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Debt for climate
According to the latest economic research from Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk), a debt-for-climate approach could be one way to offset the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic while supporting developing countries to tackle climate change.
Balance of year worry, reports Blain
As we approached Q2 2022, leadership specialist  Jeremy Blain  (www.linkedin.com/in/jeremyblain) and author of “The Inner CEO” (www.performanceworks.global/product/theinnerceo) recently polled businesses and leaders on how they were feeling about performance for the balance of year.
Private Equity Awards finalist

The Private Equity Team at Walker Morris (www.walkermorris.co.uk) has been announced as a finalist for the Regional Legal Adviser of the Year award at the 2022 Private Equity Awards  (www.privateequityawards.com).

Women get top roles at iResearch
In celebration of International Women’s Day, leading international thought leadership specialist iResearch Services (www.iresearchservices.com) appoints women to top roles in its Marketing, Editorial and HR teams at its London office to help fulfil new business wins.
 
Walker Morris shortlisted for award

The winners will be announced at the Legal Cheek Awards ceremony on Thursday 24 March in London.

Gartner awards SER high scores
In Gartner’s 2021 Critical Capabilities for Content Services Platforms report, SER Group (www.sergroup.com/en/) has been awarded the highest product scores in ‘Content and Process Automation’ (3.67 out of 5) and in ‘Business Role Hub Document Management’ (3.62 out of 5).
Walker Morris advises on sports

Walker Morris (www.walkermorris.co.uk) have advised Australian businessman, Clint Goodchild, on the acquisition of Rugby League Championship side York City Knights, marking a new era for the team after the previous owner’s 5 years at the helm.

Eagle Genomics expansion grows
Bioinformatics software pioneer for the life sciences arena Eagle Genomics (www.eaglegenomics.com) expands its global team with the appointment of bioinformatics veteran Dr. Nandu Gattu as VP Services, Dr. Christian Roghi as Director of Microbiome Solutions, and Louise Groves as Director of Business Operations.
Walker Morris grows banking team

Leading law firm, Walker Morris (www.walkermorris.co.uk) has appointed three new Senior Associates to its Banking & Finance Litigation Team this month, marking a strong start to the year for the firm following a string of high-profile lateral hires in 2021.

 
Blain comments on leadership

As McKinsey research reveals that 75% of senior leaders could fail completely in the next two years, we catch up with  Jeremy Blain  (www.linkedin.com/in/jeremyblain), author of “The Inner CEO” (www.performanceworks.global/product/theinnerceo) for his views.

Walker Morris advises on pharma

Walker Morris (www.walkermorris.co.uk), recently fielded a multi-disciplinary team working with Kirkland & Ellis to provide advice to Warburg Pincus, a leading global growth investor, on the acquisition of Pharma Intelligence.

 
Radiology goes cloud with Synapps
Enterprise content management specialist, SynApps Solutions (www.synapps-solutions.com) and Aptvision (www.aptvision.com) have delivered the first phase of a major integrated digital radiology information system to transform the Radiology department of Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust
Credit risk rises in food sector
Credit risk is on the rise in the food industry as increased manufacturing costs continue to rise, according to the latest Food and Beverages industry report from Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk).
Quadient launches Beanworks
To help businesses create more meaningful customer connections through digital and physical channels, Quadient (www.quadient.com) announces the launch of Beanworks by Quadient.
India country report shows risk
The latest country report on India by Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk) shows that despite economic growth forecast to continue in 2022, downside risks will impact on businesses around the world who are reliant upon goods from the region.
New CFO for Neustar Security
Cloud-oriented security experts, Neustar Security Services LCC (www.home.neustar/security-solutions) welcomes Kevin Collins as its new CFO.
 SER launches Doxis Intelligent Automation 
A powerful new AI platform to automate content understanding across SAP, Salesforce and Microsoft ecosystems has been unveiled by SER (www.sergroup.com) with the launch of its Doxis Intelligent Content Automation.
New Head of Sales for Generis
Creator of data and content management platform, CARA™, Generis (www.generiscorp.com) appoints Bart Vervoort as Head of Sales to spearhead a new wave of CARA growth across Europe.
 
