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    Emerging markets: balancing risk & opportunity

    Date:  07  November  2017

    How to navigate the economic and socio-political constraints of emerging markets.

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    Trading with Africa: one size doesn’t fit all

    Date:  07  November  2017

    The importance of tailoring your business’ approach to trade when entering the markets of Africa.

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    Pakistan: The risks and rewards for UK businesses

    Date:  05  October  2017

    A developing market with a young and growing population, Pakistan represents an exciting business opportunity for UK companies. Yet the rewards can come with risks. Julian Hamilton Barns, Chairman of ...

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    Is China the right destination for your business?

    Date:  05  October  2017

    China is often viewed as a sure-fire market for business growth, but it isn’t necessarily the right destination for every company. Mark Hedley, Director at the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC), ...

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    The age of automation: how will your business benefit?

    Date:  04  September  2017

    Will robotic technology change the business landscape forever? Watch Alex Harvey, Ocado’s Head of Robotics and Autonomous Systems explain how joining the automation revolution can bring sustainable ...

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    Ten ways automation could change your business over the next five years

    Ten ways automation could change your business over the next five years

    Date:  04  September  2017

    It’s the next frontier for organisations everywhere, but automation may impact your business sooner than you think.

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    Improving your digital strategy – what you need to know

    Date:  10  July  2017

    Sharon O'Dea, digital strategy consultant, outlines seven effective methods businesses can use to improve their digital strategy.

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    How to help protect your business against impersonation fraud

    Date:  28  June  2017

    John Unsworth, CEO of the London Digital Security Centre and Martyn Rochelle, Senior Manager, Fraud Education and Control at Lloyds Banking Group, explain how business leaders can protect their ...

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    Video exclusive: how a passion for exporting has driven international success

    Date:  05  June  2017

    Brompton Bicycle CEO, Will Butler-Adams OBE, explains why he thinks following your instincts and getting out there is the only approach that counts when expanding your business.

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    Fast Track to international trade success

    Date:  03  May  2017

    Hamish Stevenson, founder of Fast Track, reveals what success looks like for businesses trading internationally.

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    Grenson – challenges and opportunities of opening its first overseas store

    Date:  03  May  2017

    Pricing, people and picking the right location – read how Grenson is overcoming the challenges of opening its first store overseas.

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    How to stay agile in a shifting trade environment

    Date:  03  April  2017

    How can businesses differentiate and ready themselves for the global marketplace? We talk to Lesley Batchelor OBE, Director General of the Institute of Export & International Trade.

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    Shifting gears: 3 ways to improve your cash conversion cycle

    Date:  01  March  2017

    Martin Flint, Director of Working Capital at Lloyds Banking Group, looks at practical ways companies could make a difference to the way they manage working capital.

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    Communication – the key to supply chain success

    Date:  01  March  2017

    Could your supply chain be improved? Watch our motion graphic for some simple steps you can take to drive significant improvements.

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    The rise of asset based finance: is it right for your business?

    Date:  30  January  2017

    What’s driving the growth in asset based finance? ABFA CEO Jeff Longhurst discusses when invoice finance or asset based lending can be an efficient funding solution for your business.

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    Britain’s EU exit and the impact on tax

    Date:  27  January  2017

    The post-EU referendum tax landscape is likely to be complex. Tim Sarson (Partner, KPMG) discusses the challenges that lie ahead for UK businesses and what their next steps should be.

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  • Previous articles

    • The Special Relationship: what might a Donald Trump presidency mean for UK businesses?

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      Date:  23  November  2016

      In the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump’s US election victory, veteran broadcaster Declan Curry shares his opinion of the challenges and opportunities facing America’s new president and what it means for UK business.

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    • How regulation is reshaping the payments landscape

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      Date:  23  November  2016

      In 2018, there will be increased competition, innovation and transparency across the European payments market as the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) brings open banking one step closer. As businesses prepare for its implementation during 2017, we ask what this really means for UK businesses and their customers.

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    • Taking it to the competition: supply chain management as a strategic advantage

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      Date:  23  November  2016

      Increased customer demands and pressure on costs are issues facing every business. Cranfield University Emeritus Professor, Martin Christopher explains why a strategic approach to supply chain efficiency could make a difference to the business bottom line.

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    • PROPERCORN – the popcorn brand that’s redefining growth metrics

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      Date:  04  November  2016

      From a standing start in 2011, PROPERCORN has become the snack choice of hipsters and the health conscious. Co-founder, Cassandra Stavrou explains why businesses need to embrace engagement and even encourage competition to grow.

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    • Could adopting flexible working drive business growth?

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      Date:  04  November  2016

      Record employment levels juxtaposed with falling productivity could compromise sustainable business growth. We talk to Dr Cathy Garner, Director of The Work Foundation, about whether flexibility can unlock growth in UK companies.

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    • Gameplan exclusive – where next for UK international trade? We examine the options with Lord Digby Jones

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      Date:  07  October  2016

      In a Gameplan exclusive, veteran business journalist Declan Curry puts former Trade Minister Lord Digby Jones on the spot to explore what the EU referendum outcome means for British businesses – and what they should be doing to secure a sustainable future.

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    • Reshoring — how to assess location decisions for your business

      Lee Hopley

      Date:  07  October  2016

      One in six UK manufacturers have reshored activities in recent years with service companies also deciding to relocate support aspects closer to their customer base. We spoke to Lee Hopley, Chief Economist at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, to find out whether this trend – especially in the current climate – is likely to continue.

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    • Translating foreign investment into UK growth

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      Date:  07  October  2016

      The UK attracted over 1,000 foreign direct investment (FDI) projects last year¹. But what makes Britain and its businesses so attractive to foreign investors? Steve Bagshaw shares his insights and explains what it feels like to be a CEO on the receiving end of foreign investment.

