Why Vegetarianism?

By Philip O'Meara @philipomeara “Oh, no, you’re not a veggie…” Beyond its inconvenience (inconveniencing a friend or eating another mushroom risotto at an unimaginative restaurant), it’s the implication that being vegetarian is an inherently bad – or at least unhinged  – position which has encouraged me to put down my reasoning in a blog post. Disclaimers Before I go any further, I want to put in some disclaimers. The purpose of this is not to preach or moralise in any way –...

Call for Nominations: The Veuve Clicquot Women in Business Awards

By Steve Taggart The call for nominations have just opened for the 43rd Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award. The award, which counts Dame Marjorie Scardino DBE FRSA, Anya Hindmarch MBE and Dame Zaha Hadid DBE as past winners, celebrates the success of business women worldwide who share the same qualities as Madame Clicquot:  Her enterprising spirit, her courage and the determination necessary to accomplish her aims. It is the first international award created specifically to recognise the contribution that women have made...

Solving Boris Johnson’s London 5G conundrum

By Stu Benington, Vice President of the Cloud/SDN Business Unit at Coriant London residents and businesses were recently promised lightning fast mobile internet speeds, when Mayor Boris Johnson vowed to deliver 5G services in the capital by 2020. Johnson claimed the enhanced mobile connection speeds 5G would provide will ensure London becomes ‘the tech capital of Europe’ and further develop the sterling reputation the city is already earning for digital prowess. However, the delivery of this ambitious aim will require...

Scrap the Nominal Fee

TLE campaigns to scrap the nominal card charge on card transactions. The next time you’re asked to pay a nominal 50p or £1 charge in a shop, bar and restaurant for using your card, ask yourself why you’re paying it. It may seem inconsequential, but a 50p charge for paying on a card is an excessive and unduly fee. We’ve all felt aggrieved at some point for paying it, but the proliferation of shops passing down the transaction fees charged...

The Economic Implications of the Digital Skills Gap

By Jeff Fernandez, co-founder and CEO, Grovo Learning You’d think that with the advance of emerging computer, nano, mobile -- and now yes, even wearable -- technologies, individual productivity would be soaring. Instead, of the more than 200 million adults in the US digital workforce, only one in ten consider themselves ‘very proficient’ with the digital tools they use every day. And research conducted by Adobe shows the flipside of that equation: 58 per cent of employees - despite using a...

Vodka Revolution

Vodka is a tainted spirit in Britain, its bedfellows typically a sugary brand of the Coca Cola franchise or lately the more fashionable pick-me-up-throw-me-down energy drink mix. But despite most supermarkets stocking shelves of the stuff and UK drinkers having a penchant for a vodka something, very few people would opt to drink it straight. That’s thanks to a classic sugar addiction that has plagued the drinks industry ever since the first Old Fashioned was mixed at the end of...

Is Co-working a Business Model That Works for Everyone?

Many businesses, particularly those based in London, are being forced to re-think how they rent office space. Permanent offices aren't always the right solution for businesses and with a plethora of alternative options now on the market many firms are looking to re-think their working environment. But what about co-working? Unlike the typical office environment, a co-working space is generally shared by individuals from different organisations and professions. With the advent of new technology co-working has been tipped as being...

Top Ten Reasons to Get on the Property Ladder in Croydon

London’s property market has been booming in recent years, bouncing back after the recession far faster than anywhere else.  But for those in the capital who want to get onto the property ladder for the first time, affordability is a major issue, with the average cost of a new home currently at £639,774*. So it is no surprise then that a quarter (25 per cent) of Londoners who currently rent believe it will be at least ten years before they...

Is Cloud-based Testing the Answer to Certification Fraud?

By Pooja Ganeriwala, Content Manager at Mettl.com It's no secret that the economic benefits of obtaining an IT certification can be staggering; allowing IT professionals to earn nearly 8 - 13 per cent premium above a base salary. Factor in the compounding effect of annual pay bumps and increased chances for promotions and the incentive to earn certifications becomes all the more appealing. Which is perhaps why the industry deals with a high level of cheating fraud each year, mainly...

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