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Spotlight

Have you heard of BYOD?


Data security! Cyber threats! And now BYOD - they're buzzwords attracting more and more attention, but Bring-Your-Own-Device is far more than a buzzword or trend, it's a way of doing things that empowers your staff to do their jobs on-the-go and offsite, in an efficient, agile and flexible way.

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South Africa Dodges Junk Status, But We're Not Out Of The Woods


There are many reasons for caring about what the ratings agencies say and think because the knock-on effect of a poor rating or ratings downgrade impacts not only the country's costs of borrowing, but also businesses and consumers who are left having to help plug the gap by paying higher interest rates on their debt and facing rising inflation. When the economy fails to grow and unemployment rates go up, it creates not only a challenging climate for SMMEs, but also adds to the burden this sector already carries as the potential growth 'engine' for the country as a whole.

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Business tips


New BEE Codes focus on Skills and Enterprise Supplier Development

Many businesses are having to re-align their systems and processes with the requirements of the new Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) codes - this means navigating your way through the new codes to pay particular attention to new priority elements.

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SMEs urged to diversify when investing profits

We're frequently told that if we invest our extra cash, we need to ensure we diversify those investments and spread the risk. The same principle applies to savings and investing for your business. It is also important to understand your business cash flow so that you select the right product for your business and make the most of your excess cash.

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Consider a Digital Payment Solution to save on costs

If you don't want to carry cash on your premises and employ staff who have no bank account, you should consider using a digital payment solution - more commonly referred to nowadays as a mobile wallet payment. These kinds of solutions are gaining in popularity and are particularly relevant in our African context, where large numbers of the workforce are not necessarily formally banked.

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Your Staff's Financial Wellbeing can impact their productivity

Whether you're experiencing higher levels of absenteeism, instances of pilfering, or more frequent requests for cash advances - your staff's levels of indebtedness can very quickly become your problem. Rather than hoping the problem will go away, there are proactive steps you can take to address the situation.

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The economy


SA GDP remains sluggish for Q3 2016

The Mining, Construction, Finance and Government sectors all registered positive growth despite poor economic conditions. The Agriculture sector experienced negative quarterly growth for seven consecutive periods as it recovers from the effects of the prolonged drought. The Trade, Catering and Accommodation sectors contracted by -2.1% which is its largest drop since the 2009 recession, indicative of the strain on household income. The 3Q16 GDP release suggests that our 0.2% full year growth forecast is on track, if not slightly bearish

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Events


FNB Business INNOVATION Awards 2017

As the bank built by entrepreneurs, FNB Business understands the critical role that INNOVATION plays for any business to achieve profitable growth in the current local and global economic climate; and it is because of this belief that they developed the FNB Business INNOVATION Awards. An awards programme that can help unlock the INNOVATIVE capability of your business to scale globally.