Smaller providers on the broadband market are doing much more to keep their customers happy – and so keep retention levels high – new research has found.Independent comparison site moneysupermarket.com has released its 2007 Customer Review Index – and found that more than a quarter of broadband users had changed their supplier in the last […]
Posted on 13th March 2007 in Tech.
New health and safety regulations in the construction industry are causing concern for business groups, businesslink4london.com reports. The "extra responsibilities" of the regulations under the Health and Safety at Work Act will purportedly be burdensome for small businesses in the UK, according to the Forum of Private Business (FPB).In a letter to MPs, Victoria Carson, […]
Posted on 13th March 2007 in General business.
Small business supporters in the UK are vying for tax simplification in the run up to Gordon Brown’s 11th annual Budget speech next week, freelanceuk.com reports. The Federation for Small Business (FSB), the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) and the Institute of Directors have all voiced concerns over the taxation of UK SMEs and are […]
Posted on 13th March 2007 in City News.
Small business leaders have reacted angrily to government suggestions that all employees should have the right to request flexible working hours.At the moment only parents with children under the age of six or disabled children under the age of 18 can request flexi-time, although this is set to be extended to all carers in April.Writing […]
Posted on 12th March 2007 in General business.
Nearly half of a working day for the average SME employee is now spent online, according to new research.Data gathered by research company IDC for MessageLabs and McAfee found that at least 40 per cent of the SME working day is now spent accessing online information, such as the internet and email.Indeed, the report reveals […]
Posted on 10th March 2007 in Tech.
The government’s proposal to close 2,500 post offices could significantly damage the efficiency of the country’s SMEs.That’s the opinion of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), which says that the government needs to seriously re-evaluate its long-term strategy for the Post Office."The government needs to come up with a sustainable, long-term plan for the Post […]
Posted on 9th March 2007 in General business.
EU leaders must act now to remove the burden of regulations from SMEs, according to an industry organisation.Speaking before European heads of state meet for the EU Spring Council, the Forum of Private Businesses (FPB) called for red tape to be cut for SMEs in the UK and across Europe.FPB European spokesperson Martin Smith said: […]
Posted on 9th March 2007 in City News.
UK businesses, including SMEs, joined the government and the environmental lobby to call on the EU to commit to long-term environmental action.The UK Manifesto on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is published today (March 7th) and is signed by 40 businesses, including some SMEs. In the manifesto, published ahead of a meeting between EU […]
Posted on 8th March 2007 in General business.
VoIP technology could help SMEs cut their carbon footprint and help the UK reach environmental targets, according to new research.Interwise, a global provider of voice, web and video conferencing for businesses, has revealed that the worldwide demand for IP-based conferencing has already risen by 45 per cent in the last year.Increased use of internet conferencing […]
Posted on 8th March 2007 in Tech.
UK companies, including many SMEs, are set to lose over £350 million of investment because recent graduates do not plan to stay in their job for more than two years.That was the finding from a new study published by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). Its Career Start Study revealed that the graduating class of […]
Posted on 8th March 2007 in Regional News.
All businesses, including SMEs, need to critically evaluate their online strategies to ensure they are not left behind in this fast-paced environment, a new report concludes.Business Insights produced the report, which says that increasing internet use is driving the rapid growth of online channels. It estimates that worldwide internet use will reach 1.35 billion in […]
Posted on 7th March 2007 .
SME owners do not believe that their staff are saving enough to pay for their retirement, according to new figures.A survey by Barclays Financial Planning found that only 13 per cent of SME owners believed that their staff were saving enough money in their pension scheme. However, 42 per cent of bosses say that their […]
Posted on 7th March 2007 in Regional News.