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27th Nov 2018

Last week, in the final Budget pre-Brexit, the Government announced a new EIS fund structure designed to focus primarily on knowledge-intensive SMEs. SMEs – Small and Medium Enterprises – make...

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20th Nov 2018

Founded in 2012 by Paul Herman and James Caan, one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs, Bluebox provides expect advice and quality services for business owners on their journey towards the sale of their business, and at the point of...

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16th Nov 2018

An exclusive group of online networks, In Touch Networks, brings elite professionals and employers together. For the third year running, In Touch has been named as the fastest growing technology company in the North West at last night's Deloitte Fast 50 Awards.   Established in 2013, the...

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9th Nov 2018

Manchester-based networking company is set to merge its multiple networks and form one unified brand   In Touch Networks, the exclusive online platform for elite professionals, has announced that it will be rebranding to In...

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5th Nov 2018

Founded in 2012 by Paul Herman and James Caan, one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs, Bluebox provides expect advice and quality services for business owners on their journey towards the sale of their business and at the point of exit.  We hope you enjoyed our previous blog on...

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2nd Nov 2018

Mayfair-based IW Capital expands its SME lending proposition with the close of the first round of financing for its debt fund IW Capital - the debt, equity and EIS investment specialist based in the heart of Mayfair - has announced the...

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25th Oct 2018

Founded in 2012 by Paul Herman and James Caan, one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs, Bluebox provides expert advice and quality services for business owners on their journey towards the sale of their...

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15th Oct 2018

In Touch Networks is delighted to announce the official launch of its brand-new podcast series - In Touch Talks Business - focused on inspiring and enhancing the careers of senior-level business professionals. Listen to (or download) the first...

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8th Oct 2018

In 2012 Paul Herman and James Caan, one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs, founded Bluebox. Their goal was to provide expert advice and quality services to business owners on their journey towards the sale of their business and at the point of exit.  At Bluebox,...

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5th Oct 2018

In Touch Networks is to launch a brand new podcast series - In Touch Talks Business - focused on inspiring and enhancing the careers of senior business professionals.   Led by In Touch Networks Director of Curriculum...

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28th Sep 2018

The emergence of new technologies continues at an ever-increasing pace. Almost daily there are stories of technological breakthroughs and incredible demonstrations of how we are using new tech in our day to day...

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26th Sep 2018

Our recent coverage in Forbes, "Business Advice For £5 A Day? - Yes, We're Talking Algorithms" gives some very good insight into what Runagood® is all about, and how it can impact...

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24th Sep 2018

By the year 2020, the Government wants a third of all board members to be female. As per the latest figures, FTSE 100 companies appear to be on track to hit this target, with female representation having grown from 12.5% to 29% since 2011. However, only a...

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13th Sep 2018

What would happen if every self-employed person in the UK went on strike? Would it make any difference to your day? It’s easy to forget the vast array of roles self-employed people fill, but the reality is, when you choose to...

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4th Sep 2018

In the current economic environment, due diligence processes tend to be more thorough and intrusive. Preparation for this is paramount to ensuring a process runs smoothly. It will also...

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28th Aug 2018

You’ve had a well-earned break, batteries are fully recharged and you have a hatful of fabulous ideas to take the business forward. But where should you start, and what to prioritise?  It can seem daunting returning to the business. You had a clear...

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24th Aug 2018

Earlier this month the Bank of England raised its interest rate for the second time in a decade. The Monetary Policy Committee unanimously voted in favour of raising the rate from 0.5% to 0.75%, the highest level since...

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22nd Aug 2018

Negotiating an offer is arguably the key step in the sales process. It can be the difference between a lucrative offer and an unfair one. To help you assist your board with this stage, we have listed 5 pieces of important advice to consider.    1. Agree key terms upfront  When...

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8th Aug 2018

Before your board can maximise the value of their business, it is important to know what the business is currently worth. By looking at recent deals in your market and speaking to a trusted adviser, you should be able to form a good...

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1st Aug 2018

Looking to take the next step with property?   So, you have taken the plunge into the world of contracting and things are going well.  Investing in property may seem an appealing way to secure a comfortable...

