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TechUK’s Manifesto and the Impact it Could Have on SMEs

The initiative from techUK with their manifesto that calls for the government to invest more in digital technology is essential to the development of the sector here in the UK. The manifesto urges politicians and policy-makers to recognise the critical significance of the global digital revolution. read more


Cyber Security and the Risk from Electronically-Stored Data

In a world where robust IT systems are replacing padlocks and gates as the hallmarks of security, it’s no wonder that some of the most recent big security breaches to hit headlines have been electronic in nature. From eBay users’ passwords to Hollywood stars’ phones, hackers are accessing confidential information they intend to use maliciously. Despite this, I am surprised by the number of businesses and individuals who still fail to implement rigorous security systems to protect their confidential data. read more


Make Small Business Accounting Fun

Let’s face it, owning a small business is exciting but doing accounting isn’t. It’s important to have a solid understanding of your company’s cashflow but a lot of work is needed to get there. Traditional accounting software requires a great deal of data entry, making busy small business owners feel like they are neglecting other responsibilities by spending hours chained to to their desktop. read more


Why Cloud Accounting Is Good For Business

All businesses owners need to keep financial records but the software they use to do so shouldn’t make it a chore. Traditional desktop accounting software can be expensive, complicated and has become antiquated with recent developments in technology. It’s often tedious to use and can take the fun out of running your own business. read more


Beware the Risks of Fake Storage Devices

As the saying goes, if something looks too good to be true, then it probably is. Yet this isn’t stopping unscrupulous manufacturers from benefitting from a market for fake USB devices that purport to provide many gigabytes of storage while actually being based on a much cheaper 128 megabyte chip. read more


Mobile Payments: Why a Mobile Phone Needs to be More than a Fat Credit Card

Recent news that Amazon has announced a card reader and mobile app for small business owners to take payments on their mobiles shows just how far the payments industry has come. Couple this with Apple’s announcement that the iPhone 6 handset will include a ‘tap and pay’ iWallet wireless payment system and suddenly you start to realise that how you pay for things matters more to consumers now than ever. Offering people the right choices for payment can make all the difference between a completed purchase and an abandoned basket. read more


Getting Down to Business: The Impact of Network and Application Performance

There isn't a company in business today that hasn't suffered through an unplanned network outage – either internal outages that impact employees' ability to access vital systems such as business intelligence, customer relationship management, order fulfillment, voice services, and email; or outages that affect customer-facing applications including online ordering, customer support, and content delivery. read more


Move from Excel to accounting software

Many small business owners start off using an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of their company finances. While this method is fine early on, it can quickly create problems as the business grows and becomes more complex. Excel requires manual data entry, copy and pasting, and users to enter formulas, all of which will inevitably lead to errors. Planning the layout of spreadsheets can be complicated and time consuming. And once the format is set, it’s almost impossible to alter it if data has been populated. Perhaps most alarming aspect is the fact that spreadsheets are easily susceptible to fraud. A number can easily be changed without recording who made it. read more


How Mobile is The Driving Force in Online Shopping

For businesses today the importance of employing a mobile strategy in the marketing mix is now widely accepted; now it seems that mobile is leading the way. Research by Deloitte revealed that a third of smartphone users check their phones within 5 minutes of waking up – exemplifying our reliance on mobiles. BuzzCity’s research, in association with the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), reveals that mobile is now the driving force in online shopping. read more


Falling Back in Love with CRM

It is a truth universally acknowledged that your first CRM deployment is more likely to fail than succeed — 63% of CRM initiatives fail according to a 2013 survey by Merkle Group Inc . Just like your first love, despite the hopes, excitement and expectation, a mixture of naivety and youthful exuberance means the first foray into CRM is unlikely to stand the test of time. read more


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