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Johnson’s no-deal threat ‘further cause for concern’ for UK auto industry, says GlobalData

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Ahead of the trade negotiations between the UK and EU next month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed to walk away from the table if political and legal sovereignty conditions are not met.A statement from Downing Street said: “The UK’s primary objective in the negotiations is to ensure we restore our economic and political independence on 1 January 2021.“Our overriding objective in the negotiations is by 1 January to have taken back control and we won’t agree to anything that does... Read the full story

A Better You Without Insane Diets!

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The last of its kind Rameder supplies towbar for the Lada Niva 4x4 evergreen

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One by one, it has seen so many of its rivals go into (well-deserved) retirement. The original Mercedes G-Class and the Land Rover Defender are notable examples - two legends that are no longer in production. But there is one off-road vehicle – dating from before SUV was even a term – which is still far from retirement: The Lada Niva 4x4. The four-wheel-drive vehicle with its characteristic shape is still in production and is even getting an interior facelift this year. Rameder, Europe's... Read the full story

A.F. Blakemore Supplier Event Attracts Record Number of Attendees as Company Discusses Investment, Collaboration and Opportunity

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A.F. Blakemore welcomed more than 300 attendees to its annual Supplier Conference as the company celebrated a successful year of new business, acquisitions and growth before focusing on opportunities for suppliers across the group over the coming years.Group Commercial Managing Director Jerry Marwood detailed the successes that the group achieved over the previous 12 months, including record inbound store recruitment across its SPAR estate and the addition of SOHO Coffee Co. and Bistrot Pierr... Read the full story

Creative Retail Awards’ EuroShop 2020 Best Stand Award winner announced

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The Creative Retail Awards, the dynamic and exciting annual event designed to recognise and reward innovation and excellence in retail design, is proud to announce the winner of the Creative Retail Awards EuroShop Best Stand 2020.Over 2000 EuroShop exhibitors were automatically entered into the competition which took place in Düsseldorf, Germany from 16 - 20 February.  Representatives from the Awards organisers explored the halls of EuroShop to discover stands that excelled the set criteria... Read the full story

Applications now open for ABP’s Graduate Training Programme 2020

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Today, Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s leading and best-connected port operator, has opened applications for its popular Graduate Training Programme, which is looking to attract the brightest new talent to join the maritime and logistics sector.Starting in 2020, our two-year Graduate Training Programme is designed to give Graduates a 360-degree view of the company, providing them with the skills and experience needed to become a future leader.Jozef Ochwat, Port Management Graduate,... Read the full story

Two Lancashire filling stations sold by Christie & Co

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Specialist business property advisor, Christie & Co has completed on the sale of Walverden Service Station in Nelson, Lancashire and Woodland BP Service Station in Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire to an expanding corporate operator.Both sites occupy prime positions on busy main roads close to the centre of their respective communities, and trade under the BP banner, offering both fuel and convenience items. Both sites also benefit from an on-site hand car wash and a free-to-use ATM, whilst Wood... Read the full story

EV Charging Company Virta allocates all ski holiday week profits to Protect Our Winters

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The EV Charging Company Virta allocates ski holiday week profits to Protect Our WintersVirta Ltd has entered a collaboration with Protect our Winters in search for emission free transportation around the world. Protect our Winters (POW) and Virta partnership aims to increase the low-emission vehicle usage and decrease old habits in everyday commuting. During the next week – a ski holiday week in many countries - Virta will redirect all revenue made during the week from their EV char... Read the full story

What will the future of business travel look like?

