Category: Business News

FTSE 100 rises above 7,000 for first time in over a year

The FTSE 100 rose above 7,000 this morning for the first time since the end of last February, shortly after the pandemic triggered sharp falls in global stock markets.

The index rose for the fourth session in a row, adding another 46.02 points, or 0.7 per cent, to reach 7,029.52. It was led higher once again by its travel, banking and mining companies, which have been revitalised over winter in anticipation of a sharp bounceback in the global economy.

IAG, the British Airways owner, rose 5½p, or 2.6 per cent, to 212¼p; the high street bank Barclays rose 4½, or 2.5 per cent, to 189¼p; and the Russian steelmaker Evraz gained 12p, or 2.0 per cent, to 626p.

Ivan Sedgwick, investment director at the boutique finance house LGB & Co, said: “With the FTSE’s big weighting in resource stocks and financials, and its exposure to old economy companies, it isn’t … Read the rest

What are the five most common domain extensions and which one should I use?

This article was original published on Nov. 21, 2017, and updated on April 16, 2021.

Websites have become even more important to businesses and freelancers following the global lockdown from COVID-19. People are now choosing to frequent a website instead of the brick-and-mortar alternative.

More than ever, you need to choose the perfect domain name for your business, personal blog, or portfolio website. But, before you do, there are a few important things to consider.

  • Find a domain that’s easy for people to read and remember. Avoid misspellings, numbers, or hyphens. Choose “CoolDomainForYou.com” instead of “KewlDomain4U.com”
  • Search for domain names that reflect your brand, whether that means including your name, slogan or keywords associated with your targeted niche.
  • Select the right domain extension — aka top-level domain (TLD). This decision may depend on your business, industry, and availability.
A domain extension is the combination of characters following the period in
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Made in Britain: Hampshire Event Props

After spotting a gap in the market while working in the wedding industry, Kimara Middleton of Hampshire Event Props made it her mission to make special occasions even more special.

What is your business all about? 

I am the director of Hampshire Event Props which provides decor for events including weddings, birthdays etc. These props extend to flower walls, light up numbers, neons and much, much more.

I started the business as I saw a gap in the market from working within the wedding industry. I work at a golf club that hosts weddings and I saw that many weddings were asking about if we had any props they could use, venues don’t tend to supply much as people often want different styles so I decided to take the opportunity!

What is your role in the company?

I am the director of the business and do the marketing, driving, setting Read the rest

How do hex codes and RGB colors work? 

Integral components in the language of web designers and developers, it’s easy to gain a topical understanding of hex codes and RGB colors, and then move on. However, even if you know how color codes work, it’s worth looking closer at the science and history behind them.

How color codes work

Color codes communicate the precise levels of red, green and blue that pixels display in order to produce any given color.

RGB color codes use three numerals of up to three digits. The hexadecimal or hex value uses three pairs of characters preceded by a hash. In markup, you’ll see RGB color codes written like this:

{color:rgb(255,0,0);}

And hex values like this:

{color: #FF0000;}

When we see a color digitally, it’s a combination of red, green and blue light transmitted from pixels on the screen. With displays today capable of higher and higher resolutions, a truly staggering range of … Read the rest

‘Scraping’ the barrel? The risks of publicly available data

The social media giants have found themselves in the news again, and not for positive reasons.

Earlier this month, it was widely reported that details of more than 530 million Facebook users worldwide have been made available online, including phone numbers and some email addresses. The data supposedly even included CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s own mobile number. And just days later, the data of up to 500 million LinkedIn users was alleged to have been put up for sale online.

The companies’ reactions were similar. Both denied any wrongdoing on their part or even that there had been any breach of their security. Instead, they argued that the data came from publicly available sources. Nevertheless, a number of regulators around the world have opened investigations into the Facebook incident. So what exactly is going on?

