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.
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.

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.
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.
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’.

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.

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.

Digital must be good

More than half of UK shoppers would switch to a competitor if the digital customer experience doesn’t measure up, according to the latest report from Nuxeo.

Businesses redesigning jobs
One in three businesses are redesigning job roles, with ‘soft’ skills critical to post-lockdown recovery according to research by international recruitment consultancy, Robert Half UK (www.roberthalf.co.uk).
Demand for soft skills continues

“With today’s unemployment picture worsening and the end of the Government furlough scheme soon to be upon us, we might ordinarily expect business confidence to be down,” comments Matt Weston, Managing Director, Robert Half UK (https://www.roberthalf.co.uk) on the latest labour market update from the ONS.

Pound and Euro under pressure

The pound and euro are being pressurized by a stronger US dollar despite Sterling outperforming the majority of its major trading counterparts in the last 24 hours.

Investment for Eagle Genomics

The biggest names in food, cosmetics, personal care and ‘agritech’ are looking to Eagle Genomics’  AI-augmented, knowledge discovery platform to distil robust scientific evidence in support of marketing claims that their products have a positive biological impact.

Repstor for Teams

In response to the sharp rise in Microsoft Teams adoption seen during the COVID-19 lockdown, the Microsoft 365-based matter management specialist Repstor has launched Repstor for Teams as dispersed teams sought more spontaneous ways to stay connected and keep matters moving once outside the office.

New top leaders for Kallik

Enterprise Labeling leader Kallik has lined up a powerful new leadership team as the company prepares for its next wave of growth.  It has also unveiled new branding, as trusted enterprise labeling becomes a strategic and critical priority in regulated, safety-sensitive markets.

Atradius reports on Poland and Russia

Two new economic insight reports on Poland and Russia have been published by trade credit insurer Atradius to help businesses navigate the risks of international trade when dealing with these countries in Eastern Europe.

Assessing career options

As we emerge into a new norm, the jobs market is likely to become increasingly competitive as a result of rising levels of unemployment in the short term.  Despite this, employees remain confident about their long-term career prospects despite rising job uncertainty as a result of COVID-19, according to new research by Robert Half UK), the international recruitment consultancy.

Koch migrates to Brady cloud​

Koch Supply & Trading is migrating its metals trading operations to Brady Cloud Services to increase efficiency, improve security and to give greater scalability in its use of technology.

Improving efficiency with Brady

Bern-based international energy and infrastructure company BKW Energie AG has successfully gone-live with cloud-delivered pan European power scheduling operations using Brady plc’s power scheduling solution to meet regional TSO communication protocol and deadlines in a timely and compliant manner.

IPC wins again

Once again, IPC, the secure, compliant communications and networking solutions provider to the global financial markets, has picked up two awards as ‘Best Cloud Infrastructure Provider for IPC’s Connexus Cloud’, and ‘Best Trading Floor Communication System Provider for IPC’s Unigy solution’ in  in this year’s Waters Rankings.

Better business finance

Good financial management lies at the heart of any business success.  As we move into the second half of the year whilst the general economic situation is still uncertain, the opportunities to be building better business finances are ever-present

Career changes post-Covid19

New research from Robert Half UK, the international recruitment consultancy, reveals that over 70% of UK workers are currently reassessing their career options despite COVID-related job insecurity.


E-commerce growth soars

Over 85,000 businesses have launched e-commerce platforms or joined online marketplaces since the lockdown as companies accelerate digital transformation in a bid to keep their business afloat and meet the growing demand for online shopping.

Late payment rises

Late payments have soared in the USMCA region as businesses continue to be squeezed by the impact of COVID-19, according to research by trade credit insurer Atradius.

Atradius appoints James Burgess

James Burgess is appointed as Head of UK Commercial at global trade credit insurer, Atradius(www.atradius.co.uk), and joins the UK & Ireland Commercial Management Team under the leadership of recently appointed Regional Director Stuart Ramsden.


Markets up on PMI survey

As UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson kick-starts the economy after easing lockdown measures last month, Britain’s manufacturing sector is showing signs of tentative recovery according to the latest IHS Markit / CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI survey which shows a rise from a record-low 32.6 in April to 40.7 in May.

