Issue 6 2019

Corporate Vision Issue 6 2019 cover

Welcome to the June issue of Corporate Vision Magazine! Your monthly source for all the latest news pieces and insightful features from across the global business landscape.

Featured in the pages of this month’s packed edition are features on innovative companies who reveal the secrets behind their extraordinary success, a payroll service provider which works alongside organisations of all sizes in both corporate and employer services, and we also discover more about a company who’s mission is to empower corporate ethical leadership, help companies develop and implement effective strategies to respond to crises and achieve lasting transformations.

Also included in this month’s issue is AutonomIQ, an autonomous platform that automates every step of the testing life-cycle from test case creation to impact analysis. Offering an agile, flexible approach, AutonomIQ’s innovative solutions enable testing to be completed at a lower-cost, higher velocity and with better quality, as we discover when we profiled the firm earlier this month.

Elsewhere in this edition, we meet the team at Ocean Data Systems who have created Dream Report, an end use-oriented software product with a purpose of taming the ocean of data which is found in industrial applications, with user configured industrial reports and dashboards for every vertical market.  We caught up with Roy Kok who kindly provided us with a detailed insight into the insightful solutions Dream Report offers.

This is just a small glimpse into what we have in store for you in this month’s Corporate Vision Magazine, and we sincerely hope that you enjoy reading this edition. Finally, we always love to hear from our readers and so if you have any comments, suggestions or ideas please do get in touch!

Gender pay gap has halved in the last 20 years

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The current gender pay gap is only half of what it was 20 years ago. That is according to an analysis of salary data by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

According to a 1999 study by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the gender pay gap for that year was 19%. Although this figure sounds high compared to today’s standards, at the time it was celebrated as a major improvement, as women’s pay was just 63% of men’s in 1970, when the national minimum wage was introduced.

Two decades later, however, the current gender pay gap is still a major issue and has decreased just less than 50%. The data collected from this year’s reporting, which is mandatory for companies with more than 250 employees, revealed that the current gender pay gap is 9.6%. ONS, however, found that almost a third of companies are still way below the national average, with a gap more akin to the figure recorded in 1999 (17.9%).

Commenting on the analysis, Ann Swain, Chief Executive of APSCo, said:

“Since the introduction of gender pay reporting, the gap is continuing to close, which is fantastic. However, we still have a long way to go until there is true parity. To begin seeing significant change, businesses must prioritise creating diversity in their teams and promote opportunities for women at all levels, so that their talent pipelines do not leak female talent.”

“Over the past 20 years I have witnessed growing discourse on the subject, and have seen companies from traditionally male-dominated sectors boost initiatives to encourage female participation, such as returnships. However, this alone is not enough to create equal pay.”

“The recruitment profession has not only a social responsibility, but also a real opportunity, to create an even playing field through encouraging firms to boost diversity and inclusion, and to help create solutions for an equal workplace for all. We must be advocates for fair recruitment practices to achieve workforce diversity across all sectors, and ensure female professionals have every opportunity to fulfil their full potential.”

 

Droplet Computing Reaches Milestone in Channel Recruitment

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Droplet Computing today announced it has reached a milestone in its channel strategy with 30 partners currently on-boarded.

Following signing specialist distributor Prianto in the UK and US in April 2018, partner recruitment, training and on-boarding has been their main focus. The Prianto group in other countries has now also added Droplet Computing into their vendor portfolio, including The Netherlands, France and Germany.

“Right from the get go I have said that Droplet Computing is the most exciting end user computing product in decades,” commented Yuri Pasea, CEO Prianto UK. “The traction we are seeing in onboarding new partners for Droplet Computing demonstrates the appetite for their technology. While we are continuing a recruitment drive for Droplet Computing, we are now also focused on making the ones we have signed productive.”

Droplet Computing containers enable a number of use case scenarios for organisations that require legacy, but business critical, applications to work on new operating systems that they were not designed for. Legacy applications run in the container with no packaging or re-writing required. The ability to work online and offline is a key functionality and the containers are also highly secure, confirmed by a recent pen test conducted by NCC Group plc.

