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3 Things for Businesses to Consider When Embracing a Greener Economy

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There are a whole host of different things for businesses to think about these days, but one element which has rightly risen up the agenda in the last decade or so is the environment.

Now, a new survey has put a spotlight on how small and medium-sized companies in the UK feel about going green, with the results suggesting that many are generally positive about taking the step.

Fresh opportunities

Edie reported on the poll undertaken by Opinium for the Entrepreneurs Network and the Enterprise Trust at the start of this month. It found that two-thirds of SMEs in Britain think a green economy would create positive opportunities.

It also revealed that 54 per cent of the 500 businesses surveyed, which included organisations from areas including retail and manufacturing, had taken steps to become more eco-friendly in the past year and a half.

But, if you are part of a business that is looking to go greener at the moment, what might be some of the key issues that you have to consider? Here, we provide just three suggestions as to what you should do.

1. Funding boost

The Opinium survey found that 61 percent of firms were optimistic that a green economy would be positive for their business in respect of financials. However, making eco-friendly changes to an organisation may require funding, so firms will have to investigate approaches to that matter.

There are a range of possibilities available at present, but one which could provide a timely boost is the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. As Funding Options explains, the initiative was launched by the UK Government to support those who have faced disruption due to COVID-19. Now extended until the end of January next year, CBILS could be a way for businesses to both manage the impact of the pandemic, arguably another huge impending issue facing businesses today, and also take steps towards becoming greener.

2. Get staff engaged

Examining the reasons why businesses choose to go green, the Opinium research revealed that many said there were increased expectations from people including those applying for jobs.

With that in mind, it will be important to ensure new recruits are fully engaged in your company’s efforts related to the environment and other areas – and that requires quality onboarding. Doing this right could be massive, as statistics compiled by O C Tanner revealed that 69 per cent of employees are more likely to remain at a company for three years after a strong onboarding experience.

3. Highlight your efforts

Increased expectations among consumers were also regarded by some participants in the Opinium survey as a driver behind them going green. So, if you’ve taken steps to become more eco-friendly, why not tell the public about it?

Consider how you can work green messaging or case studies on your efforts into marketing campaigns, as this may boost your reputation in the eyes of existing and new customers.

Making changes

It is a fascinating time for many businesses at the moment and environmental issues are arguably more important than ever before.

The Opinium poll has put an intriguing spotlight on how many businesses feel about the topic and it will be interesting to see how the matter develops in the months and years ahead.

 

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Will mobile gaming continue to thrive in 2021?

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Mobile phone gaming has never been so good. The games now on offer are more advanced than ever before, as are the phones we’re able to play them on. As a result, a large part of the world’s population is putting more energy into gaming on their mobile phone devices than ever before.

Many experts and gaming fans didn’t think mobile gaming would stand the test of time, particularly with the newly released Playstation 5 coming out. Surely the more sophisticated and graphically advanced games that a console of that type can host appeals more than playing a smartphone game with clear and obvious limitations? Apparently not. In fact, mobile gaming looks like it is very much here to not only survive but also thrive in 2021 and beyond.

Of course, for some, mobile gaming is simply incomparable to console gaming of any kind. In contrast, for others, the realisation that mobile phone gaming is here to stay is becoming a very real one. But why is this? Why is mobile gaming expected to kick on further in 2021? Here are a few reasons as to why.

Gaming on the go

Virtually everyone on the planet has a mobile phone these days, therefore opening up an array of entertainment possibilities in the process. Gaming on a phone is one of them as you have access to a comprehensive selection of games within a matter of seconds. The games on offer are diverse too, from the likes of blackjack online at www.mansioncasino.com/uk/ to brain teaser creations, coupled with more graphically advanced games like Fortnite PUBG Mobile. Then there’s augmented reality releases like Pokemon Go, too. These are the type of games which can be picked up and put down with ease. Console gaming, on the other hand, requires much more of a commitment. The games are generally a lot tougher, which, as a result, could put casual gamers off. Mobile games can be enjoyed on the go, while on the bus or on your lunch break. There’s a mobile phone game for an array of audiences too, opening gaming on a phone up to the masses.

Console-quality titles

Thanks to the continued advancements made with our mobile phone devices, the games we now have at our disposal are better than ever. Gaming options of old used to be with the likes of Tetris and Snake; now we’re inundated with releases on a weekly basis as games developers look to crack what is a humongous market. So much so, in fact, that many games companies make sure they release the mobile version of games simultaneously with the PC and console versions of games, once again highlighting the influence mobile phone gaming has had on the overall gaming landscape. On top of this, the gaming experience on a mobile device has improved dramatically also, with joysticks and VR headsets being used to help get the best out of specific mobile creations.

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Cheap and free games

Console gaming isn’t cheap. When you factor in the cost of a console before even adding up the cost of purchasing a few games to go with it, it could be argued that it’s extortionate. In fact, many people have strayed away from console gaming for this very reason, especially when they realise they can get their gaming fix from their smartphone. All you need is access to Appstore or Google Play, and you’re good to go, with the option of trying out a whole host of creations without spending any money at all. Most mobile games are either cheap or completely free, therefore making them accessible to all.

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London businesses call for swift action to safeguard Eurostar's future

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London’s business leaders have written to the government asking it to ensure that the green gateway to Europe is safeguarded. A copy of the letter is published below.

 

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The best of 5G is yet to come  

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Executives from leading mobile operators have urged consumers to be patient with 5G, explaining more advanced capabilities and use cases will become available as the technology evolves.

Speaking at the recent industry conference CES 2021, Drew Blackard, VP of product management at Samsung Electronics America (SEA), told a panel that many current services including video streaming are merely “better on 5G”.

But he added more advanced “only-on-5G experiences” will become mainstream “more and more as the infrastructure develops” and the technology becomes more widely used.

Blackard noted SEA had “done a lot of development with partners to build out what these can look like”, pointing to a collaboration with AT&T to offer AR experiences for sports fans.

Ice Mobility chairman and co-founder Denise Gibson added “there is an element of patience” to realising 5G’s potential.

She said 5G “is a platform that will evolve”, explaining “it’s not solely about” geographic reach, but also provision of advanced capabilities and services on networks and devices.

Blackard added “partnerships are obviously essential”, noting 5G required “a group, an industry to bring that forward. It’s not a single player that can do that”.

Commenting on the issue Abraham Lui, Huawei's Chief Representative to the EU Institutions,  said  "In Europe, the best of 5G is yet to come. As 5G deployment gathers pace across the continent, users will appreciate the benefits of this game-changing technology in the near future".

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