Member Since: 4th Jan 2011
8th Jun 2015
Using Exchange you can assign an email address to a mailbox, group or public folder.
Any of the above can have multiple addresses (aka aliases) and you only pay a licence fee based on the number of actual mailboxes you have, so you can have 2 mailboxes and a million email addresses but only pay for 2 licences.
You can also setup the system to have a sales email group with [email protected] assigned to it and then anyone in the group will get a copy of any emails sent in, they can also reply from [email protected] rather than their normal address.
Any emails sent though will go into the users sent items so a public folder may be a better option and then have a rule on all mailboxes which copy any emails sent from [email protected] into the folder so all users can see whats been replied to.
5th Jun 2015
Personally we use Onedrive and then also make a 2nd backup to Rackspace cloud storage on a daily basis.
Google drive and dropbox are also very good.
If you have more than one use the business versions of dropbox and onedrive let you assign security to folders etc.
26th May 2015
Office 365 for £7.80 a month (for premium business) would be my choice as you get the full desktop versions of word, excel etc. which are exactly the same as you get when you buy Office 2013 but if they release a new version you automatically get it.
You also get 25gig of email storage, 1 Tbyte of One Drive storage and now Skype for business.
Yes you could look at free office suites and cheaper options but remember your time has a value and if you loose more than 12 hours learning a new product or looking into alternatives then it's paid for the first year itself already, based on a minimum wage.
26th May 2015
Use Office 365 as need the desktop versions of the office suite.
Have also used google apps and it's pretty good and can be used even when offline using chrome.
25th May 2015
Bank managers might not be the right people to speak with, but will depend on the services you are looking to offer to their clients.
We get quite a few referrals from banks business development managers so they might be a better choice as they tend to know their clients better than bank managers.
11th May 2015
Not the sort of client you want
A client who would stick with an accountant who's not doing a good job isn't the sort of client you want so be happy you can fill the time you would have spent servicing them with a much better client instead.
1st May 2015
High value prototype
HMRC did change their thinking in 2011 to allow for the costs associated with a high value prototype which would ultimately be used in production where it wasn't feasible to create a prototype just for testing purposes.
Have a look at this article -
30th Apr 2015
Why the client would move to a firm who let them down each year is strange but a lot of accounting firms who offer R&D as a service see it as a foot in the door and the overall objective is to get the client to move from their normal accountant/tax advisor to them.
I actually work for an R&D consultancy firm and we only work for referrals from accountancy firms and don't offer any accountancy services ourselves so works very well.
Sadly don't know any firms in Sussex/Kent, although we do have some clients over that way.
I've heard good things about Grant Tree and the owner (Daniel) seems to know his stuff so might be worth giving them a call.
30th Apr 2015
More than that
In addition to getting the CT600 right you should also be looking at preparing a technical report to justify the claim and also producing a breakdown of the costs being claimed for, so that HMRC can ensure they it into one of the allowed categories.
Not quite sure I understand "not make us submit a wrong return and then amend it with their claim so that they get paid on percentage of rebate"
All R&D tax consultancy firms which calculate their fee as a percentage of the benefit achieved would still work their fee out on the tax saving achieved so would end up charging the same regardless of if you simply didn't pay the tax in the first place.
Don't know of any firms in Kent or Sussex, but can give you some free advice if you want to post any questions or drop me a message.
12th Feb 2015
Just to add, just took delivery of our new Linx tablet, cost £80 from Amazon and runs a full version of windows 8.1
Since MS made Windows 8 free for small screen devices a lot more tablets running it will follow but really impressed with the build quality and for the price will be very useful for presentations.