BestBuy launches UK website

first_img US electricals retailer Best Buy today launches a website for customers in the UK. The launch follows its opening of five stores across the UK, including a Croydon branch last month. BestBuy is new to the UK market but seeking to take on the likes of Dixons in the battle for sales of electrical goods and gadgets including mobile phones. The company is promising to offer a high level of service in its new online operation. deVere Forster, managing director for online at Best Buy UK said: “The launch of our e-commerce store on BestBuy.co.uk marks a key milestone for the business and helps to make buying technology simple, inspiring and tailored to each of our customers. We are very excited.” Wednesday 3 November 2010 9:24 pm Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap whatsapp Share Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlushcenter_img BestBuy launches UK website whatsapp KCS-content Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Ninja Casino drives Q3 growth for Global Gaming

first_img Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Global Gaming has cited the performance of its core Ninja Casino brand as the main driver behind a 93% year-on-year increase in Q3 revenue, the operator’s eighth successive quarter of growth. Net gaming revenue amounted to SEK253.1m (£21.8m/€24.6m/$28m) in the three months to September 30, almost double the SEK131.4m generated in the corresponding period in 2017. Much of this was down to an increase in revenue at Nordic-facing Ninja Casino, which jumped from SEK91.6m in Q3 of 2017 to SEK229.8m this year, representing 91% of total revenue for the quarter. Deposits at Ninja Casino, which offers no-registration play via the proprietary PayNPlay platform, were also up 9% on the second quarter of this year, with 75% of customers now accessing the brand via mobile.In total the group’s own B2C brands, including Ninja Casino and new Swedish online casino SpelLandet, which debuted in July, accounted for all but SEK500,000 of Q3 revenue, with the firm’s soon-to-be-discontinued B2B vertical making a minor contribution.“During the third quarter, our revenue increased by 93 percent compared to the corresponding quarter of last year, and growth was 11 percent from the previous quarter. Impressive growth considering the dramatically increased competition in the Swedish market and given that in the latter part of the quarter we somewhat reduced marketing for Ninja Casino,” chief executive Joacim Möller (pictured) commented. The revenue growth contributed to a significant hike in operating costs, which rose 66% year-on-year to SEK 89.9m. Despite Möller saying that marketing had been reduced for Ninja Casino during the period, marketing costs more than trebled to SEK68.6m, while personnel costs rose from SEK8.1m in Q3 2017 to SEK21.2m. The company also reported capitalised development costs of SEK1.1m, with the operator currently developing a new front-end platform. This will be used to power the launch of Ninja Casino in the Estonian market, after Global’s SafeEnt subsidiary secured an operating licence in the market. These factors contributed to total costs for the quarter soaring 193% to SEK103.0m. However due to the copmany’s growth in revenue, operating profit rose from SEK42.1m in the prior year to SEK60.3m. After finance costs and taxes, this saw the operator post a profit for the quarter of SEK54.3m, up 47% year-on-year.For the nine months ended September 30th, revenue was up 140% year-on-year at SEK679.5m, with profit rising 55% to SEK109.0m. Following the end of the reporting period, Global announced that it is to terminate its white label operations in order to focus efforts on its B2C business, and expects to be awarded an operating licence in Sweden’s re-regulated gaming market. In related news, Global has appointed Niklas Jönsson as its new chief financial officer. He will begin his new role on January 1 and replace Christoffer Tell, who will remain in an advisory role to management until February 28. Jönsson joins Global from Evolution Gaming, where he had been serving as chief financial officer. Speaking about his appointment, Jönsson said: “It’s incredibly inspiring to be part of Global Gaming’s continuing journey. Having come from the supplier side of the industry, I now want to continue my personal development on the operator side.” Ninja Casino drives Q3 growth for Global Gaming Finance Swedish gaming company also names Niklas Jönsson as its new CFO Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 22nd November 2018 | By contenteditor Topics: Finance People Strategy Email Addresslast_img read more

Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL.zw) 2015 Abridged Report

first_imgHwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2015 abridged results.For more information about Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL.zw)  2015 abridged results.Company ProfileHwange Colliery Company Limited extracts, processes and distributes raw coal and coal products in Zimbabwe and sub-Saharan Africa. The Hwange Coalfield and Chaba Mine are located in the north-western region of Zimbabwe; its head office is in the capital city, Harare. Hwange Colliery operates in three segments; mining, medical services and estate management. The Mining division operates in categories that include thermal coal, industrial coal and coking coal. The coke categories include foundry coke, metallurgical coke, coke peas and coke breeze. The by-products include benzole, tar naphthalene and coke oven gas. The Medical Services division manages a healthcare service for its employees and local communities in the mining areas. The estate management division provides and manages properties for rental and sells retail goods and services. Hwange Colliery Company Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Atlanta Bishop Robert Wright releases statement on killing of Rayshard…

first_img [Diocese of Atlanta] The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright, 10th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, issued the following statement in response to the killing on June 12 of Rayshard Brooks by police in Atlanta, Georgia.Like you, I am grieving yet another black man being killed by the police. Tragically, this time it has happened in our midst in Atlanta.We commend Rayshard Brooks’ soul to the loving mercy of our God and his body to the earth. But we also commend his memory and unnecessary death to the conscience of every Georgian, every American, every follower of Jesus and every justice seeker.For those who dismiss the call for reform in our policing as mere politics, exactly how high does the stack of bodies need to pile up before you lend your voice and strength for change?From the founding of our country we have had a white supremacy problem.In this tragic incident, this founding flaw has been revealed again. What looks like the behavior of two police officers is actually a system producing what it was designed to produce, the denial of dignity and safety to black and brown people, specifically black men.My heart breaks with every telling and retelling of the unjust killing of our nation’s Black citizens. My heart has been broken time and time again in this way since I can remember.I do not condone violence by the police or protesters because I am a prisoner of God’s hope, because Jesus is the Lord of my life. And, I do not condone property damage for the cause of protest because it gives critics a means to diminish legitimate concerns.  But I am, like so many, at my wits end.When we are killed like dogs in the street, we are told to be patient and that justice will prevail except, justice in these instances, has been the exception and not the rule. People of every race and good will have been told that our eyes are lying when we see murder, or that the person deserved to die because they had a past. So in this case as in the murders of Ahmaud Aubrey, George Floyd, and now Rayshard Brooks we will wait breathing shallow breaths to see if in Georgia and Minnesota we will deviate from our well-worn American pattern.I stand with all law enforcement who protect and serve the dignity, safety, and rights of all people. I echo Mayor Lance-Bottoms words, “we can do better than this in Atlanta” and commit myself to the hard work of helping Atlanta and our nation to reimagine policing.And, I pray that the blood of Ahmaud Aubrey, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks has not been spilled in vain. 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RNLI promotes events Web site with link-to-us e-mail campaign

first_img Howard Lake | 29 July 2003 | News Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Digital Events About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The RNLI events team is asking Web site owners to publicise the charity’s fundraising events to a wider audience byplacing links on their site to the charity’s loadsmorefun.co.uk site.The promotion is being carried out by digital marketing agency M-Corp which built the loadsmorefun.co.uk site as well as two other RNLI sites, beachrescue.org.uk and beachsafety.org.uk.The e-mail request is short and clear, giving a short cut and paste snippet of HTML for Web site owners to add to their site: Advertisement RNLI promotes events Web site with link-to-us e-mail campaigncenter_img Here is our sites [sic] Title URL and short description:RNLI teamfundraising events – An online resource detailing all thefundraising events in the UK currently organised by the RNLIAlthough the campaign is targeted, the message that UK Fundraising received was not personalised. While it did specifically ask for a link to be made on www.fundraising.co.uk, the message was addressed “To Whom It May Concern.”Furthermore there was no option to place graphics or perhaps banner ads on one’s site, should one be keen to show further support.The loadsmorefun.co.uk microsite itself though is particularly good, offering very clear and attractive details about getting involved, whether as a company or an individual. The opening splash page is a good visual summary of fundraising challenge events, but otherwise redundant. It can be skipped and throughout there are navigation links to the main content of the site. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Cats Protection launches Christmas appeal with Advent calendar

