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Mike Davis, Head of SME, AXA PPP HealthcareAbsenteeism, presenteeism and business
Mike Davis, Head of SME, AXA PPP Healthcare (01-Feb-2019)
When someone is absent from work, the remaining staff may take on the extra load. But when they come in to work sick, everyone is at risk of catching a cold. Which is worse?
Ariel Eckstein, Managing Director, LinkedIn EMEAWhy listening to your parents could be good for business
Ariel Eckstein, Managing Director, LinkedIn EMEA (06-Oct-2014)
As a country, we have a long way to go before we're adequately tapping in to the skills of the older generation
John Mullins, Associate Professor, London Business SchoolStart, finance and grow your business like Bill Gates
John Mullins, Associate Professor, London Business School (19-Sep-2014)
What Gates and Dell, and many others like them, have figured out is that starting, financing and growing a company with their customers’ cash, instead of investors’, is a far more appealing way to go
Lee Wagstaff, Brand Development Manager, Thornton and LoweBusiness strategy lessons learned from chess
Lee Wagstaff, Brand Development Manager, Thornton and Lowe (09-Sep-2014)
Laying down a strategy as a cornerstone of your business will see your company excelling past competitors
Clare Minchington, Executive Director, ACCAFree online professional business MOOC
Clare Minchington, Executive Director, ACCA (20-Aug-2014)
Discovering Business in Society will give anyone interested the opportunity to learn the principles of business - free!
Charlotte Chung, Senior Policy Adviser, ACCAGet down and dirty - finance for business success
Charlotte Chung, Senior Policy Adviser, ACCA (06-Aug-2014)
Business growth should be continually managed to succeed and Finance leaders need to get down and dirty with the day-to-day workings of the business to avoid it becoming static
Xu Bing, Director General, China Foreign Trade CentreIs the Chinese monster a business takeaway?
Xu Bing, Director General, China Foreign Trade Centre (05-Aug-2014)
China's new policies and the rapid growth of its manufacturing industry makes it an interesting market opportunity for business
Michael O'Connell, owner, Jolly WodgersWhat makes a successful business person?
Michael O'Connell, owner, Jolly Wodgers (30-Jul-2014)
Anyone can set up a business, but to be successful you need to be tolerant, ready to work night and day, make huge personal sacrifices, have a good business plan and deliver it
Ilian Iliev, CEO, EcoMachines IncubatorInnovative and high-tech SMEs and the economy
Ilian Iliev, CEO, EcoMachines Incubator (01-Jul-2014)
Why have innovative SMEs and high-tech startups not yet reached their full potential? We need to foster them better!
Shaun Thomson, CEO, Sandler Training (UK)Business startup ideas while on vacation
Shaun Thomson, CEO, Sandler Training (UK) (26-Jun-2014)
This summer, instead of switching off, many vacationers will actually be planning the launch of their own business
Dennis Buizert, Dutch student and InfoSec SpecialitsCreating students fit for work - the Dutch way
Dennis Buizert, Dutch student and InfoSec Specialits (24-Jun-2014)
In the Netherlands, students are being prepared for the business mindset with the skills required to enter the job market
Ian Joseph, CEO, Trustees UnlimitedBusiness gains from staff who volunteer
Ian Joseph, CEO, Trustees Unlimited (18-Jun-2014)
Volunteering can be a great way to enhance employability and career prospects, as well as an opportunity to give something back to society
Francisco Marco-Serrano, Senior Lecturer, GSM LondonCan you measure Social Media ROI?
Francisco Marco-Serrano, Senior Lecturer, GSM London (16-Jun-2014)
There is much uncertainty regarding the tangible financial outcomes of investment in social media marketing - can it be measured?
Ann Francke, Chief Executive, CMIHow to produce business-ready graduates
Ann Francke, Chief Executive, CMI (10-Jun-2014)
Employers are seeking 'business-ready' graduates, but are not doing enough to offer extended, meaningful work experience
Professor Garry Honey, Founder, ChironReputation - how to manage it and avoid risk
Professor Garry Honey, Founder, Chiron (09-Jun-2014)
Reputation can take a lifetime to build and seconds to lose. How do we manage it and reduce risks?
