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Choosing the right energy plan for your business is a little more complicated than going for the lowest prices. The wrong decision can also lead to price changes and even more expensive rates down the line, which is why it’s essential that you get it right the first time. Most if not all businesses rely on energy to keep going. However, business electricity prices continue to go higher and higher, making it even easier to accidentally choose a supplier and plan that isn’t the best fit for you.
With the design and print of your traditional marketing material finished, you may think that the most important part is done. Not so! It doesn’t matter how well-designed your pull-up banner is, or how wonderfully printed your leaflets are — if they are placed in the wrong location, they won’t be working to their full potential for you. That means a lower ROI for you. From windows to trade shows, we take a look at the best locations for you to place your banners. Start at the beginning Consider the most important area of your marketing campaign — your business’ location! People really don’t have time to be wandering around in search of your building. This is highlighted by the fact employees in the UK are working more overtime than ever before with 60% of those asked stating that they don’t have a good work-life balance, according to a study published in The Independent last year.
The price of silver has reached its peak in 2016, but this precious metal has remained one of the best investment opportunities ever since. Those who are looking to hedge their investments should look into silver as a way to do so in 2018.
From a bigger picture point of view the availability of integrated solutions is a good thing because it allows for more service providers to enter into the market and provide the much needed competition in just about every industry, but it does tend to make for somewhat of a double-edged sword because it can also make for a serious drop in standards. In the many sub-industries which fall under construction for example, a highly qualified contractor who does general house work can be just as good as one which has learned the trade through practical experience.
In focus this week is one of the many behind-the-scenes elements which go into the smooth running of the automotive industry. I mean employees in particular who work for car manufacturers tend to take many things for granted, one of which is indeed all the machinery which makes their jobs that much easier. They’re suitably justified in doing so though, make no mistake about it – I mean when you go into work your primary objective is simply to get the job assigned to you done, with very little time, room or mental power to second-guess every little thing.
You shouldn’t need to be told just how important it is to protect yourself against data loss. It can radically reduce productivity, erode client and customer confidence, and even see you facing legal action. So, you should clearly understand some of the most common causes of data loss – only by knowing what they are can you get started tightening up security and following best practices. Human Error Yes, human error is one of the top causes of data loss. It happens all the time, especially when staff have not been well trained. They might delete the wrong files or open a malicious email that destroys your system or corrupts your data. Viruses and Malware Viruses and malware spread like wildfire, and your data is the kindling. This is generally more of an additional problem than the main aim, but it’s still an issue you need to address. If any type of malicious software infects your system, it can either damage, delete, or corrupt your data. In the case of ransomware, data can be held hostage until you pay an unlock fee. Hardware Malfunction Recent research indicated that over 40% of users lose data simply because of hardware or system malfunctions. What’s truly maddening is that such malfunctions are often entirely avoidable. You may, for example, continue using a hard drive that shows signs of breaking down, or you may fail to replace a PC that keeps turning itself off. Water Damage When we talk about water damage, what we often mean is beverage damage. It’s incredible how much data is lost simply because people are irresponsible when it comes to carrying coffee. Unfortunately, liquids can easily short circuit important electronic components, and this often makes recovery of data impossible. Power Outages Finally, power outages can shut down your entire