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  • A Beginners Guide to Crowdfunding

    Whether it’s a new start-up, a creative invention, or even a film – an increasing number of projects are being realised with the help of crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is the process of sourcing multiple investors or donators to provide funding for an idea or product. Instead of a classic investment model,[...]
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  • Top Tips for Acing That Big Presentation

    Whether it’s as part of an interview, or you’re simply delivering information to your colleagues, presentations are an almost unavoidable part of modern working life. If you’re a student, delivering presentations may also form part of your course. Either way, presenting can be a nerve-racking experience. Our biggest piece of[...]
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  • Tomorrows Leaders: Martin Campbell and Ormsby Street

    Last month, Inigo Antolin joined our Tomorrow’s Leaders series, looking at the people behind the UK’s most enterprising startups. He shared his past experience and how he transitioned from working as a journalist to becoming a part of the gifting marketing at Blossoming Gifts. December’s interview is with Martin Campbell,[...]
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  • How to Hand Over Work for the Holidays

    As the Christmas holidays approach, everyone gets excited about taking some time off and visiting their family and friends throughout the festive period. However, in the weeks leading up to the big day, a lack of preparation can mean you leave your colleagues without the resources to complete any work[...]
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  • Business Success: Dr. Jamie Wilson and HomeTouch

    In our previous edition of Business Success, we spoke with Lukas Vanterpool from The Sterling Choice, who told us about how his recruitment company is aiming to grow beyond the food manufacturing sector. This month, we spoke to Dr. Jamie Wilson, founder and CEO of HomeTouch. He spoke to us[...]
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  • To Nap, or Not to Nap?

    What was once considered a taboo subject- ‘sleeping on the job’, is now regarded as smart business by many firms around the world. Companies that have a strong focus on employee wellness are now encouraging their workers to have an on-site nap in order to boost productivity levels.  But what[...]
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  • Tomorrows Leaders: Inigo Antolin and Blossoming Gifts

    For October’s Tomorrow’s Leaders post, we interviewed Aadil Seedat from Umbrella Host who gave us his insight from the business world at the age of 18, as well as his dedication to improving the service provided to his customers. This month we got in touch with Inigo Antolin, Head of[...]
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  • International idioms – phrases from all over the world

    Just as different countries often possess quirky workplace habits – a subject we explored in our international office etiquette post – many countries use phrases that are completely unique to their language and culture. We delved deeper into the subject of workplace confusion to uncover the idioms that can get lost in[...]
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  • How to Improve Your Email Efficiency

    Emails are a necessity in the modern workplace. They allow us to communicate with colleagues who are out of the office, send files to co-workers who need them, and summarise the most important results of meetings. While incredibly useful, it can be easy for some workers to go overboard and[...]
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  • Business Success: Lukas Vanterpool and The Sterling Choice

    In our previous edition of Business Success, we spoke with Pete Mallon from the North East Times Magazine, who told us about how his company is aiming to grow its brand regionally and nationally. This month, we spoke to Lukas Vanterpool, director of The Sterling Choice. He spoke to us[...]
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  • Work Smarter, Not Harder

    Time tends to move quicker when you’re busy, especially if you’re consumed with pressing tasks and you’re finding it difficult to concentrate.   We want to offer you our tips on how to get the most out of your day, from the moment you wake up to the second you fall[...]
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  • The Greatest Work Desk in the World

    At Viking, we strive to make everyone’s workday easier and more efficient with the best office desks available. However, there is only so much you can do with the current products available on the market. That’s why we’ve teamed up with our entire workforce to design the most advanced desk[...]
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  • Tomorrows Leaders: Aadil Seedat and Umbrella Host

    In our last Tomorrow’s Leaders post, we spoke to Calum Brannan from No Agent who gave us some insight into the letting agent market as well as starting his business career at the age of just 15. And we’re continuing to look at the nation’s best and brightest by dropping[...]
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  • Viking SpooktacularCrafts

