Monday, April 1, 2019
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By Amanda Hamilton, CEO of NALP

Receiving a poor review online or having a competitor bad-mouth you is one thing and usually blows over fairly quickly with careful handling.

However, publishing lies in the press or media is something else altogether. And this includes Social Media. The legal term is defamation. Whether it be in writing (libel) or made verbally (slander), such comments that damage or are likely to damage another individual may give rise to court action.

Since 2013, when the new Defamation Act came into force, the threshold for bringing such an action has been raised. A potential claimant now has to prove that ‘serious harm’ has been caused and, in the case of a profit-making business, ‘serious financial loss’.

It’s most important that before going to court, that the claimant (you, if you are taking the person who has defamed you to court) should comply with the Civil Procedure Rules (the rules that are followed by the courts and parties in civil court proceedings). This means that s/he must follow ‘pre-action protocols for defamation’.

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Monday, March 25, 2019
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By David Solomon, co-founder of Blueprints

Let’s face it, history has a habit of looking unfavorably towards individuals and corporations who don’t hold up to the scrutiny of modern morality. This is evidenced by the demonization of all slave traders, colonizers and sexual exploiters of history, who often were simply doing what was ‘perfectly legal’ in their period of history.

It’s hard to say how history will look back at us now, but the signs are there. Our descendants will be astounded by our generation’s wasteful nature, horrified that we’re so destructive to our own planet, that we didn’t act on climate change, that we were so overtly misogynistic and racist. And with history moving faster than ever before, I believe we will look back with disbelief in as little as a decade.

So what can we do to make sure we are on the right side of history, especially when ethical moorings will change as soon as 2030?

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Monday, March 18, 2019
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By Jonathan Amponsah CTA FCCA, The Tax Guys

Are you confident that you are making the profit that you should be in your business?

When talking to entrepreneurs I often find that they are not as aware as they need to be about exactly what profit is and how to ensure they are making a profit.  Let’s look at some of the ways you may be reducing your profit and how to avoid mistakes in this area.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019
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By Mark Jennings, CEO Subba Media

Successful bands are the ones engaging with their fans. The result? They gain recognition and financial success.

The way that artists and musicians conduct their business and make money is changing dramatically in the music industry. Making valuable connections via word of mouth and keeping fans engaged is now of vital importance. And with more digital channels open to fans and musicians alike, the relationship is more direct and more measurable than ever before.

The power has begun to be handed back to fans and consumers, who are driving the conversations on social media and user generated content platforms such as TripAdvisor.

How can a business engage its fans as effectively as the top musicians and other showbiz personalities? Let’s find out.

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Monday, March 4, 2019
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By Louise Palmer-Masterton, founder, Stem + Glory

From veganism to animal welfare and non-animal testing, more and more people are demanding transparency from businesses in terms of their practices and cruelty-free is having its moment.

So where do we start if we want our business to be cruelty free? The answer, as with most things, is of course with ourselves.

Even so called ‘ethical’ businesses such as ourselves are having to dig deeper into everything from supply chain to personal morals and motivations to stand up to the rigorous challenge that being truly cruelty free brings.

I had my ‘aha’ moment when I was a teenager. During a chance encounter with the Krishna movement I was introduced to the idea of compassionate eating for the first time and it made complete sense to me.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019
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By John Auckland, TribeFirst

Let’s face it, raising funding for your business can be a tough process and there’s not a lot of advice to go on. How do you create an investment deck? What’s the most appropriate language and terminology? What are investors actually looking for?

There are some rules – thankfully – when it comes to developing an investor comms strategy. Based on my experience from involvement with over 30 fundraises, I’ve created a system that’s remarkably effective.

This article covers three essential topics for effective communication with investors and funders:

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Friday, February 22, 2019
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by Inna Kaushan, co-founder of Solna

When you’re running a business, you are most likely to be fully focused on delivering projects. There is always work demanding your time and attention. Then it is year end, you have tax returns to file, and you are scratching your head wondering where to begin.

You need two things to avoid getting muddled: accounting, and bookkeeping. These important financial processes will help you with financial control and end-of-year tax affairs. Let’s look at the differences between them and how to make the best of both in your business.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019
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By Mike Ianiri, Equinox

Change will be accelerating in business telecoms over the coming year. Here are some thoughts on how this will develop and the impact for business.

Our Increasing Data Needs

Data consumption is going to continue to climb. Stats from 2016 show 1.26Gb per user per month, increasing to 1.72Gb in 2017. Although we cannot find statistics to prove this, we believe business users are consuming more data than consumers. At the time of writing, I’ve consumed 7.1Gb of data per month, on average, over the last three months.

With the increasing cyber security threat, the use of mobile data, as opposed to Wifi, will increase dramatically. With mobile data becoming cheaper and cheaper, public Wifi is just not worth the risks it poses.

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Monday, January 28, 2019
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By Dan Whytock

It has been a long and difficult few years for the UK high street. We’ve seen many shops closing and the loss of many big-name brands, and there may be more to come.

Struggling retailers, including Marks and Spencer and Debenhams, have reported disappointing sales figures over the 2018 Christmas period.

The Internet is often seen as the ‘problem’ – particularly as more customers order goods from the comfort of their own homes and the all important footfall decreases. But, this is due to a lack of understanding of how digital works in the retail environment.

Instead, we should be asking if the Internet can be used to breathe new life into high streets and save established brands, as well as champion smaller, independent retailers. This mix is the life-blood of the high street and every UK shopping street needs to contain both.

The failure of a previous government high street initiative spearheaded by Mary Portas was mainly down to the fact that it did not have a clear and significant digital plan. Understanding the reasons why customers have, and will continue, to choose to shop online, and how bricks and mortar still play a role in the shopping experience, is the key to creating a strategy that gives customers the best of all worlds.

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Friday, January 25, 2019
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By Mike Ianiri, Equinox

When you consider how much personal data is provided by guests and held by the hotel it is no surprise that the industry attracts cyber criminals – as was discovered in November 2018 when it was reported that “500 million customers of the hotel group Marriott International have been compromised by an unauthorised party.”

Hotel hold information before a guest arrives.  When they have checked in they have to submit more personal information when they connect to the hotel WiFi.

With GDPR in force now, the hospitality sector must be sure to have this at the forefront of their minds. A boutique hotel potentially would not survive a fine should a breach occur.

So, what can hotels, big and small, do to protect their guests and themselves from the unpleasant attentions of hackers and cybercriminals?

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