first_imgCats Protection launches Christmas appeal with Advent calendar Howard Lake | 30 November 2004 | News “We tested the Advent calendar in 2003, when it achieved a response rate of almost 14%,” added Sarah Don-Bramah, Account Director at TDA. “This campaign gives something back to supporters, and works to generate further interest, as recipients may give the calendar to other cat lovers.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Cats Protection is distributing an Advent calendar to a warm audience of 110,000 people to raise funds in the run-up to Christmas.The feline welfare charity believes that cats should not be given as Christmas presents and as a result fewer cats are re-homed during the festive period. The campaign, devised by TDA, uses an interactive approach to encourage recipients to support the charity at a time when it has high numbers of animals waiting for homes. “The calendar is a great way of thanking our donors and recognising their support,” said Paul Alexander, Head of Marketing at Cats Protection. “At the same time it will remind them that their help is especially needed at Christmas, when we may have more cats to look after.” Advertisementcenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  66 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Individual givinglast_img read more

Hounded by authorities, Kaliningrad weekly publishes last issue

first_img to go further Читать на русском / Read in RussianReporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the Russian government’s unacceptable persecution of Novye Kolesa, the leading independent newspaper in Russia’s western exclave of Kaliningrad, which finally resulted in the weekly announcing that today’s issue is the last.Novye Kolesa endured all kinds of pressure during its 23 years of existence but the past five months of intense harassment were unprecedented. Its editor was arrested, part of its equipment was seized, it lost its advertisers, it was repeatedly prosecuted, and warnings from the regulatory authority opened the way to the future withdrawal of its licence.The final blows were the ousting of Novye Kolesa from the print media distribution networks and a sudden decision by the company that printed the weekly that it was terminating the contract. It was acting editor Yuri Grozmani who announced yesterday that today’s issue would be the last.The previous issue was withdrawn from sale shortly after its publication on 29 March. Witnesses told the newspaper that unidentified individuals went to newsstands, seized all the copies on sale, and threatened vendors. Then distribution network representatives gave orders to hide all the remaining copies. That issue’s front-page story was about the death of a Kaliningrad resident in detention. The story suggested that he had been tortured to death by the Federal Security Service (FSB) and it included photos of the FSB agents allegedly involved.The distribution networks now claim that it was not profitable to sell Novye Kolesa although every issue usually sold out within a few days. The printing company gave the same grounds for its sudden decision yesterday to terminate its contract. Grozmani said Kaliningrad governor Anton Alikhanov “put pressure on the commercial circuits.”Novye Kolesa editor Igor Rudnikov has not been able to defend his newspaper because he has been in prison since the start of November. A Moscow court extended his pre-trial detention for another two months on 29 March. Known for determined investigative reporting into corruption and local politics, he is being held on a clearly trumped-up charge of extortion.“The authorities did everything possible to silence Novye Kolesa and its editor,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “Their fate speaks volumes about the tight control now being imposed on the media in a region that until recently was regarded as among the least hostile to journalism.“We firmly call on the authorities to end this harassment, which constitutes a clear act of censorship. They must allow Novye Kolesa to resume its activities, release Igor Rudnikov without delay and drop all judicial proceedings against him and his colleagues.”Rudnikov is facing up to 15 years in prison on a charge of trying to blackmail Gen. Victor Ledenev, the head of the local branch of the Investigative Committee, which is responsible for investigating the most serious crimes in Russia.Rudnikov’s lawyers say there is no hard evidence against him and that the case is riddled with procedural flaws. Colleagues point out that Gen. Ledenev was targeted in a Novye Kolesa story in June 2017 about undeclared real estate properties, and that he therefore had every reason to want Rudnikov out of the way.The situation of Kaliningrad’s media has worsened dramatically since Alikhanov, a young man reportedly close to the circles around Vladimir Putin, became its governor in September 2017. Amid mounting threats and prosecution, the state-owned public broadcaster has been taking a more aggressive editorial line towards the independent media.Several media outlets have decided to close, while others have become less critical of the local authorities. Kaliningrad is one of the 11 Russian cities that will host FIFA World Cup matches this summer.Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. June 2, 2021 Find out more Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Organisation May 21, 2021 Find out more News News Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts RSF_en Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesMedia independence Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe Heading of Novye Kolesa newspaper. Credit: Rudnikov.com April 5, 2018 – Updated on April 6, 2018 Hounded by authorities, Kaliningrad weekly publishes last issue News May 5, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Russia Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesMedia independence Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe last_img read more

