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  • The evolving lifecycle of the vendor distie relationship

    Murray Pearce, sales director at Vigil Software, looks at the changing role of distribution in the overallchannel relationship. Ahost of varied opinions on the role of the distributor have been voiced over the past couple of months following the anno... 

  • Late payment help? Yes? No? Maybe?

    The Government has announced some new measures that may or may not help businesses in their never-ending quest to beat the problem of being paid late. The measures only seem to be aimed at Government suppliers. The key points in the announcement mean... 

  • Sell Cell Sel

    Ever wondered why some products sell better than others? Well web entrepreneur, Charles Duncombe, the man behind the Just Say Please group, has found that just a single spelling mistake on an online shopping page can halve sales of that product. ... 

  • Name and shame

    Businesses that are serious late payers are causing their suppliers unnecessary hardship and misery according to the Forum of Private Business. Many companies are afraid to speak up because they fear losing work and business. However, the FPB has a L... 

  • Submission omission

    Anyone who pays tax on a self assessment basis - the rich, entrepreneurs or those with abnormal financial affairs - know that they have to pay tax on account. For the tax year 2009/10 as an example, they'll make payments on 31 January and 31 July 201... 

  • Are you becoming a bank?

    According to the recently released SME Finance Monitor, only two-thirds of small firms (that is, those with fewer than 10 employees) are getting the finance they need. A third of small firms are turned down when they apply for loans. But in fact the ... 

  • Illegal workers face fair dismissal

    Over recent years employment law has been tightened to the point that employers caught with staff who are without the right to work in the UK risk a £10,000 fine per employee caught. A serious matter. So can an employer dismiss someone where th... 

  • Say a prayer?

    Everyone is entitled to their beliefs, religious or otherwise, but how far does this extend to the workplace? A recent decision in Cherfi v G4S Security Services Ltd, saw the Employment Appeals Tribunal uphold a Tribunal decision that a security serv... 

  • Finding good graduates

    School's out for summer - great news for some but for others, the entry into the world of work made hard by the sheer pressure to find a job against the odds. Research from High Fliers reckons that in 2010-11 some 343000 graduates were chasing jobs, ... 

  • Grasping the nettle

    The Government - no matter which party runs it - has been, and still is, perplexed as to how to reform Income Tax and National Insurance Contributions. The ideal situation is an integration of both - but how? That's where the call for evidence co...