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New research reveals small businesses lose £17,000 to FX

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 10 luglio 2021

Melbourne, Australia. In 2020, UK SMEs paid 10x more than corporates for their foreign exchange (FX) when using their banks and wasted an average of £17,000 on their international payments according to fintech company Fluenccy.Alarming research conducted by Professor Harald Hau from the University of Geneva and other academics from the ECB and IMF triggered Founder Tony Crivelli to conduct his own research more broadly. To address the wasted spend, Fluenccy launched Currency Score, a new and free tool that allows SMEs to see their effective foreign currency rate and compare that to a new industry benchmark and identify savings they often don’t know exist.Currency Score was built for SMEs and start-ups who regularly use FX but don’t have the expertise or time to analyse the impact on their bottom line. It measures their FX buying activity and provides a straightforward number – just like a credit score.A score of 500 out of 850 shows they’re doing pretty well. Anything below indicates they could be doing better.By syncing and tracking 12 months of invoice and payment data from a secure Xero integration with Fluenccy’s proprietary algorithms, small businesses can see how effective they are at buying FX quickly, simply, and for free. Currency Score shows their bank’s FX mark-up, what rate they averaged, and how much they could be saving. Snapshot graphs in the full report make the data and possible losses easier to see and understand (but potentially harder to stomach).

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South African businesses and government partner to drive US investment

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 18 novembre 2020

Johannesburg. Africa’s largest exchange, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and co-sponsors, Standard Bank, Old Mutual and UBS, will virtually host the 8th annual South Africa Tomorrow Investor conference on the 16th – 20th November 2020. The objective of the conference is to reinforce a strong investment case for South African institutions and listed companies, to investors in the US.South Africa’s Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and South African Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago will come together with prominent South African business leaders to engage investors on the country’s prospects, commitments and opportunities of growth. US investors will have the opportunity to have open discussions with South African business leaders representing a variety of sectors including education, energy, mining & infrastructure, healthcare, impact investing (ESG), arts & culture, technology, and media. Some of these companies include multinationals such as Anglo-American Platinum, South African energy supplier, Eskom Holdings, Growthpoint Properties, Naspers, Prosus, British American Tobacco SA, Nedbank Group and Woolworths Holdings Limited.The South Africa Tomorrow conference follows South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recently unveiled economic recovery plan for the country which prioritises structural reforms and infrastructure development, among other growth levers. Importantly, the plan envisages a new era of public-private partnerships and a greater role for private investment that delivers positive social impact. The delegation is expected to showcase the progress the country is making in efforts to revive the economy, address its challenges, and implement the much-needed structural reforms that are in the pipeline.“The banking sector played an important role in assisting individuals and businesses through the worst of the crisis and we are equally committed to supporting and accelerating the recovery. We remain optimistic about South Africa’s long-term prospects and about the opportunities it offers to investors,” Fuzile adds. “As South African business leaders, we support the President’s focus on driving sustainable economic growth and remain committed to playing our part in the recovery journey. As Africa’s largest stock exchange, the JSE plays a crucial role in providing international investors with an efficient entry point not only into South Africa, but rest of the African continent,” concludes Fourie.

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Dreyfus Corporation announces financing available for small businesses hit

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 23 ottobre 2020

By the coronavirus pandemic with a €250m Euro investment into small businesses and start-up projects across the European Union.The scheme which has been backed by MEP’s throughout Europe and will see two per cent interest loans to small companies struggling and starting up in all sectors across European regions.Head of Company Operations, Maia Braginsky say’s “Being able to offer funds to small business in this time that has to lead to a large amount of unnecessary despair is a great feat of the whole team here at Dreyfus Corporation. As we move into a new era of business and see a large number of businesses close, a void is left. One which Dryeufs hopes to help plus with this project, funds are made available strictly available for small business and start-up projects across the European Regions”.Struggling small businesses and start-ups seeking funds Dreyfus Corporation offers support to the tune of €250m as a branch of much-needed support. Small business is the backbone of our societies; we must persevere to protect them.Frederick Williamson Jr., Director of Legal, said “In the days ahead there is negative forecast for global economies. There has been large scale negative news forecasts from multiple sources globally, that’s why we are proud to be able to offer this fund for struggling business and start-ups to keep our economies strong and help to see them through these tough times.” Dreyfus corporations flagship product for investors and shareholders is our innovative stock loan program, which has been used by most major banks for the last 80 years. Our securities lending program is the perfect solution that enables investors to hold higher-performance assets in a portfolio with a simultaneous ability to realize cash liquidity as quickly as they need for cash arises. In response to our stock loan program and in a short amount of time, investors have come to recognize Dreyfus Corporation as the premier lender in the international stock loan industry. We built our house from stock loans, and now we proudly use our fund’s to make the worlds house a better place. Dreyfus Corporation renewable energy projects are exclusively for the European union economic zones.

