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March 2020

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Need to start selling online and fast?

The outbreak of the Coronavirus will totally change the way your customers interact with your business…

You’ll want to ensure that they can continue to buy from you.

We recognise that for us, in the IT industry, it’s absolutely possible for our entire team to continue ‘business as usual’ from the comfort and safety of our offices at home.

But, this is not the case for many businesses and we are all hearing on a daily basis from the news, how companies are turning their entire business models upside down and offering home deliveries and online sales to keep their customers (and maybe even gain new ones in the process).

The COVID-19 virus outbreak has completely shifted the way businesses operate in a very short timeframe. If your company’s turnover relies predominantly on face-to-face transactions, you will need to set up an online presence, and fast!

Many businesses who operate with a physical store or trade counter will want to list their products for sale online, so their business can continue to trade and avoid losing customers to competitors who already have an online presence.

Want to talk to us about getting your online business up and running, including offering your products to trade only customers?

Want to know how quickly this could be achieved and what might be involved?

Find out more about our eCommerce development service.

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Advice and guidance on how to prepare for working from home

Advice and guidance for working from home

In response to the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, working from home is becoming an essential choice for many businesses – and an overnight requirement for some. If you are a business that’s facing home working for the first time or an employee that hasn’t worked from home before, to follow are some top tips…

The whole team at Ringwood-based KFA Connect has already embraced working from home since last week.

“Many companies, like us have implemented ‘work from home’ arrangements since the outbreak and this could be the very first time you have done anything like this as a business. This has meant companies have faced ensuring their technology infrastructure is working effectively and that employees are well-equipped to work from home”.

Richard Austin – New Business Director, KFA.
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Large companies were some of the first to make the switch, building on pre-existing infrastructure and many companies of all sizes will have Office 365 and will be utilising VPN access and the Internet. There may be a lot of companies that are not aware of other solutions such as Microsoft Teams, which creates a group hub and gives team members an excellent platform to group chat, securely edit files and work effectively together from multiple locations. It’s also an effective way to communicate with wider colleagues and clients in an easy and personal way.

Since the changes, Microsoft, Google, Zoom and many others have already made cloud-based subscriptions free or widened their offering to help companies embrace working from home in case it becomes a UK-wide requirement.

It’s important companies are set up to deliver their business from home but it’s also about getting the balance right and supporting team members to deliver what they can effectively from home and keeping them informed.

Working from home alone can be quite isolating so it’s key for us that we have daily team catch-ups on video and voice chats to keep everyone involved in what’s going on within the business.

Richard Austin – New Business Director, KFA

It’s no doubt that working from home will be a cultural shift for many team members and KFA Connect has prepared some top tips for how to manage your working life from home too:

  • Prepare the working day as if you are getting ready for work – resist the need to stay in your PJ’s all day as this could set you up for an unproductive day.
  • Set a schedule for your day and stick to it.
  • Try and set up a dedicated workspace with good connectivity, light and a comfortable position that aids good posture.
  • Communicate with your colleagues – let them know what you are working on or when you’ve reached the end of a project or if you are on conference calls or virtual meetings.
  • Take breaks away from your screen – make yourself a cup of coffee or get some fresh air just like you would during your office working day.
  • Avoid distractions like housework or preparing dinner and make clear rules with anyone at home that you are not to be disturbed outside of breaks.
  • Try and avoid the biscuit tin and opt for healthy food in the fridge instead of convenience.
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Magic Tax is Aiming High in 2020

Magic Tax is Aiming High in 2020.

We’ve pledged to raise our fundraising total to £10,000 by the end of 2020 for Marie Curie.

KFA Connect launched its Making Tax Digital bridging software solution ‘Magic Tax’ in April 2019 and since then many companies have registered to use the service and have benefited from the FREE solution.

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The Bournemouth Echo has published an article today about how Magic Tax is helping businesses of all sizes to comply with HMRC’s Making Tax Digital for vat legislation with 100% of any proceeds going to Marie Curie through voluntary donations.

“We are delighted to team up with KFA Connect on their fundraising initiative.“It’s great that they have created such a useful service and are using it to raise money for Marie Curie which will help us provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their families.

“After the success of 2019, we are excited to see how this initiative will grow in 2020. Thank you to the KFA Connect team and everyone who has used Magic Tax and donated so far.”

Sally Sansom – Marie Curie Community Fundraiser, Hampshire
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The KFA Connect team are determined to help as many businesses as possible to comply with the new legislation with Magic Tax and raise as much as possible for the charity in the process.

It’s easy to register and start using Magic Tax. Sole Traders or smaller businesses who have no accounting software and larger companies where their current system may either need development work or an upgrade to be compatible with the legislation would all find Magic Tax very useful – either as an interim or long-term solution.

Even Accountants and Bookkeepers are finding it easy to use the solution to file with HMRC as an Agent on behalf of their clients. Multiple companies can be managed from just one MAgic Tax dashboard too.

£180.00 would provide 9 hours of nursing support in someone’s home through the night – bringing the expert care and comfort families need.

£90.00 would pay for half an evening’s care in a person’s home when they need it most.

£20.00 would pay for one hour of vital nursing care for someone living with a terminal illness in the comfort of their own home.

Take a closer look at Magic Tax here

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