    Viking #SpooktacularCrafts Halloween is a staff favourite here at Viking. We love any excuse to get the scissors, glue and other bits and bobs out. Well, this year we thought we’d share the fun with some of our lovely blogger friends by sending them a Halloween craft box. We filled[...]
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  • Five Reasons You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Failure

    When starting a new position, or moving to a different company, you can easily put yourself under pressure to make a big first impression. We’ve all felt it, but it’s harder to feel that same burst of energy once you’ve settled into your job, or after you’ve worked in your[...]
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  • Life Skills – Renting a Home

    When you’re flying the nest and finding your first home away from Mum and Dad, chances are you’ll be renting your new digs, whether that’s a house, duplex apartment, or studio. Renting is an exciting opportunity to enjoy living independently without being tied down long-term, but there are a few[...]
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  • Life Skills – Your First Car

    Beep beep, honk honk – your first motor is pulling up onto the driveway of your life. But before you commit to purchasing, there are a few things you need to consider to ensure you’re getting the right model for your needs – and at the right price! Shopping around[...]
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  • Life Skills – Cooking for Yourself

    Aprons on and knives at the ready – it’s time to get cooking! Whether you’re a dab hand at sauces, a pro at roast dinners, or a whiz at desserts, knowing how to make a good dish is crucial. Keeping yourself well fed is one thing, but you also need[...]
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  • Life Skills – Managing Your Taxes

    Between algebra, coordinates, and complicated equations, one pretty essential thing that was always forgotten in maths lessons is taxes. You leave school able to plot a graph like an absolute pro, but that percentage of your wage that disappears every month? That remains a total mystery. Don’t worry – we’re[...]
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  • Life Skills – Job Applications

    You’ve seen the perfect job advertised and want to give yourself the best chance of scoring an interview. The application form is your first opportunity to impress, so how do you present the best version of yourself to your prospective employer? In conjunction with our ‘Life Skills‘ series, we’ve compiled[...]
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  • Life Skills – Insurance

    Insurance is an essential part of everyday life, protecting you and your belongings in case of emergencies and giving you peace of mind. There are a few different types of insurance available, and whenever you look to take out a policy for any of them there are a lot of[...]
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  • Life Skills – Your First Trip

    Holidays overseas offer beautiful beaches, exciting adventures, and a chance to experience a brand new culture. It’s no surprise, then, that going away is something that many of us look forward to. When you’re a child going away with your family, you can simply enjoy being taken here, there, and[...]
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  • Life Skills They Never Taught Us at School

    Knowing how to analyse Shakespeare’s sonnets is great, and we all know how useful algebra has been over the years. However, when it comes to practical skills that you will use every day as an adult, school didn’t always provide the answers. Working with a range of experts from the[...]
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  • Business Success: Pete Mallon and North East Times Magazine

    In our previous edition of Business Success, we spoke with Tash Khan from Appleyard London, who told us about how his company is aiming to take the quality of floral designs to the next level. This month, we spoke to Pete Mallon, managing director and creative director of North East Times[...]
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  • Five Tips for a More Productive Lunch Break

    Early last year, the Telegraph reported that two-thirds of British workers were unable to regularly take just 20 minutes for their lunch break. While it can be tempting to use lunch to get ahead of pending work, you should be using this time to decompress and recharge for the rest[...]
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  • Tomorrows Leaders: Calum Brannan and No Agent

    Last month, in our Tomorrow’s Leaders series, we met with Edward Relf from Laundrapp to find out how he’s changing the laundry business by bringing an Uber-level of convenience to a chore many of us face at the end of a tiring week. This time, we’d like to introduce Calum[...]
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  • Fast Track: How to Deal with Difficult Colleagues

    Despite your best intentions, you aren’t always going to get along with your colleagues. Differences are bound to crop up from time to time, whether that’s how people want to work, the priorities of a project, and what’s best for business. It’s positive for a workforce to challenge itself, and[...]
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  • Business Success: Tash Khan and Appleyard London

