Guest Blog: Is my Business getting left behind?

  It is a valid and important question every business owner should ask. Today’s technology is advancing at a rapid rate. Almost everyday something new hits the markets. New applications, new designs, new ways to market business, and let’s not forget new tools like Google Glass, smart watches, smart clothing even smart fitness! It’s easy…


Blog: Inflation figures reiterate importance of cost-control

Businesses need to be conscious of rising costs as they carry out their growth plans. Striking a balance between investment and prudent business remains crucial for business leaders in a constrained economic environment. While many are used to the challenge – it has been over five years since the start of the credit crunch – balance…


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…


From the Shell Young Entrepreneur of the year: The growing importance of technology in transport

Guest post from Robert Matthams, founder of www.shiply.com] and recently named Shell Young Entrepreneur of the Year and BT Entrepreneur of the Year.  The importance of technology to delivery companies cannot be understated.  The days of paper proof of delivery and sign on the dotted line have been and gone.    Despite many misconceptions that…


A tip that can put you on cloud 9

Are clouds on your company’s horizon? If not, maybe there should be. No, we don’t mean the nasty rainclouds that have dominated our economy for the past two years. We mean the clouds of the computing world, where your hardware and software reside ‘in the ether’. Well, actually, the hardware is located in the data…


Philanthropy: business model or brand message?

Guest post from Maria Ross, founder and chief strategist of Red Slice  a branding and marketing consultancy based in the US. She is the author of Branding Basics for Small Business: How to Create an Irresistible Brand on Any Budget available on Amazon.co.uk Giving back to the community and maintaining responsible business practices are really…


SMB Advisory Panel & effects of Govt spending review

The Small Business Advisory Panel met last week to discuss the implications of the Government’s spending review on Small Businesses.  Panellists included:   Tanya Shirlow, Head of Small Business, Microsoft SMB UK Stephen Pegge, Communications Director, Lloyds TSB Commercial Henry Eldelbaum, Director of AIMS, Accountants for Businesses Vicki Owen, Mail on Sunday The panel focused…


SMEs and the General Election

 Microsoft hosted the latest quarterly SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) Advisory Panel a couple of weeks ago, and the topic was – not unnaturally – the possible implications of the election on small businesses. Panellists included: Robert Epstein, Head of Small Business, Microsoft SMB UK Stephen Pegge, Communications Director, Lloyds TSB Commercial Stephen Alambritis, Head…


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…