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Unleashing the power of small businesses – the UK’s agile exporters

Long gone are the days when international trade was just the preserve of big businesses.... read more


Graph databases could be the answer to the growing fraud problem

Businesses, banks and insurance companies are losing billions of dollars every year due to fraudsters who have developed sophisticated ways of setting up new identities and eluding detection.... read more


Big Data, analytics and fraud prevention

Much emphasis is being placed on the potential rewards of unlocking valuable information from such data volumes – the so-called promise of Big Data.... read more


Drilling Deep Into A Hidden Risk: Production Sharing Agreements and Joint Ventures

With the increasing zeal of post-recession regulatory enforcement, compliance breaches have become one of the key risks facing businesses and individual executives. This risk exposure very much includes the area of Bribery and Corruption - both deal-specific (such as during cap-ital-raising or a M&A transaction) and at an operational level (including logistics, procurement and distribution channels).... read more


The Global Map for Manufacturing is Being Re-drawn - Yet Again

Just a few decades ago the buzz was all about 'off-shoring' - where manufacturing moved to cheaper cost bases such as China or Latin America. Then came something of a reversal with 'near-shoring' - of companies returning production closer to home markets such as the United States as the price of fuel and labour rose elsewhere.... read more


Which Countries Give New Businesses the Best Chance to Succeed?

This year’s Forbes “best countries for business list” was an eye opener. Both the UK and, most surprisingly, the USA missed out on the top 10, finishing 13th and 18th respectively.... read more


Steps to Harnessing the Wealth of Trading Opportunities in Mexico

Operating free trade agreements with over 40 countries and transforming itself from a commodity and agricultural-based economy to one dominated by manufacturing and services, Mexico presents a wealth of opportunities in international trade.... read more


Tips for Conducting Business Across Continents

If you’re looking to conduct cross-continent business, know that you can, but the task is not easy. Managing one location has it’s own challenges like keeping up with all of your departments including Human Resources, sales, marketing and the like. Now, think about doing that, but all over the world where there are different time zones, cultures and expectations.... read more


What Small Businesses Should Know About International Business in China

One of the most crucial elements to successful relationships during a business trip to China is the willingness and flexibility to adapt to local culture and customs. Chinese business people are generally very hospitable and often enjoy engaging foreign business contacts in local delicacies and customs.... read more


Starting to Trade Internationally

For many small businesses the first time they even think about selling their products or services outside the UK is when they receive an incoming enquiry from a potential customer in another country. Although it can be an exciting prospect this can raise a lot of questions:... read more