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Schools around the world teach entrepreneurship – here’s how to do the same

12 December 2018

Teaching entrepreneurship in schools usually extends to bake sales and market days. While these are great ways to teach children about product development, budgeting, finance, and profit and loss, they don’t encourage true entrepreneurial thinking. We need to focus on developing skills that will help learners solve real-world problems and prepare them for the future of work.

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Domestic violence victims are not alone this festive season

10 December 2018

It will be the holidays soon; a time when families relax, reflect on the past year, and enjoy each other’s company. But one thing that doesn’t take a holiday, is domestic abuse. Some studies suggest that intimate partner violence actually increases during the holiday season. Reasons for this include financial pressures associated with Christmas and holiday spending, increased alcohol and substance abuse, and tension between family members who don’t get along.

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Riding the digital wave: Ensuring transformation readiness

07 December 2018

By leveraging emerging technology like artificial intelligence (AI), today’s accounting firms are able to expedite key tasks, such as matching purchase orders and flagging invoices for payment. According to research led by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), collecting and processing data can increasingly be done better and faster with machines.

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Sage reveals the four crucial success factors for Accountants who want to future-proof their practice

22 November 2018

Over the last 20 years, technology has transformed the way we live and work forever. This is especially true of one of the world’s oldest professions - accountancy. This week I will be speaking at the World Congress of Accountants on the shift that I have seen in the profession, and this guide is a companion to that discussion, helping accountants navigate and prepare for the years ahead.

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Sage FY18 Results: Sharpening the focus to accelerate the transition to SaaS

21 November 2018

Sage’s vision is to become a great SaaS business for customers and colleagues alike. Sage has made significant progress towards building a SaaS business with 46% software subscription revenue and £434m of cloud ARR. In FY19 and beyond, management believe it is essential to accelerate the transition to a SaaS business by sharpening the focus on customers, colleagues and innovation in order to unlock the potential for significant value creation at Sage.

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Black Friday guide for small and medium businesses

21 November 2018

Black Friday (23 November) gets bigger in Kenya with every passing year as consumers storm e-commerce websites and stores in search of the best deals and bargains. Consider the fact that 30% of Kenyans surveyed by said they will participate in Black Friday this year—nearly three times as many as those who took part last year.

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How emerging technologies are shaping the future of construction

05 November 2018

With a boom in hotel construction, major infrastructure projects underway, and good GDP growth in many countries, the construction sector in sub-Saharan Africa offers several bright prospects. A report from GlobalData forecasts that sub-Saharan Africa will have the fastest growing construction industry in the world over the next five years, with a compound annual growth rate of 6.6%.

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Attracting and retaining the accountants of the future

01 November 2018

With job growth expected in the professional services industry, accounting practices are under pressure to compete in the war for talent, working hard to attract new, top-notch professionals - and also to keep their current employees, a charge that’s proven difficult. Indicative of the new wave of opportunity in the industry, professional services such as accounting ranked among the highest in terms of staff turnover in 2017, according to an examination of LinkedIn data drawn from the site’s half-a-billion international users.

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The excuses small businesses give for failing to save money – and why they are wrong

24 October 2018

World Savings Day on 31 October aims to increase awareness of the importance of savings both for modern economies and for individuals. The message is a timely one for East Africa, with Kenya’s gross domestic savings as a percentage of GDP falling last year as result of the higher cost of living.

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