Digital transformation still failing
Why are we still talking about Digital Transformation?  Isn’t this a given?  Not according to research says Jeremy Blain, awarding winning leadership expert (www.linkedin.com/in/jeremyblain) and author of “The Inner CEO” (www.performanceworks.global/product/theinnerceo).
Atradius reflects on Brexit impact
As the UK marks its first anniversary of the Brexit withdrawal, trade credit insurer, Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk) reflects that the true ramifications of Brexit have been overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic.  While the UK has not been alone in experiencing economic fallout as a result of the pandemic, adding Brexit into the mix has exacerbated its impact.
Eagle Genomics joins life science hub
Deep tech solutions provider, Eagle Genomics (www.eaglegenomics.com) is participating in the Fast-Track Programme to Barcelona-Catalonia Life Science Hub.
Infinidat accelerates growth
Leading provider of enterprise-class storage solutions, Infinidat (www.infinidat.com) announces a 40% year-over-year bookings growth in 2021.
Head of life sciences for Generis

Seasoned regulatory and quality expert Mark Willoughby has been appointed as Generis’ (www.generiscorp.com) new Head of Life Sciences to drive the development and application of Generis’s CARA™, the data and content management platform that helps life sciences companies transform their complex business processes.

Taulia reports on payment trends
​​Nearly 40% of companies are now using early payment to manage their working capital compared to only 19% in 2017 according to supply chain finance specialists, Taulia (www.taulia.com).
SER appoints John Bates as CEO
Enterprise content management (ECM) and content services market leader, SERgroup Holdings International GmbH (www.sergroup.com/en/) names Dr. John Bates as its new CEO with immediate effect.
Eagle Genomics partners Quadram

In a new strategic partnership Eagle Genomics (www.eaglegenomics.com), the Deep Tech software business pioneering the application of network science to biology and the Quadram Institute (www.quadram.ac.uk), a world-leading institute creating new interfaces between food science, gut biology, and human health have joined forces to promote understanding on microbiome science and accelerate microbiome analysis through AI-augmented knowledge discovery platform.

SER strengthens finance team 

A leading software vendor of enterprise content management solutions for intelligent information management, SERgroup Holding International GmbH (SER) (continues to strengthen its management team with the appointment of Holger Kliebe as its new CFO and member of the management board.

O'Donnell joins Ariello VP team
Consultancy and provider of Regulatory Affairs, Pharmacovigilance and Auditing & QA solutions and services, Arriello (www.ariello.com) appoints leading Pharmacovigilance expert Kieran O'Donnell as Vice President of Global Drug Safety. 
Holiday peak for CVs
Employers need to brace themselves as 19.2 million employees are planning to use downtime over the festive period to update their CV.
UK Payment Barometer
UK businesses report losing £8 for every £100 billed in the last year due to the non-payment of invoices, according to the research by trade credit insurer Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk).
Eastern European payments
Despite the challenges faced during the second year of the pandemic, the Atradius Payment Practices Barometer Survey Results for Eastern Europe paint a promising picture of businesses in the region.
CM grows in Western Europe
In its latest Payment Practices Barometer Survey Results for Western Europe, trade credit insurer Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk) reveals that the deterioration of payment practices in Western Europe this year appears to have increased the demand in credit insurance.
Asia trade at crossroads
The future of Asia’s international trade hangs in the balance as global forces shift amidst  pandemic-induced economic scarring and political rivalry, according to the latest economic research by trade credit insurer Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk).
Atradius gets new country manager
Trade credit insurer Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk) appoints Oliver Ford as Country Manager to head up its multinational business for the UK.  Following a decade in senior roles for Atradius in Hong Kong and London, Ford returns to the Atradius UK headquarters in Cardiff, after spending the last four years as regional sales director for Atradius in Asia.
 
Black Friday boosts High Street
Retailers are using Black Friday to kick-start the Christmas shopping season and encourage consumers to return to in-store shopping after lockdowns have driven the shift to online, sector experts at trade credit insurer Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk) report.
Leonova joins Spryker

Formerly of Magento & BigCommerce, digital commerce leader Elena Leonova joins Spryker Systems (https://spryker.com) as its new  Global Vice President of Product to further drive Spryker’s customer-centric mission

