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Day May 30, 2006

Service Notification: Planned Maintenance 31.05.2006 – ID. 22152

As a reminder, overnight between the hours 20:00 hrs on 31st May 2006 and 06:00 hrs of the 1st June 2006 we are adding new connections to increase the bandwidth and resilience to our network and a second live router.Reason: The second core router is added to enhance data thru-put and network resilience, by distributing our connections to our current four upstream providers onto two core routers.... At the same time we are adding another upstream to further enhance our network performance.Effect: In the early morning hours of the 1st of June, our connectivity will go up and down for about two hours and due to the changes in our routing you may experience slow service or even "host unreachable" messages for up to eight hours (routing update time) after that.

Business Advisor Accountant: Jason Holden

There is so much to know, from what structure you take, are you better as a limited company or sole trader, what about a bank account, which bank should you use, what records do you need to keep and for whom are they being kept, what insurances do you need, the list of questions goes on, but the best part for me is new start-ups are like a sponge they soak up new ideas and I find more often than not they teach me new things!”And I must say from what I can see he is very successful with what he does. Jason also is a guest author here on my blog so you can find more advise from him here on my blog, here are some of the posts:Business advisor facts (not fiction)Not all accountants are created equal (how do you choose an accountant)Blogging for small business, not convinced, read on …It is good to see that more and more accountants are ready to offer a much needed service to their clients, business advice.

Business advisor facts (not fiction)

I am one of over 200 business advisers around the UK that on a monthly basis contributes to the UK Business Barometer which is an online business survey conducted by The University of Nottingham.It’s hard for a new business to get going, and there is always conflicting information out there, from a mate down the pub to the accountants/business advisor that wants paying, so I thought I would share a few of the most recent finding of the barometer with you.Only 11.3% of advisers are not advising clients to take advantage of the various Government incentives such as online filing for year end payroll returns for small employers, which for the tax year to 5 April 2006 was worth £250 tax free! Just make sure your advisor isn’t one of the 11.3%!In the 3 months ended March 2006, 47.4% of advisers had seen an increase in clients seeking their advice, this is good news, people running their own business seeking advice rather than listen to their mate in the pub!Even better news, 31.1% of advisers have seen an increase in the number of people wanting to start their own business, just remember if you are starting a new venture get professional advice!And for those thinking about starting up for the first time, a whopping 85.9% of adviser expect client business failure rates to be 10% or less, maybe this has something to do with the increase in clients seeking professional advice?For all those ladies looking to start in business go for it, you are certainly not alone, there has been a 27.5% increase in women seeking advice.

WinWeb’s AccountsOffice Reviewed On AccountingWeb

While Nigel found the our AccountsOffice easy to use he had found some niggles: There’s a glitch in the drop-down menu system – blue drop down data entry boxes in, eg, ‘Suppliers: pay a bill’, interfere with the main drop down menu – they just block it out - which could be a problem on screens with lots of these, such as the itemised sales invoice creation screen.... And for an online system, I was disappointed at the lack of drill down facilities, not just from the initial summary page, but also from reports – would it really have been that difficult to create a hot link from, say, the aged debtor report to the underlying debtor account and invoice details?We have taken some of these niggles on board and are changing these as I write this.

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