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    All You Need to Know About Existing and Forthcoming EU Data Protection Regulation

    2015-01-27T09:00:00Z

    We have come a long way since the days of mass advertising that was difficult to target and even more difficult to measure. Over the last two decades we have been preoccupied with refining our marketing approaches by gathering customer data on and offline, to help us target and communicate ...

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    Look Up, Look Up, Look Up!

    2015-01-26T09:00:00Z

    Recently, I was walking along a very crowded city street in a large European city. People were walking in both directions with great purpose and direction - families, business professionals, tourists, and individuals alike. One pedestrian, however, stood out from the rest. She was walking a bit slower, with an ...

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    Flexible Working: How to do it Right for your Company

    2015-01-26T09:00:00Z

    Flexible working is the future of business. Employees demand it, technology is now available to support it and the Government has backed legislation to make it a compulsory offering.

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    Six Myths of Business Intelligence

    2015-01-26T09:00:00Z

    How many of our beliefs are so deep-seated that we would never think to question them? In reality, probably more than we think. Humans are not as rational as they may believe, and at any rate there s no time to investigate every claim that s made.

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    Probationary Periods: How to Use Them Effectively

    2015-01-23T09:00:00Z

    Probationary periods are not legal requirements and yet they are hugely important to businesses because they allow an employer to assess a new employee s suitability for a particular job.

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    Getting Ready to Comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

    2015-01-23T09:00:00Z

    How familiar are you or your IT department with the proposals under the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? And how prepared will you be to meet what are likely to be very stringent requirements around data protection?

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    Agile Working: Helping Staff Feel at Home

    2015-01-23T09:00:00Z

    It s Work from Home Week, a week dedicated to getting employers and their people thinking about different methods of working.

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    Are you Prepared for the Smart Meter Shake-Up?

    2015-01-22T09:00:00Z

    With the compulsory introduction of smart meters for the utilities industry, just over five years away, the 2020 deadline marks one of the biggest IT overhauls in the history of the sector. Traditionally dominated by a handful of front runners, whilst they are making inroads and getting ready for the ...

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    The January Blues and Gen Y Talent Retention

    2015-01-22T09:00:00Z

    The January Blues can be a major headache for employers, as it tends to be a time when staff consider moving on. In fact, more than a third of UK workers are already planning to change jobs at some point in 2015.

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    The Time has Come to Communicate Auto Enrolment... Better

    2015-01-22T09:00:00Z

    A survey conducted by Sage UK found that only one in 100 independent financial advisers believe small businesses are well prepared for automatic enrolment, and just one in five (21%) agreed that small firms were aware of the legislation.

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    The Customer Service Pit-Stop

    2015-01-21T09:00:00Z

    The Formula 1 (F1) season finished with Lewis Hamilton crowned the victor, following a titanic battle that went right down to the wire with his Mercedes teammate, Nico Rosberg an achievement that saw the British driver crowned Sports Personality of the Year 2014. But since the speed and ...

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    SMEs, it’s Time to Move on from Consumer-Grade IT

    2015-01-21T09:00:00Z

    As the economy continues to recover across Europe, many small businesses are experiencing significant growth. A key consideration during this period of expansion is making sure that businesses invest in the right hardware, services and software to enable staff to work efficiently, regardless of whether they re office-based or on ...

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    10 Considerations Before you Resign

    2015-01-21T09:00:00Z

    New research from the Institute of Leadership and Management highlights that 37% of workers hope to find new jobs in 2015.

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    Tips on Improving Business Efficiency

    2015-01-20T09:00:00Z

    Too often I hear the phrase there s not enough hours in the day being uttered by business executives. We all know that time is the greatest asset, but how do we get precious hours back that would allow for greater creativity, innovation and effectiveness.

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    A Guide for Starting a Business Outside the Capital

    2015-01-20T09:00:00Z

    London is celebrated as the business capital of the UK, yet with eye watering rents and unaffordable office spaces, increasing numbers of entrepreneurs are starting to look elsewhere to start their new business.

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    How to be Happier, Luckier and Less Stressed in Your Business in 2015

    2015-01-19T09:00:00Z

    At the beginning of every year, our thoughts naturally turn to what we want to achieve in the year ahead and in particular how we want to grow our business. We have been taught that to be successful we have to set clear goals and outcomes. Once set, ...

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    Keeping Employees Motivated: Tips for SMEs

    2015-01-16T09:00:00Z

    British workers have highlighted the importance of a simple thank you in the workplace, revealing that feeling valued by their boss is the top motivational factor in helping them achieve more during their nine to five.

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    Start Your Year Right: Small Business Self-Assessment Tips

    2015-01-16T09:00:00Z

    As we begin a new year, thoughts naturally turn to tax and the looming deadline for filing online self-assessment tax returns at midnight on January 31.

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    Planning your Exit Strategy - Why Technology Businesses Need to Think Ahead

    2015-01-16T09:00:00Z

    For a business at any stage of growth, planning an exit strategy is vital even if you are thinking it will be some time away.

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    What will 2015 Hold for Online Businesses?

    2015-01-16T09:00:00Z

    2014 was dominated by the availability, for the first time, of new domain name extensions. New gTLDs (Top-level domains, like .com, .net or .org) create new online real estate . Geographic extensions such as .London and .NYC, and more generic names such as .Photography, .Expert and .Today changed the ...