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September 2013 Blog Posts (13)

The biggest mistake you can make with your LinkedIn profile!

Lady makes LinkedIn big mistake on computer


The rise of Linkedin since flotation in May 2011, is well documented.

On the first day of trading, the shares jumped up over 100%, two years later the company has nearly quadrupled in value. As a result, companies have looked more closely at LinkedIn and the opportunities it offers for business. A challenging economic climate has also encouraged more…


Added by Paul Allen on September 26, 2013 at 22:54 — No Comments

What’s worrying you about the cloud?

Addressing your cloud concerns for a top class level of service

A recent independent survey on current cloud adoption trends* found that CIOs (Chief Information Officers) tend to have similar fears when it comes to adopting cloud computing. Their top 3 are, 

  • poor user experience due to performance bottlenecks,
  • the resulting impact on…

Added by Kim Board-Allam on September 24, 2013 at 16:32 — No Comments

Summer's over, let's get back on track

For the first time in years we can actually say we had a summer. When the sun is shining, there are a lot of things that we can put off in business. But now that winter is creeping up on us, it may be time to start rethinking about your accounts and business records.


If you require bookkeeping or management account services, especially as your business is likely to need to file accounts and tax returns within the next 3 months, then call John on 0118 9485177 or contact…


Added by John Sharp on September 23, 2013 at 14:12 — No Comments

Is Your Berkshire Business At Risk To Cyber Crime?

UK businesses have increased their spending on protecting themselves from cyber-attacks according to the recent Global State of Information Security Survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers. This amount will only need to increase further as according to the survey, the number of security incidents that were detected during past 12 months in the UK increased by a scarily 69%. Where you compare this to the global increase of just 25% means that organisations but do more to protect…


Added by Scott Sayce on September 23, 2013 at 13:25 — No Comments

Do you need to learn how to use Sage Accounts?

Every business needs to record their transactions, so it may be that you have recently purchased, or are thinking of purchasing a Sage accounts package.

If so, do you know how to use it properly to get the most out of it and to ensure what you're inputting is correct?

We offer tailored Sage training at a lower cost than Sage, and your training would be one to one, rather than sitting in a classroom working to other peoples' pace.

If this is of interest please call John…


Added by John Sharp on September 18, 2013 at 9:57 — No Comments


Isn’t it brilliant to be able to say “it’s been a great summer”?  The British & Irish Lions beat Australia in Australia a fantastic feat; then England won the Ashes against Australia here in the UK.  Chris Froome won the Tour de France, Mo Farah won two gold medals at the World Athletic Championships in Moscow.  And let’s not forget Andy Murray won Wimbledon.…


Added by Kim Board-Allam on September 17, 2013 at 17:07 — No Comments

Cyber Crime – From Fiction To Reality

Channel 4’s Blackout programme aired on the 9th September highlighted the impact a cyber attack could have on the utility grid. Stepping away from TV, the reality, the risk, the danger is something the business world is exposed to daily and with the cost of cyber crime estimated in the UK between a staggering £18 billion to £27 billion is your organisation prepared and protected from to ensure your firm does not become a cyber statistic.

Cyber attacks or cyber crime have many…


Added by Scott Sayce on September 12, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

How to improve cash flow


Wouldn’t it be great if you could focus on delivering more business, confident that your cash flow was in good shape? In this article we will show you ways to achieve a healthy cash flow both in the short and long term.

As with most business decisions – think Dragon’s Den - you need to put financial projections in place and tie this in with a cash flow forecast. You can then understand what the inflows and outflows are and identify the critical points where you might hit…


Added by Mary Carter on September 10, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

In Berkshire with Brywell Associates

I met with Andy Bryant of Brywel Associates last week see at the Bel & Dragon Restaurant in Reading.


We had a great discussion on the different ways we could help each other and our mutual clients with their insurance and accountancy requirements.


We’re also looking for other professionals to team up with, would you be interested to know more?


Drop me an…


Added by Paul Brooks on September 10, 2013 at 9:48 — No Comments

Are You Smart Enough to Succeed?

In everyday life we need knowledge in order to do what we need to do. Many of the basics like how to cook, how to drive, DIY, cleaning, washing, organising the household bills - they all require us to put in some time and effort to gain the necessary knowledge. And if we don’t have the appropriate knowledge, or don’t want to do it, then we have to pay someone else. They gained…


Added by Rob Pickering on September 9, 2013 at 11:14 — No Comments

Are your accounts in a mess?

If you have been carrying on your trade amid a growing pile of paperwork, now might be a good time to get it sorted.


At a fee agreed in advance, I can come to your office (or take your records away with me if that is easier) and sort through all your invoices, bank statements and other items and post them onto our version of Sage Accounts, so you have no need to pay for an accounts package.


Not only will your accounts be up to date, but being a qualified…


Added by John Sharp on September 9, 2013 at 8:44 — No Comments

Are your accounts due by 30 September?

If you have a December year end, then accounts for your LLP or limited company are due at Companies House by 30 September.


If your accounts are in a bit of a mess, you may be thinking of passing them to your accountant to sort out before they put them into statutory format.


But hold on! Pass them over to me at Sharp Accounting Solutions and I will sort them for you at a much cheaper rate than your accountant would charge. I am a chartered accountant, so I…


Added by John Sharp on September 4, 2013 at 9:25 — No Comments

Dealing With Problem People

A key to success is to surround yourself with people who are excellent - positive, supportive, intelligent, motivated, diligent - helping you achieve success. With these type of people it’s still a challenge to run a successful business, but without them it’s really tough.

So why is it that whenever I meet a business owner and ask about the people around them,…


Added by Rob Pickering on September 2, 2013 at 9:37 — 1 Comment

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