East Meets West

East Meets West

Chinese, News
As part of the Summer School activities for visiting Chinese students, a networking event arranged by the West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce was held on Wednesday 5th July. Our Chinese visitors delivered four differing presentations to the assembly. The theme of the Summer School this year is "Innovation & Entrepreneurship from a Global Creative Economy Perspective". [gallery type="slideshow" size="full" ids="679,680,681,682,683,684,685,686,687" orderby="rand"]  
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The ATM celebrates 50 years but we’re using it less

The ATM celebrates 50 years but we’re using it less

News
As the Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) celebrates its 50th birthday, it’s actually being used less and less to withdraw cash in Australia. There are currently more than 32,000 ATMs across Australia and cash withdrawals in February 2017 were A$9,924 million, down 10% from the previous year and just above the total of February 2005. ATM’s (Automatic Teller Machines) were first introduced at the end of June 1967 and were welcomed by both bank customers and the banks themselves. This “hole in the wall” enabled customers to access their cash 24/7. The ATM’s self-service nature enabled the banks to reduce their costs, by closing bank branches, reducing opening hours and laying off staff. But the Reserve Bank of Australia’s 2016 Consumer Payments Survey reported that cards were used more often than…
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Mixing Business with Gamification

Mixing Business with Gamification

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Enterprise #gamification takes elements from computer gaming and integrates them into your business to encourage a desired behaviour, such as productivity or retention. 71% of employees are not engaged. Gamification can help close this loop. Businesses in the top quartile of employee engagement have 18% higher productivity [embed]http://www.stevenmarkham.co.uk/mixing-business-with-gamification/[/embed]
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Chinese Academy of Science scholar’s year in Chester

Chinese Academy of Science scholar’s year in Chester

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[caption id="attachment_556" align="alignnone" width="571"] Pengfei Wang[/caption] The University of Chester’s growing links with China have been further strengthened through the work of a visiting scholar, who has been based at the Riverside Campus for a year since February 2016. Pengfei Wang is from the Technology Transfer Centre at Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and NanoBionics (SINANO), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), one of the top advanced science academic institutions in China. The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) awarded her a scholarship to support her development and research, based at the University of Chester’s Business Research Institute, under the supervision of Professor Phil Harris and Dr Wing Lam. Pengfei was educated as a scientist and engineer and holds Master’s and Bachelor Degrees in Material Science and has more than 10 years’ managerial…
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International lobbying and public affairs explored in two global books

International lobbying and public affairs explored in two global books

News, Publications
[caption id="attachment_552" align="alignnone" width="548"] Professor Phil Harris[/caption] TWO major new books exploring international public affairs and lobbying in the European Union at the time of the Government’s Brexit negotiations and across the globe have been edited by a Professor at the University. Professor Phil Harris, Executive Director of the University’s Business Research Institute, has co-edited Lobbying in Europe (Palgrave Macmillan) with Professor Alberto Bitoni. This book gives an up-to-date picture of the vast and dynamic industry of lobbying and Public Affairs in Europe, not only at EU level, but specifically in each of the 28 EU Member States. Using contributions from political scientists and lobbyists from each country, the volume offers a comprehensive review of the European lobbying industry, tackling elements such as the institutional framework and the political culture…
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High Sheriff of Cheshire Enterprise Awards – winners announced

High Sheriff of Cheshire Enterprise Awards – winners announced

FEATURES, News
[caption id="attachment_494" align="alignnone" width="575"] Winner High Sheriff’s Awards for Enterprise 2016/17: Direct Food Ingredients. Also in the photo are Professor Phil Harris, University of Chester; High Sheriff of Cheshire, Kathy Cowell; Christine Gaskell, Chair Cheshire and Warrington LEP; Phil Brereton, LDF; Jo Challoner, O2.[/caption] More than 300 guests gathered at Chester Racecourse to celebrate the High Sheriff of Cheshire Enterprise Awards, hosted by the High Sheriff of Cheshire, Kathy Cowell, and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester, Professor Tim Wheeler. The guest speaker was New York Times best-selling author, consultant, educator, broadcaster, former NBA star, and elite psychologist, John Amaechi OBE. Direct Food Ingredients scooped the overall prize High Sheriff’s Award for Enterprise 2016/17, sponsored by Cheshire and Warrington LEP, LDF and O2. Judges were looking for an organisation…
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International student’s Chester learning experience boosts business skills development in Middle East

International student’s Chester learning experience boosts business skills development in Middle East

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[caption id="attachment_459" align="alignnone" width="575"] Sarhan Al Zeidi[/caption] Skills learned during his PhD studies at the University of Chester will help an international student, who graduates this week, boost the employability skills of people back home in Oman. Mature student, Sarhan Al Zeidi, successfully completed his doctorate at the University’s Business Research Institute in December 2016. On returning to Oman, 40-year-old Sarhan was promoted to the position of Director General of the Royal Cavalry, where he oversees human resources and skills development across around 20 departments of Oman’s Royal Court of Affairs. He said: “Studying in Chester was one of the best decisions I have ever made. While completing my PhD, I learned a great deal from my supervisors – their experience and knowledge helped me understand how I can further…
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Will demonetisation become de rigueur?

Will demonetisation become de rigueur?

FEATURES, News, Publications
Steve Worthington is a Visiting Professor at the Business Research Institute The world is going cold on cash. Successive moves by global governments to consider or act on a reduction of banknotes in a bid to, among other things, clamp down on illicit purchases. Digital payment methods are of course the beneficiaries. It’s not all straightforward however – in India’s case especially, there have been unforeseen consequences. There are lessons in the experience for others around the globe. And, as an aside, even though we haven’t even dispensed with cash, the global payment schemes like MasterCard already talking about the end of cards – within a decade – as the technology behind them migrates to smart phones, watches and other wearables. The Indian Government’s announcement in November 2016 it would demonetise…
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