Recruitment Trends In The Fashion Industry

Do you know which key trends are driving the fashion industry are at present? Here, we a referring to the trends that retailers, and the industry in general, are following and not fashion statements such as mock crocs, capes and snake prints among others.

For fashion companies, the year 2019 is being labelled as a new beginning, as opposed to the reckoning that was 2018 according to McKinsey. Some of the traditional rules have been overtaken by time ad events, something that these companies will have to accept. From transparency, addressing social issues and speed to market, agility is everything in today’s market.

Simply put, taking growth for granted won’t work anymore. Over the next year, the following key trends are expected to dictate the course that the fashion industry will take.

In-store and online experiences will be brought together through Omni channel shopping

Over the recent past, in-store sales have been on the decline as online sales climbed rapidly. This has created a somewhat difficult to understand the situation. Retailers cannot simply abandon brick and mortar stores altogether as consumers still find value in-store experiences according to research findings. Omnichannel shopping has therefore risen to become one of the big trends in the industry today.

The connection between online and in-store channels is quite clear given that customers use the internet and mobile devices to research various products, search for consumer reviews and hunt for the best prices when shopping in physical stores; and drop off their online store purchase returns at physical stores.

Mobile technology is essential to this combination. Mobile technology drives everything from digital payment apps to smart fitting rooms; it is used to make payments for purchases and enables easy and convenient browsing through the integration of augmented reality and social media into the overall shopping experience.

Retailers match the customer’s purchase history with their shopping options with the help of Artificial Intelligence.

Retailers are interacting with their customers in a completely new way thanks to AI (Artificial Intelligence). This year alone, up to 75 percent of retailers are making plans to adopt the use of AI according to research findings published by McKinsey. The first group of retailers to embrace visual search expected to see a 30 percent increase in their e-commerce revenues according to Gartner.

By allowing shoppers to take pictures of in-store items so that they can use them to search for similar items on the online store is one of the ways brands such as ASOS and H&M are taking advantage of visual search to provide an improved shopping experience to their customers.

Hiring trends in the fashion industry

The fashion industry is at a turning point without a doubt. The industry’s hiring trends clearly demonstrate this. Fast fashion and its environmental impact is driving socially conscious marketers, who were initially drawn in by the glamour, away.

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Tips For Planning An Office Refurbishment

Office refurbishments and fit-outs can be a challenge and if you need some inspiration, you should look at the latest trends. When you follow these trends, you will get the creative juices flowing and find ideas for your office space. It is important to remember that a happy workforce will be more productive and improvements should ensure that everyone in the office is happier.

Create Experience Drive Spaces

More and more businesses are looking to create experience-driven spaces when designing their office. A great way to boost morale in the office is to have a fun and quirky breakout area. You need to create a space away from workstations where your employees can sit back and relax, regardless of the size of the office or your budget. These spaces can have a dual purpose as a meeting area for smaller informal meetings.

If you are unsure where to start with these spaces, there are some ideas that people have used in their commercial office design:

  • Private cubicles that have soft furnishings from beanbags to low level garden seating. This will create a personal space where employees can relax and come out feeling energised.
  • A gaming zone, which is open to interpretation. You can have a ping-pong table or some retro arcade games in this area.
  • A coffee station, which is a nice break from the traditional kitchen. Coffee and tea making facilities can be housed around coffee shop style island seating.
  • A library area where employees can read or get some screen time that is not work-related. A quiet reading area is a great place for people to restore their senses.

Understand the Importance of Privacy

It is now the norm to have open-plan offices and add the odd conference room or meeting room to the sides of the office. However, you do need to consider privacy and to accommodate this many businesses have privacy pods. These areas are great for employees to work in a more focused space. When you use your space intelligently, you will find the construction of private booths will be easy even if you have a small or medium-sized business.

Maximise Your Light and Space

Grey and blue partition walls are outdated along with dim and artificial lighting. The modern office is generally zoned with glass partitions, which break up the space. The glazing of these partitions allows the maximum light exposure and will act as great soundproofing. Another trend that is becoming more popular is suspended ceilings, which allow for more flexible lighting options and work very well with the glass partitions.

Ensure Health and Well being

By 2020, cardiovascular disease and mental health disorders will be the driving force behind the majority of non-communicable diseases according to the World Health Organisation. This is why you need to be proactive and be mindful of how you can improve the working environment to promote health and well being. This will ensure that your employees are always feeling good.

