Category Archives: Growing an IT business

Should a small business move its computing to the cloud?

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Cloud computing is not just the latest IT buzzword designed to confound and befuddle small business owners. It can deliver real benefits for your company, from ensuring business continuity when disaster strikes to allowing your team to work flexibly and …

Helpdesk closing early on Wednesday 4th December

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Our helpdesk will be closing at 5pm on Wednesday 4th instead of the usual time of 6pm. I hope you will understand as we will be holding a short staff meeting before we go out for our Christmas dinner later. Please …

No budget gloom for Oxfordshire’s top employers

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Aspiration, perspiration, even alchemy: these were some of the words used in describing the Oxfordshire business scene at last night’s launch of the Oxford Times Oxfordshire’s Top 100 Employers report. First Line was there because we were one of the …

First Line staff raising money for charity: Three men on their bikes

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On the 5th May, The First Line Support Cycling Squad, composed of David Swinburne, Kevin Sands and Dan Owen, the “ThreeWheelin’ ” are raising money for the “Against Breast Cancer” charity, by riding the ‘Classic Oxfordshire‘ 70 mile one day …

Christmas opening hours 2012

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All of us at First Line would like to wish you and your colleagues a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Our offices will be closed from 4pm on Friday 21st December until 8am on Wednesday 2nd January. …

Are you addicted to emails?

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All the businesses we work with tell us they are totally dependent upon their emails. That it’s super-critical their emails never stop because they can lose business. With the current technology available it’s possible not to have to suffer any …

Helping people start their own business

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I went to a very interesting dinner last night. The purpose of the dinner was to introduce some local business people to a recently founded charity called Fredericks. www.fredericksfoundation.org if you’re interested in finding out more. The idea of Fredericks …

Limited Company – what’s the point any more?

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It seems that, as a small business I’m being asked to provide director guarantees more frequently and by more types of organisations. We are growing, profitable and have a blemish-free credit record. But nowadays that just does not seem to …

Is the economy really in such a poor way?

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Reading the headlines and listening to the news can make you very depressed. You can just feel like battening down the hatches when you get into work and be afraid of continuing to invest in order to grow. Yet I …

Another new member of the team

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Following on from my last blog I am pleased to tell you that Jim Richardson joins us this month. Jim is a senior engineer with many years experience of running IT support teams. Jim will be taking on the role …