Guest Post: Using outsourcing to improve performance

  Despite the fact that there has been some seriously good news about the outlook for the UK economy in the last few weeks, there’s no getting away from the fact that SME owners have had, and are likely to continue to have a tough time for a while yet.  Although the forecast for UK…


Blog: SMBs must fight for prompt payment

  Small businesses need to chase payment when customers delay in settling invoices. The issue of late payment is back in the news, ahead of next week’s cross-party inquiry into the time it takes to settle business invoices. Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in particular face a tough time with late payment – last year…


Six Ideas for Small Business Marketing

Too many small-business owners think marketing is like a trip to the doctors — something you have to do when something’s not going quite right. But marketing is not the remedy, but the solution in the first place. When marketing is continuous and targeted rather than occasional and generic, business gets easier. If your reputation…


Should SMBs allow the use of personal mobile devices?

SMBs appear divided on the issue of bring your own device (BYOD). How strong is the case for embracing the consumerisation of IT? As more employees make requests to work on their own personal smartphones, laptops and tablets, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are being forced to devise policies for bring your own device (BYOD)….


Interested in designing new ways for people to make the most of mobile commerce?

Can you prototype new solutions that are secure yet easy to use, attractive yet user-centred and intuitive yet commercially viable? The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) is investing up to £1.5m to stimulate new solutions for mCommerce to counter the threat of theft and fraud. Projects will last up to five months and successful projects will…


Have you read Ingenious Britain?

         Have you read Ingenious Britain? If you don’t read the Sunday Telegraph then probably not, but you can always read a free copy here. Ingenious Britain a campaign designed around, focused on, and created for small businesses and their needs. A part of which is this 80 page magazine. In this second edition…