The government is putting more pressure on large companies to pay smaller suppliers promptly with a threat to name and shame those that do not comply with proposed changes to supplier payment rules.
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Michael Fallon, the business and enterprise minister, has written to 350 of the top FTSE companies to ask them to sign up to a prompt payment code to help those small businesses that are waiting for months to get hold of the money they are owed.
The subject of prompt payments is a continual bug bear for SMEs that are struggling with cash flow and is often a subject raised by the Forum of Small Businesses (FSB) and the Forum of Private Business as an area the government needs to do more.
Former Cisco marketing director for collaboration Tim Stone is crossing over to video networking specialist Polycom to become vice president of its EMEA marketing operations.
Working alongside EMEA president Gary Rider, Stone has been tasked with the development of new marketing strategies to support Polycom’s business activities and grow market share, with a particular emphasis on pushing adoption of its RealPresence collaboration technology.
Extreme Networks is to embark on an emergency cost-cutting programme after customers put the brakes on their spending plans.
Issuing updated guidance for the three month period to 31 December 2012 – Extreme’s fiscal Q2 – the networking vendor said its sales were going to come in at about $75m (£46.7m), the lower end of previously announced guidance.
Cloud BI specialist Birst has formed the nucleus of a UK-specific channel offering with the signing of information management solutions reseller Acuma.
The San Francisco-based firm arrived in the UK last year – although it had served the market out of the States before that – and has spent the past few months identifying customer prospects and building up both a pipeline of business and a portfolio of local references to take to the wider market.
The former international services director at SCC has taken up a similar role at Bull UK and Ireland with a brief to grow the vendor's managed services business.
Jackie Raybould started in the position as services director looking after service delivery and operations at Bull last month and will spend her time making sure that the support the firm offers its aligned to its initiatives, which include cloud and managed services.
Managed services provider Logicalis UK has elevated COO Mark Starkey to the post of managing director, replacing Tom Kelly, who is stepping down next month after nine years at the wheel.
Channel support specialist Comms-care has elevated a number of personnel to new management roles in order to streamline its internal processes and limit the emergence of silos within the business.
Financial giant Barclays has told the channel that it is willing to lend and talk to resellers that are looking for financial support.
IBM has announced a reshuffle of its senior management team resulting in the unveiling of a fresh face in the UK chief executive role.