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
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.
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.
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.
 
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.

 
Atradius publishes Bulgaria report

Following on from its recent country reports on Hungary and Romania, trade credit insurer Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk) has published its latest trading insight report on Bulgaria (https://atradius.co.uk/reports/country-report-cee-bulgaria-2020.html).

New Asia report from Atradius

The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating diversification of the supply chain away from China, reports the latest economic research by trade credit insurer Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk).

Future growth for MENA

Trade credit insurer Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk) reports that diversification will be pivotal to long-term economic recovery in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) according to its latest economic outlook for the region.

Covid impact on Latam

Economists from trade credit insurer Atradius (www.atradius.co.uk) is reporting that Latin America and the Caribbean (Latam) has been the most affected emerging market in the Covid-19 pandemic.

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.

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