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We Are Mass Gatherings: How the Music Industry is Surviving Covid-19

How does an industry propped up by live events survive, and even thrive, during coronavirus? Monika Hewavitarne explores the innovative ways labels, events and artists have been bringing people together digitally; keeping the unique feeling of live music in a mass gathering but without the dangers of the virus.

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5 Architecture Practices to Watch

While we may not have been allowed out, we have been allowed to self-reflect, evaluate our development, and think about how we as a global society want to grow. We need to be more sustainable, more aware, more conscious. And that starts with the buildings we live in. Luckily, there are plenty of architecture practices who are looking to make a difference than more to just a skyline. Here's a look at just five of our favourites.

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Marketing Agencies with a Conscience

Once upon a time, marketing agencies existed to solely sell services to business and help companies make a profit. Today, some marketing agencies have chosen to be a driving force for good, offering a wide range of services - from campaigns and social media management to digital strategies and product launches - and many are focusing on selling goods and services that are people - and planet-friendly.

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What to do if you’re missing Clerkenwell Design Week

With the news that Clerkenwell Design Week has been postponed until May 2021, we look at what could have been with showrooms by Camira Fabrics Limited, Solus, Bisley Office Furniture and Arper, exhibitions from the likes of Morag Myerscough as well as ways to get involved from the comfort of your own home...

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Engineering a Response to Covid-19

​The engineering sector is no stranger to change. Technological advancements can reshape processes used for decades, almost overnight. Sometimes that change comes from within, but occasionally it is thrust upon the us by external forces. This is where engineering currently finds itself. This article’s aim is to explore the ways in which engineering is adapting to the problems of Covid-19, potentially for the better.

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Coming Back Stronger: Learning Lockdown Lessons

We want to talk to you a little bit about what comes next. At the moment, it seems that every article or opinion piece is either leading you down the garden path by pretending all is fine and nothing has changed, or they’re pushing a narrative of doom and despair. As with most things, we need to be setting our sights somewhere down the middle - but with an optimistic twist. Allow Olly to elaborate...

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Exciting Emerging Tech

As you’ll hopefully already be aware, Harmonic Finance and Harmonic Operations pride ourselves on recruiting for some of the world’s most cutting-edge technology companies. As a bit of light relief from that thing we’re all talking about (!), here’s some of our hot takes on the most exciting ‘Emerging Tech’ developments globally.

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Volunteering During Covid-19

Many of you will be wondering what you can do to help during these unprecedented times. Where can you volunteer? Will it affect your furlough agreement? We have answer to all this and more... Read on and find out what you can do.

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AI in Biotech

One of the most pressing questions when it comes to Covid-19, from all corners, is when a vaccine might be developed. Many of us were shocked to hear that it could take a year or more – highlighting our woeful lack of knowledge on the subject. However, that timescale will almost certainly be shortened next time we (as a species!) have to deal with such a pandemic, due to burgeoning advancements in the field of Artificial Intelligence.

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Covid-19 and the Built Environment

Most of us have experienced at least one significant change to our everyday ‘normal’ as a result of the global pandemic. The world as we know it is changing - and while there is much uncertainty around what the near and distant future holds, one thing for certain is that there will be no returning to ‘normal’. How will our lives transform in this new world?

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Onboarding in Isolation

During the current lockdown, virtual onboarding is a necessary evil - but one that could be embraced even after this all has passed.

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Music & Tech: AI vs A&R

What do you imagine when you hear A&R: is it someone in a leather jacket hanging around the back of a darkened room 5 nights a week? Well, that’s what it has been for the last 40+ years, really. The cut of the jacket has changed but not much else. That's all set to change with the advent of AI for A&R...

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Harmonic Meets: James & Holy Moly Dips

Holy Moly was founded by best friends Gaz & Tom, whilst arguing one night about who makes the best guacamole. Now stocked nationally and growing rapidly, their vision to bring good guac to the UK has been realised. This interview is between our very own Emily and James... Holy Moly's first finance hire.

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Iconic Fashion Founders

Fashion is big business. The global apparel market is growing year on year and is expected to reach an extravagant USD$1.5 trillion in 2020. But what does it take to be successful in such a competitive industry that is already bursting at the seams? Alex investigates some iconic fashion founders who have done just that...

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Music & Mental Health

The music industry is notoriously tough and can take its toll on the mental health of those working in the field. Ed Naish took the time to explore the various options available for those struggling in the industry, including charities and organisations we've had the pleasure of supporting in the past.

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Music and Blockchain – Is It Finally Time?

