Better management means improved productivity

Kevin Lawrence is MD of Odyssey Management Training – on a mission to eradicate mediocrity Odyssey specialises in leadership and management development, change, executive team development and organisational development strategy. There is a long-standing problem with productivity in the UK: …

Simon OatesBetter management means improved productivity
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Creating collaboration through agile working zones

Many older workers will remember a time when the office was all about coming into work in formal attire, working longer hours and climbing the hierarchy to attain leadership positions. They will remember the traditional office layout; rectangular desks, typing …

Simon OatesCreating collaboration through agile working zones
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Simple ways to cut business costs

Confidence appears to be on the rise among enterprises in the UK. Indeed, a poll conducted by the Federation of Small Businesses in December last year revealed that more than three-fifths of small companies (62%) expected to grow in 2015. …

Simon OatesSimple ways to cut business costs
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How to Setup a Trust

It is a common misconception that trusts are the preserve of the very wealthy. In fact, these financial arrangements are used by a whole range of people as an effective means of controlling assets. They have become increasingly popular over …

Simon OatesHow to Setup a Trust
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Incredible Insights into UK Home-Based Businesses

I was taken aback by the sheer scale of home businesses in the UK. I want to share with you this infographic recently published by Vonage

Simon OatesIncredible Insights into UK Home-Based Businesses
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How To Make The Most Out Of Your Virtual Office

The first time I’d ever heard the word “virtual” in a business environment I was staring at a paperclip with unusually large eyes. For those of you too young to remember the Microsoft Virtual Office Assistant, he or she (it’s …

Simon OatesHow To Make The Most Out Of Your Virtual Office

Book Overview: Handbook of Anti-Money Laundering

I will admit that I was quite excited when a copy of the ‘Handbook of Anti Money Laundering’ landing on my doormat 3 weeks ago. As a working finance professional, money laundering has always been a topic that has gained …

Simon OatesBook Overview: Handbook of Anti-Money Laundering
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Big Investments That Pay Off In Big Business

When you first started out doing business, you may have chosen to purchase low-cost equipment and electronics just to get your business going. That’s all good and commendable, but as you start to grow and expand, you will start to …

Simon OatesBig Investments That Pay Off In Big Business
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Money Saving Tips Whilst Learning To Drive

The expenses of driving a vehicle today are relatively more expensive than ever. Rising fuel costs create a lasting impact on the budget of many motorists. Fortunately for us, there are many available options to try to cut costs associated …

Simon OatesMoney Saving Tips Whilst Learning To Drive

How to improve your credit rating

When it comes to taking out a loan for your business, whether you are a new venture or an established supplier to your local area, your lender will not look at the business but at you personally when it comes …

Simon OatesHow to improve your credit rating