CBI moves to guard safety of directors

first_imgCBI moves to guard safety of directorsOn 27 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article The CBI is urging the Government to introduce legislation to help protectbusiness leaders from violent extremists. In its response to the consultation on the Criminal Justice and Police Act2001, the CBI wants the Government to stop publishing the home addresses ofdirectors in the registration of businesses at Companies House. Directors can get a confidentially order if they convince police of a risk,but the CBI believes that this is not enough. John Cridland, CBI deputy director-general, said, “It is not acceptablethat company directors and their families should be put in danger when goingabout a legitimate business. “Confidentiality orders are a useful step, but people are not alwaysaware of danger until it is too late.” The CBI is urging ministers to make the changes in the Companies Bill, awhite paper expected next year, after three animal rights protesters were lastweek jailed for sending letters and faxes to staff and shareholders atHuntington Life Sciences. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

5 things to consider before building a mobile branch

first_imgwith Anthony Burnett, Level5As the cost of technology decreases and consumer behavior trends toward web-based banking over in-branch visits, an opportunity is presenting itself in the form of Mobile Branches. A mobile branch can come in many shapes and sizes – from a simple ATM to a staffed, full-service branch. However, regardless of size, all mobile branches share one distinct advantage over their brick and mortar counterparts—maneuverability.Brick and mortar traffic has been declining since the inception of internet banking, and for a while now, financial institutions have looked for ways to bring people back into the branch. However, more institutions are beginning to think “outside the branch”, implementing mobile branches into their distribution strategy— seeking out the customer, rather than waiting for the customer to find them.John Baker, CEO of MBF Industries, claims that mobile branch sales have increased 10-15% year-over-year for the past three to five years. He predicts that those numbers will continue to increase as more institutions become keen to the cost-effective benefits offered by the mobile branch. Additionally, LEVEL5 sees the mobile branch as another physical channel to help banks and credit unions establish density in their markets. The physical channel is only a part of the overall strategy, but it synchronizes the automated and mobile channels with the omni-channel strategy.If your institution is thinking of adding a mobile branch to its repertoire, here are 5 things you’ll want to consider before manufacturing:LocationAs with all decisions about branching, the location is the most important. When choosing a location for the mobile branch, the bank or credit union needs to think about today and tomorrow’s money. Temporary locations are very effective to help build brand awareness and market penetration, but will likely never be a replacement for a full-service location.However, locating a mobile branch at a concert, in a park, or other high trafficked areas can help educate prospects about the bank or credit union and display its presence in the community. For existing customers, the branch can function as full service with the use of technology such as Interactive Teller Machines (ITMs) and ATMs.The portable nature of the facility, such as a modular wall system build or a modified shipping container, allows for quick setup and take down, so the mobile branch is in fact…mobile — proving yet again that the strategy for the mobile branch works in concert with the institution’s entire omni-channel strategy.Branding One of the biggest advantages of the mobile branch solution is branding. The entire branch is a billboard for the bank or credit union and serves to build brand awareness in locations that the institution could not normally get to in mass. For example, a mobile branch located in a high-traffic or dense area like a sporting event, concert, or park helps the bank or credit union serve existing customers while reaching new ones.Investing in branding is the biggest “bang for the buck” way for an institution to allocate dollars. Making sure existing and potential new customers know who you are and what you offer seems like a “no brainer”, but often banks and credit unions make too many assumptions about their value proposition to the community. Making that value clear through branding can increase sales, deepen market share, and boost customer satisfaction.TechnologyThe decreasing cost of technology is really what has made the mobile branch a cost-effective option for institutions—specifically the cost of data. Ten years ago, it cost institutions a lot to simply power an ATM, considering the expense of internet. Now, not only do mobile branches have an ATM, but multiple. They can also come packed with self-service tools such as interactive kiosks and ITMs. Branch employees can have personal workstations for loan processing, and digital signage can be used to promote, cross-sell, and educate visitors on products and services. Simply put, if it’s used in brick and mortar, it can likely be used in a mobile branch as well.StaffingDepending on the overall purpose of the mobile branch, you can choose to have staff or not. A simple mobile ATM for a concert or festival does not require employees. Furthermore, if a mobile branch is outfitted with self-service technology, it’s also unlikely employees would be needed. However, if the purpose of the mobile branch is to increase loan origination or financial advice, then a staff might be needed to manage the branch at all times.FlowThe “flow” of the branch is a function of the purpose of the branch combined with the physical limitations of the facility. By definition, the mobile branch is small and portable. Therefore, the flow will be influenced by these components. In many markets, the mobile branch will likely be educational and provide access to cash. In this case, the flow is well-defined via signage and focuses on flexibility to make it easy for customers to interact with the branch’s technology. Loan-focused branches need comfortable spaces for customers to sit and have some privacy. Every application of the mobile branch can be different, and the flow should be tweaked to meet the demands of the market it is serving. 46SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Matt Deaton Matt Deaton is the Marketing Manager at Codigo, a Louisville. KY-based technology company that develops retail engagement tools such as digital signage, interactive kiosks, and on-hold messaging. Codigo has served … Web: www.gocodigo.com Detailslast_img read more

