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105 weeks ago, by James
Rate matching
A hotel has just reduced their price for an event for 60 people by nearly 30% to match another venue's price. It's a better hotel and, the chances are, they will get the booking. Did they need to reduce the rate so far? I don't care, I'm glad that they did.

It's always worth telling a venue the rate that a competitor is charging, provided that it's lower.
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107 weeks ago, by James
Government now against universities?
A government backed website http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk claims to give students a broader range of options, setting out choices including apprenticeship and vocational training. It's free to download and contains a foreword by Nick Bowles, Secretary of State for Education.

Is it a good idea to brand this in such a way that it sounds like a war cry or something to be proud of, or is that sending out the wrong message?
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110 weeks ago, by James
Government scheme training fraud
Police have arrested dozens of people in Spain over a fraud estimated at between 20 and 40 million euros for training that was never delivered as part of a 3 billion euro government run vocational training programme.

90 arrest warrants in total have been issued and around 1,000 people and companies are currently under investigation.

The money comes from European budgets. It seems that any time that a large scale training scheme is run by any form of government organisation fraud is rife.
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111 weeks ago, by James
Capita to be investigated by The Cabinet Office
12 companies providing services to the government through outsourcing firm Capita has formed a consortium to complain that the company paid invoices late, took excessive admin fees and used non-compete clauses to stop them from doing government work without their permission.

Many will be familiar with these nasty tricks and the feeling that you can't do anything because you'll lose work. Forming a consortium is an interesting tactic.

As a result The Cabinet Office are investigating.
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112 weeks ago, by James
Using comedy in training
A company called Improv Asylum is introducing comedy into training programmes to increase engagement. You see similar stories in press releases several times a year, it's not a new idea, but it tends not to take off in its own right.

Is there a gap in the market because training tends to be a bit dry and not memorable? I don't think so, I think that the best trainers know when to introduce comedy as well as all of the other emotions at an appropriate time. Focusing on comedy isn't necessary.
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114 weeks ago, by James
Training isn't always the issue
I've seen another hidden camera exposé of care home staff with the headline 'Care home staff need training, not hidden cameras'.

There does seem to be a link between low paid jobs and inadequate training, but people who abuse patients aren't doing it because of lack of training. The two things aren't directly linked.

I have a number of family members who work in the care industry and, from what you sometimes see in the media, you'd think that abuse was rife. It isn't.
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115 weeks ago, by Jackie
EU VAT MOSS / VAT MESS
Since 1/1/2015, people who sell digital products/services online are supposed to collect VAT at the EU customer country rate/s instead of the seller's.

But it's almost impossible to comply because the third-party platforms are not geared up for it, never mind most small businesses.

My online training course is on hold for this reason. How about you?
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115 weeks ago, by Jackie
Days before the cookie law was due to go live, they changed it to 'assume consent'.

Sadly, the EU VAT law won't fizzle out - we're battling for 28 nation states to agree to a threshold.
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122 weeks ago, by James
Is this a new challenge?
“In order to get a good job in the future, skills will be more important than knowledge because it will be the norm to change jobs various times in your life and to be faced all the time with new technological developments. That’s a paradigm shift for our educational system. We need to prepare our current and future graduates for this.”

Professor Anne Glover, chief scientific adviser to the president of the European Commission.

I can't imagine a Chinese politician saying this at this stage.
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