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How Can A Business Consultant Help My Business?

What Is A Business  Consultant? 

By definition, a business consultant is a working professional who provides professional or expert advice in a particular area such as security, management, accountancy, law, human resources, marketing, finance, engineering, science and  digital transformations. We’ve probably missed a few specialisms off, but there really are too many to account for.

There can sometimes be some confusion surrounding what a business consultant is or what they actually do. The term is often considered to be very broad surrounding the work consultants can actually perform, but there are specific characteristics that set them apart from any other profession. 

First of all, a consultant provides knowledge, expertise and support for a client and their business. Why? Well, it’s as simple as this. Overall, a business will contact a consultant or a consultancy firm if they feel they lack the experience to fulfil certain tasks within their business.  In return for their skills, a consultant will charge a fee dependent on the work needed to be completed. 

But it’s not just extra skills that consultants can bring to the table. 

If you read our blog post last year, we talked about the trials and tribulations of running a family business. You can read that here. We focussed on the conflicts that can arise in family establishments due to the nature and structure of family businesses including the overlap of job roles, miscommunication and personal disputes. This is also an area in which consultants come in. They are independent and hold no bias over familial politics so they can provide an alternative view on problems and solutions. 

What Does Ampios Offer? 

Here at Ampios, our consultants work and operate as independent consultants under the canopy of Ampios’s name. You’ve probably heard of the ‘Big Four’ : Price Waterhouse Coopers, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and KPMG.  Unless you’re a large corporation with big bucks to spend, you probably won’t be considering these companies. Here at Ampios, we work with small to medium sized businesses and will be much more purse friendly but we can still provide you with fresh insight, experience and capability to help you develop winning strategies for your business.

So now you’ve identified your issue and need to get the ball rolling, what’s next?  it’s probably best you know which types of consultants are available to you. This is where the fun begins. We have 13 consultants here at Ampios that all specialise in various different areas throughout business. Our consultants are specialised to work with you in the following areas:

  • Human Resources, 
  • Digital Transformation
  • Operations, 
  • Culture Building and Health and Safety Training
  • Business Transformation and Profit Improvement
  • Strategic Review and Direction Planning
  • Marketing
  • Overseas Trade and Global Business Growth
  • Financial Management
  • Finance-Raising and Corporate Governance
  • Strategic Leadership and Corporate Governance

Phew! That was quite an extensive list. So now you know what they can do, you can take a look at their friendly faces here, and get to know them a little bit better. 

So before we go any further, you’ve probably noticed we don’t call our business consultants, consultants. We refer to them as Management Partners. It’s effectively the same thing, however Managing Partners are responsible for guiding the overall strategic direction of the business as well as managing its daily activities.

How Does Ampios Work With You?

First things first, we need to know what you’re trying to achieve.  We want to help you grow and ensure the overall success of your business. Ampios can help you create a strategic vision to aim for, its timeline and to plan your strategies to achieve that vision. Planning requires execution and we’ll work alongside you, with independent eyes and expertise, to ensure plans are turned into action.

We’ll effectively assign you an account manager, this will be your management partner. To initiate our plan going forward we will create a proposal that outlines how we’re going to work with you. We will sit down with you and offer you a ½ day review, to get to the core of what really needs improving. We’ll then go away and write a report on the areas we feel are a little concerning, this will also include a summary of our discussion. Once we’ve established the help you need we will go away and get straight to work. But don’t worry, we won’t leave you in the dark, we’ll give you regular check ins to keep you in the know.

But bear in mind this isn’t a quick fix, these things take time, effort and a lot of hard work. If you’re ready to take the first step and help your business get back on the right track, please get in touch today. Either give us a call on +44 (0)333 987 4672 or fill in our contact form via the website



Gender Inequality In The Workplace: Women In Leadership Roles

Gender Inequality In The Workplace: Women In Leadership Roles

If you caught our blog post last week, we touched upon the new rules UPS had implemented to ensure diversity in the workplace. Now diversity seems to be on everyone’s mind and with good reason to! Here at Ampios, we believe that there should be no gender inequality in the workplace and more women in leadership roles. That being said, we still have a long way to go. 

Gender Inequality In 2020

According to the Global Gender Gap Report 2020, global gender equality will take another 100 years to achieve. The report found that the largest gender disparity was the Political Empowerment gap, with only 24.7% of the global Political Empowerment gap having been closed in 2020. However, it’s not all doom and gloom. There was a significant increase in the number of women in parliaments compared to the last study. Although we have seen noticeable change, there’s still major room for improvement. We can see these steps being taken in Thailand, Spain and Latvia where the number of women in parliament has increased massively. However in 85 of the 153 countries covered in the report, they had never had a head of state leader that identified as female.

