UK SME’s and startups have been stressed since the outset of the recession. Government initiatives like Project Merlin and the Funding for Lending Scheme have fallen woefully short of meeting the finance needs of small and startup enterprises. It is no wonder that the employment dilemma is prolonged and tenuous.
In the UK, there are 4.8 million SME’s. These companies employ more than 60 percent of the workforce and represent 50 percent of the country’s GDP. How can the economy truly recover if small business growth is curtailed?
The banking sector in the UK is sitting on assets amounting to 492 percent of the UK’s Gross Domestic Product. No matter how you view this situation, UK banking is too big to imagine, much less be productive. And, in this grotesque largesse, banks continue to turn away applications for funding for viable small enterprises and just about all startups. In this sense, our banks are working against society.
PR Degree or Apprenticeship?
According to a 2012 survey released by PRWeek/PRCA Census, 89 percent of persons working in the PR field have a degree. The poll was supported by data from Major Players, a large recruitment firm, who reported that 86 percent of people in the PR industry have degrees. However, with a new government supported apprenticeship program, there is an increase of PR workers who are gaining experience on the job rather than through a degree.
The power of a degree cannot be underestimated. Tom Watson, a professor of PR at Bournemouth University, reports that 48 of 52 graduates started working as PROs within six months of graduation, an excellent record in a tough job market. Watson explains; “Clients value a degree because it is seen as something that gives a person an added maturity as well as research and writing skills, especially if they have an English degree, which is particularly desirable for employers in PR because of its focus on writing.”
The Apprenticeship – A Degree of Controversy
With the cost of university education rising rapidly, many potential PR candidates may not be pursuing a degree. The industry has acknowledged this potential transition. As one professional noted, “I definitely like to see a degree but I value work experience above that. What really appeals to us is enthusiasm for the job. Someone who has gone out there and has the drive to organise a placement clearly has that.”
Cloud Computing and SAAS – Helping Your Business Stay Ahead of the Game
The competitive world of technology is producing a seemingly endless array of spectacular products that bring people and businesses together from faraway locations. The amount of information processed over the Internet in one hour is mind boggling for those of us who once shunned the compute and who cannot live without it now. Those days are gone.
Computing hardware and software development makes big strides every day. Of course, businesses cannot change the way they operate overnight. However, that does not mean there is not a better way of managing money, managing a business, managing marketing and research projects. There are certainly new products that are even more efficient and functional than the products we currently use.
Cloud Computing: Where It’s At!
In the last few years, one of the major computing developments for business is something most business leaders have heard of – cloud computing. This is a general term to describe anything that involves delivering hosted IT applications over the Internet (web-based). All the business or individual needs to enter the world of cloud computing is a personal computer and an Internet connection. For small businesses, of which 71% do not have an in-house IT professional, cloud computing gives the business access to the latest technology in a very usable and controlled environment.