GDPR: seven principles, seven rights

Let's face it, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) seems difficult. There is no doubt that an act of law with 99 individual articles is a complex piece of legislation. But the GDPR rules were passed for a simple reason: to protect personal data. And that, fundamentally, is a very good thing. Whilst there are difficulties, if you hold on to just two things – the seven principles and the seven rights of GDPR which we outline below – you will find you have the beginnings of a good understanding of the basics of the legislation.

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Save some money, get a carbon audit

What are the biggest pressures on SMEs today... and how could a carbon audit help? Businesses need to focus on several things at once: delighting their customers; improving their product; growth opportunities -- and that's just for starters. But they also need to keep a very close eye on ever-rising costs.

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Are your tech problems really tech problems?

Are your tech problems really tech problems? RfM Transform’s Lead Digital consultant, Mark Thwaite, explains why the solution to your tech problems probably isn’t the obvious one.

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GDPR in 2022

Where are you and your business on GDPR? Covid disruption and countless other pressing and distressing matters has pushed GDPR off the agenda of many SMEs. But forgetting about GDPR doesn't mean it has gone away. GDPR is a reality that has to be addressed. There was an excellent article from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) back in December which is worth referencing again and which I'd recommend all SMEs have a quick read of.

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Working on not just in the business

Many coaches and business advisors try to help leaders and business owners so they can work on and not just in the business. And it’s hardly a new idea. “Work On It, Not Just In It” was a phrase reputedly coined by Michael Gerber in The E-Myth Revisited almost forty years ago. I’ve been thinking a lot about this recently after working with several clients who have all said this to me at some point during our time together. And each time, during the conversation, it became clear that each person had a slightly different sense of what working on the business actually meant.

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Pay pressure in 2022 - and how performance management can help

2022 is already proving to be a difficult year for families and businesses alike. At the beginning of the year, many commentators said that a cost-of-living crisis was looming. Today, that feels very difficult to deny. Because of this, and the financial burden this brings to many SMEs, we're taking a quick look at how performance management can be part of the solution to these very real business pressures.

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