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How Important is Information Technology?

Sometimes it feels like IT has become the master of us. It is something we like to moan about that is the responsibility of a small department, an IT manager, or an outsourced provider to maintain. When it works we don't notice it, when it doesn't work it's a huge pain. IT stands for Information Technology. It is the... Read more

What Increases Productivity in a Small Business?

The Story of Productivity We keep hearing about productivity. The Government are due to issue their 'Productivity Statement' this week following the latest ONS figures (measured in output per hour) which show productivity is still below 2008 levels. At an event a week ago with Sajid Javid (Secretary of State for Business, Innovation,... Read more

Driving Growth in a Small Business: Power of Partnership

Emerald CEO Sarah Windrum was recently at a Warwick Business School event entitled 'Driving Growth, Surviving Growth' targeting rapid growth SMEs. The economy is doing well. The UK created more jobs in the last four years than the whole of the EU. Now the focus is shifting, as it should, to where these jobs are coming from. And nearly... Read more

How Mobile is Bringing Productivity Increases in the SME Market

Ask any SME owner what their biggest challenge is and they’ll tell you the same thing – there just aren’t enough hours in the day. In fact, the reason we set up Emerald was to help SMEs leverage technology as a force for good, to save time and streamline efficiencies across their organisation; freeing up more time to concentrate... Read more

How to Make Productive Use of Your Piles of Business Cards

Having a massive pile of business cards sat at the bottom of a drawer with no way to exploit the data is a ridiculously common problem for many people. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if they could be transformed into a beautifully laid out spreadsheet so the information is clearer and easier to assess? That’s what I thought too, so I... Read more