March 15, 2011
Cisco Research Shows Optimism Is High on SME Agenda for 2011
LONDON, 15th March 2011 - Defying talks of a double-dip recession, the UK's have shown that a 'true grit' approach is the key to a positive 2011. Confidence was high among respondents to a Cisco® survey, with the majority (60 per cent) stating that they believe small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be the drivers of economic in the UK in the next year.
The Cisco Business Heroes Barometer, published today, follows the recent announcement of winners from Cisco's nationwide search for Britain's most resilient SMEs and revealed a highly productive sector - 44 per cent of whom increased their revenues in the last 12 months. Moreover, two-thirds of UK SMEs (66 per cent) are optimistic about their prospects for 2011.
Small have been quick to recognise that when it comes to recovery, their size does matter. Owners and directors of SMEs say that flexibility (56 per cent), agility (54 per cent) and better customer service (49 per cent) make them better able to prosper during a downturn than their larger counterparts.
Promisingly, 41 per cent of the UK's small businesses are beginning to recognise the opportunities that London 2012 will present for them as momentum begins to build up for the Games next year, and 39 per cent recognise the role it will play in kick-starting the UK economy.
David Critchley, Cisco UKI director of Small and Medium Enterprises, said: "True grit is all about toughness and tenacity, and the UK's small businesses have this in bulk. That almost half of SMEs increased their revenues in 2010, amidst talk of nothing but austerity is testament to their role as the engine room of the economy."
Invest in people - 73 per cent intend to recruit more staff in 2011; 74 per cent intend to invest more in training and development.
Embrace technology - 55 per cent intend to invest in and networking infrastructure in 2011; 35 per cent intend to invest in video conferencing and multimedia communications, and 25 per cent intend to invest in cloud computing or open source software.
Recognise the importance of flexibility - 72 per cent plan to invest in technology to support mobile or flexible working arrangements.
Connect digitally - 56 per cent monitor what their customers are saying about them via social media; 49 per cent are using social media to support sales and marketing activity.
"Our Business Heroes campaign has uncovered some amazing businesses that have shown inspiring confidence and fighting spirit, which is exactly what we need to embrace across the economy." concludes Critchley.
The research was commissioned alongside Cisco's Business Heroes Awards, a search for the UK's most resilient SMEs, across six categories: True Grit, New Kid on the Block, Technovator, Green King, Mumpreneur and Borderless Business.
"Continued uncertainty in the economy means that trading conditions are very tough at the moment. We have learned how to respond to such challenges and uncertainties to ensure that we strengthen the business year on year," concurs Louisa Moger, marketing director at Richard Edward, winner of the True Grit category. "To be recognised for our resilience by Cisco is testament to the drive of all those involved in the business and indicative of the UK small business community."
For more information, download the Cisco Business Heroes Barometer Report here.
 The Cisco Business Heroes Barometer was conducted by Loudhouse during January 2011. Five hundred business owners and directors from companies employing between 10 and 100 staff were surveyed online.
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March 08, 2011
February 24, 2011
Are you an anime toy collector or do you just comprehend how well-liked they are? Well, the fact is that because they are so well-liked with both children and collectors alike, some individuals are earning a nice living out of trading anime toys both on and off line. Making money from your hobby is both fun and fairly easy, if you know what you are doing. It is definitely possible for you to profit from them as well.
There are prerequisites to making money from any hobby and trading in anime toys is no exception. You have to actually immerse yourself in the toys and know which ones are hard to acquire and which ones are the most well-liked with enthusiasts. You can acquire this information by reading, yet to be truthful, if you do not already know it, you are probably not interested enough.
If you are not au fait with anime toys, try applying these principles to what you are interested in. Anyway, getting back to anime. There are comics, books and films that you should become familiar with before you can have enough information to begin trading. You need to know the characters and even their personalities.
The easiest way to begin is if you sell what you already have. If you have looked after them, they could be worth quite a bit of money otherwise they will attract a reduced price. This is not necessarily a problem. Sell all your old tat and use that money to buy the most popular examples of anime toys that you can afford, but buy it 'as new' and boxed in its original carton.
The top collectors will only buy 'new unused' in its original packaging, so this is the degree that you have to aspire to. Anything that is second best, unless it is very rare is a waste of time and is only good enough for children to play with. Real collectors only invest in the best - think of coins and stamps.
