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  • Opinion

    The Mastermind or Consultancy Dilemma

    2014-12-08T09:00:00Z

    Many businesses recognise that they need some form of external intervention to help them grow the business. And there is no shortage of options on offer from coaching to mentoring to consultancy to mastermind groups to conferences, seminars, workshops and bootcamps. I have put them in approximate order from one-to-one ...

  • Opinion

    Don't Let Your Business Blackout This Winter

    2014-12-08T09:00:00Z

    The winter months bring with them an array of potential disruptions for businesses. These can range from network capacity issues from higher call numbers, to adverse weather and travel conditions. With the recent announcement from the National Grid warning that its ability to supply electricity will be at a seven ...

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    Barking Up The Wrong Tree

    2014-12-08T09:00:00Z

    The role of CEO or MD of a growing business is an adrenaline-fuelled journey. Making the right decisions matter, whether it be about a new strategy, product, recruit or campaign. There is always a little anxiety. The decisions get bigger, or rather the consequences get bigger. What if... your competitor ...

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    Why Increased Profits Come Faster When You Slow Down

    2014-12-05T09:00:00Z

    Gandhi famously said, There s more to life than increasing its speed. This applies to business as much as it applies to life.

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    Thinking Beyond Tick-Box Compliance

    2014-12-05T09:00:00Z

    Traditional compliance management involves stressful annual audits, mountains of paperwork and often tedious manual spreadsheet administration, the purpose of which is often deemed by the executives as little more than a tick-box exercise conducted at huge expense for minimal return.

  • Opinion

    Passwords – Back to Basics

    2014-12-05T09:00:00Z

    Passwords are the first line of defence against cybercrime, and as we live so much of our lives online, we have become dependent on the password to keep our most private data secure. Passwords can be a point of serious frustration for users, as they re required to secure access ...

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    What motivates staff?

    2014-12-04T13:52:30Z

    [video mp4="http://fbt2015-media.s3.amazonaws.com/media/2015/07/979787999872.mp4" poster="http://fbt2015-media.s3.amazonaws.com/media/2015/06/043021956823.png"][/video] Motivating staff is becoming an increasingly important consideration for businesses. To find out how businesses can motivate their staff, we spoke to Richard Cummings, manager director of HR Insight. “People seem to think that pay is the only way to motivate and engage employees," Mr Cummings said. ...

  • Opinion

    Use technology to transform your sales team

    2014-12-04T09:00:00Z

    The world is changing. New technology is released every week which can make current processes seem obsolete. With this change comes new catch phrases and buzzwords that often seem only to complicate things; phrases such as Business Intelligence and Big Data .

  • Opinion

    Gone Phishing

    2014-12-04T09:00:00Z

    Phishing is one of the primary and preferred tools used by attackers. Many large breaches have been initiated through phishing attacks stealing passwords, gaining access to sensitive data. One of the most memorable examples is the RSA breach, which disrupted not only the company itself but also its customers. By ...

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    What is the true value of the Trust Economy?

    2014-12-04T09:00:00Z

    It s no surprise that online reviews are having a significant impact on customer service and, ultimately, the bottom line for businesses. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said December 2013 was a record-breaking month for online shopping, with close to one in five of all non-food purchases made online. The ...

  • Opinion

    Tackling the Gender Pay Gap

    2014-12-03T09:00:00Z

    The research undertaken by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in 2014, surveying 68,000 British Professionals, has shown that a woman over the age of 40 earns 35% less than a man - an average pay gap of nearly 17,000 whilst among company directors, men take home ...

  • Opinion

    Top Tips: How to Bring Christmas to the Office

    2014-12-03T09:00:00Z

    It s only a few weeks until Christmas, and as we move into December, facilities managers may want to begin thinking about how to create a festive mood in the office. Providing staff with the opportunity to decorate the office and add personality to their work space can be a ...

  • Opinion

    The Great Generational Shift: Why Succession Planning is More Important to Your Business Than Ever Before

    2014-12-03T09:00:00Z

    Times are changing in Britain s workplace. Over the next three years, 25-30% of the country s workforce will retire as Baby Boomers hand over the reins to Generation X. This paves the way for a new style of leadership and workplace practice, evidenced in new research that documents the ...

  • Opinion

    Do 3PLs Offer the Only Solution to Shared Warehousing?

    2014-12-02T09:00:00Z

    According to the Property Data Report 2013 there is 80bn worth of warehousing in the UK. But, at any one time, how much of it is lying dormant, unutilised?

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    How to Keep Up with the 'Constant Customer'

    2014-12-01T09:00:00Z

    They say the key to great customer experience is exceeding expectations. Today, we've reached an age where customers expect to be able to contact or work with organisations whenever they want, wherever they want and on whatever device they choose.

  • Opinion

    Valuable “FREE” Services for Small Businesses: What you Need to Know

    2014-12-01T09:00:00Z

    Small businesses are always looking to manage their costs but few realise that there are many valuable services that can be accessed for free and are available through the cloud.

  • Opinion

    Leaping the Leadership Chasm - How to Protect your Reputation and Value

    2014-11-28T09:00:00Z

    In theory, the closer to the top you are the better your reputation and the higher your value. But, unfortunately, this isn t always the case.

  • Opinion

    Month End: Find the Errors Before they Find you

    2014-11-28T09:00:00Z

    Love it or hate it and most businesses hate it the month end process is very predictable. We know what we must produce and where our raw materials are, and we can spot the usual potholes. Even so, month end never seems to be executed as ...

  • Opinion

    Driving UC Adoption: Addressing the Demand and Delivery Gap

    2014-11-27T09:00:00Z

    Despite data suggesting increased investment and deployment, the past decade has seen a much lower adoption of Unified Communications (UC) than expected. This is in part due to end-user barriers, including difficulty installing and using devices, as well as a lack of real understanding of the benefits of UC. ...

  • Opinion

    How to Work More Effectively in 2015

    2014-11-27T09:00:00Z

    In a world where technology is enabling companies of all sizes to compete globally, it is the smart businesses that are recognising how being lean, agile, fast and responsive can give them a competitive advantage. Flexibility enables these companies to not only respond to market opportunities quickly and service customers ...