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Our site is about the oppurtunities that technology makes available to people in the UK who are looking to explore the internet and the opprtunities it presents.

This isn't a job site more an invitation to explore technology and look to see where you can fit in in the world of data, voice, computers and software.

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OPEN DOORS - Advice, assistance, downloads, talk, meet

Our site is about the oppurtunities that technology makes available to people in the UK who are looking to explore the internet and the opprtunities it presents.

This isn't a job site more an invitation to explore technology and look to see where you can fit in in the world of data, voice, computers and software.

We hope you enjoy our site, please contribute if you feel something is missing or could be added!

 

OPEN DOORS - Advice & help for those looking to advance in tech

OPEN DOORS - Advice, assistance, downloads, talk, meet

Our site is about the oppurtunities that technology makes available to people in the UK who are looking to explore the internet and the opprtunities it presents. Our audience is you me, SME, IT directors, anyone who has a interest in seeing where technology can take them.

This isn't a job site more an invitation to explore technology and look to see where you can fit in in the world of data, voice, computers and software.

IT Support is the standard for the provision of Business IT Support to Small & Medium enterprises. 
The national network of TMB accredited advisers seeks to ensure UK SME's receive competent and credible business IT support and advice. The aim is to improve their competitiveness through a top-class standard of advice offered by IT advisers and suppliers in the private and public sectors.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the aim of Open Doors?
The aim of Open Doors is to improve the competitiveness of UK small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) through the provision of effective business-related ICT advice.

Why has Open Doors been set up?
At present small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are unsure as to who can provide effective business related ICT advice. According to both DTI and Chartered Management Institute research most SMEs are either unable to source an adviser who can help them, or they distrust the advice they receive. Open Doors provides a recognisable channel of advice, which gives reassurance that advisers have reached the industry standard for giving business-related ICT advice. All Open Doors Accredited Advisers and Approved Centres are awarded the Open Doors quality mark.

How does Open Doors benefit SMEs?
Key features of Open Doors are: A recognised and independent accreditation process covering organisations and advisers with integrated business and ICT knowledge and skills

Support from the Government (DTI) and leading ICT organisations

A nation-wide network of Accredited Advisers and Approved Centres

A Open Doors National Register of advisers and organisations with Open Doors accreditation maintained on the Open Doors website for promotion to SMEs.



Key benefits these features offer to SMEs / users

Access to high quality ICT advice focused on business needs

Up-to-date advice on the latest technology and links to other sources of useful business information

Reduction in the time and risk associated with choosing an adviser or supplier

Reassurance of the adviser's or organisation's credibility and ability to:

Understand the role of ICT in business

Understand issues facing SMEs

Keep the use of jargon to a minimum

Help integrate ICT into their business strategy

Help identify how the full integration and utilisation of ICT can develop their business

Assist them in managing the process of change



When you say SME, what exactly do you mean?
We use the DTI and EU definition of a small and medium sized enterprise that is a business that employs between one and 250 employees.

How will I know if an adviser or organisation is Open Doors accredited?
The Open Doors Logo acts as a quality mark, this is only awarded to advisers and organisations that have proven their competence to provide expert advice on the adoption of business-related ICT advice.

What does the Open Doors quality mark mean to my business?
Your business will have access to quality assured advice in the specific context of the business application and implementation of ICT. Effective business advice should incorporate ICT issues and that ICT advice should incorporate an understanding of an SME's business issues and needs. By using a Open Doors Accredited Adviser or Approved Centre SMEs can ensure that they receive advice that is relevant to their business needs.

Who is eligible to become Open Doors accredited?
Individuals and organisations offering advisory services on business-related ICT advice to SME clients is eligible for this accreditation. This includes:

Business support organisations

IT resellers and consultants

Independent consultants

Financial advisers and banks



Where can I find these Accredited Advisers and Approved Centres?
Once an adviser or organisation is accredited, their details will be placed in the Open Doors National Register which features on this site, with a facility that allows you to search by region, specialism or postcode for an Accredited Adviser and Approved Centre.

Will this mean that the cost of advice for small firms will raise?
Technology Means Business accreditation will add value to the services provided to small businesses by advisers and organisations. It is up to the individual Adviser or Approved Centre whether they wish to charge an added premium for advice once they have gained accreditation. However, to-date there has not been an increase in the cost of advice. Having Open Doors accreditation adds value to their service and enables those with accreditation to market them more effectively.

How can I be sure the Open Doors approved adviser will give impartial advice?
Some Open Doors Accredited Advisers and Approved Centres are tied to suppliers but have been awarded the Open Doors quality mark because they have proven their skills to support a client through the whole process of an ICT intervention; from inception through to implementation and continued support. They are only placed on the Open Doors National Register as long as they can demonstrate that there is a business need for the product and that its use will increase the competitiveness and profitability of the SME purchasing it.

 


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