    In our previous edition of Business Success, we spoke with Georg Hansbauer from Testbirds, who told us about how his company is aiming to take the quality of digital products to the next level. This month, we spoke to Tash Khan, director of Appleyard London. He spoke to us about[...]
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  • 10 Tips for Packing a Healthy Office Lunch

    Packing a lunch for work every single day requires great commitment and organisation. Whether you’re doing it to keep the costs down, to try and eat a healthier diet or because there’s just slim pickings at your office, the truth is – it’s not always easy to stay motivated. There’s[...]
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  • How Planned Breaks Can Help You Work Smarter

    Employees in every business will approach their work differently, and it’s important to allow them to do so, in order to keep your workplace running smoothly. Some have the drive to spend hours completely focused, whereas others need to take regular breaks throughout the day to help stay on top[...]
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  • Tomorrow’s Leaders: Edward Relf and Laundrapp

    Last month, we spoke to Tai Alegbe from BAACCO as part of our Tomorrow’s Leaders blog series. He told us how his team came together and his future plans for showcasing burgeoning wine merchants. This month’s interview is with Edward Relf from Laundrapp, an app that brings a new level[...]
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  • How to Earn a Promotion at Work

    Promotion is something every employee works towards, though it can be a difficult talking point with a manager or team leader. You may think you’re ready to accept more responsibility or a different role, whereas management has to consider not just your attributes, but also the company’s needs, financial situation[...]
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  • Business Success: Georg Hansbauer and Testbirds

    In our previous edition of Business Success, we spoke with Amir Salehi from Tradesmen Brighton, who told us about his modern plumbing business, built from 20+ years’ experience in the industry. This month, we spoke to Georg Hansbauer, co-founder and CEO of Testbirds. He spoke to us about how they[...]
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  • 10 Tips on How to Keep Cool in the Office

    After lots of typically British complaining about how cold of a winter and spring we’ve had: we now switch to whinging about how uncomfortably hot it is and how we wish it could be that little bit cooler. For those of us that are stuck in an office on those[...]
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  • Tomorrow’s Leaders: Tai Alegbe and BAACCO

    Last month, we caught up with Scott Woodley from Tutora as part of our Tomorrow’s Leaders blog series. He gave us some workplace tips and clued us up on the joys of matching pupils with the tutors they need to improve their learning. Our newest entry in the series joins[...]
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  • Fast Track: How to Give Employee Feedback

    Feedback is an essential part of any workplace, letting employees review their own performance, learn how others feel about their work, and make changes to reduce chances of possible friction. However, giving another employee feedback can be a daunting prospect. You may fear a backlash if you speak negatively about[...]
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  • What do Mum and Dad do at work? | Viking Direct

    How well do children understand the jobs that their mums and dads do? We surveyed our international community of customers, speaking to both parents and children to find out the answer. The majority (73%) of parents we spoke to thought that their little ones knew what job they did. This[...]
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  • Business Success: Amir Salehi & Tradesmen Brighton

    In our previous edition of Business Success, we spoke with Hannah Sage from Milo, who told us about her current business which actually started out as a university project. This month, we spoke to Amir Salehi, founder of Tradesmen Brighton. He spoke to us about how Tradesmen Brighton first started,[...]
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  • 5 Tips On How To Survive Office Politics

    The term “office politics” often carries a negative connotation. It is something that exists within every organisation and company, no matter how big or small. When people enjoy their job, it’s largely due to the fact that they enjoy the work they do as well as the people around them.[...]
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  • VikingArtyParty – An Afternoon of Crafting with Viking

    Here at Viking, we love nothing more than getting our hands messy with a good crafting session. So, what better way to spend a Saturday than with a selection of craft workshops, more than thirty talented bloggers, and platefuls of delicious croissants? Last Saturday, we hosted our first ever #VikingArtyParty[...]
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  • Tomorrow’s Leaders: Scott Woodley and Tutora

    In our previous edition of Tomorrow’s Leaders, we spoke with Irina Iovita from CommuterClub, who told us about her previous work as a consultant and smashing annual growth targets. This month, we spoke to Scott Woodley, co-founder of Tutora. He spoke to us about how Tutora first started, drawing inspiration[...]
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  • Fast Track: How Can Hobbies Help the Way You Work?

