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Making your back office drive up your margin

by Richard Paydon, Se7en Services Do you recognise this story? You’ve done your market research, you’ve sourced your products and suppliers, you have customers waiting in anticipation; your new business is going to set the world alight! Does this sound familiar? Well you are not alone. We all have this vision when we set up a new business. Now for the reality. Customers still love the product but don’t pay on time, half your day is spent chasing them, cash is tight but suppliers still need paying and invoices need…

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Why are the younger generation not joining trade unions?

Why are young people today not joining a union? Are young people today properly informed about what a trade union is and what it can do for them? In 2016 less than 5% of 16 to 24 year olds were members of trade unions, in comparison almost 40% of trade union members are aged 50 plus. Compared to 1995 the proportion of members under the age of 50 has significantly dropped, whereas the proportion above the age of 50 has increased. Many 16-24 year olds are either students, part time…

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Printed vs Digital Media: Is printed media still significant in today’s digital age?

Is printed media still significant in today’s digital age? Newspapers, magazines, books and printed publications. We are surrounded by tangible reads and they are still a popular choice for many people. We can’t of course forget that we are living in an increasingly digital age. With internet access, you can have instant insight into news articles, current affairs, and almost everything that is available in print. It is all readily available to read online whenever suits your needs without the restrictions or shops being open and limited availability. Media has…

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Landlords; are you protecting your tenant’s deposit?

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme has been around for over 10 years, yet shockingly many Landlords either have no knowledge about the scheme or simply do not comply with it. There have been numerous of times where I have faced Landlords who require help in evicting a tenant to find they are not actually part of a Tenancy Deposit Scheme. When determining why this is the case; the general response I tend to receive is “I didn’t think it was important”. So why is the Tenancy Deposit Scheme important? Prior to…

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Purely Islam Donates Toys to New BRI Children’s Wing

After nearly 2 months of tirelessly collecting toys, on the 22nd of August 2017, the Purely Islam Team met up with Elaine from the BTHFT Charity and Children’s wing Play Leader Kath to donate some new toys for the occasion of Eid-Ul-Adha to put a smile on poorly children’s faces. The gifts included arts and craft sets, colouring books, board games and jigsaws. Eid-Ul-Adha is a time of celebration for Muslims, and to show care and love for the vulnerable people in society. There were smiles all around and the team…

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Who Stole Your Peace Of Mind?

This month I would like to share with you about a wonderful organisation, The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (UK). They provide opportunities for people from all backgrounds to explore their own spirituality and learn skills of reflection and meditation derived from Raja Yoga, which help develop inner calm, clear thinking and personal wellbeing. I first became involved with the Brahma Kumaris in 2009 when I attended a Raja Yoga course in Bradford. I have since attended several one day workshops on wellbeing and trained to deliver their course ‘Spiritual…

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HELPING YOU GROW AND PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS

In a time of mass political and social unrest, how can businesses protect themselves from the pitfalls of an uncertain world and economy? With a snap General Election soon to be upon us, Brexit to be a reality in a matter of months and new attacks on people and infrastructures taking place each day, who in their right mind would want to own or manage a UK business? In truth, today is no better or worse than yesterday to take the plunge into the world of commerce. Though the political…

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Letting go of Procrastination

The topic for this month is Procrastination – that is the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished. Research shows that everyone procrastinates sometimes but that 20% of people chronically avoid difficult tasks and deliberately look for distractions. I chose this topic because I have experience of procrastinating. I first became aware of it when I was studying and had assignments to write. Instead of getting on with them, I would clean the house, do the ironing, any jobs to put off sitting down and getting on…

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Bradford UNESCO City of Film? I don’t think so…

When Bradford was named the world’s first City of Film in the summer of 2009, it is fair to say a few eyebrows were raised. Overcoming competition from Los Angeles, Cannes and Venice to win the UN honour, Bradford was officially recognised as UNESCO City of Film. At the time of this prestigious honour in 2009, Bradford played host to the Bradford Film Festival, Bite the Mango International Film Festival and the Bradford Animation Film Festival. Three major film festivals that were serious players in the international annual film calendar….

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Police Appealing for Information about Missing Man Tariq Rashid

Police are urgently appealing for information to trace the whereabouts of missing man.  Tariq Rashid, aged 22, was last seen in Wakefield on Wednesday 22 March at around 4:30pm. He is described as an Asian male, slim build, 6ft 2″ and with black messy medium length hair. He was wearing a black Armani jumper with large beige logo, black jogging bottoms with white Nike logo and black trainers. He has links to the Huddersfield area. Tariq may appear confused or agitated and police would advise members of the public not…

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