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How is Your Business Planning to Grow?

How is your business planning to grow?


Growing a business can bring a multitude of questions and associated challenges – do your systems and applications do what you want them to do?

Do they provide full visibility of business processes?

Can they provide a 100% audit trail?

To grow in line with your strategic goals, these questions and many more must be answered. In fact, ensuring that your business systems and applications meet your exact business requirements presents a clear goal to achieve your businesses potential.

4 - How is Your Business Planning to Grow?

As your company grows, business processes evolve over time and having the ability to streamline administrative tasks and receive real-time information when it’s needed the most can play a major part in improving your ROI.

But how do organisations running SAP Business One achieve this?

SAP Business One has been designed to provide a flexible and easy to use framework with clear functionality for integration with third-party software enabling organisations to explore possibilities such as the SAP Certified integration solution BPA Platform.

BPA Platform provides:

  • Code-free drag and drop integration tools to reduce costly development time frames
  • Ensures systems and applications ‘play nicely’ no matter how complex the requirements
  • Automation for practically any business process
  • Automated reporting is set to business rules you define
  • Real-time data for improved decision making
  • Protection against future upgrade paths

If your company is planning to grow, BPA Platform can assist in helping you to achieve your long and short-term strategic goals.

For more information on business process automation solutions click here

If you would like to discuss how you can automate your business processes to help your business achieve its strategic goals, contact us today to arrange a demo.

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Crossing the ‘Run 4 Respite’ Finish Line – Day 30

The KFA team of 8 are crossing the ‘Run 4 Respite’ finish line, having covered 1044 miles!!

Day 30 – Tuesday, 30th March 2021

Eight of the KFA Connect team are taking part in ‘Run 4 Respite’ for Naomi House and Jacksplace, a hospice supporting life-limited and life-threatened children and young adults in Winchester.

The challenge involves running, jogging, walking (crawling) 105-miles each during the month of March to raise £105 which will fund 5 hours of respite care at the hospice.

Our team of 8….

  • Have now covered 1044 miles in 30 days
  • Have smashed the 840-mile target – then started aiming for 1000 miles… then we smashed that too, thanks to Julita!)
  • Have already raised £1935 (more with Gift Aid) – please help us get to £2K!
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£1935 raised so far, can you help us get to £2K?

Yesterday evening saw the last member of the KFA team cross their individual ‘finish line’ with Nicki reaching the 105-mile target.

Well Done Everyone!

Please show your support to our KFA ‘Run 4 Respite’ team (Richard, Liz, Joe, Nicki, Julita, Dan, Jim & Pauline) and help Naomi House & Jacksplace continue this vital support.

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Success for the KFA team in ‘Run 4 Respite’ – Day 26

The KFA team have now smashed the 840-mile target and have covered 910 miles in the ‘Run 4 Respite’ challenge!!

Day 26 – Friday, 26th March 2021

Eight of the KFA Connect team are taking part in ‘Run 4 Respite’ for Naomi House and Jacksplace, a hospice supporting life-limited and life-threatened children and young adults in Winchester.

The challenge involves running, jogging, walking (crawling) 105-miles each during the month of March to raise £105 which will fund 5 hours of respite care at the hospice.

Our team of 8….

  • Have now covered 910 miles in 26 days
  • Have smashed the 840-mile target and are now secretly aiming for 1000 miles in March – (oops! Not such a secret now?!
  • Have already raised £1916 (more with Gift Aid) – help us get to £2K!
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£1916 raised so far, can you help us get to £2K?

Yesterday evening saw the fifth member of the KFA team cross their individual ‘finish line’ with Jim reaching the 105-mile target – with still 6 days left to go!!

Jim was rewarded for his efforts by his family with cards, beer, chocolate and even a trophy.

Well Done Jim!

Please show your support to our KFA ‘Run 4 Respite’ team (Richard, Liz, Joe, Nicki, Julita, Dan, Jim & Pauline) and help Naomi House & Jacksplace continue this vital support.

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Photography skills have emerged in ‘Run 4 Respite’ – Day 19

The KFA team have now covered 630 miles in the ‘Run 4 Respite’ challenge!!

Day 19 – Friday, 19th March 2021

Eight of the KFA Connect team are taking part in ‘Run 4 Respite’ for Naomi House and Jacksplace, a hospice supporting life-limited and life-threatened children and young adults in Winchester.

The challenge involves running, jogging, walking (crawling) 105 miles each during the month of March to raise £105 which funds 5 hours of respite care at the hospice.

Our team of 8….

  • Have now covered 630 miles in 19 days
  • Need to cover another 210 miles to make the 840-mile target
  • Have already raised £1860 (more with Gift Aid) – but we want to raise more!!
  • Seem to have developed a passion for taking artsy shots of scenery and sunsets.

£1860 already raised!!

We’ve seen some amazing sunrises and sunsets across Hampshire, Dorset and Devon while taking part in this challenge – as fitting the miles into the working week has involved some early starts and late nights.

