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Principles of Polymers production and processing

What are polymers? Polymers are extremely large molecules that are made of millions of atoms that are bonded together to create a repeating pattern, this can be likened to a chain. The polymer production is put down to the atoms that are bonded to each other to form links. The...

How to create an effective media campaign

Below are the basic questions that need to be answered to develop an effective media campaign plan. The following questions can be a useful first step for media planning: What goals do you want to accomplish? Pinpoint very specifically the action and/or awareness that you want your target audience to...

Financial Modelling explained

What is financial modelling? Financial modelling is a tool that is built into Microsoft Excel to forecast business performance into the future. The forecast is based on the company’s previous background and requires the balance sheet, cash flow statement and income statement. What is a financial model used for? The financial model...

The importance of sales and marketing

Marketing Marketing is one of the most important things a business can do. Not only does marketing build brand awareness but it can also increase sales, grow businesses and engage customers.  Most aspects of your business depend on successful marketing. The overall marketing umbrella covers: Advertising Public relations Promotions Sales Marketing is a process by which...

5 steps to mastering 3D Printing

What is 3D printing? 3-D printing is a manufacturing process that builds layers to create a three–dimensional solid object from a digital model.  The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material...

The skills required to becoming a competent supervisor

What is a supervisor? A supervisor is a person that manages other employees; the supervisor has many different levels of responsibility. They answer to their respective managers but also manage the development and activities of their staff members, they also understand the daily challenges of the employees which make them...

An effective guide to creating interactive websites

If you want to capture your audience’s attention, you have to provide a great user experience. One of the best ways to keep your users engaged and returning to your site is by building an interactive website. Here are a few things to consider when creating an interactive website: Interactive websites...

5 top tips on managing cash flow in a business

What is cash flow? Cash flow is the net amount of cast and other cash related items moving in and out of a business.  When a company has a positive cash flow this shows that the company’s liquid assets are increasing which means that it is able to settle debt....

How to identify the key components to planning and managing a complex IT Project

If you are looking to embark on a complex IT Project, there could be a lot at stake. IT projects are very technically challenging and can go on for a very long period of time, this could mean that team members are spread between different locations and time zones. Michael...

7 Top tips to effectively manage stock selection and buying for retail businesses

Offering the right product, at the right price, at the right time has huge success criteria in retail business.  From the smallest retail business to the biggest superstore, effective stock control is essential. Finding the right products to sell, when to sell them and not to be left with...

Computational Fluid Dynamics explained

What is computational fluid dynamics? Computational fluid dynamics is the usage of applied mathematics, physics and computational software to picture how gas and liquid flows also to see how the gas or liquid affects objects as it passes through. Fluid dynamics are based on the Navier-Stokes equations, the equation looks...

What is an Access control system?

The term “Access Control System” actually refers to systems officially referred to as “point monitoring and access control systems” because they not only control electronic locks on doors, control access on elevators and elsewhere, but also monitor alarms. In other words Access control is a way of limiting access...

The key aspects of understanding international contract law

What is international contract law? International contract law refers to a list of legal rules relating to international agreements. When you are conducting business in different countries, you need to enter into contracts to ensure that you are covered. The contract is governed by the international contract law unless they...

The Importance of Water Treatment Technology

Do you want to know the purpose of water treatment systems? Are you interested in finding out about water treatment technologies? If the above has got you interested then continue reading… Let’s start by recognising the agents that can contaminate water: Pathogens – disease-causing organisms that include bacteria, amoebas and viruses, as...

A guide to understanding the regulations and guidelines in the laboratory

Lets start with what the government has to say about safety in the laboratory – “Any test facility which conducts, or intends to conduct, regulatory studies must comply with good laboratory practice (GLP) regulations when carrying out safety tests on: pharmaceuticals agrochemicals veterinary medicines industrial chemicals cosmetics additives for human food and animal feed biocides” -(gov.co.uk) These...

Why planning and managing finance is paramount to any business

Financial planning allows any business to succeed within an objective and systematic manner, usually by doing this the management team and others in a high position in the company will have a high level of responsibility. The high profile members of the team will take decisions that put the...

A Simple Guide to Compressor Technology in Ethylene Plants

What is a Compressor? A compressor is a mechanical device like a pump that is used in various different applications.  A compressor can only do its function with gas because liquids are a lot harder to compress. In some cases, the portion of a reciprocating air compressor that performs the...

How to identify the key components for Electronic Office Management and Executive Secretariat

What is Electronic office management? Most offices are still using paper files, folders and archive boxes however they are not as effective as they were previously. Most filing is usually printouts which are usually duplicates of something that is originally sent over email or is saved on an online portal....

The tools required to improving public relations

Are you thinking of Public Relations courses and/or PR Training? Lets start by knowing the importance of Public Relations.  Effective Public Relations can help manage a firm’s reputation by communicating and building good relationships with all organisation stakeholders. In the competitive market we live in today the reputation a company...

5 steps to understanding customs procedures, documentations and its role in export

Confused about the various customs and exports procedures? Below we have listed 5 points to review that will help you.  Understand the role of Customs Each country has its own rules and regulations in regards to Import and export.  It is recommended to contact the government of the country you intend...

7 Top tips to achieving the skills for Digital Marketing

What is digital marketing? Digital marketing in practice includes managing different forms of a company’s online presence and managing company websites, mobile apps and social media accounts. There are techniques which include search engine marketing, online advertising, email marketing and social media marketing. You will use digital marketing to acquire new...

A guide to understanding the importance of debt management

  There are more than 9 million people currently in the UK that are classed as seriously in debt by a study conducted by money advice service. There are more than 1 million families with a household income below £30,000 and are in extreme debt and the stagnant wage increases...

How to plan any car rental business effectively

It’s not always easy to know where to go for ideas and help when starting up a new business.  If you are looking to find out how to start a car rental business then don’t look any further, we have put together a guide for you to follow. Business Plan: Having...

5 steps to Mastering contract management

Contracts are a core piece of commercial transaction which means that contract management is a core competency for any successful organisations. Best practice within contract management needs to be mastered to ensure high productivity. It is very difficult to manage contracts if you have a disjointed and disorganised management...