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.
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 in Open to Export.
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.
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.
The Forum for Private Businesses (FPB) has said that a change in the government’s policies on the procurement its of goods and services would help the economy.A report commissioned by the FPB said that removing preferred suppliers and allowing government contracts to be open to public tender would improve competition and therefore would save public […]
Posted on 24th January 2007 in General business.
The cold weather that struck the UK today could cause damage to SMEs who are not prepared, according to a new report.Royal & SunAlliance (R&SA), the UK’s second largest commercial insurer, said that SMEs can take a series of simple measure to avoid the possible damage that cold weather can cause. R&SA advised that the […]
Posted on 24th January 2007 in General business.
Flexible working practices could increase business efficiency, according to a government report published today.The Equal Opportunities Commission’s (EOC) document, ‘Working outside the box’, revealed that half the working population wanted to work more flexibly.According to the report, overly inflexible work practices are forcing people to work at levels below their skill-level so that they can […]
Posted on 24th January 2007 in Regional News.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has criticised the Competition Commission’s initial report on the grocery market.Small companies are suffering from supermarket competition, says the FSB, the UK’s largest business organisation. It also reported that many suppliers and businesses are afraid to speak out against supermarkets, as they risk losing essential trade.FSB trade and industry […]
Posted on 23rd January 2007 in Open to Export.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has reported that UK SMEs are increasingly confused by government employment legislation.A helpline that the FSB operates for its members has said that the number of calls concerning employment queries rose by eight per cent in 2006 to over 76,000.Questions about age discrimination saw the greatest rise, increasing by […]
Posted on 22nd January 2007 in Regional News.
Consumer goods SMEs, with a turnover of less than £100 million, would rather employ a muilti-channel strategy than rely only on e-commerce or mail order sales, new research has revealed.A study, from international express courier, freight, mail and logistics company Crossflight, shows that SMEs favour this approach as they understand that most consumers "are true […]
Posted on 19th January 2007 in Property.
Many SMEs are not convinced by the safety of the telecommunication possibilities offered by VoIP, a report by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) shows. The association, which represents the interests of more than 20,000 member companies worldwide, published the findings of a survey of over 350 SMEs. The results show that only 50 percent […]
Posted on 19th January 2007 in Tech.