Biopharma Excellence launches
A leading provider of specialized services for the pharma, biotech and medtech industries, the PharmaLex Group (www.pharmalex.com) announces the formal launch of a major new service line, Biopharma Excellence (www.biopharma-excellence.com/).
Williamson joins Atradius
Trade credit insurer Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk) promotes Chris Williamson to senior account manager within its Cardiff-based strategic accounts team.
Precisely comments on green finance
As the UK Government continues to work with the private sector to create a world-leading net zero financial system, with climate-related financial risk embedded into the regulatory frameworks to help guide capital flows to green investments, we ask Patrick Mottram, Senior Director, Location Intelligence, Precisely (www.precisely.com) for his comments.
Lowe joins senior team at Arriello
Regulatory Affairs, Pharmacovigilance and Auditing & QA solutions and services provider, Arriello (www.arriello.com) announces the appointment of leading GVP Audit and Quality Assurance (QA) expert Helen Lowe to its rapidly-expanding global Quality & Pharmacovigilance operations.
Jansen builds community at Spryker
e-commerce leader, Spryker Systems GmbH (https://spryker.com/) hires community leader Guido Jansen as its global business and technology evangelist to build out a new global Spryker connected community of partners and customers.
Gartner sees SER as visionary
Gartner has named The SER Group (www.sergroup.com/en/) as a ‘Visionary’ in its 2021 Magic Quadrant for Content Services Platforms.  
Managing workplace stress
The old challenge of how to manage workplace stress is once again pushing its way up the business agenda.  As staff start returning to offices and the potential for work/life balance begins erodes.
Security concerns for hybrid
Concerns about securing users for hybrid and remote working are continuing according to the latest report from Menlo Security (www.menlosecurity.com).
International Collections Handbook launched
With the repercussions of COVID-19 on the global economy continuing to cause B2B payment behaviour to deteriorate in certain countries and regions, the 15th edition of the International Debt Collections Handbook from trade credit insurer Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk) is highly timely.
Insolvency spike for construction sector
Trade credit insurer, Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk) is predicting that insolvencies in the construction sector could rise as much as 25% in the next six months despite a rebound in orders.
Business failures expected to spike
Trade credit insurer Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk) is predicting that UK business insolvencies are set to rise 33% compared to pre-pandemic levels according to the Atradius Insolvency Forecast (https://atradius.co.uk/reports/economic-research-insolvency-increases-expected-as-support-ends.html) as fiscal support schemes are withdrawn, Atradius expects the long-awaited surge in insolvencies to be on the horizon, peaking in 2022.
Double CSR award wins for iResearch
Global thought leadership agency, iResearch Services (www.iresearchservices.com) and its Foundation, The Giving for Good (GfG) Foundation (https://givingforgoodfoundation.org) announces their double award win at The International CSR Excellence Awards 2021.
Conga gets new Chief People Officer
Global leader in commercial operations transformation, Conga (www.conga.com) appoints Dayna Perry as Chief People Officer (CPO).  Her appointment is one of several executive new hires recently announced, including the addition of Randy Littleson as Chief Marketing Officer, Eric Salava as Chief Revenue Officer, and Grant Peterson as Chief Product Officer.
Generis partners Kyowa Kirin
Japanese Pharmaceutical Group Kyowa Kirin is now using Generis CARA™ Life Science Platform from Generis (www.generiscorp.com) to enable it to respond quickly and consistently to regulatory correspondence and reduce time to market.
 