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Making EU Trade Agreements work to the benefit of businesses and regions

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 29 luglio 2020

EU trade agreements with third countries cover more than 70 markets over the world and offer new opportunities for EU companies, including SMEs. Almost 36 million jobs depend on EU exports, of which at least 6 million have been created directly by exporting SMEs. Europe, more than most other world regions, depends on access to foreign markets for its prosperity, and this trend will only increase further: 90% of world growth will be generated outside the EU by 2020.The growth opportunities opened with those trade agreements will not fully materialize without their full implementation. Despite recent noteworthy improvements in getting the benefits of trade agreements to our European businesses, the interplay between the relevant actors still needs to be further strengthened. Still too many European businesses are not aware of the EU trade agreements, and are not sufficiently well instructed how to use them in practice.Chambers of commerce and regional authorities are essential elements to improving implementation across the EU as they are closest to local businesses and able to provide information relevant to the regional characteristics.The workshop will be an opportunity to look into what hurdles are encountered in the member states, regions, and among the SME community in relation to implementation of FTAs and the challenges for a more effective implementation. In light of the announced focus of the upcoming Commission on improving implementation of trade agreements, the workshop will also look into the role that each level of government could play in that regard. After the presentation of the main findings of the CoR – EUROCHAMBRES survey on the implementation of FTAs and the EPRS analysis on Implementation of CETA, a panel debate will focus on the possible avenues for improving the uptake of existing EU trade agreements by SMEs in all EU member states and regions and thus for making trade and globalisation work as an engine for sustainable growth, employment and industrial renewal.

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Sartorius Signs Agreement to Acquire Select Danaher Life Science Platform Businesses

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 24 ottobre 2019

Sartorius, a leading partner to the biopharmaceutical industry and laboratories, has signed an agreement to acquire parts of Danaher’s Life Science portfolio for approximately $750 million in cash. The businesses had combined sales turnover of approximately $140 million in 2018 with a strong growth profile and double-digit profit margins. They employ around 300 people worldwide. The proposed transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020 and is subject to customary closing conditions and the successful acquisition of the GE Biopharma business by Danaher.“The portfolio proposed for acquisition represents an excellent strategic fit with Sartorius”, said Dr. Joachim Kreuzburg, Sartorius’ CEO. “With the Octet platform of FortéBio, we will add a broadly accepted and differentiated technology for advancing and simplifying drug discovery to our lab division’s portfolio. The chromatography hardware and resins and the microcarrier businesses broaden our strong bioprocessing offering, particularly in the downstream area. We look very much forward to welcoming the new teams to Sartorius and to jointly combine our capabilities for the benefit of our biopharma and life science customers.”The portfolio proposed to be acquired includes three businesses that are currently part of Danaher’s Life Science platform:
The label-free biomolecular characterization business (FortéBio) comprises innovative protein analysis instruments, biosensors and reagents that are used in drug discovery and would become part of Sartorius’ bioanalytics unit within its Lab Products & Services division. The products are based on the patented biolayer interferometry technology and perform real-time analysis of biomolecular interaction. The business employs approximately 200 employees worldwide with production sites in Fremont, California, US, and Shanghai, China, and accounts for roughly half of the acquired turnover.With the chromatography hardware and resins business, Sartorius would expand the offerings of its Bioprocess Solutions division. The business addresses an essential step in downstream bioprocessing and encompasses multi-use and single-use equipment as well as columns and resins. The unit employs approximately 100 people at its sites in Europe and the US.The third business, SoloHill, includes mainly a microcarrier technology and particle validation standards used in cell culture and other bioprocesses. It is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, US, and employs approximately 10 employees. This proposed transaction, Danaher’s acquisition of the GE Biopharma business, the proposed regulatory remedies (the package of assets being sold) for Danaher’s acquisition of the GE Biopharma business, and Sartorius as the buyer in such remedies, are all subject to approvals from various regulatory authorities.