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    • Risks and opportunities for UK businesses post-referendum

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      Date:  25  August  2016

      As we move on from the EU referendum outcome, we consider how businesses are managing the risks and opportunities around the leave vote and how they can continue to thrive in a post-EU UK.

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    • Let due diligence take the risk out of deal doing

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      Date:  18  August  2016

      Due diligence (DD) has always been a watchword for business acquisitions, but high profile cases where it has spectacularly failed have pushed the term into general parlance. We take a timely look at why rigorous DD is crucial and provide a checklist for businesses.

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    • The risk of inaction – can you afford to ignore digital technology?

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      Date:  18  August  2016

      With the UK facing increasing global competition and suffering a stagnation in productivity, James Selka argues that business’ failure to invest in new technology is a risk too far.

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    • Productivity-Challenges and opportunities facing the UK

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      Date:  27  July  2016

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    • Priceless possibilities: Making the most of any sponsorship opportunity

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      Date:  21  June  2016

      MasterCard is an official sponsor of arts, entertainment and cultural events, or ‘properties’, around the world – The UEFA Champions League, the PGA Tour, The BRIT Awards, The GRAMMY Awards and the 2015 Rugby World Cup are just a few of the high profile sponsorships that have elevated MasterCard’s brand awareness and engagement worldwide.

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    • The road to Rio

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      Date:  21  June  2016

      As the 2016 Olympics near, Rio is about to be the focal point of the world’s attention. But elite athletes aren’t the only source of inspiration: for many, it’s sparked fresh interest in a market with huge potential for UK businesses.

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    • Managing cash and people through rapid growth – the key to Pure Gym’s success

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      Date:  21  June  2016

      Pure Gym founder Peter Roberts, reveals the challenges in reaching the top of his industry’s tree and crucially, how he intends to stay there.

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    • Compete, invest, repeat – the secrets of success for Jaguar Land Rover

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      Date:  24  May  2016

      Jaguar Land Rover has gone from strength to strength since being bought by Tata in 2008. It’s now the UK’s largest car manufacturer, doubling its sales and tripling its turnover since 2010. Executive Director, Mike Wright, explains how a commitment to innovative, long-sighted R&D and a balanced global growth strategy has driven that success.

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    • International trade: bridging the gap

      International trade: bridging the gap

      Date:  24  May  2016

      Where are the trade opportunities for UK businesses? With the UK’s balance of trade deficit remaining high, we look at what’s holding businesses back, the global trade hotspots and the commodities in-demand.

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    • Trimming the fat – how oil and gas are managing lean times

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      Date:  24  May  2016

      Despite oil prices sitting at a sustained low, Peterson’s Murdo MacIver claims that it’s not all doom and gloom in one of the UK’s major industries.

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    • 2016 Budget and the UK’s economic outlook

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      Date:  18  May  2016

      As the UK adjusts to the changes announced by the Chancellor in his 2016 Budget announcement, Adam Chester, considers the impact on businesses and takes a look at the broader economic outlook facing the UK.

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    • Tech and talent: is your business connected?

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      Date:  20  April  2016

      From accessible technology to the shifting priorities of a 2020 workforce, there are game-changing forces in play as we move towards 2020, says LinkedIn's Josh Graff - and businesses have to be prepared to embrace the change.

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    • British Bulldog triumphs in global markets

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      Date:  20  April  2016

      Collaboration with the right partners is critical to exporting success according to Simon Duffy, co-founder of Bulldog Skincare.

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    • Schuh puts its best foot forward at home and overseas

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      Date:  20  April  2016

      Footwear retailer Schuh has been a stalwart of UK high streets for the past three decades. Managing Director, Colin Temple, talks to Gameplan about growth, technology and overseas expansion.

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    • Partnerships, people and place – the NHS 2020 vision

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      Date:  20  April  2016

      Seismic shifts that will place increasing emphasis on local delivery, partnership and health as a driver of economic growth will be key characteristics of public services in the years to 2020, says Rob Webster, CEO of the NHS Confederation.

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    • John Cridland on the skills challenge facing UK businesses

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      Date:  20  April  2016

      Unlocking the full potential of the UK workforce is about investing in skills and creating a talent pipeline, argues John Cridland, former Director-General of the CBI.

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    • Why UK businesses need to plan strategically for overseas growth

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      Date:  17  March  2016

      The ease of cross-border trade will open up new opportunities for UK businesses trading in physical and digital markets. In addition, supply chain operations may be enhanced by Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) says Michael Boyd, Managing Director of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).

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    • Pinky Lilani calls for a fresh look at diversity

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      Date:  09  March  2016

      Diversity definitely isn’t a box-ticking exercise, says Pinky Lilani – it’s a chance to change your business culture and your bottom line for the better through empowered workforces motivated to excel.

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    • Harriet Lamb on why sustainability makes business sense

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      Date:  04  March  2016

      Sustainability isn’t just about being fair or being green, says Harriet Lamb, who led Fairtrade for 16 years. It’s about businesses securing their supply chain and making goods and services with a long-term view.

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    • Magnus Lindkvist on the trends that matter

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      Date:  01  February  2016

      Trendspotter and futurologist Magnus Lindkvist argues that competition is the theft of big ideas – and offers his solution to unlock true creativity.

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    • Anne Godfrey on the changing face and pace of marketing

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      Date:  01  February  2016

      In one of her last interviews as Chief Executive of CIM (The Chartered Institute of Marketing), Anne Godfrey considers how technology and the availability of data will impact on the future of marketing, and the imperative for businesses to use this responsibly.

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