Candidates calling the shots
New opportunities brought on by pandemic to fuel tsunami of turnover as over a quarter (28%) of workers plan to look for a new job in 2022, according to research by recruitment specialist Robert Half (www.roberthalf.co.uk).
Accountants in hot demand
Demand for accounting talent now exceeds pre-pandemic levels as regulatory changes affect market dynamics according to recruitment specialists, Robert Half (www.roberthalf.co.uk).
Boom for tech sector
Tech sector opportunities are booming as demand for multi-skilled workers grows fuelled by seismic shifts in online consumer behaviour and increases in home working accelerated by the pandemic
FinTech banks on tech talent
Demand for experienced banking operations talent is growing due to healthy real estate funding and high demand from private equity, venture capital, and asset management firms, according to a new report by specialist recruiter Robert Half (www.roberthalf.co.uk).
Culture concerns over hybrid
Dissatisfaction with company culture is employers’ most significant retention concern, and it's an issue that employers are saying is exacerbated by remote working.
Quality key in PV finds Ariello survey
Interest in pharmacovigilance (PV) automation remains strong – and would be higher still if companies could overcome the perception of poor solution choice, validation challenges, and the learning curve linked to adopting new processes, according to the latest survey.
African free trade boosts exports
There are challenges still to overcome despite the business opportunities created by the new African free-trade agreement, according to a new report by leading trade credit insurer Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk).
Time to go back to the office
It may be time to go back to the office, but is everyone truly happy? We ask Gary David Smith, Co-Founder of Prism UK LTD (www.prism.uk.com) for his views on what we can all expect from the ‘new normal’.
Vietnamese market risks 
The new Vietnam Country Report by credit insurer Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk) warns a major surge of Covid-19 cases, coupled with a slow vaccination rollout, pose an acute risk to Vietnam’s economic short-term recovery.
Eagle Genomics partners Earlham Institute 
A pioneer in applying network science to biology, Eagle Genomics (www.eaglegenomics.com) and leaders in bioscience research the Earlham Institute (www.earlham.ac.uk) have teamed up to focusing on providing critical tools required to analyse, explore and exploit complex microbiome data.
Robert Half links with AWS
Addressing the tech talent shortage issue, Robert Half (www.roberthalf.co.uk), one of the world’s largest specialist recruitment firms announces its collaboration with AWS re/Start to help place graduates into entry-level cloud roles in the UK.
 
Czech exports drive economy
Exports of goods in the Czech Republic is forecast to rise 10.5% in 2021 driving its economic recovery, says trade credit insurer Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk), and is set to surpass the region’s pre-pandemic levels with its economic activity recovering fully early next year, according to Atradius’ latest Czech Republic Country Report.
Indonesia gets downgrade
Agriculture, chemicals and ICT are amongst the most resilient industries in Indonesia despite a downgrade to economic recovery, reports trade credit insurer Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk).
 
Startups will need to pivot
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought challenges and changes across the board for people all over the world.
PLG teams up with Juuka Advisory
Regulatory compliance outsourcing services specialist, ProductLife Group (www.productlifegroup.com) and Juuka Advisory (www.juukaadvisory.com) are teaming up to create a new consulting offering, ProductLife Consulting to embrace an end-to-end services portfolio for Pharma, Biotech, MedTech and cosmetics markets with specific support on Life Sciences Market Access.
New e-referrals gateway for SynApps
As the Government’s NHS eReferrals initiative continues to gather pace with the aim of streamlining patient handovers from primary to secondary care,  SynApps Solutions (www.synapps-solutions.com) launches its new e-Referrals Gateway solution  (www.synapps-solutions.com/e-referrals-gateway) for NHS Acute hospitals.
Brady comments on utility trading
When it comes to trading utilities, much has changed over the years, but some of the technology remains the same.  As Chris Regan, Product Director, Energy Portfolio Brady Technologies (www.bradytechnologies.com) explains, when it comes to technology to manage trading systems, there could be an alternative.
Conga buys Contract Wrangler
To accelerate its growth and expansion in helping companies transform their commercial operations, global leader in commercial and revenue operations transformation Conga (www.conga.com) acquires Contract Wrangler, a leader in applying AI and ML to understand the terms and obligations in contracts.
Hinchliffe gets staff motivation role
Trade credit insurer, Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk) appoints Nicola Hinchliff to the role of service leader for its Northern Hub to drive service excellence in the servicing team, maintain and grow client and broker relationships, and support the management and development of the northern Atradius team.
 
New era of algorithmic trading
Dmitrii Ishutin, Quantitative Analyst at Brady Technologies (www.bradytechnologies.com) explains why we can expect a new era of algorithmic energy trading in Great Britain.
DM and the supply chain
Paperwork continues to challenge British businesses post-EU causing significant problems and adding costs for manufacturers and exporters of all sizes, says document management specialists, YourDMS (www.yourdms.net).
Atradius predicts fast recovery
With vaccination campaigns ongoing, trade credit insurer Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk) is reporting that the global economy is recovering fully from the major economic downturn in 2020 caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Blain comments on staff motivation
As Prime View Magazine vote Jeremy Blain, author of “The Inner CEO” one of the 10 most prominent leaders to follow in 2021 (www.performanceworks.global/blog/news/jeremy-blain-is-recognised-as-the-10-most-prominent-leaders-to-follow-in-2021) we catch up with Jeremy for his views on staff motivation.
Smooth transition to GTCRS ends
There has been a smooth transition for customers after the close of the Government Trade Credit Reinsurance Scheme according to Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk).
Acquisitions expand Bioscript
Pharmaceuticals communications company, Bioscript (www.bioscriptgroup.com) announces two strategic acquisitions to strengthen and extend its integrated service offering.
Short term power trading
Chris Regan, Product Director, Energy Portfolio Brady Technologies (www.bradytechnologies.com) looks at short-term power trading.
 
