Archives for October 31st, 2000

SMALL BUSINESSES GO ONLINE

Headlines, PublicNet: 31 October, 2000

Small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) are now using the internet as a key business tool, according to new research by Oftel. 93 % of medium businesses and 69 % of small businesses are now connected or in the process of connecting to the Internet, and one fifth are using a form of unmetered package to gain access.The research shows that a lack of understanding of the potential benefits of the Internet is the main discouragement to businesses getting on line.Oftel has praised websites such as www.telecomsadvice.org and www.ukonlineforbusiness.gov.uk set up to encourage small businesses to make the most of telecommunications and the Internet.

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THE ROUTE TO LOCAL LEADERSHIP

Headlines, PublicNet: 31 October, 2000

Pay on a par with MPs is one of the key recommendations of a new study that tries to point the way to creating truly revitalised local government.The New Local Government Network, (NGLN) a left-leaning think tank, has spent nine months reviewing the Labour Government’s intentions in trying to modernise councils, and concludes that really useful local government will come from the following changes:a major IT push to help councils deliver services electronically’partnership contracts’ – a development on the idea of public service agreements – giving more emphasis on councils being driven by what local people say they wantstrong leadership by council leaders offered the same pension, pay and support as MPsa government department for devolution – whose job would be to limit initiatives and interventions from other central departmentsinvestment in those areas of local government which are still valued by the public but which have been underfunded.

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