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What’s Up With WhatsApp and the UK Government?

17 July 2015

The smartphone revolution has changed the way we communicate forever. Gone are the days of phone calls and text messages; replaced by messaging apps, FaceTime and social media. One app in particular that’s proved rather popular with smartphone users is WhatsApp.

For those who don’t know (which can’t be many, surely?), WhatsApp is an instant messaging app where users can send messages and calls for free, providing they are connected to a WI-FI signal or not exceeded their data limit.  The app has enjoyed huge success all over the world since it was launched in 2009, boasting over 800 million active users. It was even snapped up by Facebook in February 2014 for a record $19Billion!!

It hasn’t all been plain sailing however, with recent controversy surrounding the UK Government and their Communications Data Bill.

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NHS Devolution: Taking Charge of Your Own Health

13 July 2015

A month ago, we wrote about how Greater Manchester was to provide a seven day NHS service to patients living in the area, where they have access to a GP 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. It’s all part of the devolution of Manchester, where the government has provided the area with more powers and control of the local economy, rather than having to rely on rulings from London.

More developments have emerged within the last couple of days, with the NHS announcing it wants to urge everyone in Greater Manchester to take charge of their own health and take it more seriously. The Greater Manchester System Prevention and Early Intervention Board has been created to help people identify health problems faster and prevent them from becoming ill, bridging the gap between healthcare and the economy. There are many benefits surrounding the plan, not just for patients, but for the NHS too, especially when it comes to cost cutting and productivity.

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London Counter Terrorism Training: What It Means For Us

6 July 2015

The last few weeks have been somewhat devastating for some nations of the World, with three major terrorist attacks taking place in quick succession. In Kuwait, 27 people died and hundreds wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a Mosque. One the same day, a French national with links to IS, decapitated his boss before going on a rampage in a chemical factory in central France. There was also a major incident involving holidaymakers in Tunisia. A lone gunman was responsible for killing 38 innocent people on an idyllic beach, 30 were British citizens.

In the wake of the terrorist attacks of recent months, including the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, the emergency services are taking part in a staged counter terrorism exercise, the biggest ever to take place in the UK.

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How To Create A Strategic Business Plan

25 June 2015

The world of business is cut throat. Not only is it difficult to think of a unique business idea, it’s even more difficult to construct a sustainable and achievable business plan. After all, a business won’t work without a plan of action, aims and objectives!

But for those trying to come up with a successful business plan, fear not, there’s simple way to approach it. In order to create a strategic business plan, you should consider exploring these 3 questions to determine your aims and objectives:

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The Greece Debt Crisis: What’s Going On?

23 June 2015

The financial crisis in Greece has been at the forefront of news for a while now. With a colossal 323 Billion Euros in Debt, Greece and its citizens are being crippled under government cuts and austerity measures in order to get them back into the black. But what is actually going on with the Greece Debt crisis and what could happen if they head for the emergency exit out of the Eurozone?

What’s happening?

The problems started in 2009 when Greece admitted it had a debt of at least 300 Billion Euros, which amounted to 113% of GDP, just under double the percentage the Eurozone allowed at 60%! Things went from bad to worse from then on in; ratings agencies started to downgrade the Greek government and banks credit ratings, which can severely affect investment. This led to Greece announcing severe austerity measures to help reduce their huge deficit and curb spending.

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The Future of Higher Education Conference 2015

18 June 2015

Our second annual conference on The Future of Higher Education 2015 has now drawn to a close. We had a fantastic turn out and welcomed many delegates and sponsors from far and wide through the doors at the University of Salford. Our speakers on the day brought their incredible knowledge to the conference, giving delegates an insight into the future of higher education.

For those who didn’t know, the conference aimed to take an in-depth look into higher education (HE), examining and discussing the tough decisions it faces in order for HE to develop in the future. The controversial topic of student finance was discussed as well as how a partnership between students, government, business and universities can revolutionize higher education for the next generation. The conference also covered insightful learning outcomes such as “adding value to student experiences”, “commercialisation of higher education” and “improving collaboration across universities”.

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Five Reasons Why The Construction Industry Should Embrace BIM

18 June 2015

Over the last few years, the construction industry has been revolutionised by the introduction of new technology, helping it to become more efficient in the way it works. BIM, or Building Information Modelling, is the technology aiming to do just that.

 

Described as a “Game Changer” by UK Government, BIM is a coordinated series of processes set up to make the construction of buildings and infrastructures more efficient, incorporating aspects such as design, planning and creating throughout a project’s life cycle. Sounds complicated? It’s pretty straight forward really and the benefits of the technology will become clear to you; here are five reasons why the construction industry should embrace BIM.

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The Youth Crime Commissioner; What Went Wrong?

16 June 2015

Within the last few weeks, it’s been reported that the role of Youth Crime Commissioner is to be axed due to numerous failings surrounding the candidates selected to front it.

 

The role, which was the brainchild of elected Police Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Kent Police Force, Anne Barnes, was thought up to help engage with the notoriously tough youth audience on crime and policing matters in the area and “to reduce the gap between younger people and the authorities, particularly the police”. The idea was to find someone that young people can relate to, where they could go for information on local policing and who they could go to when it came down to improving their community. It sounded like the perfect idea to help dissolve the barrier between young people and the police, but like all great plans, it didn’t go all that smoothly….

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A Seven-Day NHS: The Impossible Dream?

11 June 2015

In the run up to the UK general election, the NHS became an endless discussion between politicians and voters about how they would drastically save and improve the standards of care within the service. The Conservatives laid out plans to shake up the system and outlined plans to deliver a seven-day National Health Service, where patients can have access to a GP seven days a week.  But what does it mean for us and will the radical plan become an impossible dream?

As we all know, MP’s love to complicate things but it’s pretty straight forward when you look at the facts. In his recent speech, the Prime Minister David Cameron outlined the seven-day NHS plan which aims to provide patients with access to a GP seven days a week. That means Monday to Sunday, 8AM till 8PM, anyone who needs to see a doctor can make an appointment, wherever they are and whenever they need treatment. This is great for people who are working during the week and don’t have the time to visit their GP. It will also address the criticism the NHS currently receives about patient waiting times, the level of care they provide and the fact that mortality rates are higher on weekends.

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Importance of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

26 May 2015

Leadership with Continuing professional developmentIf you had no further training since you left your educational institution 10 years ago do you believe you are best suited to that promotion you’ve had your heart set on? Continuing Professional Development is fundamental to career progression, you may have soaked up all that extra knowledge through years of experience but without that qualification to formalise your practices you are leaving yourself vulnerable on the career ladder.

Continuing professional development not only helps you climb the ladder but also keeps you up with the changing demands of the workplace, as Albert Einstein once quoted “we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them“. Thousands of people enter our doors each year to find the solution to their problems or to fill a gap in their library of knowledge.

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