John Yeo, EMEA Director, TrustwaveCybercrime attack targets, victims, motivations and methods
John Yeo, EMEA Director, Trustwave (04-Jun-2014)
If businesses are not fully equipped with all of the necessary components, they are only increasing their chances of being the next data breach victim
Kevin Young, MD, Skillsoft EMEABig data - a bigger business opportunity
Kevin Young, MD, Skillsoft EMEA (03-Jun-2014)
Big data is a big business opportunity and ignoring its potential insight can only result in businesses falling behind their competitors in the market
Dave Smithson, UK Head of SMEs, MazarsHow SME business can stand out and succeed
Dave Smithson, UK Head of SMEs, Mazars (28-May-2014)
It can be hard to be seen and really stand out. Six success factors to help strategically plan and succeed
Doug Tucker, MD, Sales CommmandoAre universities failing graduates for the job market?
Doug Tucker, MD, Sales Commmando (13-May-2014)
In a world where there are more graduates than graduate jobs, are universities failing graduate job seekers?
Charles Russam, Chairman, Russam GMSSelf-drive workers are reshaping the traditional workforce
Charles Russam, Chairman, Russam GMS (08-May-2014)
New employment patterns are emerging, including more people with second jobs, independents teaming up and individuals trading through a myriad of business formats
Stephen Archer, Director, Spring PartnershipsTips for business innovation
Stephen Archer, Director, Spring Partnerships (07-May-2014)
Empowering employees to be innovative and creative, and encouraging a ‘can do’ attitude can reap rewards for everyone and help business survive the recession
Alex Smith, Director, IntermediaFive simple steps to a truly secure password
Alex Smith, Director, Intermedia (02-May-2014)
It is time for organisations to create strong passwords that will have the best chance of protecting their information
Raj Dhonota, serial entrepreneurMaking Social Networking business friendly
Raj Dhonota, serial entrepreneur (25-Apr-2014)
Most successful businesses now engage with their audience through at least one social media platform and those that don't risk being out of touch with their customers
Emmanouil Schizas, ACCASMEs neglected at a critical economic time
Emmanouil Schizas, ACCA (23-Apr-2014)
Governments have the right intentions for fuelling SME growth, but initiatives should focus on enterprise development as an evolutionary, non-linear process
Mark Edwards, General Manager, Rocket LawyerOnline legal services for small businesses
Mark Edwards, General Manager, Rocket Lawyer (14-Apr-2014)
Many service industries have modernised and now the legal industry is transforming too, changing the way people seek legal advice and manage their legal affairs forever
Professor Mark Button, Portsmouth UniversityThe cost of fraud
Professor Mark Button, Portsmouth University (28-Mar-2014)
There are opportunities for fraud in many areas like procurement, payroll and expenses that often lie undetected in an organisation - an example from healthcare
Mark  Emmerson, UK Head of Global Trade, HSBCStrengthen business - education links and invest in R&D
Mark Emmerson, UK Head of Global Trade, HSBC (21-Mar-2014)
Need to encourage businesses to invest in R&D to capture the value of their merchandise exports and move up the value chain over the long term
Craig Beddis, CMO, AutomicWhat large organisations can learn from startups
Craig Beddis, CMO, Automic (14-Mar-2014)
Gone are the days when large, decades-old corporations changed the world – now, the companies changing the way we do business are likely to have been started five years ago
Hasan Bakhshi, Director Policy and Research, NestaProductivity and profitability improved with effective data use
Hasan Bakhshi, Director Policy and Research, Nesta (11-Mar-2014)
Businesses that use of their online customer data effectively – those that collect, analyse and deploy data – are 8% more productive as a result
Howard Kerr, Chief Executive, BSIWhat most threatens business leaders?
