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FEATURE: The Wisdom Of Integral Management Vs. Corporate Narcissism

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Meetings: Corporate Narcissism? (Photo credit: lhl)

by Mats Eriksson

You have probably already heard this ancient wisdom tale: There was once a king who wanted to marry off his daughter. Naturally he wanted to find a smart and wise son-in-law. So he arranged a test for all her suitors. They had to go into a dark room and determine what was in it. Continue reading


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Businesses boot out banks as ‘trust’ collapses

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Survey finds SMEs divorcing bank managers

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /London/ +++ Bank managers are being ditched and divorced, as accountants, lawyers and finance directors become the most trusted financial advisers, according to new research into small to medium-sized enterprises.

The new research of 1,000 British small to medium-sized companies by Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance looked at SMEs attitudes and how they really felt about who they trust to keep their business on track. Continue reading

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Finance reports ‘out of date’ and ‘inaccurate’ – survey

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46 per cent of finance departments believe reports they produce are never used

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /London/ +++ Nearly half of managers and directors view reports produced by someone else no more than once per week. An alarming 46 per cent of finance professionals believe that they produce reports that are never used and 63 per cent believe that senior managers should make more use of financial information. Continue reading

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ISP finds British ‘bulldog spirit’ alive and well

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Britons proud of being British – Plusnet ISP survey

Plusnet reveals eight out of ten people are proud to be British

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /London/ +++ Internet Service Provider Plusnet has revealed that 81% of the nation feel proud to be British.

Plusnet commissioned a survey, with focus groups and insights from psychologist Dr. Cliff Arnall, which found that 80% of Brits say family gives them sense of pride.

Plusnet CEO Jamie Ford said: “This year Plusnet changed its strapline to ‘We’ll do you proud’ which, by coincidence, has been a rather fitting move given the events of 2012.”

Added Ford: “We’re certainly a proud nation when it comes to our culture, sense of humour and our heritage. However, it is matters closer to home and the everyday actions of family that generates the biggest sense of pride and here at Plusnet, we’re committed to making our customers proud of the products and services we provide every day.”


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Business crowdfunding to boost economy

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Sheffield to play host to crowdfunding event. Photo: Paolo Margari

British business owners become their own financiers, set to make banksters obsolete 

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /London/ +++ So fed up are British business owners with the bankster establishment, their disinterest in lending or supporting the economy that a group of British entrepreneurs, dissatisfied with ‘business-as-usual’, have come together to ‘tear up the rulebook’  and ‘cutting out the middle-men’. Continue reading

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Charges for state inspections will hit small firms hardest

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Proposals for ‘elf’n’safety’ jobsworths to charge for inspections

ECM Plus +++ Draconian new state proposals to charge small enterprises for ‘material’ faults found during inspections by the Health and Safety Executive could damage relationships and may be seen as a way to ‘raise revenue’ rather than improving compliance, says the Federation of Small Businesses in response to a consultation which closed Friday.

In a classic case of ‘mission creep’, the HSE quango is proposing to ‘extend’ its current systems of ‘cost recovery’ to include a ‘fee’ for ‘intervention’ where an inspector will charge for the inspection and any subsequent actions when a ‘material’ fault has been found. Continue reading

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Banks failing to meet SME needs – report

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Banks around world failing to meet government commitments – VRL Financial News

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ In a new damning report ‘The Best Practices In SME Banking’ released today, top financial and professional services information provider VRL has found that despite demands over commitment by banks to lend more to small-to-medium sized enterprises, in real terms, lending is in fact ‘growing at a snails’ pace’ the report states. Continue reading

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FEATURE: Planning in uncertain times: 5 strategic steps to success


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The end of August marks the end of summer vacation and the beginning of planning and budgeting season. One small problem: the economic sluggishness that was supposed to be behind us has reared its ugly head once again. With wild swings in the market, who can’t help but feel a bit skittish.

Nevertheless, you want to move your initiatives forward and you’ll undoubtedly be asked for your plan regardless of funding limitations. But how do you prioritize the list of projects that have accumulated over the last year and develop a strategy to move forward in this economic environment? Continue reading

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WEEKEND PLUS: Politics in flux as democratic process shifts online

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Power shifting online as established party support crumbles

Power to the people as Internet becoming ‘mainstream’ in political campaigning


ECM Plus +++ Looks like the era of the established poltical party is drawing to a close as cyper-campaigning takes over the reins of political power.

According to new research from the University of Manchester, the internet is challenging the dominance of traditional media as a campaign tool, despite the public’s renewed attachment to TV through the 2010 British General Election’s mainstream left-right paradigm party leader ‘debates’. Continue reading

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Credit crunch driving SMEs to ‘raid the family silver’

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47 percent of Britain’s small business owners inject personal cash into their companies to stay afloat

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Rising business costs are adversely affecting the private lives and personal finances of many SME owners, according to a new study by Make It Cheaper and the Centre for Economic and Business Research. Continue reading

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