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Blueprint Launches Technology Enablement Program – Helping Businesses

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 settembre 2019

Blueprint, a Stratasys-owned additive manufacturing consultancy, has launched a first-of-its-kind technology enablement program, “Think Additively,” to help businesses more holistically embrace additive manufacturing throughout their organizations. The program is meant to go beyond technical Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) training to help companies achieve larger transformation goals, such as creating innovation engines, accelerating go-to-market and improving manufacturing efficiency.In a recent Blueprint study, 85% of companies ranked knowledge as their biggest barrier to driving greater adoption of additive manufacturing across their organizations. The Think Additively program includes on-site courses, individualized coaching, and additive accelerator workshops. The program takes clients through a tailored, multi-step journey via four components:
Foundations: A three-day level-set on additive technologies, benefits, and design principles to establish a common language.
Additive Coaching: A 3-12-month coaching engagement working with individuals to put Foundations knowledge into practice.
Growth Engagements: Custom additive manufacturing acceleration workshops to identify and realize the business value of 3D printing.
Advanced Courses: Deep dives into technical design disciplines, enabling applications of the future.
Think Additively Foundations can be delivered at either a client’s location or a Stratasys site with course content accessible through an online, mobile-friendly adaptive learning platform.

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Atlantic Broadband Launches Hosted Voice for Businesses in New Hampshire and Maine

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 17 marzo 2019

Atlantic Broadband, the nation’s ninth largest cable operator, today announced the availability of Hosted Voice for businesses across its New Hampshire and Maine service areas. This announcement introduces more than 40 enterprise-class phone features to regional businesses for a flexible and scalable communications solution.Hosted Voice communications and features are delivered over a dedicated connection with network redundancy for optimal performance, security and reliability. It lives in a data center, rather than on-site, for ease of operation and streamlined maintenance with little to no capital cost. The end result is a communications service with unprecedented levels of flexibility and capability to support businesses with five to 500 employees. Atlantic Broadband’s Hosted Voice Service is ideal for multi-location businesses or those that utilize remote, mobile or afterhours employees.
Atlantic Broadband, a subsidiary of Cogeco Communications Inc. (TSX: CCA), is the ninth largest cable operator in the United States, based on the number of television service customers served. The company provides its residential and business customers with internet, TV and phone services in 11 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. Atlantic Broadband is headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts. To learn more about Atlantic Broadband, please visit

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GigSmart Connects Businesses With Labor Needs to New Workforce Opportunities

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 2 dicembre 2018

Thanks to a growing gig economy, more than 16 million Americans are taking control of their work schedules and supplementing income via on demand job opportunities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Now, there’s an app to help workers with specific skills to find work opportunities.Launching today, GigSmart is a new mobile app connecting businesses, charities and individuals who have urgent, on demand labor needs with workers who want to earn income, gain experience, volunteer or follow their passion.Via the app, which is available on both Apple and Google Play stores, workers can build a profile using more than 3,000 pre-loaded job skills. They may also set a unique rate for each skill.A business, charity or individual requester can search by skill, review profiles and send a gig request to the worker or volunteer of choice. Within minutes, the worker may accept or decline the gig request. Upon acceptance, the worker proceeds to the gig site or begins working remotely based on the requirements. Once the gig is complete, the worker is then paid through the app.GigSmart begins its nationwide rollout with the following markets: Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Denver, Indianapolis, Lexington and Louisville.