By selling off your used anime toys, you can achieve a few objectives: you will be 'clearing the decks' yet also providing yourself with start-up capital. Frequently, it is a lack of start up capital that stops individuals from 'having a go'. If it does not cost you anything other than your old toys, which I am sure you will have already grown out of, if you are considering dealing in them, you will not be speculating with your own money actually.
The way to begin is to sell your old stuff in order to get start up capital and then use your specialist knowledge to purchase anime toys that are only in the very best condition. Then you work your way up the ladder until you are trading off line locally or further afield at toy fayres but also on line, say on eBay, in only the very best examples of anime toys. Stick with it and you can earn money, if you are passionate about your subject.
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February 01, 2011
January 10, 2011
The best plan is to attack wrinkles on as many fronts as possible so
that the overall effect of your efforts is cumulative, thanks to all of
the tactics you will use. No matter what, you need to find a good
vitamin that is made for your gender. This is why antioxidants are so
important to the health of your body and skin. Skin that doesn't see
enough sleep is also likely to be dull. So when you rob yourself of good
quality sleep, then you are preventing your body from doing what it
needs to do to keep you healthy and looking good.
It pretty much just depends on what you want and what you think you can do. This is true in lots of different areas.
If you need to change your whole life, don't freak out: there are millions of people who go through the same experience. Your body needs the time you spend sleeping to do repairs and restore all of your "systems". If you truly want to fight wrinkles you need to take a comprehensive battle approach. Do you regularly get a quality amount of sleep? If not, this must be corrected because sleep is imperative in keeping your body healthy both outside and in. Not only do you need to have good nutrition, you need to fight against free radical damage. So if that describes you, then take heart. As we all age, the processes for producing those two substances begins to produce less amounts.
This is done by learning a lot and then taking the right actions.Even for people who already have had wrinkles set in, there's lots to do to get rid of them. Everyone has seen and suffered from having dark circles under our eyes when we don't get enough sleep.
Minerals and antioxidants can provide your body with the nutritional support it needs. Perhaps you may think you're too young to take vitamins, or you eat a balanced diet already.
If you don't yet have wrinkles, you're in a perfect position to keep them from forming at all, even when you get older. The skin on your face is the first to show signs of not getting enough sleep. Your body's elastin and collagen stores directly impact the firmness and elasticity of your skin. Start with small changes and build up over time--you can start by reading this article and using the tips contained within it to help you fight wrinkles at any age.
There is only so much that can be done with a topically applied product but it is a good idea to start using these types of cosmetics for additional support. When you don't know what to buy, ask a dermatologist because his (or her) opinions are considered expert when it comes to figuring out which products are best. You should also look for better quality products that have been made to help your body produce more collagen and elastin.
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January 07, 2011
December 27, 2010
Thousands of websites across the Internet have already adopted the use of the Facebook Like button. What purpose does it serve? How does it benefit your website?
What Is There To Like About 'Facebook Like'?
The Facebook Like button is rapidly becoming one of the most powerful tools that every free website owner must learn to embrace sooner or later, if you have any hope of competing on the Internet for your share of web traffic.
But what exactly is all this hype about the Facebook Like Button? What is it anyway? And why do you need it?
As of this writing, there are well over four hundred million people across the planet earth who have a Facebook account. As a Facebook user, you may already be familiar with the concept of the "Like" button. When you are logged onto Facebook, you can "Like" somebody else's wall post or somebody else's pictures, for example. The concept of "Liking" something is essentially an acknowledgement that you enjoyed viewing that image or that posting, or that you found it informative, or that you agree with it.
So that may seem all well and good for users who are logged onto Facebook and are interacting within its environment. But you may have noticed in the past year or so, that there has been an explosive growth in the adoption of the Facebook Like button on public, free websites, not just content confined to the Facebook application itself! In other words, you can Like any particular web page on the Internet. You are no longer confined to liking wall postings and pictures within Facebook itself. You can Like Internet web pages.
Why are millions of websites now including this Facebook Like button as a de facto standard for website design? What exactly are website owners hoping to achieve by including this button when they create a website? How does it help your website?
The Facebook Like Button: A Behind-The-Scenes Look
In order to understand the answer to these questions, you first need to understand exactly what goes on behind the scenes when you do click on the Facebook Like button that has been included on any given web page on the Internet. In other words, what exactly "happens" when you "Like" something, and how can your website benefit from it?
