November 2008

Which overseas markets?

695552659_425c1b9674_m.jpgA quick plea for help and a 20 second diversion on a Friday afternoon.

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South by South West proves entices Digital Mission applicants

Digital Mission - laptop decorationThere's a veritable flurry of printing, stapling, hole punching and other filing related activity at Chinwag Towers. The application deadline for the Digital Mission to South by South West interactive (SXSWi) has come and gone.

Over 100 companies applied for one of the 40 slots on the Digital Mission which is a great response before you factor in the wave of dire economic news that's been crashing against the industry for the last two months. The number of entries also shows the healthy attitude of the UK's digital sector in looking beyond the local market.

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Market confidence falls again but doesn't plummet

September was a pretty painful month for the Digital Pulse, Chinwag's confidence index for the digital sector. Industry confidence took an almighty whack, so with baited breath and more than a little trepidation, the numbers were crunched for October’s Digital Pulse.

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Coping With a Downturn: Monitoring Solvency

In these difficult times Companies must avoid doing business while technically insolvent.

What does this mean?

Unhelpfully the law itself does not define "insolvency". Broadly speaking it means either your company cannot pay its debts as they fall due or its liabilities are greater than its assets. Trading while insolvent triggers various liabilities for those involved and has serious consequences for Directors. In some cases, Directors can become personally liable for the debts of the company and even be disqualified from acting as a Director in the future.

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Funding for South-West companies to attend SXSWi and Digital Mission

swscreen.gifWant to go to SXSWi but don't have the cash? Want to join the Digital Mission to SXSWi with 40 of the UK's hottest digital SMEs but a bit strapped? Located in the South-West?

This could be your lucky day.

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Four days left to apply for Digital Mission to SXSWi

Digital Mission

What's the first thing that springs to mind when someone mentions "Austin" to you?

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Wading through the Doom & Gloom

You’d have to have been on a desert island to not be aware of the state of our economy and the predictions that 2009 are going to be worse than this year.  With redundancies on the rise and the economy shrinking it is easy to feel incredibly pessimistic about the future.  I would be very surprised to hear of any company that isn’t looking closely at their budgets, tightening their belts and having to make some difficult decisions.  I am not going to ta

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MoSo Rising podcast and pictures


Returning to its usual home in the 'glamorous' basement of The Slug & Lettuce in London's Soho, the 22nd Chinwag Live examined the impact and rise of social networking on the mobile world.

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Innovation Awards 2008 - Shortlist Announced

E-consultancy's inaugural Innovation Awards attracted around 234 entries across 13 categories. The short-listed companies have just been announced, with the winners revealed in early December.

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UK's leading digital companies beat the crunch with Digital Mission export boost

PRESS RELEASE: London, UK, Monday 10th November 2008

2869995048_15c46000c2_m.jpg Digital SMEs will get a timely export boost courtesy of the Digital Mission to South by South West interactive taking place in March 2009 in Austin, Texas.

Following the success of the Digital Mission to New York in September 2008, this second venture – also organised by Chinwag for UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) will assist firms to develop new business channels, partnerships, investment and detailed knowledge of the local market.

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