Howard Kerr, Chief Executive, BSI (05-Mar-2014)
Some threats are more common among most organizations, while others present themselves to varying degrees between different geographic locations or industry sectors - a need to plan
Stephen Archer, Director, Spring PartnershipsUnconventional ways to grow your business
Stephen Archer, Director, Spring Partnerships (26-Feb-2014)
Staying ahead of the game can be hard, but these 10 tips - from firing customers to reducing what you sell - will help you outdo your business competitors
Lisa Gagliani, CEO, Bright Ideas TrustWhat to avoid when starting a business
Lisa Gagliani, CEO, Bright Ideas Trust (14-Feb-2014)
Starting your own business does not have to be a pipe dream. You can make it happen and it can be a success as long as you avoid the common, easy-to-make mistakes
Jackie Jenks, Senior Manager Enterprise Mentoring, Lloyds BaMentoring for SMEs
Jackie Jenks, Senior Manager Enterprise Mentoring, Lloyds Ba (03-Feb-2014)
Mentoring is a useful way of providing entrepreneurs with access to support and information from skilled and experienced industry professionals - resources for SMEs
Dr Peter Kolarz, Policy Consultant, Technopolis GroupMaking sense of SMEs
Dr Peter Kolarz, Policy Consultant, Technopolis Group (30-Jan-2014)
We have more-or-less identified SMEs as the way forward - but, what kind of SMEs and why?
Alan Smith, CEO, Capital Asset ManagementTen essential steps to selling your business
Alan Smith, CEO, Capital Asset Management (27-Jan-2014)
You've spent years building your business and now it may be time to sell it and capitalise on all the hard work and effort - 10 essential steps to take
Paul Galpin, Managing Director, P2P MailingSocial Media hold business to account
Paul Galpin, Managing Director, P2P Mailing (20-Jan-2014)
Access to social media is quick and easy enabling consumers to express their irritation with a company’s service and standards
Jackie Jenks, Senior Manager Enterprise Mentoring, LloydsMentoring helps digital entrepreneur succeed
Jackie Jenks, Senior Manager Enterprise Mentoring, Lloyds (16-Jan-2014)
Launching your own business is a daunting process, but a mentor gives additional help and support
Neil Owen, Director, Robert Half Financial ServicesLegacy of the downturn: efficiency, less risk and accelerated change
Neil Owen, Director, Robert Half Financial Services (20-Dec-2013)
With more positive economic data, financial services are considering the benefits that have surfaced as a result of the financial crisis
Chris Reilly, Head of SME Commercial, npowerHow businesses can save energy and costs
Chris Reilly, Head of SME Commercial, npower (09-Dec-2013)
Businesses have opportunities to save on the costs of energy this winter and beyond - some tips on how to improve the bottom line
Valerie Todd, Chair of IIPWorkers search for new jobs as economy recovers
Valerie Todd, Chair of IIP (06-Dec-2013)
Businesses need to invest in their people or face a potential exodus of talented staff suffering work dissatisfaction as confidence increases in the job market
Santander UKThe economy: unlocking the potential of SMEs
Santander UK (04-Dec-2013)
The private sector must do more to help strong SMEs to develop or accelerate their plans for growth if we are to achieve a sustainable economic recovery
Dee Caporali, Divisional Director, Access GroupContaining spiraling recruitment costs
Dee Caporali, Divisional Director, Access Group (26-Nov-2013)
How businesses can reduce recruitment administration across the whole organisation to drive down costs in today's challenging job market
Charles Major, Business Development Manager, LloydsMentoring helps entrepreneur with his squash
Charles Major, Business Development Manager, Lloyds (25-Nov-2013)
Mentoring - a great opportunity - the mentee benefits from knowledge and experience: the mentor the excitement and rewards from working with a new, growth business
Julian Korek, CEO,  Kinetic PartnersNew York overtakes London as world finance centre
Julian Korek, CEO, Kinetic Partners (20-Nov-2013)
New York has overtaken London as the world’s leading financial centre and its influence is set to decline in coming years
Ross Flanigan, Director, Quality + Risk Operations, DeloitteWales - the business advantage
Ross Flanigan, Director, Quality + Risk Operations, Deloitte (19-Nov-2013)
