Tags: SME

Xero tells accountants it’s Digital or Die

At Xerocon 17 in London, Xero has revealed that the use of digital accounting systems is still not commonplace with accountants. The research was revealed in a report entitled Digital or Die. It shows that spreadsheets are still the most commonly used way for people to record accounting data. Surprisingly 18% of accountants still use…

How will business owners switch off on their vacation?

Today is Labor day in the US, traditionally a day when the strengths and contributions of labor unions to the US economy is celebrated. For small business owners though it is rarely a day of rest. Research by accounting company Xero showed that only 14% of them actually completely checked out from running the business during their…

Xero adds automated Stripe reconciliation

Xero has implemented automatic reconciliation for Stripe transactions. The two companies are already partners and this latest announcement tightens the integration between the two solutions even further. How Stripe reconciliation works Stripe reconciliation takes advantage of another of the Xero innovations, automatic bank feeds. When the Stripe payment comes through the bank feed Xero will match all…

Avast RMM platform has new Security Assessment tool

Security software vendor Avast has released its new AVG Managed Workplace solution for Managed Service Providers (MSPs). This version contains a site security assessment tool for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). It will allow MSPs to do real-time assessments for customers as part of a managed security solution. Customers can also be issued with reports…

Securities data blockchain for European SMEs

The London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) is collaborating with IBM to develop a securities data blockchain solution for European SMEs. The project plans to digitize securities certificate data to simplify issuance and management of shareholding information. If delivered the solution aims to create a shared registry of shareholder transaction records. “LSEG is testing the use…

You can do without a CRM?

Software as a Service (SaaS) based noCRM.io has launched an alternative to CRM under the tagline: “you don’t need a CRM”. The company believes that too may are wasting time managing their customers rather than converting prospects into customers. It delivers lead management through ‘Lead Clipper’, advanced prospecting, conversation tracking and mobile business card recognition. noCRM.io wants…

EU aims Blockchain4eu at non-fintech and SMEs

  The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship & SMEs (DG GROW) have launched a project under unlovely and gimmicky title of: “#Blockchain4EU: Blockchain for Industrial Transformations” (Blockchain4eu). This will run until February 2018. The project is intended to be forward-looking. According to the European Commission it will explore…

Sage invests in Sage Pay

Sage has announced a partnership with Liberis to offer customers flexible financing for the first time under a banner of Sage Pay Business Finance. The announcement comes shortly after Sage completed its internal review to assess the future of its payments division. That culminated in the decision to sell off the US payment arm and…

Jonathan Richards, CEO, breatheHR talks simplicity and HR for SME

Jonathan Richards is the CEO of breatheHR. Set up in 2012 it now has more than 2,000 customers. Richards co-founded the company with Gareth Burrows and focuses on delivering effective simplicity to their customer base. ET:                                          Jonathan, you started breatheHR about five years ago, what is your vision for the company? Jonathan R:                         The primary…