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  • HMRC rule changes to hit PAYE on termination payments

    January does seem to have a 'taxing' theme about it and as if to prove a point, here's another change that from April 2011 will affect readers. HMRC has announced changes to PAYE regulations that mean from 6 April 2011, employers may need to withhold... 

  • Windows 7 tablets leave Microsoft breathless

    Microsoft has launched its latest salvo against Apple's iPad, extolling the virtues of Windows 7-based tablets to enterprise customers, according to some slides from a Microsoft presentation to reseller partners obtained by ZDNet. Some unkind souls ... 

  • Public sector cuts hitting small IT companies, worse to come

    The news that almost 8,000 IT companies were on Begbies Traynor's red flag alert report in the fourth quarter of 2010 makes for sombre reading, especially when you consider the figure is 9% up year on year and 27% higher than for the third quarter. B... 

  • 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 ...