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    The Year of the Flexible Worker: How to Prepare your Business

    2015-01-15T09:00:00Z

    The description of flexible working on the Gov.uk website couldn t be simpler: Flexible working is a way of working that suits an employee s needs, e.g. having flexible start and finish times, or working from home.

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    Top 5 New Year's Resolutions for Small Businesses

    2015-01-15T09:00:00Z

    It s the start of a new year and traditionally it s the time to make some resolutions for the months ahead. This year make sure you also commit to some New Year s resolutions for your businesses. Here are five resolutions for 2015 that will help every ...

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    Ofcom to Introduce Free 0800 Calls from Mobiles – What it Means for UK Businesses and How they can Prepare

    2015-01-15T09:00:00Z

    Calls to 0800 numbers will soon be free to call from a mobile. Clearly this is great news for consumers, but it will certainly incur additional costs to businesses. The current proposed date for the introduction of this Ofcom-led change is 1st July 2014, so businesses may only have a ...

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    New Year, New Business: Top Tips for Start-Ups

    2015-01-14T09:00:00Z

    Whether you re just embarking on a new business adventure or planning to give your start-up a boost, it s important to make sure you have a plan. The key to mastering the business world is preparation, and it s crucial to make sure you ve thought about all sides ...

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    4 Reasons Why you Need a Written Business Plan in 2015

    2015-01-14T09:00:00Z

    According to the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, companies with a written business plan have 50% greater sales growth and 12% higher gross profit margins than companies without them.

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    The VoIP Guide: The Top 5 Ways Internet Telephony Could Transform your Business

    2015-01-13T09:00:00Z

    As the lines between voice and data communications become increasingly blurred, many businesses are turning to VoIP (or Voice over Internet Protocol) solutions to meet their ever expanding needs. Traditionally, firms that wanted telephone lines on their premises had to have a traditional Private Branch Exchange (PBX), which would be ...

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    What Percentage of Yourself are you Taking to Work? Why Women Hide their Softer Side

    2015-01-12T09:00:00Z

    Picture a typical boardroom. A long, wide table with ten people of varying ages and races, all at senior level seven of them are male and three of them are female. An important discussion takes hold and becomes fairly vocal, with several people debating the most effective way ...

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    Continuous Partial Attention

    2015-01-12T09:00:00Z

    We are living in a world that is more connected than ever. There are some definite pitfalls in our hyper-connected world as it intersects with our business relationships and networking. Hyperconnectivity can lead to a state of "continuous partial attention." A state of continuous partial attention is a state where ...

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    Looking Out for the Enemy Within

    2015-01-09T09:00:00Z

    Although hacker gangs and nation-state attacks steal all the cyber security headlines, the most frequent security incidents are those caused by those within an organisation, and are often overlooked. Our survey showed that 58% of cyber threats were coming from inside the organisation rather than outside. Meanwhile, PwC s Global ...

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    Why Be a Digitally-Led Business?

    2015-01-09T09:00:00Z

    In 2015, organisations will need to rapidly turn their attention to how cloud computing can support top line revenue growth as part of their digital transformation strategy. For years companies have been focused on the promise of cloud reducing costs and moving IT spending to an OPEX model. However, organisations ...

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    Build Loyalty in Face of Increased Competition

    2015-01-09T09:00:00Z

    Today’s consumers are bombarded by an increasing number of marketing campaigns and offers, through the proliferation of communications channels. They are also becoming more discerning and savvy, influenced by and using online reviews and promotions to compare products and brands.

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    Has Technology Replaced the Art of Conversation?

    2015-01-09T09:00:00Z

    Throughout human history people have talked to each other using smiles and frowns, touch and gesture, myths and stories to build relationships, establish trust and get things done. It s almost the defining characteristic of being human, to engage in conversation.

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    Cybersecurity: Focus on What’s Important, Not What’s New

    2015-01-09T09:00:00Z

    Research from Experian has revealed that the amount of personal data traded by cyber criminals has trebled in the last two years. This significant growth not only indicates an increase in the amount of data created, but also highlights that it is still too easy for criminals to obtain private ...

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    Utilising Student Freelancers to Attract Talented Graduate Recruits

    2015-01-08T09:00:00Z

    Almost 7% of the world s population now has a degree and this figure rises to upwards of 60% when looking at the London region of the UK . Hiring graduates certainly offers an affordable way of securing fresh talent, but having an education is simply not enough for ...

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    Where it All Goes Wrong with Customer Services

    2015-01-08T09:00:00Z

    We have all heard friends and colleagues complain about the pains of phoning the customer services desk no one can help, representatives robotically repeat the same things and it ends up being a waste of time and effort. In this situation, many customers even make good on their ...

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    Demystifying Myths About the Freelance Lifestyle

    2015-01-08T09:00:00Z

    The world of work is transforming: the digital revolution and changing demographics mean hierarchies are flattening, and people are often embarking on multiple careers. Where individuals might have had just one profession in one sector with one employer, portfolio careers are becoming more popular, as men and women ...

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    Appirio Predictions 2015: Demand Competitiveness

    2015-01-08T09:00:00Z

    As a pioneer of the platforms and processes that make it possible for organisations to adopt and wield the power of the cloud, our goal is and always has been about accelerating the adoption of on-demand / cloud services in the enterprise and disrupting the IT services industry.

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    Big Data and Business

    2015-01-07T09:00:00Z

    Big Data: What is it and why is it so important? It seems not a day goes by without the term Big Data cropping up, whether in a business meeting or in newspaper.

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    Making small business accounting fun with the cloud

    2015-01-07T09:00:00Z

    Owning a small business is exciting. You get to do what you love, day in, day out. Most entrepreneurs start their own company so they can do something they re passionate about, have control of their future, or be their own boss...

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    How to choose the right accountant

    2015-01-07T09:00:00Z

    Choosing an accountant is like choosing a new business partner. The right accountant will become a trusted colleague that you can depend on, who offers advice and guidance as your business grows. So what are the top things you need to look out for? ...