October 2016

I hated tele-sales. Until I learned it was just like dating.

By | October 18th, 2016|Team Thoughts|

I have tremendous sympathy for those people who rage against tele-salespeople calling them. I'll tell you a secret: I'm one of them. (And I run a company that, amongst other things, provides tele-sales to companies in four countries.) Give me a minute, and I'll explain. Like most things, the problem isn't in the concept, it's [...]

September 2016

Hello, is it you we’re looking for?

By | September 19th, 2016|DBPL News|

Guess what? We're hiring, and we may even be looking for you! We're expanding and we're looking for new team members to help us with our growing client base. Your key responsibilities will be to answer inbound calls, make outbound sales calls and respond to email requests. That's the basics, but the truth is there is [...]

Our CEO, Jordan, Speaking at the 2016 Congress of Polish Entrepreneurs

By | September 19th, 2016|DBPL News, Events|

A little self-promotion never hurt anyone, right? Our CEO, Jordan Samuel Fleming, is one running a session on keeping lean whilst scaling internationally at the 2016 Congress of Polish Entrepreneurs. This event, held in London at the snazzy Natwest building in Bishopsgate, is run by our friends at the Polish Business Link. This third congress [...]

August 2016

Uber Self-Drive: A Futuristic Vision Brought to the Present

By | August 19th, 2016|Technology|

A while back I wrote a post about the Tesla self-driving cars and today I'm going to write about Uber's plan to introduce self-driving taxis that can be hailed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania within the next two weeks. Yes, only two weeks from now. Despite the company's operations director, Ryan Graves, stating a mere two years [...]

Accountants and Individuals to Face Tougher Penalties

By | August 17th, 2016|United Kingdom Business News|

New rules which have been published for consultation include a suggestion that accountants or advisors who sell schemes for illegal tax avoidance should face penalties of up to 100% of tax which was avoided. The Treasury has said the rules would "root out" tax avoidance at the source. The new rules come after the government set [...]

Deliveroo’s New Pay Scheme Not Delivering as Expected

By | August 15th, 2016|United Kingdom Business News|

Outrage was sparked when international food delivery company suggested a new pay scheme which would see drivers paid £3.75 per delivery as opposed to their current £7/hour + £1/delivery. Deliveroo has said that the scheme will now be a voluntary 90 day trial which drivers can opt-out of, but the change was made due to [...]

HSBC Profits Slide

By | August 3rd, 2016|EU Referendum, United Kingdom Business News|

One of the UK's largest banks has reported a 29% profit slide in the first half of the year. HSBC has reported their first six months pre-tax profit was £7.2bn, down by £2.9bn, and have said the numbers are "reasonable performance in the face of considerable uncertainty." HSBC has it's headquarters in the UK, but makes [...]

Blippar’s boss: The real life slumdog multi-millionaire

By | August 1st, 2016|United Kingdom Business News|

I found this inspiring article about the boss of Blippar - an augmented reality app. It talks about Ambarish Mitra's journey from running away from home at 15 to live in the slums of New Delhi to becoming the founder and boss of a mobile phone app valued at £1.2bn. The app is used in 67,000 [...]

July 2016

UK Economy Grows by 0.6% Despite Brexit

By | July 27th, 2016|EU Referendum, United Kingdom Business News|

The first estimate of second-quarter economic activity has shown, to the surprise of many, a growth of 0.6% despite this quarter ending one week after the vote to leave the EU. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said that growth in gross domestic product was stronger than expected, up by 0.4% from the previous [...]

A Bookmaker Takeover

By | July 25th, 2016|United Kingdom Business News|

William Hill, the market-leading bookmaker, has been approached by rival companies 888 and Rank Group about a proposed merger. Under UK takeover rules the firms have until August 21st to either make a firm offer or walk away. This comes after William Hill offered £720m last year to acquire 888, rejected on the basis the [...]