I’M OFF! 5 points to include in a business plan

A brief guest post from Emma Jones, founder of small business support company Enterprise Nation www.enterprisenation.com You have your idea and it’s time to write a business plan. Be sure to include five points to get off to a flying start! I refer to a business plan as a route map. It’s a document that…


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…


Lessons I didn’t learn until I ran my own business

A big welcome to a new guest blogger: Glen Feechan is Chief Executive of Spreadsheets by Email and author of the Not Just Numbers blog). He is a Chartered Accountant by profession and provides spreadsheet solutions, large and small, to a worldwide client base. He’ll be providing some great Excel tips in future blogs, mixed…


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…


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…


Can avatars substitute for colleagues in video-conferencing?

‘Location liberation’ Not Microsoft-speak but all part of the video-conferencing, telepresence, webinar technological revolution. The latest development – out of Japan – is a somewhat creepy tele-operated android, which apparently helps you to actually ‘feel’ the presence of another person. This must-read BBC story says, “Professor Ishiguro’s system uses a motion-tracking webcam to transmit your voice,…


Social media competition boosts hotel bookings: case study

Guest post by Dimitris Zotos. Dimitris is an editor & SEO Professional at WebSEOAnalytics.com. Social Campaigns should be designed according to the organisation’s objectives. In this article we will share with you the actions and the goals of a real life example that can help you understand how social media can be used in order to promote…


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…


Branding on a Budget

Guest post from Maria Ross, founder and chief strategist of Red Slice (www.red-slice) a branding and marketing consultancy based in the US.   Branding does not have to be some big expensive effort that only companies like Apple or Virgin can afford. If you run a small business, you need to spend time thinking about and conveying…


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…