Why it may be harder to find good workers after Brexit

From 1 January 2021, when the UK leaves the EU, there will no longer be a general route to recruit EU workers for jobs with a salary less than £20,480. The new rules will significantly reduce the pool of talent available to fill so-called ‘unskilled’ roles, so businesses will need a plan to attract, retain and engage good people.

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We’ve evolved - it’s time for a brand transformation

One consultant, one area of specialism. So began RfM Business Consulting just over 4 years ago. Fast forward to 2020, the company has grown and changed significantly. It’s also time for a fitting new name: RfM Transform. Managing Director, Tony Backhouse, explains why now is the right time to re-brand.

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Transform the digital future of your business

Apart from the obvious, this year has been dominated by one thing: digital technology. Businesses that already had strong digital infrastructure have found it easier to survive – if not thrive – post-lockdown. We want to help as many businesses as possible secure their place in this digital future and are proud to launch a new service: Transform Digital Technology.

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Time to transform? How to thrive (not just survive) after COVID-19

As we tentatively emerge from the shadow of the full COVID-19 lockdown, Tony Backhouse evaluates how the rules of business have changed and steps businesses can take to secure their place in the ‘new future’.

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There may be tears... Tips for handling difficult conversations

The fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is huge and far-reaching. As expected, many businesses are now having to make difficult decisions about whether they can afford to keep their staff on or need to make structural changes. Difficult decisions invariably lead to difficult conversations… but there are things you can do to minimise the pain and emotion that comes with them.

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The R Word - Do you really need to make redundancies?

If your business has been affected by the coronavirus, you will no doubt be exploring all the options for cutting costs and increasing revenues – including reducing your payroll. But redundancies may not be the best or only way to save money or improve the productivity of your workforce.

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This project would not have got off the ground without the help of RfM. Not only did Tony find the funding, he developed our plans to enable the project to become real. Tony is incredibly hands-on and made sure the application proceeded smoothly despite the usual planning delays.

Martin Horner Bay View Childcare

RfM has provided invaluable support and advice to help us plan and prepare for this phase of significant change for the business. Tony is very well connected and has put us in touch with all the right people to help make the project happen. Tony adjusts his way of working to fit the size and nature of the business; I've found him to be really proactive and very hands on. Nothing seems to faze him! It's been a positive experience and we hope to carry on working with Tony through to the completion of the project.

Gary Grieve Furness Cars and Commercials

RfM were instrumental in helping us to secure R&D tax credits from the government. These are tremendously beneficial to a business like ours as they allow us to offset the costs involved in the R&D process – including the materials and the labour – and also receive a bonus on top.

Malcolm Snape StormMeister



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