SMBs can reduce IT costs by embracing the cloud

[View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZktwjiVZwUA] The availability of IT services in the cloud gives small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) the opportunity to increase productivity and reduce costs. For small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) operating on tight budgets, IT presents something of a challenge – how can they keep up with the rapid pace of innovation with limited finance or…


Friday Support: De-mystifying IP

De-mystifying IP Over the following 10 weeks, this blog will be helping you find your own answers to 10 key questions about your intellectual property, or IP. Your guide will be Martin Brassell, CEO of Inngot, the company that provides web tools to identify, value and promote your IP. Here’s his introduction to the subject….


Olympic opportunities

Wasn’t London 2012 memorising? So much gold generated so much business right? Hmmm….As reports came flooding in about the Olympics being considerably under budget, the knock-on effects on the small business industry is not yet known. Has there been a significant rise in business? Following David Cameron’s speech referring to the recent success of the…


This week's hot topics: Start-up now or stay in school?, Young Start-ups to get £2500 loans and How can you fit family and friends around a new start-up

Start Up Now, or Stay in School Much talk this week has been dedicated to the value of business schools and the rise of incubators in order to attract students and entrepreneurs with so-called increased opportunities and to compete with independent incubators. Even Richard Branson has stuck his oar in, claiming in his new book,…


Top tips for aspiring entrepreneurs

An aspiring entrepreneur may envision handling a new idea or service as a really tough deal. It can be. Knowing how to embed a strategy to tackle potential problems is fundamental in building a business. Even the most successful businesses had to weave their way to triumph. So to continue our Hot Topics debate, here…


This week’s hot topics: Do brands need to “grow up” when they become more successful? Start ups emigrating State Side? Young Entrepreneurs encouraged with start-up loans

Do brands need to “grow up” when they become more successful? (-1.0 sentiment)   After seventeen years, eBay has ditched its quirky, kooky, overlaid logotype for a cleaner-cut identity. Some argue that this reflects its evolution from digital start-up auction site to a multi-billion dollar operation whilst others feel it has lost its personality. The…


6 top tips for managing your cashflow

Alarmingly, research last year by payments firm Bacs revealed that SMEs are owed £33.6bn in late payments. These are worrying statistics – especially with the increasing amounts of businesses that cannot survive cashflow problems caused by overdue payments. In fact, this lack of business “lifeblood” can have a disastrous impact; which is why managing cashflow…


Are SMBs falling behind on social media?

As we reported earlier this week: A recent survey has fuelled discussion around findings illustrating that small businesses are still reluctant to embrace social media as a tool for accomplishing primary business functions. The recent study of US businesses from the SMB Group highlights that only 24% of small businesses said they used social media to “engage…


Don’t underestimate the importance of choosing the right VC

In a recent interview with Inc. magazine Puretech Ventures’ David Steinberg highlighted the importance of creating a successful relationship with the perfect VC for your business and suggests that VC funding may not always be the best approach. Timing and reasoning is everything when choosing to seek out VC funding right down to which VC…