    In the previous entry in our Fast Track series, we looked at the various benefits of industry internships. This month, we explore how hobbies and other activities can help train useful skills for the workplace. Developing skills for work isn’t just limited to in-office training session and courses. There is[...]
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  • A Guide to Creating a Positive Working Environ

    As Jim Rohn once said: “you either run the day or the day runs you”. Creating a positive work environment is instrumental in fostering yours and your team’s success, but it can often be overlooked. Take on board our office hacks to ensure that you maintain that can-do atmosphere at[...]
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  • Tomorrow’s Leaders: Irina Iovita & CommuterClub

    In last month’s Tomorrow’s Leaders article, we spoke to Timothy Armoo from Fanbytes, who gave us an insight into what it was like working with brands such as Nickelodeon and world-famous footballers, including Ronaldinho. This month, we spoke to Irina Iovita from award-winning start-up, CommuterClub. Irina gives us an insight[...]
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  • The Viking Office Survival Guide

    Recently, we were in the process of updating internal health and safety documents. These documents are very important for the well-being and safety of our staff, however, some members of staff, do not find them very fun. To remedy this, we decided to have some fun, and test whether our[...]
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  • Fast Track: What are the benefits of an Internship?

    Whether you have just left university or are in a steady job looking for that dream opportunity, internships have become an increasing means of giving young workers a chance to gain practical experience within a particular industry. An internship is a fixed-term contract which allows the individual an opportunity to[...]
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  • How to Ace a Skype Interview

    The world is getting smaller with each technological development. There’s a number of devices and a wealth of software that enable us to conduct business, communicate, and engage with one another over vast distances at the touch of a button. A great example of this is Skype, the video chat[...]
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  • Lying in the Office

    You’ve got a tight deadline, documents are scattered all over your desk, and a colleague has just asked if you have “a spare five minutes” to help them with something. Suddenly, you hear yourself making an excuse to get out of doing the work – one little white lie is[...]
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  • Business Success: Hannah Sage & Milo

    Last month in our Business Success, we spoke to Paola Diana from AMORE who gave us an insight into her luxury dating business. This month we caught up with Hannah Sage who featured in our Tomorrow’s Leaders series in November. Since we last spoke to her, Hannah has been featured[...]
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  • Office Hacks: Tips For Creating Your First Home Office

    If you have just set up your own business, then you may be considering where you are going to have your office. According to UK national statistics, almost two-thirds of UK businesses are now run from home, which in the long-run, helps to reduce costly outgoings for office rental space.[...]
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  • Tomorrow’s Leaders: Timothy Armoo & Fanbytes

    In last month’s Tomorrow’s Leaders article, we chatted to Dave George from BIKMO, who spoke about his growing cycle insurance business. This month, we chatted to Timothy Armoo who set up Fanbytes with his friend and business partner, Ambrose Cook. The pair set up a clever algorithm to monitor social[...]
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  • Fast Track: Can Networking Boost Your Career Chances?

