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    Erring on the Side of Caution

    2015-03-31T09:00:00Z

    err re h m num est, (to err is human) and it is the human that is often the weakest link in the chain when it comes to protecting an organisation against security breaches and threats. But we are all human and we all make mistakes; so what can we ...

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    Out of the Backroom, Too Much for the Boardroom

    2015-03-31T09:00:00Z

    Who is responsible for information in the new data world?

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    Know your Enemy: Why it is Important to Think like a Cyber Attacker in order to Keep your Data Secure

    2015-03-31T09:00:00Z

    Data protection in today s business environment represents a very difficult prospect. Data is everywhere: on laptops, with vendors, on mobile devices, and in the cloud. As a result, there are countless potential avenues of attack that must be considered and effectively protected.

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    Ten Reasons why you’re a Dreadful Public Speaker

    2015-03-31T09:00:00Z

    Are you a dreadful public speaker? Unfortunately far too many people in business really don t cut the mustard when it comes to public speaking. And yet, being able to present your business in a clear and engaging way is essential if you are to succeed.

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    Budget Reaction: Was it a 'Budget for Small Business' and How will E-Commerce be Affected?

    2015-03-24T09:00:00Z

    We all heard the spiel, this was billed as the Budget for Small Business by the government but did it really deliver for SMEs across the country? Well, it definitely wasn t unhelpful there is a raft of measures that act as levellers ; promising ...

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    How to Find the Right Partner in Crime

    2015-03-20T09:00:00Z

    Starting a business is never easy, there s so many things to consider from developing your idea to hiring the right people, all just to get your company off the ground. As an entrepreneur it s easy to get caught up in the idea with your head down, focusing on ...

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    Room at the Top — Encouraging Diversity in the Boardroom

    2015-03-18T09:00:00Z

    In January 2015 Germany joined France, Italy and many Nordic countries in opting for mandatory targets of 30% for women on corporate boards. Early analysis appears to show that quotas work and have been highly successful across Europe. This could result in a quota system being considered at EU level. ...

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    Why Do You Do What You Do?

    2015-03-17T09:00:00Z

    There has probably been someone in your life a coach, grandparent, teacher, aunt, or spiritual mentor who s made a difference for you. It may have been when you were young (it generally is) it may have been recently. It may have ...

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    5 Best Customer Advice Tips

    2015-03-12T09:00:00Z

    Here are five top tips to help ensure you re keeping your customers happy.

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    What Should an SME Business Friendly Manifesto Look Like?

    2015-03-10T09:00:00Z

    At the start of 2014, small and medium sized enterprises accounted for 60% of the estimated 5.2 million businesses operating in the UK. With the general election fast approaching party manifestos cannot fail to offer some significant pledges to help these all important businesses.

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    What can Brands Learn from Waitrose's 'free hot drink' Loyalty Scheme?

    2015-03-06T09:00:00Z

    Waitrose recently implemented changes to its much-loved free hot drink loyalty scheme, creating a great deal of discussion in the industry. This is an example of a loyalty scheme that has attracted a lot of attention especially around its level of success, impact on profits and ...

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    Entrepreneurs Rugby

    2015-03-03T09:00:00Z

    This is an important time of year for me the 6 Nations championship which gives bragging rights in the northern hemisphere for the next 12 months (the World Cup and Autumn series being far less important platforms for lording it over people because most of their supporters don ...

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    Small Businesses Must Do More Online

    2015-03-03T09:00:00Z

    A recent study from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills showed that more than half of the public (55%) find it difficult to support local small firms because often these businesses aren't online. In fact, the figures show that as many as 2 million (39%) sole traders and small ...

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    Customer Service Goals for 2015

    2015-03-02T09:00:00Z

    2014 saw some of the best and worst examples of customer service as brands struggled to distinguish themselves in a crowded market. Here are my top tips for those seeking to stand out and excel in the customer service realm this year:

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    Best Practices for Migration from Windows Server 2003

    2015-02-27T09:00:00Z

    IT professionals should keep the impending Windows Server 2003 end of support deadline this coming July as a top priority. With the average migration taking between 100-300 days to complete, it is essential that businesses start the process of migration sooner rather than later to avoid mounting costs, security risks ...

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    Top Tips for Improving your Sales Technique

    2015-02-26T09:00:00Z

    Persuading a customer to part with their money may not be easy, but the actual process is a straightforward one. When it comes to negotiating a sale, it s important to correctly identify and approach your targets while understanding their needs, to effectively sell the benefits of your product. Be ...

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    Delving in Dark Data

    2015-02-26T09:00:00Z

    Big data has become an industry buzzword amongst today s business leaders. Corporate spending on infrastructure to capture and store diverse volumes of rapidly-changing data has risen significantly in recent years as organisations have scrambled to collect all of the consumer information they believe will help them stay ...

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    5 Tips on How to Prepare Quotes that Get Accepted

    2015-02-26T09:00:00Z

    Small businesses win work by using sales quotes. Yet they often don t realise that how they prepare quotes can cost them business. Many lose revenue by not following up on quotes or turning quotes around fast enough.

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    The Smarter Way to Business Innovation?

    2015-02-25T09:00:00Z

    Innovation is one of the most vital elements of business, yet it is arguably the most difficult to perfect. Research by Bain found two thirds of organisations highlighted innovation as a priority, yet less than 25 per cent felt their company was an effective innovator. If you are not innovating, ...

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    Why Backup Needs to be Strategic

    2015-02-25T09:00:00Z

    Most businesses 98 per cent do not back up all of their data (Acronis Disaster Recovery Survey, IDC, May 2014). Even among those who have backup plans (only around 35 per cent of small and medium businesses, according to Gartner), 70 per cent are not fully ...