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UK employment falls for second month, pay edges up

The number of people in work in Britain fell again, suggesting employers are turning more cautious as Brexit nears, and while pay growth quickened slightly, it remained lower than inflation, official data showed on Wednesday. Read more
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Climate Change May Take Some of the Air Out of Wind Power

Rising temperatures are projected to calm winds across the Northern Hemisphere’s middle latitudes, including the American Midwest, where wind energy accounts for a double-digit share of electricity generation in some states. Read more
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European shares open on a cautious note ahead of Fed meeting

European bourses opened on a cautious note on Wednesday despite gains on Wall Street and in Asia as investors await a U.S. Federal reserve meeting and assess the political implications of Donald Trump’s setback in a bitter Senate election in Alabama Read more
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UK regulator’s new strategy to ensure “fairer” gambling market

UK gambling operators have been given fresh warnings to up their responsibility game or face the wrath of UK gambling regulators. Read more
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Zimbabweans turn to bitcoin for survival

HARARE – For most investors around the world, bitcoin is a volatile and highly speculative bet. For Zimbabweans, however, the cryptocurrency seems to offer rare protection from the onset of hyperinflation and financial implosion. Read more
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Go Compare rejects £460m Zoopla-owner bid

ZPG made unsolicited approaches to buy the aggregator which were “unanimously and unequivocally rejected” by the board according to a statement from Go Compare. Read more
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Traffic jams: UK's worst motorway disruption revealed

The worst traffic jams in the UK left drivers facing up to 15 hours of disruption and tailbacks. Read more
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Sainsbury Cuts Jobs as Brexit Puts Online Retailers Off U.K.

The U.K. retail industry’s Brexit-linked turmoil deepened as J Sainsbury Plc said it would cut as many as 2,000 jobs Read more
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Shell Launches Fast-Charging Service for Electric Vehicles

Shell already offers electric-vehicle charging through a partner scheme in Norway and earlier this year opened a hydrogen refuelling station in Britain. Read more
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The Top 5 Reasons Sales Training Fails - and How to Avoid Them!

Just like top athlete’s train-insaneto stay ahead of the competition, the same is true for top sales teams.Whilst any investment in people development should be applauded, unfortunately most of it will prove to be a waste of money as it won’t deliver the necessary behaviour change and improved business performance needed. Read more
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How VMware on AWS compares to Microsoft Azure Stack

VMware on AWS and Microsoft Azure Stack target the same enterprises but different use cases. Understand the value of each of these transforming technologies. Read more
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Dara Khosrowshahi is officially Uber's new CEO

Dara Khosrowshahi has accepted the position of Uber CEO after he was selected by the company's board on Sunday. Read more
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Dunelm's John Browett Steps Down for 'personal reasons'

Homewares retailer Dunelm Group announced on Wednesday that John Browett will be stepping down as chief executive for personal reasons, with immediate effect. Read more
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How to play the awards game

Winning awards for your personal and professional achievements is a seriously competitive business. And like any match worth winning, having a game plan will get you so much further than throwing everything together and hoping for the best. Here are my 5 top tips for playing the awards game like a pro. Read these and you too will be beating your industry competitors game, set, and match. Read more
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Why the UK Business Awards are like no other

Recent feedback from past winners got us to thinking about just how unique the UK Business Awards are compared to any other national business awards programme. And why the value of entering is about more than raising your profile and gaining credibility. Read more
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The UK Sharing Economy Will Grow by 60% in 2017

In 2017, the idea of a sharing – or collaborative – economy (defined as a socio-economic system built around the sharing of human and physical resources) has enveloped society. Some of the best-known platforms of this type are Uber, Airbnb, eBay and Spotify. Read more
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Using Audience Insights to Win New Business

Without one platform to import a company’s various data sources, marketers have no way to get a holistic view of their target audience’s interests and behaviours across screens and devices. Read more
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Adding Agile to Improve Breakthrough Innovation in Product Development

Business executives have always been under pressure to generate growth, and today’s fast-moving and competitive business environment do not make that any easier. Read more
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Interview: Elan Hair Design

Winners in the ‘Sustainability’ category at the UK Business Awards ’16, Elan Hair Design is a family owned hairdressing business based in Scotland that has set the benchmark for sustainability within the industry. Embarking on an ambitious refurbishment plan in 2010, the ultra-modern salon is on target to reduce carbon emissions by 95%. Read more
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10 Years After the Smoking Ban – What Has Changed?

