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Agents of change

No NIC. No pension schemes. No ties. Using sales agents is a lot less hassle than employing sales representatives. Yes, but only if principals and agents stick to the rules. STEPHEN SIDKIN, a commercial law partner at City law firm Fox Williams, maps out the new obligations on both sides. THIS ARTICLE IS EXCLUSIVE TO THE WEBSITE.

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Sofa so good!

BikeBiz3 seemed to hit the spot. Our insistence that its get online or die is paying off. Since Monday morning weve been getting a steady stream of calls from IBDs keen to get wired up

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Textiles with brains

Do you still think 25 year old Gore-Tex is the latest in fabric technology? If so youll be blown away by the fabrics to be introduced within the next three years. These smart fabrics could revolutionise active sportswear.

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Is training a waste of money?

PAUL CLAPHAM believes training is important. But youve got to get it right, there are too many training courses good for employee CVs but not so good for employers. This applies to both IBDs and suppliers. Clapham cuts through the crap and tells a few home truths about training courses. NOTE: only one paragraph of this article appeared in the printed BikeBiz we have a lot more room in cyberspace!

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Total failure

Futures Total Mountain Bike hasnt got one. A future, that is. Subscribers were told the current issue Jan 2000 will be the last.

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