With this point in mind, we’d like to point you in the direction of one powerful woman making headlines in politics in 2020. We’re sure you’ve heard of Kamala Harris by now. She made history a few weeks ago when she became the first woman and the first woman of colour to be elected Vice-President of America. This isn’t the first time she’s made history either, in 2017, she became the first South Asian-American senator in US history and the second African-American woman elected to the senate. A pretty big achievement if you ask us.

It’s great to see progression in areas such as politics, but this needs to be replicated and transferred across many sectors. Not only just for women, but for those in ethnic minority groups who are hugely under-represented compared to their white counterparts. 

Gender Equality Across The Globe

If we look to our Nordic Neighbours, Iceland is the most gender-equal country in the world. It’s taken the top spot for the 11th time in a row, closing almost 88% of its overall gender gap. This is then followed by all of the Scandinavian countries with Norway in second place , Finland 3rd and Sweden 4th. 

This poses the question, if these countries can close the gap so significantly, then why isn’t the rest of the world following.

According to The Harvard Business Review, they found that women in leadership positions were perceived as being every bit as effective as men. Women scored at a statistically significantly higher level than men on the vast majority of leadership competencies that were measured. So surely it makes sense to see women in the top percentage when it comes to key decision making roles such as being CEOs. Research conducted by Catalyst in January of this year found that Only 4.9% of Fortune 500 CEOs and 2% of S&P 500 CEOs are women

Just a few days ago, a story published by CBS news confirmed the reality that inequality is still rife in our society despite the push to create a fair and cohesive world. The study conducted by Women Political Leaders and Kantar, shows how inequality persists in how society views leadership.

Media and entertainment, natural sciences  and banking and finance were classified as sectors that women were seen as suitable leaders. Despite their apparent success in the banking and finance sector, this is a sector with a huge male presence that dominates top leadership positions. Only 2% of bank CEO positions are held by a woman and only 20% of board seats. 

Global Opinions On Women In Leadership

Another key question was presented to the study group. The study asked if the respondents would feel comfortable with a woman holding some of the highest positions of power within a country. 

Answers in the U.S showed that perhaps progress is lacking, as 69% said they’d be comfortable with a woman as CEO but 62% were comfortable with a woman as head of government. 

However, this shouldn’t be a question we’re asking in 2020. It’s evident that these gender constraints we learn in early childhood right through to adulthood disable us from seeing the sexist myths used to brainwash society. If we deny both genders the tools and platforms to make breakthroughs in any industries then surely we’re denying the human race the right to progress. 

Women Throughout History

It might seem hard to believe in today’s world but it was once illegal for a woman to do many of the things we take for granted every single day. If we roll back the years to 400 BC, you could have faced the death penalty for practicing medicine, a shocking but very real risk women had to face.

If it’s predicted we won’t see gender equality for the next 100 years, let’s see how far we have come over the last 100 years.

Here are a just a few things women couldn’t do but now can (to some extent) 

  • Hold property on the same terms as men
  • Serve on a jury
  • Open a bank account or apply for a loan
  • Be refused service for spending their own money in a pub
  • Become an accountant or lawyer
  • Have a right to equal pay
  • Be considered a ‘person’ in the eyes of the law
  • Sit In the House Of Lords
  • Work on the London Stock Exchange
  • Obtain a court order against a violent husband
  • Access the contraceptive pill
  • Get a legal and safe abortion
  • Report Marital Rape

What’s Next For Women In The Workplace

We’ve seen trail blazers pave the way for modern women to take a stand and fight for their rights to get their voices heard which were for so long dismissed and deemed unimportant. Women have been discriminated against for centuries and people are sick and tired of the treatment they still face in today’s world. It’s time to break gender norms and collapse these outdated stereotypes that have been the narrative for most women. No longer are women there to serve and sacrifice.  Women will continue to challenge traditional roles and their work isn’t finished yet. If women can still be forced to wear heels by their employer then we believe this is just the type of encouragement they need. 

At Ampios we believe anyone should have the right to work in top leadership positions, and if women still haven’t gained equality then it’s a battle we stand by. 

If you need help at your business, then we have years of experience in a range of different businesses and sectors. Don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Dress Codes And Appearance In The Workplace

Dress codes and Appearance In The Workplace

UPS Lifts Ban On Beards

In non related coronavirus news.  Global couriering giant UPS has relaxed their rules on dress codes and appearance in the workplace after years of scrutiny. UPS have introduced the new guidelines as part of a bid to celebrate diversity rather than corporate restrictions. The company had previously stated that their values are rooted in diversity and inclusion. However, it seems this hasn’t always been the case.

