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How To Avoid Common Finance Mistakes Made By SMEs
Finance - not perceived to be the sexiest subject is it?! But finance is the language of business and a basic understanding of how to avoid the most common financial mistakes made by SMEs will help…
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photo - John Patrick Robichaud
photo - John Patrick Robichaud
Finance - not perceived to be the sexiest subject is it?! But finance is the language of business and a basic understanding of how to avoid the most common financial mistakes made by SMEs will…
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Queen's Speech Indicates A Greater Focus On Improving Productivity


Ben Willmott, Head of Public Policy at the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, welcomes the Government's commitment to achieve full employment but urges both Government and…

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Wed 27th May, 2015 | 9:00pm

Steve Phillip
The 7 Best Ways To Position Yourself As An Expert On LinkedIn
By Steve Phillip
Social Media Expert
Hello, my name is expert, photo by Graham Lavender
Hello, my name is expert, photo by Graham Lavender
Are you an expert? Not certain? Well, one dictionary definition suggests that an expert is a person who is very knowledgeable about or skilful in a particulararea, maybe now you see yourself as…

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Tue 26th May, 2015 | 9:08am

Kate Banerjee, Head of Children's Dept at Jones Myers LLP
Your first job?

I was an assistant in a bakery selling bread and cakes in the old market hall in Harrogate. My father used to joke with me that I was the breadwinner! And yes, I was paid crumbs ...
How did you get into the career you're in?

My father was a property lawyer and I knew that I wanted to follow in his footsteps, but I did not want to specialise in the same area. Helping out families has been a rewarding choice on many levels.
more...Wed 20th May, 2015 | 9:00am

10k Of Prizes Awarded To Two University Entrepreneurs

James and Marie with Kairen Skelley, Spark's Business Start-Up Manager (left) and Brian Baillie, Student Business and Incubation Manager
James and Marie with Kairen Skelley, Spark's Business Start-Up Manager (left) and Brian Baillie, Student Business and Incubation Manager
A textiles design graduate and a product design student have been named as winners of the 2015 Sir Peter Thompson Enterprise Award at the University of Leeds.

The annual event is organised by the…

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Wed 13th May, 2015 | 8:10am

CBI Comments On Appointment Of Business Secretary


The CBI commented on the appointment of Sajid Javid as Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

John Cridland, CBI Director-General, said:

"We congratulate Sajid on his appointment…

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Mon 11th May, 2015 | 8:00pm

Too Many LinkedIn emails?

Future Legend photo by Steve Baker
Future Legend photo by Steve Baker
..... Here's how to manage the noise

'For goodness sake, someone help me stop all this LinkedIn noise!'

If you check your Outlook or Gmail inbox just now, how many LinkedIn emails are there,…

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Mon 11th May, 2015 | 3:45pm

Village Fete Marks Launch Of Grassroots Giving 2015

Mayor and Mayoress of Skipton
Mayor and Mayoress of Skipton
As part of responsible business week running 20-26th April, Skipton Building Society celebrated the 2015 launch of its award-winning community scheme Grassroots Giving by holding a "village fete"…

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Sat 9th May, 2015 | 10:00pm

Adam Walsh, Business Director, The Right Fuelcard Company
Your first job?

Agricultural Hydro-propulsion Engineer - a self-appointed title which meant watering plants at the local garden centre.
How did you get into the career you're in?

By chance. I left university and applied for a number of entry level marketing jobs. Bayford & Co Ltd were one of three companies that offered me a role, the oil industry sounded exciting - and the rest is history.
more...Fri 8th May, 2015 | 9:00pm

Review For Self-Employed Must Clarify Contractor Status Urges Specialist

photo - LaserGuided
photo - LaserGuided
As the Conservative party announces a review of support for the self-employed, a specialist has urged clarification on contractor status be given top priority.

