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What is BEMER® Therapy?

By Stacey Glen | Rolling With The Glen

As a fibro-warrior with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) I am frequently asked how I manage my pain and fatigue to be able to get so many tasks accomplished and give so much to others.  My answer is always “I manage my pain on a daily basis through a combination of things, which always begins with at least 8-minutes of BEMER® therapy”.  This is then frequently followed up with “What is BEMER® therapy?” As a pain management practitioner and Independent BEMER® Distributor near NEC Birmingham, I help people struggling to live with the effects of chronic pain and fatigue. What is BEMER® Therapy? BEMER® Therapy is patented electromagnetic signals and rhythms delivered by an FDA Approved Medical Device,...

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Building for success

By Geoff Cousins | G&P Group Holdings Ltd

Like most businesses in the UK and around the world, G&P has witnessed seismic changes to the business landscape. Now we prepare for the future by ensuring a strong customer focus remains the priority. Look back to look forward Lessons learnt can be invaluable. Of course, the pandemic has resulted in changes to the way we work that no one could have foreseen. Flexible working has now become the norm and G&P already understood the need to provide its customers with a flexible workforce that can be switched on-and-off to cope with changes in production levels. G&P continues to provide this service while the pandemic remains ever constant and manufacturers have to deal with supplier shortages...

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The EU Whistleblowing Directive: considerations for UK organisations

By Richard Branson | FieldFisher

On 16 December 2019, the EU passed the Whistleblower Protection Directive (the "Directive"), starting the clock on a two-year deadline which requires Member States to transpose the Directive's provisions into national law. For various reasons, including cultural attitudes towards whistleblowing, the protection afforded to whistleblowers across Member States is heavily inconsistent.  While we have had whistleblowing cover in place in the UK since 1999 – thanks to the Public Interest Disclosure Act ("PIDA") – the protection afforded in many EU countries applies only to specific industries or disparate groups of employees.  The Directive is being introduced by the EU as a harmonisation process...

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How to get involved in our #SmallBizChallenge this Christmas

By Lauren McGowan | BCRS Business Loans

Our #SmallBizChallenge is back! Christmas is a time for sharing the love and small businesses really deserve our love this Christmas, after enduring a difficult 19 months. So, this year we are challenging everyone to support small, independent businesses whenever they can. Whether it is: to buy gifts purchase enough food and drink to feed the five thousand on the big day deck the halls; or get into the Christmas spirit by visiting your favourite independent pubs, bars and restaurants. One thing is for sure, small businesses will really appreciate it, and so will we. So, let’s share the festive cheer with small businesses this year! What’s more, it’s really easy to get involved: Sharing...

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Make your networking sustainable

By James Brodie | Business Buzz for Birmingham & Warwickshire

Online networking is now a staple means by which to network and is truly complementary to in-person, face-to-face-events. It is only in a small number of cases that business owners aren’t returning to face-to-face networking. In these instances, businesses have evolved and have a more global appeal, rendering local business networking less relevant. For the vast majority of us, a combination of both face-to-face and virtual networking works wonderfully. You probably know what the practical benefits of virtual networking are, but what are the environmental ones? Firstly, you can join the meeting from your home or office, reducing the need to drive. Therefore, this means using less fuel, which...

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How the adoption of digital accelerated collaboration technology

By James Baly | Nowcomm

Previously, voice, video, data, and storage existed in disparate locations. Now, collaborative tools make it possible to sync PBX, cloud storage, chat and more in one platform. That has only escalated in the last two years. Zoom grew 2,900 per cent in just three months, Microsoft Teams was adding 12 million daily active users in just one week at its peak in 2020 and Cisco’s video conferencing business Webex reported 25 billion meeting minutes in April 2020, 10 billion more the total meeting minutes reported for March 2020, which again was double the amount reported for January 2020. Forbes says that remote work is here to stay because: Commercial real estate is expensive, and companies can...

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COP 26: Clean Energy Transitions: Reducing global temperatures through heat decarbonisation

By Martin Freer | University of Birmingham

COP 26 involved many agreements on progressing a clean energy transition. Countries (including the UK) representing more than 50% of global emissions agreed to make clean power the most affordable and reliable option for meeting power needs efficiency by 2030. Additionally, countries (including the UK) representing nearly half of global methane (natural gas) emissions and 70% GDP, pledged to cut methane emissions by 30% by 2030. Despite these announcements, stark challenges remain for decarbonising energy. The venture to decarbonise all parts of human activity much of the focus has fallen on energy. Often electricity has been a euphemism for energy and decarbonisation of energy has become the...

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The top seven threats facing the hospitality industry today

By Zapaygo | Zapaygo

Hospitality has been one of the hardest hit sectors by the pandemic and it’s still finding a long-term recovery process. Since the beginning of the pandemic, technology has exploded within the hospitality industry; self-check-ins, contactless service, online ordering and payments via apps have become the new normal. So how can technology help the hospitality industry overcome the challenges they are currently facing? Post COVID recovery COVID has had an impact on many aspects of venue operator’s lives. We recently conducted a survey which found that 45 per cent of venues feel getting customers back into their venue was one of their biggest challenges in the next 12 months. Using order apps...

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Implementing a good workplace culture

By Alistair Ward | Coinadrink Limited

With 41% of employees from a survey saying poor workplace culture impacts productivity, it’s best to face the problem head on and implement services that will help your team to flourish. Coinadrink Limited, the vending machine company, explores some great solutions as we enter the winter months. A good workplace culture embraces connection Teamwork makes the dream work, as they say. Your team are the heartbeat of your business and it’s important to bring them together so they can work to their full potential easier and more efficiently. This isn’t just about meaningful break times over a cup of tea or coffee, it’s about providing the equipment and communication channels to discuss workplace...

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BER21: Educating and advocating for action in relation to climate change and environmental sustainability together

By Greg Lowson | Pinsent Masons

This blog post was produced for inclusion in the Birmingham Economic Review for 2021. The annual Birmingham Economic Review is produced by the University of Birmingham’s City-REDI and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. It is an in-depth exploration of the economy of England’s second city and a high-quality resource for informing research, policy and investment decisions. This post is featured in Chapter 5 of the Birmingham Economic Review for 2021, on sustainability and a green, clean and just transition. Click here to read the Review. Climate change is having an impact on every business, in ways that could not be foreseen even just a few years ago. Organisations need to take a...

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