BACB strengthens leadership
The London based trade finance bank, British Arab Commercial Bank (www.bacb.co.uk) announces a series of key appointments to strengthen the Bank’s leadership, enhance its risk strategy framework and focus on growing trade finance flows in key North African markets and re-positioning its UK Real Estate business
FSI needs sustainability drive
Governments need to do more to drive sustainability in the FSI, says research from iResearch Services (www.iresearchservices.com), the global data-driven thought leadership agency.
Challenges for metal traders
Tasja Botha, Managing Director, Commodities Portfolio at Brady Technologies (www.bradytechnologies.com) looks at the challenges facing metals traders in 2021 and beyond.
 
ProductLife Group acquires ELC
Continuing its growth as a global leader in end-to-end compliance, the ProductLife Group (PLG) (https://productlifegroup.com) has acquired ELC Group (ELC), a Czech Republic-based regulatory consulting firm with 150 employees to further extend PLG’s footprint in India and Central Europe.
 
Atradius European report
For companies exporting to Europe, Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk) has just published reports looking at the economic outlook and forecast for key industries in France, Italy and Germany.
Blain comments on leadership
As the world slowly emerges from lockdowns and businesses ready themselves for the future, we catch up with world-renowned inspirational entrepreneur, Jeremy Blain  (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeremyblain/), author of “The Inner CEO” (https://www.performanceworks.global/product/theinnerceo/) for his view on why leadership is more important than ever when it comes to business transformation.
 
Employers struggle with skills mix
According to the latest quarterly ‘Demand for Skilled Talent’ report from recruitment specialists Robert Half (www.roberthalf.co.uk), employers are struggling to find employees with the right mix of skills
FSI needs sustainability drive
Governments need to do more to drive sustainability in the FSI, says research from iResearch Services (www.iresearchservices.com), the global data-driven thought leadership agency.
Atradius bolsters northern hub
Trade credit insurer Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk) appoints Alastair Divers to the role of account manager for Atradius’ northern hub to further bolster Atradius’ presence in the region.
Beamery study shows staff exodus
New research from Beamery (https://beamery.com) reveals that almost half (48%) of UK office workers are leaving or planning to leave their job by the end of 2021, and over a third (39%) believe that they have regressed in their roles since the start of the pandemic.
Atradius promotes Hartery
Leading trade credit insurer Atradius (https://www.atradius.com) has promoted Ruby Hartery to the position of senior underwriter to head up its retail and services team located at its UK headquarters in Cardiff Bay.
Atradius publishes USMCA Payment Barometer
​The latest ‘USMCA 2021 Payment Practices Barometer’ by Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk), reveals a stark USMCA north-south divide.
Brady partners with CarbonChain
Supporting ‘green’ commodity trading supply chains, Brady Technologies (www.bradytechnologies.com), provider of trading, risk and logistics software for global commodities markets announces its partnership with CarbonChain, a specialist software provider that helps commodity traders track their transition to a low carbon economy.
CitrusAd partners Ocado Retail
World-leading, white-label, self-serve, ecommerce advertising platform, CritusAd (www.citrusad.com) is helping Ocado Retail power its retail a rollout to help all its suppliers to grow their business on the Ocado website.
 
Greenwashing misleads FSI customers
More than half of financial services professionals claim competitors are ‘greenwashing’ to mislead customers about their environmental practices according to research by the global data-driven thought leadership agency, iResearch Services (www.iresearchservices.com).
Brady issues checklist
In an interview with Gary Vasey from the analyst firm ComTech Advisory, Brady Technologies (www.bradytechnologies.com) explores the issues facing small scrap metals businesses today and how Fintrade ‘Fast Start’ can help.
 
