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  • Business Links bite the dust as the cuts continue

    It was with not a great deal of surprise but a sense of dismay that the news of the axing of Business Links floated across the desk. This network of support centres not only helped establish businesses by advising on grants and how to handle the red... 

  • Will Arrow ECS target the right credit note with resellers?

    Amid yesterday's slew of acquisition stories was the takeover of UK distributor Sphinx Group by market mover and shaker Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions. Consolidation is a natural evolution of a maturing market but many of the resellers that bu... 

  • A budget lacking IT substance

    What was lacking in the emergency budget delivered by the Chancellor George Osborne was any real talk of the necessity of maintaining an investment in ensuring Britain remained at the forefront of web and creative developments. Previous budgets have... 

  • Get big or get out?

    That old phrase 'get big, get niche or get out' always comes out at moments like these with the news that another specialist distributor has been snapped up by a larger rival. The acquisition of Sphinx, known for security and networking amongst othe... 

  • Cameron will be hoping England do the business tonight

    The World Cup has started in earnest and it has provided a welcome distraction from the talk of cuts and emergency budgets. As the teams do their best on the various fields of play in South Africa there will be some in government hoping that England... 

  • Statistics and arguments surround economic predictions

    That phrase 'lies, damned lies and statistics' is an apt one to describe the arguments that have erupted over the health of the UK economy. Former Chancellor Alistair Darling has been waiting all weekend for the arrival of the latest projections fro... 

  • The fear of a double-dip recession in buyer's minds

    There was an interesting phrase that stuck in the mind after my meeting with Micro Focus yesterday morning. Talking about its research which showed that the 'more with less' mentality was going to stick around for a while the vendor's CTO Stuart McGi... 

  • Support as well as cuts needed to boost UK Plc

    The Prime Minister David Cameron has proved he doesn't know how to pick a winner when it comes to the horses but you hope it might do a bit better when it comes to helping British business. Cameron is making one of his first speeches about business ... 

  • Cut to save £6bn but don't axe compliance expertise

    One of the dangers that George Osborne must face as he sits there doodling numbers in the margins of the reports that he is getting given as Chancellor is that he cuts expertise as he trims costs. What is becoming quite clear is that although a sign... 

  • Why the word 'recovery' is coupled with the description 'fragile'

    Increasingly it is not possible to talk about recovery without adding somewhere in close proximity the word 'fragile'. Things might be getting better but that comes with a fair amount of small print. The small print of course includes caveats like t...