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Drastic cost-cutting is not the best way to deal with crisis

Making sweeping cuts is not the best way to deal with market problems, it seems. Recognising the opportunities presented by economic crisis is difficult to do, but drives better returns.

Vodafone launches One Net Express to ensure small businesses never miss a call

Vodafone UK launched One Net Express for Small Businesses on October 15th 2010. They claim it ensures you will nvere miss a business call again - and will save up to 20% on communication costs as well.

Vodafone One Net Express is supposedly a completely new way of communicating for small businesses that merges all landline and mobile calls to create an innovative mobile-only solution. (Some people may remember a broadly similar service launched in 2009 by O2, but we won't labour the point!) Customers can get through first time, no matter which number they dial.

New minimum wage rules will add to business costs

The move to reduce qualification for the adult minimum wage to 21 will push up business costs.
As from 1 October, employees will no longer have to be aged 22 to become eligible for the top hourly minimum wage rate.
 
The Business Department has estimated that the cost to employers will be £48 million.
The new adult rate will be £5.93, up from £5.80 per hour, and will include employees aged 21 or over.