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Assen, Netherlands 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 next round of action from the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) takes place in Assen, Netherlands this weekend. Assen is a small city in the north of the country, offering museums of historical significance and green spaces to explore. Assen is well worth a visit, whether you’re watching the racing or exploring Dutch culture. Your trip to Assen can also easily […]

HR Hotline: how soon can you send new employees abroad?

Every month, we quiz HR experts on the questions that really matter about expenses, employee travel and business across borders. Send your business travel, HR and expenses questions to us via Twitter for your chance to be featured in a future HR Hotline article. They may be keen to impress and ready to work their socks off. But new employees, whatever their level of experience, need time to understand how their new business functions, and to get to grips with its processes, culture and clients. A study by Oxford Economics showed that new staff can take between six and twelve […]

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Scaling up: a guide to managing finances for growing companies

Your company is no longer a start-up venture. It’s generating sales, profits are being made – or forecast – and you’ve expanded your team and office to accommodate that growth. This likely puts your business in scale-up territory. These are defined as enterprises which have over 10 employees and then grow staff or sales by above 20% a year over three years. Statistics highlight the impact made by scale-up businesses. They are highly productive, averaging £235,000 turnover per employee, according to a report last year from the ScaleUp Institute. They are also twice as likely as their peers to be […]

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Aragón, Spain 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 next round of action from the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) takes place in Aragón, Spain this weekend. Aragón is one of Spain’s lesser known regions but is home to picturesque landscapes, medieval villages, and the lively regional capital of Zaragoza. Aragón region Aragón isn’t the most famous region in Spain but those that do know it, know it for its […]

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New financial year, new business opportunities

It’s the beginning of a new financial year – receipts have been furiously gathered and expenses claimed. It is a time to reflect on where your business has taken you over the past 12 months. And a time to look forward with renewed energy. We speak to business owners about the lessons they’ve learned and what they won’t repeat in 2018.   It’s all about the money Royston Guest, founder and CEO of Pti Worldwide, a consultancy dedicated to growing businesses, said firms should look at where every pound is going. “We have got thousands of pounds for legal fees […]

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HR Hotline: are you ready for the sharing economy?

Every month, we quiz HR experts on the questions that really matter about expenses, employee travel and business across borders. Send your business travel, HR and expenses questions to us via Twitter for your chance to be featured in a future HR Hotline article. Having enjoyed the convenience and value-for-money of sharing economy services – such as Uber, Lyft and Airbnb – in their free time, many people now want it replicated in their business travel. But is your business ready for this growing demand? One quarter of UK business travellers used a sharing economy, or peer-to-peer accommodation provider such […]

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Wellness matters for all employees – wherever they are

BrewDog’s paid Puppy Parental Leave for new dog owners, and weekly yoga classes at Qubit’s offices are among the quirkier policies offered by companies to look after the wellbeing off their staff. Then there’s the more standard perks designed to improve employees’ health and wellbeing, including free gym memberships and subsidised meals. How important are these wellness benefits though? And do you need to start implementing them for your employees? Happy workforce “Employers are broadening their horizons when it comes to rewarding and incentivising employees,” says Laura Matthews, workplace wellbeing consultant at Barnett Waddingham. She adds: “A happy and flourishing […]

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Great value breaks for an Easter getaway

Easter is almost upon us, which means it’s an excellent time for a little weekend away. We’ve picked out some great value Easter break destinations, just a short flight away. Whether you’re thinking of an action-packed city break or a chilled-out holiday that’s closer to nature, we’ve got you covered. Get your bags packed, order your FairFX Prepaid Mastercard® or Travel Cash, and head off on a fantastic break. Oslo, Norway Now is an excellent time to visit Oslo. It’s not exactly known for being the cheapest city break destination but at the start of the year the pound was […]

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7 things to consider when managing currency for business

The past 2 years have been interesting for British SMEs. The EU referendum and the US election have taken their toll on currency markets creating fluctuations in the cost of overseas travel and expenses and buying and selling overseas. The pound significantly weakened against some of the world’s major currencies including the US dollar and euro, meaning for businesses it has become a lot more expensive to spend money overseas. Business profits, cash flow and competitiveness can all be affected by exchange rate movements, meaning a keen eye on currency risk is crucial. But fear not, because we’ve put together […]

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Thailand 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 Buriram province of Thailand this weekend. Whether you’re travelling to round 2 of the championship or just considering a holiday to Thailand, check out our guide on what to see and do, and get more to spend with our smart currency tips. Buriram province The Buriram province is a primarily rural area in […]

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Get 10% more by planning ahead with currency

As the UK’s cold weather continues, millions of us will be dreaming about Easter and summer breaks in the sun. Many of us have already booked these trips too, planning ahead to get a better price on accommodation and flights (or perhaps you’ve bagged yourself a cheap ticket for the launch of Eurostar’s new Amsterdam route). But have you planned ahead with your currency? Many people will leave their currency to the last minute, not realising how much they’re losing out by not putting a little more effort into buying currency. By simply signing up for a rate tracking service […]

How much does it really cost to move abroad?

Thinking of emigrating overseas? Before you make your decision on whether to move abroad or not it’s a good idea to consider all the costs associated with doing so. Looking at all the costs helps you decide on where to move and whether you have enough income to live comfortably. Understanding what you’ll need to pay for and what payment method you can use also allows you to reduce the overall cost of your move, meaning you can get more out of your new home. We’ve put together this guide on some key costs you’ll need to pay, and how […]