INDUSTRY NEWS 26 images SEPTEMBER 2022 Subscribe to Images online: Small businesses say recruitment ‘major concern’ More than four in five small businesses have reported that they are having major problems with recruitment, according to new research. A survey, commissioned by the Gatsby charitable foundation, has revealed that nearly one million small businesses – 81% – in England have “major concerns” about finding staff. The ability to recruit people with the right knowledge and skills for their needs is the second biggest overall issue for small businesses (43%) after rising costs (51%). On top of this, 86% of small businesses say they face barriers upskilling current employees, and only 38% of small business employees undertook training in the last year. Gatsby released the research to coincide with the launch of Education Landscape: A Guide for Employers. This free resource explains how employers can work with schools, colleges and universities, and the wider skills system, to benefit their business. Partners in the initiative include the CBI, the Federation of Small Business, British Chambers of Commerce and the Institute of Directors. ‘Progress’ for Gildan on environmental and social goals Gildan Activewear’s latest Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report sets out how it has reduced waste and increased the use of renewable energy as part of wider commitments in 2021. According to the new report, 39% of the blank garment manufacturer’s energy came from renewable sources in 2021 while it achieved an 18% reduction in water intensity compared to 2018. It reduced total waste intensity by 15% in 2021 compared to 2018 and reduced waste clippings by 68% compared to 2020. In terms of social achievements within its ESG goals, Gildan donated $2.1 million (£1.7 million) to community partners, provided $15.1 million (£12.3 million) towards in-kind benefits for employees, and ensured that 98% of its workers were represented by formal health and safety committees. In an employee engagement survey published in the ESG report, 78% of respondents said they believed the company was an inclusive workplace. The new ESG report can be found at respect-for-transparency/esgreports/. Workwear team raises charity funds with car rally A team led by the boss of customised clothing supplier MyWorkwear took to the roads of Scotland at the end of August in the Cannonbawz Run to raise money for charity. Managing director James Worthington was due to drive a total of 1,500 miles as part of a wider challenge to raise money for MyWorkwear’s nominated charity, Race Against Dementia, which supports research into the prevention and cure of dementia. The total raised had reached £1,700 by the middle of August. James said: “The Cannonbawz Run will hopefully act as a strong start to our fundraising, but we will be continuing our effort throughout the year.” Research shows nearly one million small businesses have “major concerns” about finding staff James Worthington, managing director of MyWorkwear, ahead of the Cannonbawz Run The cover of Gildan Activewear’s latest ESG Report