Scaling businesses operating in traditional industries are challenging conventional business models by embracing technology. Fast growing ecommerce businesses are one example, which no longer depend solely on the traditional high street shop to shift stock, and have no limits due to location. The impact of digital is evident in product and services offerings, in experiences […]
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect across Europe in May 2018 and will apply to the UK despite Brexit. As this is a ‘regulation’ rather than a ‘directive’ it is binding and effectively forms part of UK law as soon as it comes into force. GDPR will apply to every organisation in […]
There are a myriad sources of grant funding available for small businesses and start ups and as a business owner it can be confusing trying to pick your way through the different options to decide whether your business may qualify for support. Here is my advice on how to go about finding out about funding support and some of the key schemes available.
After months of planning, preparation, pitching and applauding, the inaugural Making Business Happen awards ended with four winners being given a launchpad to future success.
Posted on 28th April 2015 in Business Support.
Evaluate your options. Most businesses run regularly scheduled backups – often daily – to protect themselves from losing more than a day’s worth of data. But which form of data storage should you choose?
Data protection in today’s business environment represents a very difficult prospect. Data is everywhere: on laptops, with vendors, on mobile devices, and in the cloud. As a result, there are countless potential avenues of attack that must be considered and effectively protected.
errāre hūmānum est, (to err is human) and it is the human that is often the weakest link in the chain when it comes to protecting an organisation against security breaches and threats. But we are all human and we all make mistakes; so what can we do to minimise if not eliminate the risks associated with the “human element”?
We all heard the spiel, this was billed as the ‘Budget for Small Business’ by the government but did it really deliver for SMEs across the country? Well, it definitely wasn’t unhelpful — there is a raft of measures that act as ‘levellers’; promising to review ancient business rates, introduce fair tax rates for those non-UK companies that declare their profits abroad (think Starbucks, Google and Amazon) and investing £600million in superfast broadband, but what impact will the recommendations actually have?
Starting a business is never easy, there’s so many things to consider from developing your idea to hiring the right people, all just to get your company off the ground. As an entrepreneur it’s easy to get caught up in the idea with your head down, focusing on the immediate actions you need to take and forget about the big picture. But it is that big picture that will ultimately determine whether your business will succeed or not in the long term.
There has probably been someone in your life – a coach, grandparent, teacher, aunt, or spiritual mentor – who’s made a difference for you. It may have been when you were young (it generally is) – it may have been recently. It may have been a positive experience or it may have been very negative. Either way, it is your “why” for what you are passionate about.
IT professionals should keep the impending Windows Server 2003 end of support deadline this coming July as a top priority. With the average migration taking between 100-300 days to complete, it is essential that businesses start the process of migration sooner rather than later to avoid mounting costs, security risks and problems with application performance. In order to ensure you migrate in time and avoid problems, consider improving your business and IT processes so that your organisation is in the right shape, ready to make the move.
Posted on 27th February 2015 in Business Support.