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By Chris Dawson February 16, 2017 - 8:52 pm

Stop changing your password every 30 days says GCHQ

Ciaran Martin, the head of GCHQ’s new National Cyber Security Centre, has rubbished the practise of changing passwords on a monthly basis. For years businesses have forced regular password changes on employees and it just doesn't work, bemused by the constant change, so many people

UK Government to hire commissioner to tackle late payments to SMEs

The UK Government has started a recruitment search because it intends to appoint a commissioner who will deal with disputes between small businesses who haven't been paid by, or are in dispute over payment with, bigger firms. The new position will be appointed by the Secretary

Arena Flowers Prepares for Valentine’s Day

David Brackin is the managing director of Stuff U Sell, the leading eBay trading assistant in the UK and a regular Tamebay contributor. In this post he explores the run up to the biggest day in the floristry year and how Arena Flowers deals with

Win an hour’s mentoring from a top small business specialist

Would you like to win an hour's mentoring session with Enterprise Nation founder, Emma Jones, MBE? Enter Enterprise Nation's competition to win a money-can't-buy mentoring session with Emma Jones. The winner will be able to ask advice about starting or growing a business, what hurdles they

Do you have emergency plans for your marketplace and social accounts?

One of the bravest people I've known is Richard, who sold on eBay for longer than I care to remember and recently died of cancer. You can read about him in his own words on his memorialised Facebook profile. Richard knew the end was near and

The Pick, Pack and Despatch Process – Part II

Yesterday we looked at the steps from receiving an order to despatch. Today Jan from One Stop Order Processing (OSOP) shares how using her own software enabled her to automate her Integrated Labels business in conjunction with a fulfilment house: Automating The Despatch Process I sell Integrated

The Pick, Pack and Despatch Process – Part I

Whether your selling on eBay, Amazon, your own website or another marketplace, the one constant as an online seller is that you'll be receiving orders and have to despatch them. But what are the steps between order and slapping a label on the parcel? I spoke

AiMCo Packing Partner Business Partner Wanted

AiMCo's Packing Partner is one of my all time favourite bits of ecommerce software which I used for almost a decade after Tamebay reader Northumbrian highlighted their service. Packing Partner pulls in your orders from the various platforms and websites you trade on and produces pick

HMRC reveals more detail on Making Tax Digital plans

You may have heard about Making Tax Digital. It's the UK Government’s scheme to move all personal and business tax administration online. Beginning this year, and due to be completed in 2020, anyone who needs to file a tax return or deal with business tax