Atradius strengthens Brazil market
To strengthen its local presence in Brazil’s growing non-cancellable credit insurance, leading international credit insurer, Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk) is appointing Carolina Berardinelli as Senior Underwriter, Special Products, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
 
Companies say no to ransom demands
New research highlights a growing reluctance for companies to pay ransomware demands according to three quarters of respondents to a Menlo Security (www.menlosecurity.com) poll.
SER Group named strong performer
Global content platform provider for intelligent information management, The SER Group (www.sergroup.com) has been named ‘Strong Performer’ in the latest ‘The Forrester Wave™: Content Platforms, Q2 2021, The 14 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up, June 14, 2021’ report by Forrester Research
New Dubai office for SER Group
To address the growing demand for digitalization in the MENA region, The SER Group (www.sergroup.com) has founded SER Solutions Middle East Ltd.
FICO powers Slovakian bank
Slovakia’s largest commercial bank, Slovenská sporiteľňa, is now using Decision Optimizer (www.fico.com/en/products/fico-decision-optimizer) FICO’s advanced AI-powered optimization to increase profitability and improve the management of its cash loan portfolio.
Brady credit risk solution
As we continue to deal with the global coronavirus pandemic, there is increased pressure on supply chains and the credit teams to monitor counterparty credit risk more effectively.  Real-time credit risk analysis is essential for risk teams to be able to implement mitigation strategies quickly.   However, to achieve this, the underlying technology supporting current credit risk processes needs to be re-evaluated.
Hybrid working is here to stay
UK business believe hybrid working is here to stay following a 190% spike in remote job postings since the start of pandemic.
SA economy rebounds
Economic reform is hot on the agenda for South Africa after its economy contracted 7% in 2020 with deteriorations in the construction, transport, mining, services, metals, consumer durables and retail sectors.
Half of Asia invoices  overdue
Half of all B2B credit sales in Asia are overdue, according to the latest Payment Practices Barometer from trade credit insurer Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk).
Brexit disrupts UK- EU trade levels

UK trade with the EU has declined at twice the rate as trade with the rest of the world, according to a new report from trade credit insurer Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk).

Fraud losses cut
In a year that presented fraudsters with new opportunities to exploit consumers, UK financial institutions continued to lead the charge across Europe in thwarting the criminals.
What's social doing with your data?
Social media companies have developed an increasingly bad reputation for how they handle the personal data of their users.  But with privacy policies on social media  platforms being so notoriously hard and labour-intensive to read, it makes it difficult  for users to quickly find out about themselves.
 
Export opportunities in UAE

Economic diversification in the United Arab Emirates will create new trade opportunities for exporters, says trade credit insurer Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk).  

PostFinance uses FICO Falcon
Switzerland’s PostFinance selects FICO’s AI platform, Falcon (www.fico.com/en/products/fico-falcon-platform) to protect nearly 3 million debit cards and manage suspicious behaviour on customers’ accounts, including activity that may be the result of scams which have been ever increasing across Europe during the pandemic.
Atradius climate change report

Climate change is raising the level of international country risks but offers a golden opportunity for businesses to make a positive step change, report economists from trade credit insurer Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk).

Credit market at risk, says FICO
The true state of consumer finances was still masked in March, and April will be pivotal for lenders according to the latest FICO UK Credit Market report for March (www.fico.com).
PLG expands in US market

Global leader in end-to-end regulatory compliance services, the ProductLife Group (https://productlifegroup.com) is strengthening its biopharma capability with the acquisition of leading US regulatory drug development consultancy DSI.  PLG’s latest acquisition comes just six months after the acquisition of the Vigilance and Medical Information group AxPharma.

Nelson Mullins uses Repstor

US law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP (www.nelsonmullins.com) has selected Repstor for Teams (www.repstor.com) to support its transition to Microsoft Teams as its primary workspace for attorneys and paralegals.

Polish export opportunities

Polish exports are expected to see a sharp rebound this year, according to trade credit insurer, Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk).

Export advice for Indonesia

Businesses wanting to establish trade links with Indonesia need to be forward thinking, advises trade credit insurer Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk).

Repstor transforms Fawcetts
UK200 Group peer Armstrong Watson gave Repstor (www.repstor.com) for Accounting a rave review, inspiring chartered accountants, Fawcetts (www.fawcetts.co.uk) to look beyond its immediate priority to improve email and document management using Outlook and SharePoint, to a roadmap for broader improvements harnessing Microsoft 365.