In a detailed response, Facebook argued that this data had been ‘scraped’ from publicly available information, … Read the rest

Generate reviews — 8 ways to get more product reviews

This post was originally published on Aug. 2, 2019, and was updated on April 14, 2021.

If you want to generate interest in your products and attract more customers, there is something your brand needs to learn how to do: generate reviews.

Reviews are essential for driving shoppers to your products and helping customers through the buyer’s journey.

But, getting reviews from customers isn’t always easy.

How to generate more product reviews

This guide is aimed at helping you successfully go through the process of generating reviews. We’ll cover:

  • Benefits of generating reviews.
  • Highlighting current product reviews.
  • Making it easy for customers to leave online reviews.
  • Asking customers to leave product reviews.
  • Follow up with customers for reviews.
  • Offering incentives and rewards to customers who leave reviews.
  • Responding to bad reviews.
  • Engaging with good reviews.
  • Asking bloggers to review products.

Use this guide to learn the top tips for increasing … Read the rest

Getting To Know You: Business networking strategist, Andy Lopata

A specialist in professional relationships and networking for over 20 years, we talk to Andy Lopata, who was called  ‘One of Europe’s leading business networking strategists’ by the Financial Times.

What do you currently do?

I am an author, podcast host, speaker and mentor on professional relationships. That’s quite a mouthful, isn’t it?!

In short, I focus on how people in business can build, nurture and leverage professional relationships, whether for their career or as part of their role. In my book ‘Connected Leadership’ and ‘The Connected Leadership Podcast’ I look at how those relationships underpin executive success; while I work with a number of clients, either delivering presentations or in a mentoring capacity, on developing deep relationships and strong influence with key stakeholders.

My most recent book, ‘Just Ask’ focused on the role of those relationships in supporting us through challenging times, encouraging readers to surround themselves with people … Read the rest

Strong support for coronavirus vaccine passports

Most Britons back vaccine passports if they mean the end of social distancing.

A survey showed strong support for Covid status certificates in every setting except shops, though a significant minority would be reluctant to visit pubs and restaurants if they had to show one, suggesting a threat to hospitality revenues if they were introduced.

The government said last week that Covid certificates “could play a role in reducing social-distancing requirements”. Any final decision is months off, so pubs and restaurants will initially open with distancing rules in place such as people from different groups staying at least one metre apart.

Polling by YouGov last week found that 61 per cent said they backed certificates being introduced if it allowed venues to lift social distancing, compared with 29 per cent who did not.

For music festivals and sports stadiums, 62 per cent were supportive compared with 28 per cent against, … Read the rest

Kevin Abrams: Digital Renegades

Kevin Abrams operates Digital Renegades, a web design agency based in Orlando, FL. Catch up with him on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

The who:

Given a business name is so central to a brand, we tend to put a lot of importance on it. How did you arrive at a name, and how do you feel about it now that you’ve been in business a while?

I had a lot of trouble coming up with a name. I really wanted something that showed we were different. I thought the newer .digital domains were unique and wanted to come up with a name that I could leverage that domain with.

It had been a few months that I was trying to come up with the complete name when one day I was listening to music, looking out the window, and the song “Renegades” by X Ambassadors came on. I

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Debenhams to briefly reopen 97 stores in closing down fire sale

Debenhams is to reopen 97 of its high street stores on Monday for a closing down sale to clear stock before they finally shut their doors on 15 May.

The department store, which collapsed last year, said it would be offering up to 70% off fashion and homewares and up to 50% off beauty and fragrance in its final closing down sale.

The stores, in England and Wales, will begin to close their doors on 2 May and the process will be completed 13 days later. Debenhams’ 15 Scottish stores and its flagship shop on London’s Oxford Street will not reopen.

Debenhams’ exit from the high street after more than 200 years will leave gaps at the heart of many town centres around the country alongside the closure of all Topshop, Dorothy Perkins and Burton stores as well as some Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser and John Lewis outlets.… Read the rest