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Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Featured, Trends | 0 comments

There is No Crisis in American Industry

There is No Crisis in American Industry

The crisis of American industry has become a truism across the whole political spectrum. Pundits and politicians offer various solutions to this crisis, all of them tacitly making the same assumptions about what it is. In fact, however, the entire notion of a crisis in US industry has little to do with reality, and everything to do with our preconceptions. Manufacturing in the US is at an all-time high. According to the Federal Reserve data, we have now recovered to pre-recession levels of industrial production, which were the highest in our nation’s history. Why, then, is there bipartisan anxiety about our nation’s industrial decline? Part of the answer has to do with the way we think about industry. The iconic version of manufacturing in the US is probably the 1950s—a postwar boom characterized by conspicuous heavy manufacturing. We built dams and skyscrapers and highways, out of a continent’s worth of gravel and iron ore and asphalt. It wasn’t just industry; it was the stuff people imagine when you say...

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Posted by on Jul 4, 2017 in Featured, Trends | 0 comments

How Small Businesses Could Save London Office Space

How Small Businesses Could Save London Office Space

The future of London office space is hanging in the balance. In 2014 and 2015, many large-scale projects began construction, and they are due to be completed soon. The Scalpel, the “Can of Ham”, and 22 Bishopsgate are all due to open in the next year or so, with much of their space being designated for commercial and business use. But since the Brexit referendum, many companies that would have likely been housed in these new buildings are talking of moving to Frankfurt, Dublin, and other cities that will remain in the EU. These moves will not only leave London’s brand new office blocks with fewer companies to fill them, but they could also empty out the office buildings that are currently occupied. It’s not just Brexit that’s emptying out the capital’s desks; changes in the insurance sector have led many businesses to consolidate their workforces into smaller teams, and mergers and acquisitions have moved many companies under the same roof. All of these things are leading to empty...

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Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Featured, Trends | 0 comments

Sell Your Brand to Millennials with Responsible Business Practices

Sell Your Brand to Millennials with Responsible Business Practices

Millennials are now the largest generation in history and represent $2.45 trillion in spending power, which is driving global trends in a wide range of businesses and industries. These spending habits have demanded businesses operate more responsibly, more sustainably and more respectfully of the natural environment, a new movement for sustainable consumption has well and truly taken hold in the UK. Why are such initiatives important for your brand? According to a 2014 survey, 55% of global online consumers are willing to pay more for products and services provided by companies that are committed to making a positive social and environmental impact. In the digital age, a brand’s social, ethical, and environmental profile is easy to find and track. With this information at our fingertips, consumers—and millennial consumers in particular—are empowered to make more informed decisions about the brands they use and support. Here are a number of practices fledgling businesses can adopt in order to create and communicate a sustainable brand. Use tools that allow you to showcase...

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Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Featured, Trends | 0 comments

How New Technologies Make Business Analytics Possible for SMBs

How New Technologies Make Business Analytics Possible for SMBs

One way or another, business analytics has been an inseparable part of business since its earliest days. It is not that difficult to imagine a caveman realizing that his sabretooth tiger pelt is worth more during winter months and that he might get more in return by waiting for the first snow before he trades it for a new axe or something like that. As millennia went by, business analytics grew in complexity through introduction of statistics and a number of other scientific fields that turned it into something only the professionals can truly master. In the 20th century, the field became even more vast and complex thanks to the introduction of computers and especially the internet which increased the amount of data to be analyzed to an unimaginable extent. The Prerogative of the Big Players Because of a then unique situation where the amount of data to be given the business analytics treatment was immense and the tools were too complex for anyone who was not a professional...

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Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Featured, Trends | 0 comments

Why Being Environmentally Conscious is Good for your Business

Why Being Environmentally Conscious is Good for your Business

More and more businesses are changing the way they operate in favour of green solutions and environmentally-sound thinking. While not exactly a trend, a 2012 poll of event planning agencies expressed interest in addressing environmental concerns. This shift is clearly striking a chord with consumers as 55% of worldwide online consumers have said they would pay more for eco-friendly products and services. However, of those polled, in Europe only 40% were willing to spend more, which seems a disappointingly low figure. So, what are companies already doing to be more environmentally conscious and how could this be good for your business? Start small In-office sustainable business plans are easy to implement, and inexpensive in the long run. Green web hosts run their servers on renewable energy, their servers use more energy than standard but only use sustainable sources for power. Making sweeping in house changes can have a impactful effect on your company’s eco-friendliness. On an even smaller scale, turning your office paperless by keeping any printing to a...

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Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Trends | 0 comments

California’s New Online Libel Law Changed to Accommodate Digital Media

California’s New Online Libel Law Changed to Accommodate Digital Media

California updated its defamation statute. Legislators designed the bill to equalize online and print media outlets. Henceforth, under California’s defamation law, certain digital publications will be treated like daily and weekly newspapers, in terms of libel law. However, parameters exist. Not every website will enjoy cover under the state’s new statute. Keep reading to learn who is covered and who is not. In California, Retractions = Lower Defamation Damages Why did California officials revise the state’s libel law? They wanted to change the way retractions and corrections work, in regards to defamation law. Back in 1931, California’s lawmakers wanted to limit potential damages in certain types of defamation cases. Specifically, newspapers or broadcasters that issued a correction when prompted by the plaintiff would pay lower damages than if they hadn’t. Oddly, as the law was written, however, the law only applied to newspapers, television and radio broadcasts – but not magazines. In 2014, defendants in an online defamation case evoked the 1931 statute, arguing that ordered damages were too...

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