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The rise of online publishing

Digital communications have witnessed a relatively new phenomenon over the last year - the advent of e-readers such as the Kindle and the iPad. Allan Biggar looks at how business has led the game in online publishing

The role of the public information campaign

Andrew Wigley explains how public information campaigns are used to raise large scale awareness and change mindsets

A guide to being social while staying professional on Facebook

Social media is proving to be very influential for small businesses but just because the conversation is happening in cyberspace, it doesn’t mean we don’t need to worry about old-fashioned etiquette and rules of engagement.

Social media for CEOs

The explosion in the use of social media over the past five years has changed the way that people interact. Allan Biggar discusses why CEOs need to switch on to using it

 

The top 10 ways to market your SME on Twitter

Geo-target

You want to connect with people who are in your area, especially if you are a brick and mortar operation. Targeting your tweets to a specific location ensures that you are only interacting with viable leads.

Five golden rules communicating in a crisis

Some of the UK’s biggest businesses have faced crises this year. Allan Biggar shares his five golden rules on what to do when disaster strikes

Asking the right questions

You don’t ask people how much they earn, women how much they weigh or short men how tall they are. All of this is perfectly understandable, as the questions will probably cause embarrassment.

Communicating in a downturn

Managing change and communicating it in times of uncertainty is as important as the transformation itself - even if the news is sometimes unpalatable, argues Bridget Biggar

The five principles of a good brief

Getting the best out of a marketing programme begins with being clear about what you want to achieve. Mark Rollinson explains why the success or failure of a marketing project begins with the brief

Why do Boards fail?

Reflecting on some spectacular corporate governance failures, Bridget Biggar argues that it is time to put boards under the same performance criteria as other management teams

It's not just your carbon footprint, now it's your water footprint

In the wake of growing consumer interest in carbon footprints, a new awareness of our water consumption has led to the notion of a ‘water footprint’. Andrew Wigley explores some of the reputational challenges for business

Understanding social media: a guide for senior management

Allan Biggar explores how social media is replacing traditional media sources, and shares some tips on why it matters to a CEO or a senior management team

Video: Building a strong personal brand

Alexia Leachman of Blossoming Brands explains how having a strong personal brand will make people buy into you as an individual, which is important if you want to get new business, seek investment, or get people to work for you.

The ins and outs of brand revival

Dated brands can be successfully resuscitated for a contemporary marketplace. Amy Frengley looks at the critical success factors for reviving a brand, and shares some examples of where it worked and where it hasn’t worked
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The plane maker operates the biggest factory in the world- just don't mention the parking to its 40,000 staff Lucy Tobin reports from Seattle
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Facebook intends giving users the ability to transfer cash
The social network wants to tap into a new generation of smart spenders by entering the financial services arena
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Chief executive Philip Clarke has introduced a new testing process so that customers can be sure that what is on the label is in the packet
The knives are out for Philip Clarke. But only a fool would write him off, yet... Alex Lawson reports
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Chancellor George Osborne will reject tax cuts for middle classes in his Budget
Osborne’s handling of the economy has resulted in an ignominious defeat for the Chancellor, says David Blanchflower
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Dividend time: The Co-op goes the extra mile with puddings for drivers. Now it has lost its way
The community-minded movement ticks a lot of boxes but its virtues have been squandered
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York’s Shambles, where independent shops thrive
A movement for independent local loyalty cards plans to go nationwide, James Legge reports
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The London Book Fair took place this week in Earls Court, a showcase for the UK’s £3bn-a-year books business
By adopting the methods of their online rivals, traditional publishers can ensure a bright future. Gideon Spanier on the industry's resilience
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Dan Loeb has a fearless and brash style
The 270-year old auction house has come out fighting against the hedge fund king's attack on its board. Laura Chesters reports
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The Port of Felixstowe, in Suffolk, is the UK’s busiest container port
The IMF is sounding a warning shot over Britain's economy recover. Ben Chu examines how concerned we should be about prospects for growth
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Bellyaching about foreign investors, empty properties and taxes won't stop a bubble. We must get building, says Chris Blackhurst
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By 2016 Britain's biggest coal-fired generation station aims to produce half its electricity from biomass. Margareta Pagano meets the woman driving the transformation to a green future
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Economic, financial and structural reform is badly needed- but no such reform is politically palatable, Satyajit Das
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Caroline Murphy wanted to turn Murphy Group into a workers’ co-operative
The acceptable face of capitalism? Meet Caroline Murphy, the heiress who walked away from a fortune
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Does the Chancellor want lots of eighty-year-olds in employment? And if so why? asks David Blanchflower
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Office for Budget Responsibility head Robert Chote
The OBR's chair talks to Ben Chu about the Treasury's bad old days and whether he could work with Ed Balls
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Cupid has to be agile to keep up with rivals
The online dating agencies are fighting it out for business as more and more Britons turn to a new way of looking for love. Alex Lawson reports on how money can be made out of romance
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London's Balderton Capital, the capital behind Betfair and Wonga, is pulling the centre of gravity across the Atlantic, says Oscar Williams-Grut
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Leo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in The Wolf of Wall Street
Twenty-five years ago, Michael Lewis exposed a Wall Street run by gambling addicts. These days he reckons it’s rigged, says Chris Blackhurst
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The shadow banking system exemplifies a popular Chinese saying – “policies come from above; countermeasures from below”, says Satyajit Das
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Andrew Tyrie says too much regulation has been ‘mindless box ticking’ designed to protect the regulators’ backs
Andrew Tyrie tells James Moore he believes financial reward should be earned, and senior figures held accountable
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Michael Williams: Do as I do, not as I pray

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A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife
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Jenny Collier: 'Sexism on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

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10 best baking books

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Jury still out on Pellegrini

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Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

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Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

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Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

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Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

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