We have just realised that many of us have been taking images of these early mornings and evening – so here are some of the photos the team have taken here…

Please show your support to our KFA ‘Run 4 Respite’ team (Richard, Liz, Joe, Nicki, Julita, Dan, Jim & Pauline) and help Naomi House & Jacksplace continue this vital support.

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Run 4 Respite for Naomi House & Jacksplace – Day 15

The KFA team have now covered 510 miles in the ‘Run 4 Respite’ challenge!!

Day 15 – Monday, 15th March 2021

Eight of the KFA Connect team are taking part in ‘Run 4 Respite’ for Naomi House and Jacksplace, a hospice supporting life-limited and life-threatened children and young adults in Winchester.

The challenge involves running, jogging, walking (crawling) 105 miles each during the month of March to raise £105 which funds 5 hours of respite care at the hospice.

Our team of 8….

  • Have covered 510 miles in 15 days
  • Need to cover another 330 miles to make the 840-mile target
  • Have already raised £1840 (more with Gift Aid) – and we are only halfway through the challenge!
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£1840 already raised!!

One of the team, Julita has already hit her target for the number of miles covered in March. She has run/walked a staggering 123 miles in just 15 days!!!

Our in-house marathon runner (pictured below) was determined to get the job done in the first two weeks and she has done it!!!! Well done Julita!

She is now aiming for 185 miles in March (300km) – there is just no stopping her!!!

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You can show your support to the KFA Run 4 Respite team (Richard, Liz, Joe, Nicki, Julita, Dan, Jim & Pauline) and help Naomi House & Jacksplace continue this vital support.

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Run 4 Respite for Naomi House & Jacksplace – Day 3

The KFA team have started strong in the ‘Run 4 Respite’ challenge!!

Day 3 – Wednesday, 3rd March 2021

Eight of the KFA Connect team are taking part in ‘Run 4 Respite’ for Naomi House and Jacksplace, a hospice supporting life-limited and life-threatened children and young adults in Winchester.

The challenge involves running, jogging, walking (crawling) 105 miles in the month of March to raise £105 which funds 5 hours of respite care at the hospice.

Our team of 8….

  • Have covered 85 miles in 3 days
  • Need to cover another 755 miles to make the 840-mile target
  • Have already raised £1280 – and we are only 3 days in!

“Having said yes to this challenge – running/jogging/walking 105 miles in a month, I must be honest I initially thought it would be easy.

Today, if I’m completely honest I sit here today wondering if my knees will make it?

Yesterday on my way back home from my run, I bumped into my neighbour (who lost his wife to cancer in May 2020). He asked what on earth I was doing – assuming I must have looked a bit of a mess! So I told him.

I learned that they lost their Grandson 6 years ago to Leukaemia when he was just 9 and that his son’s family had benefited from amazing care from a children’s hospice where they live in Stevenage. It proved to me that we all know a family who has benefited from the type of support Naomi House offers. It made me even more determined.

I watch each day as my colleagues and teammates wrestle for the top spot on the leaderboard of our team challenge with a chuckle, and a slight sinking feeling that they are all fitter and stronger than me! We know it’s not a competition – but it’s funny how the competitive streak in all of us has suddenly come out.

That story of the Hare and the Tortoise also pops into my head… so maybe there is hope for me yet!

Nicki Smith
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We will make it because we must!

And if any of us are in need of additional motivation this month we would be sure to find it in the story Joe has written on his Just Giving page…


“When my eldest child Sebastian ‘Bod’ Vavasour was born he was a happy little baby, and I was a typical shell-shocked, proud father, very much in love with him.

At 18 days old he suffered critical heart failure, and thanks to the hard work of the medics and nurses in A&E and then intensive care he survived the night we’d been told he wouldn’t and appeared to make a miraculous recovery. By the time he was a year old, we realised that Sebastian wasn’t making the physical progress that would have been expected of him, and he was diagnosed with Barth Syndrome, an incredibly rare, life-limiting, genetic condition.

When we moved as a family to Hampshire we were a happy unit, finding our way, and having welcomed Gabriel, Sebastian’s brother into our lives. But our lives had also become very medicalised, with multiple weekly blood tests, injections, interventions necessary to care for Sebastian and give him the best life possible, we were put into contact with Naomi House who would be able to provide respite care as Sebastian grew older; for short periods of time in a fantastic environment.

Sebastian didn’t reach his third birthday and died tragically aged two and a half in December 2013 in Great Ormond Street Hospital whilst waiting for a heart transplant.

At the darkest point of our lives, Naomi House arranged the collection of Sebastian from the hospital in London and brought him home for the last time. Then the staff there took us to the Butterfly bereavement suite at the hospice where Sebastian could be looked after before the funeral, and where we were given compassionate and practical help over the next week. They offered warmth and light at this dark time.

Sebastian is memorialised alongside numerous other lives lost early in the beautiful garden of remembrance at Naomi House and we can visit whenever we want.

Everything Naomi House offered to us was given without strings, they and many hospices rely on the donations of people like you and me. I won’t be able to repay them for their amazing work, but I will do what I can.


