Small businesses struggling with GDPR registration

Unless you’ve been living “off net” or on a different planet you’ll be familiar with GDPR by now. The legislation designed to help people gain greater control over their personal data with web giants such as Facebook, Google and Apple is causing problems with small businesses in the UK as they scramble to comply. For …

Changes to PSC Notification for Limited Companies

From today – 26th June 2017 – the way PSC notification works is changing. All limited companies will now have to update their PSC register, and Companies House, whenever there is a change rather than just doing it at the end of the year. When a change to PSC is made limited companies will have …

Can your customers always contact you?

Some industry research suggests that having an 0800 number for your business can get you up to 185% more phone calls from customers. The logic behind this is simple; if you make it free for people to call you there is no reason for them not to pick up the phone. Getting customers to call …

Why Start-ups Need to Know About Encryption

It has been widely reported over the last couple of weeks that the American and British security services have spent huge amounts of time and money trying to break the encryption of popular internet services such as Google, Facebook and Amazon. As well as using their encryption breaking skills to spy on terror suspects and …

Business Telephone Number Jargon Buster

We have recently started to sell business telephone numbers, specifically we are selling 0800, 0843 and 0872 numbers, or as they are collectively known Non Geographic Numbers (NGNs). There is a lot of jargon surrounding telecoms and business telephone numbers. In this article we will try to explain what the most common terms mean and …

IPO Warn About Misleading Trademark Renewal Notices

We register trademarks for a lot of our customers. As a result we end up getting a lot of invoices for trademark renewals, community trademark filing and entries into public registers. They look official and are sent by official sounding companies but unfortunately a lot of these are not legitimate invoices. The companies that send …

FSB Find Small Businesses Create Most Jobs

The Federation of Small Businesses have published some new research into the impact of Britain’s SMEs on the job market. They claim, not only that small businesses are more consistent in employing people, but that they are also more likely to hire the young, unemployed or inactive. They have published this handy infographic to summarise …

No End in Sight for Social Enterprise Trade Mark Case

We recently wrote about the trademark dispute around the term Social Enterprise. To give a quick recap the term Social Enterprise is used by a wide range of governmental and non-governmental bodies in the UK. It generally describes “business driven by social and/or environmental” motives. The dispute has arisen because an American company called Salesforce.com, …

CNAME, URL Forwarding & Frame Forwarding: Which is best?

Many of our customers buy multiple domain names for the same website. For instance many businesses like to have the .co.uk, .com and other variations of their domain name. This is useful if customers are manually typing your website address in and get it wrong, but it is also useful in stopping other people getting …

Similar Domain Names: How to Avoid Breaking the Rules

We frequently hear of cases where a start-up company has bought a domain name only to find that a very similar name is already in use. The start-ups usually want to know if they can get away with using their new domain name. As with a lot of issues around intellectual property this is a …