What future for the High Street?

A news item on BBC Breakfast this am featured a couple of high streets – Swindon in Wiltshire and Wimbledon Common. It’s probably not news to many of us but the traditional, independent high street retailer is fast becoming a shop of the past as supermarkets continue to embrace every product available to man, Internet shopping becomes…


Get online!

Today marks the start of ‘Get Online’ week and the BBC’s Connect one click at a time page is a good place to point friends, relatives and acquaintances who perhaps aren’t as familiar with the online world as you – our blog readers – are. There’s an ‘Understanding the basics’ section, which answers the first…


Technology makes you happy!

Remember that when you’re next swearing at your PC/ISP/smartphone/satnav etc. A study from the Chartered Institute for IT analysed the result of a survey of 35,000 around the world and found that there are positive links between access to technology and feelings of well-being. Women in developing countries, and people of both sexes with low…


Microsoft debuts 'Fix It' program

Short on time today so this is a direct lift from the BBC website.   Microsoft has launched “Fix It” software that keeps an eye on a PC and automatically repairs common faults – try it for yourself here: The software basically adds the automatic diagnostics system in Windows 7 to older versions of Microsoft’s…


Deciding how to vote

Casting aside my Microsoft SB hat for a moment, like many voters I am currently undecided on how to vote. I’m obviously reading the press and all the relevant Small Business headlines but it’s difficult to distinguish between the main parties. So I’ve just tried out Vote Match on the Daily Telegraph site, answering 30…


Champion small business – the vital engine of the UK economy!

Guest blog from Howard Graham, CEO and Founder of The Made Simple Group and member of the BBC’s Small Business Panel of Experts. All opinions stated are the author’s own.   During the forthcoming election campaign, there will be many promises made by politicians of all hues to help UK businesses grow and prosper during…