One of the biggest steps a business can take is recruiting its first employee. You suddenly have obligations - not least of which is ensuring your business generates sufficient income to pay the costs of that extra person. It is essential that you think carefully in advance - to ensure that you recruit someone with appropriate skills who fits well into the business and to get the best from them by providing effective training and development.
Andy Mead was in the UK Finals for the 1988 Shell LiveWIRE Awards with his business, The Finishing Line. Here he gives some advice on employing people as a young entrepreneur.
In 1993 Mandy Scott of AA Flags was in the Northern Region Final of the Shell LiveWIRE Awards. Here she talks about her experience of employing and managing staff as a young entrepreneur in the textile industry.
In 1999 Patricia Hay represented Gloucestershire in the regional finals of the Shell LiveWIRE Business Start Up awards with her company, First Base Employment. Here she talks to us about the complexities of employment.