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30th Jul 2018

As a Consultant, you’re often seen as one big problem-solving machine, and whilst you may be great at solving other peoples’ problems it’s easy to let your own fall to the wayside. As the landscape of...

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30th Jul 2018

Step 1: Preparing your board   The sale of a business is often the most important ‘transaction’ a business owner will make in their lifetime. Preparation and pre-sale planning can influence the outcome of an...

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26th Jul 2018

Winning consultancy contracts can be an arduous process - especially when first starting out. Once you have overcome the hurdle of securing an interview, it is essential that you are...

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13th Jul 2018

Above typical work perks, when it comes to building strong client relationships, wellbeing schemes are fantastic add-ons that have been increasingly on the rise.  Why?  Because, simply put, a decent wellbeing policy is good company practice; employees are expecting more from the...

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4th Jul 2018

You’ve been working in your current 9-5 job for what seems like forever and now you’re ready to branch off on your own and become a Consultant. Whilst freelancing offers a number of advantages over traditional employment, including both greater freedom and greater...

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2nd Jul 2018

To make it as a Consultant you need to have a high drive for success. Whether you’ve been recruited to provide your expertise and guidance on a large-scale project,, or simply as an extra pair of hands on a project - the end goals of success are...

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18th Jun 2018

Perhaps one of the most important steps in understanding the key points of what to expect as you embark on your portfolio career is to define it absolutely. The term itself has a few different interpretations available both on...

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11th Jun 2018

So, you’ve taken the plunge and stepped out from predictable traditional employment to reap the benefits of the flexible and profitable contracting world. But does this mean you are going to struggle to...

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14th Jun 2018

There are many reasons why people choose to become a Contractor- it can bring a lot of benefits; flexibility in working hours, high day rates and, subsequently, a high income. Of course, all of this is usually done with family in mind. We all want to...

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11th Jun 2018

In the past few years, more leading businesses have been acquiring the support and skills of Consultants. According to research conducted by Zeqr in 2017, UK businesses spent over £60 billion on external Consultants and experts. With the survey participants citing that a lack of in-house...

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4th Jun 2018

The morning can be tough for even the best of us, so how can we go about setting ourselves up best for a productive day? Many CEOs and top-level professionals have shared their insights and routines...

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31st May 2018

Keir Hopley became a member of TheConsultantHub.com and NonExecutiveDirectors.com following a recommendation from a friend. Since joining, Keir has secured a role as an ‘Independent Person’ with The London Borough of Brent. Read our latest...

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24th May 2018

So far, 2018 has been a big year for the controversial tax law known as ‘IR35’. In fact, it’s only May and we’ve already seen two very different but highly publicised...

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23rd May 2018

There’s just a couple of days to go until the new data protection laws of GDPR come into effect on 25th May 2018. As an individual leading their portfolio career, now is the time to make sure all...

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8th May 2018

On the 16th & 17th of May, UK’s most ambitious SME owners, startup owners, creative leaders and decision makers will take part in what is Europe’s largest business event. The most influential...

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4th May 2018

Whether you are an aspiring Consultant or a well-established Consultant looking to generate more leads and develop your portfolio career, building a personal brand that effectively...

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2nd May 2018

Samantha Nicol is an active member of TheConsultantHub.com and WomenDirectors.com. Having recently completed the acclaimed Ahead of the Curve development programme, Samantha now feels more mentally prepared and capable than ever before...

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26th Apr 2018

It is becoming increasingly popular for professionals to reach a place in their career where they are enticed by the prospect of stepping back from full-time commitments and pursuing a portfolio career. The allure of being your own boss, setting your own salary, establishing your own workload...

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26th Apr 2018

Aina Khan OBE is a world-renowned consultant solicitor in London, specialising in the field of International Family Law. She is a leading expert in Islamic and Asian issues.   In addition to her demanding cases,...

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GDPR - One Month To Go

InTouch Networks

26th Apr 2018

With the introduction and implementation of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) officially one month away, you’re nearing the eleventh hour if you haven’t yet made any considerations of business impact or changes to your operational and digital...

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13th Apr 2018

Regardless of your professional background and confidence in your abilities, moving into a new boardroom as a Non-Executive Director or taking the leap to become your own boss as a Consultant can be an overwhelming experience. Even C-suite executives making...

