From Emma C Browning Ltd to MERAKI HR – the story

Changes are afoot! Emma C Browning Ltd (ECB Ltd) is a well established and highly regarded HR Consultancy that helps small but ambitious SME’s succeed through its most precious asset; its people. The success of ECB Ltd has largely been driven by the determination, expertise and passion of its founding Director, Emma Browning, who has delivered an exceptional level of service to its clients. Emma started her career over 30 years ago and became an HR Director in 2012. Emma knew all too well the common failings of hiring external…

Why I’m fed up with the gig economy bashers

Over the last decade the gig economy has transformed the way we work and do business. Access to remote working has changed the definition of work and the workplace dramatically. Advances in technology continue to facilitate flexible and remote working, and austerity measures are a reality for us all. This has meant that employers have had to become super savvy about slashing costs by cutting back on fixed costs – one such option is replacing permanent staff with freelancers. I would argue that the rise of the freelance nation has…

Are Your HR Practices In Need of a Spring Clean?  

You probably started your own business because you’re passionate about bringing your product or service into the world, and providing a much-needed solution for your customers and clients. This people management malarkey though – it’s not necessarily what you signed up for, is it?! Call it a necessary evil if you like, but the fact remains that if you want to grow a thriving business, you can’t get away from it. You need practices, procedures, and policies in place that ensure you’re hitting the mark and developing the right kind…

Do you need an HR Secret Weapon?

Growing a business without HR expertise is challenging at best, and a constant uphill struggle at worst. If you’ve ever had to tackle a people issue on your own, you’ll know just how stressful it can be. Between trying to manage your legal obligations, and meeting your operational requirements, firefighting can become part of your everyday routine if you aren’t careful. Of course, there’s the option to call upon help on a project-by-project basis, and there can be real value in that approach. But if you’re ready to raise the…

How am I going to get this people stuff delivered?

Do you want dedicated and experienced support to deliver an HR project within an agreed timescale and budget? I know what it’s like running a business. Competing demands on your time, from staff, customers and suppliers. It’s brilliant, but it’s a constant juggle. And sometimes you need a hand. I can lend that hand. For a fixed cost, you can access my tried and tested HR Project Service. So if you don’t have the time, skills or the resources necessary to deliver an important people project for your business, then…

What’s so difficult about delegating?

A number of my clients are growing at the moment and with that comes growing pains. The most common growing pain that I am hearing at the moment and that I am helping my clients with is that the MD’s or CEO’s are struggling to delegate their responsibilities onto their management team. When they do delegate, things go wrong, so they swoop in, fix it all again, and then continue to ask why they can’t delegate! Sound familiar? However, if you want to have the time to manage a successful…

October Legal Updates

1st October 2016 the Government will introduce several employment law reforms including changes to current legislation concerning the National Minimum Wage, immigration and gender pay gap reporting. The changes will affect companies of all sizes so there’s no better time to make sure your business is up-to-date and compliant. National Minimum Wage Increases The Low Pay Commission made recommendations to the government regarding the National Minimum Wage and the new rates will go into effect from 1st October. It is a criminal offence not to pay employees NMW and both…

Why Everything You Thought You Know About Team-Building Is Wrong

Team-Building is something that all businesses owners recognise is important, and  we’re all pretty clued up these days when it comes to the importance of building teams that work together to drive a business forward. No one is questioning the benefits, but there is a great deal of confusion around what it actually means to develop a team that operates at its full potential. There are some common misconceptions that are still holding leaders back, and it could be the case that the information that you believe to be correct…