The EU parliament’s decision to slash the cost of making mobile phone calls abroad has been welcome by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).Britain’s largest business organisation said the news will not only benefit businesses that trade internationally but it will also be of great benefit to companies in the border regions of Northern Ireland. […]
Posted on 25th May 2007 in Tech.
Millions of Brits will put in at least eight hours overtime to compensate for holidays, new research has revealed.According to a study by swiftcover.com, 8.74 million people in the UK will work the equivalent of a full day in overtime either before or after the upcoming bank holiday to make up for lost office time. […]
Posted on 25th May 2007 in General business.
Small business owners and managers do not have access to adequate advice, both formal and informal, according to new research.A study conducted by Yorkshire Bank found that 37 per cent of people who have struck out on their own in order to be their own boss miss having colleagues to act as a sounding board.Just […]
Posted on 24th May 2007 in General business.
The number of skills being used in UK workplaces is continuing to rise, a new report has revealed.According to a study published by the ESRC Research Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE), the level of skills required in the UK workforce has been rising for two years."Our report shows that skills demands are […]
Posted on 24th May 2007 in Regional News.
Thousands of wireless hotspot users are throwing money away by wasting minutes unnecessarily, a leading provider has said.According to Trustive, businesses are failing to implement effective policies on hotspot access, while many users do not consider the value for money of the wireless package they purchase."The survey shows that many end users are paying excessively […]
Posted on 24th May 2007 in Tech.
IT issues and server downtime are the biggest annoyance among UK workers, a new survey has revealed.According to research by Richmond Systems, just under a third of workers are regularly infuriated by technical problems with IT at work, ranking ahead of poor restaurant service that grates on 20 per cent of Brits."IT problems still seem […]
Posted on 23rd May 2007 in Tech.
A regulatory body has warned Britain’s small businesses they must maintain the same standards as their larger counterparts or face the consequences.Speaking a conference for financial advisers, Stephen Bland from the Financial Services Authority (FSA) warned SMEs that they are not under the FSA’s regulatory radar and that they could not escape the organisation’s attention.Mr […]
Posted on 23rd May 2007 in City News.
In an increasingly competitive global business environment organisations are being forced to pay close attention to innovation, a new report has revealed.According to Gartner, chief executives are now placing innovation at the top of their agenda but are faced with the problem of IT firms lacking the same visionary thinking techniques, while companies operating in […]
Posted on 22nd May 2007 in Tech.
More companies in the UK recognise the importance of brand strategy than anywhere else in the world, new figures have revealed.According to research commissioned by financial recruitment specialist Robert Half, 44 per cent of British companies acknowledge the importance of having brand strategy in place, while the global average is just 32 per cent.The figure […]
Posted on 22nd May 2007 in Regional News.
UK small businesses benefited from continued growth over the first quarter of 2007, with the number of SMEs reporting increased orders at the highest rate since 1995, a recent report has revealed.According to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), UK SMEs remain confident over the future of the economy despite operating in an increasingly tough […]
Posted on 21st May 2007 in General business.
The economy in the UK is to become increasingly reliant upon the service sector as its strength suppresses other industries such as manufacturing.That is according to the Ernst & Young Item Club, which has referred to the country’s financial centre as a kind of ‘cuckoo’, pushing out other business areas as it expands.Despite this, Ernst […]
Posted on 21st May 2007 in City News.
While increasing numbers of businesses in the UK are making use of teleworking, firms need to do more to really capitalise on the benefits.Research carried out by Eclipse Internet revealed that the number of people teleworking has now reached three million from just one million ten years ago, Onrec reports.But take-up has been gradual, according […]
Posted on 18th May 2007 in Tech.