When you click on the "Like" button on a particular webpage, a link to that webpage shows up on your Facebook Wall. All of your Facebook Friends become notified, through the Newsfeed feature, that you have posted this link on your wall. Thanks to the empowering capability of the Like button within Facebook itself, one or more of your Friends may decide to Like your wall posting, or even comment on it. And when they do, all of your Friends, as well as all of your Friend's friends become notified. This can arouse even more curiosity and interest in the original wall posting. As you can see here, you can make a free website can gain exposure to potentially hundreds, if not thousands, of people very quickly. Your web page gets free exposure through "viral" marketing. What makes the Like button so compelling is that you can see, in your newsfeed, which of your friends also clicked on the Like button.
How You Can Harness The Power of The Facebook Like Button
So if you run a website, you can harness the power of Facebook's social network to gain free, viral advertising. But there is more, if you really want to harness the power of the Like button. When someone Likes a particular website, that is akin to expressing a form of fandom or following for that particular site. As a free website creator, you can implement what Facebook refers to as Open Graph tags that will enable your site to become integrated into the user's Likes and Interests section within their profile, as if your webpage were just another internal Facebook Page. Using this feature, anytime you make any updates to your site, people who have Liked your site will be notified through their Newsfeed. The more often users receive updates from your website, the more opportunities you will have to convert visitors into paying customers.
There is no denying the fact that Facebook has
established itself in the mainstream consciousness of millions of
people, fundamentally changing the very nature of not only information
sharing but also that of Internet marketing. It is a new form of
advertising, through viral marketing, building brand awareness and
loyalty, and keeping in touch with your followers (people who have Liked
yoursite). Hundreds of thousands of websites have already incorporated
the Facebook Like button on their webpage, and this number is growing
every day. Will your free website be next?
About the AuthorMaria Free Website Builder I have been in the online marketing industry for over two years and love all things related to e-marketing,
writing for the web, SEO and SEM. I've been working for a large company that specializes in web design,
and love how dynamic this field is - I am constantly learning new strategies and concepts as the world of online marketing evolves.
December 20, 2010
December 13, 2010
With the development of technology today, people have chance of accessing a service like the free email address finder which can help you look for an email address back to its owner. That is one of the many benefits of using a quality people or e-mail address finder service. As long as you sign up, you can start enjoying a long list of other important and inspiring features and the money-back-guarantee among others.
When you do not have the cash to carry out a search, you may want to carry out a free one with free email address finder; but you should know that there is no reliable free email finder directory. Research has shown that there is a very high number of individuals that are looking for ways to carry out a free email address finder search. In this article, you will learn exactly how to easily carry out an email address finding search for free.
If you really want to get someone's current email address, the free email address finder can be the great choice for you. This service is usually given by cyber investigators who are experts in retrieving updated information that many of us find useful. Instead of using the traditional methods of search and research, you can simply use this online service and save yourself from wasted time and money. There are several free email address finder sites online and all you have to do is to find one that can provide you the service that you seek. Others also provide forward and reverse email lookup for a small fee especially if you want to get more information.
Free email address finder is based on public records provided by electronic mail companies like Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail. However, a free email address finder service usually limits its services to email address trace. Their services are of high quality, and their reports can be easily verified anywhere they are presented. The only problem with this method is that not all e-mail finder directories are genuine; and that is why you must read reviews to find out the opinions of experienced users.
If you want to carry out a search with the free email address finder, you are going to try using different variation of phrases including the name of the person. You need to type in the full name of the person with quotes in the finder and click the search button. This will bring up all search results that have the exact name or phrase within them. If there are several people bearing the name, you will have to search carefully to be able to choose the correct detail. Simply open each of the results one after the other to see if it contains the information that you require.
should take consideration into the important thing is that most of the
free email address finder services provide you limited information. If
you do not believe in what you will need more of the same service in the
future, then stop using this lookup service. Instead of getting the
service free for just one time, you can expect to get unlimited email
lookup services for a very reasonable price. In the end, you get both
reliable service and value for your money.
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December 06, 2010
When you think about a Tanning Salon, you should consider lots of things for it. These are the essential factors which need to be measured before you start up your own Tanning Salon. Here are some of these crucial tips which can bring practical results to develop a flourishing Tanning Salon!
Business Plan for Your Tanning Salon
Business plan is a most important thing which should be prepared before opening any kind of business. For your Tanning Salon, you also need to make a comprehensive business plan which clarifies all factors related to your Tanning Salon. These include the cost analysis, equipment expenditures, and lots of other things.
Check out Existing Tanning Salons
Another helpful tip is that you should check various Tanning Salons found in your locality. You can see how they work and how they offer reliable services to their clients. After getting to a few Tanning Salons, you can have a better thought about your own Tanning Salon and you can easily set up your business plan as well.
