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The growing Presence of ABB in Atlantic Canada

ABB, a global leader in power and automation technologies, is expanding its activities in Atlantic Canada with the opening of a new office in Halifax, Nova Scotia. More…

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The recipe for success. Sumo Sushi & Bento

 

Sumo Sushi & Bento is a stellar franchise that has been in full operation for more than a decade in the Middle East. With new outlets opening up constantly, Endeavour Magazine got up close and personal to find our what the secret ingredient is for unrivalled success. More…

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The best of the best. Laing Sandblasting & Painting

 

Laing Sandblasting & Painting Co Ltd has been showing the rest of its industry how things are done since 1982. 34 years of top level experience have lead to an exciting, progressive and fascinating company evolution and Endeavour Magazine took a closer look to find out more. More…

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Petrogas. Energizing the future.

 

With an impressive legacy in its field, Petrogas Gas-systems B.V has risen to the top the old fashioned way – through hard work and determination. Traditional notions of service standards and commitment continue to permeate this inspiring organisation, so Endeavour got in touch to find out more. More…

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The Honesty and Integrity of the man behind EFM. An interview with Murray Price.

The captain of one of South Africa’s most prominent fleet management companies, Murray Price has seen Eqstra Fleet Management grow over the years while surfing the sweeping tides of the country’s economic fortunes to rise up as one of the leading fleet management businesses in the country. But what of the man steering this business forward? What is going on behind those cool blue eyes and corporate exterior. Endeavour was very fortunate to get hold of Murray and ask him some pertinent questions, to see what we could find out. More…

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Keeping the light at the end of the tunnel. STEC

 

STEC’s core business is public infrastructure works and in particular, transit projects involving both tunnelling and civil & structure works; their parent company is Shanghai Design and Build Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM), which provides them with an edge over other civil contractors. Though STEC’s business focus has always been public infrastructure and tunnelling work, there are plans to venture into other fields when the market situation is conducive. More…

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MEFMA. A people orientated company.

Tasked with unifying the facility management industry in the Middle East, MEFMA has written the book on this field and set the standard for what has become an important resource for the facility management industry. More…

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National Railway of Zimbabwe. The hub and gateway of the region

Constructed during the time of British colonial rule and known as Rhodesia Railways until 1980, The National Railways of Zimbabwe have had to meet the growing demand for railway logistics head on.   Riding the rails of their former self, the national parastatal of Zimbabwe operates some 3,400 km of railway lines with both passenger and freight services and plays an important transit function in the southern part of Africa. More…


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Global Expansion: How to Make Your Business Thrive in the Foreign Markets

As business owners know, it’s essential to try to become a global brand. And that’s why expansion and growth play such a big role in the business world. So, if you are serious about expanding your business and tackling the foreign markets you need to be prepared. These are some essential factors you’ll need to consider.

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This Is How to Protect Someone in a Nursing Home

Many people worry about choosing a nursing home for a loved one. They might not have the capacity to have any input, or to raise the alarm if anything happens in their new home. As much as we might want all nursing homes to be perfect, everyone is aware of the risk of elder abuse. It’s understandable that anyone would be worried when they face the prospect of having to find a home. However, it’s often for the best, to avoid someone having to give up their life to become a full-time carer. If it’s a decision you have to make, here’s how you can keep your loved one safe.

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How Businesses Can Avoid Getting Stuck in a Rut

It’s easy for businesses to get stuck in a rut when they’ve been around for a while. It can be hard to keep things fresh and interesting, but it can be done. Here’s how businesses can avoid getting stuck in a rut and losing ground on the competition.

 

Stop Taking Customers for Granted

 

Many businesses that have been around for a long time start to take their customers for granted. When you have a base of customers that keep coming back, it’s easy to let standards fall. It can feel like you’ve already won over customers, so you have nothing to fight for. This can be a fatal mistake though. There always comes a point when people no longer put up with slipping standards. It would be a big mistake to think that this won’t happen to your business. Approach every new day as an opportunity to win over new customers and satisfy old ones. If you take this approach, standards should be kept high, and you’ve have something to aim for.

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Getting Your Kitchen Ready For Health And Safety

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Thinking of setting up your very own food business? If so, you are probably weighing up set-up costs. Looking for a business space can be very expensive, so why rent a kitchen when you can use the one you already have? The only thing you need to do is get it set up so it will pass all the health and safety regulations. Want to know how to do it? Everything you need to know is in this blog post.

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How To Excel, No Matter What Platform You’re On

We have written extensively before on direct selling and its many diverse benefits. The truth is, in today’s world, direct selling is one of the more lucrative business options going. It is a particularly great way of making money if you are keen to work solo. For those who enjoy working alone and at whatever hours you choose, there are few better career options. However, that is not to say that it is necessarily the easiest job in the world. The truth is, to get really good at it requires a fair degree of patience, and a lot of practice. It is one of those things which seems to always be throwing up new surprises for you to deal with. The good news – each surprise brings with it greater understanding. You can then use this understanding to further yourself. No direct selling plan is complete without looking at the various different platforms you can utilise. With that in mind, let’s have a look at each of them in turn. We will also look at how you can expect to excel in each of these main areas.

