Thursday, November 5, 2020
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By Louise Palmer Masterton, Stem & Glory

‘A Life on our Planet’ is the new documentary by David Attenborough.

He described it as his ‘witness statement’ and it contains compelling statistics that define the devastating problems we face if we do not stop destroying our planet. The film shows the numbers for the rapid increase in the global population, the increase in carbon in the atmosphere, and the accompanying sharp decrease in unfarmed natural land.

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Monday, November 2, 2020
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By Michelle McWilliam, Osteopath and Acupuncturist and co-owns The Totalcare Clinic

Does your job mean you sit at a desk for far too many hours each day? Or does your work involve a lot of lifting? Or, perhaps, moving equipment around? Or working over a low table?

It’s vital to protect your back, whatever kind of work you do. Our body is designed to be able to undertake these activities. However, a combination of repetition, poor technique, or inadequate physical fitness can mean we suffer from injuries that cause pain, ranging from a mild backache to serious pain.

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So, how can you better look after your back to avoid problems?

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Thursday, October 29, 2020
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By Sid Madge, Meee

They say every cloud has a silver lining. What about global pandemics – do they have silver linings? There is little doubt Covid-19 has caused chaos and it’s not over yet. But it has forced many of us, at least temporarily, off the relentless treadmill of business and family life. We have spent more time with loved ones and the situation has given us a unique opportunity for stillness and time to reflect on what’s really important for ourselves and for our businesses.

Important and Creating Change
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That reflection has created some surprising results. According to a UK YouGov poll, only 8% of people want to go back to life as it was before the pandemic. The Economist has stated that this forced home working experiment is likely to change work-life forever, perhaps toward some hybrid model that works for everyone. This suggests that we have an opportunity to go way beyond some compromised version of ‘new normal’. We can take time, right now,  to consider what is important to us moving forward and make a plan for making that happen.

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Monday, October 26, 2020
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By Amanda Hamilton, National Association of Licensed Paralegals

As if running a business was not stressful enough, having a legal problem can end up causing real distress.

Most people’s first thought would be to hire a solicitor. However, the cost of using a solicitor can be financially prohibitive and not within the reach of most pockets. Solicitors charge fees of anywhere between £150 per hour to £600 + per hour. They can even charge you £500 for writing a letter on your behalf.

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Thursday, October 22, 2020
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By Marta Kalas, Thomson Screening

Covid-19 is not only here to stay but is disrupting everyone’s lives. It is becoming yet another thing that businesses need to keep forever on the radar, forcing change and updates on a regular basis as we comply with the changing regulations and guidelines. It’s an additional burden for businesses to bear in challenging times.

The easiest way to deal with this is to create a package of tools that will help you stay on top of the changes and the ever-increasing regulation and actions you need to take. For example, Thomson Screening has developed a toolkit to help SME managers work through what’s needed and how to “action” it. The toolkit provides training and sample documentation. The good news is, none of these activities is new; businesses do them all the time. What’s different is that now businesses need a specific “Covid flavored” version.

Covid-19 Communications Plan
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Let’s look at one specific area: communications: Good communication means successful management. A good communications plan will be the cornerstone of your successful management under Covid19.

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Monday, October 19, 2020
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By Oleg Giberstein, Coinrule

Recently I went to a fancy event in the City of London. Polished bankers, with a glass of wine in hand, had come together to discuss Fintech. “Normal people should not be trading” was the general agreement in the audience.

This fits a narrative that has become widely accepted: ‘normal’ people are too stupid to make money investing. They should just put their funds into a so-called robo-advisor like Nutmeg or Wealthify which will put their hard-earned cash into index-tracking passive investment funds.

This type of investing is often referred to as ‘black box’ investing is a very bad idea. Black box investing involves a computer using complicated formulas to achieve returns in the desired way. However, because an investor may not understand the model (and may not be able to do so), it can lead to unforeseen problems that the investor is unable to react to or even mitigate against. This investment approach also goes against the Fintech trends that are beginning to unfold. It looks backward to a time when investing was for the elite. This isn’t the case anymore.

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Here is some advice that will help the everyday, non-professional investor get the most out of the markets:

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Monday, October 12, 2020
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By Marine Mallinson, CEO, YurOn

Social media is an important part of most of our lives, but it is leaving us more isolated, polarized, and unfulfilled than ever before. What currently gets in the way includes the filters, the vanity metrics, and the validation-driven algorithms.

As social media giants continue to grow, the problem is only exacerbated. In the words of Alex Roetter (the former head of engineering at Twitter, seen in the documentary, The Social Dilemma), “you can’t put the genie back in the bottle”.

Social Media is here to stay but that doesn’t mean it has to stay the way it is.

To counteract the negative and disempowering aspects of social media what is needed is something that is genuinely social and collaborative.  We need something which is driven by people’s curiosity to explore ideas and to genuinely listen to different points of view.

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Friday, October 9, 2020
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By Dr. Rhian Hayward, AberInnovation

For start-ups and early-stage businesses, it is always a good idea to keep an eye on the opportunities for accelerator programs and grants that can make a huge difference to their business development.

If you have already incorporated a business or are thinking of taking the plunge in the biosciences, food and drink, health, agri-tech, and all aspects of the circular economy, you should look urgently at BioAccelerate 2020.

BioAccelerate, AberInnovation’s flagship accelerator program for early-stage businesses and start-ups, across the UK, is back for its third year and seeking participants for its next cohort.

BioAccelerate 2018 Cohort

Applications are now open and close on October 14th.

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Thursday, August 27, 2020
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By Joanna Strahan, C2C Process

When you set off for an evening with friends at an all you can eat buffet, you will probably avoid wearing your glamorous but unforgiving jeans. Instead, you wear something loose which provides some room to move.

It is no different in business. You need to plan for growth and be agile and responsive to change. That way you will not outgrow your processes.

How Can Your Business Processes Keep Pace as Your Business Grows?
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Thursday, August 6, 2020
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By Marta Kalas, Thomson Screening

When you are facing the realities of running a business during a pandemic you need to use all the tools available to you.

In the UK, businesses need to re-open and also need to plan so that staff, customers and visitors are protected. As a business, you probably already have a good supply of PPE, plus information about how to control infection and clean areas. That is fine for now, but what about next week and next month? How will you know when your risks increase, and you need to take different steps? Will you be able to notice a new source of infection in good time? This is where regular and methodical testing can help.

Health Testing in Your Organization
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