The UK’s SMEs are being urged to adopt employee profit share schemes to encourage staff loyalty.Mace & Jones, a law firm specialising in employment legislation, has recommended that small businesses would improve the retention of the staff if they introduced a scheme similar to the one Tesco offered its staff.The supermarket has recently announced that […]
Posted on 22nd February 2007 in Regional News.
SMEs are confused by the huge number of VoIP solutions currently available to them, according to a new report.That is the conclusion reached by Access Markets International (AMI) after it recently carried out global survey of SMEs and their attitudes towards VoIP.The report found that SMEs still think that VoIP technology is a "risky, confusing, […]
Posted on 22nd February 2007 in Tech.
Employees, including those working for SMEs, are having to take their annual holiday allocation to wait at home for deliveries and tradespeople, a new study has shown.Data published by home insurer Churchill found that over a third (35 per cent) of employees said that they had had to take paid holiday to wait for deliveries […]
Posted on 22nd February 2007 in Regional News.
Small businesses should also be acting to ensure the information on company laptops is secure, says an industry expert.After the Financial Services Authority (FSA) recently fined Nationwide after a laptop was stolen, Wick Hill, a company which specialises in secure infrastructure solutions, is advising SMEs to re-think their data protection infrastructure.According to the company, SMEs […]
Posted on 21st February 2007 in Tech.
Many SMEs are risking significant loss of revenue and reputation because they do not have adequate disaster recovery plans in place for their websites, according to a new survey.The report, published by NetBenefit, found that one in three (33 per cent) SMEs had no disaster recovery plan in place for their websites. Should their websites […]
Posted on 20th February 2007 in Tech.
Experts have called on the government to provide financial help for SMEs when the National Pensions Savings Scheme comes into effect in 2012.Under the new scheme, which employees will be automatically enrolled into, companies will have to contribute four per cent of a worker’s salary to a pension scheme. The worker will contribute three per […]
Posted on 20th February 2007 in Regional News.
Candidates in the UK’s upcoming local elections have been urged to remember to put the needs of SMEs at the heart of their policies.The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called on the potential politicians to make the needs of small businesses a top priority and put their requirements at the heart of any policies […]
Posted on 20th February 2007 in Coffee Break.
The westward extension to London’s congestion charge zone, which came into force today, will harm many of the country’s SMEs, several industry groups have warned.From this morning (February 19th), Kensington, Chelsea, Knightsbridge, Notting Hill, Bayswater, Belgravia and Pimlico were all covered by the extended congestion charging zone and drivers wishing to motor through the areas […]
Posted on 19th February 2007 in Open to Export.
Self-employed owners of SMEs are generally confident about the up coming year, according to a new report.According to research carried out by Kensington Mortgages, nearly a third (32 per cent) of self-employed owners were "very confident" about their company’s progress in the next six months.Equally, nearly half (47 per cent) said they expected their SME’s […]
Posted on 17th February 2007 in General business.
SMEs are frustrated by the lack of information that is delivered by their current telephone systems, says a new report.Swyx, a leading provider of IP telecommunication solutions, questioned 120 SMEs to find out what were the most infuriating aspects of their current telephone systems.Nearly a third (31 per cent) said that not being able to […]
Posted on 16th February 2007 in Tech.
Employee lateness is costing companies, including SMEs, £66 million every year, according to new research.The data, which was gathered by Peninsula, showed that Monday was the most common day for people to turn up late, accounting for 65 per cent of all employee tardiness.Employees also admit that they often lie about the reason for their […]
Posted on 16th February 2007 in Regional News.
In a move that could potentially significantly increase costs for SMEs, new government proposals could make it the responsibility of businesses to keep their local streets clean and free of litter.The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has begun consultation on expanding the number of businesses which face ‘street litter control notices’. Under […]
Posted on 15th February 2007 in Open to Export.