Atradius publishes Asia reports

Four new reports on the markets of China, India, Indonesia and South Korea, have been published by Atradius  and are designed as an information tool for firms doing business overseas, enabling them to monitor trading risks and opportunities.


Happiest employees 2020

Being happy in your work is a key for business success, so say the employees of Taulia, who have just rated the company the best to work for in the Comparably Awards.

Automating pharmacovigilance

Risk management and compliance services provider to the Life Sciences, Arriello (www.arriello.com) reveals that lack of IT proficiency is proving the biggest hurdle to automating pharmacovigilance case intake in both the UK and the US according to its latest survey.

Managing remote staff
The rise of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, is continuing to cause headaches for businesses and brands all over the world, and even large companies are sending employees home in line with global advice surrounding social distancing and spreading the virus.
Diversity is key to improving the  workplace

Enhancing diversity and inclusion is a top priority for over a quarter (28%) of business leaders as companies seek to improve workplace culture in a competitive hiring market, according to the latest research from recruitment specialist,  Robert Half UK.


Spend Matters names Taulia leader

The procurement and supply chain sector blog, Spend Matters has named Taulia as a Value Leader in the Fall 2020 release of the Invoice-to-Pay SolutionMap by Spend Matters.

Repstor sees legal sector growth

Demand for Repstor’s Custodian for Legal, matter lifecycle management solution and Repstor for Teams solutions continue to grow as more legal teams seek more intuitive and mainstream ways to collaborate on their caseloads across distance.

Commodity price slump

The upcoming data on Austrialia’s employment market, and the collapse in oil prices could cause the rebound of the Australian dollar to start reversing.


SCM and resilience

Supply chain resilience and cash-flow management remain pressing concerns for businesses.

Care award for Taulia

One of the most trusted review sites for business technology, TrustRadius  has awarded Taulia with a 2020 Tech Cares Award as a company who has gone above and beyond to support their clients and communities in 2020 and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staff Demand pay rises

New research from recruitment specialist Robert Half UK (www.roberthalf.co.uk) reveals that half (49%) of UK workers intend to ask their boss for a pay rise in the next 12 months, but over a third (34%) have delayed asking their boss for an increase for fear of rejection.

People management

Despite an often uncertain climate, it is clear that as companies change, grow and evolve, there emerges a need for management.  In practice, it is impractical for businesses to persist with everyone operating at the same level.


Halo reports on gender equality

The need for a diverse pool of talent from varied backgrounds, countries, ethnicities and genders has never been greater, according to the latest report from foreign currency experts, Halo Financial.

ProductLife acquires Axpharma

Specialist provider of regulatory and compliance services for the life sciences industry, ProductLife Group (PLG), has today announced the acquisition of pharmacovigilance services provider, Axpharma in response to a growing focus on safety, quality and speed to market during the continuing pandemic.


Award win for Taulia and Unicredit

A strategic partnership between Taulia and UniCredit  in June 2020 has resulted in a Taulia partner, UniCredit being named ‘Best Bank for Supply Chain Finance’ at The Banker’s Transaction Banking Awards.

Corona and being competitive

Latest statistics suggest the world’s economy could grow at its slowest rate since 2009 as a result of the pandemic.  As Europe’s largest regional airline Flybe goes into administration, citing Coronavirus as a contributing factor, airline analysts are predicting that this could be the start of more casualties.


Custodian for legal goes to SA

Content Services and Microsoft 365 matter management specialist, Repstor (www.repstor.com) announces that leading South African law firm Adams & Adams is deploying Custodian for Legal™, the specialist legal matter management solution.

New Regional Director for Atradius

Stuart Ramsden has been named as Regional Director UK & Ireland for leading trade credit insurer Atradius , and takes over from Alun Sweeney who steps down after ten years in the role at the end of June.

Developing great systems

Systems are one of five strategic pillars of any small business.  Without good systems, so many of the key activities of the business, and its interactions with others, would be slower and less consistent.

Atradius publishes Thailand report

Trade credit insurer Atradius has published a new country report on Thailand.


New Normal impacts public sector

Public Sector information management processes come under the spotlight in the latest report by enterprise content management and process automation specialist, SynApps Solutions.

WFSO selects Brady

A leading Irish renewables generator, WFSO, has selected Brady’s Energy Settlement Manager (ESM) solution (to trade electricity more efficiently across Ireland.