UPS’ Journey To Become More Diverse

Back in 2018, a man from Derbyshire was rejected for a UPS delivery driver job because of his beard. In an article published by the BBC, the man in question was told in order to be considered for the position, he would need to shave off his beard as this was a company guideline. 

Now two years later, it seems the company has done a U Turn and the new rules will allow hairstyles such as braids and afros. Piercings are also allowed however they should be limited to earrings and small facial piercings. Despite these changes, tattoos are still required to be covered up. 

In previous years, UPS workers were only allowed facial hair if it was for religious or medical reasons. But now all workers can fashion any facial hair they wish, from a handlebar moustache to a beard that Mr Twit al a Roald Dahls ‘The Twits’ would be seen donning.

Now with this progressive and positive news, it poses the question : Should UPS have been allowed to enforce such dress code guidelines for all these years? 

Dress Codes In The UK

According to UK law, it is legal for employers to set whatever rules they want when it comes to dress codes and appearance in the workplace permitting they aren’t discriminatory. 

If you as an employee think your employers dress code is discriminatory, you should speak to your manager. They should address your concern. If the comment isn’t well received you could be subject to unlawful victimisation, which you are protected from under the Equality Act 2010. Should this approach draw no formal conclusions, the Government advises you to follow the HR processes in place at your workplace or follow your trade union representative. You can also contact the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service or the Equality Advisory and Support Service. 

Dress Codes and Appearance In The Workplace

Dress codes are often set dependent on the industry you work in. It can help to establish the company brand and ethos. By setting a uniform it will make employees look professional and equal. Uniforms often project a corporate image and makes employees easily identifiable. 

In most workplaces in 2020, formal dress code policies are seen to be outdated and most workers adopt what we might call a casual and informal dress code, essentially, wear what you want. The majority of people seem to wear what’s most practical and comfortable for them i.e jeans and a t-shirt and with the majority of working from home this year, even joggers and pyjamas have fallen into that category. There definitely isn’t a one size fits all policy when it comes to dress codes, that’s why it’s best for employers to evaluate their workplace and make the dress code policy applicable to that environment. 

When Are Dress Codes Necessary?

In more common cases, employers introduce these policies for health and safety reasons. This is usually for those working in kitchens, hospitals or when operating machinery. Hair and jewellery are often asked to be covered as well as not wearing baggy clothing or open toed footwear.

All in all, having a dress code is essential for almost all businesses, at the end of the day it’s common sense. You wouldn’t be heavy lifting when wearing a stiletto and you wouldn’t wear nail polish when preparing food. The most important thing is to prioritise staff safety, so establish your guidelines but do not discriminate. 

We’re in a modern era where people are free to express themselves. Some say what we wear does define us, but it can also be an expression or our personality and it’s what makes us who we are. When we like what we wear, we usually feel good. So surely morale and employee mental health are top of the list? We’ll let you decide. 

Align Your Businesses Vision And Strategy With Ampios

If you’re struggling to keep procedures in place and need a fresh pair of eyes to give everything the once over, our team of dedicated specialists can help point you in the right direction. We can work with your people and can help align the overall vision and strategy of your company. If you need to get in touch, we’d love to have a chat. Give us a call on T: +44 (0)333 987 4672 or send us a message via our contact form:

Diversity In The Workplace

Working From Home Could Lead To More Prejudice

Working from home has been second nature to most of us for the past 8 months or so and with the reviews in, it seems we’re all pretty split on the concept. Like most working routines, there’s positives and negatives. No commute, saving money on lunches, more of a lie in. Come to think of it, this sounds like the ideal situation. 

However, a study conducted by the Woolf Institute, has revealed that widespread working from home could lead to more prejudice and an increase in racism. 

Founded by Dr Edward Kessler and Revd Professor Martin Forward in 1998. Their aim was to provide an academic framework and space in which people could tackle issues of religious difference constructively. 

The study surveyed 11,701 people across England and Wales and asked questions surrounding their attitudes towards ethnic, national and religious diversity. To bring these issues closer to home, the institute invited respondents to share their attitudes towards a close relative, partnering someone from a different background. The respondents also explored their own experiences of diversity both at work and within friendship groups. 

BAME In Society

If you followed the news over the summer, during the height of the Black Lives Matter protests, then you’ll more than likely be aware of the inequality when it comes to employment, housing and the justice system for Britain’s black and ethnic minority groups.

