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    How Can Businesses Deal with the Dreaded Commute?

    2015-02-17T09:00:00Z

    London s population has rapidly expanded; increasing by a staggering two million is 25 years.

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    The UK Payments Sector is Behind the Success of London Being Named the Fintech Capital of Europe. But Why Don’t More People Know This?

    2015-02-17T09:00:00Z

    Accenture reported in The Boom in Global Fintech Investment that London has become the Fintech capital of Europe. Since 2004, the lion s share of Europe s Fintech deals and financing have taken place in the UK with the vast majority occurring in London.

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    The Five Continuous Improvement Paradoxes

    2015-02-16T09:00:00Z

    Succeeding with Continuous Improvement has proven harder than expected for many organisations. One big reason is that there are a few challenges most organisations sooner or later encounter and where your intuitive responses actually prevent you from succeeding.

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    Recognising the Value of Design in the Boardroom

    2015-02-16T09:00:00Z

    Recent figures released by the UK department for Media, Culture and Sport showed the value of design has rocketed in the past year. The creative sector as a whole has grown at triple the rate of other sectors. But what will drive its continual growth over 2015? Where can we ...

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    What to do When Procrastination Becomes a Problem

    2015-02-16T09:00:00Z

    Entrepreneurs are not procrastinators. Or at least that's what I thought before embarking upon RateSetter's recent #MakeTodayPay campaign. Instead, the Company's online procrastination quiz diagnosed him as a 'rebel', the iconoclast of the procrastination world who puts off adhering to the rules purely to defy convention.

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    The Battle Between Innovation and Managers

    2015-02-16T09:00:00Z

    Innovation initiatives have a habit of causing excitement and expectation; the organisation is trying something different and wanting to do new things. Senior management are anticipating the brand new shiny ideas, and front-line employees can t wait to be rid of their daily frustrations. So what could go wrong?

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    When is Agile Not Really Agile?

    2015-02-16T09:00:00Z

    It feels like every time I open a publication or look at a website agile is presented as a dynamic and new way of working. In today s post-recession business world 'agile' seems to have become the latest management terminology buzzword. However, if you look beyond software development ...

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    Introduction to Entrepreneurs’ Relief

    2015-02-16T09:00:00Z

    Most business owners will be aware that entrepreneurs relief is a generous capital gains tax relief available on the disposal of your business or interest in your business, where certain conditions are satisfied, which means you only pay tax at 10% rather than 28%. It is, therefore, worth ...

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    Why Community is the Future of Work

    2015-02-13T09:00:00Z

    The world is experiencing cultural, technological and economic shifts that have ushered in a new approach to work and entrepreneurialism. Self-employment in the UK is rising faster than in any other Western European country and according to IPPR, now accounts for 14% of the workforce. Furthermore, millennials are expected to ...

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    Why Start a Business when You're Doomed for Failure? Or is there Light at the End of the Tunnel?

    2015-02-13T09:00:00Z

    You re probably already aware that around 80% of start-ups fail within the first 5 years. In fact many start-ups know the odds are against them. Yet not many seem to find a way of breaking through. Most people just go into the kitchen without realising how hot it s ...

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    Who’s in Control of your Emotional Intelligence?

    2015-02-13T09:00:00Z

    Who s in control you or your sub-conscious? For many this is a profound opening question. It s also a deeply important question that executives (and everyone else for that matter) should ask themselves. In any 24 hour day, we are really only conscious of a small percentage ...

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    Fabulous Feedback – Creating a Culture That Creates Great Leaders

    2015-02-13T09:00:00Z

    Feedback can be a fabulous thing; it can help us understand our strengths and learn how to build on our experience to do even better in the future.

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    Business Advice from Ancient Rome

    2015-02-12T09:00:00Z

    Stoicism is a school of philosophy that is looked over by many philosophy professors and students. Unlike other schools of philosophy the stoics were less bothered with searching for the meaning of life, and more bothered with how they should live their lives. The three most well-known Stoic writers are ...

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    Could Your Own Book Give You that All-Important Competitive Edge in 2015?

    2015-02-12T09:00:00Z

    As the marketplace continues to improve, now is the perfect time to ramp up your profile and go in search of business that is just waiting for you. But in an increasingly crowded marketplace and the continued rise of new businesses and freelance consultants, how can you ensure you stand ...

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    Three Things All Business Leaders Should Know About Reward Management

    2015-02-11T09:00:00Z

    There are three things every business leader should know, and a survey among Compensation & Benefits professionals has shown that less than half of them think they have the skills needed to translate business strategy into reward policies.

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    The Reality of Data Loss, and How to Mitigate it

    2015-02-10T09:00:00Z

    According to research released last month by the ING International Survey on Homes and Mortgages 2014, London is the commuting capital of Europe, with employees in London spending, on average, the longest time commuting out of the 13 capital cities. With house prices in London surging at a rate of ...

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    Improving Procurement With Big Data

    2015-02-09T09:00:00Z

    Big data has been big news for businesses for some time now and, with analyst reports forecasting that social media and the Internet of Things will lead to a 40% growth in the amount of data generated globally each year, it s a phenomenon that can t easily be ignored.

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    2015: The Year Of Customer Centricity

    2015-02-09T09:00:00Z

    2014 was regarded by many as the year for mid-sized enterprises to ensure their mobile platforms mobile apps, mobile payments, and mobile-friendly websites are in place and functioning at a high-level. For those companies who have accomplished this, well done. Now, as we head into 2015, ...

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    How to Tackle Resistance

    2015-02-06T09:00:00Z

    Your business may need to change in fundamental or incremental ways this year. It may be necessary to re-think your strategic priorities. You may need to take a fresh perspective and move outside your comfort zone. But be warned: doing so is likely to be met with initial resistance.

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    Only One in Five Assignees on World Mobility Programmes is a Woman: Five Tips to Close the Gender Gap

    2015-02-06T09:00:00Z

    The number of female assignees in international mobility programmes on average only 16% is becoming an increasing concern for businesses as they seek to address inequality and finally find a way of breaking the 20% barrier.