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  • Cultural issues are the number one obstacle to digital transformation

    New report from Capgemini’s Digital Transformation Institute and Brian Solis finds a major cultural disconnect between leadership and employees.

    Capgemini and Brian Solis, a prominent digital analyst and world renowned author, announce the findings of The Digital Culture Challenge: Closing the Employee-Leadership Gap report.

  • Team drinks? Not the best way to make workers happier

    Research finds that employers are using 'one off' perks to make staff happier as a result of current political and economic uncertainty.

    Employers are using quick-fix perks in an attempt to boost employee morale as a result of political and economic uncertainty, a new study reveals today. The study shows that more one-off benefits—such as early finishes, company drinks or team lunches—have been offered by employers in the past year.

  • Poor IT habits putting one in ten SMEs at risk

    New data suggests that British businesses do not properly protect themselves from cybercrime and employees still have poor IT habits.

    A tenth of small business owners and employees regularly share confidential files on personal devices or send documents to personal rather than work emails, as employees still possess poor IT habits.

  • Three quarters of businesses risk losing 24 hours of data every day

    New research suggests Most UK businesses are at risk losing 24 hours of data every day, due to low technical IT skills.

     

    Staggering survey results show that 72 per cent of businesses are happy to lose over 24 hours’ worth of data after an incident. This means if a widespread Ransomware attack occurred it would cost the UK billions.

  • Low cyber IQ contradicts high confidence in UK companies

    Two-thirds of UK companies believe they are 'highly protected' and can adequately react to threats, but low cyber IQ among employees poses a threat.

  • Garage owner disqualified for trading whilst insolvent

    Russell Gwyn Williams was disqualified from acting as a director on 23 June 2015 for seven years for trading to the detriment of creditors between 25 January 2013 and 14 August 2013 whilst his garage repairer and MOT specialist group of businesses, was insolvent, incurring further liabilities of £106,097, including £89,134 to the Crown for PAYE/NIC and VAT.

  • Poor IT habits putting one in ten SMEs at risk

    New data suggests that British businesses do not properly protect themselves from cybercrime and employees still have poor IT habits.

    Poor IT habits putting one in ten SMEs at risk

    A tenth of small business owners and employees regularly share confidential files on personal devices or send documents to personal rather than work emails, as employees still possess poor IT habits.

  • Half of UK financial decision makers don't know if they are a victim of fraud

    A new report finds a 138 percent relative year-on-year increase in the concern over insider fraud.

     

  • Most UK freelancers and contractors feel unsupported by government

    Most freelancers and contractors in the UK feel unsupported by the current government but are likely to vote conservative in the 2017 General Election.

    With the UK General Election imminent, 97 per cent of freelancers and contractors do not believe the current government has their best interests at heart, Qdos Contractor research reveals.

  • Low cyber IQ contradicts high confidence in UK companies

    Two-thirds of UK companies believe they are 'highly protected' and can adequately react to threats, but low cyber IQ among employees poses a threat.

  • The average Brit loses 16 days a year commuting to and from work

    Over two thirds of the nation’s workers are losing up to 16 days a year commuting according to new research from CV Library.

    New research from CV-Library finds that more than two thirds of the nation’s workers (69.1 per cent) are losing up to 16 days a year commuting to and from work, with more than a third (38.6 per cent) of professionals commuting for up to two hours a day.

  • Late payments crisis will not be solved by new payment practice laws

    The late payment crisis will not be solved by new payment practice laws, say four in five SMEs, and could deepen thanks to unintended consequences.

    The vast majority (74 per cent) of SMEs do not think new guidelines, forcing large businesses to detail how they pay smaller suppliers, will have an impact on late payments, according to new findings from Crossflow Payments, the supply chain finance platform.

  • GDPR inertia; three quarters of marketers fail consent test with a year to go

    A test conducted by Mailjet has uncovered a significant lack of practical insight into the requirements of GDPR and its consequences for their business.

    A test conducted by email service provider Mailjet finds 72 per cent of UK marketers either cannot answer, or incorrectly list the necessary conditions to meet GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) requirements for ‘opt-in’ consent.

  • Customer enquiry service changes

    How you contact UK Visas and Immigration is changing.

    From 1 June, all customer enquiries will be handled by a new commercial partner Sitel UK.

    The new contract will see a number of changes for customers. These changes help the government reduce costs and ensure those who benefit directly from the UK immigration system make an appropriate contribution.

  • CMA opens Tesco/Booker merger investigation

    The CMA has opened its investigation into Tesco’s proposed acquisition of Booker.

    The first phase of the investigation runs until 25 July 2017. During this period, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will assess whether the deal could reduce competition and choice for shoppers and other customers, such as stores currently supplied by Booker.

  • Injury at work? Three quarters of workers suffer in their job

    The majority of UK workers report having suffered an injury or illness at work, a new study reveals.

    It seems that office life is taking its toll on Brits, as almost three quarters of UK employees blame injury or pains on their work.

  • Third of UK office workers don’t get enough exercise, study finds

    One third of UK office workers fail to reach the NHS recommended exercise quota of 2.5 hours per week, a new study reveals.

    A new survey commissioned by Pure Gym, to mark Global Employee Health and Fitness Month (GEHFM), reveals that one third (35 per cent) of UK office workers fail to get the National Health Service recommended exercise quota of 150 minutes per week.

  • GDPR could cripple business, say UK firms

    Nearly half of organisations are afraid they won’t meet the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation, inadequate technology cited as core challenge.

  • UK businesses at risk through poor reference checking practices

    Only 42 per cent of employees have been through a reference checking process for their current job and half admit to taking advantage of this.

  • Stand in line: Improve your checkouts or lose your customer loyalty

    Study shows businesses need to work harder to reduce checkout friction and annoyances to keep the loyalty of their customers.

    Competition is fierce and customer loyalty is fleeting at best so when it comes to retail stores, the customer experience is more important than ever. But according to the findings of research issued by Qmatic UK Ltd, the British are expecting more when it comes to the checkout customer journey in-store.

  • Current pace of finance threatens corporate agility, report shows

    Chief finance officers must accelerate reporting and analysis to increase agility and keep up with the current pace, study shows.

    Adaptive Insights, the only pure-play cloud vendor to be named a leader in strategic cloud corporate performance management (CPM), releases its global CFO Indicator report, which explores the pace of finance, its impact on agility, and what CFOs need to do to shorten their organisations’ time to decisions.

  • Are you aware of capital allowance tax relief?

    Just under half of SME businesses that own a commercial property have not been alerted to ‘Capital Allowances’ tax relief by their accountants.

    Two in five UK SMEs (39 per cent) that own their own business premises are unaware that they can claim a valuable form of tax relief called ‘Capital Allowances’, according to a survey published today by Catax, the specialist tax reliefs expert.

  • Does the Tory manifesto do enough to help UK SMEs?

    Here, Mark Brownridge, director general of the EIS Association, discusses whether the Conservative party manifesto does enough for UK Small businesses.

    Are the Enterprise Investment Scheme and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme set for a makeover? If the Conservative’s election manifesto is to be believed, they might be.

  • How UK businesses can stay protected online

    After the recent WannaCry cyber attacks earlier this year, we look at how businesses can protect themselves online.

    Earlier this year, businesses and organisations of all sizes from around the world were hit by a large-scale cyber attack, known as WannaCry, leaving them unable to access online systems and data. The attack continued to affect companies over the days that have followed.