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Free Installation Of Security & Business Monitoring Systems July 22, 2008

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Business Crime Direct would like to make you all aware of a new scheme launched for SMES.

Action Against Business Crime has launched a new security initiative which has been designed to provide high quality security and business monitoring for small and medium sized businesses at a fraction of the usual cost. All of the standard system hardware, installation and the SSAIB certificate of conformity are free. Subject to terms and conditions the only cost to the business is £35 per month plus VAT for a minimum of 36 months to cover the cost of monitoring and aftercare.

The purpose is to put high quality crime prevention systems within reach of every business whether that be the smallest retail outlet, a high street office or an industrial unit on the edge of town. The system has features to help people who work on their own feel less vulnerable, as well as smoke and flood detection upgrades.

The complete package is monitored by a NSI Gold alarm receiving centre and is fully certificated by the SSAIB. The system, which also includes audio verification in the event of an activation, enables keyholders to be well prepared and able to contact the relevant authorities within moments of an activation. Intended not only to give business their first solid foot on the security ladder it has been designed to replace bells only systems most of which now need replacing or adjusting to comply with recent noise pollution guidelines.
Mike Schuck, Chief Executive of AABC said ‘I am delighted that we have this comprehensive new tool to help bring action to the fight against business crime. Our new initiative offers the missing link between more expensive police response systems and affordable security for everyone. This is great news for small and medium sized businesses that are exposed to burglary and robbery but until now simply couldn’t afford to purchase the necessary monitored security’.

For more information on how to access this cost-effective new service, click on the bell boxes at the top of the page.

There are three packages. Click on the one relevant to you to download a PDF of more information and how to apply. Or contact Action Against Business Crime here.

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Easy Online Invoicing For Freelancers (And Others) July 3, 2008

Posted by liverpoolchamber in Business, Technology, World Wide Web.
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Creating professional-looking invoices then tracking and managing them can be a complicated and time-consuming task. If you’re a freelancer, self-employed or running a small business, it can be a serious drain on your time.

However, those nice chaps over at the Lifehack website have put togather a handy list of web-based alternatives. These tools can help you stay on top of the whole process, from beginning to end. By managing your invoicing system more efficiently, you can concentrate on whatever it is you set up business to do in the first place.

The full list goes into greater detail, but includes:

Paypal: Simple and classic for the minimalist approach.

Blinksale: Greater control over the look and feel of your invoices

Freshbooks: its free account gives unlimited invoicing

Invotrak: another simple and free tool.

Whilst most of these support multi-currency invoicing, it’s worth checking out the full article for greater detail on what each service offers and at what price.

Read the full article at Lifehack here.

Find A Graduate With Liverpool University’s Milkround March 31, 2008

Posted by liverpoolchamber in Education, Events, Member Events.
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next-big-thing.jpgLet Liverpool University find the ‘next big thing’ for your business.  Take part in their first ever SME Milkround:

‘The Milkround’ is the name popularly given to the universities’ annual graduate recruitment programme. National employers from a wide range of industrial and commercial sectors visit universities to recruit graduates who have applied for their opportunities through the Careers Service.

We recognise that for many SMEs, recruiting a graduate puts an additional strain on the business, in terms of staff time, resources and money that isn’t always readily available.

So this is where we can support you in your search to identify suitable quality candidates.

The University of Liverpool’s Careers and Employability Service in partnership with the Next Big Thing and npower have secured European Social Funding to support SMEs on Merseyside who want to recruit graduates by providing a free recruitment support service.

This initiative would involve the Careers & Employability Service carrying out the following functions on your behalf:

  • Profiling your vacancies at our forthcoming Graduate Recruitment Event being held at St George’s Hall, Lime Street, Liverpool on Tuesday 20th May 2008 – circa 2000 graduates attending
  • Advertising your vacancy in the lead up to the above event on our vacancy website and virtual fair website
  • Collating suitable CVs from those students/graduates interested in being considered for your vacancy
  • Arranging your interviews
  • Providing you with the suitable facilities here within the Careers & Employability Service to conduct your interviews
  • Providing unsuccessful candidates with feedback on your behalf

So all you need to do is concentrate on conducting your interviews.

So what are you waiting for?

To take advantage of this initiative or to find out more, contact Paul Cullinan or Stefan Melgaard, at the University of Liverpool

Tel: 0151 794 5847/5112
Email: pcull@liv.ac.uk or stefan.melgaard@liv.ac.uk
University Talent Team, Careers & Employability Service, University of Liverpool, Student Services Centre, 150 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L69 3GD