• Why is Companies House closed?

    I was doing some research on a few UK start-ups and one great resource is the companies house Web Check service. It’s a database listing of all of the UK’s companies listed in alphabetical order. So why would the message below “Access to the service is closed” appear? Under civil servant rules do databases and websites now get weekends off? Read More

  • MySpace jump on the Bandwagon?

    UK based bandwagon, is a Music Community Site for fans of independent music, that also allows bands to manage their own web pages and promote and sell mobile content. The content can include video, music, ringtones and wallpapers. Bands make their money by uploading their content and then receiving royalty payments [via Paypal] for their downloads. On Bandwagon, you are paid £0.35 for every… Read More

  • Zopa looking to mix in new circles

    UK based Zopa is the financial equivalent of eBay. It puts borrowers and lenders directly in touch with one another. Zopa has a very good management pedigree, it was setup by the team that setup Egg. Richard Duvall. The Chief Executive Officer – led the team that created Egg; was its Launch Director then its first Chief Marketing Officer. James Alexander. The Chief Financial… Read More

  • Zinadoo is easy to do.

    Irish based, Nubiq who specialise in community mobile solutions, has launched its first product, Zinadoo. Thanks to Paul Watson in Ireland for alerting me to the launch covered in the The Irish Times. Zinadoo provides a service that enables end-users to create their own mobile website from their computer. The service provides a full solution to end-users to enable them to take existing… Read More

  • Servoy

    Dutch company Servoy , a supplier of development and deployment tools for business software, has recently raised an undisclosed venture round. Lead by the Private Plus Fund, this funding joins several private investors who have already provided financial support to Servoy. Servoy has been growing rapidly with more than triple-digit expansion over the past three years. Jan Aleman, CEO of… Read More

  • Factonomy develop .NET framework

    Scottish company factonomy has recently secured €300,000 of funding. Factonomy develops strategic frameworks for the agile development of powerful internal and online business solutions. “A framework provides a foundation structure for the development of numerous applications using a consistent schema. The consistent schema is used to declare what an application should do rather… Read More

  • MySpace to offer MyTunes …

    Music it seems is still the soma of the masses. In an attempt to monetise its large user community, Mashable are reporting that “MySpace has announced it will sell songs from the 3 million unsigned bands on The songs will be sold as unprotected MP3s, free from DRM. MySpace co-founder, Chris DeWolfe told Reuters: “Everyone we’ve spoken to definitely wants an… Read More

  • Microsoft's PR agency admits it doesn't "get" blogs!

    Tom Foremski has written a post on Silicon Valley Watcher about Waggener Edstrom UK boss, Paul Abrahams, admitting he doesn’t get the value of blogs.  I feel a Gerald Ratner moment coming on.     Basically Paul Abrahams, heads up the sizeable UK office for Waggener Edstrom, Microsoft’s long standing PR firm and advises Microsoft on many strategic aspects of its Public… Read More

  • Comeks mobile comics

    Comeks is a great Series-60 application that lets you take camera phone images and enhance them with comic-book like artwork, speech bubbles and other effects. You can then assemble these images into a comic strip which can be MMS’d (or saved back into phone memory for upload to your favourite photo-sharing site). I first saw Comeks in action when one of its creators demo’d it to me… Read More

  • Skype 2.6 Beta available

    Skype has just released version 2.6 of its web phone software as a public beta. So what’s new?  The new version makes a big deal of Skypecasts which I have not really taken too so far. The new ‘Live’ tab lists imminent events about to start, which could be anything from language lessons to dating services. Hopefully I can also filter the skypecasts or turn it off… Read More

  • Flickr has taken the #1 slot in the UK

    Hitwise UK is a great site for keeping track of global as well as UK web trends.  They have just posted about Yahoo! Flickr once again becoming #1 website, in the Hitwise Photography category, based on share of UK visits. It seems softporn search queries has something to do with the sudden rise in Flickr traffic? “In the past three months, whilst Flickr’s market share of… Read More

  • The little Browzar that hides everything?

    The Yorkshire Post has a story about Freeserve founder Ajaz Ahmed’s latest venture browzar, “a new internet browser which allows users to surf the web without leaving a history of websites visited and protects against leaving personal details on computers.” I did wonder why someone would create such a browser, considering the dangerous times we live in with paedophiles… Read More

  • Real Extate search engine makes extensive use of tags but not hListing. is a nationwide property search engine developed BytePlay Ltd, a privately funded London based technology startup. Extate works by crawling all of the largest national estate agents websites every 24 hours to provide home buyers with up-to-date search results. It uses a natural language search query function to make it easy for anyone to find the right property. i.e “Cookham… Read More

  • BT Business gets blogging.

    ITWeek are reporting that BT Business has launched a new blog to give firms information and advice on how to build their online presence, and provide a channel for feedback and interaction with its experts. Three experts from BT together with blogging expert Ian Fenn will contribute regularly to the blog, which aims to cover topics including web site design, how to reach customers online… Read More

  • Tesco is fast becoming the new WalMart.

    The supermarket giant Tesco, today announced it was launching on the 6th September, a non-food home shopping service called Tesco direct, which it promises will end the misery of waiting in for deliveries all-day. The supermarket giant promised quicker delivery and shorter and more reliable slots than are currently provided by other high street retailers. It’s other direct-to-home… Read More

  • Coull Vlogger [Interactive Video] links to Google AdWords.

    Bristol based Coull have two very “cool” applications to help brand owners create their own user generated video portals and interactive video content. Coull vlogger is the first application which is their unique all-in-one video blogging solution. It provides end users with a basic video editing capability in conjunction with a video uploading option to a hosted whitelabel… Read More

  • Fedafi offer an easily managed RSS business solution for everyone.

    Fedafi is a Glasgow based, UK company – pronounced fee·da·fi (‘fi’ as in hifi)  – aims to democratize RSS by making it possible for anyone to create, manage, market and track valid RSS and Podcast feeds, as part of their business strategy. Fedafi is a self-funded startup with just two people right now. Fedafi hope to grow their business by providing the… Read More

  • Yahoo! Go for [windows] mobile.

    Yahoo! Go for Mobile was first launched earlier this year for mobile devices running the Symbian operating system. From today, it’s now available on any Windows Mobile-powered phone running either Microsoft’s mobile OS version 2003 SE or Mobile 5.0. Yahoo! Go for Mobile integrates services such as Y! Mail, Search, Photos, Address Book and Calendar, and Y! News, Sports, Finance… Read More

  • Viagogo are open and touting for your business.

    Viagogo is an online ticket exchange that allows people to buy and sell live event tickets in a safe and guaranteed way. Viagogo’s mission is to bring efficiency and transparency to what has traditionally been a murky market place, thus allowing consumers to buy and sell tickets in a safe and guaranteed way. Viagogo, the UK’s first legal secondary ticket website for football… Read More

  • British designers blogroll.

    I recently came across this interesting website called “stuff and nonsense” don’t ask me how or why – I don’t remember but I did bookmark it instantly because it contained a wonderful blogroll of links to British designers and developers who share a passion for web standards and accessibility. Read More