Products and Services

is4profit is pleased to offer a number of products and services to help your small business prosper. From website design and promotion, telephone legal services and cheaper gas, electric and phone bills to our network consultancy, there are products for every SME that will help them achieve greater profits. Read on…

5 Ways to Make Your Website Work Harder for your Business

5 Ways to Make Your Website Work Harder for your Business

The world of digital content and search has completely transformed over recent years, with Google algorithm updates eliminating ‘black hat’ (unorthodox or unethical) SEO techniques, and pushing the industry towards quality digital content that targets and pleases customers, as well as Google’s own rules. Failure to toe the digital content line can not only result in ranking relegation, it adds nothing to the business’s online offering. With this in mind, here are five key considerations for businesses looking to ensure their website performs at its peak. Make it personal A key element of creating effective digital content is an understanding of who it is being created for, and what the desired outcome of the content is. To increase conversions and interest in the company’s products and ser... »

DHL Parcel Delivery Services

If you’re looking for a fast and efficient parcel delivery service, use DHL. By booking and arranging a collection online (, you can save up to 50% when sending your documents and parcels. With DHL, international and UK parcel delivery is easy. Simply pack your parcel, book your collection, pay by credit card or PayPal and a DHL courier will collect. Furthermore, DHL knows you sometimes have to work late. So as long as you book your collection by midnight, DHL will be round the next working day. To send your parcel now, visit and benefit from: Free track and trace Excellent service reliability Free signature on delivery Next working day collection »

Barclays Business Banking

  Get started with Barclays Business banking In addition to helping you shape your business idea, create a business plan and find the funding, we have a package to give you all the help you need to start your business. Every working minute1 a new business opens an account with us. That’s because we offer much more than you’d expect from a business account. Business start-up accounts Get everything you’d expect from a Barclays Business account… Free business banking for up to two years2 Free automated transactions when your free business banking period ends Your own Local Business Manager Free day-to-day support from our Barclays Business Team by phone 24/7 Manage your business account in Online Banking or by phone and in branch …and so much more Free CRED... »

Easynet Connect Fibre

Easynet Connect Fibre

New for 2010! A new 100Mbps fibre Internet access service for a fixed rate price of £15k a year within the M25 – high speed, reliable and affordable What is it? Easynet Connect Fibre is an uncontended, reliable and competitive Internet access service offering fast speeds of 100Mb. Unlike traditional leased lines, Easynet Connect Fibre is fixed at an annual price of £15k a year, plus £5k set up fee** and is backed up with 99.9% availability, and a guaranteed fix time through our 24×7 UK based customer support. Where is it available? Initially Easynet Connect Fibre is available at this price to business customers within the M25. If your business is outside of this area please do register your interest or call our sales team for more options. Why Fibre? We know what businesses need... »

The Tiller Girls

The term ‘Till’ takes many forms; it’s used to describe unstratified soil deposited by a glacier consisting of sand, clay, gravel and boulders mixed together. Also, a public treasury for government funds is referred to as a till and of course you can till the soil. Let’s also not forget the good old fashioned cash box or, as it is today, the POS terminals, which are electronic devices for calculating and recording sales transactions with attached cash drawers for storing money. Before the till, one of the earliest inventions for keeping track of commercial transactions was the abacus, which was invented over 4,500 years ago in the middle-east. The forerunner of today’s POS terminals, the cash register, was invented in 1879 by James Ritty, a saloonkeeper in Dayton, Ohio. He introduced a muc... »

Security is not a Hundred Per Cent – The Human Factor

Many IT analysts have reported that the number one concern that keeps company CEO’s awake at night is security. The IT security industry supplies many and varied IT security products and services and yet still the breaches occur. You only have to look at recent news bulletins about lost government data and the customer banking details that were mislaid, as well as the recent example of the American hacker, Albert Gonzalez, who, along with a Russian gang of criminals, stole data from more than 130 million bank accounts from Heartland Payment Systems. This New Jersey company processes payments for retailers including 7-Eleven Stores and Hannaford supermarkets. The retailers are an attractive target, as the point-of-sale (POS systems) collect a massive amount of customer financial data which,... »

Handheld Computers Liberate the Worker

As the cost of rugged handhelds has reduced and mobile communications have improved, you see them deployed in more and more applications across different industries. By giving the worker direct access to pertinent information and allowing them to conduct business at the point of a transaction or information capture, you increase efficiency and liberate your staff. What’s exciting is that the future of mobile computing is exploding before our very eyes. For instance, the recent introduction of Google’s Android will spur many hitherto unheard of applications. There is an Android application that lets you input barcode information into your phone in order to obtain information about products. So if you are in a shop and you see something that you like, but want some more informati... »

Striving for Better Efficiency

Studying how people work and how we can improve efficiency reminds me of the old time and motion studies that were so popular in the mid 1950’s. These white coated figures would roam factories with their stop watches. The purpose of a time and motion study would be used to reduce the number of motions in performing a task in order to increase productivity and even reduce staff numbers. No wonder they were viewed as the enemy by the employees. It conjures up the image of Peter Sellers as the shop steward in the British comedy called I’m Alright Jack. Thankfully things have moved on since then. However, I remember that during the recession of the 1990’s a new business buzzword appeared on the landscape of best practice – ‘downsizing’. I think this meant di... »

The SME Owner Manager Juggling with Technology

Picture this scenario, a small business that makes things, takes orders, packs them and ships them; usually starts out with quite basic processes and for a while, they fulfil the purpose albeit just adequately. The owner manager feels in control as he oversees the orders, adjusts his stock position and then coordinates delivery to the customer; he instructs his dedicated staff every step of the way. But what happens as his company grows? Enter technology. Many small companies start by putting in a system for this and a system in for that. The result being that instead of having an end to end integrated management system, they end up with a disparate technology environment with point solutions that do not communicate and often turns out to be a false economy. Today more than ever it’s... »

Charities Have Smartened Up

Not so long ago charity shops tended to be no more than glorified jumble sale outlets, so the fact that they have survived so long was more to do with the efforts of the persistent bargain hunter and charity supporter rather than smart merchandising. To think that the first charity shop or second hand clothing shop was set up by the Salvation Army in the 19th century. However, modern charity shops did not appear until after world war two with the first of these being operated by Oxfam in 1947. One of the main advantages the charity shop has is that many are located in the town centre high streets, taking prime positions along side mainstream retail outlets. Over the years the high street has experienced a major overhaul as shops and cafes modernised to cater to the increasingly sophisticat... »

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