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NO DRIVING SEAT, A MEETING SPACE, AND A SCREEN FOR DELIVERING PRESENTATIONS: CARS IN 2050 WILL BE A HUB FOR MEETINGS ON THE GO Auto Trader reveals its predictions for what cars will look like in 2050 By 2050, cars will be fully autonomous, electric, and kitted out for hosting meetings, skype calls, and getting work done on the commute The 2050 car is a driverless vehicle in the shape of a smooth pod with all the necessary tech for getting down to business Auto Trader’s Car of the Future des... Read the full story

Independent Retail Resilience

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How to Succeed Against the Odds In a world that appears to be dominated by a handful of large corporate brands, independent retailer, Pen Heaven offer their advice and guidance on how small businesses can be successful in 2020.With online retail feeling governed by massive corporations, there are still ways to stand out and flourish as an indie brand, especially in the growing consumer market.“Internet giants needn’t leave a bad taste in your mouth, and sure, whilst you may not have the... Read the full story

Signavio Signs 500 New Customers, Grows Revenues by over 60 Percent and Eclipses 1 Million Users

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Subhead: Industry Leaders Volkswagen, BNP Paribas and Deloitte among Hundreds Reaching New Levels of Business Process Speed and Real-time IntelligenceLondon, February 19, 2020 – Signavio, a leading provider of Business Transformation solutions and real-time process intelligence, introduced its platform to 500 new customers in 2019, capitalizing on high demand around the globe across multiple industries. The customer growth drove an annual revenue increase of over 60 per cent, compared to t... Read the full story

Facial Skincare Made Easy.

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Three Things You Should be Doing on a Daily Basis.Taking good care of your skin is vital for a healthy and glowing look. There are hundreds of products on the market to help you do this, and some starting at bargain prices to the more expensive. Regardless of which you choose we share with you three main tips for maintaining a healthy appearance that only takes a few minutes each day and should be part of your skin care regime.CleanseCleansing the skin is an important factor of maintaining a... Read the full story

Rising Chinese star to join 333 Racing Academy confirmed for Marrakesh rookie test

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NIO 333 FE Team would like to confirm a new addition to the team ahead of the 5th round of the 2019-2020 FIA ABB Formula E championship. Rising Chinese star Daniel CAO joins the team as the development driver after finishing in the top 3 in the 2019 F3 Asian Championship certified by FIA and will enjoy his first taste of all electric single-seater car at the Moroccan circuit.Born in Shanghai, the 18-year-old youngster started his karting career at the age of 6 and quickly made his name in the... Read the full story

More power for the updated Audi A4

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ABT performance upgrades for the top diesel and petrol engines The updated Audi A4 with mild hybrid system has been available at dealers since autumn 2019. It delivers sporty performance in spades, and not only the S and RS models. For long-distance drivers, the brand-new 50 TDI or the recent 45 TDI qualify as real dream cars. Their sporty petrol-powered pedant is the 45 TFSI. An ABT Power Performance Upgrade* unleashes even more power from all three. The upgrade, which is based on the high... Read the full story

Travel Sentiment For European Destinations On The Rise

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Travellers from overseas markets show a strong optimism about visiting European destinations between January-April 2020 Brussels, 20 February 2020: The European Travel Commission (ETC), the European Tourism Association (ETOA), Eurail B.V. and the European Commission, have today released the latest Long-Haul Travel Barometer (LHTB), which indicates that the sentiment for travel to Europe between January-April 2020 is positive in six key overseas markets - Brazil, China, India, Japan, Russia a... Read the full story

Dutch Company Siqura installs state-of-the-art camera technology in Czech motorway tunnels

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Gouda, February 20th – Siqura, the leading Dutch supplier of traffic surveillance, management and control systems, has delivered bespoke cameras and software for an integrated security solution in three major tunnels in the Czech Republic.Three essential tunnels for traffic in the Czech RepublicThe Valík tunnel is a 380-meter-long two-way tunnel on the D5 motorway. This highway forms a detour around the city of Pilsen and was opened in 2006.The Klimkovice tunnel is located on the D1 motorw... Read the full story

Managing Your Child’s Digital Interaction.

