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Blueback Global Spotlight: Rory Adamson

After graduating with a degree in Arabic from the University of Exeter, Rory trained as a chartered accountant with PwC (Coopers & Lybrand) in their financial services division in London, specializing in investment banking and fund management. He then moved to the firm’s office in Bahrain, where he became a partner in 1996. While in […]

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3 Elements That Your Global Payroll Strategy Is Missing

Security. Compliance. Satisfaction. These words get tossed around so much that they can begin to lose their sway. But don’t allow your eyes to glaze over due to redundancy. These three elements are critical for a robust global payroll strategy.  Having control of these pieces at the onset of an overseas expansion is vital to […]

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Global Hiring and Recruiting: Expert Insights

So, you’re setting sails to expand your business globally. Congratulations! But have you given much thought to how you’re going to put together your local team? Actually, have you considered what steps you’re going to take to make sure all your hiring is compliant with local laws and regulations? Recruiting and hiring employees during a […]

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Are You Ready to Go Global?

You’ve done your research on global expansion. In fact, you’ve done what feels like more research than you did for your capstone paper in college. You’ve asked close advisors their thoughts on the subject – but they prefaced their responses with something to the extent that international expansion isn’t really in their wheelhouses, yet gave […]

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4 Mistakes to Avoid When Expanding Business Internationally

People looking to take their companies internationally spend so much time researching the advantages of doing business globally that they often fail to avoid simple mistakes. First and foremost, international business expansion is complicated. Quickly infiltrating broader markets isn’t something that organizations accomplish overnight. That’s not to say the transition cannot be done smoothly – […]

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Three Things to Consider When Expanding Globally

“What are the main things my company needs to check off before we expand globally?” I hear this question quite often. It’s a fair question and one that I could spend some time answering. With so many components to consider, it’s difficult for a business to have a smooth expansion independent of expert help. Of […]

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Top Countries for Startups’ International Expansion

Where in the world do you go to find angels and unicorns? Startups must consider a number of factors during international expansion. As an international consultant, I’ve helped startups cross borders and maintain operations in various countries. Each location comes with its unique set of advantages and disadvantages—the languages spoken, taxes owed, working culture, availability […]

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May 30, 2020 News Europe

Update: Netherlands’ legislative response to COVID-19

The Dutch government has implemented many legislative changes, grants, incentives, and extensions to ease the strain on business. The following are the current benefits offered. Temporary Emergency Bridging Measure (NOW) Employers can claim substantial compensation for 3 months wages, providing they retain their employees and expect at least a 20% loss of turnover. The minimum […]

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May 29, 2020 News Europe

Update: Belgium’s legislative response to COVID-19

The Belgium government has implemented many legislative changes, grants, incentives, and extensions to ease the strain on business. The following are the current benefits offered. Temporary Unemployment Scheme All employers experiencing a temporary closure of their business or a reduction in workflow due to COVID-19 can invoke temporary unemployment (furlough). Employers can suspend full and […]

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May 28, 2020 News Europe

Update: Italy’s legislative response to COVID-19

The Italian government has implemented many legislative changes, grants, incentives, and extensions to ease the strain on business. The following are the current benefits offered. Employee Wage Grant All employers, regardless of size and sector, can apply for a 50% employee wage grant for a maximum of 9 weeks if they decide to suspend operations […]

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May 24, 2020 News Europe

Update: Spain’s legislative response to COVID-19

The Spanish government has implemented many legislative changes, grants, incentives, and extensions to ease the strain on business. The following are the current benefits offered. Temporary Unemployment Measures (ERTE) Companies can temporarily suspend work contracts or reduce hours while keeping their employees on their payroll. Employees receive up to 70 percent of their original salary […]

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May 21, 2020 News Europe

Update: Germany’s legislative response to COVID-19

The German government has implemented many legislative changes, grants, incentives, and extensions in response to the impact on business due to the coronavirus. The following are the current benefits offered. Emergency Aid Programme Small enterprises with up to 10 employees, including sole proprietors and freelancers, can apply for grants, regardless of industry. Those with a […]

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