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 After the Black Friday hype, the reckoning

After the Black Friday hype, the reckoning

The revenue was good and retailers seemed pleased with the increased income generated by Black Friday – but did it really represent an overall improvement in the bottom line?
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What is Spark?

What is Spark?

During research for some recent blogs, I asked my colleagues how Unified Communication tools helped them to work with each other across different continents and time zones.
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 Sales were good, but below expectation

Sales were good, but below expectation

Continued analysis shows that although sales were below retailers’ expectations in December, they were slightly above average for the time of year.
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The heat is on cold callers

The heat is on cold callers

Cold calling is not illegal, but its unprecedented rise over recent years means that many are now asking for current legislation to be reviewed and tightened up to protect all of us against the worst excesses of something that is fast becoming more than just a nuisance.
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Minister of Justice proposes 1% levy on turnover of top 100 UK law firms

Minister of Justice proposes 1% levy on turnover of top 100 UK law firms

Michael Gove was always opposed to the previous Minister of Justice, Chris Grayling’s criminal courts charge [where those who plead guilty in a magistrates court have to pay £150, but if they fight the case and are eventually convicted in a crown court, they have to hand over £1,200].
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Is impartial pension advice really worthwhile?

Is impartial pension advice really worthwhile?

The last budget revealed that from April 2015 retirees from the age of 55 will have full control of their pension pot and can even withdraw the whole amount as a cash lump sum, if they so desire.
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Compliance professionals get new Academy

Compliance professionals get new Academy

In the wake of the Libor rigging scandal and mis-selling of PPIs, I was interested to see Barclays Chief Executive Antony Jenkins launching a Compliance Career Academy as his latest initiative focused on cleaning up the bank’s reputation.
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Cancer Drugs Fund cuts 16 drugs from its list

Cancer Drugs Fund cuts 16 drugs from its list

It’s a hugely difficult issue, making decisions about how to allocate the NHS’s finite budget for cancer drugs. When, for example, can you justify the £90,000 spend to extend someone’s life by an estimated six months?
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Is overpricing of drugs a counterproductive trend?

Is overpricing of drugs a counterproductive trend?

Analysts around the world are keen to look at forthcoming trends in Pharma, speculating on where it will take the industry over the next year for investors and users alike.
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Telemonitoring – with potential to improve health and NHS costs

Telemonitoring – with potential to improve health and NHS costs

The NHS continually rides high on the political agenda and it always seems to come back to the question of costs – spiralling costs, managing costs, reducing costs – and technology, says Liz Kendall MP, is one way to make big improvements on this.
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