Brady goes carbon neutral

Leading trading, risk and logistics software provider for global commodities markets, Brady Plc  is rolling out an Environmental Policy that will define the company’s stance on environmental and sustainability issues and will detail Brady’s strategy, pledges, targets and the review process.

Atradius welcomes new insurance scheme

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy that the UK Government has launched a temporary, government-backed reinsurance scheme to help businesses recover from the impacts of Covid-19.

Prism gives Starr packs
Homelessness is a problem which continues to ravage the UK.  As of November 2018, it was reported by Shelter that at least 320,000 people were recorded as living rough on British streets.


Taulia wins employer award

Leadership team recognized by Taulia employees as ‘one of the best’ at the 2020 Comparably Awards.


Taulia in Gartner report

Supply chain technology specialists, Taulia (www.taulia.com) has been featured in Gartner’s report of ‘Technology Providers Offering Assistance to Organizations affected by the COVID-19 Crisis’ as a leading provider who is making its products and services available in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Late payment challenges for Asia

Asia is bracing itself for a rise in late payments amid COVID-19 fallout, according to the latest Payment Practices Barometer on Asia by Atradius .

Brady welcomes BASF

The world’s leading supplier of environmental and process catalysts, BASF Catalysts, has selected Brady’s Trinity™ solution for metals financial trading and risk management.  The solution will be deployed by BASF Catalysts in Japan, China, UK, and North America.

Brady launches API

To support day ahead trading across Central and Western European (CWE) countries via Nord Pool, Brady plc, a leading trading, risk and logistics software provider for global commodities markets has launched an API so that customers can enjoy even more choice in markets across Europe to trade power in, whether via Nord Pool or EPEX.

Bixia AB selects Brady

Swedish electric utility company, Bixia AB, has selected Brady plc solutions to help it extend trading capability on Swedish TSO during lockdown.

Digital decision making

As we continue to deal with the global pandemic counterparty risks are increasing, and businesses need to understand the complex relationships between macro events and the impact of credit risk on trading portfolios combined with understanding additional risks to industry sectors, country limits, and trading portfolios in general.

ProductLife gets new CEO
Life sciences global regulatory experts, ProductLife Group has marked the next phase in its global growth ambitions by appointing a high-profile CEO.  Xavier Duburcq joins the group after 13 years at Altran, where he was Group VP of Life Sciences and Head of Life Sciences & Chemicals.

Investment in SaveMoneyCutCarbon

Barclays has today announced a significant equity investment in SaveMoneyCutCarbon, the digital aggregator that provides a unique marketplace focused on sustainability, offering cost-effective products and solutions to businesses and consumers seeking to reduce their carbon footprint and be more sustainable.

Automation in business

Automating a business process can make something that is complex and too time-consuming to undertake manually possible to scale.  Not only does automation make the process more consistent, faster and more reliable, but it hides complexity and frees up skilled resources.  Done well, it gives a clear business advantage, but done badly?

MyFirmsApp COVID-19 e-book

The world may be on pause and while the economic implications of the current lockdown are still very much in the early days, clients are turning to their accountants for the most up-to-date advice and information available.  


Coronavirus and contractual obligations

The spread of COVID-19, commonly referred to as the coronavirus, is an exceptional event that’s becoming an increasing public and workplace priority.  In this article the authors offer essential legal and practical advice for businesses concerned about Coronavirus.

Prism Viewpoint - environmental marketing 
Since 2018, public pushes for degradable products and environmental marketing have been commonplace.  Increasingly, companies are using disposable coffee cups, recycled paper and biodegradable plastic alternatives.
Atradius year-end results
It was another solid year of figures for global provider of credit insurance, bond and surety, collections and information services, Atradius which saw year-end result increases 12.4% to €227.7m, insurance premium rises 6.7%.
BKW migrates to Brady cloud

One of the largest regional power utilities with ownership of largely hydroelectric and renewable energy generation assets, BKW Energie AG is migrating its pan European power scheduling operations to Brady’s Cloud services.

Falck selects Brady

Milan based renewable energy company, Falck Renewables SpA has selected a pioneering physical power trading solution from Brady, the leading trading, risk and logistics software provider for global commodities markets.