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The digital age is here to stay, but do our children spend too much time online?Whether it’s their mobile phone, playing on the latest games console or portable devices such as tablets and iPads, the majority of children have adapted to being a click or finger press away from the digital world.What should be considered by any parent is the amount of time that they spend on such devices and how to best limit them, here are a few tips that you can use to reduce the amount of time and combat a... Read the full story

Former Maryland Transportation Authority Director Joins Dynamic Infrastructure

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Kevin Reigrut, Former Maryland Transportation Authority Executive Director, Joins AI-based Predictive Maintenance Startup Dynamic Infrastructure The company is implementing the world's first deep-learning solution which creates visual “medical records” for critical assets and their defects, allowing operators and owners to claim control over future risks and unexpected maintenance eventsFormer Maryland Transportation Authority Director Kevin Reigrut has joined the board of advisors of New... Read the full story

Improving Your Home and Living Space.

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How to Make Your Home More Saleable. When it comes to selling your home, it is important to make those first impressions count. If you are currently living in your home and are considering putting it on the market it is not always possible to bring it up to the standards of a show home. In this article we look at a couple of key tips to make your home more saleable. And without compromising on your day to day living. Declutter Your Home.Ensuring that your home is free of clutter is a key fa... Read the full story

HSE to carry out inspections following safety alert

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HSE is reminding employers that they must protect their workers' health by controlling the risks from welding fume. The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) current programme of inspections will review health and safety standards across the country and businesses are encouraged to visit HSE’s revised guidance to remind themselves of the changes to control expectations. To protect your workers’ health, you must ensure you have adequate controls in place to avoid or reduce exposure to we... Read the full story

Fighting Road Fatalities in Asia-Pacific

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Fighting Road Fatalities and Injuries with Better Crash Data: New Road Safety Observatory for the Asia-Pacific Region   Stockholm, 18 February 2020—The establishment of the first regional Road Safety Observatory in the Asia-Pacific region was announced in Stockholm today on the eve of the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety. The conference gathers ministers and policymakers from across the world to set the future direction for road safety action. The Asia-Pacific Road Sa... Read the full story

C2A collaborates with Vector to enhance cybersecurity in vehicles

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C2A Security Adds an Additional Security Control to Vector's AUTOSAR Basic SoftwareThe collaboration shows the way for automotive manufacturers to apply advanced cybersecurity measures in AUTOSAR projects. Jerusalem, Israel, February 18, 7:00 am UTC- C2A Security, a global leader in automotive cybersecurity, announced today that it has successfully integrated its endpoint cybersecurity protection technology with Vector’s AUTOSAR Classic basic software. This integration – the first of it... Read the full story

Kesslers confirmed as Headline Sponsors of the Creative Retail Awards for a third time

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The Creative Retail Awards are delighted to confirm Kesslers International as Headline Sponsors for the third year in a row.Taking place on 4th June at Proud Embankment, London, the Creative Retail Awards are one of the most distinguished accolades within the design and display industry and recognise projects, products and people that have demonstrated the very highest level of innovation and excellence. Daniel Astarita, Sales and Marketing Director at Kesslers, commented: “We love applaud... Read the full story

How Norway fuelled the electric vehicle revolution

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Electric vehicles could be integral to the world improving its environmental performance. GlobalData’s power technology writer, JP Casey says: “Thanks to improvements in operational efficiency and reductions in the production of harmful pollutants compared to combustion engine-powered vehicles, hope has grown that replacing existing car models with newer, electric equivalents could lead to positive change in the world’s pollution levels.“Norway is one of the clearest success stories w... Read the full story

Games Narcissists Play During Divorce

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The Games Narcissists Play During DivorceGame 1   - Delay  Whilst reflecting on the nearly six years I have been attemting to not only divorce but also get free from the control of my ex -husband, I came across an article in Psychology Today regarding the problems with divorcing a narcissist.  Every problem seemed to be an accurate reflection of my problems. Later that day I was bemoaning this to a friend and an idea came to me.  One way of releasing myself from the guilt of all this... Read the full story

Quote by Walt Disney

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Posted by Jeremy Francis CEO, Personal and Professional Development Limited     jeremy@developyourmanagementskills.com  Read the full story

