Monthly Archives: September 2012

Big Corporates Choking SMEs With Late Payment – Survey

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Late payments debt high enough to put UK SMEs out of business

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /London/ +++ As the number of British small and medium-sized businesses facing late payments reaches more than a million – with a total aggregated outstanding debt of almost £36.4 billion, many SMEs are in danger of going under.

That’s the startling finding according to new research undertaken for payment specialists BACS.

According to the shocking findings, nationally, the average amount owed to one of Britain’s SMEs is £36,000 – yet 35 percent of SMEs reported that late payment debts of up to just £20,000 would be enough to put them out of business, in a survey by BACS Payment Schemes, the company the runs the Direct Debit system. Continue reading

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Euro crisis to last a decade – Farage

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Nigel Farage with Members of the University of York Freedom Association Society (Photo credit: The Freedom Association)

Currency crisis to bring ‘creeping European dictatorship’

ECM Plus /London/ +++ Businesses trying to plan investment for the future and commerce with increasing mountains of bureaucratic ‘jobsworth’ red tape, compliance, regulations and directives from across the sea had a wake up call this week.

Responding to the ‘State of the Union’ speech by Eurocrat Manuel Barroso, UKIP leader Nigel Farage said Barroso had “totally underestimated the complete fanaticism, Mr Barroso of you, your college of commissioners and the European central bank.” Continue reading

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Third amendment for open source Joomla CMS

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Joomla releases Version 3.0

Open source content management system now optimized for native display of content on mobile devices with Twitter bootstrap

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /London/ +++ Joomla, the open source content management systems has just launched Version 3.0 along with new features PostgreSQL driver and a new front-end template.

According to Joomla, the CMS can now display content on mobile devices as clearly and distinctly as it does on a personal computer or Mac. Continue reading

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REVIEW: Honestech Audio Recorder 3.0 Plus with USB Cassette Player

By ECM PLUS REVIEWS LAB

ECM Plus +++ With just a few clicks convert your analogue audio content into digital with the Honestech Audio Recorder 3.0 Plus.

Convert all of your music, including cassettes, LPs and 8-track tapes, into MP3s, WAV files, audio CDs and MP3 CDs, and listen to them on your portable music players, preserving and backing up your audio. Continue reading

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Dell data safe for ‘a thousand years’ with M-DISC

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CEO Michael Dell. Dell Began as a Storage Company (Photo credit: Dell

Dell first to offer business clients the ultimate in disc data storage with M-DISC technology

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /London/ +++ Computer behemoth Dell is to begin offer a permanent storage solution to its European customers with the integration of M-DISC compatible LG Electronics DVD and Blu-ray optical drives in its laptop and desktop computers. Continue reading

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Businesses boot out banks as ‘trust’ collapses

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Survey finds SMEs divorcing bank managers

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /London/ +++ Bank managers are being ditched and divorced, as accountants, lawyers and finance directors become the most trusted financial advisers, according to new research into small to medium-sized enterprises.

The new research of 1,000 British small to medium-sized companies by Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance looked at SMEs attitudes and how they really felt about who they trust to keep their business on track. Continue reading

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Finance reports ‘out of date’ and ‘inaccurate’ – survey

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46 per cent of finance departments believe reports they produce are never used

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /London/ +++ Nearly half of managers and directors view reports produced by someone else no more than once per week. An alarming 46 per cent of finance professionals believe that they produce reports that are never used and 63 per cent believe that senior managers should make more use of financial information. Continue reading

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ISP finds British ‘bulldog spirit’ alive and well

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Britons proud of being British – Plusnet ISP survey

Plusnet reveals eight out of ten people are proud to be British

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /London/ +++ Internet Service Provider Plusnet has revealed that 81% of the nation feel proud to be British.

Plusnet commissioned a survey, with focus groups and insights from psychologist Dr. Cliff Arnall, which found that 80% of Brits say family gives them sense of pride.

Plusnet CEO Jamie Ford said: “This year Plusnet changed its strapline to ‘We’ll do you proud’ which, by coincidence, has been a rather fitting move given the events of 2012.”

Added Ford: “We’re certainly a proud nation when it comes to our culture, sense of humour and our heritage. However, it is matters closer to home and the everyday actions of family that generates the biggest sense of pride and here at Plusnet, we’re committed to making our customers proud of the products and services we provide every day.”

 


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Canon to acquire Belgian document imaging firm

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Canon blasts into Europe

Japanese vendor Canon plans to acquire I.R.I.S. Group SA to accelerate solutions and services business

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /London/ +++ Imaging behemoth Canon is to launch, via its subsidiary in Europe, a voluntary and conditional public takeover bid in cash for all shares, warrants and stock options of I.R.I.S. Group SA.

According to the Japanese vendor, their bid relates to all shares, including treasury shares, issued by I.R.I.S. Group SA, which are not held by Canon Europa N.V. The bid offers a price of 44.50 euros per share, and the price for warrants  Continue reading

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Big bank insider exposes $20bn UBS tax evasion, awarded $104m

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Whistleblower bags massive $104 million reward for foiling bankster scam

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /Washington, D.C./ +++ Former UBS banker Bradley Birkenfeld has won a massive whistleblower reward of $104 million for his contributions in providing the U.S. Government with insider information on UBS’ illegal offshore banking scheme.

According to the National Whistleblowers Center, this is believed to be the largest reward ever given to an individual whistleblower in the United States and the first major reward issued under the IRS tax whistleblower law. Continue reading

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REVIEWS: Just Wicked Earsay: Musical Fidelity EB-50 In-ear monitors

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By ECM Plus Review Labs

MUSICAL FIDELITY EB-50 In Ear Monitors / Headphones

ECM Plus +++ /Reviews/: Musical Fidelity EB-50 In-Ear Monitors

Better known perhaps around the world for their hign-end audio separates, Musical Fidelity’s first foray into headphones and in-ear monitoring is a bold adventure given the market is so heavily penetrated by big names such as Sennheiser, AKG, Grado, Beyer Dynamic and the usual morass of hi-fi manufacturers. Continue reading

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Good acquires Copiun in collaboration move

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Copiun acquired by Good Technology. Photo: Enterprise 2.0 Conference

Good Technology signs agreement to acquire Copiun

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /London/ +++ Good Technology has acquired Copiun Inc., a privately-held company specialising in secure mobile collaboration.

According to the company, Copiun’s products enable mobile users to access file shares, SharePoint or other document stores from anywhere without a VPN connection or firewall reconfiguration. Continue reading

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Business crowdfunding to boost economy

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Sheffield to play host to crowdfunding event. Photo: Paolo Margari

British business owners become their own financiers, set to make banksters obsolete 

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /London/ +++ So fed up are British business owners with the bankster establishment, their disinterest in lending or supporting the economy that a group of British entrepreneurs, dissatisfied with ‘business-as-usual’, have come together to ‘tear up the rulebook’  and ‘cutting out the middle-men’. Continue reading

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Foundation sues over email and phone hacking allegations

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Electronic Frontier Foundation

EFF says government ‘withholding information’ about ‘unconstitutional spying’

Washington, D.C. – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) sued the Department of Justice (DOJ) today, demanding answers about illegal email and telephone call surveillance at the National Security Agency (NSA). Continue reading

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