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…


BBC small business recession tracker October update

The October update on tracking small businesses through the recession is up on the BBC website today. “A solid month” seems to be the overall feeling, with all the retail firms reporting a rise in sales. Here are a few snippets from the report – there are some very positive indicators. David Groocock from the…


Microsoft BizSpark software for start-ups

Word has reached Small Business blog that, according to some press articles, Microsoft is apparently offering free software to start-ups. Not surprisingly, there have been a few phone calls from small businesses asking how they can get their hands on the software. Unfortunately the press stories don’t tell the whole – or the real -…


How To Be Found: Search Engine Optimisation

Kevin Costner built his field of dreams and was told ‘They will come’. If only this were true of websites…. Search engine marketing (SEM – generally paid-for web advertising) and search engine optimisation (SEO – being smart about the language you use on your website pages) are two disciplines we’re all having to get to…