To achieve this, many businesses are looking …

The Secrets To Having A Successful Nanny Interview


You have sorted through an entire pile of CVs and made a shortlist of the nannies you want to meet. Maybe you have conducted interviews at work and feel about interviewing in a work context. However, given what an important decision it is to hire someone you are going to trust your home and children to, the following are some tips to help ensure you have successful nanny interviews.

We have focused on criteria, and logistical suggestions. Ask questions so that you hear more than simply a nanny thinks you would like to hear. You may also find it useful to check out our previous blog post on a nanny’s perspective on interviews and gather information on employers liability insurance for nanny payroll.

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Logistical recommendations

Most likely, you are pressed for time. Maybe you are trying to figure out your timing for going back to work, or perhaps you might have been left in the lurch for finding alternative childcare. If your shortlist looks more like a long list, then you could use brief calls to check on the rankings of your candidates and help you to prioritise only two to interview. If after your phone screen you have more than two outstanding prospects, you can keep them warm just in case you do not discover the right fit in your initial interviews.

Schedule a 45-60 minute interview with each of your candidates. Ask each to bring copies of their paperwork with them. Experienced nannies will already have their folder prepared ahead of time, but those who are just beginning may benefit from you letting them know what you expect to see from them. At a minimum, ask to see proof of their right to work within the UK, their latest criminal background (DBS) check, and any qualifications that are relevant to childcare (see our blog post on interpreting the qualifications on a nanny’s CV and more details below).

Informing Possible Employees

It is worth it to let the nannies know about the interview format the beginning of your interview. One proven method is to tell the nanny about your children, family, and what you consider the role of nanny to involve before you move onto their experience and questions. Give plenty of opportunities for the candidate to also ask you questions since they are interviewing you as well.

It is essential to see how a nanny interacts with your children. However, try to avoid having them around for the entire conversation if possible (maybe introduce them towards the end). Try to invite a nanny in for either a trial with your children or a second informal meeting.

When closing your interview, tells the candidate what your next steps are going to be, and when you will be getting back to them. After they leave and before rushing into the next …

Reasons Why You Should Choose a Serviced Apartment Over a Hotel

London apartment buildingServiced apartments are hot within the travelling world, and for good reason too! For both leisure and business travellers, this accommodation option is the answer to many of the woes presented by most traditional accommodation options. In London or in serviced apartments Basingstoke, this could not be truer. Here is a look at why serviced apartments are better than staying at a hotel.

Cost-effectiveness

Let’s start with a factor that most travellers consider – money. If you travel a lot, you know that it can be expensive. As a leisure traveller, it is essential that you protect your wallet, considering that most businesses are out to get healthier bottom lines. Serviced apartments generally deliver more for less. And this is especially important if you are travelling as a group, as a family or if you are going to stay for a while.

Comfort Whenever You Need It

A lot of people underrate the significance of home comforts while travelling. Most accept that foregoing most of the daily aspects of life that make it more comfortable (such as streaming a favourite show on TV while sipping on a glass of wine or swinging in an outdoor hammock reading a book) is part of the travelling experience. With serviced apartments, there is no need to forego these since most have the comforts you would have at home. Furthermore, with serviced apartments, there is no need to juggle with weak or restricted Wi-Fi.

Local Concierge

In hotels, concierges have limited function and are generally there to guide you to the places you need to be – and that is if the hotel even has one. Most London Serviced Apartments offer 24-hour concierge services. The solutions these concierges offer are exemplary as most are London thoroughbreds who understand the city very well. As such, you can trust to get the help and guidance you need with social arrangements and travel – from the easiest routes, to meetings, to dinner reservations.

Food

Whether you are travelling for leisure or business, food is always a crucial part of the travelling experience – the time you spend sourcing it, enjoying it, or actively tracking down new flavours and tastes. The sad thing about hotels is that they are a bit restricted when it comes to cuisine. Most hotel restaurants serve a single type of cuisine, which is often not much fun if you do not fancy big meals. But that is not the case with a serviced apartment. Most come with fully-equipped kitchenettes or kitchens, which means that you can whip up a leisurely breakfast, lunch or a late-night snack whenever you feel like it. If you want to enjoy a private gourmet dinner, all you need to do is get yourself a private chef.

Unique Experiences

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Beautify Your Home With These Simple Cleaning Tips

Spring cleaningSpring is just around the corner. Can’t you tell with all the birds singing and the sun shining brightly? So, now that the warmer weather has arrived, what else is there to do but prep your home for barbecues and outdoor get-togethers! Your home can be more relaxing, entertaining and comfortable. Simply use these tips to get a little bit of cleaning done and your home will be ready for a wonderful summer season!

