Intelligent SME.tech Issue 19 - Page 10

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Just Connect small businesses with Zyxel ’ s new switch
Zyxel Networks , a leader in delivering secure and cloud-powered networking solutions , launched its compact and affordable cloud-based GS1915 series 8-port PoE and Non-PoE Switches .
This latest addition to the Nebula ecosystem is a highly accessible introduction to cloud-managed networking ideally suited for small businesses , opening up all the benefits of improved network connectivity , security and seamless multi-device management in minutes via the Nebula mobile app .
Crowley Wu , VP of Zyxel ’ s Networking Business Unit , said : “ The expansion of our switch and Nebula portfolio is a sign of our commitment to smaller businesses and prosumers , allowing them to scale their networks and make the transition to the cloud when they ’ re ready , without the need to replace hardware .
“ By removing these stresses and making network connectivity simpler , they can spend more time focusing on what they need and do best – running their business .”
56 % of small business decision-makers find legal documentation stressful
More than half of small business ( 56 %) decisionmakers find dealing with legal documentation related to their organisation stressful , according to new research from Direct Line business insurance .
This stress is having a major psychological impact , as a quarter of decision-makers ( 25 %) said they were unable to concentrate due to anxiety over legal documentation and 24 % said they had suffered sleepless nights . While a further
23 % reported developing mental health issues . Nearly one in five ( 19 %) said the stress became so overwhelming they considered closing or taking a step back from their business .
The research also revealed that small business decision-makers have regularly made mistakes when reviewing or drafting legal documentation . Nearly one in five ( 18 %) reported they have made frequent errors , which may have put their organisation at serious risk .
Sustainability start-up shaping future at the sole of footwear
Global leaders in active footwear – Kodiak , Timberland and Vans to name a few – have partnered with evoco , a Canadian CleanTech start-up , to reimagine the materials used in its line-ups .
Using plant-based and carbonreducing technologies , evoco has developed patented insoles – FATES – to offer a high-performance eco-foam alternative to traditional footwear end-use applications .
Powered by nature , evoco combines innovative technology and bio-content to create better and more efficient products that don ’ t sacrifice sustainability for performance .
Not here to greenwash , evoco products like its FATES insoles and midsoles are up to 70 – 80 % plant-based , and USDA and GreenCircle certified .
Jason Robinson , CEO and Founder of evoco , said : “ Our mission is to close the loop on unsustainable goods – for good ; meaning that our brand partnerships need to reflect our commitment to creating a sustainable impact on culture and climate today and for future generations .” �
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