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The KFA Dogs feature on BBC Radio Solent

The KFA dogs were visited by BBC Radio Solent last week.

Our KFA pooches were filmed hard at work (no, not really) by BBC Radio Solent.

KFA are known locally now as ‘the dog-friendly office’ as we have featured in the local press a few times already. The radio station saw this first-hand when they came to see us.

The 8 dogs who are in the office most days are so used to being in the office now that it’s just normal for them and the rest of the team. During filming, we let them off their leads (so, yes we admit it did get a bit hectic) but usually they can just be found lazing around or sleeping under a desk.

They love the lunchtime walks and feeling part of the team! Some of the dogs like to be in the meeting room to be sure they don’t miss any important updates…

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George, Millie and Maisey – saying cheese!

But seriously – we do believe that having our dogs with us at work does genuinely help with stress levels and general well being. We are a friendly bunch anyway, with lots of social events and take part in a number of charity events throughout the year, so this all helps with staff moral.

We were also on the BBC Radio Solent breakfast show this morning with Julian Clegg – the dogs are blushing with all the fame!

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Happy New Year

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year from all at KFA!

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KFA Connect’s Paddle to the Pub ‘Canoeing Capers’!

The KFA Connect team embarked on a totally different challenge on Friday night…. ‘Paddle to the Pub’!

I know, sounds awful right!?

Just another example of why this is an amazing place to work. Great fun and a lovely way to spend a Friday evening with some of the KFA gang.

We enlisted the help from three friendly New Forest Activities instructors who explained how to go forwards and backwards – which we seemed to master (well, sort of) in record time.

We paddled along the river to the Beaulieu village for drinks and a bite to eat, then paddled back again.

 

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Canine Canoeing!

Even Charlie, one of the KFA dogs took part…and seemed to really enjoy it!

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Three Men in a Boat!

 

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Girl Power!

 

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Post Pub and ready for action again!

 

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More Girl Power!

You can watch the very funny KFA “Three Men in a Boat”

KFA Presents – Three men in a boat! Stu is now famous for his sandwich eating whilst canoeing multi-tasking ability, most impressive!

Good fun was had by all and some (mention no names) ended up wetter than others at the end – I can’t think why?

Roll on the KFA Summer BBQ next month – we hope the weather is as kind to us for that, as it was on Friday!

 

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Another KFA success story…

Dan started with us on a year-long apprenticeship in September 2016, and just six months in he has been so successful that we have offered him a permanent role as a Trainee Programmer.

His excellent work on the creation of our new product, Order & Out has been instrumental in this decision, and we are all very excited about the imminent launch of the new order processing and stock control solution which is due to launch in the next few weeks.

 

Coming soon….

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He has played a key role in the development of Order & Out and has shown great skill and determination and has risen to every challenge we have thrown at him.

Dan is the third apprentice to have been offered permanent employment at KFA Connect in as many years…showing what a great success this scheme is for both KFA Connect as a business and the young rising stars we are offering these opportunities to.

Dan says he is most looking forward to developing skills in different programming languages and we all hope this new position will help with his plans to learn to drive and pass his driving test….no more buses to work for you soon (fingers crossed)!!

 

Well done Dan!

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KFA start Yoga classes

We decided that this year we were going to try harder to be healthier and look after ourselves…

In an attempt to keep stress levels down, improve our core strength and try and relax after work, we have just started weekly Yoga classes in the KFA office!

Some of the team have started the classes this week and felt immediate benefits.

Where else would you get this kind of opportunity?

What a great place to work!

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New KFA Team member! Dan Gower joins us as our new apprentice…

KFA Connect welcomes new apprentice Dan Gower!

We are pleased to welcome Dan Gower to the KFA Connect team this week as our new apprentice.

 

Our apprenticeship scheme combines on the job training with nationally recognised qualifications and we know that is a great way build a skilled and motivated workforce.

Dan is studying at Bournemouth & Poole College and is most looking forward to expanding on his knowledge and experience in Software Development.

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Team News – Welcome Paul

We are thrilled to be welcoming new starter Paul Arlaud this week – joining KFA Connect as an experienced Analyst Programmer.

 

Paul is joining us during an exciting period of growth at KFA and is looking forward to developing quality applications again!

 

Welcome Paul!

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Team News – Welcome Bex

We are delighted to welcome Bex Ward to the KFA team.

Bex joins us as a Business Analyst and brings a wealth of experience to our ever-growing team and we look forward to working with her.

Welcome Bex!

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