How you will source supplies for your business, and distribute your products, are among the hot topics of Brexit. But, whatever the outcome, businesses of all sizes absolutely should be focusing on making themselves as agile as possible.
Protecting your IT system and the information it holds is essential. An IT systems failure or data loss can be catastrophic for your business.
An intranet provides a private website that can usually only by accessed by people within your business. It can provide better access to information, help to co-ordinate people and resources, improve customer service and reduce your costs.
Buying IT wisely makes your business more efficient and can reduce your costs. The key is to be clear about what you want it to achieve for your business, now and in the near future.
Regular IT maintenance helps protect your data and reduce the risk of serious IT problems. You also need to be able to deal with any hardware and software issues that do arise.
There are simple steps you can take yourself to minimise risks and tackle problems. You should also make sure you have the right suppliers and support services.
Businesses rely on information technology (IT) for almost everything they do. Software and apps let you create reports, manage your accounts, communicate with suppliers and customers and connect with the outside world via email and the internet. More sophisticated uses can include designing products, controlling stock and selling online.
Sabrina Palme and Andre Quintanilha of Gartenzwerg retrace their start-up steps and lift the lid of developing an app-based business
IT security consultant Chris Payne of Advanced Cyber Solutions shines a light on cyber threats old and new, and explains how your small business can mitigate risk.
According to government estimates, 43% of UK businesses suffered a cyber attack in the 12 months to December 2017, as revealed by the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018. The most common attacks were fraudulent emails, followed by cyber criminals “impersonating an organisation online” and malware and virus attacks.
Time and money are two things that many small-business owners don’t have a lot of. Budgets will only stretch so far and there are only so many hours in a working day. However, a wide range of digital tools - from time-management apps to organisational ones - are now available and some might enable you to save time and money. Here are just some examples…