How to Boost Your Business in The UK

(NewsUSA) – The term "global economy" has been bandied about for more than a decade and there is no doubt that with evolving technology, businesses can go global from anywhere in the world.To that end, if you’re looking for a new direction to take your interests, you may want to consider the United Kingdom (UK). Taking a business to the UK can be a unique and profitable opportunity when equipped with the right insight.But keep these simple strategies in mind to help avoid pitfalls when entering the UK market:-Prepare. Before exploring taking your business to the UK, do your due diligence. Be aware of opportunities to launch your business in conjunction with an annual show or exhibition, or by putting on your own event designed to appeal to UK consumers.-Plan. Several elements of expanding a business overseas are the same as those for expanding within the United States – locating space, hiring staff, and creating local interest and buzz.However, these tasks can be challenging to complete remotely and having local insight on factors including competitors, the right route to market, and the appetites and demands of customers/consumers allows an incoming business to be more efficient and effective.-Partner. A common pitfall that businesses may encounter when establishing a foothold in the UK is trying to manage everything from the United States.Forming a partnership with a local marketing group can help incoming companies understand the local business environment and open up networks.-Purpose. Determine the goals you want to achieve with your business expansion.For consumer goods, pop-ups are one way to test the waters by setting up a short-term shop. Consider social media campaigns and focus groups. But remember that what sells in the United States may not sell the same way in the UK. Determine whether your business brand travels well and what products or services will be a hit by utilizing local experts to design ways to target your core audience.-Profit. Many factors make the UK a desirable place to grow a business and increase profits, including tax breaks, flexible employment, and a diverse population.Partnering with a local company that specializes in helping businesses enter the UK ensures that you make the most of this new market opportunity.For more information, call 646-905-0646 or go to rochesterprgroup.com to find more information and advice about expanding your business to the U.K. 

Join The Fight, Live United

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – For too many people, every day is a struggle. A struggle United Way confronts by working tirelessly with organizations across the world to provide those in need with tools and resources to improve their lives. Like transitional housing and job training that helps families support themselves.

United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. Join us as we mobilize the caring power of your community. Volunteer or donate at Unitedway.org/jointhefight

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Aerospace Industry Uses 3D Printing to Make Parts Safer, Stronger

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – A revolution is brewing in manufacturing, especially in high-tech industries such as aerospace.
That revolution is being made possible by a whole new approach to making things, called 3D printing or “additive” manufacturing, which was invented at MIT in the late 1980s.
In the traditional method, companies start with a hunk of metal (or other material). Using milling machines and other tools, they cut or drill away material in order to create the desired part.
In contrast, 3D printing builds parts layer by layer, adding material in just the right places to create the precise shapes needed.
For aerospace companies, this 3D printing or “additive” manufacturing offers the promise of making parts that are better and stronger, enabling them to build airplanes and rockets that are safer, more reliable, and better performing. GE uses 3D printing to build jet engine fuel nozzles, for instance, instead of welding together 20 small pieces. Technology Review recently named additive manufacturing one of its 10 “Breakthrough Technologies.”
But this new industrial revolution is being held back by a thorny problem. Tiny variations in parameters like temperature or raw material composition can subtly alter how each layer of material is laid down. As a result, it is extraordinarily difficult to build identical top-quality parts every single time.
The industry has recognized this problem, and is working hard to solve it. The most promising approach is meticulously monitoring all the relevant parameters as a part is being built, then processing the information to determine if the part meets all standards. That will ensure repeatability, consistency, and reliability.
Several companies are working on this idea, but one leader is Santa Fe, NM-based Sigma Labs, Inc (NASDAQ:SGLB). Sigma has developed sophisticated software that monitors the 3D process as a part is being built, and determines whether the product meets quality standards. Its Process Quality Assurance™ software is now being used in pilot projects at major aerospace manufacturers.

Non-Opioid Pain Relief Offers Hope to Weekend Warriors

They may not make ESPN’s highlight reel, but amateur athletes get injured just as often as the pros. It could be from an awkward golf swing, or something as simple as not warming up or stretching long enough before participating in an event.

Whatever the case, there is one thing they have in common with well-paid pros, according to Outside magazine: “The reality is that all athletes are one fall, twist, or tweak away from landing their own opioid prescription.”

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey Underscore Necessity to Prep for The Next Storm

Houstonians never thought they’d see so much of their beloved city submerged under several feet of floodwater. Nor did 6 million Floridians think they would be ordered to evacuate in anticipation of a monstrous storm.

