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Foul play

The tales of espionage conjured up by John le Carré are without doubt fiction based on fact. But in the real world, businesses and their owners have been seeking to gain the upper hand over rivals for eons. It’s just that modern technology has made the process so much simpler.

Claw back what’s rightfully yours

We’re in trying times and firms looking to drag in what they’re owed are struggling. If getting paid in normal times was tricky print is now having to up its game just to stand still.

Commission accomplished

Every commercial operation needs good salespeople if they are to sell their products, but while pay can be easier to set for some employees, it has been notoriously difficult to create a commission scheme for salespeople that works for employer and employee alike.

Contract killers

Deals are done every minute of the day and every day of the week; some informal, others by written contract. Most are carried out seamlessly, but there are occasions where agreements fall apart leading to acrimony. It’s at times like this that contracts take centre stage to check on exactly what was agreed.

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.

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