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  • What is BIM and why should you know about it?
    8th May 2018

    Figure 1: Building model Chaminda Abayawardana, Associate Partner and Architect at DHP, examines the importance of the BIM process for the facilities and financial management of property. BIM has been omnipresent in design and construction for over 20 years, however

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  • Personal finances: Issues facing professionals
    30th April 2018

    Over the next 4 weeks Fryer Glass will attempt to highlight some of the main issues that face professionals with their personal finances. There are many reasons why people do not seek financial advice: The view that it is expensive

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  • Do you need engaged and motivated staff?
    30th April 2018

    You know what they say in most businesses – that ‘people are our most important asset’? But is that really true? Often, ‘people’ can simply feel like your biggest headache! Being able to work with all types of personalities –

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  • Moving your business to the cloud
    20th March 2018

    Should my business move to the cloud or stick with on-premise? It’s a question that has outgrown debate. Cloud is evolving from a market disruptor to an expected approach for traditional and next-generation IT and Telecoms. Those businesses surging into

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  • Surgeons & pilots: what do they have in common?
    15th March 2018

    Training eye surgeons and pilots: what do they have in common? Business and entrepreneurship benefit from a certain degree of risk taking in order to drive innovation because, after all, you learn from taking risks. This is not at all

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  • Dividend Allowance reduction to have wide impact
    12th March 2018

    The tax rules surrounding dividends have changed drastically in recent years. The tax- free Dividend Allowance has dropped from £5,000 to £2,000 per annum from April 2018. This change could have a significant impact on many, whether you own shares

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  • A basic guide to GDPR for small businesses
    5th February 2018

    1. What is the Data Protection Act about?   The main aim of the Act is to promote a high standard of handling personal information to protect the individual’s right to privacy. This Act applies to all companies which hold

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  • Talent shortages endangering the UK’s growth
    31st January 2018

    Smaller and growing businesses are struggling to hire the right talent, according to the most recent survey from Smith & Williamson, the accountancy, tax and investment management group. 66% of businesses are seeking new hires, according to the Enterprise Index

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  • GDPR and audit – how are you managing the risk?
    26th January 2018

    As the deadline for GDPR implementation gets nearer, 25 May 2018, it is becoming more important for businesses to hone in on their responsibilities. The penalties for getting it wrong could be costly, with the maximum fine increasing from £500,000

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  • The Need for Speed
    25th January 2018

    Do you sometimes feel you are drowning in communications? A groaning inbox when you come back from leave.  The abundance of social media platforms promising “6 tips for a more focussed sales team” or fascinating video recipes which transform into

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  • Carillion Collapse – does it affect you?
    23rd January 2018

    News of the collapse of Carillion is sending shock waves throughout the construction sector as well as other industries. Thousands of suppliers and sub-contractors face the prospect of not being paid for work that has already been completed and invoiced.

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  • Why integrating communications matters in 2018
    23rd January 2018

    Customers don’t think of brands in terms of digital marketing, advertising, PR or social media, so it makes sense that you shouldn’t either.  Successfully integrating these communication disciplines makes sure your brand messaging is consistent and effective. Integrated communications is not

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  • Ensure a Smooth Transition When Relocating
    11th January 2018

    “Nothing in London is certain but expense”, said William Shenstone, the 18th-century poet. Today, that feeling remains mutual. Many businesses are relocating outside of London…

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  • CEO’s Column – Louise Punter, Surrey Chambers
    29th November 2017

    Louise Punter, CEO – Surrey Chambers of Commerce – This week’s column could not be written without significant reference to the Budget delivered by the Chancellor last Wednesday.

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  • Manchester’s Private Rental Market
    16th November 2017

    The property market in Manchester, the UK’s ‘second city’ and the heart of the Northern Powerhouse, has been booming in recent years as a result of increased investment and regeneration.

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  • Now Is a Good Time to Secure Your Website
    8th November 2017

    The search giant Google takes web security very seriously and in January its Chrome browser started to flag HTTP websites with insecure password and credit card fields as “Not Secure”. At the beginning of October Google…

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  • CEO’s Column – Louise Punter, Surrey Chambers
    2nd November 2017

    Louise Punter, CEO – Surrey Chambers of Commerce – We stand at critical moment for the UK economy, as we begin to prepare for when the country formally leaves the European Union. That makes this autumn’s Budget more vital than most…

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  • Recruitment Vs Grow your Own
    1st November 2017

    Frankie Tierney, Herrington Carmichael Solicitors – Recruiting externally will always be necessary to some degree, but it is worth thinking about how you can use other options. However rigorous a recruitment programme is, you never really…

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  • Rebranding Your Business by Liven Creative
    20th October 2017

    Andrew Myles, Liven creative – A while back, we wrote an article highlighting when’s a good time to rebrand. Here we expand on the topic, and look more closely at when and how to approach a successful and impactful rebranding.

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  • The Brand Guide from Liven Creative
    20th October 2017

    Andrew Myles, Creative Director – Liven creative – To thrive and prosper, brands must evolve. Welcome to Liven Creative’s Brand Guide. To evolve, they must take into account a wide range of internal and external factors.

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