When it comes to food production, both health and safety and quality control are imperative. However, despite the many precautions food manufacturers take to ensure quality and safety of their products, research shows that there are still around 20,000 people hospitalised in the UK alone, due to foodborne diseases (Foodborne Disease Strategy, 2010-2015, FSA, UK). Such alarming numbers have put the focus back on supply chain traceability.
Exporting has become a properly regarded national issue with the government’s backing of the UK Trade & Investment agency’s (UKTI) Exporting is GREAT campaign, which aims to encourage 100,000 more businesses of all sizes to export. Speaking at Sage Gateshead at the launch of this campaign during Exporting Week, our CEO, Stephen Kelly expressed the pivotal role we play as a large multinational British business, stating: “We’re passionate about supporting businesses from start-up through every stage of their growth. Exporting is a significant step on the journey – one that many small and medium businesses don’t feel they have the support or knowledge to take.”
Expanding your business is not just about pumping in more money or hiring more people. It is also about being able to adapt to the day-to-day changes and business practices, while maintaining business growth. Whilst hard work, increased revenue and dedicated employees are important to grow your business, you also need a reliable business management solution that grows with you, responds to new opportunities and is powerful enough to handle the difficulties that expansion brings. Most of all, it should be fast enough to manage your core business processes and flexible enough to support scalability.
Consistently delivering projects within the planned budget and to the scheduled deadline is always a Project Manager’s ultimate goal. Obviously, saying this is a lot easier than delivering on all your promises. A range of unforeseen obstacles and events can send even the most detailed project plan into disarray. Being able to manage these risks and skilfully deal with the most complex problems are key traits of the best project managers. Read on for our key advice on how to deal with all of this whilst still keeping a hold on your projects finances and timeline:
So, you are looking to expand your business and the path you have chosen includes implementing a cloud strategy. That much you know. What you don’t yet know is whether that deployment should include private or public cloud. What are the differences between the two, and what are the most important elements of both?
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Staffing for a US expansion should be easy. Considering the relative lack of barriers, aspirational UK businesses can simply create a plan, obtain approval, and then begin packing boxes for American shores. Considering most countries are expanding their teams here, you can too, right?
Cloud technology has changed how businesses face IT purchasing decisions and has entirely disrupted the technology marketplace. This happened for three reasons: cloud technology allows businesses to maintain access to solutions that were previously too expensive, be more nimble and robust, and—most importantly—the cloud enables businesses to grow by using solutions that can improve efficiencies and make employees more productive without necessarily having additional work. All of these reasons create a clear demand for businesses to adopt these services, but can a business fully operate from the cloud? The answer is ‘yes’ and here’s why.
International expansion is not just for large companies. While they may not have the financial muscle and human resources of large groups, SMEs and mid-market companies are by no means being left behind. Expansion into new territories increases companies' potential and generates new momentum for companies in markets approaching maturity. This represents a real lever for growth and a critical issue for France, whose SMEs are the lifeblood of its economy.
The face of business IT looks much different from years past and much of that change has to do with the implementation and adoption of cloud technologies. Where and how you spend your IT budget is important to the future of your business. You will need to eliminate some confusion about the cloud and gain a clear view of the benefits and challenges it may present.