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Quocirca research finds IT buyers prefer online B2B marketplaces
B2B procurement is rapidly shifting from traditional sales methods to online channels such as cloud marketplaces, creating opportunities for the print industry to expand its reach to a wider cloud customer base, according to the findings of Quocirca's newly published research report: 'The Rise of Cloud Marketplaces'. 
Top 5 mistakes business owners will make coming out of the pandemic
After a turbulent year for business owners around the globe, it's safe to say that most of us are looking forward to seeing how the easing of restrictions will bring back a sense of life as we knew it before the pandemic. However, Simon Ellson, Business Coach at ActionCOACH, predicts business owners may stumble if they get lost in the euphoria of a potential return to normality. Here are his top five mistakes businesses are likely to make.
Security a top concern for over half of MSPs
Security tops the list of problems facing MSPs in EMEA in 2021, with 54 per cent citing it as their biggest concern according to the latest MSP Benchmark Survey from Kaseya, a provider of IT and security management solutions for managed service providers (MSPs) and small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). 
Growth in home office furniture market to increase
The COVID-19 pandemic had a serious impact on the home office furniture market in 2020. Growth in the home office furniture market is expected to increase significantly in 2021, with pent up demand being released, as an increasing number of workers are told they can work remotely for some of the working week. As a result, employees are likely to make their office furniture requirements more permanent, rather than using existing domestic furniture, which tended to be used during the uncertainty of the pandemic.
UK office workers would give up plenty to work from home
Research from Ezra, providers of digital coaching, has found that UK office workers value their new norm of working from home so much that many would forsake career progression, company benefits and even a pay rise to maintain it. 
Managers are being failed by employers
Employers are setting up managers to fail, according to the results of a new survey. New research from World Class Manager found that a manger's initial enthusiasm for their role was quickly dented by insufficient training and a lack of support.
UK channel optimistic about year ahead
Nuvias Group has announced findings from its partner research, revealing 2021's biggest challenges and opportunities in the Channel. The majority of channel partner respondents expect significant growth in 2021, cybersecurity to be key to channel growth, and healthcare to be the biggest vertical opportunity.
TalkTalk Business whitepaper to help partners address hybrid working
TalkTalk Business has announced the launch of its Homeworker Whitepaper, which investigates the impact on the nation's ability to adapt to the mass shift to hybrid working and how to maintain staff well-being.

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