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“It’s accrual world but we’re great with figures” – behind the scenes of a first year as a trainee accountant.

My name is Kamila Adam and I am a first year graduate trainee accountant with Dafferns. I went to school in Coventry and did work experience with Dafferns, before graduating with a first-class BSc degree Accounting and Finance from the University of Northampton. Having stayed in touch with me through my university career, Dafferns offered me… Read More

Building a high performing business by bridging the gap between capability and success

If your education is finished, you are finished. – Dr Chris Mason, Founder, Mindshop Continuous improvement is critical when it comes to building business capabilities. While the capabilities a leader needs to learn or refine may be similar each year, leaders need to commit to lifelong learning to master their skills in order to keep… Read More

Guest Blog – Cyber Challenges Facing SME’s

As we speed into 2018, the volume and ferocity of Cyber Attacks and those criminals responsible, show no sign of slowing their assault, whilst at the same time the number of new innovative Cyber Security start-ups is at an all-time high and looks set to continue. With the ever-increasing Threat Landscape and 2018 marking a… Read More

‘Hints and Tips’ when applying for a professional work experience placement

The post-Christmas period usually sees an influx of work experience requests from both school and university students. Quite often the requests from schools are all seeking a placement for the same week when they run an “enrichment week”. The requests are many and varied in style, ranging from an attempt at a business-like manner to… Read More

Bitcoin or bust?

The results of the AGN bitcoin survey have clearly divided opinion. Are cryptocurrencies the money of the future or a bubble that will burst? How long will it be before Bitcoin is mainstream? Only time will tell. Click here to read more or for any questions please contact Andy Bewick.

The Gender Pay Gap and Employment Practices Liability Insurance

By 4th April 2018 businesses and charities with over 250 employees will be required, under a newly introduced clause of the Equality Act 2010, to have reported details of their gender pay gap to the government. Furthermore, these organisations must also publish their findings and provide a written statement on their own public facing website…. Read More

Brexit Force Field – a UK and Dutch perspective

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2018: How to boost your probability of success?

The pace of innovation and change is always increasing. Research tells us that the probability of change success in whatever project or initiative you undertake can be as low as 30%, which means there is a 70% probability you will fail. Let’s take your plans for 2018, either for yourself or for your business. If… Read More

Growth Spurt November 2017: winning through resilience

In this series of snippets we distil our regular Growth Academy half-day workshops down into their essential elements and learning points. A strategic prompt for the Academy members who were there, and a taster of what you missed if you weren’t… Date: 14 November 2017 Key focus: Winning through resilience Topics covered: 5 killer questions… Read More

What should employers consider on a snow day?

Severe weather warnings have been issued over the weekend and we all woke up to snow on Sunday morning – great for the kids but not great news for employers! This morning, many contacted us because their employees were not able to attend work either because the schools are closed or because they just can’t… Read More

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