Early stage semiconductor start-ups in the South West are set to receive a boost following the launch of a new programme called FASTtrack by Silicon South West. The pilot scheme, supported by UK Trade and Investment(UKTI) and the South West Regional Development Agency, will accelerate these high-growth potential companies by introducing customer contacts early on in their development, along with mentoring and networking tailored specifically to their needs.
Posted on 1st October 2007 in Tech & Innovation.
The X PRIZE Foundation and Google Inc. announced last week the Google Lunar X PRIZE, a robotic race to the Moon to win a remarkable $30 million prize purse. Private companies from around the world will compete to land a privately funded robotic rover on the Moon that is capable of completing several mission objectives, including roaming the lunar surface for at least 500 meters and sending video, images and data back to the Earth.
Posted on 17th September 2007 in Tech & Innovation.
“Inquirex is really a very simple system” says Eric McCabe, Marketing Director at Inquirex. “Sellers list their business free of charge on our database — in up to 10 business categories and as many geographic areas as they like. When a buyer makes a request for a product or service in a category and location covered by the seller, Inquirex emails the full details to the seller at no charge. If the seller wants to respond to this sales lead it costs them less than £1 to do so — if they don’t want to respond it costs them absolutely nothing. It only takes a couple of minutes to list your business — you only need to provide basic contact details — and these will never be passed to anyone other than those you respond to.”
When you want to find information about a business or service, what’s the first thing you do? You look on the web. Yet over half of small businesses in the UK don’t even have a website, according to a recent study commissioned by UK Online. Even more don’t use email or even have an internet connection.
Posted on 7th September 2007 in Tech & Innovation.
There’s an 800lb Gorilla coming over the horizon and it’s called Disruptive Technology. It’s going to touch and change at least one facet of the majority of businesses. It’s going to kill some business and grow some businesses but you can be assured that there will be significant changes in the way your clients, other businesses or consumers, will interact with your business going forward. We call the commercial future Business 3.0.
Social Networking, blogging, Web 2.0 sites and mobile services have made some of us addicts for hyper-connectedness. Is this the end of humankind’s attention span? What does it mean for business at large and more importantly for our own businesses? We are all aware that we should be utilising it in some form or another and that it is becoming more prevalent but what exactly should we be addressing?
UK businesses are facing global competition like never before. Amid trade liberalisation and falling production costs in the emerging economies, innovation is the key for many SMEs.
But central concerns to SMEs looking to innovate often include: How do you begin to innovate? Where do you get your ideas from? How can you fund it? Can you minimise the risks? According to the government, knowledge transfer is the answer.
When you engage with a traditional PR agency, or if you take care of your own PR, one of the conversations you’re going to have is about the target “media landscape”. This is the list of media properties (newspapers, magazines, radio, etc) that you would like your business to appear in and this list will be used as a critical point of measurement in the success of any campaign. These media are the list that you have identified are read, watched or listened to by your target audience. We know that is increasingly becoming more difficult as the media expands and fragments.
Find the right kind of supplier for your type of business – Whatever the IT service or solution you are purchasing, you need suppliers who understand SMEs and can provide not just the right product or service but the after sales support. Similarly, getting the right Internet connection will vary from company to company but business grade ADSL (broadband) will generally suffice. Always use service providers who operate on a fixed price budget so you can transfer the risk to them.
Posted on 24th August 2007 in Tech & Innovation.
E-business has of course helped everyone to make a better business but there are still mistakes that can be made. Here is a list of guidelines, based on experience and observing actual events, which will help completely demolish your company if you’ve a mind to:
Posted on 23rd August 2007 in Tech & Innovation.
Each month we answer readers’ IT queries. We welcome questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: A colleague from another company can get at his Microsoft Outlook through the Internet. Is there a setting so I can do the same?
Sue Trent, Derbyshire
A: It’s not so much a setting as a complete re-tooling of your system but if you would benefit from Microsoft Outlook Web View it can be worth looking into. You need Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 on which you can load multiple user versions of Outlook and then you can log on from any web browser. Unless you’re technically very skilled indeed, and your question suggests you might not be, you need to talk to a consultant and then look at the business case.
Posted on 23rd August 2007 in Tech & Innovation.
A lot of people come to us asking for a basic website that “tells people what we do and where we are”. After all, this is what a website is for right? Well… Sometimes.
If you are planning on building a website that offers the most value to your business, sometimes a basic informative site can’t hope to help you enough to warrant very much expense at all.
Posted on 21st August 2007 in Tech & Innovation.