Data is power
HR departments hold a lot of personal information about the organization’s employees, from details of any medical conditions, through to salary and bank account details.  That’s why it’s so important to develop a culture in the workplace of respect for private life, data protection, security and confidentiality.
Covid stress on banks
The first results from a FICO (www.fico.com) survey are showing how COVID-19 continues to put stress on fraud and financial crime prevention at UK banks with 49% of respondents saying it is a major challenge having multiple systems for managing fraud and financial crime.
Business confidence grows
Despite the current macroeconomic environment, 78% of UK business leaders are ‘somewhat to very confident’ about their growth prospects going into the first half of 2021.
Signs of credit stress
Data on UK credit cards suggests that curtailed spending has helped some consumers but there has been an increase in accounts missing two or more payments signals growing financial stress, according to the latest report from FICO (www.fico.com).
Intermatica partners with FICO
Global analytics software provider FICO (www.fico.com) is partnering with Intermatica (www.intermatica.it), one of the main Italian players in the TLC field, to provide a range of FICO’s solutions for AI-powered decision optimization to Italian businesses.
Handle interview notes with care
Interview feedback has become more crucial than ever to pinpoint your biggest areas of improvement and how you come across to potential employers during interviews.
FICO digital bank survey
New data from FICO (https://www.fico.com) reveals low levels of consumer tolerance to new account opening security checks with 23% of UK respondents admitting to going to a competitor if asked to visit a branch or post documents as part of the digital application process.
Coca-Cola selects Repstor
Coca-Cola European Partners has selected Repstor for Legal™ (www.repstor.com) to help transform the way its in-house legal team accepts, manages and reports on corporate matters.

Prism comments on post-pandemic startups
As start-ups in the UK, having weathered the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic face a whole new economic playing field, we asked Gary David Smith, Co-founder of Prism UK for his opinions on what is next for entrepreneurs post post-pandemic.

Digital shift for business
The findings from the latest Coeus Consulting CIO and IT Leadership Survey 2021 reveals that amongst senior IT leaders, over half (53%) claimed that during the pandemic they were able to implement a strategic shift of their entire business operations to digital.

Armstrong Watson chooses Repstor

Top-30 UK business advisory and accounting firm, Armstrong Watson has gone live with the Repstor for Accounting suite from Microsoft 365-based information management specialist, Repstor.

New appointments for Repstor

Microsoft 365-based information and matter management specialist, Repstor has kick-started 2021 with an expanded team, reflecting the company’s confidence in another strong year ahead, and was recently listed in the Deloitte Top 50 Rapid Growth Tech Company list for the fourth year running.

US client for IntelliCASE

Pharmacovigilance consulting and life science outsourcing services expert, Arriell announces that Geron Corporation has chosen IntelliCASE, Arriello’s innovative mobile as a mobile data capture solution for pharmacovigilance.

New CEO for Crown Agents Bank

UK-based transaction bank specializing in digital payments into emerging markets, Crown Agents Bank has appointed Bhairav Trivedi as its new CEO. 

CAIM appoints Roberts Grava as CEO

Crown Agents Investment Management growth strategy, using his extensive expertise and experience to strengthen the firm’s offering to its network of central banks, pension funds and sovereign wealth fund clients in developing countries.

Deloitte awards see repstor growth

Microsoft 365-based information management specialist, Repstor, has been named one of the fastest growing tech firms for the fourth year running in the Deloitte Top 50 Rapid Growth Tech Firms awards.

 

Taulia scoops awards

Leading workplace culture and compensation monitoring site, Comparably.com has awarded Taulia ‘Best Company Culture’, ‘Best Company for Women’, and ‘Best Company for Diversity’.

 
Russia country report

A trading report from leading trade credit insurer Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk) reveals Russia is forecast to see a modest rebound in economic growth this year after the combination of low oil prices and the negative effect of lockdown measures on domestic demand in 2020.

Insolvency forecasts

Businesses are advised to be cautious amidst forecast surge in insolvencies, says leading trade credit insurer, Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk).

Turkey trading report
A trading report giving insights into the Turkish market has been published by leading trade credit insurer Atradius. (www.atradius.co.uk).
Atradius collections gains CICMQ

Atradius Collections (www.atradiuscollections.com), the collections arm of trade credit insurer, Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk) has become the sole collections agency awarded accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM) (www.cicm.com).

Mitigating compliance risks

Regulatory Change remains one of the top compliance challenges.  The growing expectations of a changing workforce has compelled organizations today to adapt, to create a culture of risk-aware decision making, inclusion and compliance to succeed in an environment where risk is permeating through all levels of the organization.