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Successful Modern Companies Have all Perfected These Things

You have to think about what makes your business a success. Well, you’ll notice that all successful businesses have perfected certain things. And these things are all vital to the daily running of the company. Check out some ideas for things that successful businesses have perfected, and try to perfect them yourself.

Efficient Office Space

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Your Business Can’t Live Without It!

If there’s one thing your business can’t live without it’s organization. You have to make sure you run a professional and well-organized brand. This is the key to getting a successful and reputable brand, and you’ve got to make this a priority.

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Microsoft to acquire LinkedIn in US$26.2billion deal

Microsoft Corp. and LinkedIn Corporation on Monday announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire LinkedIn for $196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion, inclusive of LinkedIn’s net cash. LinkedIn will retain its distinct brand, culture and independence. Jeff Weiner will remain CEO of LinkedIn, reporting to Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. Reid Hoffman, chairman of the board, co-founder and controlling shareholder of LinkedIn, and Weiner both fully support this transaction. The transaction is expected to close this calendar year.

LinkedIn is the world’s largest and most valuable professional network and continues to build a strong and growing business. Over the past year, the company has launched a new version of its mobile app that has led to increased member engagement; enhanced the LinkedIn newsfeed to deliver better business insights; acquired a leading online learning platform called Lynda.com to enter a new market; and rolled out a new version of its Recruiter product to its enterprise customers. These innovations have resulted in increased membership, engagement and financial results, specifically:

  • 19 percent growth year over year (YOY) to more than 433 million members worldwide
  • 9 percent growth YOY to more than 105 million unique visiting members per month
  • 49 percent growth YOY to 60 percent mobile usage
  • 34 percent growth YOY to more than 45 billion quarterly member page views
  • 101 percent growth YOY to more than 7 million active job listings

“The LinkedIn team has grown a fantastic business centreed on connecting the world’s professionals,” Nadella said. “Together we can accelerate the growth of LinkedIn, as well as Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics as we seek to empower every person and organisation on the planet.”

“Just as we have changed the way the world connects to opportunity, this relationship with Microsoft, and the combination of their cloud and LinkedIn’s network, now gives us a chance to also change the way the world works,” Weiner said. “For the last 13 years, we’ve been uniquely positioned to connect professionals to make them more productive and successful, and I’m looking forward to leading our team through the next chapter of our story.”

The transaction has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both LinkedIn and Microsoft. The deal is expected to close this calendar year and is subject to approval by LinkedIn’s shareholders, the satisfaction of certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

“Today is a re-founding moment for LinkedIn. I see incredible opportunity for our members and customers and look forward to supporting this new and combined business,” said Hoffman. “I fully support this transaction and the Board’s decision to pursue it, and will vote my shares in accordance with their recommendation on it.”

Microsoft will finance the transaction primarily through the issuance of new indebtedness. Upon closing, Microsoft expects LinkedIn’s financials to be reported as part of Microsoft’s Productivity and Business Processes segment. Microsoft expects the acquisition to have minimal dilution of ~1 percent to non-GAAP earnings per share for the remainder of fiscal year 2017 post-closing and for fiscal year 2018 based on the expected close date, and become accretive to Microsoft’s non-GAAP earnings per share in Microsoft’s fiscal year 2019 or less than two years post-closing. Non-GAAP includes stock-based compensation expense consistent with Microsoft’s reporting practice, and excludes expected impact of purchase accounting adjustments as well as integration and transaction-related expenses. In addition, Microsoft also reiterated its intention to complete its existing $40 billion share repurchase authorisation by Dec. 31, 2016, the same time-frame as previously committed.

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4 Hints You Might Be Going Out Of Business

According to most commentators, the world is changing rapidly. It’s been said time and time again that we’re going through a period of profound change. And that every aspect of our lives will be different once we come out of the other end. The trouble is what to do in the meantime to stay in business. After all, business models are being upended at an alarming clip. And we’re seeing a lot of what we thought were sound companies going under and new ones emerging.

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How International Shipping Is Changing

Go back fifty years, and international shipping was a relatively small player in the global market. Most countries conducted the vast majority of their trade within their own borders. A few companies branched out overseas, but this was not the norm. Fast forward fifty years and the international situation has changed completely. We’re in another golden age of globalisation, fuelled by digital communications technology.

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The Walt Disney Company Celebrates Historic Grand Opening of Shanghai Disney Resort

The Walt Disney Company is proud to celebrate the opening of Shanghai Disney Resort, the first Disney resort in Mainland China and the sixth Disney resort worldwide. A three-day grand opening celebration commemorates the culmination of one of the largest foreign investment projects in China’s history, and Disney’s largest investment to date outside of the United States. More…

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LED Luminaire Sales for Horticultural Applications Are Expected to Total $2.8 Billion by 2024

A recent report from Navigant Research suggests that LED luminaire sales for horticultural applications are expected to total $2.8 billion by 2024. More…

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Astro Pak Corporation Acquires Chemko Technical Services Inc.