Fridge and Freezer

Be honest. Hasn’t it been a while since your fridge and freezer were properly cleaned? Don’t fret. All of us neglect the fridge and freezer from time to time. There are often more pressing issues at hand around the house. Yet, neglecting this important area is risky because of the danger of germs building up in there. Take time to clean the shelves thoroughly by removing them from the fridge and wiping them clean before replacing them. Make it a point to do a deep clean like this every few months.

Underneath the Beds

Out of sight is out of mind. Continuously shoving things under the beds eventually has its drawbacks. Now is a good time to go under each one and clean everything out. Too much clutter creates a breeding ground for germs and dust. The result is increased allergen build-up and breathing problems.

Take a minute to declutter the items that are there and think about donating them. If you can’t, think about hiring a storage unit for these items. You will know where you put these things and you will get to keep your under-bed areas clutter and dust-free!

Now you can get under the beds, consider hiring commercial floor cleaning services to give that carpet or hard floor a deep clean. And while you’ve got them, pull out your other furniture too – who knows what you’ll find under the sofa!

Bins

Obviously, no one enjoys the thought of cleaning out a dust bin, but please do. You don’t want mold growing in any of them. So, at least once a year, give every bin in the house a good washing. Dump out all of the trash, and soak it with a mix of hot water and washing-up liquid. After a bit, remove the bin, and let it dry for a few hours. Next, scrub it well, and finish it off with a spray of multi-purpose disinfectant.

Cupboards

Most everyone works to keep the front of every cupboard in the house clean, but what about the inside? Spring is the perfect time to tackle this forgotten area. Some of your cupboards are not so forgotten if they hold china or drinking glasses. That’s because these cupboards get daily use. The ones that are hosting some of your lesser-used pieces are another story.

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Tips for Organising Your Wardrobe for Summer

Clothes hanging in wardrobeAs the weather continues to get warmer, all of us start to look at our warm winter jumpers and think that it may be time to put them away for a couple of months to make way for lighter weight, summer clothes. As you are going through your clothes, you might as well take the opportunity to give your wardrobe a makeover. It doesn’t need to be a big chore to organise your wardrobe. In fact, with just a couple of simple tricks, you won’t ever lose another sock, scarf or top.

Hang Things Up

Depending on what your style is, you may have a big assortment of scarves, belts and accessories that you need to store. Although they look very nice when you are wearing them, scarves can make your wardrobe look quite messy and if you do not properly store them they can become all tangled up and cause a lot of headaches and hassles the next time you want to wear them. However, you can take a couple of shower curtain rings and then hang them across a coat hanger, and then hang up your belts too to save space and make it easier to find them.

Winter vs. Summer

One of the major factors that determine how organised and neat your wardrobe can be is the number of clothes that you own. If you have lots of clothing crammed inside a small space, then there is a much higher chance that it will end up getting disorganised and cluttered. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to throw a bunch of clothing away. Of course, you should consider donating clothes to a charity that you don’t wear any longer, but an even better option is dividing up your wardrobe into ‘winter’ and ‘summer’ categories. You can vacuum-pack season specific clothing and then store it either in Blue Box storage or your home. That can free up lots of space and reduce the amount of creasing in your clothes as well.

Invest in Some Draw Dividers

It is a well-known fact that drawers are the place that underwear, bras and socks go to die. They turn into a huge jumbled mess and it can take a long time to sort them out. If you keep multiple items in one drawer, using dividers is a good way to keep it all neat and organised. You can purchase drawer divider sets online, or if you are creative you can make your own by cutting old shoe boxes up. If you are tight on space still, another excellent way of storing clothing that you don’t wear very often is vacuum packing them before you put them away. That can help to keep out moisture and odours and keep them clean as well until you are ready to wear them again.

Keep the Creases Under Control

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Learn How to Reduce Your ‘Noise Footprint’

Petrol powered lawn mowerNoise pollution is both an environmental problem and a public health threat. Keep reading to learn a few easy things you can do about it.

Modern civilisation simply makes too much noise. All this noise pollution is very stressful on wildlife and seriously disrupts the behavioural patterns of wildlife. Entire ecosystems wind up shifting dramatically because of chronic noise. Pollinators and seed dispersers, as well as the predators that hunt them, wind up avoiding the clamour. This substantially alters the very landscape of trees and plants. Also, as previously reported by the New Yorker, the cumulative sum of man-made noise is even driving a multifaceted health crisis for people, leading to things like low birth weights, disturbed sleep, heart disease, higher blood pressure, and hearing damage, all happening on a broad scale.

