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Cloud Security – How Safe Is Online Acccounting?

Cloud Security One of the worries many small businesses have about cloud accounting is cloud security. It’s a reasonable question to ask in a world of identity theft and hackers.  And with GDPR on everyone’s mind, we thought it would be a good opportunity to revisit the issue of data protection, cloud security and security in general. The c...

Xero Xenogogy – Online Quotes

Online Quotes in Xero Many businesses don’t realise how important quotes are to their business, nevermind online quotes.  Obviously, they generate business but being too slow to turn quotes around or failing to follow up with them in a timely manner, can lose you business. Online quoting with Xero can help resolve this, providing a quick a...

Xero with Zero Effort – Raise an Invoice

Invoicing with Xero   Invoicing with Xero, could change your life! Do you remember when raising invoices were an enormous pain?  When you had to copy across the amount and details from one software to another.  Check to make sure the currency was in the correct format for that client, make sure you had given it the right unique invoi...

Making Tax Digital – What’s It All About?

Making Tax Digital – What’s it all about? The government’s Making Tax Digital initiative will change filing tax returns for businesses small and large. But what exactly is it? What is Making Tax Digital? Most of us have heard the phrase Making Tax Digital by now, but not everyone is up to speed on what it means.  Making Tax Digital is...

GDPR Preparation Stage 3

GDPR Preparation for SMEs Stage 3 – Right to be Forgotten, Breaches and Repeat. If you have been following the last 2 stages of our series on GDPR Preparation, you will be on the road to putting into place a reasonably robust start at GDPR compliance.  You’ve identified the data, you’ve located it, you’ve categorised it...

GDPR Preparation Stage 2

GDPR Preparation – Protection, Legal Basis and  Consent – Stage 2 In Stage 1 of GDPR Preparation we covered, Awareness, Assessing Data and Creating a Data Register. By this stage, you will have a solid understanding of what kind of data your company handles, how much you store and how it is stored. You have also started ...

GDPR Preparation for SMEs in 3 Stages

Stage 1 - Awareness, Data Identification and Creating a Register Getting ready for GDPR doesn't have to be as confusing as it appears to be.  Read our 3 part blog designed to walk you through the stages, so you don't go crazy!   1 Awareness Make sure that the relevant people in your business are aware of GDPR and the...

Can You Prepare for Ransomware?

    Can You Prepare For Ransomware?   "WannaCry"?  "Petya"?  The names of the ransomware viruses that are becoming so prevalent, are almost as worrying as the attacks themselves. The recent “Petya” ransomware attack (which followed hot on the heels of the “WannaCry” virus that shut down many UK hospitals), serve...

Haven’t got a Disaster Recovery Plan? Here’s How.

How Create a DRP (Disaster Recovery Plan)   Wowser!  The ransomware attack that hit the NHS among other organisations and businesses late last week, wreaked potentially catastrophic results across the world.  It’s something that tends to go to the bottom of the priority list, but a DRP (Disaster Recovery Plan) is an essential item ...

9 Best Apps for Your Business

   9 Best Apps For Your Business     It won’t surprise you to hear that we’re completely convinced that making the best use of the best apps available out there will save you and your business time and money.  And after we won the Excellence in Technology Award at AVN last month (have we mentioned that before?!) it ...

Our head in the cloud and our feet on the ground. (Or why online is best)

Or Why Online is Best. The cloud – everyone seems is talking about it and many of us are using it, but for some small businesses, it’s still not part of their day to day experience.  Perhaps they don’t really know what it means, perhaps they are worried about security, but the truth is that small businesses not moving online are being...