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Do You Have the Communication Skills for a Globalised World?

The sun has long since set on the British Empire, but its legacies live on, not least in the form of the English language – today the most widely used language for conducting international business. But while being an English … Continue reading

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How’s Your CQ? Are You and Your Team Fully Prepared for Working with Other Cultures?

While the following questions are unlikely to crop up in your next pub quiz, knowing the answers to these and others like them could prove invaluable if your work brings you into contact with people from other cultures:   If … Continue reading

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International or Global – Which is Your Business?

Famously emblazoned on the sides of his yellow Robin Reliant van, Del Boy from the TV comedy series ‘Only fools and horses’ has a sign that reads ‘Trotters Independent Trading Co. New York, Paris, Peckham’.  Would this make the fictional … Continue reading

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Inpats: Relocating staff into the UK

When you hear a UK business talk about relocating staff, you’ll probably automatically think of outward relocation – staff from the UK being posted overseas on assignment – ‘expats’ as they’re known. But of course, relocation works both ways, and … Continue reading

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Enter the dragon: Doing business in China

In the Chinese zodiac, 2014 is the year of the horse, and according to astrologers, the year will bring mixed fortunes. Those who were born under the sign of the horse are destined to offend Taisui, the god in charge … Continue reading

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Is Your Business Prepared for Success in Indonesia?

As discussed in our last blog post, the economist Jim O’Neill has identified Indonesia as one of 4 so-called MINT countries (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey) that he believes have the potential to move into the world’s top ten economies … Continue reading

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Anyone for a MINT? Fresh Thinking on the Next Big Economies

It’s more than a decade now since Jim O’Neill, the British economist and former Chairman of Goldman Sachs first coined the acronym ‘BRICs’ to describe the four emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China – which he predicted would … Continue reading

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Communicating internationally: Is your team culturally prepared?

If your business plans involve international expansion, and dealing with customers, suppliers or partners from different cultures, ensuring that every member of your staff is culturally aware must be a key focus. However successful your product or service might be … Continue reading

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Communicating internationally: Thinking global? Act local

If you are an ambitious business with plans to grow, the opportunity to trade overseas can be an attractive proposition. You may be seeking fresh, untapped new markets to promote to, or perhaps you’re looking to outsource the products or … Continue reading

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Communicating internationally: Keeping it local on the World Wide Web

The internet makes it easy for businesses to promote their products and services to markets anywhere in the world, but communicating with an international audience is very different to communicating locally. If you are creating a website with the aim … Continue reading

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