Business and Industry in Plymouth

In the past, the area around Plymouth had silver, tin and lead mines with the River Tamar being the centre for ships exporting the mined ores for over one thousand years. Those mines are now exhausted and yet still contribute to the economy of the local area. In the south west tourism brings in around three quarters of a billion pounds in business and is, therefore, a significant factor in the local economy of Plymouth. Plymouth has many tourist attractions and tourist accommodation facilities both within and nearby the city. To help service all the tourism there is of course a wide selection of bars and restaurants in the area offering employment opportunities. Plymouth is, of course, home to Plymouth Gin which is manufactured at the Black Friar distillery in Southside Street. Southside Street has been the home of the Black Friars distillery since 1793. It is now the only producer of Gin in the UK.

As for any port in the United Kingdom Plymouth has a fishing industry that stretches back across the centuries and is first recorded in the Doomsday book. Sadly, along with many other ports, the fishing industry in Plymouth virtually collapsed in the mid-1970s as European/international restrictions on fishing began to bite. Despite the increasing restrictions on fish quotas, fishing out of the port of Plymouth continues to play a part in the local economy, but on a much smaller scale. Apart from landing fish, the coast around Plymouth is well known to have a rich supply of scallops. Many local fishing boat owners supplement their income with ‘Pleasure Fishing Cruises’ for tourists. Plymouth port does not handle the volume of shipping it has done in the past. However, operating out of the Millbay docks, it is still used as a ‘roll-on roll-off’ port by Brittany ferries on their Roscoff (France) and Santander (Spain) routes, carrying both passengers and freight. The docks also provide berths for other ships and can facilitate the servicing of ships moored in Plymouth Sound.

A major employer in Plymouth is the DML group. DML was established in the 1980s to run the Royal Dockyard and, since 1997, it has owned it. The Royal Dockyard was, once upon a time, the most important and significant naval dockyard in the country. Now it is mainly in the private sector under DML with only a small part of it retained by the Royal Navy, which is now known as the ‘Plymouth Naval Base’. DML in turn is owned by three other companies; Haliburton KBR, Balfour Beatty and the Weir Group. Therefore, as a group, DML has interests in oil extraction and production, building construction, transport infrastructure and defence engineering. Whilst DML is still involved in small ship and yacht manufacturing, its main source of work comes from the refurbishment and maintenance of ships and railway locomotives. Employing nearly 5000 people and with an annual turn-over of £400 million, it is a major employer in the south west of England.

The international conglomerate BAE Systems has a site in the Southway area of Plymouth, which is used in the construction of Platform Solutions, namely Gyros and IMUs (Inertial Motor Units). Such devices are widely used by military operators to provide platform stabilisation for gunfire systems, as well as flight controls for manned and unmanned machines. Originally known as UK Sperry Gyroscopes, Plymouth has over 90 years experience in the production of inertial sensors.

Toshiba Carrier UK, on the Belliver Industrial Estate in Plymouth manufactures air conditioning units ranging from small domestic ones to ones suitable for light commercial activities. Founded in Japan in 1875, Toshiba is now better known as a manufacturer of electronics goods. It has, however, been producing air conditioning units for over 30 years now.

Bluestone is a major national construction company which has its south west base located in Plymouth. The company works mainly on publicly funded contracts such as building schools and hospitals.

Although relatively one of the smaller employers in Plymouth, Gleason’s has a long tradition of working in the town. Gleason’s is a manufacturer of cutting tools and gear, which were vital to the development of the once large ship building industries that were here. Now employing 150 people with an annual turn-over of about £20 million, it still provides tools to other local industries and companies across the UK such as Toyota, Ford and Black & Decker.

Present in Plymouth for over 20 years, Rittal-CSM, in Roborough Plymouth, manufactures enclosures and work-stations for IT equipment located in business and industrial settings. It employs some 700 personnel and exports its products world-wide and has an annual turn-over approaching £70 million.

At the Tamar Business Park, Plymouth has the Information Technology Transfer Centre. The function of the centre is to develop and apply digital technologies in innovative ways, thereby encouraging ‘high tech’ businesses to locate themselves in the Plymouth area. It specialises in finding ways to develop the use of imaging technology such as 3D scanning and rapid prototyping.

Revolutionary New Labor Force Providing Flexible And Cost-Effective Business Services

Over the past decade many companies, professionals, executives, individuals & organizations have a used a cost effective business solution known as the Virtual Assistant, to streamline their business. They have benefited from hiring their services, which can save you time and money in your business or projects. Many companies are seeking cost-effective support for their business in their “own backyard” instead of venturing overseas for outsourcing services or business support services.

