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We work with employers and employees to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. You can make an appointment to come in and see us, or arrange for an adviser to visit or discuss issues over the phone and give advice and guidance.

Keep in touch

Our monthly newsletter will provide you with regular updates on changes to employment law, local events, and top tips based on new guidance we release. You can view recent issues of our newsletters toward the bottom of this page.

To find out more about our training and business services call our customer services team on 0300 123 1150 or complete our Customer contact form.

Acas is active on social media as well, you can follow us on our Twitter channel.

Find out details of the support Acas offers to organisations large and small on our Case studies page.

Or view further details of Acas Business solutions.

Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Business Growth Programme

The Business Growth Programme provides grant funding to businesses based in or are planning to invest in the Leeds City Region.

Grants of between £10,000 and £500,000 are available to create new jobs and business growth.

The LEP have secured government funding to award grants to small and medium-sized businesses in the Leeds City Region in order to invest in the skills of your workforce. The programme has been developed to help businesses source the right skills solutions for your business. Most Acas training, including training at your premises, is within this funding.

Is my business eligble for a grant?

Your business must be based in the Leeds City Region, employ fewer than 250 people and have an annual turnover of less than £40million.

Your business must be in one of the following sectors: Manufacturing, Engineering, Creative and Digital, Business and Professional, Medical Technology, Hospitality and Tourism, Low Carbon, Environment Tech and Construction, Transport and Logistics.

Your business must be able to provide a contribution to the cost of training, as a minimum 50%.

To find out more and to apply, visit www.the-lep.com/skillsservice or contact skills@the-lep.com.

Once you are registered you will be able to request Acas as your training provider. Please feel free to contact jjeffers@acas.org.uk to discuss.

Training

We run authoritative training courses for small business and larger organisations (see 'Find a course' above). For specific requirements we can customise training sessions to run in-house. We also work closely with organisations to assess their current situation and give recommendations on improvements that will increase efficiency.

All our training sessions can be delivered in-house. Contact our customer service team for more information on 0300 123 1150. Or you can let us know how we can help through our Customer contact form.

How do you start a difficult conversation at work?

Managers who avoid difficult conversations risk undermining their own position and potentially losing credibility with staff. It is really important to have the skills needed for timely productive conversations.

Watch this video to see how conversations can sometimes go wrong and then ask how you would do it.

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View our Having difficult conversations training events that will help you get these situations right.

Featured Acas events in Yorkshire and Humber

Key Employment Law updates for Business in Yorkshire & Humber

Employment Law can be one of the most complex and regularly modified parts of the legal system. Legislation can be introduced, amended or repealed and when consultations and case law are added, it makes for a complex picture.

Keeping abreast of the issues helps you steer your business away from litigation and potential financial penalties. By developing a familiarity with the emerging landscape you can develop strategies which can improve employment relations, reduce risk and increase organisational resilience.

Find out more about Employment Law Update events taking place around the region.

TUPE and outsourcing: All you need to know about staff transfers

The full day course provides an overview of TUPE and explores the commercial and practical implications of a transfer at each stage of the process from initial procurement process, to due diligence, communicating with staff and other stakeholders as well as actions post transfer. This event will be delivered in conjunction with Leeds based law firm, Squire Sanders.

Find out more about TUPE events taking place around the region.

Redundancy and Restructuring - all the options

This course will enable you to approach organisational change and HR management in a downturn in a constructive and positive manner. Attendees will leave with a wealth of knowledge on best practices for managing process, communicating changes, maintaining legislative compliance and minimising the business impact of a reduction in resources. Throughout the day Acas will also demonstrate effective ways of weighing all the options in hand and performing critical assessments of organisational and personnel needs.

Find out more about Redundancy events taking place around the region.

What our delegates say about our training courses

"Informative, interesting, valuable"
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"Excellent how delegates are encouraged to discuss in depth"
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"Very relevant and clear guidance given."
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We work with others

We work with employers and employees to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. You can discuss issues with an adviser who can give advice and guidance over the phone.

Solving issues in the workplace

Are you in the middle of a dispute where both sides are reluctant to give any ground?

Acas Collective conciliation may be able to help you. Collective conciliation isn't just for large companies like British Airways or the BBC, it can be adapted to help any employers and employee representative bodies settle their differences. If collective conciliation would help your business please call the Customer Service Team on 0300 123 1150 and we will refer you to a senior conciliator in the area.

Have you considered mediation as a way forward?

Mediation is a completely voluntary and confidential form of alternative dispute resolution. Acas deliver mediation services and with over 40 years of experience, working with organisations of all sizes, we have expert advisers and services to suit your situation. You can find out more by visiting our services and calling the Customer service team on 0300 123 1150, or you may consider training your own in-house mediators.

Certificate in internal workplace mediation

Dealing with conflict in the workplace is costly, not dealing with it can cost even more. CIPD report that over half of the workforce has received no training in managing conflict despite it costing employers more than £24 billion in lost working days.

More than two-thirds of managers have had no formal training in this area despite 370 million UK working days being used to manage workplace conflict. Acas can train staff in Certificate in Internal Workplace Mediation (CIWM). Contact the Customer Service team for more information and dates of forthcoming events on 0300 123 1150.

Business Solutions

Every year thousands of employers come to Acas for guidance and training. But did you know we can come to your place too?

Our specialists can visit your organisation, diagnose issues in your workplace and tailor training and solutions to address the unique challenges faced by you and your organisation.

Find out more about Acas business solutions and the benefits they can bring to your organisation. Or make an enquiry through our Customer contact form.

Recent issues of the Acas Yorkshire and Humber newsletter

March 2015

Feb 2015

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