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Travelers Europe Introduces Stand-Alone Cyber Product for Businesses in UK and Ireland

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 11 luglio 2018

Travelers Europe today announced the availability of Travelers CyberRisk, a new standalone cyber insurance product for organisations of all sizes in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Travelers CyberRisk provides liability and first-party cover for losses from cyber attacks. It also provides access to assistance that can help limit client exposures to cyber events, including breach coaches, forensic investigators, public relations support and credit monitoring services. “With cyber threats continuing to evolve, businesses without dedicated cover could find themselves insufficiently protected in the event of a breach,” said Davis Kessler, Head of Cyber at Travelers Europe. “Our global team has created a package designed to help companies navigate their cyber event response so they can return to normal as quickly as possible.”Travelers CyberRisk includes limits up to £10 million across liability, breach response, cyber crime and business loss covers. It is a standalone policy that can be purchased individually or as part of the Travelers Management Liability Package.Travelers has provided cyber-related insurance coverage with robust risk management services for more than 30 years and understands the importance of helping organisations work through an incident, from recovering after a breach to managing expenses associated with an attack. To learn more, contact your insurance broker, or visit has operated in Europe for decades in both the general insurance market and through Lloyd’s. Travelers Insurance Company Limited offers business insurance, bond and specialty insurance and risk management services. Travelers Syndicate 5000 at Lloyd’s underwrites specialist and complex business classes, including marine, global property, power and utilities, accident and special risks, aviation and energy. In addition to CyberRisk, Travelers can provide cover for Professional Indemnity, Directors and Officers, Employment Practices Liability, Pension Trustees Liability, Property, Casualty and Crime.

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Accenture Opens Liquid Studio in Madrid to Transform Digital Businesses with Rapid Application Development

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 9 febbraio 2018

platform engineeringAccenture (NYSE: ACN) has opened a Liquid Studio in Madrid to help clients speed up innovation and software deployment cycles. At the Liquid Studio, clients work side-by-side with highly skilled Accenture professionals, building innovative solutions with speed and agility and taking days or weeks to achieve what used to take months.
To accomplish this, Liquid Studio teams are grouped in highly interconnected pods, working with contemporary development approaches such as Agile methodologies powered by DevOps, and disruptive technologies including artificial intelligence, augmented reality, blockchain and cloud.
The Accenture Liquid Studio in Madrid collaborates with the Avanade Innovation Center in Barcelona to develop new solutions based on Microsoft technologies, as well as with other Liquid Studio locations and ecosystem alliance partners.“With our new Liquid Studio, we are able to bring the latest technologies to our clients, creating a startup-like environment to co-create and prototype new solutions with them. Through our highly specialized teams, we are now able to deliver and implement solutions in a very short period of time and, therefore, impact in our clients’ businesses in a very positive way,” said Adán Plaza, senior managing director, Accenture Technology Iberia.“The new Liquid Studio reflects our commitment to deliver even more innovation to our clients,” said Juan Pedro Moreno, country managing director of Accenture in Spain, Portugal and Israel. “Accenture is making significant investments to help our clients accelerate their digital transformation and achieve greater business value more quickly and easily.”The Liquid Studio in Madrid further expands Accenture’s digital capabilities in Spain, and follows the opening of the Accenture Digital Hub in Madrid in June 2017, located in Torre Picasso.Accenture Liquid Studios are an integral part of the Accenture Innovation Architecture, which brings together capabilities – from research, ventures and labs to studios, innovation centers and delivery centers – to develop and deliver disruptive innovations for clients, and to scale them faster. (foto: platform engineering)

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Disruption, panic mode, new world order – the past years have been very challenging for businesses all around the world

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 22 agosto 2017

VADUZ, Liechtenstein/PRNewswire/Many futurists are preaching that it is already too late if one hasn’t already adjusted to the digital trends by now. A Liechtenstein based think-tank that dedicated itself to the potentials of the Digital Modern era doesn’t quite agree with the doomsaying. THE could draw a positive balance after their first business year and hosted a panel with representatives of the United Nations Technology Innovation Lab, initiatives of Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) and the Liechtenstein Institute for Strategic Development at the University of Liechtenstein on Friday 18, August 2017. The topic of the discussion panel “A sustainable ecosystem” indicates the overall vision of the think-tank: Easing the way into a holistically sustainable present and future with the help of the microstate Liechtenstein as a closed living-lab for important game-changing solutions and projects in the Digital Modern Era.THE founded by futurist Christopher P. Peterka and Liechtenstein visionary Rudolf D. Hilti focuses on the transformation from the Gutenberg era into the Digital Modern era. An innovative network arose in the course of the first business year: Human beings from various countries were enthused by the vision of the think-tank. Argentina, Italy, Iran, Great-Britain, the US or India to only name a few of the origins. The members called “Transformers” are just as diverse in terms of profession. From poet to investment broker, from student to CEO – transformation calls for multifaceted groups to effectively impact outworn systems and affect new tendencies in this time full of disruption.