By working with a Virtual Assistant, a business can save by: lowering overhead costs, eliminate federal obligations of an employee, you only pay for the services that you request, eliminate the cost of finding/training an employee, they can help you to reduce your work hours, help you to improve or reduce administrative tasks, provide assistance at half of the cost of employees. Some of them offer discounts on their services, you don’t have to have a business or employees to use their services or some of them can work along with your current staff.

They provide professional business services in a variety of areas: office / business management or support, business consulting, web design, secretarial services, tax processing, accounting, personal assistant, payroll, public relations, bookkeeping, computer services, real estate, typing services, research & analysis, marketing, project management, transcription services, business management, art dealer/ art design, web analytics, computer specialist, seo, data management, email management and many other specialized business services. All business services don’t have to be outsourced to them & they can assist with portions of your business needs or one time projects.

Their business experience & backgrounds in business are endless. They work via the Internet, phone, email, instant messenger, fax, courier services and postal mail. There are no geographic restrictions on some of their services; which can be offered worldwide & some of them offer one single service or multiple services. When a business is created and growing, administrative tasks can increase. This can equal to less time that a business has to generate new revenue or focus on other aspects of business. Wouldn’t it be great to have an assistant to call only when you need them? That’s what a Virtual Assistant can do.

CNN.com states “Those in the industry say it is on the rise because it is cost-effective. The employer does not pay for extra office space, furniture, equipment or software. There is no additional cost for training, pensions or work insurance.” A Virtual Assistant does not become a part of your company, they are self-employed business owners. Hiring one can cut back on employees wasting time at work. According to a survey from Salary.com and America Online states “employees are wasting about twice as much time as their employers expect.” Salary.com stated ” employers spend $759 billion on salaries for which real work was expected, but not actually performed.”

Outsourcing is better for the environment, reduces commuting back and forth to work, there is less worry about late employees, employees wasting time on the job and costing a company extra money. A Virtual Assistant is a professional who is 100% focused on your business needs and only bills for the hours worked and/ or tasks completed and they can be a good business solution for outsourcing and helping to cut back on additional business expenses.

While more businesses move their marketing and communications to the internet, Virtual Assistants become a more obvious choice for business or staffing problems. You can hire them faster than an employee and pick which hours, days or services that you need their assistance on. For less than the cost of temps or employees, you can take advantage of professional assistance with a variety of skills with the click of a mouse.

Finding one can be done in many ways: [http://www.clericalsolutionsinc.net] , http://www.toplisted.net (click Business, then click Virtual Assistant USA or UK), type into a search engine : Virtual Assistant or Virtual Assistant services,networks or associations. A sensible and practical solution to growth can be to increase your business manpower. So hire a Virtual Assistant, a creative new labor force that provides practical solutions & services for business, individuals, professionals, executives and job growth potential for outsourcers.

Foreclosure Cleanup and Mortgage Field Services Industry Inspections Equal Profit

If you are a contractor in the real estate services industry, adding property inspections to your list of services can bring in additional profits, quickly, to your business.

There are several forms of inspections in the foreclosure clean-up, property preservation, and mortgage field services industries. To successfully add inspections to your list of services, educate yourself about the types of inspections needed, turnaround times, intricacies of forms associated with specific reports and ultimately the client’s overall need as it relates to specific inspecting reports.

Various Inspections in Mortgage Field Services Industry

Below is a quick list of some of the types of inspections being performed by foreclosure clean-up and mortgage field services companies today.

Verification of Occupancy
Property Condition
Initial Vacant Property
Vacancy
Collections
Delinquency
Disaster
Drive-by
Foreclosure
Hazard
Insurance Loss
Interior
Mobile Home
Mixing
Commercial Property
Environmental
Equipment
Freddie Mac
Merchant Site
Walk-Thru Settlement
Apartment
Commercial Hazard
Pre-Purchase

Very Different

Though many of the inspections listed above may sound very similar in nature, they are each very different and may have very different uses for the client.

Foreclosure Cleanup Inspections

Below is a general overview of some of the inspections larger property preservation companies may ask you to perform as a foreclosure clean-up vendor:

Occupancy Inspections. The main purpose of this viewing of the home is to determine whether or not someone is actually occupying the property. The condition of the home and any potential conditions that may have an impact on the home or property’s condition will also be noted in this type of reporting.

