Opinion – Page 14

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    At sea with the GDPR


    In April 2016, the European Union finally passed a dry, but important, piece of legislation, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). EU member states were given a two-year period to implement it into their own national law, writes Adam Bernstein.

  • David Mossman is UK sales manager for Marlow Ropes

    David Mossman - Person Behind the Face


    How I got into this industry…it seemed inevitable after growing up in a marine industry family and always having one foot in a race boat. Only sorry I didn’t join the team at Marlow sooner.

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    I’m really not getting the mind set of so many exhibitors on the UK show circuit.

  • Sarah Carlton is an associate at Fox Williams LLP

    Phoenix companies rising from the ashes


    It’s a sad fact of life that businesses can and do fail and the fallout can impact upon many – owners, shareholders, employees, customers and suppliers alike, writes Sarah Carlton.

  • Kate O'Sullivan is ADPR's MD

    The importance of digital PR


    Whilst generating print coverage remains an important part of any PR campaign, securing online coverage in the form of a digital PR campaign offers many significant benefits to businesses, writes Kate O''Sullivan.

  • Fleur Lewis is a partner at Bishop Fleming Accountants

    VAT: costs or disbursements passed to customers


    Anyone running their own VAT-registered business may on occasion pass on costs to their customers that they have incurred on their behalf writes Fleur Lewis.

  • Kate O'Sullivan is the MD at ADPR

    2017 – the year of video?


    Video is quickly becoming most people’s preferred method of media consumption, writes Kate O''Sullivan. With more than 3.25 billion (yes, billion) hours of YouTube video watched in just a single month and in excess of a billion individual visitors to the site, it is easy to see why more businesses ...

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    Know your fire safety facts


    Fire safety is often not the first thing on an owner’s mind in the day-to-day running of a business. But when fire strikes it’s utterly destructive because of the very nature of the materials involved writes Adam Bernstein.

  • Fleur Lewis is a partner at Bishop Fleming Accountants

    Making VAT Digital


    While Making Tax Digital for income tax and corporation tax has been delayed until at least 2020, it has been confirmed by the government that the introduction of digital reporting for VAT will still begin on 1 April 2019. This is included in the second Finance Bill to be published ...

  • Karl Sutcliffe is technical sales director at Lee San

    Karl Sutcliffe - person behind the face


    How I got into this industry… My family have always had boats. My father was in the marine industry for 23 years and his love for boating influenced me and brought me into the industry back in 2004. The rest is history as they say.

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    What your business needs to know about illegal workers


    As we approach Brexit, employers now more than ever before need to ensure their employees have the right to work in their business. In 2016, both the offences and penalties relating to the employment of illegal workers broadened significantly, meaning mistakes can be extremely costly.

  • Chris Feibush is head of global marketing for Drew Marine Signal & Safety

    Chris Feibusch - person behind the face


    How I got into this industry….I thought I’d try to make a living out of my passion for sailing, so I bought a chandlery shop almost immediately after leaving school at the age of 18.

  • Kate O'Sullivan, ADPR MD

    How to work with a communications agency for a product launch


    Whether launching a new product to market or updating existing product lines, successful and targeted communication at the right time with your key audiences is essential, writes Kate O''Sullivan.

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    A new debt collection process


    A customer is not paying their bill and despite several polite requests you find yourself in position where you’re getting nowhere and the debt remains outstanding writes Adam Bernstein.

  • David Barrow

    David Barrow - Person Behind the Face


    How I got into this industry… When I was 18, I was employed by the John Lewis Partnership and work was getting in the way of sailing. I applied for a job with Newton Crum Insurance. David, the owner, had through sheer hard work, developed a thriving business and ...

  • Kate O'Sullivan, ADPR MD

    How to maximise exhibitions using social media


    If you’re exhibiting at a show, its important to have social media platforms and content schedules ready. Here’s a quick social media check list to help navigate your way to a productive show season, writes Kate O''Sullivan, MD at ADPR.

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    How to get that five star review


    If you need convincing on why third party review sites matter - research has revealed that 92% of customers use reviews from sites like Trip Advisor or Trust Pilot to help them make purchasing decisions. Trip Advisor alone reaches 350 million unique visitors a month and sees 200 new contributions ...

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    Networking events remain a mystery to me in our wonderful marine world. We are on the main, an industry of links and networks, where you don’t need five links to be connected to any one; its more like two or even one. We are a small industry doing great things ...

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    What to do when you receive an employment tribunal claim


    If you receive an employment tribunal claim - an ET1 form - Mark Stevens, a solicitor at Veale Wasbrough Vizards, says the priority is to check the initial action required: “Employers have 28 days from receipt of the ET1 to respond to the claim by filing form ET3 with the ...

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    Anniversary time


    I can’t believe we have got here, but this column marks the 50th Cardinal Sin ramblings. Oh how time flies when you’re having fun/getting old.