However, both of those events happened as Hurricane Harvey and then Hurricane Irma laid a path of death and destruction that is still mind-boggling.

And with the official end of hurricane season not until the end of this month, homeowners are left wondering what to do, proactively, to increase their odds of beating future obstacles put in their path by Mother Nature. For some ideas, read on.

Managing Technology To Keep Mobile Workers Happy

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Walk into any coffee shop and there you’ll see them – the freelancers, hunched over their laptops at corner tables, talking furtively into their earphones, fingers flying across their keyboards. They might be employees working remotely or contractors securing a new deal. The world is their office and their phones are universal remotes for professional services.
Welcome to the new normal – the 24/7, 365-workday, in which many of today’s employees default to their mobile devices for most essential business tasks.
Given these changes, it’s no surprise that the statistics support even more growth in this area.
In fact, the number of mobile workers in the U.S. will rise from 96.2 million to 105.4 million over the next five years. By 2020, mobile workers will account for nearly three-quarters (72.3 percent) of the U.S. workforce, according to new research from the IDC. By 2025, more than 70 percent of the workforce will be millennials, who grew up with cell phones and can’t live without smartphones.
Among the driving factors of these tech trends, the foremost is that millennials are more at home in the digital world of mobile devices, social media and cloud-based everything.
To keep these workers engaged, businesses of all sizes are investing in the latest technology to help them be more productive, generate revenues and keep costs low – both now and into the foreseeable future.
Spoke Phone represents the next generation of millennial-friendly phone systems, taking mobile technology to the next level.
Small businesses can download the Spoke Phone app to transform employee mobile phones into a central business phone system in three minutes or less.
More than just a virtual phone system, Spoke is a platform that makes it easier for millennials to make and answer more calls. Small businesses are deploying Spoke Phone to solve problems faster, enhance company culture and scale up the business at their own rate.
The benefits of the Spoke Phone app include:
* Simplicity. Small businesses don’t need and don’t want to pay for too many unnecessary features. These only confuse employees and hurt productivity. Spoke Phone supports just the core features that small businesses want, and none that they don’t.
* Connectivity. Spoke Phone encourages more connections between employees and customers, laying a strong foundation for business growth. It also masks the employee’s personal number on outbound calls to keep employees safe.
* Lower Fixed Costs. There’s no hardware to buy, no servers, no wiring and no IT required to keep it running. Companies spend less and employees love their freedom.
* Flexibility. Spoke Phone runs on top of any network. Employees can use a smartphone on any phone network or with any carrier – either their own phone or one you provide for them.
* Professional. It’s easy to transfer calls to anyone on your team. You can transfer a call from your mobile phone and get customers talking to the right people in record time.
The traditional work model is long gone; the world and the workforce have already gone mobile.
The world’s best mobile tech saves money, keeps millennials engaged and turns up the dial on productivity.
Welcome to the future of work.

Reassessing Office Culture – The Demise of The Desk Phone

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – People used to just pick up the phone and resolve work issues on the spot. Today, employees have to choose from among many different communication channels – emails, texts, video calls, chat windows, messenger apps and many more, especially for those who work remotely.
Over the past decade, smartphones and the cloud-based app ecosystem have changed everything about the way we work and live. People have become accustomed to working anytime, anywhere and staying in touch using their own personal devices, customized to their own precise preferences.
Meanwhile, the lonely desk phone sits idly by, collecting dust. Many professionals consider the desk phone an antiquated communication tool that no longer meets the needs of the new mobile workforce.
According to research by IDG, unused phone systems are costing companies an average of $8.1 million per year. Related studies project that three out of four US workers will be mobile only by 2020.
To help businesses everywhere lower their fixed costs and go mobile, one company is reshaping the way small business owners and their employees communicate through an app that transforms employee mobile phones into a full-featured business phone system.
The Spoke Phone app makes it easier to get people talking in real time so they can solve problems faster, strengthen the internal company culture and promote company growth.

