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Lancashire, United Kingdom, 2006/03/08 - These days, far too many UK managers and small business owners feel that their lives are overrun with technology and jargon that they don't understand. Now there is a simple way to communicate within a group, share documents and gain staff feedback.
A recent survey highlighted that 3 in 4 small businesses believe that better communication between colleagues would make their business more profitable – and that an ‘intranet’ would help them achieve this.
But what is an intranet? It’s a way of communicating within your organisation via your PC, and where you keep all the important information you need to share amongst your team. You can see each others’ diaries, share files and documents, store all messages and keep all contact and customer information. You can send and receive messages using email, an instant message system or even SMS text to a mobile phone, either to an individual or everyone at once. Perhaps best of all it’s where your company’s notice board and private meeting room is. The place to share ideas, get feedback from the team and bring your people together.
It sounds great, so why hasn’t every company got one? Well, large companies have the resources to develop their own but small businesses have identified two clear obstacles. Firstly, finding someone to design and programme your own intranet is rightly seen as expensive, secondly most small businesses do not have the necessary technical skills or know-how to do it themselves.
A Lancashire company has developed a new instantly available intranet called Talk2theoffice. It is an ‘off the shelf’ intranet, specifically designed for teams, groups and small businesses to do exactly what it says on the tin and talk to the office. Talk2theoffice is a web based solution which is straightforward to use. All you need is access to the internet, you log on to a secure Talk2theoffice web address – and up pops your own intranet ready for you to start communicating with your team. The intranet can even be branded with your own logo and company colours.
This means that businesses can have their own intranet with no new hardware, software or servers required, no new technical or IT skills are needed by your staff and no upgrades, maintenance or on-going service is needed. Furthermore, no scary technical training is required. Talk2theoffice will come and explain to your staff how to log on and use the intranet.
Talk2theoffice is also low cost. There are no development costs, no up-front fees, no training costs and as long as all the users are connected to the internet, no technology costs either. Talk2theoffice gain their revenue through a small monthly fee per user of around £5. There is no long term contract with just one month’s notice required to cancel and the company offers a free, no obligation 30 day trial for companies who wish to try the service first.
The intranet is being used by a range of companies, including a retailer with staff working from home, a charity with different branches and a PR company to communicate with its clients.
One happy customer, Mr Simon Bristow, Sales Director at Plumbs in Preston commented, "Talk2theoffice has led to improved teamwork, a greater sense of belonging and loyalty from home-workers, better organised staff, big cost savings on paperwork and postage and because everybody is singing off the same hymn sheet, better sales performance." Each company has found its own unique benefits too. One customer uses Talk2theoffice to text his sales team’s mobile phones with price changes and loves the immediacy this brings to his team.
Talk2theoffice (talk2theoffice.com) is the first web based intranet system developed in the UK specifically for small businesses. There’s no risk involved as clients can trial the system for 30 days without incurring any cost.