    All graduates have heard the saying, “it’s often about who you know, rather than what you know”. Whilst this may be a cliche, networking is a really important skill to master. Whether it’s a friend of the family, a contact you made at a business event, or someone you are[...]
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  • Business Success: Paola Diana & AMORE

    In last month’s article we featured Daniel Caplan from New i.d., who spoke about the growth of the interior design business which he founded. This month we spoke to Italian-born entrepreneur, Paola Diana, about her match-making business, AMORE, which is designed especially for affluent or high net worth individuals. Paola[...]
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  • Office Hacks: How To Create A Productive Workplace Culture

    Creating a happy and enthusiastic workforce is the backbone of any growing business. By creating a positive working environment, you are able to influence productivity and make your employees feel invested in their work and the company as a whole. Every individual works differently, so it is important to know[...]
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  • Tomorrow’s Leaders: Dave George & BIKMO

    In last month’s Tomorrow’s Leaders feature we spoke to Rachel Verghis from Gooey. This week we are speaking to Dave George from BIKMO. BIKMO have helped to innovate the cycling and technology sectors with their approach to insurance. The company’s founder, Dave George, gave us an insight into what he[...]
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  • Viking Unsung Heroes Twitter Competition

    Here at Viking Direct, we are celebrating the unsung heroes of office life. To celebrate the hard work of those who keep our offices across the UK and Ireland running smoothly, here at Viking Direct are running a competition especially for office managers* as a thank you for working tirelessly[...]
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  • Fast Track: How To Create a Successful CV

    In this month’s Fast Track series, we are speaking to Bromak Recruitment, who have given us an expert insight into how to write a successful CV and some of the most common mistakes made by job applicants. What are your top 5 tips for a successful CV? Keep to the[...]
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  • International Office Etiquette

    Working abroad can be an enriching and formative experience. Not only is it a great way to develop language skills, but a move overseas can often help further your career too. To make the most of your experience, it’s important to stay organised, plan ahead, and learn as much as[...]
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  • Business Success: Daniel Caplan & New ID Interiors

    In last month’s Business Success article, we featured Charlie Mullins who is the founder of London-based plumbing firm, Pimlico Plumbers. This month we speak to Daniel Caplan who is the co-founder of interior design business, New i.d. What’s your career/company story in a nutshell? My background is property but I[...]
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  • Office Hacks: Controlling Body Language During An Interview

    During an interview, the words you say are only half the battle. Body language can also be a very important aspect of how you’re perceived which can potentially make or break a meeting or interview. Whilst the content of your speech is perhaps most important aspect to consider for job[...]
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  • Tomorrow’s Leaders: Rachel Verghis and Gooey

    In last month’s Tomorrow’s Leaders feature we spoke to Zeven Media. Today, Rachel gives an insight into what she is inspired by, the daily routines of owning her own business, and what stationery she couldn’t live without. What’s your career/company story in a nutshell? I had my son Louis after a[...]
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  • Fast Track: How To Create A Successful Cover Letter

    Your cover letter is one of the most important parts of an initial application for a job. Alongside your CV, it reveals a concise insight into your career, and can have a big impact on whether you will be put forward for a face-to-face interview. A cover letter gives the[...]
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  • Business Success: Charlie Mullins and Pimlico Plumbers

    What’s your career/company story in a nutshell? I knew at the age of nine that I wanted to be a plumber and that decision was down to my local plumber on the estate I grew up on. He was the only one I knew who had his own car, went[...]
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  • Office Hacks: Making The Most From Your Marketing Strategies

    Once you have developed your business idea and established the groundwork of your product or service, your next thought should be how you plan to market your business. A marketing strategy should be put in place in order to understand how you can increase sales and retain your customer base.[...]
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  • Tomorrow’s Leaders: Zeven Media

    Could you give us a bit of background about yourselves and Zeven? Zeven was set up in 2013 by myself and Hyrum (my brother) and we are a big on family. There’s 7 brothers, so that’s where Zeven came from. We are a digital media company that create social media sharing[...]
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  • Fast Track: Tips for Attending Your First Client Meeting

    If you are relatively new to the working world, attending your first client meeting or delivering a presentation can often be a nerve-racking experience. Don’t worry though – it’s completely natural to be nervous as you are about to be placed in an unnatural situation. Feeling confident when meeting a[...]
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  • How We Built Our Giant Cardboard Castle

