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    Executive Coaching is Back on the Agenda

    2015-02-25T09:00:00Z

    As the economy continues to grow in the UK, businesses are once again using executive and leadership coaching as a learning development tool to improve the performance of senior executives and CEOs.

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    The Importance of Technology When it Comes to SMEs and Auto Enrolment

    2015-02-24T09:00:00Z

    Automatic enrolment is gathering momentum, as thousands of small businesses now work towards their compliance deadlines. 2015 starts to see the volume increase with 45,000 companies staging. But with 110,000 in Q1 of 2016 also to stage we may see the end of 2015 as the real crunch point.

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    How to Avoid a CryptoWall Nightmare – An Unfortunate Not-For-Profit Experience

    2015-02-24T09:00:00Z

    When CryptoWall locks down an organisation, it can take days to recover. It takes just one employee to click on the wrong link, and inadvertently download the CryptoWall Trojan. Once set free, the malware proceeds to encrypt, and hold hostage all of the company s data. In fact, I know ...

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    Teaching a New Dog New Tricks Will Reduce the Skills Gap

    2015-02-23T09:00:00Z

    When it comes to recruitment, businesses have a variety of ways of cherry-picking the best talent. Interviews, aptitude tests and assessment days are all common practice to find your perfect fit, but very few put the same level of effort into developing their new recruits once they have been selected. ...

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    The Questions Every Organisation Should Consider Before Embarking on a Big Data Project

    2015-02-23T09:00:00Z

    Big data has been the technology buzzword for the last few years, with no sign that interest is waning. It seems that anyone who is anyone is utilising big data to make a difference to their business. But what exactly is big data and more importantly, why and how should ...

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    Data Enrichment - the Nail in the Coffin for Legacy Analytics

    2015-02-23T09:00:00Z

    For the past two decades organisations have been looking to delve deeper into customer information in order to improve retention and drive up sales. The Big Data phenomenon has simply reinforced the importance of transforming business through data, with organisations looking to enrich internal data sets with the addition of ...

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    Why It Pays to Have Communications Experience at the Top

    2015-02-20T09:00:00Z

    It is no secret that iconic brands thrive on reputation. When we consider the astronomical impact that web 2.0 - and the associated rise of social media - has had on the way we communicate, Benjamin Franklin s famous adage, it takes many good deeds to build a good ...

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    Is There Such Thing as a Recipe for Business Success?

    2015-02-20T09:00:00Z

    Throughout my career, I ve been lucky enough to meet many entrepreneurs, captains of industry, professional high flyers and leading politicians. I have had many intense discussions with chief executives of large multinationals and with those starting up their own venture. In all those years I ve realised there is ...

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    The Steps to Buying a Business

    2015-02-20T09:00:00Z

    Buying a business is a lengthy process and involves many different formalities and legal procedures that can be difficult to understand. Each individual stage of the buying process needs to be completed thoroughly and effectively, so that the business is taken over with the fundamental aspects in place to ensure ...

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    A Safer Internet for All

    2015-02-20T09:00:00Z

    There is a lot of emphasis these days on educating young people about responsible internet use and promoting awareness of the security dangers that exist online. While this continues to be a key focus, it s also important to examine how businesses can better protect themselves against ever-growing online threats. ...

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    First Comes Love…? The 7 Steps in Wooing Your Dream Prospect

    2015-02-20T09:00:00Z

    Or maybe first comes Awareness? Because that is really where all relationships begin, right? You see someone across a crowded room, or you re told about them by friends. The same is the case with lead generation, the first touch is generally not when your leads fall for you ...

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    The Power of Positive Personalisation

    2015-02-18T09:00:00Z

    A recent statistic from analyst firm Gartner revealed that by 2016 89% of marketers expect to compete primarily on the basis of the customer experience their brand, product and service delivers to the client or the consumer.

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    Ten Tips to Avoid Massive Data Breaches - Don’t be the Next Sony!

    2015-02-18T09:00:00Z

    With Sony recently setting aside $15M to investigate the reasons for and remediate the damage caused by last year s data breach, many organisations from large enterprises to small business are wondering what they need to do make sure they aren t the next big data breach ...

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    6 Explanations for Not Having More Sales

    2015-02-18T09:00:00Z

    When a company fails, the usual reasons get trotted out; unfavourable market conditions the longest recession since xxxx fashions have changed the internet . Maybe it s the same if you don t reach your sales targets?

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    10 Tips for Protecting Your Most Important Data

    2015-02-18T09:00:00Z

    For many modern businesses, their data is their most valuable asset. However, these days it seems every morning brings news of another high profile data breach. Sadly hackers are becoming more sophisticated and more determined than ever before, but this doesn t mean businesses can t take steps to ...

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    Service Gets Its Game Face On

    2015-02-17T09:00:00Z

    When you hear the word Chief in anyone s job title, several things come to mind: a senior management role overseeing an important business function associated with strategy and power , profitability and revenue growth. Someone who is leading a function that is critical to ...

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    Taking Lean Start-Up into the Enterprise

    2015-02-17T09:00:00Z

    Lean startup, developed by Eric Ries, is a method for developing businesses and products, helping them to continually innovate and reduce waste in the process. Lean Startup is about delivering fast and effective change (often disruptive) and that change can apply to pretty much anything. The problem is that a ...

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    Fifty Shades of Grey Walking Out Your Service Door (And The Newbies Replacing Them)

    2015-02-17T09:00:00Z

    40%. That's the estimated percentage of the workforce over age 40 in engineering and skill positions currently. These are the Gen X ers and the Baby Boomers, and not surprisingly their numbers are starting to decline as employees hit retirement age.

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    New EU Data Protection Proposals Three Years On: Playing Catch Up with a Changing World

    2015-02-17T09:00:00Z

    In January 2012, new EU rules designed to create a secure and unified landscape for the collection, use and retention of data were announced. The changes in regulation were based in part on consumer research undertaken two years earlier and aimed to reflect growing concerns around online data privacy, the ...

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    Cancer in the Corner Office

    2015-02-17T09:00:00Z

    It was the perfect springtime day and I had a weekend getaway planned with the family. All I had to do before heading to the resort hotel was to drop in to the doctor s office to get the results of a biopsy I recently had. I was ...