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How is your personal and business data safe from cyber-attacks or illegal sharing???

Posted in Security by Stuart McFarlane-Bedford (from Business Lincolnshire Digital Team ) on 2018-03-22 00:00

  CYBER SECURITY - in the news most days, as we hear of businesses that have had a cyber security issue or a cyber-attack or a data breach. What’s the difference? Protecting the access to your data records is the key to preventing such cyber-attacks and having the necessary controls needed to reduce those risks to an acceptable level is what cyber resilience is all about. To learn more attend the Cyber Resilience & Information Risk Management Workshop on Wednesday 4th April in Lincoln   CYBER ESSENTIALS - is a government-backed security accreditation for businesses looking to reduce the risk of cyber-attacks by maintaining security...

Head in the clouds of computing!

Posted in Digital/IT by Fraser Henderson (from Business Lincolnshire ) on 2018-02-07 00:00

  It’s become really unfashionable to own anything anymore.  Plenty of us are renting houses, driving cars on short term finance and reading our news online instead of from a newspaper.  Focusing on ‘use’ instead of ‘ownership’ has advantages – for example, it can be cheaper more flexible to share resources instead. In the world of ICT this translates to adopting ‘cloud’ – essentially harnessing the benefits of modern internet access to do away with the need for large IT departments and expensive hardware.  Better still, cloud computing is having a ‘levelling-out’ affect in terms of providing small and micro sized business...

Combining digital and printed marketing campaigns

Posted in Marketing by Sophie White (from Visual Print and Design ) on 2018-01-24 00:00

The way brands market to their customers has shifted dramatically to digital. With the option to utilise Social Media and Search Engine Marketing enables your latest campaign to reach your target audience a lot faster. However, on the ball companies are now realising there must be a cohesive brand experience delivered to their customers, so the merging of print and digital campaigns is super important. Many companies don’t combine their online and offline efforts because they don’t know how or where to start. Often the decision on where to focus efforts is purely down to budget. Many also think there is...

Apprenticeships - the latest shift in higher education

Posted in Apprenticeships by Martin Hickerton, Partnerships Development Manager (from Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln ) on 2017-12-12 00:00

The world of higher education is changing, and apprenticeships are at the forefront of this evolution. For years Higher Education (HE) has fallen mainly into one of two camps. The traditional 18-21 year olds going to university to study and spread their wings, and those unable to study on campus and learning remotely. Apprenticeships are throwing an exciting new option into the mix. Increasingly, employers are looking to spend their training and development budgets on their staff in order to upskill them in an area that will invigorate their business and ultimately increase staff retention. The catalyst for this paradigm shift is...

‘Tis the season to be careful!

Posted in Security by Mark Booth (from Cyber Security Partnership ) on 2017-12-11 00:00

So, we’re into December and the countdown to the festive season is under way. With all these distractions it’s easy to let our guard down, particularly when we’re online. Here are some simple tips to help you stay safe this season.

Hotels and B&Bs can generate savings and attract more customers through sustainability

Posted in Visitor Economy by David Knight (from Business Lincolnshire ) on 2017-11-22 00:00

  The hospitality sector is all about customers. Attracting visitors, enhancing their experience and retaining their custom to encourage them to return time and time again are vital. Just as vital to any business is to ensure that operations are efficient and that opportunities to reduce overheads and maximise profits are implemented. Running costs including utilities, maintenance, marketing, and materials and inventory (supplies) are some of the most significant costs faced by small to medium sized businesses. It’s fair to say that all businesses want to succeed and grow, whether that’s in size, turnover or footfall. However, it is important to consider...

Five reasons to move your business to Lincoln

Posted in Running a Business by Peter Jenkins (from Sunhat Villas ) on 2017-11-15 00:00

  For business owners, location plays a vital role in its operation. Sometimes, businesses have to operate within a specific location, for example to support clients. However, on occasion, the location of the business’ office isn’t always critical to its day-to-day running. Peter Jenkins, Managing Director and owner of Lincoln-based Sun-hat Villas & Resorts, specialists in luxury Algarve villas, shares his thoughts on why working and living in the city matter a great deal to him. The workforce Any successful business is only as good as the people who work there. They’re the face of the business, providing a friendly and sometimes reassuring voice on...

Small Changes, Maximum Impact: Simple Ways to Make Your Small Business More Efficient

Posted in Business Planning by Rebecca Taylor on 2017-10-31 00:00

Making some small changes to your business can have a huge impact on its efficiency and maximise how your money is being spent. Efficiency is important for small business as it means you are using your time and resources to their maximum potential and saving money in the long run. If you just need to make a few small changes or have a complete overhaul, by focusing on the areas discussed below, you are bound to notice a difference to overall efficiency of your business. Maximise your workforce. Do you have lengthy staff meetings that go completely off track? Or do you...

Starting a small business

Posted in Starting Up by Jack Green (from Dunholme Chillies ) on 2017-10-31 00:00

When starting up a business, there is a lot to think about. Money, products, brand, marketing, opportunities, the list goes on! How long will it take to make your dream a reality? Some people can do things all by themselves, others need more guidance. I had a lot of help and guidance, without even knowing it. When I make my products I will often have a ‘willing victim’ in the form of my mother. When I grow my produce I have my father helping with the digging, planting and growing. It’s not a bad thing to ask for some help...

Business against cyber crime: Why businesses can no longer afford to be complacent about cyber crime.

Posted in Security by Stuart McFarlane – Digital Development Programme (from Business Lincolnshire ) on 2017-10-26 00:00

An attack on a valued public service institution like the NHS came as a shock to all of us and to them, but it illustrates just how disruptive a cyber-attack can be, underlining the necessity for having effective defenses and incident management plans in place. All businesses (micro, small as well as large) and sole traders who use the internet – cyber-attacks has become the new norm; it has become an unwelcome but constant part of our digital working lives.  All organisations need to be sufficiently prepared for all eventualities and they cannot afford to ignore this reality. Defences are down and complacency...