    Returning to work after Christmas and New Year can be a bit of a struggle. To help beat the January blues in the Viking office, we decided to ask our team to decorate their desks with fun and creative things. However, we were totally unprepared for what they did: not[...]
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  • Business Success: Magic Whiteboard

    What’s your career/company story in a nutshell? Magic Whiteboard were successful on BBC’s Dragons’ Den receiving £100,000 investment from Theo Paphitis and Deborah Meaden. We have now sold over 1 million rolls of Magic Whiteboard. Magic Whiteboard allows you to create a portable whiteboard from a roll anywhere in seconds.[...]
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  • Office Hacks: Expert Energy Saving Tips For Small Businesses

    According to John Allan, Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, almost a third of small businesses highlight the cost of energy as a barrier to growth and success. The SME Guide to Energy Efficiency, released by the UK government, stated that the average SME could decrease their energy bill[...]
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  • Business Success: Rupa Ganatra and Millennial 2020

    What’s your career/company story in a nutshell? I come from a family of entrepreneurs so it wasn’t uncommon to discuss business ideas around the table from an early age. It was my interest in business, passion for problem-solving and my belief in value creation that led me to leave my[...]
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  • Christmas Holidays Across the Nation

    Christmas is traditionally a time of goodwill, sharing and caring. When it comes to taking time off work for the festive period, however, this isn’t always the case. We recently conducted a study into annual leave over Christmas in Irish offices and found some surprising results. The most startling statistic[...]
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  • Fast Track: New Years Resolutions for Graduates

    It’s just under two weeks until the end of 2015, and many graduates will be thinking ahead to the New Year and what 2016 will hold for them. According to national statistics, approximately 40% of all workers begin the search for a new job or career move in the New[...]
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  • Tomorrows Leaders: Jules Quinn & The TeaShed

    The TeaShed have over 150 suppliers across the UK – including John Lewis – as well as multiple distributors across the world. Jules tells us how she has developed TeaShed and her secret to success. What’s your company story in a nutshell? I was an intern and was made to[...]
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  • Office Hacks: Top Tips For Working From Home

    TUC general secretary, Frances O’Grady, commented on the increase in home workers and its benefits: “These figures show millions of British workers have adopted home working and are enjoying a better work-life balance while saving time and money on costly commuting that benefits no-one.” Business industry experts believe that more[...]
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  • Tomorrow’s Leaders: Hannah Sage & Milo

    Could you give us a bit of background about yourself and Milo? Milo was my final year design project at University where I studied Industrial Design and Technology at Loughborough. I graduated in July and exhibited Milo at this year’s New Designers Show in London. I received a lot of[...]
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  • 5 Tips For Creating A Better Life-Work Balance

    Whether you have started your first graduate job or have created your own business idea, it is imperative that you divide your time between work and play. Entering a 9-5 office environment can be daunting if you have just finished university and are used to short days. The cumulative effect[...]
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  • The Viking Christmas Craft Challenge

    With only a few sleeps left until Christmas, it’s time to get into the festive spirit and think about how you’re going to decorate your desk at work. At Viking, we’re very competitive and we take office decorating very seriously, with everyone trying their hand at a variety of exciting[...]
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  • Business Success: Sarah Greenwell and An Elf for Christmas

    What’s your company story in a nutshell? A brand new modern family tradition ‘An Elf for Christmas’ is a magical toy and kit perfect for all ages. It’s designed by me, mum of two, Sarah Greenwell, 33 from Durham, with stylish design and imagination to create magical Christmas memories for[...]
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  • 5 Tips For Keeping Your Online Business Data Safe

    Be social media aware & educate your staff Social media channels have become a vital means of communicating with an audience. However, employees should be careful with what they disclose online. Phishing emails via social media are common means of extracting data. Set up a two-factor authentication system to your[...]
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  • Office Bacteria Project – What’s lurking on your desk?

