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Mapping the path to compliance - GDPR legal advice

At the moment it might feel that GDPR (the EU General Data Protection Regulation) is popping up in every business conversation, every seminar and every newsletter or article. Any significant change in the law tends to breed a similar response, but GDPR in particular seems difficult to escape. This is partly because of the vast increase in fines that can be imposed under GDPR; and partly because data protection impinges on almost every aspect of your business. The immense scope of data protection means it can be very difficult to know where to begin, and all too easy to put...
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Patient Capital Review – How do we fund our companies of tomorrow?

The UK Government’s ‘Patient Capital Review’ may not be your idea of a “good read” but the results of the Consultation are likely to have far reaching consequences for the UK’s entrepreneurial community and how companies can be funded and successfully scale. Leaving aside all of the technical detail, there are some fundamental issues to consider:- It would appear that the European Investment Fund provides about 30% of the capital which is committed to the UK’s Venture Capital Funds. The effects of Brexit are already being felt and this tap is already being turned off.  The most important task of...
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Scotland’s investment credentials need to catch up with the South

The following table which has just appeared in UKBAA news caught my eye.

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Career Advice – Sandy Cullen

Why do we need it? It has often been said that one of the most effective ways of grabbing someone’s attention is to ask for their advice; essentially, it appeals to their ego. “Mm, you need my advice, eh? Why of course, I’d be delighted to help.” And the topics upon which we’re prepared to admit that we do, actually, need the advice are endless: “How do I make a good soufflé?” “Which tie do you think I should wear?” “What book would you recommend for my 12 year-old?” “What would you say is the best way to drive to...
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Which voice are you?

Katie is a Connector (with a bit of Nurturer), Debbie is a Nurturer, and I’m mostly a Connector with a bit of Nurturer and Pioneer thrown in.  If you’re wondering what on earth I’m talking about, follow the link and take the free assessment yourself https://5voices.com/ . The 5 Voices is a tool developed by GiANT Worldwide (a global leadership consultancy) to help leaders communicate effectively with everyone they lead.  Can you remember the last team or Board meeting you attended?  What did you notice?  Were some people heard more than others even though everyone was speaking?  Did you come...
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