Small firms remain reluctant to trade on the internet despite the business potential this offers, according to a new industry body report.The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) warns that only 18 per cent of SMEs in Britain trade online, while less than one per cent of that already modest group conduct all their business on […]
Posted on 15th August 2007 in Tech.
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has welcomed much of a new report on personal internet security, but warned that any legislative changes must not harm businesses.The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee called for the government to do more to educate consumers about security risks when they are online, as well as work […]
Posted on 14th August 2007 in Tech.
BT Business has announced a new VoIP telephone service that allows businesses to use a geographic phone number, reports Comms Business.The move reportedly came after research showed that customers preferred doing business with local companies, which they often recognised through sharing the same area code.However, competitor Vonage has criticised the move as copying and […]
Posted on 10th August 2007 in Tech.
Smaller businesses are more likely to provide for their customers’ needs by offering telephone contact with a real human being, according to a new study.Telecoms firm Unicom found 93 per cent of the businesses surveyed said that speaking with a contact agent was always preferable to using an automated system, reports Comms Business.While 22 per […]
Posted on 24th July 2007 in Tech.
Small businesses can find that a well-constructed website becomes an "invaluable tool" when it comes to affordable marketing.That is according to Andy Rose, director of web design agency Duo Design, who said that even the smallest company websites can be "an invaluable asset in raising the profile of your company and its services at a […]
Posted on 23rd July 2007 in Tech.
A leading computer company has said that small- and medium-sized firms can often benefit from networked storage solutions but do not realise it, reported TechWorld.According to Fujitsu Siemens Computers many smaller businesses could cut their storage ownership and maintenance costs if they moved from individual servers to a networked system.However, the company accepts that manufacturers […]
Posted on 16th July 2007 in Tech.
The owners and managers of small firms in the UK are not taking full advantage of the networking opportunities available online and offline, according to a new study.Research from Barclays found that today’s SME leaders do not want to mix business and pleasure, with 61 per cent saying their preferred means of building contacts and […]
Posted on 13th July 2007 in Tech.
PC manufacturers and software developers are focussing more and more on the business needs of small firms, reports the Financial Times.Falling entry prices for complex software packages and business technology solutions have recently opened up this market, allowing smaller companies with lower IT budgets access to a vast new array of products.As a result the […]
Posted on 3rd July 2007 in Tech.
Small businesses need to take greater steps to protect themselves against the risk of data loss and theft associated with mobile working, according to a new report.Research from the Quocirca consultancy warns that the increasing prevalence of staff working outside of the office be if from home, while travelling, or at a client’s premises […]
Posted on 3rd July 2007 in Tech.
Small and medium-sized businesses that are willing to embrace consumer technologies will steal a lead on their competitors, according to a new report.In the past, consumer-led technology has been seen by some businesses as an "unavoidable nuisance" but the new Gartner report suggests that treating new technologies as an "opportunity for additional innovation" could boost […]
Posted on 29th June 2007 in Tech.
Mobile broadband could prove extremely popular with forward-thinking SMEs, new research suggests.At the moment, take-up of mobile broadband is being limited by extortionate costs, as few SMEs can afford to equip their workers with the appropriate handsets.According to a report from Point Topic, 90 per cent of people who have broadband access at home already […]
Posted on 25th June 2007 in Tech.
Too few small firms are using the internet to promote their business, something that is damaging their prospects of success according to new research.A study from UK Online warns that two third of the small businesses surveyed did not have an internet connection, email access or a website, reports IT Pro.Medium-sized enterprises were found to […]
Posted on 21st June 2007 in Tech.