I’m “only” from Staffordshire – the cybersecurity delusion

Tasha Horton Cybersecurity

As IT security specialists in Staffordshire when we broach the subject of cybersecurity we very often hear the same excuse. “Oh, but we’re only from Staffordshire, we’re not in danger.” Does that sound anything like you? Unfortunately, that’s a wide-reaching and damaging delusion. We have a tendency to feel that other, bigger, farther away businesses in say London will be …

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Technology to revolutionise your small business

Tasha Horton Hardware, Software

The changes in technology over the last 20 years have been astounding. We’ve made the leap from brick phones to smartphones, in-house servers to Cloud, remote control to voice control. The leaps have been astronomical if you haven’t already seen technology revolutionising your business you will. Small businesses, in particular, are slow to catch onto the new technological trends, but …

Which source of funding for manufacturing is right for your business?

Tasha Horton Advice

Following on from our article about ‘Where to go for small business support’, we also wanted to highlight the funding opportunities available to manufacturing businesses. While running a manufacturing business comes with its own unique challenges, like any business a steady stream of cash is necessary to keep it afloat. As a result, it’s essential to have a tight grip …

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Are your passwords on the Dark Web?

Tasha Horton Cybersecurity

The Dark Web The Dark Web is the corrupt underbelly of the Web, it’s the seedy, murky side you wouldn’t ever visit. You need specialist software to even access it and you wouldn’t want to go there. Its where illegal proceedings occur, and cybercriminals hang out. As a respected business owner you wouldn’t go there so are probably wondering why …

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Why should I be Cyber Essentials Compliant?

Tasha Horton Cybersecurity

What exactly is Cyber Essentials? The governments National Cyber Security Centre put together Cyber Essentials in 2013. It came about to address the calls for standardisation of expectations for cybersecurity in business. The aim of Cyber Essentials is not only to protect your business from cyber-attacks but to reassure your customers and stakeholders that you’ve implemented the most important and …


Me vs You. The rise of individualism in the workplace

Tasha Horton Advice, People

Consider for a minute the global East and West. When you compare the two side by side a number of defining and opposite characteristics probably flash through your mind – some stereotypical some perhaps not. But when it comes to core guiding principles there is a stark contrast. The East typically draws on a collectivist culture that values the group over the individual. Whereas the West draws on an individualistic …

Keeping productive in the summer heat

Tasha Horton Advice

The UK is currently experiencing one of the longest and hottest heatwaves in recent memory. There hasn’t been any real rain for weeks and people have forgotten what jumpers look like. In conditions like these, it’s easy to lose concentration and let your business get away from you. This is especially true when people need to take a much-deserved break. With …

IT support leads to business growth

IT support – so much more than computers, tech and security.

Tasha Horton Hardware, Prompt PC, Software

Running a business takes a lot of hard work, dedication and difficult decision making. Your priorities, primarily business growth, mean that unfortunately, things can sometimes fall by the wayside. One of those things is often IT support. It’s easy to forget about computers, tech and security especially if you’re yet to face a cyber threat. However, a little-known fact is …

How to save money by making the move to green

Tasha Horton Advice

Environmental protection is now one of the biggest issues on the planet. What was once a concern for activists and non-government organisations is now something that every business needs to address. But being more environmentally friendly isn’t just a PR stunt. It can put your business on the path to true sustainability, meaning that you can protect your business for …

Getting to grips with some more business jargon

Tasha Horton Advice, People

Business jargon is everywhere these days (so much so that we’ve already written a blog on the subject). Sometimes it can be difficult to wrap your head around what it all means. Well we’ve got you covered. Here are some more examples of business jargon that are taking the corporate world by storm: Armchair general An armchair general is someone …

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To work hard, you have to play hard!

Tasha Horton Advice

We’re all familiar with the phrase “work hard, play hard” its become a bit of a cliché, a joke, something you’d say casually, but not something we ever actually put a lot of serious thought to. But behind that one silly phrase sits a lot of truth. Our new workplace culture The instantaneous and all-encompassing nature of our workplace has …

Get to grips with business jargon

Paul Webster Advice, People

Business jargon is all the rage these days. It seems like everyday there’s some new buzzwords to get to grips with. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide on some of the latest business buzzwords floating about the boardroom. And if you really want to stay ahead of things, have a look at our blogs covering all sorts of …

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Stress: are we coping in the workplace?

Tasha Horton People

This week is mental health awareness week (14th-20th May) and it’s time to start looking at the big questions. The statistics around mental health have become impossible to ignore. 1 in 6.8 people suffering from a mental health problem in the workplace and 1 in 6 people worldwide. Mental health conditions are estimated to account for 12.7% of sick days. In …

5 ways AI could change your business forever

Paul Webster Advice, Software

AI (Artificial Intelligence) is becoming one of the most important technological developments in recent years. It refers to the ability of machines to make intelligent decisions that would normally be reserved for humans. What was once only thought of as an idea from films such as The Terminator and Blade Runner is now approaching reality. Science fiction is becoming science …

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Act your age, not your shoe size. Maintaining happy working relationships.

Tasha Horton Advice, People

Work relationships can be challenging. Even in this day and age, the most common cause of employee turnover is other people. Unproductive, difficult and failing relationships plague workplaces across the country, we all get annoyed with co-workers, colleagues or managers. So how do you resist the urge to tell someone to act their age and not their shoe size? And …

International Women's Days - women in business

International women’s day. Women in business.

Tasha Horton People

Today is International Women’s Day. People all around the world come together to celebrate incredible women, strong and inspirational women can be found in every era of history. So, we’re going to celebrate some of the inspirational and pioneering women in business!   Katharine Graham   The first women CEO of a Fortune 500 company. CEO of the Washington Post company in …

The Curse of First: Why first could really be worst

Paul Webster Advice

Being first is great, right? If you’re first to the market with a brand-new product or innovation, it must be a sure-fire way to get ahead of your competition and gain first mover advantage. Well, not always. Sometimes first can really be worst. The Curse of First is an economic idea that essentially shows that being the first in your …

Interested in business? Then these are must-watch films!

Paul Webster Advice

Learning about business isn’t all about textbooks and seminars. Films are a fantastic way to understand more about the business world! Each of these films look at different aspects of business and can provide valuable lessons for any manager. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room Remember Enron? It was once one of the world’s largest energy companies, with plans …

Introverts - be who you are

The power of quiet and the missed potential of introverts

Tasha Horton People

What is an introvert? There is a common misconception surrounding the nature of introversion. Introversion is often confused with being shy or socially awkward when they are different things. Introverts are energised by spending time alone or in quieter scenarios. Hence the popular stereotype “You’re so shy! You should get out more!”. Introverts can have great social lives and love …