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Google Favours Mobile

Do you track where your website comes on Google searches? If you’re wondering why you may have been dropping down the rankings recently it could because of something the back-room boys at Google have been up to. Apparently last month Google shook up its search algorithms to favour websites that are easily read on smart-phones. So if your website has been around a while, even though you think it can be read on a phone, it might not be “mobile-friendly” as far as Google are concerned. Fortunately they’ve created a test page where you can check out your website and see how “mobile-friendly” it is:

https://www.google.co.uk/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/

Business West appoint John McDonnell as ICT specialist to the Superfast Business Project

High-speed broadband is essential to the effectiveness of UK business today and many rural areas have suffered through restricted access or poor line speeds. Under the government’s Rural Broadband Programme nearly £300million is now being spent in England alone to provide Superfast Broadband. More ...

Cash remains “King” in Ireland

Recognising the huge volume of cash transactions in Ireland and its enduring appeal with Irish people several suppliers were featuring new systems for cash management at Hospitality Expo 2014, Ireland’s premier trade show. More ...

BoE Moves to Polymer

Following a three year research programme and a public consultation during Autumn 2013, the Bank of England has decided that its next £5 and £10 banknotes will be printed on polymer. More...

Bank of England to withdraw Houblon £50 banknote

The Bank of England has announced that the £50 banknote carrying the portrait of Sir John Houblon, the first Governor of the Bank of England, will be withdrawn from circulation on 30 April. More …

Paying with Plastic

If you’ve not already heard, the Bank of England seems likely to introduce plastic banknotes into the UK. In the cash industry we say that the banknotes will be made from a polymer substrate. But, yes, the tabloids have got it right, that means plastic. More ...

Where are you Mr. Hastings?

Where is the mysterious Mr. Hastings? I've received well over a hundred calls for him from Indian call centres. They just don't ask sensible questions or listen. Are you fed up with them too? Do what the supermarkets tell us - shop local! More ...

Payment Council issue a Code of Conduct for Cash Recycling

The UK Payments Council has issued a Code of Conduct for the Authentication of Machine Dispensed banknotes. It is aimed at retailers who have self-service check-outs and ATM providers where the banknotes are locally sourced. More ...

Meantime Media partners with Charles Martyn

Video production company Meantime Media has selected Charles Martyn to provide Business Development services. More ...

Cash In The Rain

Why are banks surprised at declining footfall in branches? At last some are trying to bring back face-to-face banking services. More ...

Local Banknote Recycling

Did you know that there are now 30,000 self-check out tills in the UK? Or that the volume of counterfeit banknotes discovered increased dramatically in 2012. Is there a link? Find out what the Bank of England is doing to maintain confidence in our currency? More ...

Telecoms Costs Fall

The costs of telecommunications is falling dramatically. It must be true if it says so in the Telegraph. So are you now paying less? If not - why not?

Maybe it's not that simple to work out. More ...