South Wales has a combination of a first-class talent pool, good communications, attractive government support and it is a great environment to live and work
Aneesh Reddy, CEO, Capillary TechnologiesMarketing to satisfy customers at Christmas
Aneesh Reddy, CEO, Capillary Technologies (18-Nov-2013)
With the economy staring to grow and fierce competition in the market, here are some tips to help generate holiday sales using different methods to connect with consumers
Sara Lewis, MD, Ascent PRMake your content a valuable asset
Sara Lewis, MD, Ascent PR (12-Nov-2013)
With the sheer volume of content currently being published online every day, businesses must create content that cuts through the noise
Susan Marlow, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Nottingham UnivEntrepreneurs need not be the media stereotypes
Susan Marlow, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Nottingham Univ (06-Nov-2013)
Under 25s and over 50s represent a third of the population - they need more focus and encouragement from government and business leaders
Jeff Fisher, VP Strategy and Co-Head RES Research BostonEnterprise IT - the App Store model is not enough
Jeff Fisher, VP Strategy and Co-Head RES Research Boston (05-Nov-2013)
IT complexity continues to grow and users have increasing expectations raising the challenges for the IT department
Helen Dickinson, Director General, British Retail ConsortiumBrand Britain - a global retail success
Helen Dickinson, Director General, British Retail Consortium (04-Nov-2013)
The quality, range and accompanying service offered by 'Brand Britain' is respected around the world - particular growth in the clothing, beauty and department store sectors
Chris Jessop, MD Health Services, AXA PPP healthcareTrust, stress and cost - sickness absence issues
Chris Jessop, MD Health Services, AXA PPP healthcare (31-Oct-2013)
Employee sick leave has an impact on organisations of all sizes - but some deal with the issue better. Trust is a major factor between bosses and staff
Kevin May, founding Partner, Sticks LLCThe importance of customer insight
Kevin May, founding Partner, Sticks LLC (30-Oct-2013)
Insights come in many different forms and to be wholly valuable, they have to be at least five things
Liz Field, CEO, Financial and Legal Skills PartnershipVocational routes vital for economic recovery
Liz Field, CEO, Financial and Legal Skills Partnership (29-Oct-2013)
The service sector is a key growth area for the UK economy and so there are some fantastic opportunities, particularly for SMEs, to invest in their future
Sir Thomas Harris, Vice Chairman, Standard Chartered BankIs banker bashing fair and justified?
Sir Thomas Harris, Vice Chairman, Standard Chartered Bank (26-Oct-2013)
Seismic global economic shifts, unprecedented and depressing volatility in the markets, major concerns about the banking industry itself and a tsunami of new regulations have combined to make for a very difficult ride
Growing Business AwardsInnovation and collaboration - awarding entrepreneurs
Growing Business Awards (25-Oct-2013)
Small and medium-sized firms are critical to getting the economy back to a sustainable level of growth
Laura Hughes, Training Manager, Crunch AccountingSurge in the number of female entrepreneurs
Laura Hughes, Training Manager, Crunch Accounting (24-Oct-2013)
New statistics reveal a surge in women going it alone in business, with the number of female sole traders growing by more than a fifth since 2008
Ben Dowd, Business Director, O2IT and productivity - boosting our lives
Ben Dowd, Business Director, O2 (23-Oct-2013)
The rapid adoption of key information and communications technology has increased productivity by 480% more than in the 1970
Hannah Codrington, TopLine CommunicationsThe benefits of corporate video for SMEs
Hannah Codrington, TopLine Communications (21-Oct-2013)
Corporate video is not only an option reserved for the big hitters. If you want to grow your business and extend your reach, it can be a cost-effective way
Cathie Sellars, Head of Marketing, workspace.co.ukTips for negotiating your commercial lease
Cathie Sellars, Head of Marketing, workspace.co.uk (16-Oct-2013)
Just because you’ve found a great property and what seems like a good rate doesn’t mean you should sign the dotted line just yet, though
Philip King, Chief Executive, ICMPrompt payment - critical for business, not political point scoring
