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The Bulletin’s Guide to Sponsorship

This week, Cheryl Dyer-Ballard looks at sponsorship, what exactly it involves, who it benefits and how, and some of its advantages.  She looks at how you can sponsor a team or a cause, and the processes involved in making a difference to the community through sponsorship.   She also looks at some of history’s biggest sponsorship deals, and some of the ones that didn’t go so well. So, you want to get your brand noticed and do some good in the wider community? Read on… What is Sponsorship? Small businesses rely on revenue, and whilst many businesses rely on product sales and service charges as their main income source, other...

The Bulletin’s Guide to Bribery and Corruption

This week, Cheryl Dyer-Ballard examines the issue of bribery and corruption in the workplace.  What constitutes corruption or a corrupt act, or can a seemingly innocent act be twisted into something more sinister? When does a gift become a bribe, or  a simple lunch become a very awkward encounter with HR and possible dismissal? Cheryl investigates… Introduction An anti-bribery policy could be the best way to help you protect your business if there is a risk of your staff being offered, promised, given, requested, agreed, to receive or accept bribes. Under the Bribery Act 2010, this form of practice would be considered illegal. If you have someone who works for you...

Ransomware: what you need to know

Andy Cormack this week looks at a topical threat – Ransomware.   The world recently witnessed its biggest reported cyberattack, with a mammoth number of machines, systems and organisations affected across the globe. Andy takes a look at what it is, how it works, and how you can thwart this particularly insidious form of blackmail. Introduction After the events that have transpired recently, it seems like there’s no better time to talk about ransomware. If you’ve kept up with the news you’ve probably heard the term, along with the name WannaCry; If you haven’t, then here’s a quick primer on both. Ransomware is basically defined as malicious software that prevents access to...

The Bulletin’s guide to Brexit for small businesses

This week, Cheryl Dyer-Ballard and Steven Parham look at the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union: Brexit.   Here, they examine the history of the Eurozone and some of the events leading up to the referendum in 2016.  They look at what happened to create the conditions for the decision to be made, what it means for Britain now, and in the future, the pound in your pocket,and how it will affect businesses both small and large. What does Brexit mean? Before we start this article we need to look at exactly what Brexit means. When we speak about Brexit, we are talking about the decision made by the United Kingdom...

The Bulletin’s guide to expanding your business

This week, Cheryl Dyer-Ballard looks at expanding your business.  What is involved, what are the processes and mechanisms involved, and the pros and cons of going the extra mile to grow your business.   From business loans to mergers, Cheryl examines the ways in which you can increase your business and your turnover, looking at how you can mitigate some of the risks involved and make the most of your connections. Introduction Having written an article on winding up your business a few months back, I now feel that it is important that I look at the opposite side of business. So the big question is, how can you effectively expand...

The Bulletin’s Guide to Anxiety

This week, Cheryl Dyer-Ballard looks at anxiety, and how it can affect you and your workforce. She looks at its impact, the problems that it can cause, and the various types of anxiety that can be faced by any one of us throughout the course of our lifetime.   Cheryl also looks at how we can control our underlying worries and fears, mastering and mitigating the effects of anxiety, so that you are in control of it, not the other way around. Introduction In one of my recent articles, I looked at motivation and how it can be a major contributory factor in achieving success. I feel that it is important to...

The Bulletin’s guide to Agile Working

This week, Cheryl Dyer-Ballard looks at a modern day business phenomenon – that of a scheme called Agile Working.  It allows companies and its staff to be more flexible in the way that they work, and is said to improve productivity, reduce work stress and encourage a healthier work/life balance. Cheryl looks at what it is, the pros and cons, how it is on the rise and how to make the most of it. What is Agile Working – how does it work? Agile Working is a method of working utilised by companies which allow their employees to work where, when and how they choose, aiming to maximise performances and allow...

The Bulletin’s guide to Mental Health in the workplace

This week, Cheryl Dyer-Ballard looks at a tricky and sensitive subject that we all will face at some point in our lives, either firsthand ourselves, or through a friend, relative or colleague’s own experience – the subject of mental illness. Statistically, about 25% of people will suffer from some form of mental illness in their lives.  In the workplace, Cheryl looks at how this affects not just those that are ill, but also fellow employees and employers.  She looks at what can be done to help all concerned. Introduction Every organisation no matter how big or small has a responsibility on how to deal with, and treat staff who have or who are...

The Bulletin’s guide to the Top Ten Social Media platforms

This week, Cheryl Dyer-Ballard looks at top ten social media platforms in use.  Some, like Facebook and Twitter will be no surprise at all to our regular readers. Even so, Cheryl has uncovered a few surprises along the way, and has a look at the real contenders on the world stage that are worthy of note. Introduction During the last 10 years social media has become the norm. It is the way that people communicate with one another, whether it be family or business, it is how people interact with others. Social media is used for work purposes, to take mental breaks from tedious jobs or lifestyles even to seek new...

The Bulletin’s guide to Phishing

Andy Cormack this week looks at ‘Phishing’.  This criminal practice is a particularly nasty form of hacking, and costs people and businesses millions of pounds per year. Here, Andy shows you what to look out for, how to tackle a phishing attack, and steps that you can take to  prevent being caught out by phishers in the first place. What is Phishing? Phishing, at its most basic definition, is a form of social engineering designed to obtain sensitive or private details from someone through the use of email or other such electronic messaging services. It’s a blanket term covering a wide range of attacks, but the core of it stems purely from social...