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Don’t let jet lag ruin your business trip: tips from experienced travellers

Investor and entrepreneur Matt Haycox learnt the hard way about the ill-effects of jet lag when travelling for work. He says: “In the early days, jet lag would kill me, and I wasn’t giving my businesses the best version of me, but instead a tired and underwhelming shadow of myself. This often resulted in poor decision making and communication.” He is by no means alone. A study by Kayak and Airbus found that jet lag costs UK businesses £241 million a year through mistakes made by jet-lagged staff. According to its findings, jet lag affects travellers for an average of […]

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How to keep your business safe from banking fraud

You work in a busy finance department of a fast-growing company. You receive an email from your CEO, asking you to make a large payment from the business bank account – and to do it ASAP. It’s for an important, time-sensitive deal. You quickly scan the message, one of many filling up your inbox. Perhaps you don’t notice that the email address isn’t quite right. The chief is getting impatient and sends you a chasing email soon after, piling on the pressure. It’s urgent – have you made the payment yet? You don’t have time to really think through the […]

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Five travel money dirty-tricks to avoid

Don’t you just love that holiday feeling. That moment at the airport when you begin to relax and start feeling that buzz of excitement. What’s guaranteed to spoil your great mood is when some of your hard-earned cash disappears because of a travel money dirty-trick. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 5 travel money scams to avoid, so you can keep that holiday feeling going for the whole of your trip. Our latest investigation reveals that as a nation we lose £5.4bn a year through simple travel money mistakes. Here’s how to avoid travel money rip-offs and make […]

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International currency transactions: your questions answered

Businesses venturing into overseas markets need to understand how best to make and receive payments in different currencies. Below we answer some of the most common questions being asked about international currency transactions. How do multi-currency business accounts work? Businesses that trade across borders normally need to hold accounts in more than one currency, or face the costly process of constantly converting money to and from Sterling. Multi-currency accounts are intended to simplify this, by enabling businesses to manage all their day-to-day business banking and international money transfers in one place. They make it easier for businesses to be paid […]

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Riviera Di Rimini, Italy travel guide 🇮🇹

FairFX is an official partner of Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team, which means we’ll be running some great competitions throughout the season and our blog will feature lots of exciting travel tips, videos and behind the scenes insights. The FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) is back in Italy this weekend at the Riviera Di Rimini – a beach holiday hot spot with some cultural gems to discover and within easy reach of the microstate of San Marino. Rimini This little northern Italy city of about 150,000 inhabitants sits on the Adriatic Sea, offering 9 miles of beautiful sandy beach for […]

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California, USA travel guide 🇺🇸

FairFX is an official partner of Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team, which means we’ll be running some great competitions throughout the season and our blog will feature lots of exciting travel tips, videos and behind the scenes insights. The FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) heads to Raceway Laguna Seca in California this weekend. Pata Yamaha will of course be looking to replicate their recent run of success in Orange County. If you’re heading there to support them, we think it’s the perfect excuse for topping up your FairFX Prepaid Mastercard® and taking an old-fashioned USA road trip down the Californian […]

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10 business travel scams and currency tricks to avoid

Even seasoned business travellers are at risk of being taken in by scams and fraud that can cost them or their company money – sometimes before they have even left the office. And it’s no small problem. According to Action Fraud, run by the City of London Police, fraudsters stole £6.7 million from 4,700 unsuspecting UK travellers in 2017 with two key scams largely to blame. It identified the most common scams as the sale of fake airline tickets (47%), and accommodation booking cons (38%), where fraudsters use fake websites, hack into legitimate accounts or post fake adverts online to […]

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Brno, Czech Republic travel guide 🇨🇿

FairFX is an official partner of Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team, which means we’ll be running some great competitions throughout the season and our blog will feature lots of exciting travel tips, videos and behind the scenes insights. The FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) heads to Brno in the Czech Republic from the 8th to the 10th June, where Pata Yamaha will be hoping to replicate their success at Donington Park in the UK. Whether you’re thinking of a trip to Brno for the superbikes or just a trip to soak up the Czech culture, our travel guide is full […]

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Fear of flying and business travel: what employers need to know

Nearly one in six Brits are scared of flying, thanks to anything from a fear of heights to a previous bad experience with turbulence. This high rate of ‘aviophobia’, revealed by YouGov research, could make life difficult for businesses that need to send employees overseas. After all, UK companies sent staff on a total of 7.2m business trips abroad in 2016, according to the Office for National Statistics. But what can companies do if a member of staff refuses to step on the plane? What if their job role changes to include overseas travel? And what if an experienced jetsetter […]

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Are business travellers liable for lost tech?

Tired, burdened with luggage, and perhaps rushing through a foreign airport, it’s easy for a business traveller to lose or damage their gear, be it personal possessions or business property. But how can businesses protect themselves? And who is responsible for the financial cost of replacing a device such as a laptop or mobile phone owned by their employer? As a rule, responsibility is with the employee, says Steve Pritchard, an HR consultant for Anglo Liners: “This can often depend on the circumstances surrounding the missing item, but in most cases, the employee in possession of business property will be […]

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Imola, Italy travel guide 🇮🇹

FairFX is an official partner of Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team, which means we’ll be running some great competitions throughout the season and our blog will feature lots of exciting travel tips, videos and behind the scenes insights. The FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) heads to the famous Imola circuit this weekend in Italy. Imola is a small town situated close to the city of Bologna; the town may not have a plethora of tourist attractions but it is synonymous with motor racing and just a short drive from plenty of areas of interest. Imola This small town has an […]

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Home or away? A UK family staycation could cost you twice as much

There’s a common belief that spending your family holiday in the UK on a staycation can save you money compared to holidaying abroad, but our latest research suggests that’s not always the case. We’ve compared the cost of holidays and family activities in the UK, versus the equivalent in Europe and found that Centreparcs, zoos, holiday parks and camping sites are all more expensive in the UK, meaning you might not save money by staying on your doorstep. In fact families in the UK are paying up to £1,412 more for a week’s stay in Centerparcs in the UK compared […]