Are you one of the best businesses in Cheshire?

Are you one of the best businesses in Cheshire?

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Are you one of the best businesses in Cheshire? Nominations are now open for the High Sheriff’s Awards for Enterprise. The High Sheriff’s Awards for Enterprise 2017/18, Cheshire’s most prestigious business awards, are now open for entries. In its 12th anniversary year, the Awards offer thousands of pounds worth of prizes, as well as access to a network of support across Cheshire and a promotional opportunity for local businesses. The winners will be announced at a presentation evening on March 22, 2018 in the stunning surroundings of Chester Racecourse. Guests will include business leaders, judges and the finalists. The winner of the High Sheriff’s Award for Enterprise, sponsored by LDF and O2, will receive a free place for one of its appropriately qualified managers on the award-winning MBA programme at…
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Alibaba, fintech & techfin

Alibaba, fintech & techfin

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In late June Chinese behemoth Alibaba said its revenue for the year ahead would increase by just less than 50 per cent. The following day the market added $US42.25 billion to its value - a figure roughly equivalent to the size of Barclays Bank. Alibaba is essentially a technology company described by some as ‘a big-data conglomerate’. The company’s vertically and horizontally integrated services include online shopping, music streaming, photo sharing, logistics, news and finance - all of which contribute information on customer spending, locations and viewing. This data is collected, collated and fed back to the merchants who use Alibaba’s ecommerce platforms, enabling them to better target customers. "Techfins see data as not just something to help grow their business but as the core of their business.” -Steve Worthington In 2014, Alibaba created…
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Chester Forum VIII

Chester Forum VIII

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The eighth Chester Forum entitled "UK and China Business: The Marco Polo Initiative and Belt Road Initiative (BRI)" was held at Churchill House on the University of Chester's Queen's Park Campus on Monday 10th July 2017. The proceedings were opened by Dr Fran Hulbert, Chairman of Chester Forum and University Business Advisory Council and Professor Phil Harris, Executive Director of the University of Chester's Business Research Institute. The Vice Chancellor of the University of Chester, Professor Tim Wheeler welcomed the delegates and guests in an opening speech which set the scene for the day ahead. Simultaneous translations were given throughout the day. Delegates from China and UK received presentations and took part in discussions within four main topics: Review of the Economy, Politics, International Economy and Partnerships with China Reflections…
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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

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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

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[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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