ANALYSIS: African soccer supremo Hayatou’s bid for eighth term

first_imgAddis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Issa Hayatou, the last of the old generation leaders in world football, faces a rare and determined challenge when he bids for an eighth term as head of the Confederation of African Football in Thursday’s election.Ahmad Ahmad, head of the Madagascar Football Assocation, has picked up key votes with his calls for “change” against the 70-year-old Hayatou.The Cameroonian official remains favourite but many African federations refused to say who they would back when asked by AFP.“Issa has never faced a challenge like this and he has had to call in some favours,” one CAF executive member said ahead of the vote at a congress in Addis Ababa.Hayatou has headed CAF since 1988 and is a senior vice president of FIFA. He has been credited with increasing the number of African teams at the World Cup and bringing in extra finance for the continent’s competitions.But he has also faced controversy, accused by a British newspaper of receiving $1.5 million to vote for Qatar when it was awarded the 2022 World Cup seven years ago.In 2011, Hayatou was reprimanded by the International Olympic Committee over money he received from the scandal-tainted sports marketing company ISL in 1995.He has always insisted the money went to CAF and has always strongly denied any wrongdoing. “Noone has been able to hurt him despite all the rumours of corruption,” a former top member of the FIFA world body management said.– Uncertain votes –Ahmad, 57, has also been implicated in the 2022 World Cup bribe-taking. The Sunday Times said he received between $30,000 and $100,000 for his vote. The Madagascar soccer chief has called the allegations unfounded.“If people want change there is no other choice. Only I can dare (to challenge Hayatou),” Ahmad told AFP during a recent interview at the Madagascar Football Federation offices in Antananarivo. “My programme is the reform of the administration of CAF to avoid the involvement of politics in the organisation,” he added.Ahmad is already a member of the CAF executive and he has been promised the support of the 14 member Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA).Zimbabwe Football Association chief, Philip Chiyangwa, who is also COSAFA leader, said: “We have all endorsed Ahmad Ahmad. We need new ideas.”In the group, South Africa has not publicly committed to vote for Ahmad.But an official from the Football Association of Malawi said, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP: “The thinking is that Hayatou has overstayed and has run out of ideas. Africa needs fresh minds to develop football.”In a sign of the furious lobbying going on, the influential vote of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation and a football powerhouse, appeared in doubt. Nigerian Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick had wanted to vote for Ahmad. But the government has called for a vote for Hayatou.The 12-member Council of East and Central Africa football associations (CECAFA) which includes Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, South Sudan, Djibouti, and Somalia, voted a resolution in February to back Hayatou.But Kenya Football Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa said each federation would make their own decision in the election.An Egyptian Football Federation source told AFP that the country will vote for Ahmad. The source said “a small coalition” including Morocco, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Egypt will support Ahmad. But no official has estimated how many votes Ahmad will get and most say Hayatou remains favourite to win.FIFA leader Gianni Infantino visited Africa last month and met with Chiyangwa who is seen as one of the leaders of the anti-Hayatou camp.Infantino has embarked on reforms of the world body, seeking to redeem its image after the scandals that forced out past president Sepp Blatter and his one time ally Michel Platini. While many suspect he favours Ahmad, Infantino has not said publicly who he supports in the election battle.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

South region golfers are chasing their dream

first_img Ten women golfers from the South region are one step closer to playing with a star of the European Tour after qualifying for the national final of Bridgestone’s Chase Your Dream Trophy, run in partnership with England Golf. They came through the regional qualifier at Muswell Hill Golf Club, Middlesex, where Diana Wallace of Haste Hill, Middlesex (pictured), led the way on countback with a net score of 75 She now goes forward to the final in England Golf Week at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, in August, alongside Lily Lian (Grims Dyke, Middlesex), Nikki Slatter (Drift, Surrey), Catherine Ellis (Kingswood, Surrey), Lydia Hoare (Redlibbets, Kent), Tracey Beagley (Camberley Heath, Surrey), Marlise Zannetti (Bramley, Surrey), Sally Drawbridge (Highwoods, Sussex) Kathryn Naylor (Windlesham, Surrey,) Deirdre Randall (Hartley Wintney, Hampshire) They’ll be joined by qualifiers from five other regional finals and the overall winner will be England’s female Handicap Golfer of the Year. The top nine players in the field will play in the pro-am of the Bridgestone Challenge, the English leg of The Challenge Tour, at Luton Hoo on 6 September. They’ll be joined by the top nine players from the companion men’s championship, making up a total of six teams in the pro-am. The most successful of these teams will go on to the pro-am of the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports, at Close House in Northumberland later in the same month, playing with a star of The European Tour. The Bridgestone Chase your Dream Trophy is an annual event open to members of England Golf’s 1,900 affiliated clubs and features separate competitions for men and women. Players can already register their interest in the 2018 Chase Your Dream Trophy by clicking here. Entries will open in the autumn to players who have been successful in 2017 club competitions and are eligible to enter the regional finals. Last season, England Golf and Bridgestone worked together to run a similar event called the Driveguard Trophy for club golfers. It made a dream come true for South West players Zack Rosen, Carl Broomfield and Peter Carr. The trio eventually found themselves as guests of Bridgestone at the British Masters supported by Sky Sports, playing alongside 2010 US Open winner Graeme McDowell. Click here for full scores from the regional final 1 Jun 2017 South region golfers are chasing their dream last_img read more

