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  • Don't let banks control your destiny, says boss of new online angel for start ups, Business.co.uk

    Here's Nick Ogden. He was around at the dawn of the internetand, unlike many of us, he didn't squander his opportunity. Now the founder of WorldPay wants to give something back by helping startups Yesterday this column met Nick Ogden (see picture), i... 

  • The banks have to start lending again

    Now and again I'm afraid to admit I catch the One Show on TV. Most of the time the programme seems to be full of items either promoting forthcoming programmes or helping keep an odd assortment of presenters employed. But the other night a feature on... 

  • What is the right services model for the channel?

    Should services be sold on behalf of vendors or independently? That's a question that has exercised the minds of quite a few channel partners in recent times. A number of businesses will have already made the required investment to build up their... 

  • Corporation Tax alert for businesses

    HMRC has issued an urgent alert about important changes to Corporation Tax coming in this April. The changes will require all company tax returns sent in from April 2011 to be filed online, for accounting periods ending after 31 March 2010, in a spec... 

  • An orchestra of one: Is Ballmer feeling lonely at the top?

    News of yet another executive leaving Microsoft with the departure ofWindows 7 boss Brad Brooksreminded me of something that I saw at the weekend. My eldest daughter, who is going through a Frank Sinatra/Gene Kelly phase (it's great to see), got a DV... 

  • Snow joke for Comet parent company

    I've no doubt that Kesa Electricals, parent of electrical retailer Comet, is correct to blame the bad weather for a 7.3% decline in UK revenue for the three months ended 18 January. We all know just how bad the snow was and the effect it had on peopl... 

  • Credit insurers show their power yet again with HMV

    The channel knows only too well the impact that credit insurers can have on a business so the experiences of HMV will be all too familiar. The high street seller of DVDs and music has seen its stock price drop to a record low after it revealed that ... 

  • All in a flutter over Apple's Jobsworth

    The market has been getting a bit over-excited by the news that Apple CEO Steve Jobs is to take a medical leave of absence. The share price fell 5%, losing $19bn in value after the announcement. But this isn't the first time Jobs has taken a back sea... 

  • Norris sticks to his guns

    Back in 2002, on the occasion of MicroScope's 20th anniversary, Computacenter CEO Mike Norris said: "I've got a great job that I still enjoy doing and get well paid for it...I look forward to being a valuable contributor to your 30th anniversary... 

  • PAYE modernisation moves closer with Real Time Information

    Modernising the PAYE system through real time information moved a step closer as HMRC published a consultation document: " Improving the operation of Pay As You Earn: Collecting Real Time Information". PAYE Real Time Information means ...