Leeds-based Nova Contracting…

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Fri 1st May, 2015 | 3:46pm

CBI Responds To Latest Quarterly GDP Results


The CBI has responded to the latest quarterly GDP figures, for Quarter 1 2015.

John Cridland, CBI Director General, said:

"Growth slowed but checking the temperature with our members and surveys…

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Wed 29th Apr, 2015 | 6:34pm

Sara Ludlam, Partner At Law Firm 3volution
What was your first job?

Washing up at the Box Tree restaurant in Ilkley when I was 15.
How did you get into the career you're in?

I was seduced by the 'glamour' of a very exciting work experience placement. A family friend had an insolvency practice and I shadowed the team working with an airline that had gone bust at Leeds & Bradford Airport. A buyer was being sought and there was lots of publicity surrounding the story, TV cameras everywhere and sophisticated train journeys travelling first class - well it was 1990!
more...Tue 26th May, 2015 | 11:29am
Mark Pullar, Managing Director - All My Systems
How long have you lived in this fine county?

All my life, firstly in East Yorkshire, before moving to West Yorkshire 15 years ago.
In your opinion, what is the best thing about doing business in Yorkshire?

The nearby location of so many vibrant towns and cities. We have so much on our doorstep in Huddersfield alone - one of the UK's most thriving universities, not to mention incredibly quick and easy links to cities like Leeds, Sheffield and even Manchester.
more...Wed 20th May, 2015 | 12:42pm
Nazia Nazir
Who's In Control, You Or Your Inbox?
By Nazia Nazir
Features Writer

I often hear people mentioning the number of e-mails they have got to get through and how they need to spend time going through their e-mails. That's rather like painting the Forth Bridge; no…

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Wed 13th May, 2015 | 8:43am

Stephen Hart
LinkedIn Profile Pictures - Colour or Black and White?
By Stephen Hart
Development Specialist

I was working with a recruiter last month who was interested in having a new photograph for their LinkedIn profile. I was happy to oblige, it's something I've done for other clients, so I took…

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Wed 13th May, 2015 | 8:00am

Tory 'Fire Sale' Of Lloyds & RBS Shares Not In Best Interests Of Banks Or Taxpayers, Warns Unite


Chancellor George Osborne's planned sell-off of the taxpayer's stake in Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland is a 'fire sale' at the expense of the industry's long term health warns…

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Mon 11th May, 2015 | 7:09pm

Employment Outlook Remains Strong But Pay Rates Continue To Disappoint

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photo - 8mm & Other Stuff
Employment prospects continue to improve but with wage growth remaining subdued the new Government should focus more attention on what it can do to help and encourage employers to invest in skills…

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Mon 11th May, 2015 | 2:53pm

Company Challenge Raises Thousands For Sue Ryder


Intermarketing Agency's challenging split triathlon event has raised £5569 for Sue Ryder Yorkshire hospices Manorlands and Wheatfields. On 28th March 21 employees from the agency cycled,…

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Sat 9th May, 2015 | 11:35am

Average British Worker Spending 11 Weeks A Year Commuting

photo - Ant Jackson
photo - Ant Jackson
The average British worker is spending over eleven weeks a year commuting to and from their work place.

The findings from space management software company, Cloudbooking utilises the latest…

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Tue 5th May, 2015 | 8:00am

Life Looks Rosy For Student's New Business

Rebecca Rose - Becca Buttons
Rebecca Rose - Becca Buttons
Student Rebecca Rose is just 20, but she has long known that her career goal was to be her own boss. Now her University of Huddersfield design course has provided an ideal opportunity to sample…

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Thu 30th Apr, 2015 | 8:00am

Using LinkedIn To Build Trust Is Key To Your Sales Process - 7 Steps

telefono photo by Alfonso Legido
telefono photo by Alfonso Legido
Last week, I was embroiled in a rather lively debate on LinkedIn, regarding the validity of LinkedIn as a sales tool, with some suggesting that the professional social media site will not help…

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Mon 27th Apr, 2015 | 11:05am