Small Business Technology News – 23 October

by | Oct 23, 2020

Property Management Software Arthur Launches COVID-19 Tool

The new addition to its letting agent platform allows tenants to flag if they are self-isolating, are in a risk group, an other day-to-day issues that both tenants and estate agents face from the coronavirus. David Cummin, CTO of Arthur, said “Our new Covid Profile is a powerful tool for letting agents to guarantee the safety of tenants and contractors and we are pleased to see so many letting agents prioritising the health of their customers, ensuring this software is accessible to all.” 

New Research Shows The North Is Most At Risk Of Lost GVA

New analysis released today by small business lender iwoca has found that the North East, North West and Yorkshire will loose between 11% and 12% of GVA in 2020, higher than other areas of England.

Alexander Alfieri an iwoca customer based in the North West based runs Butter Lane Antiques, and commented “It wasn’t all doom and gloom at all, but it was tough, and there were some really squeaky moments. We ducked and dived, got our heads back on, and started thinking of different ways to get things back on track, which – through social media – we did. There were some really positive adaptations that came out of it: our podcast was born, and I had to become incredibly more specific with the stock we were buying and the manner in which we were selling it.”

Charity Launches Package To Help Companies Host Christmas Parties Using Tech

Health charity Child.org has launched a “Big Fat Christmas” package that provides a professional host and an assortment of festive activities to help recreate the party office virtually. Packages start at £20 per person, and proceeds will help fund the charity’s programmes in Kenya and Sierra Leone.

Leyton Finds Big Increase In SMEs Claiming R&D Tax Relief

Innovation consultancy Leyton has released new research into HMRC data which finds that businesses received over £84,548 on average in 2017/18 with London and the South East making the highest number of claims. 12,365 companies made claims in London compared to only 2,025 in the North East and 2,105 in Wales.

Acronis Helps Its Partners Get Cyber Fit

Cybersecurity company Acronis has launched a new programme to help customers and partners get cybersecurity-fit. Training is provided virtually, and covers key principles of cybersecurity. Righter Kunkel, who is heading the Acronis #CyberFit Academy said, “our goal is to train over a million people by 2022.” 

Small Business Laptops – Ultimate Buying Guide

Laptops have been a key part of the small business office environment for some time now. This is especially true for roles involving client or site visits. However, the shift to working from home means businesses whose staff used desktops in the office have had to...

7 Steps To Creating A Thriving Small Business Online

Gytis Labašauskas, CMO at Zyro discusses the seven key steps to creating a thriving and sustainable business, while avoiding some of the more common pitfalls. The COVID-19 pandemic has propelled the ecommerce industry forward at a rate that would have otherwise taken...