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European Businesses Amplify Investment in Cloud Data Protection

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 13 ottobre 2011

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Morges, Switzerland. CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) released the results of an independent survey that reveals investment in data protection continues to grow with more budget allocated to cloud computing. According to the survey of 1,987 companies across Europe, over a third (34%) of organisations expect cloud computing to play an increasingly important role in their business continuity plans over the next year. The survey: ‘Insights: Data Protection and the Cloud 2011’ highlights that 67% of the companies surveyed have seen their data protection budgets remain flat in the last year, and just over a quarter (27%) are increasing investment. As more businesses realise the significance of cloud to their data protection strategy, CA Technologies expects an increased investment in cloud solutions. Despite the positive trend in disaster recovery investment and the emerging shift to cloud, almost all the companies surveyed (94%) suffered application and data loss incidents in the last year. Of the 1,987 businesses surveyed across Europe, 31% have data that resides in the private cloud and 17% in the public cloud. Encouragingly, these companies displayed high levels of confidence in the safety of this data.
CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) is an IT management software and solutions company with expertise across all IT environments – from mainframe and distributed, to virtual and cloud. CA Technologies manages and secures IT environments and enables customers to deliver more flexible IT services. CA Technologies innovative products and services provide the insight and control essential for IT organizations to power business agility. The majority of the Global Fortune 500 relies on CA Technologies to manage evolving IT ecosystems. For additional information, visit CA Technologies at

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Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 9 marzo 2010

In a recession, people dream of starting their own businesses (or selling the business they have built grown), but are daunted by harsh economic realities.  In How to build a business and sell it for millions (St. Martin’s Press; March 2010; hardcover), business attorney Jack Garson states that the long economic downturn is poised to give way to a major business acquisition spree by cash-rich companies.  According to Garson, “this is best time in decades” for those who have started, built and want to sell their own companies. How to Build a Business and Sell it for Millions is a must-read for current business owners and those who dream of owning their own companies.  The book shows entrepreneurs how to conceive of, build, grow, and most important of all, sell a successful business. As the founding principal of Garson | Claxton, the prominent Washington, DC-area business and commercial real estate law firm, Jack Garson is an authority on building and selling businesses. He’s been inside some of America’s most successful boardrooms—leading and advising on countless $100 million dollar deals. He knows why few businesses succeed, and why many fail, all the challenges that occur on the way to sale. With How to Build a Business and Sell it for Millions, Garson is sharing this knowledge for all those who own—or want to start their own company.

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Letter from Barrack Obama

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 23 luglio 2009

Dear Friend,  As you read this, we are closer than ever to passing comprehensive health insurance reform that benefits American families and small businesses. Despite all the back and forth in the news right now, it is important to understand just how far we’ve come in this challenging process.  That’s why I’m holding a press conference tonight at 8pm ET, and writing to let everyone know where we are, what’s ahead, and why health insurance reform is so important.  Let me be clear: although Congress is still debating parts of the legislation we have achieved critical consensus on several key areas:  If you already have health insurance: reform will provide you with more security and stability. It will limit your own out of pocket costs and prevent your insurance company from dropping your coverage if you get too sick. You’ll also have affordable insurance options if you lose or change your job. And it will cover preventive care like check-ups and mammograms that save lives and money.  If you don’t have health insurance: you will finally have guaranteed access to quality, affordable health care, and you can choose the plan that best suits your family’s needs. And no insurance company will be allowed to deny you coverage because of a pre-existing medical condition.  Now, I realize that the last few miles of any race are the hardest to run, but we can’t stop now. There’s no dispute about it: we cannot control our long-term fiscal health as a nation without health insurance reform. American families and small businesses understand that the health insurance status quo is taking away those things that they value most about health care. The stability and security that comes with knowing that you can get the treatment you need, when you need it. Without reform, we are consigning our children to a future of skyrocketing premiums and crushing deficits. We have to seize this opportunity and pass health insurance reform this year. You can help by forwarding this email to your family and friends and letting them know what’s at stake in this debate.  (Barack Obama)

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