Despite our seemingly diverse society, it is still evident that these communities are still marginalised and repressed in more than one way and there are still major differences and inequalities within society. 

Over  a 2 year period, the study aimed to understand how people perceive and experience diversity in their neighbourhoods, towns and cities and how this compared nationally. 

Britain’s View On Diversity

The report’s major findings  concluded that on a national level, diversity is good for the UK but workplaces play an important part in bringing people from different backgrounds together. 

Overall, there is a national consensus that diversity is good for society. That being said, people in the North East of England and in Wales, when in comparison to those in London are less welcoming of diversity.

It’s clear to see that 60% of people in England and Wales think diversity has developed too quickly. This same 60% believe that there are too many migrants in Britain and exactly half also believe that ethnic diversity has increased too quickly over the last 10 years. 

Religion And Diversity

When it comes to religion, this is where the positivity and acceptance dwindles. The study shows that as a society we are less comfortable with a close relative marrying someone from a different religious background. The religious group that is most commonly targeted by negative attitudes is those of a Muslim faith, with only 44% of participants comfortable with a close relative marrying a Muslim. 

Friendship And Diversity

In terms of friendships, the picture is a little rosier. The findings revealed that a large majority of people have friendships that are ethnically, nationally or religiously diverse. Three quarters of respondents stated they have at least one friend from a different ethnic background and over two thirds of British respondents reported having non-British friends. Despite this positive evidence, the report found regional differences. Compared to London, people in the North West are the least likely to have ethnically diverse friendships. 

Diversity In The Workplace

Moving over to workplaces, on the whole, the most are diverse. The workplace allows people from different backgrounds to come together with either a similar interest or shared goal and allows them to work together despite any prejudices they may have. It can break down stereotypes or negative attitudes and gives people the chance to learn from each other, their religion and their cultures. The report strongly suggests that workers are a “safe bet” for integration and cohesion strategies. 

When we take a closer look at the numbers, three quarters of all workers in England and Wales, regardless of ethnicity, work in a setting that is ethnically diverse. Workers in the North East, North West and Wales are 70% more likely than those in London to work only with British colleagues. Workers in the East Midlands are nearly four times more likely than those in London to work only with colleagues from the same religious background. And in terms of age, workers aged over 65 years old were nearly twice as likely to work with only British colleagues.

We can see that to understand each other more, the workplace is a vital area to improve relationships with those from different backgrounds to ourselves. Workplaces have a long way to go, and they don’t just need a multicultural workforce to tick a box, this is a business must have. People need to see representations in all walks of life and understand that they can do the job they want to do despite ethnicity, nationality or religion. 

Your business can help promote diversity by developing anti-discrimination policies and give all employees equal opportunities and fair treatment. By creating an inclusive workplace, you should be giving your people a voice and encouraging them to share their views and opinions. 

How Can Ampios Help You

If you need help improving diversity and inclusion, the team at Ampios can help. We can work with you and your people and their alignment to the vision and strategy. With human resource specialists who know  a thing or two about people, we can bring positive, pragmatic and considered solutions to you by putting employees first. 

To get in touch, click here.

How To Make Your Business More Environmentally Friendly

How To Make Your Business More Environmentally Friendly

The Green Revolution

Back at the beginning of November, the UK Government announced some of the new measures that will be part of their 25 year environment plan.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, outlined a ten point plan that would bring with it 250,000 jobs. Along with this positive news, came the decision to end the sale of petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030. 

Other key missions within the plan are clean hydrogen, carbon capture and storage, zero-carbon transport and offshore wind to push the UK towards net-zero emissions.

What Can Be Done To Save The Planet 

Over the years we’ve become more and more aware of the need to protect and preserve the world we live in. From saying goodbye to plastic bags, cycling or walking when we can and recycling more. 

Thanks to the likes of environmentalists and activists such as David Attenborough , the general public is finally listening and wants to make a change. Humans can’t go on living the way we do, abusing our natural resources and in turn, the other inhabitants that we share this planet with. Thankfully, the Government has listened to this plea and has made a promise to make our future a green one.

With the Prime Minister outlining his goals as simple, surely this shouldn’t be a hard feat for our country. Goals such as cleaner air and water; plants and animals which are thriving; and a cleaner, greener country for all. It sounds like a rather achievable task. Titled the Clean Growth Revolution, the plans are set out to improve our land more sustainably and create new habitats for wildlife, by planting more trees and improving biodiversity.

We can already see the hard work and efforts paying off and with other countries following, hopefully our Government and other nations can create a solution to save the Earth.

