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  • Blog Post: So who needs a server, anyway?

    In the current economic climate, small business owners need technology which pays its way many times over. So we grilled Paul Spelling, Managing Director of Storm IT , a Microsoft Small Business Specialist Partner on productivity and value. Before setting up Storm IT in the West Midlands, Paul worked...
  • Blog Post: Married to the business

    According to a Barclays Local Business report , small business owners plan to stay in business longer than the span of an average marriage. Now I'm not sure whether this is naive, reassuring, a sad indictment of our times, or evidence of a true British entrepreneurial spirit, but the level of commitment...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server for small businesses

    Spotted this great blog post from Cullen IT Consultancy on Windows Home Server for small businesses and had to point it out. “Windows Home Server has been around for a couple of years now, and while it is seen by many as something of a niche product, it is often overlooked as a solution that is...
  • Blog Post: Small businesses must keep investing in IT security

    Here's an extract from a new feature story published on the Microsoft Small Business website yesterday. You can read the story in full here . To some extent, urging small business owners to invest in IT security solutions may be preaching to the converted – unsurprising given the huge amount...
  • Blog Post: Business IT guides

    We've teamed up with the Business IT Guide to offer useful, impartial advice on using IT to help your business. You'll find their guides throughout the Small Business Centre , covering topics such as Making Demos Online , Securing Your Data, and Getting Emergency IT Help. The Business IT Guide is...
  • Blog Post: You ask - our experts answer

    Thanks to Jane Buswell who has just posted the first question on the new Facebook/AskTheExpert page. And she's had an immediate and thorough response from our Microsoft Small Business Specialists. If you would like to post a question - business not tech support - you'll need to have a Facebook account...
  • Blog Post: Women - get ready to be inspired

    Female entrepreneurs in Scotland are invited to attend a unique event allowing them to learn from some of the UK's most successful businesswomen. The everywoman Conference Scotland features presentations and workshops led by women with a proven track record in business and takes place at the Caledonian...
  • Blog Post: Mega Monday

    Today is apparently the busiest day for online shopping , when we've all been round the shops and failed to find that crucial present for husband/wife/Auntie Mavis. The forecast to be spent online is for somewhere in the region of £320 million - and that's just today! The internet trade body IMRG says...
  • Blog Post: Free tickets for Business StartUp

    Business StartUp takes place at Olympia, London 26-27 November. If you’re thinking about starting up a business or growing your existing business it could be worth a visit. Tickets are free, and you can order them here . Activities include the Midas Touch – your chance to come face-to-face with a...
  • Blog Post: Finance not your strong point? Try new Office Business Accounting 2008

    Yesterday's launch of Office Business Accounting 2008 could transform your financial processes and procedures. Two versions - Office Accounting Professional 2008 for business owners, bookkeepers, and companies with up to 25 employees, plus the Express version for home and start-ups, provide functionality...