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British companies view providing services to the people as not just business but as a social work and as a support to their government’s ambitions for the country. Companies like Virgin Media feels privileged powering Britain’s digital heartbeat.

India being a mixed economy do have state owned companies sitting there to set a trend and maintain the price. But they do nothing more than just starting a service. Giving high quality service with latest features and support is something where they often lack and lose in the competition to private companies drowning in debts.

In February 2013, Virgin media announced creation of 400 more jobs to handle the growing demands of its superfast broadband and Virgin Media TV package service.

“We’re pleased we’re able to invest further and offer so many more people the prospect of an exciting and rewarding career at the forefront of next generation entertainment and communications,” said Paul Buttery, chief customer and networks officer at Virgin Media.
“With this expansion we will be even better able to support the government’s ambitions for the country. We’re investing in the very communities we serve to ensure all our customers get the experience they expect from us as we power Britain’s digital heartbeat.”
The central government was quick to praise this move. Business secretary Vince Cable said: “This expansion is good news for Virgin Media and for the hundreds of people who will benefit from these new jobs, which include many highly-skilled engineering roles.
He further added, “The digital communications industry drives growth and helps us to build a stronger economy. Today’s announcement will also support our ambition to provide faster broadband – in both cities and rural areas – giving more businesses access to the opportunities they need to grow.”
Getting appreciation from the government Virgin Media is all set to get a good hold in the new market. 3D services on TV. Virgin Media has claimed that it is the first TV service to bring the 3D content to the televisions screens in UK. The company has promised to provide 50 hours of 3D content July onwards. The move came a week after BBC had announced that its 3D service will cease at the end of the year.
In an attempt to make televisions smarter, Virgin Media has teamed up with the US based The Weather Channel. The company will provide 24-hour five-day UK weather forecasts on their TV sets through TiVO set-top box for up to 10 stored locations. In return the app will encourage people to click through to the The Weather Channel’s website for hourly and 10-day forecast, thus bringing traffic to its website.
In February, US based Liberty Global had agreed to buy the UK’s Virgin Media in a cash and stock deal worth $23.3bn (£15bn). This deal will let the US company be the world’s largest broadband company with 25 million customers with its presence in 14 countries. With this deal the US based company will get about 80% of its revenue from the UK, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson said: “This deal is good news for the company, its customers and our people. As quoted by the BBC.
“Together, Liberty Global and Virgin Media are in a great position to shake up the industry and bring the full power of digital technology to UK consumers,” He further added.
Seeing the way more companies are adding benefits to their services around the world, Indian companies are lagging behind providing these services to their growing tech savvy population. Despite the availability of TV hardware which can support 3D, internet and other latest technologies, Indian cable TV providers have not yet harnessed the huge business of cable internet and providing 3D channels and movies.
The average internet speed in India still remains somewhere around 2 Mbps when most of the other developing countries in the same category are much ahead (Read more : Broadband Penetration and Average Speed; East Beats West) . A stable and fast internet has become a lifeline for the economy just like railways and steel. Indian telecom sector must take steps to seed the businesses and homes with high performance internet.
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6 Tips for the Ideal Desk Set Up to Unlock Your Potential

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Today’s ideal desk setup is a little different from the one that professionals a few years ago were used to. It is still possible to see office desks with huge amounts of tangled cables on and around it. These are often the ones that have been converted into more modern solutions, but they were not initially ready to welcome the number of devices and tech items we need to make our job more fruitful. 

Make Space for Your Phone, Laptop, and Tablet

Ensure that there is space on your desk for a laptop, keyboard, phone, and tablet. Even if we all try to stay off technological devices as much as possible, we rely on them for several activities. 

Positioning them so they are easily reachable and in order could be essential to speed up most processes. 

Using stands and holders can also help you keep all of your incoming notifications under control without interrupting your workflow to check your phone. This is an essential part of the best desk setups in modern offices.

Keep the Cables in Order

Keeping the cables in order on your desk is one of the biggest challenges for most office professionals. However, since you will always be using the same plugs and tables, you could opt to implement easy-to-use clips and cable ties to keep all the cords in place and out of your way.

Don’t Be Ashamed to Stick to the Good Old Pen & Paper.

While most of your tasks will be completed thanks to computer software, there is nothing better than a simple pen and paper to note down important information or to-do lists. Having post-it notes around you can help you be more efficient and less forgetful. 

For a complete kit, you could use recycled paper and a vintage, old-school pen that can enhance your desk’s look. No matter what innovation you introduce in your company to get out of your startup shell, a pen and paper will always be there!

Opt for a Versatile Standing Desk

Using a standing desk has been seen as beneficial under many viewpoints. Indeed, this habit can help you find a more in-depth focus, more motivation, and cut our distractions. All this while limiting the strain on your back and neck.

At the same time, standing for long hours can be not as beneficial for your legs, especially if you suffer from knee problems. In this case, finding a versatile solution that allows you to sit when you need it and stand when you need to be more productive can be optimal. 