CFPB Seeks Public Comment on Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Data Points

first_img  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / CFPB Seeks Public Comment on Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Data Points Xhevrije West is a talented writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. She has worked for a number of publications including The Syracuse New Times, Dallas Flow Magazine, and Bellwethr Magazine. She completed her Bachelors at Alcorn State University and went on to complete her Masters at Syracuse University. Lenders have been troubled by the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data points for many years, but they may see some relief in the near future.The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is requesting public comments on the resubmission of mortgage lending data reported under HMDA, which was finalized October 2015.“The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act is a valuable asset in helping detect trends and problem areas in the nation’s mortgage market, and the recent improvements to the rule will foster better understanding of that market,” said Richard Cordray, CFPB Director. “With today’s request for information we are seeking feedback from stakeholders on how best to ensure the accuracy and reliability of mortgage lending information.”HMDA was enacted in 1975 and require lenders to report information about their home loan applications or originations, the CFPB stated. The public and regulators take this information and use it to monitor whether financial institutions are serving the housing needs of their communities, to assist in distributing public-sector investment so as to attract private investment to areas where it is needed, and to identify possible discriminatory lending patterns.The CFPB stated that the recent finalization in October 2015 of the rule was done “to improve information reported about the residential mortgage market” and added more data points for financial institutions. This led the CFPB to believe that the current resubmission guidelines may need to be updated.Stakeholders are questioning if the CFPB plans to adjust its mortgage lending data resubmission guidelines to reflect the expanded data that will be submitted under the new rules. The Bureau is seeking public feedback on what changes to its resubmission guidelines may be needed for data submitted under the new rules.“Ensuring the accuracy of mortgage lending data is vital to carrying out the purposes of the law. Like other federal agencies, and some state regulators, the Bureau conducts examinations to verify the accuracy of reported mortgage lending data and provides resubmission guidelines that describe when supervised institutions will be expected to correct and resubmit data,” the CFPB explained.The CFPB is seeking public comment on:• The Bureau’s use of resubmission error thresholds and how they should be calculated.• The notice also invites comments on whether the thresholds should vary with the size of the submission or kind of data, as well as the consequences for exceeding a threshold.• Other topics addressed in the notice include how the Bureau conducts its mortgage lending data integrity reviews and any technological or other changes that might be made to the data editing and collection process to help reduce errors.The CFPB’s  Request for Information will be open for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.Click here to view regulatory implementation resources.Click here to view the Request for Information. Previous: Here are the Fundamentals Driving SFR Growth Next: Private Sector Job Market Shows No Signs of Slowing Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago CFPB Seeks Public Comment on Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Data Points Tagged with: CFPB Consumer Financial Protection Bureau HMDA Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Subscribe Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Xhevrije West in Daily Dose, Featured Share Savecenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago CFPB Consumer Financial Protection Bureau HMDA Home Mortgage Disclosure Act 2016-01-07 Brian Honea Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago January 7, 2016 1,280 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

