58 per cent of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) feel their banking provider has been slow to offer help during the Covid-19 crisis. The findings, contained in a poll of 100 business owners of UK SMEs by the Lanop Accountancy Group, raises fresh questions about the level of support available to companies struggling during the […]
Over half of UK workers are not comfortable returning to work, according to a new survey by ENGAGE and YouGov. The figures come amid the Government announcement of its COVID-19 recovery strategy and the publication of new guidelines for working safely. 55 per cent of respondents (those employed who usually work from home or are […]
Responding to the Prime Minister’s COVID-19 update yesterday, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chairman Mike Cherry said: “Tackling this virus and ending the threat to public health remain absolutely paramount. But it is also necessary for thought to be given to the future of work and business. “It is clear from the Prime Minister’s […]
Posted on 12th May 2020 in Coronavirus.
37 per cent of companies have made members of their IT staff redundant or placed them on furlough schemes, according to global research commissioned by Leonne International, the private equity firm. Out of 1,116 business decision makers from the UK, US, France and Germany surveyed by independent polling agency Censuswide, 418 admitted to removing IT staff since […]
Freelancers’ confidence in their businesses and the wider economy has been driven to record lows by the Coronavirus crisis, according to research by IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) and PeoplePerHour, Europe’s largest freelance marketplace. Freelancers’ 3-month confidence in their businesses had already fallen to a six-year low last quarter because of concerns about […]
Almost half (46%) of global businesses have encountered at least one cybersecurity scare since shifting to a remote working model during the COVID-19 lockdown, according to official research by Barracuda Networks, the trusted partner and leading provider for cloud-enabled security solutions. An astounding 49 per cent also said they expect to see a data breach or […]
Over two thirds (70 per cent) of British businesses are using multi-factor authentication (MFA) and a virtual private network (VPN) to manage the security risks posed by the increase of remote working during the Coronavirus pandemic. This is according to official polling released by Centrify, a leading provider of Identity-Centric privileged access management solutions, into […]
At today’s government Covid-19 press briefing, the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab warned of a cybersecurity threat to the UK. At the briefing, he said: “There will always be some who try to exploit a crisis for their own criminal and hostile ends. “We know that cybercriminals and other malicious groups are targeting individuals, businesses and […]
Posted on 5th May 2020 in Coronavirus.
A new study from FreeWheel, a Comcast Company, and the provider of the industry’s leading video advertising software, reveals 75% of UK consumers think brands should acknowledge the COVID-19 situation in their advertising campaigns. The survey, conducted with independent market research provider Happydemics, looked at media consumption and consumer perceptions of advertising in the UK during […]
New research by Small Business Britain and BT Skills for Tomorrow shows early signs of small business resilience, but over half still expect at least a 50 per cent fall in profits A third (36 per cent) of the UK’s small businesses have pivoted their businesses online, and have introduced new products or services (33 […]
GlobalWebIndex’s latest report into COVID-19 consumer research has shown that many consumers are planning (very) slow returns to public places. Their report provides a global picture of how countries are handling the pandemic, as some hope to enter the recovery phase. The research was conducted in 17 countries between April 22 – 27, among a total of […]
Posted on 30th April 2020 in Coronavirus.
Research has confirmed the likely financial impact of Coronavirus on UK businesses, with 63% of companies surveyed lowering their turnover expectations for 2020, by 37% on average. 54% also reported an immediate drop in turnover in March, by an average of 45%. The Covid-19 UK Business Barometer, conducted by Sapio Research and B2B agency Skout, shows a negative […]