So Philip Hammond raised the rate of National Insurance for the self-employed in his first budget. Not only did he break an election pledge but the raise has been defended as “fair”. Is it fair? Here’s my opinion. As an employee, I sign some forms when I join work and hand my employer my National • Read More »
Wow, that was smooth. Google has simplified its logo, ridding the world of the slightly old-fashioned, serif font that we have known for nearly 17 years and replaced it with a sans-serif font. Initially, I was both surprised and a little dismayed that something so familiar was replaced without a word of warning but, at • Read More »
With less than two weeks to go until the election we now have a letter from 5,000 small businesses pledging their allegiance to one party and it’s the blue party again. Furthermore, that letter is once again published in The Telegraph where, this morning, the newspaper’s website calls it a “boost for David Cameron”…
Having been out of the professional business and journalism loop for the last year, the item in the news today that caught my ear was that The Conservatives wheeled out their 100 business leaders as signatories backing another parliament of blue bosses. It seems that, in retaliation, The Labour Party said that “zero hours contracts” • Read More »
I recently received a phone call from a local small business, asking for my assistance. Owning a mass of domain names, websites and email accounts, they were having trouble understanding and managing their portfolio, so I agreed to step in to organise and consolidate their web assets.
Running a business where I purchase domain names (and set up web hosting) on behalf of my clients, I’ve had quite a few emails from domain name registrars trying to market the new tranch of Top Level Domains (TLDs). I must admit that I’ve been far too busy to really take much notice of these • Read More »
Are you sitting comfortably? No, really, are you sitting comfortably? Reading this on your desktop PC, laptop, tablet or mobile device you may think that you are sitting comfortably but now that I’ve got your attention, you may probably be more acutely aware of your posture than you were before.
Watching the 10 o’clock news last night on BBC iPlayer I was encouraged to see the story about British companies bringing work back to these isles after many years of offshoring. The benefits of offshoring from a British business point of view are obvious – If you can cut costs by using foreign workers on • Read More »
Every once in a while something crops up in the world of search marketing that really piques my interest. Caffeine, Hilltop, Panda, Penguin and Hummingbird and all those updates and refreshes in all their versions, if appropriate, are usually talked about ad nauseam and there’s often little to be added to the conversation because there’s nothing • Read More »