Small businesses find security in the cloud

Featuring business and technology insights from Cindy Bates Over the last year the number of conversations I’ve had with Small Business owners about migrating to the cloud has increased significantly.  When the cloud emerged as a viable solution for small businesses, many business owners were hesitant to explore the cloud because they weren’t clear on…


5 Common SEO Mistakes Small Businesses Make

    Search engine optimisation, or SEO, refers to the miscellany of things a business does to affect the visibility of a web page or website in the search results of a search engine like Google or Bing. As a small-business owner, you must keep an eye on SEO strategy and tactics to make sure…


Naming your start-up - is the web ready for your start-up's name?

Bah… Naming. Humbug. Gibberish. Not that important. Ironically, this can be the most difficult challenge in the early stages of a start-up. While small businesses owners produce plans, research and forecast, they often leave naming until last. Not many in the industry have spoken about the topic and what it actually means to business and…


Introducing the new Microsoft Business centre

We’d like to take a moment to introduce you to the recently launched Microsoft Business centre – a new, single destination that covers all things relevant to your small or start up business.  You’ll find everything you need in there, from solutions built around your business challenges to news, blogs, communities and support.  Do take…


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…


Announcing: Microsoft Security Essentials available FREE to Small Businesses in October!

Blog courtesy of Eric Ligman and the Microsoft Partner SMB Community Blog. Here is some great news for all of the small businesses out there from Microsoft that I am very happy to be able to tell you about! As we all know, small businesses are under incredible pressure to: Reduce operating costs Improve productivity…


How to target new customers

Keeping existing customers and attracting new ones are core activities for small businesses: there’s an interesting case study on the BBC site today – How to target new customers . In this instance, Ganesh Selvarajah, a Business Link Adviser offers some advice on this to a small retail/mail order/online business selling christening and holy communion…


Give your IT support people less to do

Show your IT support people how much you care – give them less to do! This is the title of one of our new articles on the small business website. What’s the secret behind reducing your IT support? No magic really, just common sense. We’ve got five suggestions on how you can manage your IT…


New resources on Microsoft's Small Business website

New on our small business website are a couple of great articles on SEO and upgrading to Windows 7; plus, we’ve had a bit of tidy up and introduced a couple of new pages to help you navigate our resources. Why upgrade to Windows 7?  – Dan Simpson, Client Services Manager, P1 Technology Partners, answers…