Small Business News and Trends

The Path of Financial Innovation

John Davis | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK
John Davis

This year saw a record breaking crowd turn out to witness the cutting edge of Fin Tech innovation. So much so that the venue was changed to accommodate all that wanted to attend, and even then they sold out. With 1,450 people waiting in the auditorium, Finovate was ready to commence. ..

Will 'Saffy' Teens be Absolutely Fabulous for Society?

William Higham | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Higham

In my last article, I identified a new young generation, the SAFFYs: Serious, Active, Forward-Facing Youth. They're very different to the "typical teen" parodied by Kevin the Teenager. Less frivolous, hedonistic, lazy and 'devil may care'. More anxious and responsible about the future, and more respectful of the past.

Small Business Has More at Stake Than Most

Mike Foreman | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Tech
Mike Foreman

Unsurprisingly this caused widespread alarm among thousands of computer users everywhere. But it's small business that should pay closest attention because they have more at stake than most. It's not just that the safety of their financial data is crucial to their prosperity.

Small Business Must Come to Terms With Life After XP

Mike Foreman | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Tech
Mike Foreman

We continue to monitor and manage the security of a high number of XP systems and while these high levels remain we continue to support those customers who depend on XP to run their business.

Never Had It So Good? Think Again

Nick Sanderson | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK
Nick Sanderson

It has long been a commonly held view that this generation, like the babyboomers before them, have never had it so good, with a higher take home salary and booming property market. However, it appears that the rising cost of living, increasing life expectancy and changes to the pension system have started to have an effect.

Government's Online Start-ups Push Is Admission of Broadband Postcode Lottery

Mike Foreman | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Tech
Mike Foreman

For small businesses to thrive it is vital they get off the ground quickly. So it makes perfect sense that as part of this initiative the government is committed to a package of measures worth £1.1 billion aimed at stimulating entrepreneurial growth.

What Smaller Businesses Can Learn From the Staysure Hack

Mike Foreman | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Tech
Mike Foreman

Keep your security software updated - Don't be tempted to put it off till later. Most updates are improvements by a software company, patching up security threats and fixing bugs - if you don't update, you are creating vulnerabilities in your systems which could be utilised by hackers.

Making Small Business Saturday Count

Shingo Murakami | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Shingo Murakami

Although the UK's economy is showing signs of recovery, growing by 1.1 per cent during the first six months of this year, 18 high street shops closed their doors every day during this period according to research from PwC. With many people shopping away from the high street, a new initiative is launching in December to encourage people to shop locally at independent stores.

Banks and Business: Time to Renew the Marriage Vows for Jobs

Chris Lane | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Chris Lane

Here is a simple truth: There would be more jobs if there were a better understanding between banks and the businesses that want to borrow from them. But this appears to be lacking, according to new research...

Don't Let CryptoLocker Hold Your Business to Ransom

Mike Foreman | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Tech
Mike Foreman

CryptoLocker shows that this is just the kind of complacency that criminal gangs are banking on. Gene Marks, a well-known small business writer and commentator, certainly seems to agree.

Six-Figure to Seven-Figure Entrepreneur Productivity Evolution: Taking the Quantum Revenue Leap

Dr Monique Y. Wells | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dr Monique Y. Wells

This three-article series is a Think and Grow Rich-type exposé that draws from the experiences of entrepreneurs in the "expert arena" (coaches, consu...

Privacy Climbs the Small Business Security Agenda

Mike Foreman | Posted 08.12.2013 | UK Tech
Mike Foreman

Any small business that thinks their modest size means they are not a target for cyber criminals only needs to look at the bigger picture. Taken together SMBs represent a substantial proportion of the market.

Six-Figure to Seven-Figure Entrepreneur Productivity Evolution: Pulling Together an Awesome Team

Dr Monique Y. Wells | Posted 07.12.2013 | UK
Dr Monique Y. Wells

This article focuses on the impact that building and maintaining a productive team has on moving up the revenue scale.

Lax Consumer Habits Online Are on Collision Course With Business Security

Mike Foreman | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Tech
Mike Foreman

the rapid rise in smartphones and tablets has led to a work phenomenon commonly referred to as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Coupled with Cloud-based business services, this has been a real game changer. So blurred have the boundaries now become that the more cavalier Internet habits of relatives and friends of every staff member have the potential to set the consumer and business world on a collision course.

The Art of Successful Negotiation

Neeta Patel | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK
Neeta Patel

Negotiation is one of the most important skills you will ever learn. It impacts on almost every part of our lives and if you develop good negotiation skills you will get better results from every deal you do, in all aspects of life. It was the very best thing I learnt at Business School and a skill I have put into practice daily, ever since.

Head or Heart in Sales?

Mark Young | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK
Mark Young

What shouts louder to you? Your head or your heart? In this kind of market people are sick of getting badly thought out approaches that don't truly e...

SMBs Expect Lenders to Cover Cybercrime Losses - Don't Bank On It!

Mike Foreman | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Tech
Mike Foreman

The most common threat to businesses is virus infection says the FSB, which 20 per cent of respondents said they have fallen victim to. A further eight per cent have been a victim of hacking, while five per cent have suffered security breaches.

Cloud Security - It's Just What You Ordered

Mike Foreman | Posted 18.07.2013 | UK Tech
Mike Foreman

Cloud offers greater ease of deployment yes. But it also offers a more controllable and flexible means of buying exactly the right amount of software services at any one point in time -- and this "amount of cloud" can be reduced (or increased) and so tweaked to the exact needs of the business.

Will London Hold Onto Its 'Top Startup Hub' Mantle?

Shivvy Jervis | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK
Shivvy Jervis

This eclectic city must overcome a number of obstacles if it's to challenge established startup zones and communities in Israel and the US, while also fending off competition for its European crown from Berlin.

Government throws spotlight on small firms in fight against cybercrime

Mike Foreman | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK Politics
Mike Foreman

Cybercrime remains one of the greatest threats to UK business. Latest government figures calculate that it costs the country £27bn each year, with £...

Forget the 80/20 Rule - In Business It's the 1% That Will Deliver Growth

Stephen Caddick | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK
Stephen Caddick

For most of us the 80/20 rule provides an uncannily accurate measure of events - and the world of business is no exception. So I was expecting this effect, known as the Pareto principle, to rear its head as I was reading Goldman Sach's recent report on stimulating small business growth in the UK.

BYOD Threatens to Create an IT Shadow Culture

Mike Foreman | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK Tech
Mike Foreman

When it comes to the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to work debate you probably think you've heard it all. But have you considered how BYOD may be introducing risks other than simply exposing company data to unprotected devices?

'Retirement' Presents a Strong Investment Opportunity

Nick Sanderson | Posted 27.03.2013 | UK
Nick Sanderson

The opportunity for investment is huge, and we need only look to the international comparisons for a sense of the scale. Currently market penetration in the UK is less than 0.5 percent, compared with 14 percent in the US and 8 percent in Australia.

Finding the Hidden Value in Your Business

Mark Mills | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK
Mark Mills

Every business has a hidden value that can be unveiled through a degree of self-assessment and re-evaluation. When people have been running a business...

A Manifesto for Business Owners: Keep it Real and Simple

Griselda Kumordzie Togobo | Posted 27.03.2013 | UK
Griselda Kumordzie Togobo

As we start another marathon year, I'm sure you've reviewed the previous year and are spending some time planning to achieve more goals this year. I wanted to just quickly touch on the importance of keeping things real and simple in business.