EDGEPoS installation at Keystore Express-branded forecourt

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Loch Services Ltd, a Keystore Express branded forecourt in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, is the latest retailer to install the award winning EDGEPoS system onsite.Nichola Lockerby, Director, said: “We really struggled to find an EPOS supplier who could provide a level of customer service that catered for hardware and software issues, particularly with our location on Isle of Lewis.  EDGEPoS is a future-proof fuel retail system.  When we looked at Henderson Technology and the EDGEPoS solution,... Read the full story

Convenience store and post office in Yeovil sold to regional multiple operator

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Specialist business property advisor, Christie & Co has completed the sale of the Key Stores in West Coker, Yeovil on behalf of Mr Roger Hardisty.The store was part of Keys Stores Yeovil, a small group of three convenience stores with a Post Office. Roger sold the first two stores in 2018 through Christie & Co, retaining the store with the Post office in West Coker Road, Yeovil. The leasehold interest for this store was acquired by Wessex Retail, with the benefit of the income from two flats,... Read the full story

Third year of decline for UK bus & coach market

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BUS AND COACH REGISTRATIONS17 February 2020 (data for Q4 and full year 2019)Third year of decline for UK bus & coach market Demand for new buses and coaches drops -18.8% in 2019, with 5,874 vehicles joining UK roads. Minibus registrations drive the overall decline, down -22.7% to 3,108 units in the year. Year closes with Q4 uplift of 18.5% after 11 consecutive quarters of decline.Monday 17 February, 2020 The UK new bus and coach market fell -18.8% in 2019, with annual registrations falling f... Read the full story

British HGV market up 12.6% in 2019

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HEAVY GOODS VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS17 February 2020 (data for vehicles >6 tonnes, Q4 and full year 2019)British HGV market up 12.6% in 2019          New HGV registrations increase 12.6% in 2019 following regulatory changes.          Demand grows for popular tractor and box vans, up 12.9% and 27.2% respectively.          Markets for both rigid and artic trucks rise, with a total of 48,535 vehicles joining UK roads.Monday 17 February, 2020 The UK’s new heavy goods ve... Read the full story

NIGGLING AND ANNOYING INJURIES MAKING YOUR GAME A REAL STRUGGLE?

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Physiotherapy: A widely trusted authority in injury recovery, but just how far does this practice go in preventing an injury from recurring?  Imagine experiencing a rolled ankle by performing a sharp turn in playing sport. When your body suffers the trauma of the injury, the muscle memory means it will store its shock within the injured area and therefore takes much more than targeted strength and conditioning exercises to prevent a repeat of the injury when performing a similar shar... Read the full story

Three Historic Moments in Fashion.

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We take a look at three iconic moments in fashion history of timeless designs that are still with us today. From the mini skirt to the little black dress and the fashion designers who brought us these must-have wardrobe staples.The Mini SkirtThis must have fashion clothing saw its height in the swinging sixties, and made most famous during the years of Beatlemania and free love. This tiny skirt was the invention and brainchild of fashion trendsetter. Mary Quant, with her first experimenting w... Read the full story

Mycarcheck.com market guide: February 2020 - Motorcycle sales up but car sales plummet

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Mycarcheck.com market guide: February 2020Motorcycle sales up but car sales plummet. Used Golf Mk7.5 and ZX-6R tipped.   Used car of the month: Volkswagen Golf Mk7.5 (2017) Used bike of the month: Kawasaki ZX-6R (2013) Mycarcheck.com’s valuation experts reveal significant trends in the UK used vehicle market and choose a car and bike of the month. Head of valuation services at mycarcheck.com, Jon Wheeler, said: “Want to own a little piece of automotive history? Consider the legend th... Read the full story

Branding is Key for Start-Up Businesses.