“We are very aware that, for an innovative start up organisation, getting on channel partners’ agendas can be tough, but Prianto has been key in engaging new partners for us,” stated Peter von Oven, founder, Droplet Computing. “For Droplet Computing to scale and to service the demand we have in our pipeline, more partners are critical for our continued success and we look forward to welcoming new partners onboard.”

Droplet Computing provides partners competitive margins, access to deal registration and leads through their partner portal and customised marketing support.

“XMA has been working alongside Droplet Computing for the past 2 years throughout the development of their platform,” commented Peter Heath, CTO, at Droplet Computing partner XMA. “2019 has been exciting and rewarding as we are now seeing our customers realise the benefits of the technology and our investment, especially in regards to helping them overcome application interoperability challenges whilst migrating to Windows 10.”

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6 reasons why you should make wellbeing at work a top priority

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Your employee wellbeing is critical to your business wellbeing. In order to give your best, you have to be at your best, and whilst healthy and motivated employees can have a positive impact on the productivity and effectiveness of a business, the opposite is also true.

When you understand your people’s health and happiness is not a luxury, it’s the energy source powering their performance, you place their emotional wellbeing on an equal footing to their physical wellbeing. When it’s low, their performance is low, which has both a short and long-term impact on the business.

Here are my 6 reasons why you should make wellbeing at work a top priority.

#1 Set yourself up as an employer of choice

Whilst your value proposition is a key differentiator for your business, your wellbeing strategy is your key differentiator in your employee value proposition (EVP). There’s a war on talent and finding good, quality people is getting tighter. Individuals are not just looking for the highest salary or the biggest bonus on offer, they’re looking for businesses who can help them achieve a work-life balance, leaders who care about what’s going on in the inside (their emotions) as well as the outside (their productivity). Your EVP, which includes your wellbeing strategy is critical in helping you achieve employer of choice status.

# 2 Discretionary and optional commitment

The success of your business is hardwired to the productivity of your people and often this calls for them to contribute their whole self, which often includes discretionary and optional commitment. You know what I mean; working late at short notice, the extra hours during the weekend, missing lunch because of a scheduled meeting. How do you ‘repay’ these debits from the employee loyalty account. Yes, they may be remunerated for the extra hours but how do you compensate for the missed hours from their life outside of work? Having in place a wellbeing strategy shows you value and care for your employees, in and outside the workplace.

#3 Address the productivity challenge

The urban myth which says the more hours you work, the more you will get done is simply that, a myth. In reality, the more hours you work, the less productive you become. Why? Because we all need quality downtime, and with 24/7 connectivity it’s tough to completely switch off.  Giving your people access to gym memberships, weekly meditation or yoga, or putting in place stricter after-hours work policies, such as no emails before 8.00am or after 6.00pm will ensure it’s not just an add on but a fundamental part of your culture.

#4 Reduce absenteeism

Burnout at work is gradual and preventable. The UK Government’s Health & Safety Executive (HSE) defines work-related stress, depression or anxiety as a harmful reaction people have to undue pressures and demands placed on them at work. In 2016, 11.7 million working days were lost due to this condition alone, with the main work factors cited by respondents being workload pressures, tight deadlines, too much responsibility and a lack of managerial support. If you’re offering additional time off and flexible work, ensure people take it, don’t make them feel awkward for asking. The success of your strategy, and the benefits you and your business experience as a result of it, rests entirely on how well you and your managers practice what they preach.

#5 Unlock a motivational environment

One of the keys to unlocking a motivational environment is to understand your people’s personal goals and how being successful at work can be one of the vehicles and enablers in helping them realise their goals. The moment we create the bridge in their mind – the link between their personal goals, business goals and what they do daily during work – self-motivation kicks in. This is the defining moment a person changes from someone with a job to someone with a purpose.

By creating clarity of purpose for your people, you enable them with the mindset (attitude, determination, will), the skillset (technical or soft skills) and the toolset (tools to do their job) to truly unlock their potential. This means delivering excellence within their role, fueling their inner self-worth, igniting their self-motivation, building their confidence and ultimately boosting their happiness and wellness.

#6 More sustainable business model

Retaining your people mitigates the risk of the constant ‘attrition, recruitment, induction, development cycle’, will create a more sustainable business model. You’ll have loyal employees, breadth and depth of experience in the business, consistent employee-customer relationships which ultimately will result in happy and loyal customers.

