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What are the best languages for international businesses?

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English has long been the lingua franca of the world and the dominant business language as a result. However, the emergence of various different nations as global economic heavyweights and growing internationalisation in general has changed this. A number of other languages have come to the fore in the business world and beyond in recent […]

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Brexit and EU English – how a new language has developed

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With the aftermath and implications of the Brexit vote still the subject of daily debate in the papers and Parliament, the UK’s estrangement from the rest of the European Union is developing in ways many haven’t expected. In a speech last year, the European Commission’s president, Jean-Claude Juncker claimed that “slowly but surely English is […]

Foreign language skills needed to boost trade

Foreign language skills needed to boost trade

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One of the biggest barriers facing UK companies with the potential to export overseas is a lack of foreign language skills, according to a study undertaken by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). The lobby group believes the remedy for this lies in compulsory language lessons for children as young as seven. The BCC is […]

Can UK universities still rely on international students?

Can UK universities still rely on international students?

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Last week, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) issued new figures on undergraduate enrolment in UK universities for the 2014 to 2015 academic year. While this isn’t a comprehensive metric on the number of students who’ll be starting degree courses come September, it offers some valuable insights into the volume and breakdown of applicants […]

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Doing business abroad: Where’s riskiest?

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In order for a business to compete in today’s global economy, effective supply chain management is critical. Whether tiny cottage industries or enterprise-scale organisations with thousands of geographically distributed employees, companies worldwide rely on collaborative relationships with international partners in order to prosper. This can, for obvious reasons, be something of a balancing act. An […]

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Business travel on the rise – but what about language learning?

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There are many indicators that global business and international commerce are on the rise. One of these is the stories appearing left, right and centre that indicate how many individuals are jumping on planes and trains to distant shores for reasons related to their job. Only this week, Easyjet announced that it has managed to […]

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German businesses fear Russian sanctions

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German businesses have voiced concerns over incoming sanctions from G7 nations against Russia. The US, the UK, France and Japan are among the countries pressing hardest for more substantial penalties against Russia, which has riled western politicians in recent weeks due to its intervention in Ukraine. But after weeks of political turbulence, German businesses are […]

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M&A provide businesses with global expansion opportunities

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Businesses are increasingly using mergers and acquisitions (M&A) to expand their international reach and to access new markets. For example, a study by Grant Thornton discovered that global M&A activity is rising and being driven by the most rapidly growing companies, particularly those in developed economies. The International Business Report (IBR) found a correlation between […]

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Modern languages: ‘A subject that goes to the heart of human culture’

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The value of education has seldom been called into question more so than when the coalition announced a significant hike in university fees. Students were understandably outraged – not least those who had voted for the Liberal Democrats, who had pledged not to increase costs – and concerns about how many youngsters would be able […]

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US named top economy for entrepreneurship

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The US has been named number one in the world for entrepreneurship, after the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index found the nation pipped Australia and Sweden – second and third, respectively – to pole position, ahead of 119 other countries around the globe. The assessment found the US, the world’s largest economy, to be absolutely at […]