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SMEs Warned Over Christmas and January Sales Commerce Crash

Easynet Connect, one of the leading ISPs for small and medium sized enterprises, has today warned SMEs to prepare their connections and employees for the festive period ahead. With the biggest UK online shopping days expected in early December, and high levels of online sales activity expected for the January sales, smaller online retailers need to ensure their connections can cope with the surge in traffic to their websites. At the same time, with more people expected to shop online this year than ever before, SMEs need to have policies in place to ensure their employees do not use significant work hours to hunt for their festive bargains. Andy Sumner, sales and marketing director at Easynet Connect comments, “The festive period is often the most lucrative season for retailers, and ... »

More Support for Start-ups

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has teamed up with Staples as a new partner to support its business start-up pack. The timely partnership will mean all start-ups that join the BCC will now receive a 20 per cent discount voucher* to spend at their local Staples store, helping to give new British businesses a boost. The pack, initially launched to help start-ups during their crucial first year, has been extended to take into account the new challenges that companies are now facing. Part of the development involves the commitment from Staples to support the initiative, which has already won the backing of RBS Group, Blackberry, Dell, Microsoft, BT and AXA. BCC Managing Director John Dunsmure said: “Staples understands what businesses need in terms of stationery and office supplie... »