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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Some beauty blog recommendations, just for you!


Beauty blogs

Here at 4Leisure we love reading beauty blogs. Beauty blogs are a fabulous way of keeping up with all the latest beauty styles and products, and hearing industry news and gossip!

Blogs have really taken off in the last couple of years, helped along by free blogging platforms like Blogger and WordPress. There are millions of blogs worldwide in dozens of different genres, including parenting, fashion, technology, and of course, beauty.

Here’s our pick of what’s going on in the beauty blogging world right now.

The Sunday Girl is a fan of Instagram – aren’t we all? – and has compiled a handy list of accounts to follow for all things nails and make-up. Instagram is a brilliant way of getting sneaky peeks at new products, and to borrow ideas.

If video is more your thing, then Sugarpuffish has a great range of vlogs (that’s video-blogs to the rest of us) talking about various beauty products. Her blog is a wonderful resource for those who have sensitive skin or suffer from conditions like eczema or other allergies.

Product reviews and previews are a huge feature on beauty blogs and this review of Essie 2013 Winter Collection nail varnish from GlamBeautys is a good look at what’s sure to be popular for the Christmas season – can’t beat a bit of sparkle!

Over on Pretty on Pink, there is a sneak peek into the Souk Souk Little Green Beauty Box – what does it contain and, more importantly, is it good value for money? BeautyGeekUK tries out the Kiko Eyeclics and Infinity Eyeshadows. If hair is more your thing, Leeane Marie tries out the Babyliss Boutique Loose Waves Hair Tong.

Look out on beauty blogs for competitions and giveaways too! Beauty blogs are a fantastic source of beauty related prizes – Miss Budget Beauty has a give away for Mac make-up. It closes on the 15th December 2013, so be quick!

If you’re a fan of beauty blogs too, then you can follow the Twitter hashtag #bbloggers for more like this, or subscribe to our twitter list here.

What recommendations do you have for beauty blogs?

 

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Leisure Recruitment News – December 2013

Being keen observers of the leisure industry recruitment business (naturally!), we’d like to share a few stories with you that have caught our eye this last couple of weeks……

1 – Ex-Fitness First MD joins Xercise4Less in mission to revolutionise the budget gym industry

The team at Xercise4Less

The team at Xercise4Less

Xercise4Less has recruited some big leisure industry names to help the company deliver their ambition of revolutionising the budget gym industry. Peter Boddy and Simon Tutt have a combined 26 years of business experience and look to be an exciting addition to this growing chain. For more on this story, please visit their website.

2 – Is Linked-In Killing the Recruitment Industry?

A very interesting piece for us in the recruitment industry is this insightful peek into how new social media is potentially harming recruitment professionals. We’d have to agree with the author and say no, LinkedIn particularly does not seem to be doing us any harm. There is still great value in traditional recruitment techniques, which can only be enhanced by social media. So, keep your LinkedIn profiles up to date in case we want to find you on there but we will keep doing what we are doing for the foreseeable future.

3 – Survey reveals many spa managers lacking essential training

Another interesting piece reigniting the debate about the importance of qualifications over experience. A survey has revealed that around a third of employed spa managers had not taken even one spa management training course, and that more than a third were relying on their on-the-job experience in their management role, with many admitting that they don’t have the skills in financial management and business which they feel is necessary in the job they do. Interesting!

4 –  Spa & Leisure Recruitment Agencies not compliant?

Our very own Jean is worried that too many leisure companies are unaware of the importance of the Agency Workers Regulations that came into effect two years ago. New companies are coming on board with 4Leisure only to be surprised when informed of the regulations which affect anyone employing agency workers. To read more about the Agency Workers Regulations, then check out the article on our blog.

5 – Former lifeguard has made it all the way to the top

Last of all, a great story about how someone who started off as a lifeguard has returned as the boss of the revamped leisure centre where he started his journey in the 1970s. We completely agree with Eddie who says that there are many opportunities in the leisure industry that can grow from something as small as a summer job. He looks like a great hire!

If you’ve got any leisure recruitment stories you’d like to share with us, then please get in touch!

 

Spa & Leisure Recruitment Agencies not compliant?

Shocked to hear how many other Spa and Leisure Recruitment Agencies are not making their clients aware of the Agency Workers Regulations.

Introduced in October 2011, AWR was brought in to protect the rights of temporary workers and stop them being exploited. It sought mainly to ensure that temporary workers receive the same benefits that permanent workers in a similar role receive.

But it would seem that AWR is not being explained to leisure operators, many of whom have never heard of it. We spoke to several of our current and new clients last week and none of them had ever been spoken to about AWR by their previous suppliers. Is this a case of their Agencies burying their head in the sand? Or just not understanding it?

It’s true that AWR is complex and has caused all kinds of administrative headaches for both agencies and clients alike, but it’s not going anywhere and avoiding it altogether is as good as asking for a claim to be made.

From a client perspective, if your agency isn’t talking to you about AWR and how they are protecting you from claims, you should seriously think about who you’re using. Just because it’s leisure, doesn’t mean it’s shouldn’t be professional.

For more information of AWR and how 4Leisure can provide a cost-effective, professional and compliant service, contact one of our Specialist Consultants on 01895 450640.

Some of Our Clients