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Top Management Tips Every Non-profit Organisation Must Know About

There are many management tips that non-profit organisations need to know to be successful. It is important for non-profit management teams to have a good understanding of the most effective management practices, and how they can be implemented into their organisation. This blog post talks about some of those management tips and provides examples of non-profits who are using them successfully!

Ask for help from volunteers

One of the primary things that you can do to better manage your non-profit organisation is to ask for help from volunteers. The management team should be on the lookout for people in their community who are willing to work with them, and then they can come together and come up with different ways that these individuals will be able to contribute. You should also be aware of the different types of case management models. In this case, you can ask for help from volunteers to research and study this for you. In this way, you will be able to source the best ideas from the experts and apply this in your organisation.

There are a lot of benefits when it comes to working alongside other members of your non-profit management team such as being able to share ideas, feedback, or even skill sets. By asking others for help, you’re also opening yourself up so that you’ll have someone else’s input which might lead to new ideas. Just keep in mind to provide regular updates about what’s happening at the organisation because it can sometimes feel overwhelming if the staff doesn’t know what has been going on within an organisation over a week or a long period.

Update your website

You should also take the time to update your website. Make sure the content is accurate and relevant to what you do now, not in five years. A regularly updated site with fresh information will help drive people back to it. They’ll see that you’re constantly improving or changing things there which means they should check in again soon. You can also use a blog on your site as an easy way of providing new posts for readers who are looking for regular updates from you about different topics. This is a great place to share news about upcoming events too!

Create a social media plan and strategy

Make sure to create a social media plan and strategy for your organisation. Social Media is a vital part of marketing, customer service management, fundraising campaigns, and more! If you are not currently using any Social Media strategies then start small with one or two platforms. Evaluate how well it works out for your non-profit before expanding to other channels.

Remember that the key to success on these platforms is consistency so make sure there’s someone in charge who can be responsible for them every day at least once a week if possible. Be intentional about what content will go on each platform. This way all of your bases and followers are covered when it comes time to post something new. Make sure you’re posting original content as much as possible too, so people don’t get bored.

  • Create a social media management system: Make sure you have a plan in place to manage your organisation’s social media presence. This will help make the management of this part of the business more efficient and hopefully less stressful too! A management system should include templates, guidelines for frequency, automation tools for scheduling posts as well as any other tips or tricks that work for your team members.
  • Train all staff on how to use it: In addition to training everyone on their specific roles within management, also set aside time to show them how they can best utilise these platforms – from following relevant people and brands/organisations who share similar values or subjects with yours, posting updates about events happening at your non-profit, there are many ways you can use social media to get your message out there and stay connected with the community.

Regularly audit what’s working

It is important for management to always be evaluating their current strategies, as well as looking at new opportunities. It may take time, but it will pay off in the long run by having a better understanding of how these platforms work for your non-profit organisation. One way management could do this would be by regularly reviewing analytics reports on different metrics like clicks, likes, or followers from each platform. This should help determine which channels are providing the most engagement and conversions if any so management can adjust accordingly if needed!

Be transparent with donors

Make sure that you are transparent with all your donors about what is going on in the organisation.  Many people donate because they want to see their donations have a direct impact and that’s why they need to know where every dollar went. This will also help you build trust among your donor base, which can be very helpful when fundraising. There are many management tips but being honest and transparent is one of the most important ones.

Be strategic about hiring new staff members

If there’s an opportunity for growth or expansion within your non-profit organisation then you should start thinking about who could fill those positions as soon as possible so that when opportunities arise, you already have qualified candidates lined up to present to the board for approval. This strategy will also help you get to know all the different skill sets that your organisation might be lacking. Being strategic about hiring is one management tip that every non-profit should adopt.

While there are many steps involved in building a successful non-profit organisation, the tips above will help you plan and implement the most important ones. Remember, it is important to stay up-to-date with new technology to grow as an organisation by maintaining a strong online presence or even just having the funds to keep going. Keep in mind that your goal is to create an environment where people feel like they want to be involved and contribute their time because it feels good—not because somebody told them to. Creating transparency around what needs to be done will also encourage volunteers who may have felt reluctant before to pitch in when needed. With all this knowledge and experience at hand, you can build up any small non-profit into something grand!

Hacks To Help Your Manufacturing Business: Improve Performance

Running a manufacturing business is not easy, it takes a lot of planning and time to establish such a company, not to mention to grow it. Many businesses fail soon after being started, and for mistakes that could’ve been avoided! Improving performance, saving money and time is essential for such a business to blossom! So here are some hacks to help your manufacturing business get the right performance improvement it needs!

Look at the current workflow

Before you start changing things in your business, you need to observe the current state and see what works and what doesn’t so you know what to improve! This can be tricky, things might seem perfect on the surface, but there is always room for improvements – so you need to do a little hypothesising and imagine how things can be better. This is a solid and safe plan, as you can create multiple work plans before jumping into them – find the one that will work best! It’s all about making things easier and faster, so your business can grow without any setbacks! There is no need to rush into things, but going with the same business plan might not lead you to the success you’ve envisioned – so change might be necessary!

