Take less time but get more done

Find out how you can use technology to manage your business, wherever your work takes you. If you’re trying to get more done (and aren’t we all!) take a look at our new resources – including a new guide to download, aptly called Get more done.     Businesses need to rely on small teams…


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…


Why I love direct mail

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.   Perhaps it’s just me – but I seem to be getting a lot less junk mail through my letterbox. What was once a steady…


Manufacturing & production moving back to UK?

I caught an interesting item on BBC breakfast news this morning, on a Nottinghamshire-based manufacturer of children’s safety harnesses which has moved production back to the UK from China. With inflation and labour costs increasing – and forecast to rise significantly over the coming year – production costs in China are no longer attractive and…


Save your business £1,000 by the end of 2010

January is traditionally a time for pulling in the belts a bit – both literally and figuratively. Today is apparently ‘fat Friday’ when most of us give up the diets we started at the beginning of January. And after the excesses of Christmas (although somewhat subdued in many people’s homes this year) households and small…