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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trade credit insurer Atradius has published a new country report on Thailand.
A leading Irish renewables generator, WFSO, has selected Brady’s Energy Settlement Manager (ESM) solution (to trade electricity more efficiently across Ireland.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
Swedish electric utility company, Bixia AB, has selected Brady plc solutions to help it extend trading capability on Swedish TSO during lockdown.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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).
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.
International debt collection specialist Atradius Collections has appointed a new Country Director for the UK and Ireland.
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.
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.
Pharmacovigilance (PV) solutions and services provider, Arriello is adopting Veeva Vault Safety™ as part of the company’s continued growth in pharmacovigilance operations
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Accountancy app specialists and developers of the leading OneApp platform, MyFirmsApp has launched a new guide looking at receipt management.
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
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 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.
Making business decisions is vital for any business, yet few business leaders will take time to reflect and consider what makes a good decision.
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.
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.
According to HR and payroll specialists, XCD EMail is now HRs biggest time stealer.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 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)
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.
Plans for London’s largest data centre campus near Stockley Park, has been unveiled by VIRTUS Data Centres (www.virtusdatacentres.com).
“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).
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
A new A4 colour multifunction printer (MFP) has been launched by OKI Europe
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The true scale of how much late payment is affecting British businesses has been revealed in a new survey from insurer, Zurich.
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
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?
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.
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 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
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.
Terry Erisman, Vice President of Marketing at GridGain Systems tells us why the In-Memory Computing Summit is so important for our readers.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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
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.”
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.
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.
A new partnership between VIRTUS Data Centres () 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.
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.
"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)
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.
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.
Capita has become the first FTSE 250 company to appoint employees as non-executive directors to its board for over three decades.
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.
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?
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.
News that a Hong Kong company Deep Knowledge Ventures has taken the plunge to appoint an artificial intelligence (AI) Executive Director with actual authority, real powers and a vote to their board, leads some to suggest that a bright algorithmic future might be about to irrevocably transform decision-making on the executive floor as well as inside the C-suite.
In the 1990's, when PC's began to appear and email (and the Internet) became pervasive, the speed of business accelerated significantly. It became much more of a team game.
As businesses start to grow they so often make the mistake of bringing non-core operational functions in-house.
One of the ironies of organisational life is that the better you are at your specialism, the more likely it is that you’ll be moved up the organisational
ladder to a level where you no longer do it.
The structure of business has changed considerably. In the past there were those in the company with strategic roles who set policy, and there
were those who implemented them. Exercising good business skills was mostly a matter of following direction.
Timing is everything when it comes to credit control.
KEY findings from a recent paper on business diversification by Jiwook Jung and Taekjin Shin reveal that what is taught on the MBA core curriculum has positive real world business impacts.
In the quest for ever greater efficiencies, productivity and general cost saving, there are, according to Sarah Lewis M.Sc. C.Psychol, of
Appreciating Change (www.acukltd.com), a few key questions can open up new avenues to improve performance and profitability.
Employment law can appear complex and tends to make managers nervous but according to HR expert Sue Ingram at Converse Well
() and author of 'FIRE WELL' - it's actually, at its core, simple, straightforward and based on common sense.
Unfortunately, it seems many people have come to equate 'team building' with 'doing creative or sporty activities with other members of the
team. However according to Kate Mercer, co-founder of Leaders Lab and author of 'A Buzz in the Building', these types
of activities do very little to build a team.
Internet and mobile security leader BullGuard () has announced the appointment of security industry veteran Paul Lipman as CEO.
Research has produced the surprising discovery that micro enterprise in the UK is being driven by the humble pen and paper rather than
cutting edge technology.
The ability to monitor, collect and analyse unprecedented volumes of real-time data from internet-connected sensors will allow the insurance industry to offer highly
personalised policies and make far more accurate calculations of risk, according to industry analysts at Beecham Research in a new
‘Internet of Insurance Sector Report’.
Following months of setbacks and delays, the government’s new payment reporting regulations are at long last set to come into force.
A new study has found that easier car finance processes, and improved financial management technology could help inject an
additional £9.6 billion to the UK’s automotive industry.
Deloitte’s latest report on the CEOs of the future, falls short on new practical proposals says corporate governance expert Gerry Brown, and author of ‘The Independent Director’.
International manufacturer of convenience foods, has selected V1’s document management software.