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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 […]

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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 […]