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Strength in numbers

Britain in the 2020s is a radically different place compared to that of the 1970s and 1980s; strikes are few and far between. ONS data shows that the Winter of Discontent of 1979 saw 29.4m working days lost while the 1984 miners’ strike recorded 27.1m days lost. 2017’s 276,000 lost days barely counts in comparison.

Grow your inner talent

A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.” These are the words of Bob Proctor, the legendary American business coach, author and consultant. Proctor, who has worked with organisations and individuals around the globe, believes everyone should have a mentor to help them to unleash their inner talent.

One for the road

Cars and vans are often a necessity for businesses. But as the government taxes anything of value, it makes sense for firms to understand the rules regarding cars and vans. Simple slips or a lack of forethought can prove very costly in terms of tax – both for drivers and the business.

The small matter of fraud

According to PwC’s 2018 Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey, only 49% of global organisations said they’ve been a victim of fraud and economic crime. While some might question the percentage quoted, the natural question that follows is what about the other 51%? Have they really not suffered any fraud – at all?

Scoring a line (of credit)

Bread, dough, moolah, dollar, cash – call it what you want – we all have a need and use for it. While the physical is clearly giving way to the digital, money as a medium of exchange, in whatever form, does still make the world go around.

Establishing a pied-à-terre

For any business, the decision to expand into a new region is one that needs a fair amount of research and questions answered before the wheels can be set in motion. What region? What’s the customer potential? What sort of presence is needed? Premises or no premises? New staff or relocate a team? What’s the budget? And so on…

Training tracks

Print business owners face a major dilemma. There is currently a significant skills shortage within the industry, which has a rapidly ageing workforce. There is also a lack of young people entering the sector to redress the balance. This combination of factors creates a conundrum for print business owners.

Wear your heart on your print

When February rolls around it means only one thing in the world of retail: shelves and rails filled with products covered in hearts and flowers.

Copyright or wrong?

Ideas are the stuff of life for any business worth its salt. But of all the legal means of protecting ideas – trademark, patent and copyright – it’s the last which is so easy to breach, either deliberately or accidentally.

Keeping it in the family

They say that you can choose your friends but not your family. While that is true, there is no pre-ordained requirement to run a business with your family, and there might well be good reasons not to – and yet still plenty of people choose to.

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