Engaging Middle School Girls In The Fields Of Science, Technology, Engineering…

first_imgFacebook363Tweet0Pin0On Saturday March 9, South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) will be invaded by approximately 350 sixth through eighth grade girls for the 30th annual Expanding Your Horizons Thurston County event. The goal of the event, hosted by SPSCC, is to show girls that not only can woman have careers within the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, but just how many options there are in each field.“When I was that age, I had a really limited view of what was available within the sciences,” says Joy Hobbs, co-chair of this year’s event and a past workshop teacher. “I want girls to see all the possibilities that are really out there for them.”The event draws girls from 6 counties including Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Grays Harbor, Pacific, and Pierce. Kelly Green, Chief Communications Director and Legislative Affairs Officer for SPSCC and Expanding Your Horizons co-chair, says they have marketed the event a lot to parents, students and teachers in rural areas. The event has grown 30 percent in the last few years.The event costs $15 and scholarships are available “If money for transportation or registration is the only reason why a girl can’t attend, we will take care of it,” says Kelly. “We receive donations from local businesses that make scholarships possible and we have never had to say no to a girl yet.”Throughout the day, students will rotate through a variety of activities of their choice. Photo courtesy: Kylie Phillips“It’s very important for the girls to come the conference and see 300 other girls that are just like them – wearing the same hoodies, same sneakers, having the same haircut,” she says. “Maybe even recognizing girls they are aren’t friends with at school, but seeing that they have the same taste in fashion as them and are also interested in learning about STEM. It makes the girls not feel lonely or nerdy when they see so many other girls with the same interests.”New Workshops & Old FavoritesThis year’s keynote will be given by Telissa Wilson, a molecular biologist, and Tiffany Bachtel, a Master of Envorimental Studies Graduate student.  They will be discussing their experiences studying the deep sea including introducing girls to the strange and beautiful creatures they have discovered.During the event, each girl attends three workshops, all taught by female experts who volunteer their time. “One of the things I am most excited about is that this year we have thirty-six workshops for the girls to choose from,” says Katya.“It’s so important for girls to see female professional in these roles and get to interact with them,” she adds. “And the fact that these women work right here in our own community.”The professionals come from all over the county, from many different fields – state patrol, colleges, scientists from state agencies, faculty from all the local colleges and more. “The mentors make or break the conference,” Kelly says. “If we didn’t have these women to teach the classes, there would be no conference. They volunteer their entire day and they do an amazing job.”“For me, it was really exciting to talk to girls at this age,” says Joy of her teaching experience with STEM. “They were really excited and had lots of questions. I am use to talking to students at the undergrad and grad level, so it was really interesting for me to talk to younger girls and get them excited about the field I am in.”Each year, new workshops are added. New workshops this year include “Training Dogs to Save Endangered Wildlife”, where girls learn how dogs are helping save endangered species and stop poaching, and “Can You See the Polar Bear?”, in which infrared light is discussed.At just $15, the Expanding Your Horizons STEM conference provides a wealth of experiences to area youth.Perennial favorites include “Chocolate Asphalt,” where girls make a road out of chocolate, and “Chemistry in Art”, where girls will use chemistry to create their own piece of art.All workshops are hands-on. “We make sure the girls aren’t just sitting and listening for a whole day, but really getting in there and experiencing things for themselves,” Kelly says. “It’s fun at the end of the day to see them all coming into the gym with things they made – like a lump of metal they’ve welded, a polymer ice cream cone, boats.”Workshops are offered for parents, too, for an additional $15. Topics include college prep and funding as well as issues tween and teen girls face today.Opportunities for Older Students Girls who may have missed the opportunity to attend while in middle school are welcome to become volunteers helping with sign in, in the classroom or mentoring younger girls. To volunteer, visit the event website.And, if you have a job in a STEM field, the group are always looking for more women to volunteer to inspire girls. “We are only limited by the number of teachers we have,” explains Katya. “The more teachers we, have the more workshops we can offer and the more girls can join us.”Above all, they want girls to have fun and open their mind to possibilities. Maybe one of these girls will go on to bring drawings to life through 3D imaging or discover a new planet.Visit the Expanding Your Horizons site for more information and to register.last_img read more