Philip King, Chief Executive, ICM (15-Oct-2013)
Businesses need the certainty of payment and to know that they will be paid within the terms agreed and that those terms will not be changed
Fergal Dowling, Partner, Irwin MitchellBeing an entrepreneur needs a better image
Fergal Dowling, Partner, Irwin Mitchell (14-Oct-2013)
SMEs have a key role to play in boosting the economic recovery through investment and the creation of new jobs
Andrew Devenport, Chief Executive, Youth Business InternatioJoin the 7.5 million-strong enterprise army
Andrew Devenport, Chief Executive, Youth Business Internatio (11-Oct-2013)
The UK will become a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity in November, with thousands of budding entrepreneurs uniting for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013
Orlando Ayala, Corporate VP and Chairman of Emerging MarketsEffective IT use to fuel SME growth and jobs
Orlando Ayala, Corporate VP and Chairman of Emerging Markets (10-Oct-2013)
Since the crisis, many economies have struggled to return to strong economic growth and to create new jobs - use of advanced IT can boost growth and employment
Rosana Mirkovic, Head of SME Policy, ACCASMEs struggle with skills shortage and growth capital
Rosana Mirkovic, Head of SME Policy, ACCA (09-Oct-2013)
SMEs need to consider a new approach, prioritising investment and seeking internationally-focused market growth, as they prepare for a more stable economy
Christian Nellemann, CEO, XLN TelecomInternet performance, downtime and productivity
Christian Nellemann, CEO, XLN Telecom (08-Oct-2013)
If your internet goes down, you lose e-mail access, mobile card payments, cloud-hosted services and other business-critical functions. Some basic tips on how to avoid loss of business
Alex Plavsic, Head of Forensic, KPMGAll organisations need to do robust due diligence
Alex Plavsic, Head of Forensic, KPMG (07-Oct-2013)
In today's increasingly-complex international business world, organisations of all sizes need to carry out robust due diligence to protect themselves
Stephen Fear, Chairman, Fear Group. BL Entrepreneur in ResA degree for business?
Stephen Fear, Chairman, Fear Group. BL Entrepreneur in Res (26-Sep-2013)
There is no right or wrong way to enter the business world. However, having a university degree isn’t a pre-requisite to being a successful entrepreneur
Mark Stokes, MD, Mid Markets, Lloyds Banking GroupBritain's brightest businesses
Mark Stokes, MD, Mid Markets, Lloyds Banking Group (20-Sep-2013)
As the economy gathers momentum, the UK’s innovative SMEs will continue to play a critical role in getting us back to a sustainable footing, through exports, investment and job creation
Roger Skinner, CEO, MaxxiaPreparing for growth - asset financing?
Roger Skinner, CEO, Maxxia (19-Sep-2013)
With banks still reticent to lend, asset financing offers a viable and reliable alternative source of funding as businesses prepare for a return to growth
Thomas Coles, Chief Executive, MSM SoftwareTips to ensure successful supplier relationships
Thomas Coles, Chief Executive, MSM Software (18-Sep-2013)
The recession has underlined the significance of forming strong relationships with key vendors in order to sustain continuity of supply
Philippa Hammond, Owner, Speaking Well in PublicTop public speaking tips
Philippa Hammond, Owner, Speaking Well in Public (17-Sep-2013)
Speaking well in public is a vital business and personal skill that can enhance your professional and social standing - top 10 tips
Andrew Devenport, CEO, Youth Business InternationalInternational youth business entrepreneur of the year
Andrew Devenport, CEO, Youth Business International (16-Sep-2013)
From China to Sri Lanka, talented entrepreneurs show us what can be done with a small amount of money and the right kind of support
Simon Smith, Chief Technology Officer, MooD InternationalCyber crime makes business like a military operation
Simon Smith, Chief Technology Officer, MooD International (12-Sep-2013)
Running a business is like running a military operation. It requires measuring hard data with judgement and using understanding to plan the desired outcome
Mark Hanington, Managing Director, FIGSuccess for student start-ups
Mark Hanington, Managing Director, FIG (10-Sep-2013)
Nothing beats the sense of achievement when years of hard