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How Your Office Shredder Is Putting Your Company At Risk

It might look innocent enough but your office shredding machine actually poses as much a threat to your business as the most virulent computer virus.

What?! How?

How could something that was bought to protect your business be as harmful as a computer Trojan?

It’s simple really: it’s not fit for purpose. Yes, it cuts your unwanted documents into thin strips. But—and this is the important bit—it leaves your company exposed to all kinds of trouble because those strips can be reassembled.

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How A Coffee Merchant Grew 30% In 5 Years by Hiring One Part-Time Advisor

Coffee is one of the most sought after commodities in the world but even that fact doesn’t make coffee traders immune to economic turbulence.

Such was the case for family-run green bean coffee merchant D.R. Wakefield. During one particularly volatile period, the UK-based business was subject to some tough grilling by its bank but just didn’t have the wherewithal to supply the answers.

“We simply didn’t have enough background information, data and statistics collated in a manner required by the bank,” recalls CEO Simon Wakefield.

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Why Entrepreneurs’ Dream of Hypergrowth Fast Becomes A Nightmare

Rapid growth is the stuff most entrepreneurs dream about as they take their fledgling company through the early years but when it happens, it can quickly become the stuff of nightmares.

The bubbles in the celebratory champagne—“Here’s to our success!”—barely have time to go flat before the problems arise across the high-impact growth or Scale Up business.

Suddenly owners are beset by problems involving the people they’ve hired or not hired,

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The Twelve Days of Christmas with your Part-Time FD

On the first day of Christmas, my part-time FD gave to me an introduction to business reporting and advice on creating a business strategy. 

On the second day of Christmas, my part-time FD gave to me more ways to attract money, an introduction to business reporting and advice on creating a business strategy.

On the third day of Christmas, my part-time FD gave to me the secret of lowering my tax liability,

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How To Lose 40m Euros By Being Too Trusting Of Your Emails

Imagine being the employee at German manufacturing giant, Leoni AG who recently fell prey to online scammers and approved the payment of bogus invoices totalling 40 million Euros.

The scam, which came to light in the past few weeks, involved cyber criminals sending official-looking payment requests via email to a Leoni satellite in Romania. Leoni is the world’s fourth largest manufacturer of wires and electrical cables and owns four factories in Romania.

The emails were received and handled by the unfortunate employee.

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Vital Certificates Ltd – Experts at Preparing Documents Issued in one Country to be used in another – become National Amazon Finalist

How does it feel to be a finalist in the National Amazon award for Triumph over Adversity?

It feels fantastic. This is validation really that what we decided to do has worked. I think it is good for everybody involved and all the hard work we have put in has actually been worthwhile.

Can you explain what Vital Certificates Ltd do?

Our core business is to take documents that have been issued in one country and do what is necessary to make them valid and usable officially in another country.

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The Simple Way to Dominate Your Market

Want an easy way to outsmart your competitors and dominate your market? One that doesn’t involve an investment of time or funds in social media, Google AdWords, email marketing, SEO or any of the usual suspects.

Nor will you have to employ a swathe of graduates from Oxford, Cambridge or Harvard to carry this one out on your behalf.

And it’s one that will give your organisation a distinct and profitable advantage over the majority of SMEs,

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Why Your Fear Of Seeking Funding Might Be Your Biggest Impediment To Growth

Are you so wary of debt that you won’t look for external funding to grow your company? Do you still consider the banks to be the only real source of funding?

A ‘yes’ answer to one or both of those questions is a sign that you could be hampering your company’s future growth prospects. (If you’d like to find out more about your strategic funding options, download a free report now by clicking here.)

If you are hindering your company’s growth,

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Don’t Bankrupt Your Company Like So Many Olympic Host Cities Do

The Olympic Games allows top athletes the chance to compete against the best in the world and gives TV audiences the opportunity to watch non-stop sports for three weeks, but it’s usually an economic disaster for the city that hosts the event.

The fact that host cities are left with a few over-sized stadiums (so-called ‘legacy projects’) and mountainous debts once the 17-day sporting extravaganza is over shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Only the insanely optimistic continue to ignore decades of research that show hosting the Olympic Games rarely improves a city’s economy.

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Crowdfunding Is No Joke

People might have laughed when twin brothers Alan and Gerry Keery first said they needed to raise £60,000 to open a cafe that would only offer breakfast cereals but thanks to the widespread publicity they garnered from their appeal on the crowdfunding site, Indiegogo, they were able to raise the funds they needed.

Although the funds didn’t come from the Indiegogo platform, the news of the Keery’s plan did attract the interest of outside investors who found it hugely palatable. 

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