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12th Apr 2018

It's been over 100 years since the concept of consulting came into being, and the profession remains as popular as ever. Thousands of aspiring Consultants begin the journey each year but only certain individuals are...

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6th Apr 2018

In Touch Networks has received further recognition as a specialist group of transformative online networks; having quickly built momentum in the business world by connecting elite professionals and...

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28th Mar 2018

Whether you’re a finance and tax consultant - or on the flipside, a freelancer or company looking for the services of such a consultant - we pride ourselves on eliminating the frustrations you might experience during this...

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22nd Mar 2018

This month we interviewed Phil Birch, a highly engaged member of TheConsultantHub.com to discuss his successes as a member. He has completed his profile, engaged with our free CPD online training, attended an event, joined our development programme and landed himself a...

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21st Mar 2018

It’s been a long time in the making, but ISO 45001 has now landed.  This is an exciting time for ISO consultants, as the new standard brings opportunities for business. If you provide ISO management system...

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15th Mar 2018

With competition to land your next role at an all-time high, having a CV that sets you apart is vital, especially when you are at director level. Therefore, it is no surprise that people invest in a professionally written CV, but why is it that they buy into...

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8th Mar 2018

The world is changing fast. With the automation of so many jobs and the shackles of corporate life, it's only logical for skilled individuals to consider a way to cultivate their own income and employment options.  If you're contemplating ditching the 9 to 5 routine in favour...

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9th Feb 2018

“Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives. Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time we have.”   - John C. Maxwell In all my surveys, interviews and...

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26th Jan 2018

  What is continuous improvement?   Continuous improvement embodies culture, discipline and performance. For an organisation to continuously find opportunity in innovation, the staff need a free-thinking work environment. This allows for...

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18th Jan 2018

Why become a Consultant? For anyone interested in becoming a Consultant, one question immediately comes to mind: Why do you want to become a Consultant? This seemingly simple question goes beyond the practical, ‘What for?’ and truly explores the ‘Why?’ How...

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17th Jan 2018

The recent liquidation of British multinational Carillion - with the subsequent threat of the loss of 20,000 people’s livelihoods in the UK - demonstrates the stark reality of an uncertain and...

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11th Jan 2018

Consultants exist across a variety of industries with different areas of expertise. From an IT Consultant who specialises in digital transformation, to a Marketing Consultant that may be brought in to a business to drive leads and conversion, the specialisms of...

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5th Jan 2018

As the new year gets underway, it’s a good time to consider how you will make 2018 your best year ever. Here are our three top tips for Consultants in any field to start and...

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2nd Jan 2018

On the 13th November 2017, In Touch Networks hosted its first annual conference, ‘Winning in the Boardroom,’ at the Royal Institute in Mayfair, London.   The event was a huge success with over 200 delegates enjoying a diverse range of speakers...

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20th Dec 2017

For our December success story, we interviewed Rico Gusman, a member of Non-Executive Directors and The Consultant Hub to hear why he originally joined the networks and his delight at securing a role which offers more than he anticipated. Who? Since the age of...

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8th Nov 2017

The way in which professionals apply for roles and serve businesses has evolved. Staying in one position for decades, if not the majority of your career, is no longer the norm. Remote working and freelance is on the rise, with recent government statistics...

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19th Jun 2018

One of the challenges of deciding to take a career in a different direction is that it can be hard to reinvent yourself. Your reputation is likely a large part of your career, and people know you for who you are and what you have done. They probably...

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12th Sep 2017

Long gone are the days of working for the same organisation for decades at a time. Traditional employment models are rapidly being turned on their head, making way for a more flexible and dynamic workforce. In the UK...

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7th Sep 2017

Becoming a consultant and ensuring business success should probably be all about playing to your strengths. After all, you may well have become a consultant so that you can share your expertise with clients who find...

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The Power of Motivation

In Touch Networks

6th Sep 2017

You may have a strong skill set and all the advantages of career successes alongside plenty of people eager to help and support you in your quest for change, but motivation remains...

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6th Sep 2017

Often we slip into habits with our language patterns. We have tendancies to use the same vocabulary and repetitive phrases every day - sometimes potentially resulting in reaching the status of unconscious incompetence, meaning...

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