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  • Barclays is listening if you have the right business model

    Billy MacInnes applauds Barclays telling the channel it wants to lend but is rather worried about just who would get the thumbs up from the bank 

  • The Big Blue bank

    Billy MacInnes finds that when the banks fail to provide credit vendors have to plug the gap leading IBM to stump up an extra $4bn for global partners 

  • It's not easy to be an SME

    However enthusiastically the government extols the virtues of an economy driven by entrepreneurship and SMEs, the fact remains that it’s not easy being a small company, says Billy MacInnes 

  • Where does HP go from here?

    With more hard times still ahead for HP, Billy MacInnes wonders where the firm's turnaround will come from. 

  • NHS Finance Management isn't the envy of the world

    There were some complaints about the depiction of the NHS in the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics. Maybe people were upset that the dancers were all dressed up as nurses and patients. 

  • Wandisco shows how flotations can be done

    The tech industry has a mixed track record with flotations. Facebook anyone? But as Nick Booth finds out there are some vendors doing it well 

  • Would you credit it? The banks are given yet another chance to do their job

    The banks have been given another chance to offer credit to cash-strapped SMEs but Billy MacInnes wonders if this will be any better than the other schemes already offered 

  • Credit will have to flow if SME growth ambitions come to fruition

    The question of credit has always been a contentious one in the channel and in recent years so many small firms have despaired of ever getting money they have not even bothered to apply to the banks. But confidence does seem to be returning and the ... 

  • Best value for government contracts? What about everyone else?

    Interesting to see Lord Digby Jones, former head of the CBI, calling on the government to change its procurement strategy and use "best value" rather than" best price" as the yardstick for contracts. Although we might quibble ... 

  • Oracle OpenWorld not so open to CEO

    Doesn't look like Oracle's OpenWorld event in San Francisco is all that open after all. What else are we to think of the bizarre story that CEO Mark Benioff has had his keynote speech, due to be presented at the event today (5 October)...