Tag Archive: business startup
May 24, 2013 2:23 pm |
One of the best ways to market your business and raise awareness is to interact with your potential customer. It’s an age old saying, people buy from people, and it’s still just as true as ever, if you want to build up your contact and customer lists, the best thing you can do is get yourself to a networking event, or even better still, a business exhibition or trade show.
These events are put together so that a huge number of business owners and users are all put together under one roof, doing a lot of the hard work for you and thousands of potential customers are effectively placed right on your doorstep (or stand).
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March 8, 2013 4:31 pm |
Female entrepreneurs are set to be boosted within the business world, after BoostCapital.co.uk has launched a £10 million fund specifically aimed at women trying to set up businesses.
It’s an old-fashioned standard that men are seen as superior to women and despite equality laws, it’s still apparent that women find it more difficult to access financial help for business purposes, than men.
As today is International Women’s Day, Boost Capital has decided to create the fund in their honour to provide an alternative type of funding to bank lending.
David Abbott, managing director of Boost Capital, said: ‘The UK has a thriving community of female entrepreneurs, but many struggle to secure the suitably-priced funding they need to take their business to the next stage.
‘By establishing this fund, we have a great opportunity to make a real difference to the growing number of female entrepreneurs.’
This fund is a promising step for women in the midst of calls for more equality within the workplace, following today’s release of The Chartered Management Institute’s first White Paper on gender issues.
September 18, 2012 9:21 am |
At 08Direct many of our customers are brand new businesses that people are setting up and operating from home. The reasons behind doing this could be due to you having a great business idea you want to run with or a change in circumstances due to the economic climate.
Either way, like all new and small businesses it’s vital to keep costs to an absolute minimum, which also maximising the potential of your business.
Connect a non-geo phone number or local area code
At 08Direct we do a whole range of non-geographic numbers which can give your company and instant national presence. We have numbers to suit all types of business and uses, and all our numbers come with a free call management package to take your businesses to a whole new level of customer service.
In addition, we can also provide you with local area codes from across the UK. If you want your company to appear as local to London or Manchester, and you’re based in Wales, we can set up numbers which will send calls to your house or mobile number.
Along with all our products, we offer the best rates around for local numbers. Each come with a free number, free setup, free call services and best of all, no minimum contract.
When working with 08Direct at no point will you be asked to enter into a contract, all our packages are rolling monthly, all we require is 30 days notice before cancellation.
For more information on our range of local numbers, or indeed all our products please don’t hesitate to speak to our account managers. Email: email@example.com, or call: 0844 504 4000.
March 29, 2012 9:48 am |
At 08Direct we specialise in providing a wide range of businesses with complete inbound call solutions. By choosing to work with us you don’t need to worry about credit checks or setup fees, and all new customers will receive our FREE Call Management Package worth £199.
We offer a full range of 08 numbers, including 0844, 0800 and 0845. Whether you want to divert these numbers to a landline or a mobile, we have the systems in place to ensure all your needs are met.
What number is best for your company?
Choose a free 0844 number and give your business a professional look
By introducing an 0844 number you will instantly give your company a national presence. Your customers benefit from the fact they are charged a fixed rate of 5p per minute, regardless of where they are calling from (providing they are calling from a UK landline).
An 0844 number is ideal for small and new businesses as it gives you a big company image as you can advertise a national number, for a your local business.
Your free 0844 number can be connected instantly, and as we don’t do minimum contracts you free to decide how you want your account to progress.
By introducing an 0844 number you can introduce a new revenue stream
In addition to all the advantages above, by connecting an 0844 number with 08Direct you can start earning extra number from your inbound calls.
Once you have started to receive lots of calls every month, you can earn a rebate from us. This works by us splitting the 5p for every minute between the suscriber and provider, meaning your company earns money from your customers calling you.
Get a free phone 0800 number and help increase sales
By providing your customers with a free to call 0800 number you make your company far more accessible. Research has shown that you can increase business enquiries by up to 175% by providing a free contact service.
At 08Direct we have just changed our 0800 number packages, to make our rates the best in the UK. You can get connected for just £4.99 a month, for this you can receive up to 550 inclusive inbound minutes.
Just like 0844, to connect your 0800 number we don’t require any credit checks, minimum contract, and don’t need to pay any setup fees.
Plus, all new customers will benefit from our FREE Call Management Package which includes a Call Whisper, Fax-to-Email, Welcome Message and Voicemail.
For more details on our packages, and to content your number please Visit Our Numbers Page.
October 14, 2011 12:20 pm |
Steve Jobs’ passing was rightly lamented in the world’s media, but I wonder how many people will note the passing of Dennis Ritchie? Far fewer, I’ll bet, but arguably he was many, many times more important to IT innovation than the Apple founder.
Ritchie’s software creations and their direct descendants run pretty much everything we use online today, including Jobs’ own devices like the iPhone.
When you visit a website and your PC asks you to run Java…that’s based on Dennis Ritchie’s C programming language, a shorthand of words, numbers and punctuation. Successors like C++ also build on the ideas, rules and grammar that Mr. Ritchie designed.
He also came up with the Unix operating system which has similarly had a rich and enduring impact. Unix and its free, open-source variant, Linux, underpins nearly everything online. It powers many of the world’s data centres, like those at Google and Amazon, so much so that 70% of all web servers use it. Its technology also serves as the foundation of operating systems like Apple’s Mac OS, iOS on your iPhone, Android on your smartphone, the base system in your wifi router at home …
So, you may not realise it but Dennis Ritchie’s inventions touch your life every single day and although he may not be as well-known as Mr Jobs, his IT legacy will live on for many generations to come.
Requiscat in Pace, dmr.
October 13, 2011 9:32 am |
The saga involving Carlos Tevez, the controversial Argentine footballer, drags on with today’s news that he’ll get a disciplinary hearing at Manchester City.
You don’t have to be a football fan to have heard about Tevez. He is one of Man City’s biggest stars and earns a ridiculous amount of money each week, but the press has been full of stories for months about how he isn’t happy and wants to go back to South America.
Unsurprisingly, this doesn’t go down well with either the fans or the club that is paying him so much money. When he then allegedly refused to play in a recent match (something he denies), this was the final straw and Man City launched an investigation. Tevez is now going to get a disciplinary hearing.
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October 12, 2011 8:41 am |
Blackberry is under pressure from all angles
BlackBerry users now find themselves facing a 3rd consecutive day of service disruption.
As a result, RIM, BlackBerry’s maker, whose recent financial results have disappointed investors (we blogged about it here ) is now under further pressure as it faces the prospect of losing subscribers who are disgruntled due to service quality.
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October 10, 2011 1:45 pm |
Unrealistic optimism is a human trait that influences our views on everything from personal relationships to politics and finance.
According to a recent study, published in Nature Neuroscience, optimism is not just a person’s chosen demeanour or outlook, there are scientific reasons behind your relative positivity towards life.
According to the study, the brain is very good at processing good news about the future but in some people, anything negative is practically ignored. These are the people who hold a positive world view – sometimes an unrealistically positive view even when you are being presented with evidence to the contrary.
So the question is, are good business leaders optimists? Or is a degree of pessimism healthy? Does optimism blind you to risks and dangers? Or does pessimism simply drag you under with low morale?
And do you agree with the study or do you believe that you can choose to have a positive or negative outlook?
Let us know what you think.