Why does a Trademark matter?

Why does a Trademark matter?

Trademarks are like birthmarks! Why does a Trademark matter? It’s been a rough week for Apple, who on top of seeing their shares plummet has lost a trademark fight in China, meaning a firm which sells handbags and other leather goods can continue to use the name “IPHONE”.  The decision was handed down by the Beijing Municipal High People’s Court in favour of Xintong Tiandi Technology, who are trademarked “IPHONE” for their leather products in…

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Secure New Business at the Small Business Exchange

Secure New Business at the Small Business Exchange

Wouldn’t it be great to be guaranteed new clients at your next networking event? Small businesses that do business with other small businesses perform better and enjoy supplier relationships for longer!  With a better understanding for each others needs and capabilities, small businesses exchanging business can be very fruitful. Yet attracting business from contemporaries can be challenging, as despite there being 4 million small businesses in the UK, without big advertising budgets and sophisticated marketing…

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Bank Of Mum And Dad a Top 10 Mortgage Lender

Bank Of Mum And Dad a Top 10 Mortgage Lender

The ‘bank’ of Mum and Dad (BoMaD) is now behind a quarter of British mortgages, and is now listed as one of the top 10 mortgage lenders in the UK, alongside the likes of Barclays and Lloyds. This year, the Bank of Mum and Dad will lend more £5 billion to help their children get on the housing ladder offering deposits for 300,000 mortgages, according to a report by Legal & General. The average parental…

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To Brexit or Not? Marcus Bernasconi has the answers!

To Brexit or Not? Marcus Bernasconi has the answers!

As we approach the EU Referendum, we ask to Brexit or Not? Marcus Bernasconi has the answers! Having worked in politics since graduating from University in 2013, Marcus Bernasconi knows the ins and outs of the big decisions government has to make and how that can impact on business. He’s worked for political parties and their representatives helping to shape campaigns and inform election strategy. He’s from Dudley but now lives in Birmingham, not far…

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Nominate your Unsung Heroes for the REEBA Awards

Nominate your Unsung Heroes for the REEBA Awards

The Regional Entrepreneur Empowerment Business Awards (REEBA) is in its 4th year and going from strength to strength. Founded by Ms Ché aka Boss Lady, this prestigious ceremony, has a serious undertone and was created as part of Invest in Success CIC after the 2011 UK riots, when the Boss Lady decided that it was time to take a stand and support the disadvantaged, disaffected and create a platform for those working to make a…

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Financial Style – 8th Apr 2016

Financial Style – 8th Apr 2016

This week, we are inspired by Birmingham born, UN Women Ambassador & Global Champion for Women’s Economic Empowerment and a Marketing Communications Industry Entrepreneur, Charlene Laidley; and we are celebrating 10 years of #ArtMatters with the Aston Performing Arts Academy: proving that the UK’s 2nd city really is producing some fantastically talented people. With the explosive revelations of Panama Papers showing how the rich and powerful have been using tax havens to hide their wealth,…

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Aston Performing Arts Academy – 10 Years in Business

Aston Performing Arts Academy – 10 Years in Business

#ArtMatters is the mantra of the Aston Performing Arts Academy (APAA) during April as they celebrate 10 years of proving that Art indeed Matters! Through a unique partnership with Birmingham City University and Birmingham Conservatoire, APAA has been able to create a performing arts outlet for the children and young people of Birmingham which has been instrumental in empowering their lives through performing and creative arts. Over the last decade, hundreds of young people have…

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Charlene Laidley is Committed to Women’s Success

Charlene Laidley is Committed to Women’s Success

Charlene Laidley is CEO of The Latiénne Communications Group, founder of The FutureProof Foundation, and a founding member of The Women’s Charter for Business. A passionate campaigner for women’s rights in the UK she is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in recognition of her contribution to promoting UK excellence internationally, enterprise, and women’s economic empowerment; so it was no surprise that in November 2015 Charlene was appointed UN Women Ambassador…

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Panama Papers & Living Wage

Panama Papers & Living Wage

This week we debate Panama Papers & Living Wage, as Rakeem is particularly passionate this week about the moral implications of some of the actions of the world’s super rich! With the emergence of the Panama Papers questions have surfaced relating to the fairness of the systems of the world’s so called wealthiest and developed companies, and how things could be different if the rich did in fact pay their fair share! Things progress and…

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Panama Papers – What Does It Mean

Panama Papers – What Does It Mean

Panama Papers is the leak of documents from a Panamanian law firm called Mossack Fonseca which lifted the lid on how the rich and powerful have been using tax havens to hide their wealth. The files show how Mossack Fonseca clients were able to launder money, dodge sanctions and avoid tax. More than 60 relatives and associates of heads of state and other politicians have been implicated, including our very own Prime Minister, David Cameron….

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