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    A Big Year ahead for SMEs

    2015-02-06T09:00:00Z

    With the UK economy back in full swing, and a raft of supportive measures introduced in the latest Autumn Statement, the scene is set for small businesses to prosper. So what s in store throughout 2015 and how will small businesses up and down the country be affected?

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    The Future of Work Part 1: The Virtual Workforce

    2015-02-06T09:00:00Z

    For more than 100 years, designers and architects have being trying to design a work space that encourages maximum productivity, yet to the detriment of organisations, this has still not yet been truly achieved. However, over the decades we ve been inching closer. The first major breakthrough in productivity last ...

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    How Businesses Can Grow by Advancing Their Enterprise Resource Planning

    2015-02-05T09:00:00Z

    As a mid-sized enterprise, you ve likely spent the last couple of years making sure your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution is properly understood and utilized by your employees.

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    4 Ways to Improve Communication at Work

    2015-02-05T09:00:00Z

    It s imperative for achievement-oriented professionals to communicate well in all aspects of their job, as doing so can be the key to cutting through the bureaucracy of an organisation and taking control of one s career as opposed to feeling like a victim of circumstance. Mastering even a handful ...

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    Innovating Value

    2015-02-04T09:00:00Z

    Value is an oft used word in business. We need to create value . But rarely do we take the time and ask ourselves, what do we actually mean by value? From a business perspective the value that matters is that which the consumer deems valuable. In this article ...

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    Selecting the Right e-Learning Program for Your Workplace

    2015-02-03T09:00:00Z

    E-learning is becoming increasingly common as a method of workplace-learning around the world. The ability to reach distributed teams and greatly reduce training costs are two of the main benefits of e-learning.

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    Is your Misplaced Work Ethic Damaging your Team and your Career?

    2015-02-03T09:00:00Z

    Ever had a great idea but not followed it through? The most common excuse is Too busy , or Not enough time .

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    Applying Strategic Business Thinking To Outreach (MELD)

    2015-02-03T09:00:00Z

    If you have done even the smallest amount of outreach you will know that there are a few things that are true: 1.You will receive a lot of rejection 2.You will be ignored by a good number of the people that you email

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    Expect the Unexpected

    2015-02-02T09:00:00Z

    Some individuals will have set their sights on a new venture for 2015 that may be starting a new business, expanding an existing outfit or perhaps even acquiring a brand new organisation. Whilst this can be an exciting prospect, it s important not to overlook the potential risks ...

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    Women in the Boardroom – Have We Made Any Progress?

    2015-02-02T09:00:00Z

    It s easy to make the right noises when discussing the issue of gender imbalance at senior levels of commerce and industry, but the key question is what are we doing about it? The publication of the 2011 Women on Boards review, with the recommendation that FTSE 100 boards should ...

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    Innovation Through Creative Entrepreneurship

    2015-01-30T09:00:00Z

    Innovation is the bedrock of business growth. The Department for Business Innovation and Skills' UK Innovation Survey 2013 reported that although innovation is increasing in larger companies as the economy grows, 50% of them are identified as 'innovation inactive . This is a real concern as fundamentally innovation is about ...

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    Innovate or Die! Reducing the Barriers to Open Innovation

    2015-01-30T09:00:00Z

    It is many years since the management guru Tom Peters pronounced: Innovate or die, yet its relevance is more important than ever. Have you bought car, life or home insurance recently, or perhaps used the internet to buy Christmas presents? If you did, the odds are that you ...

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    Don’t Be Next: How to Stop the Next Hack Attack

    2015-01-30T09:00:00Z

    From the point of view of CIOs and CSOs, the modern workforce is not a simple one. Off-premise meetings, multiple locations, flexible working and the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) movement present organisations with a complex challenge: How can you secure a company s assets when domains and networks are ...

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    Revealed: SMEs’ Top Five ‘Face-Palm’ Fraud Mistakes

    2015-01-30T09:00:00Z

    Fraud prevention is not an easy job. On the one hand the fraudsters themselves are an increasingly determined and well-resourced bunch. They have the element of surprise and they re agile enough to jump around, trying different targets with different techniques until something works. It doesn t help that online ...

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    Lessons from Water and Lemons: Open Innovation

    2015-01-29T09:00:00Z

    There was a time when people believed that cholera was transmitted through the air. This belief was very strongly held, even when the evidence was overwhelming that it was transmitted through water, and many people died unecessarily as a result. The same thing happened with scurvy, a disease common to ...

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    Big Data in a mobile world / Shop Floor Decision Making

    2015-01-29T09:00:00Z

    Retailers are embracing every aspect of technology innovation in the drive to engage customers in a fast changing environment - from harnessing big data to improve the price/product/placement effectiveness to new in-store experiences that leverage social media. Yet there is limited connection between these innovative ideas and the real time ...

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    Is Short-Termism Driving Undesirable Behaviour?

    2015-01-29T09:00:00Z

    I am always fascinated to read about the rise and fall of various different businesses, what makes for success, and likewise, why some brands suddenly go out of favour and disappear, sometimes as quickly as they appeared.

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    New Work Year, New Work You

    2015-01-28T09:00:00Z

    The average person spends at least 40 hours of their time at work each week, so it s a sensible place to start when thinking about New Year s resolutions. Here are some ideas that will not only improve your work/life balance but will also make you more productive.

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    Slimming your Enterprise Down to a Size Zero

    2015-01-28T09:00:00Z

    More than a decade into the world of digital business and following a deep global economic recession, organisations are discovering new ways of operating that challenge many long-held assumptions.

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    Innovation: It’s about Appreciation and Respect

    2015-01-28T09:00:00Z

    We need to become more innovative. We must have read this a hundred times in various articles, books, newspapers and magazines. And of course it s true. It must be hard to do given so much has been written .but is it really so difficult?