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Bahrain is one of the most important economic partners and bases for UK companies in the Gulf and the two nations have always had a very strong bilateral commercial relationship.

It can be notoriously difficult to do business in certain areas of the Middle East but Bahrain is relatively relaxed, having the freest economy in the area and the most liberalised in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Bahrain is one of the UK’s largest export markets in the GCC and the UK exported £295.5 million in goods to Bahrain in 2014, up 9% on 2013. The total value of bilateral trade in 2014 was also up from 2013, it rose by 2% to £451.4 million.

Around 100 UK companies have set up base in Bahrain as the country is a major trading hub and financial centre in the region, with one of the most open economies and a liberal tax regime.

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Around 4.2 million of us currently enjoy the benefits of remote working – that’s 13.9% of the entire UK workforce, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

And while we regular readers will know we’re right behind remote working, it’s not always as easy as it should be, especially if you have to work from a coffee shop, or don’t quite have the right set up at home.

This infographic from Turnstone, designers of inspiring office furniture, highlights the problems faced by anyone working away from the office.

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Austria is a relatively small nation with a population of just 8.5 million – the big plus point from a trade point-of-view is that, being located right in the centre of Europe, it has over 48 million people within a 400km radius of Vienna, its capital city, which means exporting to Austria will put your products and services within reach of a lot of potential customers.

It’s also one of the wealthiest nations in Europe, with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per head of €33,200 compared with a European Union (EU) average of €25,700. Austria’s high standard of living and relatively low living costs results in high non-essential disposable income.

If you want to take advantage of this, here’s everything you need to know about exporting to Austria…

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Around 500 million people around the world commute to work each day, with an average total journey time of 80 minutes – 40 minutes each way.

In the UK, the average total commute time leaps to around 1 hours 38 minutes, with commuters in East Anglia reporting the highest total average of 2 hours 25 minutes, while 10% in the North East of England travel for more than four hours every day, according to the results of a survey by Moovi, the public transport app.

Research from the Trade Unions Congress (TUC) shows that more than 3 million commuters spend two or more hours travelling to and from work – almost three-quarters (72%) as many as this time ten years ago, during which time the number of commuters travelling three or more hours a day has also risen by three-quarters (75%) from 500,000 to 800,000.

And the commute is something most of us just want to get out of the way, it’s nothing more than a means to the end goal of getting to work and getting back home, the trouble is, if the commute doesn’t go to plan then it can really ruin the  rest of the day, so here are some top tips on how to have a happier commute…

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The internet of things (IoT) is the name given to all those devices that are connected and communicate with us, each other, and compatible apps over the internet.

The idea of the IoT has been around for decades, at least since 1989 when the first connected toaster (!) was mooted at that year’s Interop Internet networking show – a year later, at the 1990 Interop, a Sunbeam Deluxe Automatic Radiant Control Toaster was connected to the internet, and so the fledgling IoT was born.

And now pretty much every electrical device you can think of is connected, from televisions, to printers, to fridges – and we all know the endgame is that the machines will one day rise up and take over the world, but that’s another story…

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