Inforalgo partners with Trumid

Capital Markets data automation specialist, Inforalgo is partnering with financial technology company, Trumid in an alliance that will see Inforalgo provide on-demand integration to Trumid Market Center, the firm’s electronic bond trading platform, easing straight-through processing (STP).

Investment bank chooses Inforalgo

A US-based multinational investment bank has chosen Inforalgo’s flexible multi-trading platform integration and straight-through o (STP) solution to provide end-to-end integration between its order and execution management systems, improving trading efficiency.

Atradius appoints Yvette Gray
International debt collection specialist Atradius Collections has appointed a new Country Director for the UK and Ireland.
Swisscard improves early collections

One of the leading credit card companies in Switzerland, Swisscard AECS GmbH, has optimized its early collections using FICO analytics resulting in a 50% increase in revenue from billable collection expenses. 

Atradius group results released

Annual results for the Grupo Catalana Occidente, of which trade credit insurer  Atradius is a member, has increased by 9.9% to €424.5 million.

Safety first for Arriello

Pharmacovigilance (PV) solutions and services provider, Arriello is adopting Veeva Vault Safety™  as part of the company’s continued growth in pharmacovigilance operations

Demand for Wordwatch grows in FSI

A leader in voice recording and enterprise workforce optimization solutions provider, Business Systems (UK),  has announced a sharp rise in demand for Wordwatch, its multi-vendor call recording management portal.


North American report

The latest country report  on the United States, Mexico and Canad region by trade credit insurer, Atradius highlights the slowdown in the US economy with GDP forecast to decline from an estimated 2.3% in 2019 to 1.7% in 2020 and 2021.

Argentina 100 days and counting

The latest economic review of Argentina by trade credit insurer Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk) marks the 100-day milestone of centre-left Peronist Alberto Fernández’s election victory in October, and the subsequent the formation of a new government.

Inspiring signposts in business

In business it is essential to have a clear strategy – a goal to aim at – otherwise no matter how hard you try to reach your business destination, you will never get there, and your business will suffer. 

Award win for Halo Financial

Providing an outstanding service to its customers is a key goal for Halo Financial, and it comes from the strong, long-term relationships Halo Financial builds with both personal and business clients by making their international payments easier.

MyFirmsApp Receipt Guide

Accountancy app specialists and developers of the leading OneApp platform, MyFirmsApp has launched a new guide looking at receipt management.


Payroll 2020 – changes to off payroll working

With news that the government plans to launch a review into the upcoming changes to IR35 off payroll working rules, Payroll experts XCD examine what Payrollers need to know about the controversial reform


Brexit and the new norm

After more than three years since the UK voted to leave the EU, the UK and European Union have parted company with a structured withdrawal agreement..5 million for the end of 2019.

Volvo chooses FICO

Volvo Cars has selected FICO® Decision Modeler (www.fico.com/en/products/fico-decision-modeler) to immediately onboard customers to its new Care by Volvo service.

Reflections and good decisions

Making business decisions is vital for any business, yet few business leaders will take time to reflect and consider what makes a good decision.

ICO Fraud Map

Data breaches are pushing UK fraud losses to a record £671 million according to research by analytics software firm, FICO.

missioned by NTT Com (www.ntt.com) in partnership with Dell EMC, by  reveals how hybrid cloud is really being implemented across 14 European countries, reveals that almost two-thirds of enterprise-sized firms said they have a strategy or pilot program for hybrid cloud in place.  

Steps to GDPR readiness

Right from the outset The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) seems like an obvious one, but many organizations simply will not adequately plan for the GDPR changes which come into force across the EU in May 2018.

EMail is a time stealer for HR

According to HR and payroll specialists, XCD EMail is now HRs biggest time stealer.

New Talari SD-WAN platform

Small businesses can now benefit from a new SD-WAN scalable platform from Talari Networks (www.talari.com) with the launch of its E50 appliance that extends SD-WAN services to customers with small branch or home offices, and retail sites.

UK expansion for Nuxeo

Demand for its Content Services Platform that can be configured to meet complex information management needs and requirements is driving Nuxeo (www.nuxeo.com) expansion in the UK.

Macro-less document attacks rise

Total malware attacks are up by 33% and cyber criminals are increasingly leveraging Microsoft Office documents to trick victims and deliver malicious payloads, according to the latest Internet Security Report from WatchGuard Technologies (www.watchguard.com).

