Alex Radford This week we talk to Mark Dixon, Group Chief Executive and Founder of the Regus Group Network. Mark is one of Europe’s best-known entrepreneurs. Since founding Regus in Brussels, Belgium in 1989, he has achieved a formidable reputation for leadership and innovation. Prior to Regus he established businesses in the retail and wholesale […]
Posted on 31st January 2007 .
SMEs are not taking full advantage of the total potential of their IT systems, a new report has said.Findings from research carried out by YouGov found that SME owners and managers still think they are spending too much time searching for files and fixing IT problems, instead of dealing with customers.However, the report did show […]
Posted on 30th January 2007 in Tech.
New research shows that many SMEs may have been prevented from employing additional staff because of increased government regulation regarding employment rights and the entitlements due to staff.Data gathered by the Small Business Research Trust (SBRT) found that 58 per cent of small businesses said that employment regulations presented the most significant barriers to continued […]
Posted on 30th January 2007 in Regional News.
A government watchdog has published research into the market share of niche internet service providers (ISPs). While often ignored by analysts, the research found that small ISPs serve nearly one third (30 per cent) of the UK’s businesses. The report by Ofcom discovered that there were over 700 companies with less than 30 employees offering […]
Posted on 30th January 2007 in Tech.
Dr Zaffran Shahzada The imminent launch of ‘The Devil wears Prada’ on DVD has mirrored real-life bosses from hell, as indeed it is based on a true story. Executive development coach, Dr Zaffran Shahzada believes these tyrannical bosses that breathe fire belong in films or the Victorian era… The nasty boss seems to be getting […]
Posted on 30th January 2007 in HR.
New policies which allow the NHS to recover the costs of treating patients injured in the workplace could harm SMEs, a report has claimed.The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) warned that the new policy, which allows the NHS to claim back the costs of treating people who have received personal injury compensation, will cause employer’s […]
Posted on 29th January 2007 .
SMEs are at risk of their employees becoming dissatisfied with their jobs after only one year unless they treat their workers fairly, a study has found.Research carried out by Sirota Survey Intelligence found that satisfaction levels fell from 70 per cent for workers with less than one yearâ€™s experience, to only 53 per cent for […]
Posted on 27th January 2007 in Regional News.
Microsoft has announced that its new Windows Vista operating system is having a host of applications specifically designed for small businesses use.The software company cited recent research carried out by U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) that found that over 50 per cent of SMEs fail within their first year of operation.Microsoft said that the new […]
Posted on 26th January 2007 in Tech.
A new online communications system has been launched that is designed to help SMEs communicate more efficiently.British Telecom (BT) has said that its ‘Workspace’ project will allow people within a small business to share information and manage projects more effectively.If SMEs use the product, which is priced at £7.50 (excluding VAT) per month for each […]
Posted on 25th January 2007 in Tech.
Red tape is seriously harming the growth of British SMEs according to a new report.Research carried out by accountancy website, Kashflow, has revealed that 39 per cent of accountants believe that official red tape is the most significant barrier to growth for SMEs.Recent government legislation such as the Age Discrimination Act and the New Employment […]
Posted on 25th January 2007 .
A motoring pressure group has warned that the government’s proposal to fit all vehicles with a ‘black box’ and create a ‘pay per mile’ transport tax could mean disaster for many SMEs.Motorist’s Voice launched its new website with a campaign trying to get the government to abandon the policy, which may be implemented throughout the […]
Posted on 25th January 2007 in General business.
By Guy Clapperton. In this regular section we’ll do our best to answer any IT-related questions you might send in. Feel free to mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org I’ve seen a number of keyboards, mice and stuff coming out that are apparently designed for Windows Vista. Do I have to buy a new keyboard for the […]
Posted on 25th January 2007 in Tech & Innovation.