Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Sage made easy

From feedback from our clients using Sage software, we have found our simple summary of the keyboard functions to be most useful, so we thought we would include them on our blog

Basic Windows keys
Cut Crtl+X
Copy Crtl+C
Paste Crtl+V
Open Ctrl+O
Print Ctrl+P
Save Ctrl+S
Select all Ctrl+A

Shortcut keys
F1 - Help
F2 - Open Windows Calculator
F3 - Pop up invoice item screen
F4 - Lookup
F5 - Current System Date
F6 - Copy previous line or F6 + shift for increment (big time saver!)
F7 - Insert a line
F8 - Delete a Line
F9 - Calculate Net (reverse calc VAT)
F10 - File
F11 - Control Panel
F12 - Report Designer

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

InTouch email communication tool

Following a sotware update to the InTouch product we resell in Oxfordshire, we have added some new video content to our web site.

The latest release now includes some great new templates, a social media interaction tool to link your twitter and facebook posts plus an exciting new autoresponder tool.

For more information and to see the videos of the product, then please see our web site by clicking here.

If you would like to see a demo of this software, then please contact us on 01865 378559.

Monday, 21 May 2012

7 systemised steps for growing your business

7 systemised steps for growing your business
1. Increase the number of leads into your business with effective marketing
2. Improve your conversation rate to increase sales
3. Have strategies to generate a greater number of sales with cross sale activities
4. Improve the value and increase your sales prices
5. Better manage your margins and costs
6. Get your customers to buy more often with sales & service techniques
7. Increase your customer lifetime with retention strategies


Friday, 18 May 2012

week included Safety & Health Expo at the NEC for firstaiddvd.co.uk, new client meeting, B4 event, startyourownbusinessdvd.co.uk awareness

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Do you need a speaker for your event

A1 Director, Mike Foster (pictured here speaking at the conference of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers about marketing) continues to be a well received speaker for networking events, conferences and clients events.
The type of topics that Mike has been asked to speak about are:
  • Time management – gain control of your daily activity
  • How to win your ideal clients – your marketing strategy and tactics
  • Social media – should I be using and tips to set up your LinkedIn profile
  • Making your financial numbers work for you
  • Designing a business that works
  • The 7 systemised steps to business growth
  • The must know guide to starting your own business
  • First Aid skills

See http://a1-group.co.uk/index.php/aboutus/business-coach-and-speaker
If you would like Mike to speak at your event, then please contact him by clicking here

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Why the name - Pathfinder

In last months news, we mentioned our Pathfinder club and the question has been asked, Why the name?
Well whilst World War II was raging, photographic evidence showed that only one in five British bombers came within a mere five miles of their intended targets. In 1942, the Pathfinder forces were thus formed, an elite squadron within the RAF Bomber Command whose purpose was to locate and mark targets with flares, this lighted the way for the main bomber force to come in and finish the job, thereby increasing the accuracy of their mission exponentially and gaining ground in the war.
Bringing this philosophy to our businesses, the Pathfinder Club, sponsored by SMI (UK) and the A1 Group, is a platform for business owners, like you, to further develop your business, to maximise profits, create a motivational environment, and take back control of your time and your life. www.pathfinderclub.co.uk 

Friday, 11 May 2012

week included new client meetings, new team interviews, VAT returns, speaker engagements, FOFATO conference, marketing support, new coaching

Business Start Up DVD

In partnership with Concept Filming A1 has launched a new DVD on the topic of Starting your own business.
Mike Foster presents much of the content on the DVD, a must know guide, which includes all the important considerations of starting a business including
SYOB DVD cover sample
  • The Initial Considerations
  • Foundations for your Business
  • Finance
  • Your Product or Service
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Employing People
  • Customer Service

For more details and a trailer, please see www.startyourownbusinessdvd.co.uk