SynApps gets supplier role in NHS

Chosen to work in Clinical Information Systems; Non-Clinical Information Systems; and Auxiliary ICT Consultancy Services, SynApps Solutions has been awarded a place within the NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative (NOE CPC) framework.

Win for Synapps and Aptivision

Enterprise content management specialist, SynApps Solutions with a strong presence in UK healthcare, has won a joint contract with technology partner Aptvision to deliver an integrated digital radiology information system at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust.

 

Recovery expected for Sterling

Sterling is expecting to recover from its recent losses against a host of major currencies before year-end as the UK and the EU endeavour to strike a thin trade agreement.

E-YKC in the era of rising digital crime

Even before COVID-19, the risks of online fraud were being highlighted by industry professionals. Earlier this year Cifas, the UK’s fraud prevention service, reported that in 2019 over 364,000 cases were recorded to its database – the highest ever recorded.

 

PartnerScore launch

Managing the business relationship has never been more important than today, and with the launch of PartnerScore  unlocking the value of partner-based business models is about to get far more easier.

 
Workday Global CFO Survey

More CFOs will prioritize digital transformation in COVID-19 recovery according to Workday’s latest Global CFO survey.

Companies become AI driven

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to put strain on many enterprises, the latest report from FICO (www.fico.com)  “Building AI-Driven Enterprises in a Disrupted Environment” (https://bit.ly/31WUc1c) finds that the uncertainties caused by the pandemic are forcing many organizations to adopt a more committed, disciplined approach to becoming an AI-driven enterprise.

 
Employees are cybersecurity risk
Findings from a Twitter poll run by Apricorn show that during the pandemic 30% of respondents in both the US and the UK singled out employee education as being the biggest area where companies needed to make changes to improve cybersecurity when working remotely.

Survey reveals risk to top talent

According to a study of 1,500 executives conducted by Robert Half UK , 86% of businesses are concerned that they will lose their top talent due to their inability to raise salaries due to the impact that COVID-19 has had on the business.

MyFirmsApp launches reset pack
To mark Digital Accountancy Week MyFirmsApp (www.myfirmsapp.co.uk) launches a free ‘COVID-19 Autumn Reset Pack’ that features a range of editable e-guides which accountants can share digitally with their clients to help them deal with the challenges of running a business during these uncertain times.
 
Government reports data breaches
Research by Apricorn, the leading manufacturer of software-free, 256-bit AES XTS hardware-encrypted USB drives has revealed that government departments have reported thousands of personal data breaches and numerous notifications to the ICO between 2019-2020 according to Freedom of Information (FoI) requests and data from annual reports of 17 public bodies.

Taulia customer wins award

‘Highly Commended’ in the category ‘FMCG, Food and Beverage’ has been awarded to Henkel Corporation, a Taulia  customer at the 2020 Supply Chain Finance Awards.

New India report from Atradius

Trade credit insurer, Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk), is forecasting that the United States can anticipate a robust economic rebound in 2021, with political uncertainty decreasing and an injection of fiscal stimulus.

New US country report

Trade credit insurer, Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk), is forecasting that the United States can anticipate a robust economic rebound in 2021, with political uncertainty decreasing and an injection of fiscal stimulus.

Rise of emerging markets

Chile, Egypt, Senegal, Malaysia and Vietnam have been named by trade credit insurer, Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk) as the most promising emerging markets for 2021.

Atradius publishes white paper

Trade credit insurer Atradius (hwww.atradius.co.uk) has published a white paper on global trade following the first in a new series of webinars, attended by 3,000 people.

Outsourcing invoice processing

As companies look to improve productivity while simultaneously delivering a seamless home/office working experience for their employees, they also need to keep a watch on their cashflow.

 
Think green,says Prism

SMEs up and down the country are in prime position to take greater authority over the way they impact the world around us.  There have been government measures put in place to clamp down on plastic produced in supermarkets, and there has been an increased push for companies to rethink their carbon emission strategies.

 
Robert Half reports UK firms upbeat

According to new research from international recruitment consultancy, Robert Half UK (www.roberthalf.co.uk), businesses remain optimistic about their post-lockdown recovery prospects, with many continuing to push forward with various opportunities despite the impact of COVID-19.

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