Blockchain has been touted as the answer to business-ills for many years, but never really came of age. In this article, Monika examines the possible uses for blockchain within the music industry as we ask the question - music & blockchain, is it finally time?

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Food & Beverage: Cash Flow Problems

​It’s a tough old game, food and beverages. In an industry where 9 in 10 startups fail, we need all the help we can get to succeed. If you get it right, there’s a huge market out there waiting to fill your coffers – food and beverage is the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK, turning over a cool £96 billion every year. With that said, Emily explores one of the biggest problems faced by F&B businesses: cash flow.

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Film & TV – Your First Finance Hire

Film & TV is a ‘sexy’ industry to work in, right? Blockbuster movies, unmissable series, drama, comedy, action… It has it all. From the outside looking in, the industry is all about hiring the best actors and unearthing great storylines. While that is partially true, there is another (very important) force at play… finance.

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Venture Capital & Hospitality: An Unexpected Recipe?

What comes to mind when we think of Venture Capitalists, and the type of businesses they support? I imagine Silicon Valley and mobile apps! It might surprise you, then, that venture capital is one of the most significant sources of funding in the modern hospitality business. Our specialist, Dan, has all the info...

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Do you know your SaaS from your elbow?

SaaS, Iaas, Paas.... What!? If the acronyms leave you confused, you're not alone. We all use some kind of SaaS system in our day to day life and potentially one or two of the others in the office. Our SaaS expert Matt delves into the different kinds and their uses in this fascinating article.

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Fast Fashion vs Slow Fashion

Fast Fashion has become a negative term over the last year or so, with environmental impacts and scare stories being shared across media platforms around the world. Alex explores these stories and examines the rise of slow fashion - is a blend of the two the best solution? Read on to find out...

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Investors love COOs and here’s why…

​Ask the average person on the street what a CEO is, and they’ll be able tell you. They may even know about CMOs and possibly CTOs… The position of COO is a lesser-known member of the C-suite however and yet, heading into 2020 one of the most valuable; especially in the eyes of an investor... Zach is here to tell you why.

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The Netflix Effect: Streaming and Finance in TV & Film

Every so often a company comes along that defines their market. It’s the reason why we call vacuum cleaners ‘Hoovers’ and why stick-based adhesives are called Pritt-sticks (a slice of primary school nostalgia for you all there). Netflix are this generation’s industry defining company... Shianne explores their effect on film and TV.

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Where Design Meets Tech

​Furniture that combines digital technology has for a long time been a bit of a curiosity. If you grew up watching Star Trek, it’s the stuff of science fiction made real: tables with interactive menus built in, chairs that change their structure to suit your body shape and advertising that allows you to place items in your home using augmented reality... In this article Charlotte looks at some of the newest design gadgets in town.

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Harmonic Music: Technology vs Touts

Touts take money from the pockets of fans and artists, whilst often denying the true supporters their chance to catch their favourite artist live. Well, technology has said - no more! Here are some solutions to the tout problem along with Ed's thoughts on which will prevail...

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Nova Batida Festival: The Review

We took a staff trip to Lisbon to enjoy the amazing Nova Batida festival. This write up brings you the sights, sounds and flavours of the festival as it happened.

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Food & Beverage: Cash Flow Problems

Production, payment terms, shipping, staff... The list of potential cash flow hazards is never-ending! In this article, Emily looks at the potential pitfalls and offers some solutions!

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Top 5 Fashion-Tech Solutions: 2019

Fashion and technology haven't always kept pace with each other, but that could be about to change. With advances in blockchain technology, RFID chips and more; we could be about to see a fashion tech revolution.

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Finance & Fashion: The People Who Make It All Add Up

From the transactional team right up to the FD, your finance team perform the functions that keep the lights on and the tills ringing. This infographic is a handy, download-and-keep guide to who does what - and why you might need them!

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Meet: Johnny Evans, CFO of AEI Group

Being a CFO is pretty cool anyway, but CFO of a group that encompasses record labels and music festivals? We had to find out more. Check out our interview with Johnny Evans - CFO of AEI group.

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The Finance Director's GDPR Checklist

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come in to effect on 25th May 2018. This will affect the way your firm handles client data and you will need to be prepared. Use our easy to follow guide and checklist....

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The Taxman Cometh: When HMRC Investigate

The dreaded brown envelope. The harbinger of the HMRC Investigation. Does a visit from the tax man have to be terrifying? We look at why they investigate, what process they follow and how you can avoid them coming in the first place…

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This is why investors love CFOs

Whether it's extending the runway or looking for a cash-injection to scale, we all understand the pressure of facing investors. Here's why investors love CFOs and why maybe you should hire one.