    Sickness season is upon us. Cold and flu viruses lurk in every corner of the office, as our colleagues cough and splutter through the day. Sometimes getting ill can’t be avoided, but there are precautions you can take to avoid succumbing to the yearly sniffles. Keeping work and common areas[...]
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  • Tomorrows Leaders: Vivien Tang

    With around 150 million tons of clothing and footwear sold worldwide every year, it’s no wonder that textiles make up a significant portion of the recyclable items making their way to landfill. With the idea of setting up a sustainable business already in mind, Imperial Graduates Vivien Tang and Caroline[...]
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  • Fast Track: Making a good impression at a big new job

    In our Fast Track series, we’ve looked at top tips for improving your CV and acing the interview to get your first big job. This month, we’ve kept our fingers crossed and hope that you bagged not only an interview, but got the job. Some might say that’s the hard part out of the[...]
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  • Business Success: Mathew Cockroft and Pure Pet Foods

    Mathew Cockroft from Pure Pet Foods joins us this week to share his insights into successfully managing an online pet store, which has seen their award-winning products launched in Pets At Home. Along with business partner Daniel Eha, Mathew featured on Dragon’s Den, where their pitch was considered by Duncan[...]
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  • The Walking Dead Zombie Sweepstake

    Here at Viking we can’t wait for the new series of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Over the last few years it has quickly become an office obsession, with everyone desperate to talk about what happened in each and every episode. Since we’re such big fans of the show, we started[...]
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  • 6 Tips for Making Better Lunches

    Ah, lunchtime, that oasis amid the deserts of the working day. Do you take your lunch ‘al desko’ or head to the local cafeteria or supermarket? Are you struggling to get to three o’clock before your stomach starts to rumble? Are you feeling wiped out by a stodgy meal? We[...]
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  • Tomorrows Leaders: Olivia Bossert

    Atlas Magazine began as a hobby for two students alongside their studies, but by graduation time the fashion magazine had turned into something much bigger. So, with the help of a Kickstarter campaign, co-founders Olivia and Megan decided to take Atlas to the next level and build a career from[...]
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  • Top interview tips for landing that first big job

    Last month we were looking at how to get the most out of your CV when applying for your first big job. To follow on from that, this month we’ll cross our fingers and hope that you bagged an interview – and now need advice on how to ace it.It’s[...]
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  • Business Success: John Readman and Ride25

    John Readman, CEO of Ride25, joins us this week to share his insights into successfully managing a business and the journey he’s travelled – and continues to travel. John’s passion is cycling, and his aim is to help people change their life through this pursuit, raising money for charitable causes[...]
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  • 9 Office Email Hacks

    When you’re trying to knuckle down and get some work done, there’s often no end to the number of distractions that can break your workflow: tea round duties, office gossip – and that’s before you’ve even opened your inbox.  Emails might seem like they’ve made office life easier but they[...]
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  • Tomorrow’s Leaders: Tom Hatton

    Frustrated with referencing university essays as a student, Tom Hatton stumbled upon a brilliant idea. RefME launched in 2014 as a referencing tool. It scans and automatically creates references without students needing to trawl through bibliographies, publishers and dates. Last year, RefME was named The Guardian’s startup of the year,[...]
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  • In an office far, far away

    Recently we let a small team loose in the office with a big stack of post-it notes and an imagination brimming with anticipation for the upcoming Star Wars film. We have quite a lot of free wall space here at Viking and regularly give different teams the opportunity to spruce[...]
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  • Top CV tips for landing that first big job

    It’s that time of year again: results are out and graduates are looking to the future. It may be that you’ve already got an idea of where you’d like to apply to work, but you may also be actively hunting for employment. Whatever your situation is, there are a few[...]
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  • Business Success: Talking to Hayley Short

    Hayley Short joins us this month from The Pet Deli, a contemporary online pet food store with a passion for providing natural foods and treats for our beloved animals. Hayley started the company with her partner, Lewie, and their husky, Maya, and was kind enough to share her knowledge of[...]
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  • Office Hacks: Tips for Stress-Free Work

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