Clean and Sanitize the Area Often

While offices have started to reopen, the risk of contagion has not significantly decreased. Therefore, limiting the number of items and decorations on your desk can help you keep your area clean and tidy. Of course, this can also make the process of sanitizing surfaces much more straightforward. 

Have a Plant Nearby!

Having a plant in a room can be extremely beneficial. Adding one on your desk has been seen as capable of encouraging creativity, lowering stress levels, improving air quality, and stabilizing mood. All this while making your workplace more stylish and attractive.

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eCommerce is a constantly evolving sector, and as a new business, it can feel overwhelming. In this post, we’ll take a look at six of the hottest eCommerce tips to help you get your new eCommerce business up and running. 

Your website is your first impression. 

As a new eCommerce site, customers will have very little knowledge of your brand, and so you have just a fraction of a second to make a good impression. A website that is slow to load, poorly designed, and difficult to use will not build trust and confidence and will lose you sales. Take the time to make sure that you create the best website that you can for your budget and conduct the necessary UX testing to ensure that it is functional. 

Make sure that you’re mobile-friendly.  

The average person spends more than 100 minutes on their mobile phone every day, and so it is essential that your eCommerce site is fully functional on mobile and tablet devices as well as on laptops and desktops. With more and more people now using their phones as personal computers, shopping is becoming increasingly mobile, so having a mobile-friendly site is key. 

Invest in quality stock 

It should go without saying, but quality must always be put above quantity when purchasing or making items to sell in your store. There are a number of different wholesale sites out there, such as Alibaba, Oberlo, and Doba, and they can be a minefield to navigate. Learn how to buy from alibaba.com here. 

Social media will be your best friend.

It is virtually impossible to launch a thriving eCommerce business without a social media presence. Social media gives you a glimpse into the wants and needs of your potential customers and target audiences, but it is also an invaluable free and paid marketing tool. In particular, Instagram is now known as the number one social media platform for eCommerce sites, but for maximum reach, don’t forget to build a presence on other social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok too.

Invest in your images 

Pictures tell a thousand words, and when it comes to eCommerce, they are also processed by your customers much faster. With 60% of people being visual learners, images are invaluable to your business, so do invest in a good photographer and take some professional pictures to ensure that your customers have all the pictures they need to make their decision. 

Use a live-chat

Lastly, as a small eCommerce business, you likely do not have a customer service department, but that doesn’t mean that you can neglect customer interactions. A live-chat feature makes it easy for you to answer customer questions and to speak with customers while they are on your site, just as if they were shopping in a real store. 21% of people who shop online say that live-chat tempts them to buy, 46% of people think that live-chat is the perfect digital communications tool, and 62% of shoppers say that they are more likely to return to a site that has live-chat installed. 

So there you have it – six tips for new eCommerce businesses, did you find them helpful? Why not share your own suggestions in the comments.

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Moving home is so exciting, right? A fresh start, a lovely new place, a new neighbourhood to explore. You feel like a little kid again – those night-before-the-move jitters and arranging all your furniture into a great new space is an unbeatable feeling. However, as we all know, moving can also be expensive and stressful. Especially with lots of furniture, children, pets and a limited amount of time, the task can feel insurmountable. Here are three tips for an easy house move.

1. Hiring Your Own Lorry

Removal companies are great if you have all your own furniture, and no way of transporting it. However if you have a partially furnished let, wherein you’ll have some,but not all of your furnishings already set up in the new property, you could hire your own truck. This will save a lot of money and will ease your move. You can hire the lorry for as long as you need it, and you can have a fun road trip all of your own!

Ensure that when you hire or buy your own lorry, you look into lorry insurance and invest in proper precautions. 

2. Asking For Help With Child And Pet Care

If you are moving with young children, dogs or cats, the move can become infinitely more complicated and difficult. If you have close friends or family who can take care of your children or pets for you, this would help your move immensely. Having to take care of small children whilst lifting heavy boxes and organising a million things at once can be a big challenge, and can even lead to accidents. Children can be overwhelmed by moving house, so it is much better to have them come to your new home when you have had a chance to organise the space and make it feel like home.

Similarly, dogs and cats can become stressed by a change in location. If the place is in disarray, the animals can become even more frightened and restless. It is better to have a friend, family or professional pet care company take care of them whilst your house move is taking place.

3. Time Off Work

Although it can feel wasteful to take holiday from work just to move house, you’ll thank yourself later for taking the time. Moving into a new house might only take one day, but the unpacking, organising and cleaning process can take far longer. If you take a few days, or even a week, to complete your move, you can return to work with a fresh slate, knowing you’ll be coming back to an organised, calm home!

Plus, this way you can actually enjoy your move, rather than treating it as a stressful nightmare! You can make the most of the new space, experiment with the layout, and truly transform this house into a home which you will be enjoying for years to come.

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