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Labour Relations Agency helping Business Boost companies foster stronger workplace relations

12 November 2018

Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Business Boost programme is helping local companies to comply with employment legislation and adopt best practice techniques for workplace relations with support from the Labour Relations Agency.

Business Boost is a three year programme that aims to mentor established local companies to become more competitive in both indigenous and export markets.

Patrick McAuley, Employment Relations Manager at the Labour Relations Agency’s Regional Office in Derry/Londonderry explained how their expertise can help local businesses to deal with any uncertainties around employment legislation and help make them more desirable places to work.

“We are very pleased to continue our work with Derry City and Strabane District Council through programmes such as Business Boost,” he said.

“A positive approach to workplace relations will result in more productive organisations which are more desirable places to work. 

“Support from the Labour Relations Agency can remove a lot of stress and uncertainty for employers and employees alike, who are unsure of the latest employment legislation or best practice in workplace relations. 

“Our services are free of charge, independent, confidential and impartial.”

The Labour Relations Agency was established in 1976. It has two offices: one in Belfast and one in Derry/Londonderry. It is independent and publicly funded. The Agency provides free, impartial and confidential services to employers and employees in Northern Ireland, as well as Trade Unions, HR and legal professionals. These services include advice on good employment practice and the resolution of workplace disputes. 

The Labour Relations Agency promotes good employment relations as a key component in productive workplaces and a healthy, thriving economy. It also provides vital support to new and growing businesses in Northern Ireland, such as its free document vetting service, giving organisations confidence that their employment documentation is legally compliant and adheres to best practice. In addition, the Agency offers a wide range of training seminars, briefings and workshops, giving anyone with responsibilities in employment-related issues the latest information on employment legislation and practical skills in line management and handling disputes.

The Labour Relations Agency has a dedicated Enquiry Point for any individual or employer with an employment-related query. The Enquiry Point team can be contacted on 03300 555 300. It is confidential, impartial and there is no charge for using the service.

Last year the Labour Relations Agency received over 38,000 individual employment rights claims and over 17,600 calls to its Enquiry Point. Staff also delivered 162 events across Northern Ireland.

For more information contact the Labour Relations Agency on 03300 552 220 or visit www.lra.org.uk.

Business Boost is an innovative project aimed at assisting Council to provide support for the creation of new sustainable jobs in the area and work to strengthen the local business base by assisting businesses to become more competitive in indigenous and export markets.

The programme aims to provide a range of services that will provide accessible, needs-driven business support for businesses and work to promote business growth and innovation, which have been identified as a key action within the Council’s Integrated Economic Development Strategy and the Strategic Growth Plan.
Among the key delivery actions of the Business Boost programme is to create 400 jobs, recruit up to 600 businesses to participate in the programme and deliver over 1300 days of mentoring and 20 workshops.
Further details on Business Boost is available on the Council website at www.derrystrabane.com/businessboost.