Royston Guest is a leading authority on growing businesses and unlocking people potential. Entrepreneur, author of #1 best-seller Built to Grow and new book RISE: Start living the life you were meant to lead,

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The 2019 Telecom Awards Press Release

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Corporate Vision Unveils the Winners of the 2019 Telecom Awards

United Kingdom, 2019– Corporate Vision Magazine has announced the winners of the 2019 Telecom Awards.

The 2019 Telecom Awards honours and rewards everyone who has had a positive influence and impact, within the industry, over the past 12 months. An essential industry to every business market and sector, we here at Corporate Vision Magazine believe it is essential that the innovators and industry juggernauts be furnished with the opportunity to receive recognition for their efforts. 

Discussing the success of their winners, Jack Wainwright, Awards Coordinator stated: “Congratulations to all of my winners and thank you for your hard work keeping the world connected. Best of luck for the future, I look forward to hearing of your future success.”

To learn more about these illustrious winners, and to find out the secrets behind their success, please visit http://www.cv-magazine.com.

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About Corporate Vision Magazine

Created by a highly experienced and passionate team of business experts, advisors and insiders, Corporate Vision provides discerning readers worldwide with a wealth of news, features and comment on the corporate issues of the day.

6CATS urges recruiters to make compliance a top priority as HMRC ramp up prosecutions

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As HMRC exceeds its criminal prosecution targets for the fifth year running, global contractor management firm, 6CATS International, has urged that recruitment firms make sure they have adequate compliance procedures in place or risk exposing themselves to heavy penalties.

Last year, the government launched 1,007 prosecutions against individuals in relation to tax evasion offences, beating its target of referring 1,000 cases to the Crown Prosecution Service for the year ended 31 March 2018. This is the fifth consecutive year that HMRC has beaten its goal, having reached it every year since 2013, and another indication of the sustained efforts that the tax authority has put in to collecting lost revenues.

Furthermore, this figure is likely to increase due to data received by HMRC relating to offshore accounts from jurisdictions such as Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, and the Criminal Finances Act 2017, which has enhanced HMRC’s ability to hold businesses liable for the actions of employees and contractors.

The Revenue is also increasingly going after cases involving businesses in order to chase larger pay-offs. Last week, HMRC opened an investigation into ride-hailing app Uber over allegations that the company owes more than £1bn in unpaid UK tax. Reports from September suggested HMRC had opened 27 new serious tax evasion cases into some of the UK’s top businesses.

Michelle Reilly, CEO of 6CATS, commented on the latest figures, stating:

“These latest figures once again confirm the notion that tax is becoming stricter across UK, and the rest of the world. With the likes of the Criminal Finances Act 2017, Common Reporting Standard and innovative tax technology, compliance is becoming much more complex wherever you choose to work. However, this is no excuse for any complacency over these matters.”

“By overlooking compliance, recruitment companies are putting their business, brand, candidates and end clients at risk of punishment. Tax laws in the UK are very strict, as we all know, and any recruitment businesses working internationally must remember that the non-compliant actions of anyone associated with them, contractors included, could lead to them being punished back home.”

“Therefore, it’s imperative that all recruitment companies make sure they have adequate procedures in place which can prevent any instances of non-compliant behaviour happening, and to serve as a legal defence in the event that a contractor associated with them breaks the law.”

The 2019 Content Creator Awards Press Release

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Corporate Vision Unveils the 2019 Content Creator Awards Winners

United Kingdom, 2019– Corporate Vision Magazine has announced the winners of the 2019 Content Creator Awards.

CV Magazine are running this inaugural award programme to showcase all of you who go above and beyond in creating great content, from web designers, vloggers and bloggers to those creating images and videos for the web, the 2019 Content Creator Awards give credit where it is deserved.

As we continue through the 21st century the trend of people turning to content creation as a means of making a living continues to grow. From YouTubers to Bloggers, companies and individuals are continuing to monetize their skills to make a successful living with some of the top content creators making over a million dollars year in year out.

Discussing the success of their winners, Edward Faulkner, Awards Coordinator commented: “There are so many content creators who are influencing today’s modern business market, and I am proud to recognise them through this awards programme. It is with great pride that I congratulate my winners; here’s to more great content going forward!”

