Merry Christmas from the team at ValueAdd Business Solutions
It’s been a another busy year here at ValueAdd Business Solutions, and as we reflect on 2017 we would love to take this opportunity to update you on everything we have been up to.
January – June
Back at the start of 2017, ValueAdd Business Solutions made the bold step to move out of our little office in Ruthven Lane, Glasgow, to our more spacious office in Speirs Wharf, Glasgow.
After a successful few years, it became apparent we were in desperate need of some more space to work efficiently for all you wonderful clients. Glad to say we have settled in well, and our new office has given us the opportunity to host most training sessions for clients in office, and the potential scope to employ and host new team members.
In February Emma achieved her Level 2 accreditation in Bookkeeping and is continually training and updating her knowledge within the field (more about her progress later).
The Accountex conference returned in May, in which Michelle and Emma attended and gained a wealth of useful information. ThenJune saw the arrival of the newest addition to our team, Adele. Adele’s primary focus is on the Administration, Social Media and Marketing services to clients.
July – December
The second half of the year hailed a variety of different training and information events. Getting up to speed on all of the latest innovations and updates across the different platforms and technologies we use.
Adele achieved her Xero advisory certification in August and is also continually training and developing her knowledge of the software.
There was a lot of celebrating in October – Michelle and Emma attended the ICB conference in London where Emma was awarded the prestigious LUCA award and was recognised as Employed Bookkeeper of the Year 2017. There was also a posh breakfast at the House of Commons to make the trip even more special.
In November we were recognised to be vigilant and reliable in our working practices and were awarded our certificate in CyberSecurity.
Looking forward to 2018
Looking ahead to 2018, we anticipate another busy year ahead and have lots of big plans for development. As always, delivering first class customer service to all of our clients is our number one priority, however, we also have aims to broaden the services we offer and the skills we can provide. Watch this space for more info.
We would like to thank you all for your support this year, it has been a pleasure working with you all and we look forward to finding out what 2018 has in store.
This week marked the annual Computer Security Day. Each year on the 30th of November, Computer Security Day is celebrated to raise awareness and promote best practice in Information Security. Although Computer Security Day dates back to 1988, it’s more relevant than ever with GDPR looming. So, how did you mark the day? We focused on ensuring our devices and data were secure. We also reviewed our passwords to make sure they’re hard to hack.
As bookkeepers we need to keep to keep up to date if we want to be able to speak to our clients confidently and with accurate knowledge. Whether you’re studying towards a qualification, or a veteran of the profession, it pays to know your stuff. So we’ve put together a list of our favourite learning resources to share with you.
So, you’re doing great and business is doing well. You feel confident in your products/services and you seem to have a very happy client base. Then, all of a sudden comparisonitis rears its ugly head. You’ve come across a new competitor in the market and like an annoying itch, the feeling of self-doubt threatens to destabilise all the confidence you’ve gained.
Venturefest Scotland is a national business innovation summit designed to help high-growth SMEs and ambitious early-stage companies to grow through innovation. The day starts well with coffee (all days really need to start with coffee) but I did manage to bypass the pastries this time. Kicking off sharp at 9am with the plenary I was pleasantly surprised to see a 50:50 male/female panel. Today is going to be a good day.SE announced their new start2scale support program targeting fast-growing start-ups and early-stage companies as well as existing companies with ambitious plans to scale.