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When it comes to starting up a business, they say branding is key, but what does this involve? It is not just about having a great logo (although this helps), nor a coolly printed van with your details. Branding goes deeper than that. And quite simply is overlooked in some areas.  I recently needed a quote for some bespoke decking to be built for my garden, so I contacted several companies to get estimates. The first guy to turn up wrote some prices on a piece of paper torn from his noteboo... Read the full story

Venus In Fur 4th To 7th March Bonkers Playhouse Theatre

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BONKERS PLAYHOUSE THEATREThomas, a beleaguered playwright / director, is desperate to find an actress to play Vanda, the female lead in his adaptation of the classic sadomasochistic tale Venus In Fur. Into his empty audition room walks a vulgar and equally desperate actress, oddly enough, named Vanda. Though utterly wrong for the sophisticated part Vanda exhibits a strange command of the material, piquing Thomas’ interest with her seductive talents and secretive manner. As the two work thro... Read the full story

Keeping Mum 14th To 18th April Bonkers Playhouse Theatre

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BONKERS PLAYHOUSE THEATREJo has just moved her mum Glenda into the Woodlands Nursing Home and is trying to come to terms with their shifting roles. Glenda has dementia and is fretful, having left her imaginary ape Bobo behind – but at least she’s only stashing gateaux now instead of vodka, and her local police constabulary are waving goodbye with sweet relief. Larry the lorry driver has turned beautician and is in great demand, especially on the dance floor, while Dally the nurse glides t... Read the full story

UK transport industry has seen earnings on EU investments soar 400% since the Brexit vote, analysis by Catax reveals

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Manchester, 14 February 2020 – The UK transport industry has seen earnings on its investments in the EU rocket by more than 400% since the Brexit vote, analysis of the latest ONS data has revealed.  UK transport trade earnings from investments in the EU rose from £177million in 2015 to £1billion three years later – up 476% compared with before the vote. Firms involved in transportation had £3.6billion invested in the EU in 2015, the year before the Brexit referendum, which soared to... Read the full story

Geely Wins ‘Companybest’ Accolade At Prestigous Autobest Awards

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February 14 2020 - Mainz, Germany: Global automobile manufacturer and mobility pioneer Geely has won ‘COMPANYBEST’ at the annual Autobest Awards. The accolade pays tribute to the growing success of the brand and recognises that, in an industry renowned for being extremely competitive, Geely has fast become one of the leading automotive companies in the world.  Founded in 1986 by visionary Chairman Li Shufu, Geely has actively challenged the course of the automotive world and has grown... Read the full story

Taking Time To Centre Helps Workers Make Better Decisions

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42% of workers are able to think more quickly when they feel more relaxed Getting some fresh air (31%), taking a walk (22%), or having a hot drink (20%) helps employees to be better equipped for communicatingWe tend to assume that work and productivity stops when workers take time to relax, away from their desks, however people that use micro-breaks are actually better prepared and more effective - according to new research.A study of 1,000 workplaces published in Thinking On Your Feet, a re... Read the full story

Is Streaming the Future of Media?

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Television has been with us a long time, in the beginning signals being transmitted over the airwaves, then came along cable and satellite and then these signals were developed from analogue to a digital format. Now with the advent of Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Video, YouTube TV and numerous other streaming services, is getting our daily fix of soaps, dramas and films over the airwaves dead?Technology never stands still, we saw records being replaced with CD’s and now digital downloads, r... Read the full story

Superstar enters fourth generation ABT pushes the RS 4 Power Estate beyond 500 hp

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At the end of the last millennium, Audi began an ongoing success story with the first RS 4. 20 years later, the latest updated version can be found on dealers’ forecourts. This version, like the original, is only available as an estate and is more than worthy of continuing the legacy. The standard version of the little brother to the RS 6 can certainly play with the big boys. 450 hp (331 kW) and 600 Nm make a significant statement. The engineers from ABT Sportsline, however, saw even grea... Read the full story