Independence Day Parade promises ‘hot time’ in Brundidge

first_img Published 8:08 pm Friday, June 19, 2009 Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… “We have several vendors who will serve hamburgers, hotdogs, sausage, grilled Boston butts, ribs, chicken quarters and nachos,” Botts said. “We’ll also have shaved ice, hand-dipped Blue Bell ice cream, lemonade, water and soft drinks.”The entertainment is scheduled to last about two hours and Botts said hopes are that everyone will stay around, get something to eat and enjoy the music.There will also be drawings for some really great prizes, including a guitar donated by Fuda and a 32-inch flat screen television. Tickets for the drawings are one dollar and will be available at the parade.“We invite everyone to get the Fourth of July holidays off to an early start at the Brundidge Business Association’s Independence Day Parade and celebration on Saturday, June 27,” Botts said.For more information or to register a parade entry, call 334-735-3125. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author Latest Stories Skip Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel By The Penny Hoarder Independence Day Parade promises ‘hot time’ in Brundidge Sponsored Content Book Nook to reopen You Might Like Students stand for MS gains support When Luther Messick heard that Rachel Freeman was opening a lemonade stand to benefit multiple sclerosis, he hopped on his… read more Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson So we invite everyone to come out and enjoy the 2009 Independence Day Parade. We usually have around a hundred entries and this one looks like it’s going to be another big one.”Parade entries are still being accepted and the only requirement is that they have a patriotic theme.“That just means that you need something red, white and blue,” Botts said. “An entry doesn’t have to be a float. It can be a bicycle with ribbons. Just anything that shows your patriotic spirit.” Print Article By Jaine Treadwell Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day When the cow kicked over the lantern Old Mother Leary left in the shed, she winked her eye and said, “There’ll be a hot time in the old town tonight.”Well, the Brundidge Business Association can promise “a hot time in the old town” when the 2009 edition of the annual Independence Day Parade comes marching down Main Street at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 27.“If this keeps up, it is going to be a hot one,” said Rue Botts, parade chair. “But, it’s hot on the creek bank and in the house and everywhere. Following the parade there will be entertainment at the Knox Ryals Pavilion on the grounds of the historic Bass House in downtown Brundidge.“We’ll have Don Fuda and The Classics and also some of his students will be showcased,” Botts said. “And, the entertainment will also feature Walter Wilson a gospel/country singer who is a former resident of Brundidge.Bleachers will be available but there’s plenty of room for those who want to bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets.”Picnic baskets are allowed but there’s no reason to go to all the trouble of making a picnic when there will be all kinds of food available.last_img read more