Hire the right people

Starting a company is like building a house, by building a solid foundation you can ensure the success of the whole construction. So hiring the right people is like building a solid foundation for your business. Skilled and hardworking people who are willing to evolve, can truly do a lot for your company, especially when it comes to manufacturing. Multiple branches and teams of employees come together to work and maintain the business, so hiring the right people for that is key! Every business should strive to gather the best people possible and to improve the overall performance by having them there, even hiring remote workers can do wonders for your performance so keep that in mind!

Train your employees

After you’ve hired a lot of skilled and well-equipped people, you need to train them well so that they can work their jobs properly. Manufacturing businesses rely on skill and expertise, most of the time employees will have to work with machinery so giving them the proper training is important! This is crucial if someone is coming with no prior background, they need to learn how to do the job, stay safe in the workplace, and just excel in their work! It can be pretty irresponsible and dangerous to not have your employees go through basic training, and it can cause your business to lack efficiency, which is definitely not good!

Use the right tools

Nowadays there are so many useful tools that can be used to improve the performance in a company, making things way easier and faster! In most cases, it has to do with modernising certain things due to technological advancements – why work hard, when you can let the machine do the hard work for you! Useful software can actually improve and transform the overall equipment efficiency by making things precise and easy to handle. Adding these kinds of improvements to your company is necessary, not only is it normal to follow technological advancements, but it’s also more efficient this way. Instead of working hard, the manufacturing business needs to work smart in order to reach success without a lot of energy and time lost!

Prioritise organisation

Manufacturing companies are usually large, so working with such large-scale businesses can be rather hectic. Time management, resources, labour, production – everything needs to work in order, if one suffers a setback everything else suffers as well. Focusing on a better organisation is always good, it automatically boosts the performance by making things run smoothly! It can be a bit tricky, and seem like a lot of work – but it’s crucial for your long-term goals and expectations. In order to reach success, you have to have a clear vision of how to get there in the first place! So prioritising organisation and having control over the workflow should be taken seriously!

Set goals

There is a reason why setting goals is so beneficial, you have something to look forward to and something to look at as a reference for your success. Short-term goals are just as important as big, long-term ones, this applies to many branches of the industry and they can boost the performance! It’s also important to have realistic expectations, it’s better to be steady and safe than to risk losing both money and time. Small-term goals are there to minimise these losses and to monitor where the business is going! It’s good to aim high and to be enthusiastic, but being realistic is what will bring you success in the long run!

Prevention is key

Why wait till you have a big problem at hand, while you can prevent it from happening in the first place. Maintenance is key if you want to preserve your manufacturing business and keep it successful – unfortunately, a lot of things can go wrong here so you need to be prepared! If you notice that a certain problem is brewing, don’t wait till it escalates out of control, but rather try to solve it right away! This can be both technical and financial. But it can also apply to your employees and teamwork as well, if there is an issue, never sweep it under the rug. This can help avoid any setbacks and financial problems along the way!

Continue evolving

Your job doesn’t stop once you’ve improved your company, there should always be a need for further evolving and growing as a business. New trends and ways of doing things will come, so staying up to date and adapting is really going to increase the performance in the long run!

At the end of the day, every business should focus on improving their performance, putting every branch in the spotlight – if one aspect of the industry is lacking, the rest will soon follow! So being able to build everything at the same time can do wonders for your industry – making sure that all aspects of the business are standing strong will surely help with reaching success faster!

Baker McKenzie bolsters tax practice with hire of Stephanie Pantelidaki

Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie has hired Stephanie Pantelidaki as Head of Financial Services Transfer Pricing in the firm’s tax practice. Stephanie joins from PwC, where she has worked in both the firm’s United Kingdom and Switzerland offices.

Stephanie has over twenty years’ experience advising on transfer pricing and international corporate tax issues with a particular focus on financial services – having worked with leading institutions in banking and capital markets, investment management, and the insurance sectors.

She started her career in academia as an economic adviser and research fellow at London Business School, and went on to work for organisations including Andersen, KPMG and Baker McKenzie (2006-2009) where she helped establish the Transfer Pricing team in the London office.

Mark Delaney, head of Baker McKenzie’s tax practice in London, said: “Stephanie is a truly exciting hire for Baker McKenzie. We’re seeing increased demands from financial institutions for transfer pricing works and her skills and expertise will enable us to deliver an even better service for our clients.”

Alex Chadwick, Baker McKenzie’s London Managing Partner, said: “We’re welcoming Stephanie back to Baker McKenzie at a great time, with opportunities in abundance for continued growth across the tax practice. Her experience, crossing academia and finance, mean she will bring a lateral-minded point of view to the team. She’s going to be a fantastic asset to us.”

Stephanie’s hire follows a number of recent significant lateral appointments including Leveraged Finance partner Ben Wilkinson, who joined Baker McKenzie from White & Case, M&A partner Nick Rainsford, who joined from Ashurst, private equity partner Justin Hutchinson, who joined from Kirkland & Ellis, Adam Eastell a partner from Slaughter & May and Nick Bryans, also from Ashurst.

