More recent stories from Chris Baker
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Dispersing the dark cloud above the charity sector
The Daily Mail recently reported that MPs have been claiming expenses on their own charitable acts. Petrol and train tickets to charity events are just a few examples of items paid for by the public purse, and this story is not an isolated one. As...

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Does Apple need an enterprise strategy?
It’s tough at the top. As the old sporting cliché goes, it’s one thing to win the title but a different challenge entirely to retain it. When you’re seen as the champion, others will bring their A-game, looking to bring you down. The same applies...

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Finance and the Force
Did you know that this week (w/c 14 December 20215) is set to be the busiest expense week of the year? Last year, the same week saw 84,662 expense claims on the Concur Platform alone – in other words, a 42% increase in daily volumes. In this blog...

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Reasons why the National Infrastructure Commission is critical to the success...

Chancellor George Osborne recently announced the creation of a National Infrastructure Commission which he ensures will guarantee that Britain is fit for the future. The Commission will oversee an injection of £100 billion of spending in to...

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The cloud: the mist needs to clear
Last month there was an interesting article on Forbes, looking at the stats and facts around how pervasive the cloud is.  Based on a report from IDC, one third of all IT infrastructure spending is going into cloud-related technologies; a growth...

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Invoice fraud and duplication: The risk is greater than the concern
Succumbing to fraud strikes fear in most people yet for many UK businesses it’s not as high a concern as we might expect. Research we conducted recently into the supplier invoicing practices of 500 companies shows they remain widely exposed to the...

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Fusion Exchange London: 63 days and counting…
Wednesday 5th October. At Concur UK, this date is at the forefront of our minds and for good reason. We’re excited to announce our annual conference, Fusion Exchange London, will be returning in 63 days and counting… Our 2016 theme is Ignite...

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The Connected Business Journey: What does it look like?
The Connected Business Journey is at the heart of everything we do at Concur. It’s about using technology to make business travel simple, safe and seamless. It’s why we have a whole session dedicated to it at our annual conference, Fusion Exchange...

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The on-the-go economy: Are you up to speed?
Is the ‘nine-to-five’ working day dying? Millions of employees no longer clock in and out. Competition is fiercer and customer expectations are higher. To keep up, employees have to manage their own schedule and be readily available. They plan,...

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Fusion Exchange London: Our biggest ever Concur UK event!
On Wednesday, the wait was finally over. Concur UK’s annual event, Fusion Exchange, took place at the InterContinental London. On the day we were joined by 444 attendees and 79 partners, making it our biggest ever Fusion Exchange event in the UK –...

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Travel and Technology: Are you ready for the future?
“This year will bring a renewed focus on how different businesses, applications and technologies can work together for the benefit of the end user.” My interest in technology was realised when I was at University studying for my masters. I spent...

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A Christmas Message from Chris Baker
Hopefully, you’re all looking forward to a break over the Christmas period and will be spending some time with your family and friends. Before we start to indulge in mince pies, I’d like to reflect on the year gone by and take a look at what’s to...

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The Autumn Statement: What does it mean for UK business?
Budget announcements always bring big news for businesses. Yesterday, Philip Hammond took centre stage to deliver his first Autumn Statement, so I thought this was a good opportunity to reflect on some of his key points. Since George Osborne took...

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Marriott International rolls out TripLink across all regions
Today we are very proud to announce that Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel company, has partnered with Concur and taken on board our TripLink offering. While Marriott was previously a customer in the US, this new deal means that...

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Connected journeys with the Concur App Centre
“You’ll begin to see corporate tools and consumer tools become much more interoperable. On a trip I may use five or six supplier applications.  And that’s going to evolve – the ability to have a single-app experience across multiple app...

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Powerful Travel Partnerships: Concur and Rocketrip
In a nutshell, Concur Travel simplifies business trips and spend management. But when you delve a little deeper, you see that it’s the powerful partnerships within the system that makes Concur Travel what it is today. We don’t block external...

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Travel technology that makes everyone happy
In 1990, I remember Sinéad O'Connor topping the charts with ‘Nothing Compares 2 U.’ I also remember booking my first business trip. I would phone a travel management company (TMC), talk through my plans, go back and forth to create an itinerary...

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Culture, care and financial etiquette across the globe
The world often feels like a very small place. In fact, with social media, globalisation and almost borderless trade and transactions, it’s easy to forget the different quirks and cultures, from country to country, that make the world such a...

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Artificial annoyance: Is AI really everything that it seems?
For finance teams across the country, artificial intelligence is fast becoming a Mary Poppins’ bag of possibilities. From spotting fraudulent activity to identifying trends that save a company tonnes of money, businesses are being promised that IT...

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We Are Only Scratching the Surface of Duty of Care
Late last year, we released a study that looked into the state of duty of care within the UK, which gave us some shocking results. The most important of these was that, from the 53 per cent of travellers that had been near a major event while...

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Martinis and silver salvers: the beginning of another expense scandal?
At a time where we have seen university lecturers begin a month of walk outs in dispute over their pensions and students facing mounting debt due to increased tuition fees, the last thing that universities need is an expenses scandal. Yet this is...

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Tax, VAT & Visas: What Connected Tech Ecosystems Can Do
In 2016, I heard of an experienced sales director running his company’s South African operations while traveling back and forth from that country and his home base in the U.K. After planning what had become a routine trip to visit the company’s...

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Plan Ahead to Book Hotel Rooms Last-Minute
The best-laid plans – is there even such a thing when it comes to business travel? Last minute travel is not only unavoidable but inevitable. It is often out of your control – meetings change; flights are delayed or canceled; clients need you....

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