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Considerations for a permanent hybrid working model

Over the last 18 months, remote working models were rapidly rolled out with varying degrees of success. Now as offices can reopen in the UK many businesses find themselves in the middle of a debate: should they continue to support remote working or revert to office work? Instead of all

COVID No Excuse: How to Prevent Customer Service Complaints

Customer service complaints are at their highest level since 2009 according to The Institute of Customer Service. Its study of 10,000 people found a quarter of consumers felt Covid has been used by companies to justify poor service. And businesses are rightly concerned. Poor customer service can make headlines, negatively impacting

Future-Proofing Business Transformation: Four Lessons from the Pandemic

Over 60 per cent of CEOs surveyed by Gartner revealed they believe digital transformation will spur an economic boom in 2021. To capitalise on this, leaders will need to navigate transformation projects with speed and precision. The good news is that during the pandemic, most companies learnt to drive change initiatives at

How citizen development can help businesses close the digital skills gap

Digital transformation and skills will be crucial for the UK’s economic recovery. But this success will be underpinned by addressing the current digital skills gap. Which according to a UK trade association for digital technology is currently costing the UK £6bn in GDP per year. This gap is felt by senior leadership teams,

Learning to lead without the safety net of certainties

To keep their businesses resilient, many organisations fast-tracked transformations as the COVID-19 pandemic hit. While some senior decision-makers got a proverbial bruise (or two) during the rapid changes, they also provided valuable lessons for leading change without the safety net of certainties. At the start of the pandemic, Firstsource surveyed over a

Bringing the back office to the forefront of Covid loan servicing

When the government introduced the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) and the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), they created a critical lifeline to many struggling businesses. But for the lenders offering these loans the schemes have unearthed a number of internal administrative problems related to processing and servicing loans

Putting technology and empathy at the heart of SMB loan servicing

By the end of March 2021, over one and a half million small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) had borrowed through the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) – amounting to a staggering £46million. This means 29 accredited BBLS lenders have thousands of new customers to service, as well as a sizable

Addressing the human aspects of business transformation

While the financial services industry is no stranger to business transformation, the pandemic forced businesses to expedite the pace of change. Eli Rosner, Chief Product and Technology Officer at Finastra said: “It feels like the fast forward button has been pressed. I think it was burgeoning even before COVID-19 hit

How lenders can manage the unique challenges of BBLS and CBILS

New challenges and opportunities will emerge for lenders servicing UK COVID loans in 2021. While Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) are providing the much-needed lifeline to struggling organisations they are also adding a strain on financial institutions. In 2020 issuing the loans

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