Having a lovely time – wish you were here!

Whether it’s skiing, with those beautiful, snowy white, crystal mountains or somewhere hot and sunny with golden sandy beaches and turquoise seas – a trip away in February is just sooo… good for the soul. SmallBiz hasn’t aspired to such exotic locations but has nevertheless taken a half-term break with the family whilst still working….


Staff stuck at home? Try a Microsoft Online Service FREE for 30 days

The big freeze shows no signs of easing. With ice compounding the problems of snow, and temperatures of -18o in some areas, few people are travelling unless they absolutely have to. Offices and schools are shut and there’s more snow on the way. Great for the kids – they get an extended holiday, but for…


The changing shape of SMBs – latest advisory panel video discussion

Continuing our quarterly SMB panel discussions on the economic and business climate for SMBs, we’ve now got videos of the discussions on the Small Business website. There are three videos, focusing on the following areas: How do you view the economic climate changes for SMEs since the panel met in July 2009? How would you summarise…


Prices down 40% for hosted online services

As Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) is expanding, so the powers that be have dropped pricing by a massive 40%.   Prices (minimum of 5 PCs) start from just £6.69 per user per month, and for that, you get a messaging and collaboration solution that will: ·        Decrease your business’s collaboration costs ·        Reduce…


Digital Britain - what does it mean for SMEs?

The SME Advisory Panel met for the fourth and final time last week to discuss the state of the UK economy and the impact on small and medium-sized enterprises. The panel’s focus was to gather opinion on the state of the economy and focus on the Government’s Digital Britain report and how broadband bandwidth can…


Ask the Expert: Hosted technology is affordable and hassle-free

Our ‘Ask the Expert’ question for June is answered by Ann Merrick, Managing Director of Infineo, a Microsoft Partner and Small Business Specialist. The question is: We’re a small group of busy people trying to grow our business as quickly as possible. We’re conscious that we need to use technology to help achieve this, but…


Can you make money by giving things away?

I tried scuba-diving (in a pool) once and clearly remember how difficult it was to take that first breath. It wasn’t logical – you’re underwater so you can’t breathe. There’s a similar logic barrier to overcome amongst businesses today, who are considering giving away products that they’ve previously sold. McFly for example, gave away their…


Cloud computing

Hands up everyone who knows what cloud computing is. Not many I suspect. Basically, it’s taking your data storage and systems online so you don’t have to worry about premises, IT admin, overheads etc. You subscribe to online services for monthly subscription fees, buying only what you need, when you need it, and ramping up…


Newly published pages: hosted services and Windows Live Spaces

We have new pages on Small Business Centre that you may be interested in viewing – three articles on hosted services and one on my favourite topic of the moment, social networking/Windows Live Spaces.  Bon ap!: Unusual benefits of Microsoft ExchangeAbout the unexpected benefits of hosted services, such as the ability to book a meeting…


Office Live: an introduction

By Tim Kimber  First of all, a quick explanation of what Office Live is, since this can cause some confusion. Office Live is a set of web services designed to help start-ups and small businesses get an online presence.The entry-level offering is called Office Live Basics and includes a completely free domain name (like http://www.mycompanyname.co.uk/ and…