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How a proposition is the most valuable business investment you can make
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When people set up businesses, they do so with some goal in mind and those goals can vary greatly. For some, it may be simply to provide an additional source of income, for others it’s to monetise a particular passion or field of expertise, for others it’s a route to global domination. And there are…

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The softer way to a hard bottom line
The softer measures that can have a real impact on your bottom line
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It’s easy for business leaders to become so obsessed with improving bottom lines that they become single-minded on ways and means of achieving short-term fixes. Usually, this comes in the form of finding immediate ways to save money, how new markets can be quickly penetrated, and which existing business relationships can be maximised further. These…

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Open banking
Open Banking: What’s the picture now we’re 20 months in?
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As part of a drive to standardise and promote the advancement of innovative online and mobile payments, in October 2015, the European Parliament unveiled PSD2, a large-scale update of the Payment Services Directive. At the heart of PSD2 was the concept of Open Banking. In the UK, Open Banking was introduced in January of 2018…

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tech unicorns
Did we mention these five unicorns?
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Our top 5 tech companies making waves in 2019 As we progress deeper into the digital age, it is those companies innovating with emergent technologies that are sending some of the biggest shockwaves through the business world. Indeed, amongst recent additions to the ‘unicorn’ list of companies, privately held start-up enterprises valued at over £1BN,…

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Kate O’Brien appointed trustee of Mobee Gambia
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Mobee Gambia, which develops understanding of mental health and wellbeing across Gambia, has appointed Manchester-based Konductor founder Kate O’Brien as new trustee and director. Kate, founder and director of Manchester business communications specialist agency Konductor, will work as part of Mobee’s board of trustees and regional teams, bringing her communications expertise to advise on the…

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15 steps to basic Cyber Security for home and small business users
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This guide aims to walk you through the main rules and 15 key steps to achieving basic cyber security. It is intended for home users and small business owners and will help you to protect yourself, your family, your business, and your customers.   The rules of basic cyber security All your data has value…

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7 of the best Windows ransomware decryption tools
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In recent years, ransomware has emerged as the most pervasive and insidious cyber-weapon wielded by hackers, and more and more computer users are finding themselves under attack. Having infiltrated your system, the ransomware then encrypts all your data and only allows you access back to it for a ransom. The ransom is often only a…

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It’s a shore thing: North-Shoring, what it is and what it means for the Northern Powerhouse
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Ever since then Chancellor, George Osborne, coined the term ‘Northern Powerhouse’ the economic, industrial and corporate status of northern England has become something of a focal point. The need for a renewed emphasis on northern prosperity was in no small part fired by the growing disconnect between London and the south east generally. As the…

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Katharine & Kate
My Start Up…featuring us!
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We were delighted to be featured in Prolific North’s “My Start-up” feature. For a whistlestop tour of Konductor, our background, what makes us tick and our market difference, click here

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Ole’s at the wheel: Can the Solskjaer revolution at Manchester United teach us anything about leadership and mentoring?
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Even if you’re the type of person who would sooner sit in a bath of cold baked beans than watch just 60 seconds of a game of association football, there’s a good chance that since Christmas, you’ve not escaped hearing the distinctively Scandinavian name, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The reason, if you can bear a little…

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