and talking about issues has many benefits including getting problems off your chest or making changes for the better. Mental health…


Kermit Frog Ill Bed Tissue

How to reduce the number of sick days taken by your staff.

Do you have problems with staff taking lots of sick days? High levels of absence are not good for business especially if you are a smaller company. The impact doesn’t only lead to reduced…


Male writing pad keyboard office

What is an Apprentice and how do I get one?

During 2018/19, 742,400 people were participating in an apprenticeship scheme, that’s a big chunk of people! So, what is an Apprentice and how do you go about getting one? Apprenticeships provide an…


Dog lying on rug blue

Blue Monday - We say #screwbluemonday!

Are you suffering from Blue Monday? Let us help you #screwbluemonday. The 20th of January has been given the rather depressing title of "Blue Monday". It’s been put down to post-Christmas blues…