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More money for NHS and an end to austerity?

As previously announced, these were the main themes of the Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s third budget but what we were waiting to hear was where the extra money was going to come from? Had he found a “Magic Money Tree”, or would tax and borrowing have to increase? We...

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Confirmation bias

Most business people these days have too much information and not enough time. We don’t have the time to weigh up every facet of every decision. This tends to encourage us to take shortcuts where we can. As such, we often go into a meeting or a negotiation with an...

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Getting clients to pay you on time

You've done the work. You've invoiced the client 60 days ago. You are still waiting to get paid 30 days after payment was due. It's time to chase for payment. It's never easy chasing clients for payment. However, this is business and you are entitled to be paid for...

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Being busy versus being productive

In today's hyper-connected business environment, it seems we are all busier than ever. Whether we are responding to emails outside of office hours or taking a call while on the way to a meeting, there is so much going on in our work lives that it’s easy to lose focus...

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Design Thinking

When we think of designing something, most of us tend to think of an object or an end result such as a "well-designed product". However, "Design Thinking" can be applied in business too. Design as a process Designing something tends to require various prototypes to be...

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Advisory fuel rate for company cars

These are the suggested reimbursement rates for employees' private mileage using their company car from 1 September 2018. Where there has been a change the previous rate is shown in brackets. Engine Size Petrol Diesel LPG 1400cc or less 12p (11p) 7p 1600cc or less 10p...

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Effective mid-year performance reviews

Conducting mid-year performance reviews gives managers the opportunity to check in with employees in order to ensure that their objectives, project work and general day-to-day jobs are aligned with the rest of the business. Even if your firm doesn’t have a formal...

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