As the ball gets rolling on 2017, you may be looking for ways to freshen up how you recognize the efforts your employees are making. Here are some unique and simple ideas for how you can shine a spotlight on your team members. Host Recognition Ceremonies A recognition ceremony doesn’t have to be anything elaborate. It could be as simple as gathering your team together in the break room once a month so you can highlight the accomplishments of a few individuals and of the team as a whole. If you want to go a little further, consider providing...

Being popular within the world of business is likely to be a major concern of anyone within the world of business. Popularity, after all, is what ensures that you can continue to trade as well as possible, and that is why you will often need to ensure that you are as popular as possible. But this is something which can be quite difficult to ascertain; after all, how can you be sure how popular, or not, your own business is? Generally, there are a few different measures you can look to to try and figure it out. Knowing what these are will...

Cats rule the internet – images and videos of the domestic moggy are the most viewed content on the web. More than 3.8 million cat pictures and videos are shared every day. Many felines now have celebrity status, and the most famous of them all has to be Grumpy Cat. Think suffering from a form of dwarfism and an underbite is a drawback? Think again. It’s given Grumpy Cat a permanent multi-million dollar frown. Within days of the cat’s first appearances on social media, her 29 year old owner, Tabatha Bundesen, was able to give up...

Brexit, the impending General Election, the April Buy-to-Let taxes, and tightening up of property loans for first-time buyers (FTBs) are contributing to a very uncertain looking forecast in the UK property sector, as sales slow and estate agents are left with little to sell. Residential property agents are struggling with empty books at a possible record-breaking low. According to the UK Residential Market Survey conducted by RICS, individual estate agents have an average of only 43 properties to sell. So what is causing the problem,...

There are close to 320,000 British expats who’ve made their home in Spain, and at just over 20%,they make up a substantial portion of Spain’s foreign property buyers. Anyone applying for a mortgage from a Spanish bank would probably not have noticed a hidden ‘floor clause’, tucked away in the small print, which capped minimum repayments above the advertised interest rate. After many years of legal battles this clause hasnow been declared void and abusive, and in this article, we explain what the floor clause is and how mortgage...

In our current political climate, it is a sad fact that large outdoor event can be potential targets for attack from extremist and terrorist groups. Events such as fairs, festivals and Christmas markets provide a venue for terrorists to inflict heavy casualties and instil fear into the general population. A case in point is the Berlin Christmas Market lorry attack last December that killed 12 people and injured 48. For event organisers, this raises the obvious question: What can be done to safeguard against similar attacks? Concrete barriers The...

Most young people are relatively unfamiliar with the world of credit and finance. This inexperience can lead to mistakes, and some financial mistakes can have long-lasting repercussions. However, students who are responsible and educated about credit can successfully begin a good credit history, which is one of the fundamental building blocks of financial success. While building a credit history from scratch can be a difficult task, college students have some unique opportunities that other young people do not. One such opportunity that...

Investing, for some, is a hobby. For others, it is a way of life. No matter why it is that you invest, there is always a need to keep your finger on the pulse of what is making money. Well, that’s if you want to make some money, of course. So, below are just a few of the things that are set to be more bull than bear in the second half of 2017. Property Investing in property and real estate is nothing new. But just because property is something that has seemingly always been invested in, it doesn’t mean you should stop doing it now....

Heart disease is one of the biggest killers in the world and is largely down to an unhealthy lifestyle (although some people can be born with heart problems). There are lot of ways that we can be looking after our heart to prevent issues later down the line. Here are just a few recommendations. Stay prepared with gadgets There are lots of heart rate monitors and apps that you can get hold of these days to check that your pulse is healthy. If you’ve already been diagnosed with a heart problem, buying a defibrillator as an emergency option...

When operating a small business, you need to use lines of credit as well as available capital to solve cash flow issues. However, most startups do not have enough cash, making it necessary to obtain a business credit card. Businesses have large expenses and you do not want to be personally responsible for them. This means that funding your business expenses with your personal credit card is not a good idea. Although getting a business credit card might seem daunting, it is not that hard. Here are some tips that will come in handy: Check...