App delivers Spring Statement

MyFirmsApp’s (www.myfirmsapp.com) clients became the first to hear the Chancellor by app in real-time as Philip Hammond unveiled his first Spring Statement.

Taulia partners with Google

Working capital solutions provider Taulia is partnering with Google Cloud to launch Cognitive Invoicing, a new AI-powered invoicing solution that enables businesses to successfully process invoices in any file format from their suppliers.

FICO Cybersecurity Insurance Dashboard 

In a first for a cybersecurity rating, FICO’s (www.fico.com) new Enterprise Security Score now includes an insurance dashboard that underwriters can use to model various risk scenarios, enabling better underwriting, pricing and portfolio decisions.

Barbican Insurance Group partners with FICO 

As cyber insurance is a relatively new class of insurance, underwriters have lacked historic actuarial data upon whc to base underwriting decisions.   To overcome this, Barbican Insurance Group will use the FICO Enterprise Security Score in underwriting decisions.

Cyber security professionals under spotlight

Cyber criminals and opportunist hackers are looking forward to a good Christmas as both end users and information security professionals become distracted and may let their guards down, says the not-for-profit industry body, the IISP (Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) 

Empowering Christmas party budgets

Last year at Prism (www. prism.uk.com) had a brainwave and decided to do a whole lot more with its Christmas party budget than simply put on drinks and a spread for the staff.

Rapid expansion for VIRTUS

Plans for London’s largest data centre campus near Stockley Park, has been unveiled by VIRTUS Data Centres (www.virtusdatacentres.com).

New data-centric management vendor

“It doesn’t seem that long ago where there were three main focuses on data security: hardware/application security, database security, and document management security,” explains Clive Longbottom, Founder  and Research Director – Business Process Facilitation at Quocirca (www.quocirca.com).


AI enhances Taulia 

Companies now have the power of AI at their fingertips to make better informed decisions about their working capital and cash with the next-level enhancement of Taulia’s platform.

GDPR Fines 

Are you fed up with vendor scare-mongering about the challenge of complying with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the huge fines heading your way?  According to Rob Bamford, Principal Analyst Business and Communications at Quocirca (www.quocirca.com

Implementing GDPR

Risk management and compliance solutions specialists, IT Governance (www.itgovernance.co.uk) has published the second edition of its popular book “EU General

Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – An Implementation and Compliance Guide 

Organizations struggling with GDPR

An independent survey reveals 75% of organizations believe they will struggle to meet EU GDPR Regulations by the deadline. The survey, which polled 500 IT decision makers in the UK, Germany, France and the US also reveals that an additional 42% say that it's not a priority for their businesses.

Positive tone for UK economy 

In a series of key announcements today, the Bank of England has kept interest rates the same today, now at a record low rate. In good news for the UK

economy, the BoE stated that the latest economic figures are painting a “slightly stronger picture” than they thought. 

New security features for MFP

A new A4 colour multifunction printer (MFP) has been launched by OKI Europe

AI enhances Taulia 

Companies now have the power of AI at their fingertips to make better informed decisions about their working capital and cash with the next-level enhancement of Taulia’s platform.

Record growth for Taulia

Working capital solutions provider Taulia has experienced spectacular growth following a number of high-profile achievements including accelerating $24 billion in early payments, expanding its network by over 5 million connections globally, and opening its first Asia Pacific office in Sydney, Australia.

MyFirmsApp shortlisted for award

Accountancy practices can now get their own branded App enabling them to connect and communicate with clients ‘anytime, anywhere and on any device’ with the help of MyFirmsApp.

Meeting anti-money laundering directives

LHV, the largest domestic financial group in Estonia, will use the FICO® TONBELLER® Siron® Anti Financial Crimes Suite (www.fico.com/en/risk-compliance/tonbeller) for its customer risk scoring, screening, transaction monitoring and behaviour monitoring capabilities.

Knowledge is Power in Cyber attacks

As part of its commitment to improve the levels of understanding and professionalism in the face of a growing tide of cybercrime and attacks, the Institute of

Information Security Professionals (IISP) has launched a new Framework to expand on the established IISP Skills Framework.