What conclusion can be drawn from all of this? We’re actually slowly killing ourselves, and we’re doing so with noise.

There’s plenty of conversation about minimising our carbon footprint, and there should be. However, there’s not much discussion about reducing our ‘noise footprint’ very often. Why is this? It could be that it simply seems too widespread to tackle, especially when the loudest emitters of noise pollution are areas like logging, shopping and manufacturing. However, any individual who is environmentally conscious should strive to make the soundscape of their community a better one. Lowering your own personal noise output is a wonderful starting point, but instead of taking the drastic step of appointing acoustic consultants London, use the following ideas to curtail your own noise footprint.

Be More Mindful of Noise Pollution

Garret Keizer wrote “The Unwanted Sound Of Everything We Want”. He recommends taking a seat, shutting your eyes for a moment, and then mentally listing every single noise you’re able to hear. That will range from micro noises like your fridge running to macro noises like emergency service sirens. If you live in an urban or even a suburban area, you’ll likely tack up quite the long list.

However, even those in rural areas or protected nature spaces might notice distant noise from aircraft, traffic, and industrial sources. It’s getting harder and harder to find a place where you can be free of artificial or unwanted sounds. Erling Kagge is an explorer who wrote the book “Silence: In The Age Of Noise”, where he said that anyplace you go around the world, silence is practically extinct.

Choose Quieter Options Over Louder Outdoor Activities

Once you become more aware of surrounding noise, you might be inspired to dial back your loudest activities. Sports cars and motorcycles with acoustically abrasive exhausts are frequently some of the worst culprits. Recreational vehicles are other frequent offenders, including motorboats, ATVs and snowmobiles. Even when they stay within legal decibel levels, vehicles like these have a negative impact on both humanity and nature.

If you want to help cut down on traffic noise, use a bicycle instead of a car. Also, if you do drive a vehicle, pick one …

Tips on How to Take Care of Antique Furniture

Lounge full of antique furnitureAn antique piece of wood provides more warmth and glow than newer pieces. This is one of the reasons anyone with antique wooden furniture will strive to keep it in the best condition possible and get help from furniture restoration Essex when needed. The warmth and glow in antique furniture is also known as ‘patina‘ and takes ages to develop and build. It might even take centuries for certain types of wood for the patina to develop. Wooden surfaces are prone to scratching. Although the furniture might have accumulated scratches over time, this only adds the charm, beauty and character of an antique.

Without proper care and maintenance, this furniture can be damaged beyond repair. If you already have a piece of antique furniture in the house, it would be advisable to take proper care of it. You will be surprised how much longer it will last, and even become a main feature in the house. Here are a few tips and ideas on how to care for antique furniture.

1. Keep the Surface Waxed All the Time

This doesn’t only apply to antiques, all wooden furniture and surfaces should be waxed regularly to improve their look and feel, as well as durability. Proper waxing also encourages the development of patina too. Be sure to choose the best quality wax for waxing. Experts recommend natural beeswax, especially for antique furniture. Natural beeswax provides the nourishment required for the wood grain to bring out its colour, as well as protect the surface from elements such as moisture. The modern-day wax spray isn’t as effective as beeswax and even tends to damage the wood grain over time.

The process of waxing your furniture is relatively easy. All you need is a clean, soft, lint-free cloth and a little wax. Rub the wax in the grain’s direction until it produces shine. Drier wood might take some time to provide the desired shine – keep rubbing the wax until satisfied. Waxing alone isn’t enough to protect your furniture. You still need to polish the wooden surface regularly to ensure the wax creates a protective cover.

2. Be Careful With Its Positioning

Antique wooden furniture is made for display. Don’t hide it in the bedroom or the garage. You however need to be careful where you place the furniture. Although the antique might look great by the window, you will be exposing it to harmful UV rays which could degrade the grain. If you have to keep it by the window, ensure it isn’t in direct contact with sunlight. Direct sunlight will cause the wood to lose the patina and colour if exposed for too long.

Protect the furniture from high heat as well. This might sound almost impossible with the central heater left ON all the time. Keeping the furniture away from the vents might help reduce exposure to high heat. If this doesn’t seem possible, you might then be forced to keep waxing the furniture to prevent it from …

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