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  • Dead Men Don't Read Mailshots - Capscan's new service will save you from investigating phoney leads

    Scenes from the Steve Martin film Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, a spoof on the genre of tough guy private detectives, usually played by Humphrey Bogart. Do Dead Men Read Junk Mail? If not, Capscan can save you from investigating dead leads. ... 

  • Incorporate now

    If you are in the early stages of setting up a new business or you are an existing, but unincorporated business, say a partnership or sole trader, now may be a good time to consider changing to a limited company. This is because in the last budge... 

  • Exporting help

    More British exporters, including many SMEs, are now eligible to apply for short term credit insurance from ECGD, the UK export credit agency. ECGD's short term insurance has previously only been available for capital exports, making it of inter... 

  • Get some protection

    Small businesses need to do more to protect and exploit their innovations, according to research published by the Intellectual Property Office. The 'Intellectual Property Awareness Survey of Business' has shown that only 15 percent of small comp... 

  • Crackdown on drink and drug driving

    A package of measures to tackle drink and drug driving has been announced by the Government. Drivers need to know that improved testing equipment to detect drink and drug drivers is to be bought and changes will be made to "streamline"... 

  • Times were hard back then: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (10)

    If you think times are tough now in the computing industry, you should have seen it in the early days. Think of the poor managing director of a failed company spotted in conference with five burly representatives of an aggrieved component supplie... 

  • Never knowingly refused?

    John Lewis, theretailer, is to introduce a policy which will go well beyond any legal obligation to please consumers. Whilst the firm is well known for its 'never knowingly undersold' warranty that means that it aims to always be the cheapest on... 

  • When IT was a world of sex and alcohol: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (4)

    People like to say the Germans have no sense of humour, but Soap has recorded proof to the contrary. Back in 1987, microcomputer manufacturer Altos Computer Systems (remember Altos?) sent a telex (remember them?) to its German operation asking for a ... 

  • Misleading Advertising - don't

    The UK's consumer protection legislation has been beefed up in recent years, most notably with the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 (CPRs) which bans unfair commercial practices. In a high profile case, two brothers - Vic... 

  • Sniping the snoopers

    BusinessMan posted on 3 March that following a Press Complaints Commission case involving Twitter users should not expect to have any privacy when it comes to social media postings. Well as soon as the ruling was made the EU Justice Minister, Vi...