Celebrating International Women's Day in London

March 8th marks International Women’s Day, where women are globally recognized and celebrated for their achievements. Although there are many successes that women have accomplished economically, politically and socially, we wanted to highlight a few particular individuals in the arts, culture and mental health space. This year’s IWD campaign theme is #BeBoldForChange, and it’s clear that the following women have made bold actions in their fields to foster inclusion and gender-balanced leadership.

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Ellen Husk
Wrapping Up the Season

I suspect that 2016 will be remembered as a year of significant change… for lots of reasons. We are no different. As I reflect on 2016, the first term that comes to mind is ‘change’. Change always presents businesses unique opportunities to adapt to better serve their customers. In our case, we changed in three significant ways:

  1. We became a B-Corp.

  2. We focused on our impact areas.

  3. We saw a change in our ownership.

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Rachel Berdan
The London Landmark Series Two

This month, we’re showcasing a building that’s celebrating its 80th birthday and an old summer spot that may bring back memories of sunscreen and chlorine. For those of you who followed and contributed to the #ldnlandmarkseries photo contest, thank you. You can see our lucky winner at the the bottom of this page!

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SEO Tips for Web Developers

Website developers already have plenty to think about before going live, so it's natural to evaluate whether everything on the development checklist is necessary, and wonder at the value of search engine optimization (SEO) in particular. As custom websites can be big ticket items, businesses are looking at how to get the most out of their websites, and many are investing in SEO support. SEO audits, for example, are a common (and relatively affordable) way for those businesses to get an overview of how their sites are ranking and areas for improvement in a detailed, actionable report.  

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UncategorizedEllen Husk
SEO Takeaway Tips

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is not exactly a black-and-white marketing strategy. There are many aspects of optimization to consider when you want to make improvements, and many of them are quite technical. Between the ambiguity and technical skills required, it can be intimidating to start improving your site rankings. It’s important to note that SEO can be boiled down to two important aspects: quality content and quality links. With a little background knowledge and time, you’ll find that SEO can generate positive results for your business.

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UncategorizedEllen Husk
Are You Making a Monster?

What makes the ultimate website? One might argue that it comes down to a beautiful wireframe and usability. Sure, these things are important to a website's foundation, but usability means nothing if no one has the desire to use your site.

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UncategorizedAndrew Ratz
Helping Parents Succeed at Home and Work: From Ergonomic Chairs to School Stackables

On top of the typical workplace stressors (deadlines, more work than time, the excitement of growth, quarterly reports, etc.), working parents contend with things like phone calls from the school or an errand run at lunch to get supplies for a birthday party or bake sale. I know how this pressure feels directly (as a single parent) and indirectly as HR Lead here at rTraction Canada, Inc.: a company with our people’s best in mind.

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rTraction
HIRE Education

On Thursday, June 23rd, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, came to the London Roundhouse to announce the findings and priorities of the Premier's Highly Skilled Workforce Expert Panel.

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David Billson
A Few Ways You Could Be Using LinkedIn More Effectively

Mixed in amongst all the other forms of social media, LinkedIn may not be where you spend most of your online time. When I first set up my profile I had no idea what I should include or why I really needed to have one, but I did think that it might help me look like an adult as I started a professional career. A few years later, I finally reached “All-Star” profile strength, and have found how valuable this platform can be. Whether you’re leveraging it to grow your career or your business, LinkedIn has many capabilities that make it an effective marketing tool.

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London Tech Companies for LRT!

Recently, an article appeared in the London Free Press stating that businesses in London don’t want light rail. A few of us in the tech community wanted to state that clearly not all businesses are against light rail. As businesses in the technology sector (with over 1,000 open jobs currently), we know how important it is to be able to attract and retain talent.

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David Billson
Explode Conference 2016: Initial Thoughts

Last week, we kicked off Explode Conference with a bunch of fellow sponsors and presenters at a rooftop shindig before taking in two days of presentations, one kick-ass party, and a bunch of inspiring new connections and conversations...

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