To learn more about these illustrious winners, and to find out the secrets behind their success, please visit https://www.cv-magazine.com.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

About Corporate Vision Magazine

Created by a highly experienced and passionate team of business experts, advisors and insiders, Corporate Vision provides discerning readers worldwide with a wealth of news, features and comment on the corporate issues of the day.

Engage urges companies to review their processes following the reporting of 206,000 GDPR cases

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In light of reports that 206,000 cases have been reported within the first nine months of GDPR reporting, Engage Technology Partners has urged employers to review their contractor and employee compliance and management processes.

Although it has now been one year since GDPR was enforced, it is clear that more must be done to educate businesses on being compliant.The data, which was provided by the European Data Protection board, reveals that out of the hundreds of thousands of cases reported, 95,000 were complaints and 65,000 were data security breach notifications. It was also exposed that fines totalling €56 million were handed out by national data protection agencies across 11 countries.

Commenting on the new data, Alex Fraser, Director of Engage Technology Partners, said:

“As we’re one year on since the introduction of GDPR, companies may be tempted to relax about the regulations, however, the data clearly shows that being negligent can have severe consequences on reputation and bottom line. With procedures getting more complex by the day, to really protect your company against GDPR claims, businesses must invest in an automated system that will keep their firm safe and in check. Dated systems, like the manual collection of sensitive information, are exposed to risks such as exploitation or mishandling. An electronic system, however, which manages all information in one place and ensures GDPR compliance will keep all worries away.”

 

IT Firm S9 Tech Releases Industry Leading Software to Revolutionise Customs Duty and VAT collection

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With specialist experience in custom software development, S9 Tech has announced the release of a unique and market leading SaaS product to revolutionise custom duty payment collections. The brand new dedicated website found at https://dutiesetc.com/ showcases its business potential and exactly how it is implemented.

The Duties etc. solution was developed to calculate and collect VAT and duties for cross-border shipping, specifically for the E-Commerce and B2C customers, where the charges are calculated on day zero, and a payment notification is sent to the final consignee via email and text. This speeds up the process of clearance at destination and avoids creating bottle necks for the final mile delivery division.

CEO Bibiana Fernandez said “We are proud that Duties etc. can save businesses, time, money and hassle with an intuitive stand-alone system or quick and efficient integration with current operating systems. Access to simply priced import duty calculations helps to streamline their existing processes and creates an efficient supply chain that improves customer experience.”

Nearly every shipment that crosses an international border is subject to custom duty and taxes. Every country determines the assessment of import and export duties and taxes differently. With the implications of Brexit still looming, the requirement to provide accurate product classification has never been more important. Similarly, the growth of Ecommerce has led to overseas purchases growing at exponential rates and consumers often want (and need) to calculate their expected total landed costs before purchase.

Duties etc. is used by a variety of cross-border business, providing thousands of calculations and classifications to customers, brokers, retailers and logistics & freight carriers in over 108 countries around the world. Duties etc. will automatically calculate duties and taxes for every order being shipped. Seamlessly integrating with existing front or back-end systems, the Duties etc. system will inform customers with daily SMS and email reminders of the charges to be paid or I.D numbers and ID image which needs to be uploaded before services can be fulfilled. Duties etc. will integrate with any ecommerce back-end system and allow retailers to know exactly how much duty they need to be charging customers. This allows clear, transparent costing and quick and easy payments.


Duty Calculator
Alongside the global launch, S9 Tech has created a free tool which is used to calculate import duty & taxes for 108 destinations worldwide. The calculator provides thousands of calculations and classifications to customers, brokers, retailers and logistics carriers. S9 Tech has created general access to this tool for 3 free calculations.


Duties etc. on Trial
Duties etc. has already been trialled with a number of freight and Retail businesses in the UK, USA, Thailand, Israel, Indonesia and Turkey to name a few. The results have been exceptional:

“The deployment was quick, smooth and successful. Customers are very happy with the new platform and payment rates have increased from 25% to 80% in the first week of launching!”
David Lattore, Deputy Director, Aramex, Switzerland.


