Aegon said that they have been pushed to a loss with the sale of National IFA Positive Solutions. The life company said that they experienced a loss in profits of an estimated £3m after an £18m hit from the sale of PosSol. The company said that they spent an estimated £27m on company restructuring, which in turn wiped out the equivalent value. Continue reading →
Aviva announce their profits for the first half of 2013
Aviva announced that they were able to gain a £776m post tax profit in the first half of 2013, due to the 16% rise in new businesses in the United Kingdom. This profit for the UK-based life is a massive improvement on the £624m loss in the first half of 2012. Aviva’s operating profit rose to £1bn in 2013 from the £959 million gained in the first half of the year 2012. All figures are after the payment of taxes. Continue reading →
The opening month of 2013 has seen headlines dominated with future technology launches. Amongst the exciting new advances, there’s plenty of looking back with respectful homages to the computing industry’s past. Continue reading →
According to the BBC Goldman Sachs, the investment bank, will not be delaying their annual bonus payment to staff in order to take advantage of the forthcoming drop in the top rate of income tax. The decision has come in the wake of Goldman, and their rivals, being criticised following reports that said they were planning on delaying bonuses until after the 6th April, which is the date that the 50p top tax rate is dropping to 45p. Continue reading →
In order to improve on your current leadership performance it is essential to benchmark where you are at the moment. This can be achieved by both a personal and peer evaluation.
Personally, think about how you interact with the staff you manage and if the way you communicate with them is successful? Is there someone in your life who you thought was a good leader (i.e. a teacher or a parent?); how well does your management and leadership styles match theirs?
Despite numerous reports that Britain is no longer in recession and that the country is in recovery, it has been revealed in a new report that next year the number of city jobs are set to fall to their lowest level in two decades, reflecting the collapse of both equity trading and mergers in 2012. Continue reading →
Some people think that burglary, particularly burglary of an insured premises, as a “victimless crime”. Well try telling that to the business owners who have their premises infiltrated and their business’s assets pilfered. It creates a real headache for business owners and managers who need to strive to replace important pieces of technology to allow their employees do their jobs properly. It’s the last thing you need after you return after a relaxing festive break.
This is one of the most common questions when it comes to SMEs, and how to use social media in the most effective manner to ensure that their company gains the maximum benefit from it. The idea itself that Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and so forth can provide a firm commercial boost is now a standard piece of business advice, but there is precious little advice out there for SMEs who want to know exactly what they should be doing. Continue reading →
A recent survey by a top law firm has revealed that there is much that SMEs don’t know when it comes to commercial law, and an increasing number have admitted they need advice on employment law. Continue reading →