Astro Pak Corporation has just announced news of its acquisition of Florida based company, Chemko Technical Services, Inc. Astro Pak’s newly acquired AS9100 Certified Class 10,000 Cleanroom facility in Florida equips the company to better serve the precision cleaning, testing and passivation requirements for Southeast based aerospace customers. Both Astro Pak and Chemko have a strong history in the aerospace industry along with talented staff, collective experience, and robust customer base. More…

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Hexion’s Oilfield Technology Group Expanding Canadian Proppant Manufacturing Plant

The Oilfield Technology Group of Hexion Inc. today announced the expansion of its resin coated proppant manufacturing facility in Canada to provide a more efficient supply of proppants to fracturing service companies and operators in the oil and gas industry. More…

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Trelleborg’s Acquisition of CGS Holding Finalised

Trelleborg (STO:TRELB) has finalised the acquisition of CGS Holding a.s. – a privately-owned company with leading positions in agricultural, industrial and specialty tires as well as engineered polymer solutions. The total cash consideration amounted to approximately SEK 10.9 billion on a cash and debt-free basis. CGS is headquartered in the Czech Republic and generated sales of approximately SEK 5.6 billion in 2015 with an operating margin of 16.5 percent. More…

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Pricing And Specification For New Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet Revealed

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet is now available to order, priced from £36,200 OTR. First UK deliveries will arrive in September. The C-Class Cabriolet comes in two trim lines, Sport and AMG Line, and with a choice of six engines. More…

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BUDD-e Fascinates China

BUDD-e, the 2016 CES show car, is touring China as an ambassador for e-mobility. With the concept car Volkswagen is presenting the next generation of electrically powered vehicles to Chinese motorists live in their own locality. The zero-emission MPV celebrated its world premiere in January at the CES in Las Vegas. Since then the concept car has been travelling the globe as the precursor of a new generation of electric vehicles. More…

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BMW Continues Its Winning Streak

The BMW 5 Series has once again trumped its competition and been named Most Popular Large Premium Car at 2016 Honest John Awards. Despite having been on sale for longer than many of its competitors, it has generated more page views than any other car in its class. More…

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McLaren Special Operations Creates Limited Edition MSO Carbon Series LT

McLaren Special Operations, the bespoke division of McLaren Automotive, has announced the creation of the MSO Carbon Series LT. Strictly limited to 25 units globally – all already sold – and based on the 675LT Spider, the Carbon Series LT has been produced in response to requests from McLaren customers captivated by the visual carbon fibre bodied McLaren P1™displayed recently at the International Geneva Motor Show.  More…

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Nissan Gears Up For Le Mans 2016

Olympic cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy is ready for his 24 Hours of Le Mans debut after completing a successful day behind the wheel at the annual Le Mans Test Day yesterday at Circuit de la Sarthe. More…

Travel

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How The Mediterranean Lifestyle Could Be Right For You

There are so many reasons to consider change right now. There is a lot going on the world, and most of us are more concerned about our health now than ever before. We all want our children to grow up enriched with a healthy lifestyle and a great love for the environment. It’s no wonder that so many people leave their home countries to adopt a new way of life and a new place to live.

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The Walt Disney Company Celebrates Historic Grand Opening of Shanghai Disney Resort

The Walt Disney Company is proud to celebrate the opening of Shanghai Disney Resort, the first Disney resort in Mainland China and the sixth Disney resort worldwide. A three-day grand opening celebration commemorates the culmination of one of the largest foreign investment projects in China’s history, and Disney’s largest investment to date outside of the United States. More…

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Suffering A Medical Injury When Traveling – How Do You Deal With It?

It’s a rare occurrence, but it does happen! People who suffer a medical injury when abroad or traveling find themselves in a unique set of circumstances.

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And it’s a set of circumstances that is rather tricky to navigate. Injuries at home are scary enough, and that’s with your doctor just round the corner. Imagine suffering one when abroad, having to compete with language barriers and strange locations? An injury means that you’ll require medical care, and that’s what can lead to malpractice and negligence. More…

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sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck Offers Limited-edition Little Twin Stars Sky-high Experience

Located on the 100th floor of the International Commerce Centre, the tallest building in Hong Kong, the sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck (sky100) is Hong Kong’s highest and only indoor observation deck offering full views of the city and its famous Victoria Harbour. From 15 July to 23 August, visitors can join the exciting new “sky100-Little Twin Stars Sky-high Hong Kong Adventure”. Come and experience the dynamism of Hong Kong together with Little Twin Stars, and marvel at the breathtaking beauty of Asia’s World City from above! More…

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A Modern Hotel in the Countryside

 

Research shows that when you reconnect with nature, you automatically increase your happiness level. One of the best places to do that is near Keswick where their are so many different activities to choose from that you will never want to go home. Sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and ghyll scrambling are just a few activities that you can do at Derwent Water. Archery, paintballing, bike trekking, clay pigeon shooting and air rifles are just a few of the activities available at Rockin House Equestrian and Activity Centre. More…


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