• Five minute interview: Philippos Nikiforou, MailQuatro

    This week, MicroScope puts its questions to Philippos Nikiforou, founder of hosted business email specialist MailQuatro. What is the best/worst advice you have received and from whom? Best advice ever received: work when others sleep, from my high ...  Continue Reading

  • Call for evidence

    The Löfstedt Review into health and safety legislation, announced by the Government in March, has issued a call for evidence, inviting views from all interested parties on the scope for reducing the burden of health and safety regulation on UK ...  Continue Reading

  • Name and shame scheme for late payers will only work if they feel shame

    The Forum of Private Business is on the warpath over late payers. It has set up a 'late payment hall of shame' and is encouraging small businesses to provide details anonymously of companies that are late in paying their bills.  Continue Reading

  • Keep the communication channels open to retain customers

    A recent survey by Pitney Bowes has suggested resellers should communicate more with their customers if they want to keep them. It found that lack of communication was one of the major reasons for suppliers getting sacked by customers.  Continue Reading

  • It's criminal...

    There may be times when employers want to see if their employees - potential as well as actual - have criminal records. Checks can be made with the Criminal Records Bureau but employers need to be aware that the CRB website ceased operation at the ...  Continue Reading

  • Many happy (late) returns

    How many employers have wondered if an excuse is genuine when an employee rings in - from holiday - saying that they'll be a few days late when coming back to work? A recent case - Bhopal v Virgin Media Ltd -offers a little guidance on the matter.  Continue Reading

  • Daisy sated after 15-course meal, but you ain't seen nothing yet

    Would you like to take a look at the sweet trolley, sir? Any tea or coffee for you? Just a mint, then? It is ... wafer thin... If the Board over at acquisitive channel comms provider Daisy Group are to be taken at their word.  Continue Reading

  • Match maker

    Small to medium sized businesses based in the South East of England with 2 to 249 staff who want to invest in staff training can apply for a matched grant of upto £1000. The funding is being offered through The Leadership and Management ...  Continue Reading

  • Opinion: Why are web site attacks on the rise?

    Recent high-profile Web security breaches have caused organisations in both the private and public sectors to take a deeper look into the security measures they have in place as well as to question why there is such a recent concentration of attacks.  Continue Reading

  • Sickies on the wane?

    It's always been surprising just how many staff who, on national TV, admits to pulling a sickie without actually being anywhere near unwell. Well it seems that employers are cottoning onto this problem.  Continue Reading