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Video Calling will improve but demand won’t soar

VIDEO calling will become cheaper, more widely available and of much improved quality in 2011, according to experts. Despite this, The Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) practice at Deloitte believes that the long-awaited boom in demand will not happen. The vast majority of calls will continue to be voice-based meaning video will… More →

North East businesses fail to capitalise on ICT benefits

THE LEVEL of ICT investment differs widely across business sectors in the North East, according to a new study. The new research has raised concerns that some companies are failing to capitalise on the benefits the technology can offer. The benchmarking study conducted by The Centre for eBusiness shows that service sector… More →

North East market towns set for super-fast broadband

BT has announced that two rural market towns in the North East will benefit from the next phase of BT’s roll-out of super-fast fibre broadband. Around 22,000 businesses and households in Morpeth and Bishop Auckland will be able to access super-fast broadband speeds of up to 40Mb/s by Spring 2012. The announcement… More →

Darlington firm helps retailer double its annual profits

A DARLINGTON based digital marketing firm has helped a menswear retailer double its annual online revenue in just two months. Terraces Menswear is gearing up for a bumper 2011 following its decision to enlist the services of Fifteen Digital. The company has adopted Fifteen’s specialist ecommerce software and after just two months… More →

Design Network North wins industry recognition for their own design

RTC North has scooped a prestigious creative award for the Design Network North (DNN) website. Winner in the public sector category at this year’s SMACs awards held on Friday night (December 17th), the website was chosen by a panel of judges from the North East’s IT and creative community. Chosen for its… More →

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Why is business confidence falling?

Confidence among small businesses fell at the end of last year, knocked by December’s severe weather and the rise in VAT to 20% at the beginning of 2011, a survey has said.

The Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) quarterly survey said that confidence in the service and transport sectors had been particularly affected.

The FSB also warned that growth in 2011 was likely to be “sluggish at best”.

But if business confidence is falling, what is the main reason in your eyes? Cast your vote on this week’s poll. 

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