The UK now has one of the lowest smoking rates in Europe, but how did that affect public health, who turned the ban into a profit, and who are the biggest losers influenced by the new law? Read more
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Five of the Most Common Customer-Centric Developments in UK Business

As one of hottest topics amongst business professionals, customer-centricity is rapidly becoming a number one priority for both global and UK companies. Customers are becoming more aware of outdated marketing techniques and are demanding a more genuine approach from their favourite brands. Read more
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Mobile App Performance Remains a Major Problem a Decade After iPhone Launch

On the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone launch, app performance problems remain a major challenge, preventing many from realising their full potential. Read more
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Let’s hear it for our social entrepreneurs!

Social entrepreneurship - the use of techniques by start-up companies and other entrepreneurs to develop, fund and implement solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues. Read more
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Google, the World’s Biggest Online Advertising Company, Will Start Blocking Online Ads Next Year

In an effort to force publishers to rethink the way they deliver ads on their websites, Google will be introducing its own ad blocker in 2018. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is giving publishers six months to prepare for the new tool, which will block ads on sites with “bad advertising experiences” and will reportedly be turned on by default in both the desktop and mobile versions of Chrome. Read more
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One year warning: Why Brexit doesn’t mean the end of GDPR compliance for UK businesses

Legal expert Dan Hyde, partner at Pennington Manches and the founder of CyberCounsel, explains why GDPR compliance is not something that can be ignored by British businesses, just because we're leaving the EU. Read more
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A Few Things about Professor Malcolm McDonald and his Exclusive Insight

"I first met Malcolm McDonald in a lecture theatre at Cranfield School of Management, in 2000, and I learned more about marketing from his one hour lecture than I could hope to learn from years of experience." – Neil Skehel, Founder and CEO of Awards International Read more
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UK Business Awards – 5 great reasons to enter

You are probably already aware that awards play an important role in rewarding, recognising and promoting your initiatives. Read more
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Why Awards Boost Morale

Zircon CEO, Dr Amanda Potter, looks at the positive psychological effects that winning awards can have and what it takes to be a winner. Read more
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Winning Business Awards [Infographic]

The process of winning a business award is a great experience for anyone involved, from the employee to the CEO. Read more
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Amazon is Expanding Its Presence in Cambridge with A New R&D Lab for 400 Staff

Amazon is opening a new research and developing (R&D) centre in Cambridge this autumn as Silicon Valley continues to capitalise on the city’s highly-educated workforce. Read more
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Winning Companies and Market Trends in UK Business

Understanding market and consumer trends is one thing, but being able to adapt and implement changes that would allow you to adapt is a whole different ball game. Read more
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7 top tips for writing a winning award entry

Awards are a powerful way of placing your company in the media spotlight and gaining kudos. Read more
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Do’s and Don’ts When Talking to Employees

“Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person – not just an employee – are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.” – Anne M. Mulcahy, former chairperson and CEO of Xerox Corporation Read more
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Solar Plants, Overall UKBA 2016 Winner – Where are they Now?

We recently caught up with Leanne Farr, the Sales Director at Solar Plants Ltd and asked her a few questions regarding recent developments and the direction of Solar Plants post award. We must say that we’re very proud to have access to such wonderful companies such as Solar Plants and we want to thank Leanne and the whole of Solar Plants for answering our questions. Read more
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Gender Issues in Business Awards

MTV’s recent decision to go gender neutral when it comes to their TV and film awards raised a number of questions in the world of show business but also for other award ceremonies. In the world of corporate business and entrepreneurship, women-only awards are gaining popularity and support from many multinational corporations, organisations and political associations. So what is the right way to handle the gender issue? Who is doing the right thing and is business so different from entertainment? Read more
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UKBA: A Quick Look at the Leading Consumer and Market Trends for 2017

So in this blog were going to be talking about some of the most recent developments in consumer and market trends to give you an idea of the things you should be on a lookout for. Most of these trends are self-explanatory and many witness them in their everyday lives, but for business owners, it’s important to understand how they impact their companies and general marketing strategies. Read more
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Common Features of Award Winning Businesses from the 2016 UK Business Awards

The UK Business Awards in 2016 allowed us to see some incredible initiatives and ideas from a wide range of sectors and industries. Business from all over the UK participated and won their awards for innovation in many different business areas. Read more
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