Benefits.
Improved transit times.
Reduced back logs at destination.
Reduced clearance and storage cost losses.
International duty calculator for over 108 countries cross-border.
Improved cash flow due to the money being paid directly into client bank account.
Ability to request, collect and feedback info such as ID image, ID number, confirmation of name and address in local language as part of various customs regulations.
Emails, SMS and their reminders are configured as customer wishes
Local and multiple trusted payment gateways for fast and secure payment
Reduced personnel due to the automatic nature of the process and the follow up.
Efficient and improved supply chain that substantially improves the customer experience.
Flexible, fast and scalable implementation
PCI DSS & GDPR compliant

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Signallamp Retains Sage Growth Partners for Strategic Marketing Communications Services

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Sage Growth Partners (SGP), a Baltimore-based healthcare research, strategy, and marketing firm, today announced that it has been retained by chronic care management provider Signallamp Health as its agency of record. As part of the ongoing relationship, SGP will deliver strategic content development, communications, and lead generation services.

Based in Scranton, PA, Signallamp Health works as an extension of the physician practice to manage chronically ill patients through a combination of technology and human connection. By layering dedicated nurse resources alongside its platform, Signallamp drives enhanced care, engagement, and better health outcomes. The company has engaged SGP to tell its value story using multiple mediums, including videos, case studies, and an economic impact calculator. SGP will also provide wrap-around integrated marketing services such as social media, public relations, and sales engine support, leveraging these assets to generate demand and build brand awareness.

“We looked at a lot of options for a marketing partner but struggled to find anyone with a meaningful understanding of the healthcare delivery system, which is critical to our value proposition,” said Drew Kearney, Signallamp co-founder. “Since we began our engagement with Sage, we have felt validated in our decision and the team’s capabilities, and we look forward to meaningful results over the next year.”

“Signallamp Health is at a critical inflection point in its growth and needs to capitalize on the track record of success and trustworthiness it has built,” said Boh Hatter, SGP CMO and General Manager, Marketing. “Signallamp is well positioned to capitalize on the growth and implementation of critical value-based initiatives and programs. Our multi-disciplinary team will take an integrated approach to help them achieve that goal and secure a market-leading position.”

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BEST EVER TASTING HALAL BEEF HOT DOG LAUNCHED TODAY

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The Sausage Man, a leading UK based German sausage and hot dog wholesaler launched the best ever tasting low salt Halal Beef Hot Dog.

The demand for halal products is high in the UK and is rapidly growing. And even if there are already lots of products available in the market, the customers tend to choose better quality and healthier options.

A great tasting hot dog with high protein and low salt content fits market demand perfectly and will sell quickly. The Sausage Man as a leading player in the sausage and hot dog market is well prepared to distribute this product UK- and Ireland-wide.

Having already good sales established with a turkey-based halal hot dog, Michael Juska, Managing Director of The Sausage Man often gets questions about a beef halal hot dog.

He said: “To find a good tasting halal sausage is a challenge. We tried a lot and found inferior quality sausages with just 35% meat content.

“So, we decided to develop our own halal beef hot dog together with a certified German halal specialist butcher. Best quality and fantastic taste were first on our priority list. We didn’t want to use fillers or gluten. Just pure taste of beef, like you have in these traditional New Yorker hot dogs.
“The result speaks for itself. And even with a salt content of less than half compared to similar sausages you get the full flavour of beef with a hint of beechwood smoke.”

This beef halal hot dog is made in the style of a “Frankfurter” sausage, which is typical for Germany but is also the basis for great American hot dogs and one of the UK’s most popular hot dog types

Worldwide halal foods sales are expected to grow from $2.1 billion US in 2017 to $3 billion by 2023 (source: statista). The Muslims market in the UK is rapidly expanding, with the population rapidly growing from 1.6 million in 2001 to over 2.7 million in 2011 and to 3.37 million in 2017 (source: www.ons.gov.uk)

The Sausage Man Halal Beef Hot Dog is available from today and commercial customers are welcome to contact The Sausage Man via sausageman.co.uk or [email protected] or 01322 867 060.

In the coming weeks the Halal Beef Hot Dog will be available via our online-shop, which will be ready this month. With a minimum order value of £ 125 it will be also accessible for non-commercial customers.

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