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December 2015

2015 and The Future

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2015 has been an extremely positive year for the Kind Group, with the Kind brand being more visible than ever before across the Financial Services sector. We’ve demonstrated that not only are we an Executive Search practice that delivers game changing results, but because our wider family of companies encompasses lending, insurance, brokering, advising and consulting, we are able to add so much more value to both clients and candidates, going far above and beyond our ability to “fill” a difficult position. Kind Consultancy has doubled in size as a company and is now operating in the Financial Services, Governance Risk & Compliance and Global…

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Will Software ‘Define’ the Storage Industry in 2016?

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According to IDC’s most recently published numbers, Q3 2015 saw total capacity shipments up 37% on the same quarter last year to 30.3 exabytes. It’s safe to assume that 2016 will see big data get even bigger, and companies in need of affordable, scalable ways of storing it. So which storage technology will have the greatest impact on how we keep data next year? Flash vendors have made big market gains this year after cutting prices – it’s the closest to traditional hardware based storage but much faster and denser. Once seen as prohibitively expensive, the cost of flash memory per gigabyte has dropped by…

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Stamping Out Buy to Let?

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From April 1st 2016 anyone buying buy-to-let property in the UK will have to pay an additional 3% stamp duty on top of  the current standard rate. Where previously the higher rate started on properties over £125000 (2%), the new charge will apply to all purchases of buy-to-let or second homes over £40000. Profit margins for landlords will also be squeezed by greater taxes on profits – their maximum tax relief will fall by over half, from 45% down to 20%. Over all, a landlord buying and renting in 2017 will have a tax bill triple what it was in 2015. As new stamp duty…

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