What are your legal obligations when employing staff?

  • Is the employee of legal age and has the legal right to work in the country.
  • An employment contract must be drawn up for the employee, more information at the Gov.uk website.
  • Employee salaries need to be in line with the National Minimum Wage, payslips with correct details need to be provided monthly.All employees must be registered with the Revenue and Customs Services You normally need to register as an employer with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) when you start employing staff, or using subcontractors for construction work. 
  • You must register even if you’re only employing yourself, for example as the only director of a limited company.
  • You will need to run a PAYE (Pay As You Earn) system in order to deduct the correct taxes from salaries and wages.
  • Ensuring that leave benefit structures are in place and correct for annual leave, sick leave, maternity and paternity leave and also family responsibility leave.
  • You will need an employers' liability insurance as soon as you become an employer.
  • Workplace pension– what an employer can and can’t do.

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The Pledge Cheshire & Warrington

The Pledge Partnership puts employers at the heart of inspiring, informing and communicating with the next generation of employees in Cheshire and Warrington.

The Pledge Partnership enables businesses to work together with educators to provide every young person living, studying and/or working in Cheshire and Warrington with everything they need to succeed in the world of work. With the opportunity to develop employability-related skills and personal qualities whilst in education, there is a choice of employment, training or further education when they leave school.

Employers can work directly with young people, teachers, parents, carers and youth workers to help the local community identify the employment opportunities available.

Digital Skills Partnership

The Digital Skills Partnership is a group of employers and other organisation who recognise the growing importance of digital skills to all the businesses and residents of Cheshire and Warrington.

  • The Partnership focuses two priorities of the skills and education action plan:
    Businesses being at the heart of inspiring and informing young people about new technologies and career opportunities so they make informed decisions about the training and education that they choose; and
  • Businesses working together with training providers to improve the quality of training available to employees and individual learners who want to acquire the digital skills they need for work or to function in an increasingly digital age.

Cheshire & Warrington Business Growth Programme

The Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth programme provides fully funded support for local:

  • Pre-start: Entrepreneurs looking to start a business
  • New start-up: Trading less than 42 months
  • SME: Small and medium-sized enterprises trading over 42 months

The programme supports businesses to access the expertise and knowledge that currently exists across the region from the relevant delivery partner to help develop your skills and grow your business.

ERDF Workspace and Business Support Project

Fully funded 121 business support available from specialist business advisers.

Cheshire West and Chester Council launched a new ERDF Workspace and Business Support Project in September 2016 aimed at SME (small and medium sized enterprises) businesses (employing less than 250) across the Cheshire West area.

The project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and supports businesses to access:
• One-to-one business support from specialist advisers and industry experts
• New BREEAM Excellent (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) workspace

Activities within the project include creative new ways to do business, alongside ways to save money and use time more effectively.

Contact the Cheshire West and Chester Council's Business Growth Team to learn more and find out if your business is eligible - business@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.

Colleges and Universities

The Open University Business School

The Open University Business School delivers transformational, high quality business and management education which is quality assured.

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