Industrial control systems at risk

A lack of standards-based technical security testing is putting industrial control environments and critical national infrastructure at risk, says CREST (www.crest-approved.org), the not-for-profit accreditation body representing the technical information security industry, in its latest position paper, ‘Industrial Control Systems: Technical Security Assurance’.

Payment practices - quick tips

Whether it’s late payment, pay to stay schemes or balance sheet bonuses, small businesses are clearly still suffering at the hands of these unfair payment terms.

Unexpected UK inflation fall takes markets by surprise 

There were more surprises for the markets, as unexpected UK inflation data results from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that the

rate of inflation in the UK has dropped from 2.9% in May to 2.6% in June.

Eurozone manufacturing sector sees huge boost in employment

The Eurozone manufacturing sector has seen a massive, 20-year record rise in employment, boosted by strong production growth and increased new

business according to the latest IHS Markit Eurozone Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index.

New foundation course in incident response management

IT security specialists, IT Governance (www.itgovernance.co.uk) has developed a new training course on Incident Response Management (https://tinyurl.com/yb6w2u5p) to help companies comply with GDPR and the NIS Directive.

Staff awareness of Cyber threats

This year, a record 79 enforcement actions have been issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), 47 of which are monetary penalties – already more than the amount in the whole of 2016 – including the largest fine on record in relation to excessive nuisance calls.

Secure networking with SD-WAN

Talari Networks has added free WAN optimisation services that run natively in the core platform, to the latest release of its resilient SD-WAN solution. It has also unveiled a jointly-validated solution with Zscaler™ to help companies transform their hub-and-spoke network architectures to secure, direct-to-cloud connections.

Shocking truth of late payment revealed

The true scale of how much late payment is affecting British businesses has been revealed in a new survey from insurer, Zurich.

Innovus joins FICO partner program 

FICO and Innovus Consulting Services, an international consulting company for cybersecurity and digital transformation, have announced that Innovus has joined the FICO® Enterprise Security Score partner program

Empowering Business through IT

With so many easily accessible apps and services on offer with free, freemium and paid for versions of what looks startlingly like pretty much the same thing, how does a business owner, or IT manager for that matter, ever know what's actually going on under the bonnet of their tech?

Crowdfunding – it’s in the bag

It could be said that social responsibility and genuine ethics is the heart of crowdfunding, as ‘One To Watch’ designer brand, Beara Beara 

found out when it turned to CrowdCube to grow its business.

Varonis financial results rise

With software solutions that protect data from insider threats and cyberattacks continuing to be in great demand, IT security software specialist, Varonis Systems (www.varonis.com) has seen its revenue increase by 30% according to the company’s latest financial results.

UBS wins FICO Decisions Award 

UBS Card Center, which processes roughly 25% of the credit cards in Switzerland, has cut the amount of fraud write-offs per compromised card, stopped more fraudulent transactions and reduced false-positive rates using the FICO® Falcon® Platform 

Web application security

According to new findings by Context Information Security, Cross Site Scripting, Weak Authentication and TLS (Transport Layer Security) configuration

still account for over 60% of high and critical vulnerabilities in web applications.

In-Memory Computing Summit

Terry Erisman, Vice President of Marketing at GridGain Systems tells us why the In-Memory Computing Summit is so important for our readers.

Companies told to put pensions before dividends 

The Pensions Regulator has said that if dividend payments exceed deficit reduction contributions to a scheme, it will look more closely at whether the employer can afford to – and should – pay higher contributions.

It’s hunting season for financial services…

The sun is shining and spring is in the air – must be ISA season again!” says Tony De Nazareth, founder of the Crowd for Angels (www.crowdforangels.com)

crowdfunding platform.

Plans for fourth London data centre

Responding to demand for hyper efficient, metro fibre connected, flexible and scalable colocation space, VIRTUS Data Centres , one of the UK’s fastest growing data

centre providers - and where the cloud lives in London – has announced the launch of its fourth facility.

WatchGuard acquires Datablink 

To build on the company’s portfolio of network and wireless security solutions, WatchGuard Technologies has acquired Datablink, to further enhance its ability to make multi-factor authentication accessible for SMBs and distributed enterprises.

