April 2009

  • Budget 09: Government extends credit insurance

    The chancellor has delivered the credit lifeline that the industry has been calling for as part of numerous moves made to try and help companies weather the recession.

  • Intellect backs calls for better use of government IT

    The growing pressure on the government to use IT more efficiently has been added to with calls from the trade association Intellect to widen the focus from just cutting costs to start improving the...

  • Government credit insurance moves will help channel

    The decision by the government to extend credit insurance facilities has been welcomed by those in the channel that have been pushing hard for increased assistance.

  • Carphone Warehouse to split

    Following a strategic review of its group structure initiated last year, The Carphone Warehouse has announced that it will split its mobile business and TalkTalk broadband units into two separately...

  • Budget 09: recovery by the end of the year

    An economy recovering from the end of this year and growth from 2010 has been outlined by the chancellor who conceded that the economy will shrink by 3.5% in 2009.

  • Budget 09: IT efficiences key part of public spending cuts

    The chancellor Alistair Darling has confirmed that it plans to roll out efficiencies in its use of IT as part of its plans to claw back public spending.

  • Budget 09: Cutting carbon high on government agenda

    The government has set out a series of measures to produce further reductions in carbon emissions and to encourage investment in green as part of the Budget.

  • Lexmark Q1 numbers show hard hit from downturn

    Lexmark has seen its profits drop as a result of an erosion of printer sales and profit margins during its first quarter. The response from the printer manufacturer has been to announce the closure...

  • Government could save £7bn on IT

    The government could reduce its IT spending by £7bn a year if it accepts the recommendations of a new report.

  • Westcon to ease cross-border Cisco trading

    Resellers going outside the channel to source hard-to-find Cisco SKUs will be able to get increased support from the vendor's channel after Cisco signed its first global distribution agreement with...

  • Sun Oracle deal raises partner questions

    The medium term future of Sun will look much safer if Oracle's proposed $7.4bn acquisition goes through, but while it may help to provide some assurances for end-user customers it could present cha...

  • Oracle buys Sun

    Oracle looks set to pick up Sun Microsystems after the highly acquisitve vendor said it would pay out in cash at $9.50 a share. IBM had been in discussions with Sun with expectations that the talk...

  • Darling aims to save £15bn in Budget

    The chancellor Alistair Darling is expected to announce savings of £15bn as a result of improved efficiencies in government departments in the Budget later this week, chiming in with calls al...

  • Worst of recession over, says CBI

    The UK economy hit rock bottom during the first month of 2009 as the recession deepened beyond all expectations but according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) the worst of the quarter...

  • Cisco adds third layer to channel finance scheme

    Cisco Capital is adding another weapon to its armoury with the launch of a 2% rebate scheme for deals valued at £50,000 to £500,000 that comprise over 50% Cisco kit.

  • Best Buy eyeing up 30 store launch plan

    US retailer Best Buy is sizing up options to open 30 stores in the UK as part of its plans to launch into the British market next year.

  • SMEs stray onto cybercrime radar

    If there is one message that resellers can take out to customers from the Symantec EMEA Internet Security Threat Report for 2008 it is about the increasing vulnerability of the SME sector. The dow...

  • Digital Britain critical to UK competitiveness, Brown says

    UK content for UK users, supported by a super-fast, universally accessible digital network, is what the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called for this morning.

  • Big ticket ERP sales struggling to convince users

    The price tag on large ERP system purchases has become too difficult for most customers to swallow in the current climate. Not only are the up-front costs a barrier but the on-going requirement to...

  • Capital drying up for tech companies

    The capital that greases the wheels of commerce in the channel has become harder to access and its absence is undermining the ability for some companies to operate.