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Positive 2011 For Businesses According To HSBC’s New Business Thinking Panel

14/12/2010

By Bob Northgate A selection of Britain’s brightest businesses have revealed that, despite the economic challenges, they are set for a positive 2011 by focusing on and investing in growth, reinvigorating innovation and exploiting international business opportunities. • All panellists aiming for growth through new products and recruitment • Finance needs to be... read more


 

Is The UK Ready For The China Opportunity?

13/12/2010

By Bob Northgate UK Opinion formers see China as an opportunity but are not preparing as well as they might when entering the China market, according to newly published research commissioned by KL Communications, a branding, interpreting and translation company. 66% of opinion formers rank China as more of an opportunity,... read more


 

Prepared for 2011? 1 in 5 Businesses Still Don’t Know How They Will Tackle VAT Rise Baker Tilly Survey Reveals

13/12/2010

By Bob Northgate According to Baker Tilly’s Outlook 2011 survey, 1 in 5 businesses still do not know how they will respond to the VAT increase due on 4 January. The survey reveals that almost 2 in 5 businesses plan to increase prices immediately on 4 January, while nearly 30% plan to... read more


 

Google Offers To Help Ireland's Struggling SMEs To Get Their Business Online

13/12/2010

By Bob Northgate Over one hundred SMEs attending an event for members of the Small Firms Association hosted by Google at its European Headquarters in Dublin heard that having a good online business strategy will help Ireland's struggling SMEs to attract more customers and increase sales and growth in 2011. However... read more


 

Britain Can Lead The Next Digital Revolution

13/12/2010

By Bob Northgate Entrepreneur Mark Mason, CEO of Mubaloo the UK’s largest smartphone application developer, called on Government to provide SME’s with tax breaks for IT development. “Here in the UK we have the opportunity to offer a ‘digital future for everybody’ and this will have a huge impact on all future... read more


 

William Chase exits Tyrrells Crisps to Focus on Premium Drinks

10/12/2010

By Bob Northgate William Chase, founder of Tyrrells Crisps has sold his remaining shares of the premium crisp brand to private equity firm, Langholm Capital. Mr Chase launched the business in 2002 and fondly raised Tyrrells into an award winning premium brand, in less than decade. With no knowledge of making... read more


 

Resilient BAA Grows Traffic, Cuts Queues And Gets Bags Back Quicker

10/12/2010

By Bob Northgate Passenger traffic at Heathrow grew 4.3 percent during November against the same month last year, leading to a fifth consecutive record month. For the first nine months of 2010 Heathrow passengers passed through security in less than five minutes 97.9 percent of the time. In October, baggage... read more


 

ISACA Leader Warns Companies To Prepare For A Frantic Friday Of Employee Online Shopping

10/12/2010

By Bob Northgate The big freeze that hit the UK at the start of December is likely to be felt in more ways than one, says a business IT leader with ISACA, the not-for-profit IT security association. According to Peter Wood, member of ISACA Security Advisory Group and CEO of First Base... read more


 

Fragile Economy Keeps Interest Rates Low

10/12/2010

By Bob Northgate Midland business leaders claim the economic climate is still too fragile for a rise in interest rates and are not surprised by the Bank of England's decision to keep the level at 0.5 per cent. Christine Braddock, President of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, said: "Birmingham's annual GVA is predicted... read more


 

Cheshire Firm Export Classy Frozen Treats To Hong Kong In Time For Christmas

10/12/2010

By Bob Northgate Cheshire based Eazycuizine, purveyors of high quality frozen foods which would impress the most fussy dinner guests, are exporting their party ranges to Hong Kong in time for Christmas. Its Minishots range, comprising miniature desserts such as lemon cheesecake, panacotta and chocolate mousse in shot glasses, and Petit Fours... read more