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 people are giving partial attention to what they are doing – continuously!
Posted on 12th January 2015 in Business Support.
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 State of Information Security Survey 2015 found that the most cited culprits of data breaches are those within an organisations four walls, whether that be accidental or malicious.
Posted on 9th January 2015 in Business Support.
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 information. Given that the threat is not going to disappear, what can individuals and companies do to combat this and what tactics can be taken to ensure data is kept safe? Moreover what threats should businesses be most worried about and how should they be addressed?
Posted on 9th January 2015 in Business Support.
Everyone’s ‘on board’, the finances are in place and research indicates that your latest initiative could make all the difference to your bottom line numbers. Now’s the time to get your project off the ground – but how will you deliver it? Resource everything in-house, buy in some services, or outsource?
Posted on 5th January 2015 in Business Support.
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 year low in 2014; the threat of a winter blackout is once again upon us. This is an issue which can cause a significant impact on a range of business operations.
Posted on 8th December 2014 in Business Support.
The tendency of most smaller businesses is to feel like a cork floating on the ocean, incapable of influencing how or where the market takes them.
This is true in almost every industry.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Posted on 8th December 2014 in Business Education, Business Growth, Business Management , Business Profiles, Business Support, Conferences & Exhibitions, Corporate Finance , Finance, Finance Management, Networking.
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 to one-to many offerings…
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has recently made a ruling in the case of Bear Scotland v Fulton that could have a significant impact on how companies calculate annual leave for their employees, says Liz Iles Senior Employment Consultant at Croner.
O2 aren’t just there to help you stay in touch with those around you with the latest handsets. We also want to be there to help your business.
There was a time when growth in a digital world meant having access to the most expensive equipment and technology, or at least required expertise in a variety of specialist fields. Today local businesses run by small teams can compete with larger corporations because technology is more readily available, easier to use and cheaper to run.
Let’s face it, owning a small business is exciting but doing accounting isn’t. It’s important to have a solid understanding of your company’s cashflow but a lot of work is needed to get there. Traditional accounting software requires a great deal of data entry, making busy small business owners feel like they are neglecting other responsibilities by spending hours chained to to their desktop.
The Health and Work Service (HWS) is scheduled to be introduced in England and Wales on 31 October 2014, with full implementation by 31 March 2015. In England and Wales this service will be provided by a single “independent” supplier, Health Management Limited, part of the Maximus group, which will operate under the supervision of the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) on a maximum budget of around £170 million over five years. This budget will be derived from scrapping Statutory Sick Pay Percentage Threshold Scheme (PTS) reimbursements to employers. In Scotland the service will be operated directly by the Government.