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Why is there so little support for small service businesses who want to innovate?

When innovation is mentioned by the government and media, they usually refer to manufacturing or high tech SMEs. But 70% of small companies are service businesses, and with only a little help, they can innovate more too. And because they can move faster, the payback from their innovation can be seen in months, rather than years. As a nation we need this growth, so why are we largely ignoring the 70% of those who could achieve it for us?

Businesses with a heart

According to Investec Bank, almost 80% of those in the East of England donated to charity last year, with the average total per person £176.85, compared with £186.15 per person for the UK as a whole. It also reveals that the value of people’s donations to charities in 2011 was 12% less than in 2010, so why should businesses develop charitable relationships?

Preparing for a business exhibition or trade show – 10 Top Tips

I recently attended the Meerkats & Avatars 2011 Media Technology exhibition where many new technology products from the East of England were showcased to the national technology press and regional journalists too. I was impressed by the quality of the stands presented and also by the professionalism of the staff from the companies involved. Most of the companies were start-up or small businesses and many of their team hadn’t even attended a business exhibition before, let alone exhibited!

TLC for your eyes

If you sometimes suffer from tired eyes with a gritty or itching sensation, then relief is nearer than you thought. SJIC tenant, Altacor is a specialist ophthalmic pharmaceutical company with expertise in the phenomena of ‘dry eye’, a common problem for computer-users.

Meerkats and Avatars 2010 – Preparing for a changing world

As an investor, I go along to many pitch events and technology demonstrations, and I assure you they are not all as entertaining as Dragon’s Den. “Thank goodness” I hear you say – and quite right too. Raising finance for a business and building your brand is a serious matter, with jobs, families and mortgages all depending on success.

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