Ask Experts and Experienced People
Furthermore, you can also meet experts and professionals who are in touch with this dealing. You can ask them about their knowledge and experiences. If you have any problem you can talk with them as they know about all the things and hence, can guide in a professional manner.
Manage Costs and Expenditures
Money is a most critical factor which plays a significant role while establishing a new business. You must have done cost estimations before you actually start up your salon. Costs estimations cover expenses related to the equipments you will use in your salon, the pay of employees, the rent of your salon, loan fees etc. So, make a brief cost analysis ahead of starting up your Tanning Salon.
Choose a Perfect and Accessible Location
Your Tanning Salon must be situated at an accessible location where people can get easily. It should be in a demanding business area where you can grow up your business with no trouble. Though the rent of commercial salons may be more than usual but it will certainly increase your earnings if you select a Tanning Salon found in business area!
Try to Acquire Loans to Manage Your Expenses
You can have huge expenses to manage while starting up a Tanning salon; it is better if you have sufficient cash in the bank to deal with the probable expenditures. But, if you don't have adequate money in your bank you can ask banks for loans. These loans can help in cost management! And with them you really don't need to be worry about cash at all!
So, this was a brief note about a few tips to open an exceptional and successful Tanning Salon; hopefully it will benefit you!
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November 29, 2010
Aarkstore announce a new report "Cyber Security in Smart Grids: Long Awaited Measures" through its vast collection of market research report.
Security concerns for the smart grid have taken centre stage in recent times as the possibility of an impending attack on its infrastructure has become evident. The advanced communication technologies, the 'smart' aspect of the smart grid, have emerged as being most vulnerable to cyber attacks. This has become a major barrier to the deployment of the smart grid. Smart grid industry players and government agencies have developed different measures to overcome the existing vulnerabilities. Ongoing efforts are expected to improve the security of the smart grid and make it more resilient against cyber attacks.
- Importance of cyber security in the smart grid market - Recent developments towards enhancing cyber security in the smart grid market - Investment roadmap of the US cyber security smart grid market - Government initiatives towards deploying secure smart grid network - Industrial and technological developments to counter cyber threat to the smart grid
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Aarkstore announce a new report "Cyber Security in Smart Grids: Long Awaited Measures" through its vast collection of market research report.
November 22, 2010
In order to study and prepare most effectively for the NREMT EMT or Paramedic exam, you must first understand how the NREMT exam, is designed. The NREMT exam is designed as a Computer Adaptive Test (often called CAT or CAT). Computer Adaptive Tests are computer based exams which adapt to the responses of the examinees through Item Response Theory (IRT), which logically provides questions based on the his or her response to the prior question. These exams are quite different than the tradition exam that flows in a more linear fashion by simply providing questions randomly selected from a pool of questions. Computer Adaptive tests are commonly used where the topics covered and the skills measured are often times considered to be life altering.
In the development of these tests, each question is carefully calibrated to determine its level of difficulty. This is done by adding pilot questions to each test which do not count against the test takers final score. Once a degree of difficulty is determined, a "level of ability" required to answer the question correctly can be established. By doing this, some questions can be considered less difficult and require a lesser level of knowledge to answer correctly while others can be considered more difficult requiring a higher level of knowledge to answer correctly.
The total number of questions given to each candidate is different when taking these types of examination. As questions are answered, correct and incorrect responses determine the level of difficulty of the next question until a pattern, or level of knowledge is determined. Usually this is accomplished by beginning with a series of questions at or below the level of knowledge required to pass the exam. When correct answers are given, the computer will select questions that require a greater level of knowledge to answer correctly. If the majority of the questions in the series of questions is answered correctly, the computer will select another series of questions at an even higher level difficulty continuing until the examinee reaches his or her maximum level of competency. This is why the NREMT exam often times feels more difficult than other tests, and also why the NREMT exam takers don't feel very confident in the outcome at the end of the test. Over the course of the exam, correct and incorrect answers based on their level of severity are placed on a standard scale to determine the overall ability of the candidate. When the computer determines that the person being tested consistently answers appropriately above or below the standard, entry-level competency, the review ends. The examinee who demonstrates the ability to answer most of his or her questions correctly often finds that their test is concludes quickly. The examination will end when the computer is 95% sure that the student has reached the minimal level set.
Additional information Paramedic Study Guides or other NREMT exam study guide information, visit http://www.EMSSuccess.com or you may visit the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians website at http://www.NREMT.org.
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