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Why Hollywood Actors Should Get Training from FDs

You shouldn’t be surprised to discover that Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Hugh Jackman, Gary Oldman among many other Oscar-winning actors and actresses bear a grudge against Finance Directors.

It’s easy to understand why. For although the likes of Streep and Oldman have achieved fame, fortune and critical acclaim, they can usually only inhabit one role at a time. They take it on for a few months and then move on to the next.

L-R David Leonard, John Morgan, Ian Staples and Hin Sim, directors at Leonard Design
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Congratulations to Leonard Design for Jumping 18 Places in Prestigious National Rankings

One of our clients Nottingham-based Leonard Design Architects is celebrating after securing a spot on the prestigious AJ100 list for the second year in a row and jumping up 18 places to rank at number 82.

Published annually by the Architects’ Journal since 1995, the AJ100 ranks the largest architectural practices in the UK. It is largely regarded as a key measure of success and the industry’s most authoritative list.

Leonard Design is an award-winning global architectural practice headquartered in Nottingham,

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Strategically Outsource to Maximise Efficiency and Productivity

If you’re looking for a quick way to cut costs, boost efficiency and improve productivity then consider outsourcing one or more of your business’ support processes.

Outsourcing has many benefits and can give you a greater competitive edge in your market. It allows you to tap into a large international talent pool and benefit from external expertise. Your outsourced providers can provide services, innovative approaches, and the latest technology along with cutting-edge solutions that your in-house team might be unable to provide.

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Fast Growth Success Stories: White Star Security Services

Interview with Garry Ireland (Director)

What does White Star Security Services do?

We are one of the UK’s leading specialist independent security firms. With headquarters in Yorkshire and offices across the North of England, we support organisations of all sizes, providing a comprehensive range of high-quality security services including manned guarding, electronic security, key holding, alarm response, grounds maintenance etc.

What growth have you experienced since launching the company?

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10 Ways To Resolve Your Cash Flow Problems

 

Managing cash flow is critical to the success of any business. Get it right, and shareholders, creditors, and employees are happy. Get it wrong, and the company could end up on the ropes like Carillion.

Cash flow problems can beset even profitable companies, particularly those experiencing rapid growth.

So, how do you protect your company from future cash flow issues?

 

 

 

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Can Your Company Pay a 20 Million Euro Fine?

Could your company afford to pay a 20 million Euro fine or to lose 4% of your annual global turnover?

It’s a question you should be asking because it’s the penalty that your company will face if you fail to gain your customers’ consent to process their data or deliberately breach their privacy under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into effect within weeks. All companies in the EU regardless of size or sector and all those that deal with data from EU citizens wherever those companies are in the world must be compliant with GDPR by May 25 this year.

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Carillion Collapse Shows the Danger for One-Client SMEs

The collapse of Carillion, the UK’s second largest construction company, has exposed the enormous risk SMEs take by placing too much reliance on one major customer.

The construction company, which employed 43,000 people worldwide and had 450 key public-sector infrastructure projects on its books, went into compulsory liquidation on January 15th with £1.5b debts. That followed the failure of last-minute rescue talks between the company, lenders, and the government. It is believed to have used 30,000 sub-contractors to carry out work on those projects.

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How To Avoid New Year’s Goals That Destroy Productivity

A funny thing happens on January 4th. It’s the day traditionally when people decide the mammoth New Year goals they set with such high hopes well and truly suck.

They look in the mirror and see that despite FOUR DAYS of exercising and dieting they are still not marathon or beach-ready.

By January 5th, the new running shoes will have been pushed to the back of the wardrobe and the bathroom scales will have been shoved out of sight.

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What Fancensus.com can teach you about scaling up

Global curator of Big Data: Fancensus.com provides business intelligence to the Entertainment Sector. Specialising and delivering accurate real time analytical data to the gaming and movie industries; by gathering aggregating communication information, monitoring digital retailers and overall calculating industry performance benchmarks, Fancensus.com provides powerful insights into the data analytics which drive success in today’s entertainment market. Some of their prestigious clients include Disney, Ubisoft, Sony, Bethesda amongst others. However, it wasn’t always this way…

Like many entrepreneurs it started with a single idea.

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Our FD Saved Christmas, Reveals Santa Claus

Santa Claus, now in his 1,747th year, reveals for the first time how his part-time Finance Director helped Christmas Inc. claw back from near-disaster.

Last year we were hit by so many problems. Money problems. Health and safety issues. Capital funding problems. Bad PR. The lot.

Fake News

“Someone posted a story on Facebook last August that said I hated mince pies and was allergic to milk.

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