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This week, the Petersens team received some rather exciting news…

We have been shortlisted for a National Council for Work Experience award for the second year in a row!

These national awards, now in their ninth year, reward organisations who offer ‘outstanding placement opportunities’ to students and graduates.  Entries come from organisations of every size and in every sector across the UK, and this year the NCWE received a record-breaking number of entrants for all categories.

Having closely missed out on the award for ‘Work Placement of the Year: Under 10 employees’ in 2011, we are thrilled to have been shortlisted in the ‘Best Micro Enterprise’ category this year. And what a coincidence, having blogged about the importance of micro businesses like ourselves only last week!

These awards attract some major players across all aspects of UK business, with previous winners including BP, Peugeot, Barnardo’s and Tesco. We are delighted that the value of our own work experience placements has been recognised among their calibre.

I am myself a Petersens work-placement alumnus, having joined the team here through the Welsh careers service GO Wales. With the graduate market the way it currently is, I am a firm believer that work experience and internships have never been more important. Their increasing value has been repeatedly reported on in the media – and it’s a hot topic on my own graduate employment blog, What I Did Next.

I’m incredibly thankful to Petersens for the quality of the work experience they offer. I’ve been hands-on since Day One, an opportunity and a level of responsibility I’m not sure I’d get in other, larger agencies.

I’m so pleased that we’ve been shortlisted (again!) – a worthy recognition!

Thanks again to the NCWE for making us finalists. I’ll be sure to keep you all informed as to how we get on at the awards ceremony in March. Remember you can follow our Twitter account (@PetersensPR) for regular updates from all the team.

Wish us luck!

Sally

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A report published this week from the Micro-Business task and finish Group commissioned by Business Minister Edwina Hart shows clearly what many small business owners already know: that there is way too much bureaucracy surrounding current procedures for micro-businesses to tender for public sector work.

Business Minister Edwina Hart

Micro-businesses, like mine, account for 94.5% of all businesses in Wales and provide a third of private sector employment; some 331,400 jobs. If we were to be helped and encouraged to take on just one extra member of staff the result would be huge for Wales and for our economy.

I applaud both the authors of the report, chaired by Robert Lloyd Griffiths, and the Minister, who has agreed to “take forward” the recommendations and confirmed that a draft implementation plan would be published soon. I for one will be reading it with great personal interest.