The incredible support Naomi House gave to Joe and his family in the days and weeks after losing their son was invaluable and it is important for us to support the charity in order for them to continue to help other families into the future.

You can show your support to Joe and the rest of the KFA Run 4 Respite team (Richard, Liz, Nicki, Julita, Dan, Jim & Pauline) and help Naomi House & Jacksplace continue this vital support.

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GFS & Parcelforce integration with SAP B1 & ScanB1 with BPA Platform

KFA Connect integrates GFS and Parcelforce with SAP Business One and ScanB1 using BPA Platform

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Magic Tax Continues to help businesses comply with Making Tax Digital in 2021

Magic Tax continued to help businesses throughout 2020 to comply with HMRC’s Making Tax Digital legislation.

Magic Tax is a bridging software solution and as the name suggests, was was designed to “bridge the gap” digitally between HMRC’s Government Gateway system and your own records.

Many businesses have been successfully using the solution every quarter since it’s launch in 2019 in order to comply with HMRC’s Making Tax Digital legislation which first came into effect for businesses in 2019.

KFA are thrilled at the response to the solution and also the user feedback too.

Magic Tax was not developed as a profit-making solution – just as a good thing to do for the business community – but also as part of their ongoing commitment to raise funds for various charities, which has always been high on the list of KFA’s priorities. Since we were unable to do a physical challenge for charity in 2020 as we usually would, Magic Tax has been more important than we could have imagined when we first started the development project at the end of 2018.

Having now raised £3225 from Magic Tax for Marie Curie, it’s still going strong and will continue to be available for our registered users until such time as HMRC announce that bridging software is no longer an acceptable method of making your submissions.

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We wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to the many Magic Tax users, some of whom make generous donations every time they use the software – and we know the charity are very grateful for the support during this trying time.

We have learnt from conversations with our users, that Magic Tax has helped large businesses who have legacy systems which are not compatible with MTD yet, smaller businesses who run their business on spreadsheets but also lots of sole-traders too!

Many accountants and bookkeepers have also used the solution to file as an Agent on behalf of their clients.

We hope we’ve helped!

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Are Your IT Software Systems Ready for 2021?

Happy New Year!

Are Your IT Software Systems Ready for 2021?

Companies who have put off making changes to IT software systems to help cope with what was being referred to in 2020 as our “new normal” and what really is now just “normal”, should act now.

If you haven’t already made sure that your systems are ready for what 2021 has in store for us, you should be looking to make these changes as soon as possible.

As many businesses now face managing their day-to-day operations with some or perhaps all of their team working from home, it’s more important than ever to have a good solid software system/s in place to help your team give the best possible service to your customers.

Some of the areas which really need to be addressed or reviewed might include:

eCommerce Website

Does your eCommerce site offer the same level of service to your customers as the staff in your stores or on the phones would? Suggesting additional products, up-selling and suggesting alternatives if their first choice isn’t available is important when your customers are browsing your site.

A slick Magento eCommerce site will have your customers coming back for more.

It’s also imperative that the stock levels are shown on your site accurately and in real-time to avoid over promising or worse – missing out on sales altogether!

If you sell to the trade, does your website have the ability to allow your trade customers to login and see the prices that apply to them, remind them of multi-buy bulk discounts where applicable and encourage other additional sales?

Integration

Even large companies often still have gaps in the way their systems are integrated, which in turn means information has to be exported from one system, maybe then manipulated before being uploaded or manually keyed into another system. This process causes delays and as it relies on humans is error-prone.

If your business operates on a variety of systems, you will be surprised at how much time is freed up by seamlessly integrating them. By automating your business processes your customers will experience a much-improved shopping experience from your company.

Courier integration is also a key area so that your business is using the most suitable and cost-effective shipping method available.

Companies who sell through multiple sales channels such as Amazon and eBay as well as those trading with large brands who use EDI for ordering and invoicing will also need this process to be as simple and easy to manage as possible.

Reporting

If the information is in your system but you can’t access it quickly and easily, your decision-making will be much more difficult and delayed.

If your system reporting gave you the exact information you need, in real-time and when you want it, with useful alerts – you can react so much quicker.

For example, receiving alerts when your best-selling product’s stock goes below a certain level to enable you to trigger the procurement process or if you are sitting on a lot of a certain product which might need business focus to sell-through.

If your competitors have this information at their fingertips, and you don’t – you will be missing a trick.

Warehouse Barcode Scanning

Where can you make improvements to your pick, pack and despatch process?

KFA’s ScanB1 Barcode Scanning solution for pick, pack and despatch can reduce errors, speed up the despatch process and automatically update your backend system with the despatch information.

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The pick process is planned based on where your stock is located in the warehouse to use the most efficient route around the warehouse for the pick teams. You can also set up ‘wave picking’ to pick multiple orders at once and a dashboard will show you exactly what is going on in the warehouse, what stage each order is at and who is working on the order.

No need to print pick notes anymore as the scanner screen becomes the pick note.

Will your 2021 begin with a business review of how your software systems cold work better for you?

If your New Year review of your IT software systems identifies areas you require assistance with, get in touch with our team here.

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