The Effect Of Climate Change

According to the UN, we have just ten years left to tackle the climate crisis. From burning forests, floods, rising temperatures, and dying coral reefs, we’ve seen first hand the damage it can cause. If we look back to the beginning of 2020, the bushfires in Australia caused tragic loss for both humans, animals and the natural landscape. Ignited by a severe drought and scorching temperatures, the bush fire season came along much earlier. These fires lost control and burned for extended periods of time. It’s evident that climate change was responsible and the likelihood of this happening again is high, if we don’t stop it.  Nearly three billion animals were killed or harmed during the bushfires, a harsh but stark reality. 

Australia maybe across the globe but we as a planet are united, this is a journey all must come together to combat. So with that in mind, it’s refreshing and comforting to see the plans being rolled out of number 10. 

However this isn’t something we should leave to our leaders to change, we as individuals can make our own impact too.

How To Make Your Business More Environmentally Friendly 

In a post-pandemic world we imagine office spaces to be bustling once again. When we’re back in these spaces, it makes sense for us to do our own bit and make a difference, even if it’s on a small scale.

Now you don’t have to make this a costly venture, there’s many small and achievable things you can do to get your business to reduce its carbon footprint. Here’s a quick round-up.

Reduce Your Emissions From Road Travel

Throughout lockdown, it seems we’ve all rediscovered the great outdoors and have enjoyed walking. Not only is it good for our own physical and mental health, but it’s good for the environment too. As an employer, you can encourage your employees to cycle, walk or if they live a  little further away, use public transport or car share. This will ultimately result in less cars on the roads, which means less Co2, less pollution and less traffic ! We recommend checking if your local council runs any driving schemes. Salford City Council partnered up with Tusker, in the hope to promote the use of electric vehicles across the city and to promote green travel amongst their employees. They liked the cars so much that they decided to run a Co-Wheels Car Club, where residents of Salford can pay for vehicle use as and when they need it. 

Make Your Office Lighting More Efficient 

We’ve all probably worked in an office when the lighting just hasn’t cut it. It’s either too dark or too bright, there’s never a happy medium. Some employees prefer to work under harsh, headache inducing lighting, whilst others prefer the deep dark abyss. We can’t please everyone but what we can do is make sure you’re not wasting energy or compromising your employees eye health. In an ideal world, we’d all work in oober modern office blocks, with floor to ceiling glass windows, that let in as much natural light as possible, but this isn’t always the case. We suggest changing the lighting across your office to an LED light bulb, this will make a huge difference. Not only do these bulbs let out more light but they also last longer too. That being said, if you’re lucky enough to have even the smallest of windows, just trust your judgment. If it’s bright outside and the office is well lit, there’s no need to turn any lights on. Save yourself the pennies and if you really need an extra light source turn the brightness up on your computer or invest in a desk lamp so you won’t be disturbing your co-workers. 


We’ve heard it time and time again but it really isn’t difficult. We suggest, getting separate bins and labelling them. This way, your employees will know exactly what to do with their waste and you’ll have a guilt free conscience knowing you’ve disposed of your waste the proper way. You can find out how your local council recycles here

Stop Using Single Use Plastic

This is probably the easiest step you can take. If you don’t provide unnecessary plastics, then nobody will use them. By providing water to your employees via a water cooler then don’t provide plastic cups. Put some cash together and use this to provide your staff with water bottles. Even better, make them branded! That way you’ll be promoting your company and your staff will be getting their daily consumption of h20. 

Save The Trees And Use Less Paper

We’re all guilty of it, using unnecessary amounts of paper. Trees are arguably our most important natural resource so we should be actively trying to reduce our consumption of paper. There are devastating impacts of using paper including deforestation, not to mention the colossal amount of energy needed to produce it. With demand of paper expected to double from 2005-2030, maybe now’s the time to start going paperless. 420 million tons of paper corresponds to two pieces of paper for everyone on Earth every hour. If you want to see even more shocking statistics then we suggest you visit the World Counts website. The site publishes real time statistics on the environmental impact of paper production. If this doesn’t encourage you to make a change, we don’t know what will.

There are plenty of things you can make a start on by printing double sided, using scrap paper, sharing documents digitally to buying recycled paper . We’ve all got to start somewhere!

How Ampios Can Help You To Become More Environmentally Friendly

So there you have it, our top 5 tips to make your business just that little bit greener. We see it as a starting point. There are many more steps you can take but it’s baby steps for now. If you’re interested in improving the overall operations and systems of business, we have people that can help. Our team of experts can help you put your best (green) foot forward and start to implement these changes. Want to contact us for a quick chat? You can do so here

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