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    Top 5 Data Issues for 2015

    2014-11-04T09:00:00Z

    2015 is set to be a year of real change in the data environment as new legislation, new technology and modern office trends combine to provide CIOs, office managers and HR directors with a very modern headache. The incredible proliferation of information means every business across every sector will need ...

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    Getting Ready for the Christmas Countdown

    2014-11-03T09:00:00Z

    Managing a business through the peak holiday seasons is a balancing act. You need your business to run as smoothly as ever, but you have fewer staff available who are probably stretched (and quite possibly stressed) covering for colleagues who are on leave... Yes, holidays are essential, giving employees time ...

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    How SME Retailers and Hospitality Businesses Can Win Back Customer Trust

    2014-11-03T09:00:00Z

    Breaches in customer card payment data security are costly for most businesses, but for SME retailers and hospitality businesses the consequences can be devastating. While the actual financial ramifications might not make or break the immediate trading figures, the breakdown in trust caused by an error can have a long-lasting ...

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    The British Safety Council is Now Offering Free Stress Advice to Businesses

    2014-11-03T09:00:00Z

    With stress costing the UK economy 6.5bn, it is undeniable that this is one of the biggest health related priorities facing businesses. The British Safety Council is lending its voice to this important issue, as well asking workplaces to give due attention to occupational health overall.

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    The Future is Bright - Don’t Let Trade Credit Risk Ruin your Growth Opportunity

    2014-11-03T09:00:00Z

    The most recent ICM UK Credit Managers Index for Q2 2014 showed once again that credit managers confidence in the economic outlook continues to improve with the headline index at 59.2 more than 10 points up on the low of September 2012 and continuing ...

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    Britain’s Businesses Can Learn From Retailers’ Rise to the Omni-Channel Challenge

    2014-11-03T09:00:00Z

    UK businesses could learn a lot from the country s retail sector. Nowhere was the recession more evident than on Britain s high streets, as numerous household name retail brands fell victim to the economic downturn. Now though, retailers have weathered the worst the economy has to offer, and are ...

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    How a Typo Can Make or Break Your Business

    2014-10-31T09:00:00Z

    How do you react when you see a typo? Are you irritated? Do you laugh? We all react differently to mistakes, errors or defects. This difference is important to understand how you run a business, especially one whose future depends on the motivation and commitment of its people.

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    Business is Booming – Let’s Maintain that Momentum

    2014-10-31T09:00:00Z

    As we edge closer to the end of 2014, now is the time to revisit annual plans and reflect on what has been achieved and, more importantly, what is required in the remaining months. Business owners need to ask themselves what has worked well this year and what could be ...

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    Inflated Expectations

    2014-10-30T09:00:00Z

    As the pace of innovation continues to increase, technology companies are investing heavily to develop their products and gain first mover advantage in both business and consumer markets. Big tech companies also have huge marketing budgets allowing them to seduce buyers with the heavy promotion of shiny new features and ...

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    Why Collaboration is the Key to Effective Supply Chain Procurement

    2014-10-30T09:00:00Z

    What do you see when you identify a supplier, as part of your supply chain procurement process? Do you see a necessary evil that must be negotiated before you can make a profit? Or do you see a potential strategic business partner that could play an active role in helping ...

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    Of Fetlocks, Fergusons and Felines

    2014-10-29T09:00:00Z

    I was driving back into my village in the Vale of Belvoir this week and approached it from the canal end, which entails going over a hump back bridge. It s quite a steep bridge and sod s law dictates that if you hit it too fast, there is ...

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    Seven Top Tips for Efficiency When Working from Home

    2014-10-29T09:00:00Z

    Here are our top tips for maximising efficiency when working from home.

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    Closing the Pay Gap

    2014-10-29T09:00:00Z

    Microsoft boss Satya Nadella recently caused a storm by saying that women shouldn t ask for pay rises, but rather put their trust in karma. This was his unfortunate response to the question: "What do you advise women who are interested in advancing their careers, but not comfortable ... with ...

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    Funding a Management Buyout

    2014-10-29T09:00:00Z

    Successful coordination of a management buyout (MBO) can be a complex process fraught with difficulty for even the most experienced businessperson.

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    Staying Flexible: What UK plc Stands to Gain by Acting Smaller and Working Smarter

    2014-10-29T09:00:00Z

    It s no secret that the UK s small businesses, with their dynamism and agility, have long been the envy of many of Britain s biggest enterprises. The rate at which the UK creates and adopts new technologies plays right into the hands of those quickest to react, and small ...

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    How Creative Businesses Can Better Sell the Value of their Ideas

    2014-10-28T09:00:00Z

    A great creative idea has the power to win more customers. A truly inspirational idea has the power to transform a business. Its why many of us choose to work in the creative industry - to help brands grow, change, win, retain, sell, engage and ultimately add to the bottom ...

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    Top Ten Tips for Cutting Costs and Reducing Risk to Make your Business More Valuable

    2014-10-27T09:00:00Z

    Looking to make your business more valuable? Simply follow these top tips for cutting costs and reducing risks:

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    Maximising the Value of Unified Communications

    2014-10-24T09:00:00Z

    Over the last decade the face of business communication has changed irrevocably. Traditional phone systems which used to be managed as a separate entity from the rest of IT have now converged with the arrival of VoIP and Unified Communications (UC). With the advance of the internet, ecommerce, WiFi and ...

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    10 Strategic Imperatives for Every Business

    2014-10-24T09:00:00Z

    There are 10 key strategic imperatives every business needs to understand if it s to be successful. Here is a solid outline of how best to approach your career as an entrepreneur:

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    Investing in a Franchise? You Need to Read These Five Franchise Facts

    2014-10-23T09:00:00Z

    If you re thinking of starting a business, you ve probably considered buying into a franchise. It s an attractive proposition. Marketing support, legal stuff sewn up already, and a proven business model.