German businesses lead the EU in innovation

23rd of January 2013
German businesses lead the EU in innovation

Among the 27 member states of the EU Germany takes the lead in terms of innovation activity according to a new Eurostat survey.

Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union and this survey focuses on product and process innovation, as well as organisational and marketing innovation.Fifty-three percent of enterprises from industry and

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Risks of working alone

29th of November 2012
Risks of working alone

David Foster of property and people protection specialist Sitex Orbis explains the risks facing those who work alone, the responsibilities of employers and how they can support and protect their staff.

In a world where everyone seems to be connected 24/7, it’s easy to forget many people work alone. Not isolated behind a computer screen and

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Save costs, be greener

28th of November 2012
Save costs, be greener

Green issues have tended to take a back seat in recent years as businesses prioritise cutting costs over reducing their carbon footprint. Yet they may be missing a trick because the two can go hand-in-hand, as Hartley Milner reports.

Managing a vehicle fleet must figure among the most stressful challenges in running a business, not least because

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Peer-to-peer business lending - new ways of bridging the funding gap

2nd of November 2012
Peer-to-peer business lending - new ways of bridging the funding gap

The banks – who needs them? That’s a question some high-profile economists are seriously beginning to ask as alternative sources of finance come online to bridge the funding gap. Hartley Milner reports on one of these enterprising new kids on the block, the peer-to-peer business lender.

Frustratingly for us all, the bankers have drawn

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Economic crisis in Italy hinders potential for growth

31st of October 2012
Economic crisis in Italy hinders potential for growth

In the latest of our special country focus reports, ECJ takes a look at the cleaning sector of Italy. Giuseppe Gherardelli, general secretary of ANIP (National Association of Cleaning Companies) and UNIFERR (Union of Railway Cleaning Companies), offers his viewpoint on the contract cleaning sector. Both organisations are part of FISE, a member of

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The death of office working?

1st of October 2012
The death of office working?

Is the office set to become redundant? Well, perhaps not – but its role at the heart of business is certainly undergoing radical change with the emergence of a new technology-led trend. Hartley Milner reports on the rapid rise of flexible working.

The great office breakout is unstoppable. Desk-bound employees across a range of industries

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