European Tourism Sector Continues To Defy Increased Global Risks

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Europe saw its number of international tourist arrivals expand by 4% in 2019 compared to the previous year to remain the most visited region worldwide The US remains the largest long-haul source market of tourist arrivals to European destinations As China is one of the major outbound travel markets worldwide, restrictions and bans to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will take a toll on the tourism industry Brussels, 13 February 2020: According to the European Travel Commission’s (ETC) lates... Read the full story

San Diego Road Welcome Co-op store sold to Spar through Christie & Co

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Specialist business property advisor, Christie & Co has brokered the sale of San Diego local ‘Co-op Welcome’ branded retail store in Gosport, Hampshire.The store has been highly successful for many years under the ownership of local entrepreneur, Richard Dance. It benefits from an excellent location in the populated residential area of Elson on San Diego Road.The sale was swift and undisruptive, with most customers unaware of the sales process until the day the sign changed. The store wil... Read the full story

Exol embarks on largest ever recycling initiative

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20 & 25 litre containers recycled as company takes lead in lubricants sectorExol Lubricants has embarked on its largest ever recycling initiative as it becomes one of the first UK lubricants companies to recycle its plastic containers. As part of the initiative, Exol’s 20 and 25-litre containers are being recycled and the reprocessed material incorporated into the production of new containers.The scheme – in partnership with one of its plastics manufacturers – will be available to all... Read the full story

Managing Difficult Employees

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Add this product to your personal development resources #Jeremy Francis Managing Difficult Employees Earn 1 CPD Point with this ResourceHow should I manage different employee types? How should I manage a difficult employee? How should I tackle a disruptive staff member? If you are looking for answers to these questions then this resource is for you!The content provides a detailed description of eight different employee types who can be difficult to manage. We call them; The Aggressive. The... Read the full story

Quote by George Shaw

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Posted by Jeremy Francis CEO, Personal and Professional Development Limited     jeremy@developyourmanagementskills.com  Read the full story

COULD YOU DO SOMETHING AMAZING TO HELP YOUR LOCAL CHILDREN'S HOSPICE

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Hope House and Ty Gobaith Children’s Hospices are appealing to people to do something amazing by making a pledge to help terminally ill children in 2020.Whatever you love to do – baking, lunching with friends, walking, running, climbing, cycling, golfing, skydiving, or partying – they have events where you can get involved. And by signing up now at www.hopehouse.org.uk, it could give you a goal to aim for!The two hospices provide vital care to children with life-threatening conditions a... Read the full story

Welsh Start-Up Links Up With UK-Wide Retail Convenience & Forecourt Distribution Partner Within Months Of Launching 100% Natural Products

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The GO2 Brand recently launched 4x 100% natural essential oil inhaler sticks, and has already secured a second distribution partnership with Spot Promotions  This partnership follows the recent announcement that the company has teamed up with Paul Murray Plc to distribute products to over 7,500 pharmacies across the UK Being first for retail, the GO2 inhaler sticks are the perfect wellness ‘pick me up’ item; creating a whole new category in the UK Spot Promotions distribute a wide varie... Read the full story

Jeremy Francis asked to publish on Odilo

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Jeremy Francis, CEO of Personal and Professional Development Limited and creator of the well known Management Skills Development Sitewww.developyourmanagementskills.comis pleased to announce that global publisher Odilo ( Odilo us ) wants him to publish his online courses, e-books and management development resources on their Corporate Platform.Jeremy added : 'This is indeed a great compliment. Odilo is the largest provider of digital books, courses and other learning resources via libraries... Read the full story

Hitachi business research reveals worst growth outlook for retail sector since 2016

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LOWEST GROWTH OUTLOOK FOR RETAIL IN FOUR YEARSRetail sector posts weakest small business outlook for 2020 ·      Less than a third of small businesses in the retail sector are predicting growth for the early months of 2020 (31%)·      This is the worst growth outlook for the retail sector since the start of 2016 (31%). ·      The figures for the retail sector contrast sharply with the national picture, where two in five small business leaders (39%) predict growth by 31... Read the full story