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Alan Thomas

Alan Thomas is a small business expert at Hiscox, advising technology and media SMEs. An avid fan of the Wales rugby team, despite growing up in Somerset, because of his Welsh family, Alan traded in country life for a career in insurance in London. He says: “Entrepreneurs fascinate me because they bring ideas to life. I work with them every day so I hear a lot about the challenges they face and I want to share that knowledge to help other SMEs succeed.”

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Small businesses need to be careful when networking

Social media can be a great marketing tool for small businesses, but firms must be careful they don’t fall foul of data protection rules. Companies that use social networking to spread their word…

What’s luck got to do with it?

How much is business success due to luck? Quite a bit – but the best entrepreneurs have the ability to make their own luck. That was the message from speakers at the Hiscox/Ri seminar in London…

Over 50s are turning into “olderpreneurs”

What can you do when you’re heading for retirement? You can set up your own business. Many 50-somethings are reinventing themselves as “olderpreneurs”. The recession has hit everyone hard,…

Resisting a cyber attack

This week, the government announced new measures to beef up policing against cyber crime, including a new emergency response unit to advise victims of hacking attacks. The plans marked the first…

Be safe online

When it comes to computer-related risks to their businesses, SME owners told us in our recent DNA of an entrepreneur study that being attacked by a computer virus is the biggest threat (41%) that…

SMEs are losing sleep but not losing hope

Losing sleep but not losing hope… That is a two-second summary of the mood of entrepreneurs in Western Europe and the United States as they grapple with another year of economic crisis. Since 2008,…