US authorities are reevaluating whether to bring criminal charges against Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, who has been holed up in the embassy of Ecuador in London since 2012. The move comes after Mike Pompeo, the director of the CIA, last week labelled WikiLeaks as “a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state […]

The Gender Pay Gap Information Regulations has now been approved by Parliament. This will mean all companies with more than 250 employees will have to disclose how much they are paying in salaries and bonuses to their male and female staff. This will come into force on 6 April 2017. Employers will have to publish […]

Organisations must understand their unique risks to the greatest possible extent, and realise generic market data is insufficient. Uniquely effective security means board level ownership and direction utilising questions of compromise, tactics, techniques, intelligence and procedures to match good security, requirements with strategic objectives. Only with focused threat intelligence can analysts spend their precious and […]

  • 06th March 2017

A private members’ bill to ban unpaid internships was introduced in the House of Commons by Alec Shelbrooke (Conservative) in November 2016, but despite some cross-party approval, was rejected by most of his Conservative colleagues. The proposed legislation was designed to ensure that anyone working as an intern would be paid the minimum wage, dependent […]

Large companies and LLPs will soon be required to report on their payment practices and policies related to contracts for goods and services with small companies. This is designed to give protection to smaller businesses and reduce late payment culture. The regulations which come into force on 6th April will require certain companies to submit […]

Individuals working in an entity, commercial or otherwise, are generally considered to be an asset to that organisation.  However, to the extent that they also hold the keys to the financial performance, security and reputation of the firm they may also be its weakness. This applies to all employees but especially the COO (or equivalent […]

SMEs in the UK, account for a total of 15.7 million; 60% of private sector employment, and a turnover of £1.8 trillion. They traditionally had a vast majority of their borrowing requirements met by high street banks, and this model worked very well for a very long time. Today, the situation is somewhat different. A […]

  • 23rd February 2017

Unlocking assets
As a business leader, you are facing tough decisions and moments of uncertainty all the time.

If there was a way to unlock a hidden business asset while risking no cash or only a little cash investment to do so, would you be interested? Roughly a third of UK businesses have an assets on their books that they may not have realised are even a asset – and it’s entirely understandable […]

As threats continue to grow, there are no signs of cyber security breaches slowing anytime soon. Understanding and managing cyber security risks have jumped to the top of the agenda for business and government leaders, globally. The UK government has increased its proposed spending on cyber security defences, allotting £3.2 billion for investments, this amount […]

  • 14th February 2017

How employees can affect the value of a brand
The value of a brand is not just reflected on the balance sheet. Employees can affect the value of a brand in a number of ways.

The value of a brand is not just reflected on the balance sheet. Employees can affect the value of a brand in a number of ways. Employees are visible, both inside and outside work. Here are a few tips on how to increase your brand equity: Internal Employees can make a workplace more or less […]