Advice, Ideas & Planning – Page 25

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    Covid-19: has the UK passed peak, is the exponential trajectory broken?


    By Michael Baxter, Fresh Business Thinking The number of deaths from Covid-19 has fallen sharply in the last two days as the UK government says that “we are taking unprecedented action to increase the NHS’s capacity.” Two days isn’t long enough to tell for sure, but it does appear that ...

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    Hiring top talent in a post-COVID world


    By John Bentley, CEO, elbo If one positive can emerge from the current COVID-19 threat to business that we are all facing, it’s the opportunity to innovate. In recent weeks, most business owners and SMEs have had to rapidly adjust and adapt their short-term operations, from the logistics of remote ...

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    When will start-ups get the support from Government that every other business is currently receiving?


    By Professor Dylan Jones-Evans Professor of entrepreneurship and founder of the Wales Start-up Awards, Dylan Jones-Evans has today written an open letter to Welsh Government asking when measures will be put in place that have any relevance to start-ups. He writes that 'I have been contacted by new firms from ...

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    Transparency between sales and marketing – how technology is cleaning the windows


    By Christelle Fraysse, CMO, Workbooks Sometimes it’s like we can’t really see each other. Sales and marketing should work closely together, that’s always the ideal. But too often they seem to work in parallel, each ticking their own boxes and meeting their own KPIs, while missing out on the direct ...

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    70% of UK employees are confident their employers can get them through the pandemic crisis, finds study


    A study conducted by Toluna and Harris Interactive , two leading providers of consumer intelligence, assesses how employees in the UK are coping with the shift in working arrangements. It reveals essential insights to help businesses manage people, culture, engagement and address their top concerns as the pandemic unfolds ...

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    Welsh Government steps in with short-term funding support for Cardiff Airport and calls for change of approach from Westminster


    Welsh Government has announced financial support to assist Cardiff Airport in facing the early impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, while calling on the UK Government to urgently change its policy towards providing further financial help for regional airports. Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales Ken Skates announced that ...

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    The number of Fintech Start-ups nearly doubled and hit over 21,700 globally


    Recent years have witnessed a rapid growth of the entire fintech industry, forced by the increasing use of mobile apps for digital payments and the growing interest in financial technology solutions. The strong rising trend of the global fintech market was followed by the surge in the number of Fintech ...

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    Time to unplug – how switching off can boost business security


    By Tina Stewart, VP for Global Market Strategy at Thales Disconnecting from your mobile device, laptop or tablet can be as good as a holiday. Simply taking a pause from emails and social media in favour of a good book or conversation is known to increase your mood and life ...

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    Remote working has increased risk of a cyber breach, say three quarters of UK businesses


    Nearly three-quarters of business decision makers (71 per cent) believe that the shift to 100% remote working during the Covid-19 crisis has increased the likelihood of a cyber breach, according to new data released by cyber security company Centrify , a leading provider of Identity-Centric privileged access management solutions. The ...

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    Coronavirus hits UK job market hard, but vacancies in key industries continue to rise


    According to the latest report from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library , the UK job market has been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, as job postings and applications dropped by 15.1% and 10.3% respectively last month. The study, which explores job market data from ...

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    Apple have sourced over 20M masks through supply chain


    Tim Cook, Apple CEO last night tweeted that 'Apple is dedicated to supporting the worldwide response to COVID-19. We’ve now sourced over 20M masks through our supply chain. Our design, engineering, operations and packaging teams are also working with suppliers to design, produce and ship face shields for medical workers.' ...

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    PM admitted to hospital over virus symptoms


    Yesterday, on Sunday 6th April, and on the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister has been admitted to hospital for tests. Downing Street say that "his is a precautionary step, as the Prime Minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus". ...

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    #lockdownlevelup small business heroes


    By Lucy Cohen, co-founder Mazuma During this time of crisis, it’s amazing to see how businesses are using innovative ways to keep their business thriving and provide other alternatives for their customers to access their services. We thought this would be a great opportunity to share some of these stories. ...

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    Rapid drop in new work and widespread job cuts


    The UK services sector activity contracted more-than-expected in the month of March, the final report from IHS Markit showed this Friday. The seasonally adjusted IHS Markit/CIPS UK Services Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) was revised lower to 34.5 in March versus 34.8 expected and a 35.7 – March’s first reading. It’s ...

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    Google uses location data to show if people are social distancing amid #coronavirus


    As global communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increasing emphasis on public health strategies, like social distancing measures, to slow the rate of transmission. Google have recently announced that in Google Maps, they are using aggregated, anonymised data showing how busy certain types of places are—helping ...

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    Five London bus workers have died after contracting coronavirus


    Five London bus workers have died after contracting coronavirus. Commentating on the tragic news that five London bus workers have now died of the coronavirus Unite regional secretary, Peter Kavanagh said that "Unite has been working continuously with Transport for London (TfL) and the operators to ensure the safety of ...

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    What does it mean to be furloughed?


    By Kate Palmer, Associate Director of Advisory at Peninsula Recently, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a package of support to help employers survive the coronavirus lockdown and continue to pay their staff. The Chancellor said any employer in the UK would be eligible for the coronavirus job retention scheme and that ...

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    Staying safe from coronavirus scammers


    The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has already seen reports of several types of fraud and cybercrime linked to coronavirus. This is expected to rise in the coming months as the virus continues to spread, so we’d like to offer some advice as to how to help keep your money protected.

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    Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme; updated scheme features


    Launched on 23 March, today the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) has been significantly expanded along with changes to the scheme’s features and eligibility criteria. Updated scheme features No personal guarantees for facilities under £250k : Personal guarantees of any form cannot be taken under the scheme ...

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    Bill Gates warned of a deadly pandemic in 2015 — and said we wouldn't be prepared


    For many of us, the coronavirus pandemic seemed to come out of nowhere. But in a TED talk in 2015, Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist talked about lessons learned from Western Africa’s 2014 Ebola virus crisis, and said the U.S. and other countries were not prepared for ...