Filling the skills gap

Research by recruitment specialists, Robert Half UK (www.roberthalf.co.uk) reveals that the average small and medium-sized business (SME) in the UK estimates that they will need to spend £160,000 to fill the skills gap in their organization in the next 12 months.

Concern over IR35 continues

The majority of senior decision makers in medium and large-sized businesses are concerned about missing out on temporary talent ahead of the introduction of new IR35 regulation, according to new research from recruitment specialist Robert Half UK.

Continued demand for Data Centres

The need for hyper efficient, well connected, flexible and scalable space has led to Data Centre growth for one of the UK’s fastest growing data centre providers,

VIRTUS Data Centres.

ZoneFox releases version 3.2

IT security experts, ZoneFox  has added a much-requested feature to its ZoneFox software with the launch of ZoneFox version 3.2.  The latest version

comes with a Networking Dashboard and includes Network Monitoring capabilities to bring total visibility to files which are uploaded and downloaded

both within the organizational network and to sites on the internet.


Cloud security solution goes gold

In its mission to secure the agility and flexibility of cloud computing environments, WinMagic (www.winmagic.com) has become a gold partner on the Microsoft Azure

cloud computing infrastructure.

Social media becomes big recruitment tool at Prism

“As a growing employer of Millennials here in the North West, we here at Prism Solutions realise we must not only aggressively recruit this new generation of employees but use some creativity as well. It’s our goal to become known as a “destination employer” for these new recruits,” says Gary David Smith, CEO and Co-founder, Prism Solutions

Short, sweet statement soothes Sterling

 In Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Statement as UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, much hinged on what snippets about the health of the UK economy were announced.  He was keen to demonstrate how the UK economy had “…confounded commentators at home and abroad…”  In a remarkably short and sweet Statement, Mr Hammond committed to supporting and improving the UK economy, talking about plans to drive productivity and create “fiscal headroom” to prepare “…the economy to seize the opportunities ahead.”


Italian Referendum could cause considerable currency volatility

Holding a referendum is looking like a poor political manoeuvre for Prime Ministers.  David Cameron was hoisted by his own petard over the Brexit vote

and Italian PM Matteo Renzi is in the same boat after a resounding loss in his referendum on vesting increased power with the Government. 

Purpose of a corporation

When The Business Roundtable changed its statement of “the purpose of a corporation” it chipped away at the long-held notion that corporate decision-making should revolve around what is best for shareholders.

VIRTUS teams up with GCX

A new partnership between VIRTUS Data Centres (www.virtusdatacentres.com) and Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) (http://globalcloudxchange.com (GCX) will see VIRTUS’ Cloud Connect Platform interoperate with GCX’s Cloud X Fusion ecosystem to provide seamless, latency-guaranteed connectivity to leading cloud platforms for enterprises, carriers and media companies.

Disruptive technology comes to UK share trading with first commission free platform

A recent survey showed that 46% of Britons would love to invest in stocks and shares but don’t know how.​  Even when an investor is knowledgeable, traditional channels are out-dated and difficult to use.  

Leading leaders - how to be a successful super leader

 "There comes a point for many leaders, when they find themselves leading other leaders. This requires a whole new skill set and ways of working as they become Super Leaders guiding and inspire other leaders to deliver results though their teams,"  says Jean Gamester from Toastmasters International (www.toastmasters.org

Avoid writing off bad debt

While late or non-payment is well known to be adversely impacting businesses in many ways at present, one particularly disturbing trend lies in the proportion

of companies having to write off turnover as uncollectable.

How to create effective systems within your business

If you’re trying to get your business to break through to a whole new level of sales and productivity, then a critical component of that is setting up effective systems. 

FTSE 250s outsource governance

Capita has become the first FTSE 250 company to appoint employees as non-executive directors to its board for over three decades.

Eight Tips for Taming Terror: Transforming Presentation Nerves Into Confident Communication


Developing your ability and confidence to speak in public is probably one of the most valuable things you can do both for your self-esteem and your career.  

Seven steps for a productive quarterly review

When was the last time you took time out for a detailed review of this year's business goals and plans? Was it only at the start of the year? Or did you stop at the end of the last quarter to go through a strategic planning process?

From awful to amazing – how to create workshops that work

Most staff dread attending workshops. They believe they are going to be a waste of time and will deliver very little value.  But when done properly, workshops can leave people feeling inspired and engaged. 

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