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The MP expenses scandal: A story we can all relate to?
No, I can’t relate to claiming £185 for lightbulbs, £1.50 for an ice cube tray or £1,645 for an ornamental island for ducks. However, I can relate to Nikki Sinclaire’s story, covered on the BBC News website recently. Nikki, an ex-MEP, has...

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VAT Compliance - Get Your Tax Questions Answered
When your employees travel for business, create expenses or submit invoices, your business is charged Value Added Tax (VAT). But how much of this are you entitled to reclaim in VAT returns? There are subtle nuances and strict VAT rules on what is...

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Unlock your data: Business intelligence made simple
“We’re continuously building insight, uncovering trends and generating ideas. We’re committed to using that insight to improve in everything we do.” – Elena Donio, President at Concur Business intelligence can be a daunting term. Everyone knows it...

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Four reasons to get on the paperless expense path
Around two-thirds of business executives agree that the demand for paperless processes is on the rise.[1] This demand comes from employees who are increasingly accustomed to using digital technology both in and outside the office. Thankfully, many...

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Industry News
How much will the office Christmas party really cost your company?
Most employees don’t consider cost when it comes to office Christmas party. For some, they just want to make sure they don’t drink too much and embarrass themselves. For others, it’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the festive season with...

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The Finance Leader Report: Big business, big problems
“As company size increases, so too does strategic work until you reach a business of 1000+ employees. At this point, administration tasks take over.” Sometimes, the bigger your business the bigger your problems. You could be grappling with some of...

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My Perfect Trip: Travel, Expense and Pancakes
"TripLink is an evolution. The change happening in the marketplace is an evolution. Travel managers need some flexibility to capture bookings wherever they are made.” – Mike Eberhard, Concur President I joined Concur in July so compared to some of...

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Industry News
Are you an innovative financial leader?
Innovation is a buzzword, but buzzwords exist for a reason. Let’s face it – if businesses aren’t innovative, how can they expect to grow in a constantly evolving market? It’s a dilemma that financial leaders face every day. With so many processes...

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Is your business prepared for Brexit?
Whether you voted leave, remain or didn’t vote at all – Brexit is here. As you probably know, last week Theresa May triggered Article 50. Although this marked the official start of Brexit, no one knows exactly what’s going to happen next. David...

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Spend Control Series: Travel doesn't have to be tricky...
Is your travel and expense (T&E) policy frequently ignored? Is your budget often exceeded? Are you worried about leakage and compliance? If you oversee your company’s business travel spend, you have a lot on your plate. Whether you have a...

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Product News
Travel, expense and invoice - three processes, one solution
On any given day, you can guarantee that one of your employees is booking a business trip, submitting an expense claim or raising a purchase order. That’s a lot of spending out of your hands – how do you keep track? Do you manage travel on one...

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Four Terrific Travel Apps for your Summer Holiday
Ah, it’s that glorious time of year again. The “out of office” goes on, bags are packed and you head off on your summer holiday. I must admit, since joining Concur, my holidays never seem to run as smoothly as my business trips. However, I was...

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Product News
Discover Connected Journeys from Concur
Explore apps that improve the employee experience while helping businesses manage travel and expense spending more effectively Business travel can be tricky. For business travellers – managing itineraries, dealing with delays and hoarding paper...

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A chance to learn from new travel, expense and invoice research
For every business, spend management – across travel, expense and invoice processes – can be complex.  Concur recently partnered with Vanson Bourne, a market research specialist, to see how 500 UK finance leaders manage these areas of spend. The...

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9 reasons you need to connect travel, expense and invoice spend
According to new research, most finance leaders don’t have complete visibility over travel, expense and invoice spend. Here’s 9 reasons why your business should get connected… 1. Connected spend puts you ahead of the game. Cash flow management is...

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Product News
From London to Paris – watch Concur Travel in action
Whatever size your business, overseeing travel can be challenging. To manage spend and duty of care effectively, you need to capture every piece of data. Ultimately, it all begins with your booking tool. The better the tool, the higher the...

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Travel Risk Quiz: How can you improve duty of care?
For every business, whatever your size, duty of care should be a top priority. It’s your legal requirement to keep employees safe and to take reasonable steps to ensure a safe working environment. However, it’s an unfortunate reality that a number...

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Duty of Care: Can you reach employees anywhere at any time?
If the answer is no, you need to take action. You might know where employees are. You might be able to identify and even predict the risks they face. But what good is this if you can’t talk to them? It’s like watching an event unfold on the news...

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5 ways professional services can benefit from connected spend management
Spend management is fraught with challenges, not least trying to keep a handle on travel, expense and invoice costs. Insights from recent research show how a more connected approach can benefit businesses in the professional services industry. 1)...

