CBI Report

Confidence continues to build in manufacturing sector – CBI

22nd May 2013

Manufacturers continue to expect strong output growth in the next three months, according to the CBI’s latest monthly Industrial Trends Survey.

But the survey of 404 firms found that output growth was broadly flat over the three months to May, again disappointing expectations for a more pronounced recovery.

However, the outlook is again much brighter for the next quarter, with output volumes expected to rise strongly – expectations have been elevated for three months. Twelve of the sixteen sectors anticipate a pick-up, with food, drink & tobacco, and mechanical engineering sectors being the key contributors to growth. read more



By Barry Edwards


The European Union (EU) has been in existence in one form or another from its original concept for 50 years. The purpose of bringing together European countries has always been to prevent the endless wars that have plagued the continent for thousands of years.

It was perceived as impossible to create a federal union such as the USA at the beginning and therefore starting with trade cooperation initially and evolve from there was the best way forward. That is what has been happening up to the current time and nearly all European countries have decided that it is in their best interests to be part of the EU. read more

Mobile marketing targets the “most engaged” consumers

Mobile marketing targets the “most engaged” consumers

Mobile is the medium where the most engaged consumers tend to  be, according to an industry expert. Chia Chen, who is senior  vice-president of digital marketing strategy company Digitas, has  claimed that consumers are becoming keener to engage with brands using  mobile and questioned the best way for marketers can take advantage of  this trend. Speaking to directmarketing.thomsonlocal.com, he said: “What we’re realising, along with our clients, is that the most engaged folks on social networks are people who are accessing via mobile. So the  question is, how do we think about it from a mobile perspective in the  beginning? How do we make the social experience for them mobile at the  core?” SMS marketing could arguably be one method of reaching out to  consumers on their mobile. Chen also discussed the future of mobile  advertising on mobile platforms. He was reacting to a new eMarketer  report suggesting that social media marketing should now be primarily  focused on mobile users, as mobile users were visiting these websites  more frequently and staying on site for longer. It suggested that  understanding how consumers are using mobile devices has become “critical” to marketers and that marketing teams should strive to make  all their contact accessible on mobile.           

SMS- Best Mobile Marketing Channel

SMS Continues to be the Best Mobile Marketing Channel

With 102.4 per cent wireless penetration in the United States, More companies and organizations use SMS as a medium to reach out to existing and potential customers. Specifically, SMS is the most effective channel for marketers because of its simplicity, adoption (or) familiarity, and unbiased reach. Virtually all phones are SMS capable, which means the channel can reach 5 billion subscribers worldwide. The International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications Industry (CTIA) reported U.S. annualized yearly text messaging at 2.12 trillion as long ago as June 2011, indicating a huge opportunity for marketers. And, according to Nielsen Mobile, the average consumer sends 600 messages per month compared to using less than 200 voice minutes. read more

New Category; Questions and Answers

This category has been created for anyone to ask questions about business matters of any kind to help with growing a company. There is a team of advisors available to answer any question that you may have regarding the problems that occur with smaller businesses.

Where the answer to a problem is standard, it will be responded to in the open Business Forum on this site for all to see. If the answer needs a more specific response and requires some private details to respond properly, you can ask for an advisor to contact you by email or telephone. This will be free of charge and will not be posted on the site unless you agree that it can be. read more

Some Interesting facts about Text Messaging

UK is now texting more than talking

Mobile voice calls in decline for the first time ever, as more switch to text and online communications

Newer ways of communicating led by 16-24s, with texting and social networking more frequently used than either phone calls or face to face communications

The average Briton now sends 50 texts per week

Two fifths of UK adults now own a smartphone, with the same proportion saying their phone is the most important device for accessing the internet

Tablet ownership has jumped from 2% to 11% in 12 months read more

Venture Beyond

A new concept in business growth development and funding …


If you are a small growing business and you want advice about how to attract finance, development and support, where would you go?

Maybe you would speak to your accountant, bank manager, your friends and anyone who might be able to help.

You will not find one organisation that could provide you with everything you need including financial support.

The government has recognised this problem and has made many attempts at trying to solve it, spending large sums on grants, Business Link and Development Agencies. read more

The Exploits of Starsky

The Exploits of Starsky

The Blackbird and the Black Widow

This is a story of a cat trying to sleep peacefully in the sun lying on the warm earth out of the way of everyone causing no disturbance.

Before we get into the story, it is important to explain that the Black Widow is a water pistol and not the venomous North American spider of which the female devours the male after mating. A trait that has not been adopted widely by the human race or cats; a great advantage mammals have over male spiders! read more

The Economic Growth Plan


By Barry Edwards


All the commentators and advisors writing about the banking and government debt crisis make reference to the vital part of the solution to the problem being a suitable economic growth plan to stimulate business activity.

Although the solution is agreed unanimously, there is no proposal presented by anyone explaining how this can be done.

The discussion is currently dominated by the Euro zone survival, banking solvency and budget deficit problems mainly in Europe and the USA. The politicians are beginning to work through a plan that may finally resolve these crises. read more


By Barry Edwards

Hurricane Sandy has dominated the news this week moving any financial announcements out of the headlines except the report by Michael Heseltine which was presented to the government and announced to the press on Wednesday (31 October 2012).

The full report is 233 pages long and is full of research and statistical information supporting the main recommendations, the Financial Times has published a summary of it. Their brief synopsis is set out below.

Growth. Need for long-term vision. He calls for a long-term growth strategy and a National Growth Council, chaired by the prime minister, senior ministers and government advisors. read more

Welcome to the Txtreme Business Forum

A General Overview

The primary purpose of The Txtreme Business Forum is for everyone to be able to discuss their experiences and learn the most effective methods of using this SMS communication system.
The intricacies of marketing and the success achieved vary tremendously for all different kinds of businesses because the ultimate objectives are very different.

Some customers use the Txtreme site purely for getting information to people concerning financial news, work schedules or appointments which does not have any selling involved. Others are promoting or offering discounts on products that are available for short periods and need a quick response. read more