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The nightmare of becoming a PR client

After 30+ years working in PR – in-house and then setting up and running Northern Lights – we launched Next-Up last year, a business to help people use their skills and find opportunities in unretirement. Initially Next-Up was far more of a consumer

Danbro calls for Chancellor to halt punishment of self-employed workers in Autumn Statement

A national accountancy firm is calling for new Chancellor Phillip Hammond to make sweeping tax changes and bring an end to the merciless targeting of the UK’s army of five million self-employed people when he delivers his first Autumn Statement next

£15m government contract win for language company

Global language services company thebigword has again won the contract to provide telephone and face to face interpreting and translation services to UK central government organisations including the DWP, Home Office, MoD, Probation, UK Border Force,

FinTech opportunities ignited in Leeds

More than 150 business leaders attended the first FinTech North conference in Leeds last week as part of Leeds Digital Festival. Speakers and delegates from Estonia, Germany, London and Manchester gathered to look at the future of FinTech and how Leeds

Nine reasons why your business should be blogging

Blogs have been a recognised marketing tool for a number of years now and I’d argue they are the most powerful way of promoting your business today. They’re also a hugely cost effective way for generating new business and raising awareness of your

LinkedIn profiles – first or third person?!

    How should you write your LinkedIn profile? First person – I am the UK’s leading authority on … Or Third person – John Smith is the UK’s leading authority on …     There is no definitive right or wrong answer and we

How can businesses use live video apps like Periscope?

Back in April I talked about how Periscope could benefit business as it was launched to the world. This new live video streaming app from the people at Twitter allows anybody in the world to broadcast what they are doing live, simply by using a mobile

‘SORRY can be a hard word for corporations to say’ – The Economist

Earlier this week I heard one of the most inspiring leadership interviews on the radio ever (go to 2.18 on the link). And the issue he addressed was one that every business needs to think about. John McEwan, now chief executive of the UK’s largest travel

Ten step guide to online reputation management – part two

In last week’s blog about online reputation management, I looked at the importance of online branding, how to check your online reputation and how to respond to negative comments. In this instalment, I dig deeper and look the rising tiding of cyber

Twitter for Business: Lists

How to use Twitter for business and create Twitter lists – a three step plan to be strategic The first part of this blog covered First Steps for Twitter Beginners.  Hopefully you have now set up your profile, followed a few people and posted your first

5 inside secrets to successful mergers and acquisitions

This week the German giant, Bilfinger, swallowed up GVA.  Or rather – according to some media – GVA ‘agreed a merger with a global player’.  Bilfinger is an €8.5bn company and the transaction is worth £150m.  You decide, merger or acquisition?

Share this too – Part Two

Last week I reviewed the CIPR’s new book on social media, Share this Too.  I wanted to pull out a nugget from each of the 30 contributors, so covering the rest here, part two. 1.      Sharon O’Dea Sharon’s chapter on gamification disturbed