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Why should financial services connect travel, expense and invoice spend?
With uncertainty around the impact of Brexit and the ever-increasing risk of financial crime, efficiency and security have never been more important for businesses in the financial services industry. Here are 5 ways a more connected approach to...

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Why Retailers Need Connected Spend All Year Round
As a retailer, you need to focus on your customers. To do this, make finances a little less frantic and get your travel, expense and invoice spend taken care of. Our research highlights how you can get more time to focus on those all-important...

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How Can You Manage The Busiest Expense Week?
'Twas the week before Christmas and all through the workplace, employees were joining the expense paper chase. For most of us, the festive period starts early. But while you're picking out Christmassy knitwear, spare a thought for the finance...

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Less Risk, More Reward for Your Financial Services Company
If you’re a financial services company, you’ll know the struggle of juggling regulations, risk and compliance. It’s no secret that financial services are one of the most heavily regulated industries in the world, but those in the know appreciate...

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Powering Change in the Energy and Natural Resources Industry
If you work in Energy and Natural Resources, you'll be aware of the multiple challenges the industry is facing. Climate issues, price volatility, and decarbonisation mean traditional ways of doing business are fading fast, not to mention the move...

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Making the Most of the New Consumer Products Marketplace
2018 is set to be a better year for UK consumers than 2017. Unemployment is low and inflation is expected to ease off, giving more spending power to the people. The same is true on the other side of the Atlantic – all of which bodes well for the...

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Forrester Study: Expense, Travel and Invoice Management
If your company is facing issues with expense, travel and invoice management, you’re not alone. A study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of SAP Concur, found that less than 50% of EMEA companies are satisfied with the ease of use and...

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Cost-Effective Innovation in the Public Sector
You only have to read the papers or watch the news to know that the public sector is under intense scrutiny when it comes to budgets. So, for businesses in this industry, the magic word is efficiency – you need highly cost-effective solutions to...

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Why It's Time to Future-Proof Your Processes
Cybersecurity is always a hot topic, with plenty of concerns around the safety of personal data. Plus, with GDPR coming into force on 25 May 2018, companies across all industries will be scrambling to comply. Although important for every business,...

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Product News
Connecting Your Travel and Expense Data
While business travel is booming, it’s not without its challenges. A few years ago, to book business travel, employees called a corporate agency and everything ran through an approved system. Today, employees get an offer from their favourite...

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Oxford Economics Report: Revealing the Best Finance Leaders
This won’t come as a surprise to anyone, but effectively controlling spending is key to boosting performance and efficiency. The surprise, perhaps, is how CFOs are doing it. Or maybe we should say – how they’re doing it differently.

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IDC Research: Connected Journeys for Better Business Travel
If you’re looking for ways to make business travel better, look no further. IDC research – The Connected Journey: Evolving to the Next Level in Business Travel – sponsored by SAP Concur has the answers. It takes a detailed look at what businesses...

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Risky Business: What's the Cost of Doing Nothing?
When it comes to investing in technology, it’s natural to ask: what’s the benefit? One way to answer this is to look at what might happen if you don’t invest. In other words – what’s the cost of doing nothing? Our new eBook – Why SAP Concur? And...

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Seven Ways to Simplify Enterprise Invoice Management
In our latest eBook, we’ve identified seven ways that big businesses can simplify supplier invoice management. By streamlining and automating processes, you’re able to keep all your teams productive, especially finance, without losing track of...

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Spending Simplified: Take the Hassle out of Year-End Travel
When are Most Travel Expenses Claimed? For many organisations, the last weeks of the year tend to be the busiest. The sales team are squeezing in vital deals and tying things up with clients before the quarter end. Marketing are running major...

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Spending Simplified: Are You Prepared for the Busiest Expense Week?
As the end of the year draws closer, it’s a hectic time for employees who are battling to tie up loose ends before the Christmas break. But all this activity generates expense claims that must be managed, paid and audited swiftly and seamlessly....

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Spending Simplified: Taking the Hassle out of Invoices
Congratulations! Year-end expenses are in, processed and paid. Give yourself a pat on the back. The busiest expense week is over, and now you can relax. Or can you? Because let's face it: the work never really stops, the focus just changes. At the...

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Why We Chose SAP Concur
Thinking about who to partner with to manage your expense, travel and invoice spend in 2019? Here’s a roundup of views and comments from our service industry clients on why they chose SAP Concur… Hoyer Petrolog

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Industry News
Meet with SAP Concur at the Business Travel Show
Have you marked your calendar for next week? The Business Travel Show is an annual event packed with speakers, invaluable content, and world-class suppliers to support your business travel needs. It’s taking place in London next Wednesday and...

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