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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 first close of its first secured...

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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 episode on...

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12th Oct 2018

Today’s business leaders are faced with an ever-growing list of challenges, with each one adding a layer of complexity to the day-to-day running of their business. Traditional issues such as dealing with competition, change management and staff development...

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10th Oct 2018

Running an effective board meeting can be a complicated affair. Whether you are the board chair and worrying about maintaining focus and enabling engagement or a board executive preoccupied with planning and arranging the meeting.  Though...

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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...

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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 Development, Amanda Clarke, In Touch Talks Business is set to...

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2nd Oct 2018

Taking on a board role as a Non-Executive Director (NED) can give you the opportunity to develop a healthy work-life balance and earn an attractive pay-to-hours ratio.  Non-executives are considered much more important in today’s business environment than they were twenty...

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1st Oct 2018

Chief Operating Officer of Manchester-based networking company, recently hailed as one of the UK’s most forward-thinking companies, discusses women in the boardroom. Karlie Jelly - In Touch Networks COO - spoke with Philip Hampsheir for the World...

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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...

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27th Sep 2018

Social media has been a revelation for people from all walks of life. Love it or hate it, if you are a professional with aspirations of furthering your career, the opportunities to create business relationships and communities on social media are invaluable. Whether...

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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 revenue streams for an accounting firm in a profitable, and more importantly,...

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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,...

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19th Sep 2018

Author: Professor Ruth Bender, Programme Director of The Non-Executive Directors’ Seminar at Cranfield School of Management  We often see corporate governance discussed in the context of codes for large listed companies. But there are...

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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,...

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7th Sep 2018

If you are intrigued by the prospect of becoming a Non-Executive Director (NED), one of the first things you might want to know is how much you can expect to get paid. As with most roles, Non-executive salaries are not a set amount and can vary quite widely...

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6th Sep 2018

You’ve been very successful in your career as an executive. As you come to the end of your current career, or consider your options for later in life but aren’t there yet, people are...

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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 reduce the amount of time...

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3rd Sep 2018

When looking at how the role of a chairperson is defined, their relationship with the CEO and other senior board members is often mixed together with their duties and responsibilities during a board meeting.  A chairperson has a very...

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30th Aug 2018

Since the turn of the 21st century, our interactions with new age technologies have accelerated dramatically. We all have a computer in our pocket, save our documents into the cloud,...

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28th Aug 2018

Diversity is unequivocally advantageous in the boardroom. However, many companies fail to ensure they have personnel in the boardroom who offer a diverse range of skills, experience and...

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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...

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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 March 2009....

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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,...

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20th Aug 2018

  In these current times, more individuals are developing portfolio careers, which include roles as non-executive directors (NEDs). This is not a role that suits everyone, and it’s also a crowded...

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16th Aug 2018

Like a Silicon Valley fairy-tale, Apple recently hit the $1 trillion mark - a massive leap from what was once a shared project between a few friends who would hang out in a garage building computers.  The buzzwords and media...

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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 valuation estimate. However, having a...

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1st Aug 2018

How can I help my child onto the property ladder? With house prices almost constantly rising, it has been estimated that around half of all first-time buyers need some assistance to purchase their first step on the property ladder. It is relatively...

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31st Jul 2018

An increasing number of companies are looking to diversify their knowledge base by adding board members who are capable of delivering results in the heat of the modern corporate climate. The digital era is ushering in a new business landscape. Decision makers recognise they need to have a...

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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 exercise and thus, it should never be...

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23rd Jul 2018

As we move into the third quarter of 2018, we look back on what has so far been an incredible six months for the UK financial landscape, and the alternative finance sector in particular. A new industry report revealed that the UK’s tech industry is leading the...

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18th Jul 2018

The last few weeks have proved yet again that fairness is missing in consumer finance, There is a need for real change. In the loans space - Fairmoney clearly fulfills the role. Amigo Loans The Times recently published a series of articles on Amigo...

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17th Jul 2018

When people work together as a group there will always be a difference of opinion. It is certainly not unusual for opposing views to lead to challenging discussions in the boardroom.  Non-executive directors (NEDs)...

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16th Jul 2018

The Finance Reporting Council (FRC) has published the latest version of the Corporate Governance Code in a bid to improve the fairness and equal opportunities within UK boardrooms. As of the 1st January 2019, the latest version of the...

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16th Jul 2018

The role of a Non-Executive Director (NED) is an exciting proposition, but is not without its pressures. Although as a non-executive you are not officially part of the day-to-day management team, you still have legal obligations to uphold (and...

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13th Jul 2018

You don’t need to break the bank to make a difference... And at a time when the UK market is facing a shortage of skilled workers, creating work environments conducive to high performance and loyalty are key...

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18th Jun 2018

Hiring freelance talent Whether a business is going through rapid development, changing management or looking to revamp - manpower and expertise are essential. However, hiring new personnel is not always a viable option, especially...

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18th Jun 2018

If you’re approaching retirement but not quite ready to quit working just yet, why not consider taking up a role on a company board as a Non-Executive Director? Becoming a Non-Executive Director enables you to showcase your knowledge,...

