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Introducing the Fit for Work Service

Martin Brewer, an employment law specialist with Mills & ReeveA new Government funded service will launch shortly to help people with a health condition return to work. The recently published specification throws up a number of issues of concern to employers.

Securing the future: Using predictive analytics to seek out hidden threats

Sean Newman, Security Strategist, CiscoThe only thing that you can be certain of in life is, that nothing is certain. For thousands of years the human race has tried to prove otherwise.

Wyke Farms claims first social media trademark

Kitty-RosserWyke Farms is certainly not the first business to use social media as part of its marketing strategy but it does claim to be the first to have secured a trade mark registration based on the popularity of a social media campaign.

Wearable technologies and glucose monitoring What's next?

Raghu-DasIn 2012, 347 million people worldwide had diabetes according to the World Health Organization. Disposable glucose test strips have improved the lives of millions of diabetic patients who need to monitor their blood glucose level on a regular basis.

Need for financial education never been more paramount

Ken-Bird of Mattioli WoodsFrom next April, savers will be able to use their pension money as they see fit, from the age of 55. Whilst we are happy to spend time finding cheaper car insurance or the best deal on our utility bills, do we have the confidence to search for the best solutions for our retirement?

Digital technologies king on manufacturing throne

Andy-NeelyWith a new wave of technologies on the horizon, such as 3D printing, self-healing materials and nanotechnologies, the Cambridge Service Alliance thought it was timely to see how, in practice, manufacturing companies were putting that technology to use, and which technologies they thought were most influential in bringing about improvement to services for their customers.

Environmental fines for businesses

Deborah-SharplesBusinesses or individuals who use or develop land or buildings have the potential, during the course of their activities, to commit environmental offences.

Academic-industry partnerships: A broad spectrum of opportunity

Jo-EalesThe interface between our world-leading universities and industry is a crucial element of a successful UK economy.

If you’re not at the table, consider yourself lunch

Harriet-Fear-UK-ambassador“If you’re not at the table, consider yourself lunch.” Those were the sage words of Richard Branson who was guest of honour on the first day of BIO in San Diego last month.

Tailoring benefits for boomers and Generation Y

James-BoltonStudies by MetLife in America on employee benefits trends have found that almost all employees appreciate their employer offering customised benefits options that can be tailored to suit their own circumstances.

Don’t smash the Google Glass headset yet

Professor Andy Neely, Cambridge Service Alliance Wearable technologies - such as Google Glass and Nike Fuelband - are capturing the headlines and in some cases raising concerns about personal privacy, but rather than viewing these technological advances with suspicion I believe that wearable technologies (wearables) are opening up new ways of innovating to deliver both products and services.

Reforming construction safety

Colin-Jones-HewitsonsConstruction can be risky and dangerous. It’s useful for any property owner considering undertaking construction work to have a grasp of the basics of  relevant safety laws.

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