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Entries from March 2013

Growing Your Own Business Exhibition & Conference

Mary Thomas - Monday 31.03.08, 06:00am

The chief executive of internet marketing company Bigmouthmedia, Steve Leach, will be the key speaker at the Growing Your Own Business Exhibition and Conference, to be held at Olympia, London, on April 4th.
Leach was recently announced as the International Entrepreneur Of The Year at the European Business Awards in Paris, a title he added to his [...]

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SEO Tips For SMEs

Mary Thomas - Friday 28.03.08, 12:28pm

Choose good key words, it is worth spending time on this, as this is the main criteria used when others are searching the web. It is worth considering words or phrases that others would use to find your product, so ask friends or relatives what terms they would use, and try to incorporate them into [...]

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SMEs Embrace The Internet, Good Or Bad?

Mary Thomas - Tuesday 25.03.08, 13:28pm

A report earlier this year by Cranfield School of Management, analysing SMEs attitude to the internet, showed encouraging results with 84% of small business owners having a website and 97% having an e mail account.
This is extremely good news on the face of it, more business is being done on the internet and SMEs should [...]

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INSPIRE: Insurance for SMEs

Mary Thomas - Saturday 22.03.08, 12:24pm

Specialist insurers Hiscox, and brokers Allison & Partners, have this week launched a partnership aimed specifically at offering insurance to small businesses and SMEs.
The partnership will go under the banner of INSPIRE and will specialise in professional insurances for UK and European small and medium size businesses.
The company will offer a range of business and [...]

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Local Council’s Could Save Post Offices

Mary Thomas - Monday 17.03.08, 14:03pm

Post Office owners in some parts of the country have received a shot in the arm from local County Councils. Portsmouth councillors have become the latest local authority to throw a potential lifeline to local Post Offices, faced with the threat of closure.
Gerald Vernon-Jackson, leader of Portsmouth council has backed ideas put forward by Essex [...]

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Tags: Small Business · UK Economy

The Budget And Its Effect On SMEs

Mary Thomas - Thursday 13.03.08, 12:59pm

The first Budget speech presented by new Chancellor Alistair Darling, was generally received pretty well by the small business community.
There were no real shocks to be had, after a bevy of blunders earlier in the year by the Chancellor over various tax reforms.
Some of the things that were particularly welcoming news for small businesses are [...]

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Tags: FSB · Small Business · UK Economy

National Enterprise Academy Launched By Peter Jones

Mary Thomas - Tuesday 11.03.08, 14:11pm

Peter Jones, businessman and tv Dragons Den judge, has teamed up with the government to launch a network of ‘enterprise academies’ across the UK.
The purpose of the academies will be to identify the next generation of entrepreneurs. The first of the institutions will be launched in September 2014, and will be in the South East [...]

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Tags: Small Business · UK Economy · Uncategorized

SMEs show reduced confidence in government

Mary Thomas - Monday 10.03.08, 13:19pm

Last week I posted a report that suggested that new business owners were choosing to take advice from banks and accountants rather than use the Governments Business Link scheme.
In a report today from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) it appears that most small business owners have lost any confidence that they had in the [...]

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League table of late paying PLCs

Mary Thomas - Thursday 06.03.08, 19:20pm

The Institute of credit management have today unveiled a league table that charts how long it takes for every UK PLC to pay suppliers.
For SMEs, this is great news as late payment by large companies is often damaging to the smaller business that relies on regular cash flow. The government talked a lot of hot air [...]

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Tags: FTSE · Small Business · UK Economy

SMEs choose not to take Government’s Business Link advice

Mary Thomas - Tuesday 04.03.08, 13:17pm

The Government backed business start up scheme, Business Link, has come under fire in a report commissioned by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.
The report which polled 10,000 small businesses, found that only 5% of new business starters chose to use Business Link for advice and assistance. 16% of those polled chose to [...]

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