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15th Jun 2018

Following the Buy-to-Let PRA changes to landlords’ tax relief introduced last year, many investors are now considering structuring their investment portfolios into Limited Companies. There are...

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13th Jun 2018

Not so long ago, the word ‘digital’ only had meaning for the likes of mobile phones, television and radio. But today, the context attached to digital is an enormous global shift on par with the Industrial Revolution, radically changing the habits of individuals, society and...

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12th Jun 2018

There are a number of similarities shared by the roles of a non-executive director (NED) and a trustee, but it is much easier and clearer to define the relationship between the two roles by noting the...

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4th Jun 2018

When you are facing your first Non-Executive Director role, you are probably curious about the type of questions you will be asked. And rightly so.  It is important to note that interviews for Non-Executive...

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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...

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GDPR - Just Days to Go

InTouch Networks

23rd May 2018

By now, most of us are - or at least should be - au fait with the challenging but necessary changes GDPR compliance requires of us professionally. We must adhere to these stipulations at an individual level right through to company-wide implementation. Are you...

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9th Oct 2018

Week beginning 14th May 2018 was Mental Health Awareness Week 2018, opening up discussions about the role mental health plays in our day to day lives, particularly in the workplace. As we climb the corporate ladder, we often find ourselves needing to present a strong,...

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11th May 2018

Every board level professional, no matter their years or level of expertise, should be conscious of their own personal growth and development.  The business landscape is continually changing, which can make it challenging for elite professionals to stay...

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11th May 2018

Thanks to a recent partnership with Growth Partners PLC, we have an exclusive Q&A with CEO Paul Bresnihan, an expert in Employee Engagement and Business Development with over 15 years’ experience as director of a leading UK Employee Benefits...

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11th May 2018

The new tax year is upon us, following a wide array of changes throughout 2017 that may influence how tax conscious investors form their investment decisions. This week, IW Capital have featured in the FTAdviser’s guide to the new tax year;...

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4th May 2018

Today's top companies have to find solutions to navigate a fast-paced business climate. Subsequently, the past few years have seen an influx of boards taking on new members that have knowledge in specialised areas to help them steer the ship through previously...

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3rd May 2018

For our May success story, we interviewed Mark Smith, a member of NonExecutiveDirectors.com and TheConsultantHub.com since September 2017. Within just a month of joining, Mark identified a suitable opening as a Non-Executive Director for Ofcom, the UK's...

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30th Apr 2018

So far, 2018 has been a big year for the controversial tax law known as ‘IR35’. In fact, it’s only April and we’ve already seen two very different but highly publicised rulings on it. And in the wake of these rulings, many freelancers,...

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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, in 2014 Aina launched the...

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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...

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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 the transition from a top-flight board...

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11th Apr 2018

The business world has always been in a state of flux. Right now we are experiencing a paradigm shift that will change how businesses operate. Subsequently, organisations are searching for board...

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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 employers, the firm has now been awarded the title of 86th Fastest Growing Company of the Year...

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4th Apr 2018

Midnight tonight is the deadline for private sector businesses and charities with more than 250 staff to report their gender pay gap figures.  The new rules, which were unveiled last January, have been designed to promote transparency in the workplace. Those companies who fail...

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22nd Mar 2018

For any business or organisation looking to hire a Non-Executive Director, choosing an experienced professional with the relevant skills and expertise is critical. Prospective employers will inevitably carry out thorough...

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20th Mar 2018

It has been said that a Non-Executive Director (NED) is a role that nobody is qualified for. The list of attributes is quite precise, yet at the same time contradictory. Knowing how to seamlessly...

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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 the service?   Increase...

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8th Mar 2018

“The ideal NED today is the corporate equivalent of Superman: they possess wisdom but remain plugged into current developments; they need a breadth of experience alongside a depth of knowledge; they need a variety of...

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9th Feb 2018

For our February success story, we spoke to David Powell, an active member of Non-ExecutiveDirectors.com to hear about his experience of using the network and his delight at securing a...

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19th Jan 2018

The number of Non-Executive Director positions has grown significantly in the private, public and non-profit sectors over the past few years. With the rise in non-executive opportunities, it is...

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18th Oct 2018

Taking the step towards a portfolio career as a non-executive director (NED) is often seen as a natural progression for executives to demonstrate their experience across a wider array of sectors, and expand their network of specialist contacts. The different and unique role of a NED...

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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...

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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 don't have insight...

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7th Sep 2017

In my national consultative work I see a real need for public appointments to become more representative of the public as a whole. I want to see more disabled people gaining positions on public bodies and advisory...

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5th Sep 2017

Whilst presenting a recent webinar on 'The Power and Impact of the Non-Executive Director', expert coach and In Touch Networks COO Anne Watson mentioned a legal case involving IPL that drew quite a lot of interest. Anne reached out to her contact Amelie Smith, an...

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19th Jun 2018

Reviewing our extensive non-executive director (NED) jobs listings, we know that the majority of role advertisements specify candidates who are already experienced in non-executive roles, or at lest have experience...

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