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If you are a small business without a website now is the perfect time to get one. And here are a few reasons why.

Businesses with their own websites look more professional and credible. If you’ve never heard of a business before, seeing that they have a dedicated website immediately makes them seem more reliable because they’ve invested in creating a presence for themselves beyond a simple Twitter account or Facebook page.

While social media lets you publish information in short bursts, a website allows you to communicate why your business is the best choice in a crowded marketplace. Your website can detail your unique offerings, full pricing and service options, the team behind the scenes, and reviews from happy customers.

Used together, social media and a website create a powerful web presence. Social media attracts your audience, and a professional website provides you with the space to demonstrate what your brand has to offer, deepen engagement, and build your business.

I design websites for small businesses, sole traders individuals and more. My websites are optimised to look good and work seamlessly on P.Cs laptops, mobile phones and tablets and won’t cost you the earth.

And if you have designed your own website and just need help to get it looking great, working the way you want it to and set up to be searchable on Google please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.





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Whilst I am limiting the number of home visits I will be doing during lockdown rest assured that I am still available for those who need help with their home technology. The current government advice states that "Those who need to visit other people’s homes for their work can continue to do so." Many problems can be resolved over the phone and I will try to do so as a first step but where a home visit is unavoidable I will be following the guidelines issued to "In home workers" which as a qualified risk assessor I review for any changes on a weekly basis. We are more reliant on our home technology than ever for communication, shopping, and home working so please do get in touch if you are having any issues.


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I received an automated (robotic) call (not) from HMRC on my mobile phone today telling me that HMRC are filing a lawsuit against me for not paying my taxes and that I need to press 1 to talk to an agent. If I didn't press 1 they warned that the lawsuit would be filed and that I would be arrested. I didn't press 1 and unsurprisingly the feds haven't turned up at the door yet.


As an ex auditor who dealt with fraud on a regular basis it's easy for me to laugh it off as a particularly poor attempt by Metal Mickey to fleece me, but please be aware that vulnerable people are being caught out by these types of scams regularly, including some of my friends and family members.


It's always worth mentioning this to neighbours, friends and relatives who don't have access to social media and might not hear about this otherwise. The call is specifically designed to be authoritative and intimidating and is most definitely targeted at the elderly and vulnerable.

Registering yourselves and relatives with TPS is really quick and simple just go to:


https://www.tpsonline.org.uk/


Do use this link as surprise, surprise there are even fake versions of this website out there who will try and charge you for setting up TPS on your phone.


If you are with BT you can dial 1572 and follow the simple instructions to add numbers to a blacklist completely free.


Most other land and mobile providers have a similar service.


I've reported it, but when one phone line is closed down another two will pop up in it's place. HMRC's own response is pasted below:


"HMRC is aware of an automated phone call scam which will tell you HMRC is filing a lawsuit against you, and to press one to speak to a caseworker to make a payment. We can confirm this is a scam and you should end the call immediately. This scam has been widely reported and often targets elderly and vulnerable people. Other scam calls may offer a tax refund and request you to provide your bank or credit card information. If you cannot verify the identity of the caller, we recommend that you do not speak to them. If you’ve been a victim of the scam and suffered financial loss, report it to Action Fraud. The calls use a variety of phone numbers. To help our investigations you should report full details of the scam by email to: phishing@hmrc.gov.uk, including the:

  • date of the call

  • phone number used

  • content of the call"

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