The client perspective

Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Thereis no substitute for experience so here are five companies who relate how theirinterim managers measured up, By Sally O’ReillyBringingin interim HR managers is increasingly useful. With organisational change nowthe norm, it is often more cost-effective to use temporary HR managers thanrecruit a full-time member of staff. But how do you make sure you get aninterim with the right skills? And, once in post, how do you ensure you get thebest possible performance from them? Here are five examples of how differentcompanies tackled the issue.Charter– Interims with international experienceMergersand acquisitions are endemic in business today, and this often meansintegrating systems and staffing structures across national boundaries. InterimHR staff with international experience can be extremely helpful to companiesgoing through this kind of transition, as international engineering companyCharter found when it acquired Howden, a firm which specialised in air and gashandling.WhenCharter went to interim executive provider Board Level Interim Executive, itwanted an interim HR manager who could help with a programme which includedclosing four sites, cutting staff from 1,400 to 1,100 and bringing in a new ITsystem. And to make life more complicated still, the interim would have tosteer all this through the Howden European works council, in order to complywith EU regulations. The staff elected to this council would have to be consultedon issues such as redundancy.Changeneeded to happen quickly, so bringing in an interim for 18 months wasessential. But it had to be someone with the right skills. “Findingsomeone who really knew their way around European HR issues was critical,”says Bob Boland, chief executive of Howden European Air and Gas HandlingDivision. “If you don’t know your way around the legislation, it can getyou into a lot of trouble. I was losing staff in a number of countries as wellas moving staff across boundaries to work elsewhere.””Wedrew up clear guidelines about what we wanted to happen,” says Boland.”We presented this to the management board and it included cost savingsand target dates for the restructuring. It was the interim’s job to operatewithin that but they would have freedom in the way they chose to tackleit.”Bolandwas pleased with the appointment, David Kitchen. Not only did he have the rightexperience, he also had the confidence to challenge Boland if he thoughtchanges were being brought in too hastily.”Likeother interim managers, an interim HR director can stand outside officepolitics,” says Boland. “They can be honest about what needs to bedone. David would say, ‘I know you want to close that factory tomorrow, butthese are the factors you need to take into account.’”Ina situation where jobs are being cut, another advantage of hiring an interim isthat they can play the hard policeman and then move on. “It does work thatway,” agrees Boland. “When a permanent person is appointed, theyaren’t tarnished with the memory of what went before.”Sowas it a success? Boland thinks so. “It wasn’t a straightforward processbut we worked on it very closely and came in ahead of every target we hadagreed with the board.”LloydsTSB – outsourcing specialist recruitment to an interimCompanies of all sizes can find that an interim HR manager is a usefuladdition to permanent personnel staff, and financial services company LloydsTSB is no exception. Last year it identified the need to recruit highlyspecialised salespeople across the UK to sell regulated products such aspensions and life insurance policies, as well as non-regulated productsincluding credit cards and loans. This was a discrete piece of work whichLloyds TSB decided to outsource to an interim manager, and it was also part ofthe structural changes which followed the merger of Lloyds and TSB two yearsago.SharonHaywood, senior portfolio manager with Lloyds TSB, is part of the team thattackled the projects with an HR implication which arose from the merger.”It was a big change, and we needed to bring in extra HR staff to pick upthe issues as project managers,” she says.Inthis case, Haywood was looking for someone who could oversee the recruitment of350 branch bank sellers and 80 financial consultants, and who could draw up arecruitment plan. Using interim firm Chiumento Consulting Group, she hired PatSpink, a former trainer with broad HR experience.”Weneeded Pat to look at when these people needed to be in post and to work backfrom there,” says Haywood. “If we wanted them to be trained, whenshould we recruit them into the organisation? When should we advertise? Whenshould selection take place?”Thedeadlines were tight. Spink came into place in September and Lloyds TSB wantedthe new financial advisers in post by the end of December 2000 and the branchbased sellers by the end of January 2001. Even so, the appointment worked well.”Itwas a smooth process,” says Haywood. “Essentially, we wanted to getsomeone with the skills and experience to get on with it. You do have to buildin time for any new interim to get used to the company culture, and they dohave to fit in with the way Lloyds TSB works. We have a particular method ofproject management and we stick to a consistent process.”Spinkbelieves experience makes all the difference when meeting the needs of a clientsuch as Lloyds TSB. “I pick things up very quickly – I have worked as atrainer and you learn to build a rapport and assimilate information fast.”Shewelcomes such clear-cut projects as this one. “One problem for interimscan be that you find you are catching up with things that have alreadyhappened.” Starting with a blank piece of paper is the ideal situation foran interim HR manager.OysterGroup – Using an interim as a consultantInterimscan be useful for periods of transition, particularly when HR departments aretrying to re-invent themselves and move from an operational role to a morestrategic position in the organisation. An interim HR director or manager withexperience of personnel issues in a wide range of organisations can add weightto the HR function – and act as a consultant as well as a temporary addition tothe staff. Thiswas certainly the experience of digital transformation company Oyster. Thefirm, which employs 210 staff, had some new investment money last spring andneeded to build its corporate office, including the HR function, with theeventual aim of floating on the stock market. The HR manager then in post wasinvolved only in the day-to-day running of the company and the firm was keen tomove this role onto a more influential footing.Sothe company brought in Tricia Breslin as an interim HR director, using interimconsultancy Macmillan Davies Hodes. She was given two main objectives – tocover the operational role of the existing HR manager, who had gone onmaternity leave, and to prepare the ground for a strategic HR director. Thisnew director was Maxine Sutton, chief