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How to avoid going around the bend when driving abroad

If you’re planning a road trip abroad for the first time, you might be feeling slightly apprehensive before setting off. It could be the first time you’ve driven on the right, put your foot down on the autobahn, or maybe just attempting to understand the different rules of the road is making you wish you were using public transport instead? Whatever the reason for your four wheeled unease, we’ve put together a few top-tips to help you feel more confident when you get behind the wheel abroad. Check the driving laws of the country you’re visiting Unsurprisingly, every country has […]

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How British businesses are wasting millions without knowing it

Are you the type of business traveller that browses for a good deal before booking a hotel room? Or maybe you even try to use public transport over taxis, where possible? That’s great, but all of that hard work can go to waste if you end up falling for a simple trap that could mean you inadvertently put your business out of pocket. It’s called DCC and its collectively – and unnecessarily – costing companies £99m. The DCC trap DCC, or Dynamic Currency Conversion, is offered by restaurants, hotels, meeting places and via ATMs overseas, giving those picking up the […]

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Brexit deal or no deal: how can SMEs prepare?

With the government‘s long-awaited White Paper now published (a 98-pager which sets out the sort of relationship the UK wants with the EU after Brexit) and debate on the Chequers deal in full swing, many businesses are trying to plan a course for what might lie ahead come 29 March 2019. Preparing for the unknown Less than a third of UK business leaders have carried out contingency planning on Brexit, according to a survey this summer by the IoD. EU & Trade Analyst at the Institute of Directors (IoD), Claudia Catelin, said that of those IoD members that were contingency […]

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How to buy Turkish Lira for your holiday

Fears over the health of Turkey’s finances has caused the local currency, the Lira, to take a nosedive. This means that your Pounds will now get you much more Turkish Lira than they did a year ago. In fact, last year, £1 would have bought TL4.60 but now it will get you closer to TL6.80. That’s great news if you’ve already booked a holiday to Turkey or are thinking of a last-minute trip to take advantage of the situation. But, the sudden drop means that it is actually hard to buy the currency in the UK and waiting until you […]

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The airport currency rip-off every business needs to know about

Businesses are always looking for ways to cut costs. Well, here’s an easy one – stop your business travellers from ever exchanging currency at airports. Planning your currency is an important part of travelling for work and business travellers who don’t plan ahead could end up getting ripped-off before they’ve even stepped on the plane. An investigation into exchange rates on offer at UK airports in July showed business travellers leaving their currency exchange until the last minute, and relying on airport exchange desks, could lose over £100 worth of Euros for every £500 exchanged. Some airport currency exchange desks […]

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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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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 […]