Hogan Lovells strengthens finance capabilities with leading Brussels hires

International law firm Hogan Lovells is pleased to announce that Ivan Peeters and Philip Van Steenwinkel are joining the firm in Brussels with a focus on expanding the firm’s finance, capital markets and financial regulatory offering. They join with three associates.

“The addition of Ivan and Philip to our finance and capital markets team is an important step in our effort to strengthen our finance offering in Brussels particularly in the context of Brexit.” said David Gibbons, Global Head of the Corporate and Finance Practice at Hogan Lovells. “Their experience will enhance our ability to support clients on cross-border finance deals throughout the CE region.”

Ivan is a leading practitioner with international recognition in Europe, with a broad practice in advising on financial transactions, structured financing, capital markets and securities regulations, restructurings, and financial sector regulations. He combines long and deep experience of financial institutions and markets with regular contributions to the development of Belgian legislation, including in relation to covered bonds, securitisation, collateral arrangements and securities. His time as inhouse counsel at KBC and as a partner with reputed firms like Freshfields, Stibbe and PwC Legal provide him with a special background to help assist clients handle the major current market developments.

Philip Van Steenwinkel is a leading practitioner in banking and financial law, capital market transactions, structured finance and derivatives as well as other financial products. He acts for a wide range of leading financial institutions and corporates in Belgium and across the globe.

Commenting, the duo said: “We have worked with members of the Hogan Lovells network in the past and were always impressed by the firm’s high quality client service and the strength of its global platform. We see strong synergies with the Hogan Lovells offering. We are very excited to join and work with the team to continue to grow the firm’s finance capabilities cross- border and in the Belgian market generally.”

Baker McKenzie Enhances Leveraged Finance Team With Significant Hire

Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie has hired Ben Wilkinson from White & Case where he was a partner in the Debt Finance practice. Ben will join the Banking & Finance practice in London on May 3rd, to help build out the Leveraged Finance team.

With over 16 years in the legal industry, Ben’s experience includes advising investment banks and private credit funds in relation to cross-border acquisition finance transactions, in particular those with complex capital structures. He regularly advises lenders, borrowers and financial advisors in connection with the bank financing of acquisitions of public companies, and also acts for a variety of lender syndicates, steering committees, sponsors and companies in relation to various restructuring matters.

Ben is an important strategic hire with a focus and strong experience in cross-border leveraged / acquisition financing transactions, particularly on the lender-side, which will significantly expand our capabilities in the leveraged finance space.

Matthew Dening, Global Chair of Baker McKenzie’s Banking & Finance practice group, commented: “Ben has an outstanding reputation in the acquisition finance and bank lending market. Expectations are that 2021 is going to be very busy as financial performance re-stabilises with pent-up refinancing and liquidity that has yet to be deployed, creating key opportunities. Ben’s appointment will put Baker McKenzie in a solid position to take advantage of these openings.”

London Managing Partner Alex Chadwick added: “We are very excited about Ben joining our Banking & Finance group in London. His practice is firmly aligned with our strong industry focus and his hiring represents our ambitions to become one of the leading transactional Firms globally. Ben has a long track record of doing deals in the financial sector which supports our ambitions to strengthen our relationships with sponsors. We will continue to grow our transactional partnership in London and other key markets, both laterally and organically.”

Ben Wilkinson’s hire comes after a number of recent lateral appointments including M&A partner Nick Rainsford who joined from Ashurst, private equity partner Justin Hutchinson who joined from Kirkland & Ellis, Adam Eastell a partner from Slaughter & May and Nick Bryans, also from Ashurst.

Baker McKenzie is a transactional powerhouse with over 2500 deal lawyers and expertise in over 46 countries. We excel in cross-border deals – over 60% of our deals are multi-jurisdictional. We are global and local, combining money market sophistication with local excellence.

Pinsent Masons hires corporate partner Chris Green in Johannesburg

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has boosted its corporate capabilities by recruiting Johannesburg-based partner Chris Green.

Chris advises domestic and multinational clients in various sectors, including infrastructure and energy, on matters in Sub-Saharan Africa with a particular focus on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions.

Head of Pinsent Masons Johannesburg, Apicksha Patel, said “Chris brings invaluable transactional experience across Sub-Saharan Africa and his skillset is well aligned to our sector focus. Chris’ appointment compliments our commitment to growing our transactional practice in South Africa, providing invaluable support to investors, funders and developers alike across the continent.”

Chris has advised a number of high-profile clients during his career including AB InBev, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, CDC Group Plc, BASF Group, Rand Merchant Investment Holdings and Brambles Limited. Recently, Chris has advised BASF Group in relation to various corporate and competition aspects of the separation and sale of its Construction Chemicals business to Lone Star Funds. Chris has also recently advised Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in relation to its acquisition of a majority interest in Kenyan Coca-Cola bottler, Almasi Beverages Limited.

Commenting on this move Chris said, “I’m extremely pleased to join the team at Pinsent Masons and look forward to working alongside a global team advising on high profile matters including significant global energy and infrastructure projects.”

Chris joins from African firm Bowmans, where he had been a partner since 2014.