people officer of Oyster, who came intopost at the end of 2000.Suttonwas quick to see that the experience of someone like Breslin was highlyvaluable. Breslin worked as a product manager before qualifying in personnelmanagement and serves on employment law tribunals. She therefore has a usefulknowledge of both the broader aspects of business and the legal implications ofHR.”WhenI came into post I needed someone while I found my feet,” says Sutton.”We were very fortunate in finding someone like Tricia, who could look atthe operational issues and at the bigger issues as well.” Oysteralso decided to draw on Breslin’s legal expertise after Sutton was in post, byasking her to compile a staff handbook setting up good practice employmentprocesses for the company.Suttonbelieves giving interims the chance to complete at least one project is a greatmorale booster and means the client company will get more out of the process.”Interims start a lot of processes but they don’t often execute everything,”she points out. “It’s good to give them something they originate and seethrough.”Whichis all part of making the most of the experience of the person you have boughtin, Sutton believes. “A lot of interims, like Tricia, are veryexperienced, intelligent, articulate people,” she says. “Companiesneed to know they are getting the maximum use of their knowledge, not justusing them as a stop gap to fill an admin role.”Omnova– Using an interim to set up changeCompanieswho need interims often need permanent staff as well, so it can make sense touse an interim consultant who can meet both needs. This was the decision madeby James Scouller, managing director of commercial wallpaper manufacturerMuraspec, which has 400 staff in Europe and the Middle East and is thesubsidiary of US parent company Omnova Solutions.Whenhis HR director left last August, he initially thought his best option was towait till a permanent replacement was in post, and muddle along as best hecould till they arrived. But after discussions with the divisional HR directorof his parent firm in Ohio, he thought better of it and established thatinterim firm Odgers Ray & Berndtson could provide both a short-term and along-term solution to the problem.ForScouller, one of the first priorities was to be clear about the differencebetween the permanent and the temporary post. “I wanted to be clear aboutthe job spec and the person spec,” he says. “Again, I worked on thiswith the help of the HR divisional director in the US. We decided we wanted theinterim to hold the fort and also draw up a 12-month agenda for the permanentHR director, so it was clear what their remit was when they came into thejob.”Thisagenda included auditing the issues for the HR department, compiling a trainingneeds assessment and installing a performance management system. Through OdgersRay & Berndtson, interim HR manager Jane Saddler was brought in for afour-month period and Scouller was very pleased with the result.”Gettingin someone with experience smartens up your processes and systems,” saysScouller. “And Jane was very adept at dealing with the issues andobserving the way we worked. She was extremely helpful in a backgroundteambuilding role and helped people understand each other better.”Ontop of this, all of his original objectives were met. “We certainly got anassessment of the big issues, and an action plan, and the HR issues were dealtwith very competently for the four months Jane was in post,” he says.”So it did work for us – in fact we are already using another interim inthe personnel department.”ButScouller has a caveat for anyone considering bringing in an interim HR manager.Expecting them to implement sweeping changes is not realistic unless you bringthem into post for at least a year. “For shorter periods it’s better toget an interim in to set up change than to expect them to implement it,’ hesays. “Establishing a system for someone else to put into practice is theideal approach – and if you don’t do this, I think it’s unfair to theinterim.”AxaSun Life – Using interims in a large-scale change programmeEighteenmonths ago, Axa Equity and Law merged with Sun Life, and a new chief executivetook over the company, the Axa UK Group. Axa Sun Life is one of the threecompanies which makes up the group, and has 4,500 staff. After the merger, amajor change initiative was the inevitable next step and a new HR director wasthe first senior appointment.”TheHR department had a high profile and we were in a position to influence thedirection of the business from an early stage,” says David Morgan, head ofresourcing and organisation. “Also, the changed profile led to us changingfrom a purely admin function to one which operates on a consultancybasis.”Butmoving from one style to the other was not easy. New functions included dealingwith internal and external suppliers, outsourcing certain activities andembarking on a restructuring programme which included redundancies in number ofdepartments, including HR. Also, personnel staff needed to deal with a staffassociation which was merging with Unisys. So last year Morgan decided to bringin six interim HR managers to help with this extensive programme, includingmanagers from Interim Human Resources.Accordingto Morgan it was the sheer scale of the enterprise which made HR interims souseful, together with the fact that this is an effective way of tapping intospecialist expertise as quickly as possible. “Wewanted people with strong HR experience, who would support line managersthrough the restructuring, and people with specialised expertise who would lookat the reward structure, organisational design and so on,” he says.”These were one-off activities which they would then hand back to the HRdepartment.”Morganpoints out that the demands on HR interims at this level are challenging.”We had high level requirements. We needed people with strong technicalcompetence, credibility and influence,” he says. “They needed tointegrate with senior line managers and operate in a very sensitive way –particularly because there were redundancies in this department itself.”Bringingin interims for a such a far-reaching change programme means it is not alwayspossible to give them a step-by-step programme of activities – they need to beable to use their own initiative, says Morgan. “Insome cases, there are very clear objectives – for instance, you want tooutsource a particular activity,” he says. “But if someone iscovering field issues for an HR manager, for instance, you cannot predict whatwill happen.”Thesolution is to spend time building up a good relationship with suppliers,Morgan believes. “You need to be able to put a lot of trust in yoursuppliers, and often you will need them to supply you with staff to a verytight timetable,” he says. “In many cases, you may be able to provideonly a limited brief. So they must know your business.” The client perspectiveOn 1 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. read more