Choosing Health Care Benefits – a Chore or a Labor of Love?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – If you’re like most Americans, you probably view benefits open enrollment as somewhat of a chore. After all, 67 percent of employees describe shopping for benefits as complicated, long or stressful according to the 2017 Aflac WorkForces Report.
For many, that might be true. But why not look at choosing benefits as something more positive? Consider it a labor of love: a necessary process that helps shelter you and your family from financial concerns in the event of a medical event or emergency.
As open-enrollment season hits full swing, think about the effect a serious healthcare issue – whether the result of an accident or an illness – would have on your family. Major medical insurance is the foundation of a solid benefits plan, but it doesn’t stretch to cover copayments, deductibles or the bills that continue to roll in when a breadwinner is too sick or injured to work.
That is where voluntary insurance benefits come into play. From accident to disability insurance, voluntary options help pay bills major medical insurance was never intended to cover. That is critically important in today’s world, given that 65 percent of employees who participated in Aflac’s survey reported having less than $1,000 on hand to pay out-of-pocket expenses associated with unexpected serious illnesses or accidents, while 39 percent have less than $500.
Tough financial realities may explain why the demand for voluntary insurance coverage is rising among American workers: Overall, 81 percent of 2017 Aflac WorkForces Report participants say they see a growing need for voluntary insurance benefits, and 90 percent at least somewhat consider voluntary insurance part of a comprehensive benefits program. In fact, access to voluntary options is a key factor in workplace contentment, with the survey revealing that it is closely tied to satisfaction, productivity, retention and recruitment.
The bottom line is that voluntary insurance is a key part of a well-rounded approach to staying ahead of rising healthcare costs that can add up quickly after an illness or injury. Benefits are paid directly to you, the policyholder, unless otherwise assigned. That means you choose how to use your benefits. Whether you use your benefits to help pay everyday bills, to help cover transportation to receive medical care, to help defray the costs of copayments and deductibles, or to help address any other urgent need, with voluntary insurance, the choice is yours.
To learn more about choosing the right healthcare benefits for you and your family, visit Aflac.com.

Voluntary Insurance Can Help Keep Employees

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – How can employers keep their best workers when increasing salaries isn’t necessarily an option?

The Aflac WorkForces Report found that robust, cost-effective benefits offerings – especially in today’s environment of rising costs – can be an effective solution for businesses serious about protecting their most valuable assets.

Evidence shows many employees may test the waters in the next year, and voluntary insurance can be a critical tool in providing a broad range of benefits options. A vast majority of employees see the need for voluntary insurance, and they are most likely to find these options from companies whose performance is on the rise.

Living It Up Outside By Bringing The Indoors, Out

(NewsUSA) – For many, enjoying their outdoor space includes a poorly lit patio or deck with spartan, uncomfortable furniture, devoide of real style. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), outdoor living can be just as captivating, high-tech and chic as life inside your home.Regardless of the season, it is becoming common to turn a patio, deck or outdoor space into an additional family room with modern amenities and beautiful furnishings. ALA-member lighting manufacturers are making this transition easier with expanded lines of decorative lighting rated for all-weather use.Hinkley Lighting’s CEO Rick Wiedemer, CLC, explains how the trend of accessorizing outdoor areas with traditionally indoor lighting products has gained momentum over the last several years. "It started with landscape lighting and then moved into sconces, wall sconces, and now pendants and chandeliers," Wiedemer says.It’s fairly commonplace to use sconces to highlight doorways and step lights to define spaces; today’s homeowners are also hanging elaborate chandeliers and colorful pendants over outside tables. Spotlights can be seen above grills and downlights under covered patios.With a little creativity and imagination, just about anything goes. And the demand is increasing for those fixtures to mimic the styles and attention to detail traditionally found indoors."People want to extend their indoor living space outside, and still have the same quality of finishes outside as inside," says Rick Seidman, president and CEO of Quoizel, Inc. "They’re putting rugs, televisions and furniture outside, so we almost have to treat [outside] decorative lighting as if it’s interior."Just because the newest outdoor lighting fixtures are beautiful, don’t assume they lack the engineering to withstand harsh temperatures and extreme weather. High-quality outdoor fixtures are designed for reliability and endurance."One of the things consumers are concerned about when shopping for lighting is durability," says Seidman. "It really has to be able to withstand the elements. With new technology, fixture finishes are actually built into the material so that it weathers beautifully."Wiedemer concurs."You want to have something that’s meant to be in the weather. Normally a rustic finish fixture will weather better," he says. "The principal thing these are engineered for is to be rained upon. Rain will not collect inside the fixture, it will drain out…. A typical interior fixture is not made that way."The latest all-weather lighting is at your local ALA-member showroom.For a listing of showrooms or to view outdoor lighting videos, go to americanlightingassoc.com