Many SMEs are not taking advantage of training which could be available to train their staff, according to a new report.Research carried out by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) suggests that 57 per cent of SMEs are not using free or low-cost training opportunities which are available at local further education (FE) institutes.Nearly half […]
Posted on 26th February 2007 in Regional News.
Small businesses are more worried about lost income and customers not paying than global issues like terrorism or climate change, according to new research.A report by Barclays Business Insurance found that nearly one in four (39.6 per cent) of SMEs were worried about lost income. Similarly, over a third (36.4 per cent) were concerned about […]
Posted on 26th February 2007 in General business.
Web-giant Google has launched a suite of software designed for SMEs to use, in a move that puts it in direct competition with Microsoft.Launched earlier this week, Google Apps offers SMEs a host of features, including email, instant messaging, website creation and a software which allows users to edit documents originally created on Microsoft Word […]
Posted on 24th February 2007 in Tech.
A new government campaign to try to encourage employees to report their bosses if they believe they are dodging tax will cause disgruntled employees to frame their employers, an industry body has said.HMRC has launched a new a series of print and radio adverts encouraging workers to ring the Tax Evasion Hotline if they believe […]
Posted on 23rd February 2007 .
The Conservative party has launched a new group to look at the impact of government policy on the country’s SMEs.Earlier this week, the Conservative Parliamentary Enterprise Group (CPEG) was announced by the party. It will be staffed by a mixture of MPs and peers.As well as closely scrutinising how new government policy will affect small […]
Posted on 23rd February 2007 in General business.
Employees, including those working for SMEs, are having to take their annual holiday allocation to wait at home for deliveries and tradespeople, a new study has shown.Data published by home insurer Churchill found that over a third (35 per cent) of employees said that they had had to take paid holiday to wait for deliveries […]
Posted on 22nd February 2007 in Regional News.
The UK’s SMEs are being urged to adopt employee profit share schemes to encourage staff loyalty.Mace & Jones, a law firm specialising in employment legislation, has recommended that small businesses would improve the retention of the staff if they introduced a scheme similar to the one Tesco offered its staff.The supermarket has recently announced that […]
Posted on 22nd February 2007 in Regional News.
SMEs are confused by the huge number of VoIP solutions currently available to them, according to a new report.That is the conclusion reached by Access Markets International (AMI) after it recently carried out global survey of SMEs and their attitudes towards VoIP.The report found that SMEs still think that VoIP technology is a "risky, confusing, […]
Posted on 22nd February 2007 in Tech.
Small businesses should also be acting to ensure the information on company laptops is secure, says an industry expert.After the Financial Services Authority (FSA) recently fined Nationwide after a laptop was stolen, Wick Hill, a company which specialises in secure infrastructure solutions, is advising SMEs to re-think their data protection infrastructure.According to the company, SMEs […]
Posted on 21st February 2007 in Tech.
Experts have called on the government to provide financial help for SMEs when the National Pensions Savings Scheme comes into effect in 2012.Under the new scheme, which employees will be automatically enrolled into, companies will have to contribute four per cent of a worker’s salary to a pension scheme. The worker will contribute three per […]
Posted on 20th February 2007 in Regional News.
Candidates in the UK’s upcoming local elections have been urged to remember to put the needs of SMEs at the heart of their policies.The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called on the potential politicians to make the needs of small businesses a top priority and put their requirements at the heart of any policies […]
Posted on 20th February 2007 .
Many SMEs are risking significant loss of revenue and reputation because they do not have adequate disaster recovery plans in place for their websites, according to a new survey.The report, published by NetBenefit, found that one in three (33 per cent) SMEs had no disaster recovery plan in place for their websites. Should their websites […]
Posted on 20th February 2007 in Tech.