Bankruptcy Inspections. This is a process where the property preservation company wants to know if the occupancy status and condition of the home will affect the value. The inspector will NOT contact the occupants directly, but rather the person doing the inspection will try to verify whether or not someone is living in the home by speaking with another party, such as a neighbor.

Foreclosure Inspections.This is a process where the physical condition of a home or property is documented, in addition to notations as to whether or not a home is secured, whether or not the utilities are active, and notations of maintenance required for the home.

Rush Inspections. This process is usually required to be completed in shortened periods of time (for example, from one to three days). The “rush” time frame will depend on the client’s needs.

Only Perform Inspections You’re Comfortable Completing

Remember, each property preservation company, or mortgage field services company, you choose to sign on with as a foreclosure cleaning vendor will offer various services, including inspections, for which you can sign up to complete.

As a rule of thumb, don’t sign up to complete inspections you’re not comfortable completing. In the “services offered” section of a property preservation company’s or mortgage field services company’s vendor application, list only the duties you know you can perform well as a foreclosure cleanup business. Also list those services you know you can perform timely, and, most importantly, list those services for which you know you can make a healthy profit.

Good luck registering your foreclosure clean up business with property preservation companies and mortgage field services companies for inspection jobs.

Career and Technical Education for the Service Industry – A Triple Win

In today’s society, post-secondary education is a topic that is getting an increased amount of attention. The American President, national, state, and local politicians, and educators across the country continue to work towards identifying new ways to increase the attainment rate for postsecondary education. Career and technical education (CTE) is an important and increasingly popular component of post-secondary education. The role of CTE has continued to develop and evolve over the past several decades. Some people, however, correlate CTE to blue-collar manual labor jobs, and that stigma sometimes detracts from the appeal of CTE for many potential students.

CTE can have a significant impact on the attainment levels of post-secondary education, and it can occur rather inexpensively and efficiently. What is important is that the CTE offerings must continue to expand and evolve as the marketplace changes. One of the largest opportunities for an increase in formal post-secondary education involves current and future employees of the service industry, specifically food service and sales.

There are vast amounts of employees in these sectors, making them prime candidates for further education. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (May, 2014), 12.9 million workers in the United States were employed as front-line waiters / waitresses, sales representatives, or first-line supervisors of those two segments of the working population. That is almost 10% of the working population of this country. However, very few members of these occupational segments have received any formal training or education relating to their occupation from an educational institution.

What would be the benefit of launching and promoting an organization similar to the technical institutes that provide CTE to individuals seeking occupations in the technology or mechanical industries that many people see advertised on television? Who would benefit from a Service Industry Institute (SII), similar to ITT or MMI but focusing on the service industry rather than technology or motorcycles?

The first people to benefit would be the employees themselves. There is a strong correlation between higher earnings potential after completion of a CTE program versus simply having a high school diploma or GED. It has also been widely observed that individuals who complete a CTE program are much more likely to pursue and complete additional post-secondary education. Lastly, people who complete a CTE program and enter the workforce for 4 years prior to pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree incur much lower education debt and a much higher rate of completion than students who pursue a degree directly out of high school. Bottom line… the employee benefits significantly in several very important ways.

Another group that would benefit from service industry-focused CTE would be companies and organizations that provide those services to consumers. Having a highly trained and knowledgeable workforce enables companies to meet their customer’s needs more effectively and efficiently, leading to higher profits, more satisfied customers, and increased repeat business and net promoter scores. Companies would also be able to streamline their hiring practices by focusing on attracting potential employees who have formal training in the service industry. Lastly, companies would be able to reduce their own training expenses either by hiring candidates who have already completed post-secondary training and certification in their sector or by making the successful completion of such certification a requirement for their continued employment.

The last group that would benefit from a better-educated service industry workforce would be the customers who use the service of those employees, and the economy as a whole. Anyone who has gone to a restaurant and been served by a waiter or waitress has experienced the impact of that server’s skills (or lack thereof) first-hand. Anyone who has shopped at a retail store and interacted with a sales person has experienced first-hand how that sales person’s skills affected the transaction. Bottom line… the better the experience by the individuals providing service to you, the higher level of enjoyment you experience in that interaction, and nothing sets the stage for a good experience more than effective training. Finally, when a customer experiences exceptional service, they spend more money. That helps stimulate the economy, and that is good for everyone.