Hot off the press in October!

Hot off the press in October!

And that’s another month done and dusted! As we head into November, we’re reflecting on the column-inch goodness achieved in October — it’s been a busy few weeks at Scriba towers!

So, sit back, grab a brew, and catch up on October’s newsworthy highlights…

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Join Offploy and leading recruiters to learn about employing ex-offenders

Senior leaders from Offploy, Virgin, and City & Guilds Group have joined forces to host a free-to-attend event, designed to challenge perceptions and provide practical advice about ex-offender recruitment among business owners and HR decision-makers.

Ministry of Justice (MOJ) figures show that, on average, only 17% of former prisoners manage to gain employment within a year of release – but those who do are up to 9% less likely to reoffend. Taking place on Tuesday 23rd November between 10:00 – 11:30, the webinar will make a case for employing those with criminal convictions, by those with first-hand experience.

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How do I develop a corporate brand that reflects my personal vision

A company founder is often, understandably, the life and soul of a business – not least because they’re the very reason the organisation exists. However, with careful thinking, it is possible for one person’s vision to morph into the lifeblood of the entire corporate brand, even as it grows into a much larger entity.

Lesley Gulliver, managing director of strategic brand consultancy The Engine Room, explores how.

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Leeds software firm makes major savings for United Utilities

United Utilities believes it could save £189k every year and 4000 staff hours with new pipeline technology. Ahead of delivering its £300m, 100km West Cumbria pipeline, United Utilities commissioned eviFile in Leeds to build a bespoke digital evidence platform.

This gives the organisation real-time data capture, reducing the need for site visits by “20%.” It also provides immediate insights to keep the programme on track and provide future analysis. It can reduce disputes and rework through real-time task remediation – the average cost for disputes is £26m.

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SD-WAN is a hot topic, but how many solutions are truly security-first?

It may sound like a bold claim to make, but SD-WAN (software-defined wide area networks) has the potential to be truly game-changing technology. That doesn’t mean it is new, of course – in fact, the networking architecture has been around for some time.

SD-WAN is gaining real traction because of the value it can bring to organisations of all shapes and sizes is becoming increasingly clear. It fuels greater agility, productivity and resilience, but how many solutions are truly security-first? Tim Mercer, CEO of disruptive cloud specialist Vapour, explores.

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How can organizations understand the bottom-line impact of brand?

Measurability has grown to become a prerequisite for any business investment, particularly during periods of economic uncertainty or change, when expenditure falls under greater scrutiny. The people who hold the purse strings quite rightly want to ensure they can generate a return.

Brand projects haven’t always been analysed with the same fine-tooth comb, perhaps because some stakeholders – certainly those a step removed from the creative industries – don’t truly understand the bottom-line impact that a brand investment could have. Darren Evans, design director of strategic brand consultancy The Engine Room, explains.

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How many FE establishments are held hostage by their own software?

It’s no secret that accounting and finance professionals within the Further Education (FE) sector are tasked with lots of responsibility. From budgets and grant management to overall strategy, there’s a lot they need to ‘get right’ for the financial health of the school or college.

FE establishments are often sold ‘the next big thing’ in software to transform their finance function, but it rarely lives up to its promise or expectation. Paul Sparks, commercial director at iplicit, reveals his top tips to breaking free from your accounting finance software.

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Why minerals cannot be ignored in planning reforms

The autumn target for the UK government’s comments on the planning reforms – measures that will eventually be brought before parliament, to ultimately become law – is drawing closer, but there is still lots to achieve in acknowledging the importance of the mineral extraction industry, believes Chris Heffernan, director at multidisciplinary environmental consultancy, MPG.

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Just how effective is FMD legislation?

The Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD, 2001/83/EC as amended to 2011/62/EU), and its delegated regulation EU 2016/161, together set out the requirements that manufacturers of human medicinal products must meet, as part of their legal responsibility.

Dr Ash Ramzan, founder and principal consultant at regulatory affairs consultancy, Woodley BioReg looks at how the key requirements of the Falsified Medicines Directive are being fulfilled by stakeholders and manufacturers.

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My working day – Lesley Gulliver – The Engine Room

As the leader of a company, you are there to set an example, to lead and inspire a team of individuals to achieve a series of business goals. But how do these business leaders go about their daily routine? Business Leader spoke to Lesley Gulliver, managing director of strategic brand consultancy The Engine Room, about her working day.

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See inside the high-tech Cumbrian site exploring hydrogen technology to fight climate change

As part of our press office support to the Decarbonised Gas Alliance, ITV Border’s cameras have been let into a testing site in the north of Cumbria where experiments are being conducted into how hydrogen could help fight climate change.

This site – at Spadeadam – features houses which look like the kind of homes found on any suburban street. In fact, they are examples of some of the most advanced green technology in the world and could play in important role in the fight against climate change.

So, there goes October! See you again in just a few short weeks!