Business

How to Make a Global Team Work Effectively

When a global team is working well, each person sees the benefit personally and professionally, and businesses are able to be more competitive in new markets.

Why Expats Make Great Entrepreneurs

Risks you will have to deal with when you start a new life in a new country are similar to the risks faced when you start a new business.

How to Increase Global Career Opportunities

nternational experience is of great importance for leadership development as businesses grow anywhere in the world, but some international tasks are more interesting career opportunities than others

SPB Goes Virtual with BeckettHanlon

The Scottish Provident Building’s community is not only for those who reside at SPB and walk our beautiful, adorned corridors but our community extends throughout Belfast and beyond with our extensive range of virtual clients. So we would like to take this opportunity to introduce one of our virtual clients, Drew Beckett, CEO and Founder of BeckettHanlon Worldwide Property, a virtual tenant that has been with SPB for the last four years. Tell us a bit about BeckettHanlon. BeckettHanlon’s core service is buying property safely abroad. With a range of beautiful properties around the globe under our portfolio, our consultants work very hard to find our clients the perfect property based on their individual and unique needs. We have also grown our company to provide franchise opportunities, wh...

My Expats World | London Rejected from the 10 best European cities for Property Investment

At the top of the EU property market we find Birmingham, Berlin and Hamburg. London has been overtaken by cities such as Budapest and Istanbul This is the first time since 2012 that London has slipped out of the top 10 best cities in Europe for investment prospects. Prices are high and yields aren’t as good as they used to be. PwC Report A report done by by PwC and the Urban Land Institute, showed that Berlin and Hamburg took the top two positions in the Emerging Trends in Real Estate, while Birmingham came in sixth. This report collated interviews with more than 500 developers, investors and property managers across Europe and is a useful guide to where experts think the market might be heading Cities were rated based on investment prospects, and for their impressions on the future of the...

9 of the most relevant etiquette norms of 21st century

Etiquette standards have changed a lot during last 20 years. Things that were normal for our parents and grandparents, like sending letters via mail or calling via a land line, in this digital age are used much less often. Earlier generations didn’t need to be worried about texting, mailing rules or dating app protocol. Well, pretty much everything used to be done face to face before. However, our environment progresses and keeps up with the latest innovations. For this reason, there exists a vague understanding about current etiquette norms and acceptable behaviors. Thus, this article should help you get a clue  as to what is acceptable and what is not in terms of technology, work and relationships. 1.    No phone on the table during a meal Keeping your phone on the table in most cases is...

Individualistic vs. Collectivistic Cultures

Cultures are dynamic manifestations of a society’s value choices. They reflect a society’s preferences and approaches to problem-solving together with its citizen’s source of inspiration and motivation. In the world of psychology, cultures are often classified into two camps. Firstly, there are those cultures that are innately collectivist. Secondly, there are those cultures that are that are inclined to be more individualist in their philosophy. The Individualist – Collectivist Divide Individualist cultures, usually represented by Western cultures such as Western Europe and the United States, stress individual fulfilment without regard for their potential impact on collective group goals. This produces a robust framework of competition within a society. Collectivist cultures, often repres...

The Danish unemployment rate is the lowest since 2009

The unemployment rate in Denmark is falling. The number of people who receive social welfare support diminished by 1,400 in June.  Statistics Officially, there are 107,300 people who aren’t working currently and who receive government support. According to the statistics department, the unemployment level is the lowest since 2009 taking into account both the percentage of people who aren’t working and the number of individuals in full-time positions. Even though there has been a steady decrease since 2009 there were some insignificant increases of unemployment in 2016 and 2017. Moreover, the number of people, who are suitable to work but aren’t employed yet, reach 152,000. Meanwhile, it was 148,000 in March last year. So, as we can see, not all numbers are looking better. The labour market...

What Skills Do New Graduates Lack?

Most of graduates do believe that they are ready to hit the job market. But hiring managers have other opinion. In most cases they acknowledge the gap between old-timers and fresh blood in the job market. Especially when things turn to perception of business culture and work-life balance. The latest report from PayScale shows that 87% of recent higher education institution graduates feel well prepared to hit the ground running once having their diplomas in the hands. Meanwhile, only half of hiring managers feels confident to give a chance to babe in arms. Unfortunately, the numbers reveal a challenging situation. People, who graduated in 2016 were too optimistic about future perspectives in finding a study field related job vacancy. 51 percent of those, who graduated two years ago, were an...

Javea: A Great Place For Expats And This Is Why

Javea is a beautiful place to holiday and live as it lacks the high rise developments that appear on a great deal of the Spanish coastline. Here’s all the Javea information you’ll need if you’re considering becoming an expat in historic and traditional Javea. Javea is located near (international) transport hubs. Both Valencia and Alicante airport are close by and with a car to collect and drop off those visiting relatives you’ll find it simple to ease those concerns of your nearest and dearest have about seeing you regularly. You will find there are plenty of flights at great prices throughout the year, especially in the summer. House prices and renting Many expats moving to Javea choose to rent before committing to purchasing a property. A townhouse or flat with 2 ...

Foreigners Account for 25% of Portugal’s Property Sales

Portugal’s property market saw a boom among foreigner buyers in 2017. Actually, foreigners account for 25% of Portugal’s property sales. The majority are from France or Brazil however many Brits and Chinese were also purchasing property here. Over 25% Year on Year Increase in Property Sales 152,000 properties were sold in 2017. This was a 25% to 30% increase compared to 2016. These figures are only taking into account the number of properties sold through realtors, and not private sales. House prices are expected to continue growing over the next 5 years. A 6% increase is what is forecasted during this time. But this price increase does not seem to keep foreigners from investing. The lure of good weather, safety, high quality of life are the pay-off. Demand is high and there is not much su...

Dating Around the World

Relationships have a universal value and importance in almost every culture. Not surprisingly, dating around the world reflects differences in cultural attitudes, customs and accepted norms. So, dating success can often come down to understanding the nuances of local approaches to dating around the world. Dates can vary from freewheeling encounters to heavily supervised skirmishes through to a casual outing at the movies. Daring To Date Dating can be simultaneously frustratingly complex or simple. The differences between Western concepts of dating and other cultures can create liberal unfettered dating customs, constrained meetings, and formally choreographed gatherings. In some countries, dating is actually illegal. As if all that isn’t enough for budding Romeos and Juliette’s, along came...