Eyjafjallajokull is not a word I ever expected to open a Business Zone blog with. In fact I can't even pronounce it. Neither (it amuses me to report) can any of the news reporters on our television or radio. Unless you have been living, well anywhere without commercial airspace, you would have heard all about Eyjafjallajokull, the Icelandic volcano that is doing its best to return us to the Middle Ages. However upsetting it has been for anyone stranded abroad, it's the impact the volcano has had on business that is really concerning me.
In the middle of the most important day in UK politics for five years, I have a simple question: what happened to the "Internet election" we were promised?.
The election messages continue to dance around reality. I did arithmetic at primary school, but did the politicians?
Here's my maths. The government spends £400 for every £300 it receives, spending half our national income. If the country earned £800 per annum, the government spends £400, of which £100 is borrowed. Total government debt would be £500, rising by £100 per annum. This is less than six years away from going down the pan like Greece.
There's a dilemma when you are starting a company. There are lots of boring essentials like company formation, VAT, Data Protection Act, employment law and, depending on which industry you are in, a host of other legislation. Yet complying with these doesn't help you to sell anything, build a customer base or most importantly turn a profit.
Multi-channel retailing is one of the current areas of excitement in retail. In my company, we identified this as a potential high growth area some years ago, but its value is only just becoming apparent. The following tips scratch the surface in listing some of the points to be considered when implementing a multi-channel strategy.