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InterForum, the not-for-profit organisation that helps British business trade electronically, will host the eBusiness Advice Centre in Hall 17 at Networks telecom 2001 (NEC, Birmingham, 26-28 June 2001).

The InterForum eBusiness Advice Centre will run throughout the three days of Networks telecom 2001 (1), offering companies with between 50 and 250 employees FREE one-to-one industry advice on issues relating to the latest information and communications technologies available.

The InterForum eBusiness Advice Centre is designed to help small to medium-sized enterprise gain maximum advantage from the latest e-business technologies. Advisors are drawn from members of InterForum's governing councils representing some of the best-known and influential organisations in the UK, drawn from both suppliers and users of information and communications technologies, guaranteeing InterForum an impartial and highly informed source of information.

Visitors to the Centre will be able to source impartial and informed answers to questions like:

- What opportunities does mobile commerce provide?

- Is the wireless Internet secure?

- How to implement an e-strategy?

- What are the key issues to address when setting up an e-commerce site?


Visitors to InterForum’s Business Advice Centre will also receive a free copy of InterForum’s eighth White Paper, entitled, ‘m-Commerce – e-Business without Boundaries’. The White Paper, with foreword by e-Minister Patricia Hewitt MP, examines the role of mobile commerce and Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) in today’s digital economy, and forms part of a series of educational white papers from InterForum designed to educate today’s business audience in both an informative and entertaining style.

All of InterForum's activities are governed by the need to raise awareness of the many business opportunities and challenges presented by new information and communications technologies. InterForum works to ensure that education, legislation, and technology are in place to help British businesses profit from the digital economy.

Visitors to Networks telecom 2001 can secure a FREE one-to-one 30 minute session with an InterForum advisor by visiting the Features page on http://www.networks-telecom.com


Networks telecom 2001 is the UK’s preeminent event for those involved in networks and networked solutions across IT, Telecoms and the Internet industries. Other features at the event include:

- The Solutions Centre

- The Careers Pavilion

- Educational seminar and workshop lead conference

- Networking Industry Awards

Zones

The new zones built into the show will enable those visitors with specific needs to easily locate exhibitors specialising in their area of interest. The zones will be the ASP Zone, Channel Partner Zone, Internet Security Zone, IP Telephony and Communications Solutions Zone and M-Commerce Zone.


Notes to Editors:

(1) Networks telecom 2001, the UK’s largest and most comprehensive event about network and networked solutions for the IT, telecoms and Internet industry, is being held at the NEC, Birmingham 26th-28th June 2001.

About InterForum

InterForum Council Members include:
365.com, Asset Auctions, Avaya Communications, Barclays Bank , Bass PLC, British Airways, BT, Chubb Information Security, Cisco Systems, CMP Europe, Commerce One (Middle East), Compaq, Computer Associates, Creative Directions, DfEE, Dow Jones Reuters Business, Interactive, DTI, Entrust Technologies, Exchange Applications, Federation of Small Businesses, Fitzpatrick Plc, Financial Times, Hewlett Packard, HM Customs & Excise , HM Treasury, Home Office, IBM, ICL, ING Barings, Inland Revenue , Intershop (UK), Lloyds TSB, Metropolitan Police, National Savings, Parcelforce, Post Office, Sema, Sphinx CST, Staffware, Sun Microsystems, The Federation of Small Businesses, The Office of The E-Envoy, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Thus, Transco, Vodafone , Zygon

Excluding the DfEE, DTI, HM Customs & Excise, HM Treasury, Inland Revenue and the Home Office, the combined UK revenue of the council members listed above exceeds £100bn

All of InterForum's activities are governed by the compelling need to raise awareness of the many business opportunities and challenges presented by new information and communications technologies (such as the Internet). InterForum works to ensure that education, legislation, and technology are in place to help British businesses profit from the digital economy.

The activities of InterForum are shaped and determined by some of the best-known and most influential companies in the UK. Members of InterForum's governing Charter and Business Councils are drawn from suppliers and users of information and communications technologies. This framework guarantees InterForum a unique authority in driving and shaping best practice in the business use of new technologies.

It also ensures that InterForum's activities, events and publications provide an impartial and highly informative source of information. InterForum has achieved a unique position as a respected voice to government.

InterForum has proved its effectiveness in influencing legislation, the development of technology and technology standards, and the way these technologies are used to best effect.


For further information call:
Phil Flaxton, CEO, InterForum, Tel: +44 (0)1784 473 005, Fax: +44 (0)1784 473 006
Email: phil@interforum.org
www.interforum.org

About CMP Europe Ltd

CMP Europe Ltd. has more than 20 years of experience in producing industry leading, business-to-business events and publications that reflect the rapidly changing and diverse market of IT. The Company remains at the forefront of the industry by continuously developing existing events and adding new products to its portfolio. CMP’s current successful events and publications in the UK include Com Europe and Call Centre Focus magazines and Networks telecom, Webcom, GIS and Call Centre Expo and Technology For Marketing events.

CMP Europe Ltd is a leading provider of business to business marketing services and information to the hi-tech markets of IT, electronics and games. The expanding range of events, publications and on-line services benefit from CMP’s strong industry focus and, as part of CMP Media Inc, a unique global and regional reach. CMP Europe was formerly the IT, electronics and games interests of Miller Freeman UK. Further information about CMP Europe can be found at http://www.cmp-europe.com. CMP Media Inc. (http://www.cmp.com) is part of United Business Media, formally United News & Media plc. Further information can be found at http://www.unitedbusinessmedia.com


Press Contacts
CMP Europe Limited:
Toni Cullen, Senior PR Manager, Tel: 020 8987 7617, tcullen@cmp-europe.com
Colleen Just, PR Executive, Tel: 020 8987 7745, cjust@cmp-europe.com


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