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The Innovation Revolution


If you look at the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 list of SMEs from 2001 you may find something rather shocking - 53% of the stars of the last 10 year are no longer here. It’s tough but true – half of the winning companies you admire today are going to fall by the wayside in another decade - unless they embrace the innovation revolution.

Technology is…


Added by Kim Board-Allam on April 29, 2014 at 11:32 — No Comments

How small companies are taking on the big guys

Have you noticed how mass produced fizzy beer and dubious ham rolls have been replaced in many bars and cafes by real choice and some amazing local food and drink? Small dedicated companies who are enthusiastic about their craft are popping up everywhere.

But how can they make it in a tough competitive world which is still heavily dominated by the majors? The big guys…


Added by Kim Board-Allam on March 26, 2014 at 14:43 — No Comments

Cloud Strategy for SMEs – What’s the big idea?

Why is there so much talk about Cloud and the benefits it offers to small businesses? It has been heralded as up and coming for several years now and you could say it has well and truly arrived.


So is now the time to get yourself a cloud strategy for your SME or is it too late?


And how do you address the fact that each business area of your…


Added by Kim Board-Allam on January 20, 2014 at 13:54 — No Comments

We’re off to the Business Show – 28/29th November – Olympia

We’re packed, the courier has collected everything and now we’re off to dress our stand ready for the opening of The Business Show.

We’re really looking forward to meeting lots of new people and customers; having conversations about how businesses are faring, how they’re planning to grow over the next 12 to 18 months and looking at the synergy between their growth plans and the offering from In Cloud Solutions of a cloud based ERP system – SAP Business ByDesign.

So whether the…


Added by Kim Board-Allam on November 27, 2013 at 16:20 — 1 Comment

What’s worrying you about the cloud?

Addressing your cloud concerns for a top class level of service

A recent independent survey on current cloud adoption trends* found that CIOs (Chief Information Officers) tend to have similar fears when it comes to adopting cloud computing. Their top 3 are, 

  • poor user experience due to performance bottlenecks,
  • the resulting impact on…

Added by Kim Board-Allam on September 24, 2013 at 16:32 — No Comments


Isn’t it brilliant to be able to say “it’s been a great summer”?  The British & Irish Lions beat Australia in Australia a fantastic feat; then England won the Ashes against Australia here in the UK.  Chris Froome won the Tour de France, Mo Farah won two gold medals at the World Athletic Championships in Moscow.  And let’s not forget Andy Murray won Wimbledon.…


Added by Kim Board-Allam on September 17, 2013 at 17:07 — No Comments

Why a move to the Cloud will help you get the best from your CRM

Many small businesses are now switched on to the benefits of looking after their customers using a CRM tool – but sadly many are also disappointed. Why?  What is it about the system that has not delivered what they had anticipated? Often it’s because the business did not have a clear idea of how that tool was going to be used over time as  things get more complex. We don’t…


Added by Kim Board-Allam on July 17, 2013 at 11:19 — No Comments

Would you like to be able to save on IT and reinvest the savings in your business?

Many SMBs would love to say to “yes” to this question, but are held back by concerns over adopting cloud technologies, feeling that if their technology is on premise that they are in control.

However, in many instances their on premise software is actually holding back their growth.  Many businesses run their business critical processes on disparate systems; with much…


Added by Kim Board-Allam on June 21, 2013 at 10:56 — No Comments

Building a structure and format to grow your business

When you first started your business you were in control, you knew everything that was going on.  You had few customers, not much data and had few automation requirements.

Y ou may have started out with a small accounts package, managing your data in excel spreadsheets, or you may have implemented basic Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software.  Whichever route you…


Added by Kim Board-Allam on May 23, 2013 at 11:41 — No Comments

Even Small Businesses have Big Data

Your small business has a potential gold mine of customer data.  It is probably located in multiple disparate places within the company; such as in the sales, marketing and finance departments.  As a business do you know the value of this information?  Do your staff regularly update the information?  Do you have the means to collect and use this vital information?

Every time your company has contact with a customer this represents an opportunity to learn more not only to ensure you…


Added by Kim Board-Allam on April 25, 2013 at 13:30 — No Comments

Everywhere you look growth is in the air for SME businesses!

SMEs are quietly optimistic that their businesses will grow in 2013 despite tough ongoing market conditions.  This is great news for the UK economy as according to the Federation for Small Businesses at the start of 2012

  • SMEs accounted for 99.9 per cent of all private sector      businesses in the UK,
  • SMEs employed 14.1 million people and had a combined      turnover of £1,500 billion

American Express’s UK Small Business Barometer found that across Great…


Added by Kim Board-Allam on March 12, 2013 at 14:34 — No Comments

Regus study shows sleep-starved Brits struggle to balance family & work

A new global study by workplace provider Regus highlights that British office culture is detrimental to the health and home lives of many workers and that too few employers are backing up rhetoric on flexible working with real action.

Many businesses will not see this as a problem for them and will continue to stick rigidly to their 9 – 5.30 working day; expecting…


Added by Kim Board-Allam on February 26, 2013 at 10:55 — No Comments

UK SMEs are owed a massive £36.4bn collectively in late payments

More than a million SME’s are facing late payments in the UK as evidenced by research undertaken by BACS in July 2012 and confirmed by additional research undertaken by Aldermore Bank.

“Late payments are a continuing drain on small and medium sized business owners in the UK. It’s critically important, at a time when we’re looking for SMEs to drive the economy out of recession, that they are freed from the shackles of late payments” says Damon Walford, Managing Director of Aldermore…


Added by Kim Board-Allam on February 12, 2013 at 12:44 — No Comments

More misery for train travellers

The start of 2013 brings more misery to train travellers with rail fares for season ticket holders increasing by an average of 4.2%.  Is this the year that employees say enough is enough?

Frances O'Grady, general secretary of the TUC and chairwoman of Action for Rail, said: "At a time when real wages are falling and household budgets are being squeezed, rail travellers are being forced to endure yet another year of inflation-busting fare increases.

The TUC has claimed average…


Added by Kim Board-Allam on January 22, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

This is one of the most dangerous times of year for small businesses

For many businesses this time of year can be crucial to their success, with increased energy being exerted to reach year-end goals.  However, for many disaster is looming in the wings.  Whilst so much attention is being expended on making sales, partying or even holidaying the old bête noire cash flow is temporarily forgotten.

Small firms in the UK should view the run-up to Christmas and the first few weeks of the New Year as one of the most dangerous times of the year to experience…


Added by Kim Board-Allam on January 4, 2013 at 22:46 — No Comments

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