TechUK issues six-point plan to help the government work better with SMEs TechUK has published a six-point plan outlining steps the government should take to increase public awareness of its various procurement tools, particularly those favoured by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The technology association said it is broadly supportive of the work the government is doing to ramp up the number of public sector deals being awarded to SMEs, but there is still room for improvement. To this end, the organisation has set out six areas it would like addressed to level the playing field for SMEs when competing against larger firms for government deals. These include addressing the barriers that prevent SMEs winning public sector business, while working with civil servants to make them more aware of the benefits that drawing on the skills and expertise of smaller firms can bring. The organisation said it would also be open to working with CCS on a national level to increase awareness of government procurement tools, such as Contract Finder and Mystery Shopper.
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uk.businessinsider Sequoia CapitalWhatsApp Cofounders Jan Koum and Brian Acton. WhatsApp, the instant messaging service bought by Facebook last year for $19 billion (£13 billion), now has 900 million monthly users globally. The cofounders, Jan Koum and Brian Acton, don't often talk about their free instant messaging app but Acton agreed to do a rare interview with Wired, albeit over email. In the interview with Wired’s Cade Metz, Acton explained why he and the 50-strong WhatsApp engineering team have been using two relatively unknown software development tools to build the world's most popular messaging platform. WhatsApp, which has billions of messages sent over its platform every day, has been built with the FreeBSD operating system and the Erlang programming language — two "great tools" in the eyes of Acton.
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Setting up a limited company - Startups by The Startups Team Updated: Dec 5, 2013 Published: Apr 25, 2002 There are two types of limited company – those that are publicly traded (known as a public limited company or plc) and those that are privately owned (identified by the abbreviation Ltd at the end of their name). We will focus on the latter. A limited or limited liability company is very different from a sole trader.