August 2011 Noteworthy News

August 2011 Noteworthy News

The high days and holidays started with a month dominated by news of a business’s standard practice included hacking, the US managed to overtake the headline-grabbing with the standard dominant phrase of debt ceiling. This headline will likely change, over the coming weeks, as we learn more about their economy predictions, long term issues and [...]
July 2011 Intermediary A-Musing

July 2011 Intermediary A-Musing

Engage Crowd Sourcing for Small Business We don’t offer loyalty cards. We’ve never done BOGOF. We’re not intending to join Groupon, give out discount cards or a free coffee reward for every 3 that you take with us. And, for the record, we’re not meanies. The reason that we don’t do any of the above [...]
July 2011 Noteworthy News

July 2011 Noteworthy News

Word of the Month has got to be Independent. Starting with Glastonbury’s headline act singing out Independent Woman to "All the Honeys who makin’ money" followed swiftly with singing out for Independent Retailer Month with a kick off Independents’ Day raising awareness of the Independent. Over in the US, Independent labs and specialists, for each [...]
The Independent Survivor’ s Destiny

The Independent Survivor’ s Destiny

No doubt, whatever the next shift is, the Independent will translate any new economy to reflect cultural change, changing use of the high street and redevelopment of our society as have their forbears in our history of trade and commercial activity, from grit to silk. With competition, advancing technology, finance and the economy, as arguably [...]
Indie Business: Still Standing or Standing Still?

Indie Business: Still Standing or Standing Still?

‘I remember when’ can be an ageing phrase but here goes; I remember when a Saturday could be spent going through the shelves looking for something to alight the weekend in the local Independent Record Store.  Willing the discovery of something never heard before,’ I remember when’, only five years ago, browsing and buying, in [...]
Splitting Business 3 Ways

Splitting Business 3 Ways

Having spoken with a lot of micros there appears to be a distinctive three-way split; those not experiencing any difficulties, those beginning to experience difficulties or those who are throwing in the towel. A 3-way split which might be applicable to all sectors and at most levels, but listening to a micro or small business [...]