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  • 2015 legislation changes - the 'to do list' »

    Posted on 15 December 2014 by Kate Upcraft As 2014 comes to a close we're not short of a 'to do' list for 2015. Here's a quick reminder of what we already know we have in store for the new (tax) year: The introduction of shared par...
  • What happens when logistics meets the ‘Internet of Things? »

    Posted on 15 December 2014 The 'Internet of Things', which basically just means the automation of transactions between the 'intelligence' residing in devices, assets and systems, will require greater agility. Mobile ...
  • Marketing’s role in the supply chain »

    Posted on 15 December 2014 As the fluidity of manufacturing experiences different forms, businesses need to recognise that marketing and the broader supply chain should be working together for demand chain management, so...
  • ‘Tis the Season to Drop the Ball »

    Posted on 11 December 2014 by Laura Drury It's December and there is a well-recognised change happening amongst the workforce. Christmas is upon us, and all that it brings. That means Christmas parties, extended lunches and numerous f...
  • Fighting for a worthy cause »

    Posted on 9 December 2014 At our recent NFP event we ran a survey on the evolution of technology and how organisations were looking to thrive and grow over the coming years. As part of this activity we offered a prize ...
  • Auto-enrolment: welcome simplification on the horizon »

    Posted on 5 December 2014 by Kate Upcraft On Monday 1st December DWP published a consultation document that closes on 9th January 2015 and covers a number of areas of simplification of the auto-enrolment process that will, I think, b...
  • EU VAT changes 2015: how technology can take the strain »

    Posted on 4 December 2014 In our final blog this week we'll be talking technology. As we've mentioned previously, there's a great deal to take into consideration ahead of the forthcoming EU VAT changes for supply of se...
  • O Holy New Year Hangover »

    Posted on 3 December 2014 As 2015 approaches at a rapid rate (where did 2014 go!), many employees and employers will be looking forward to the festive period, the parties and good spirits. Hangovers will become a brief...
  • Are you prepared for the next generation of flexible working? »

    Posted on 2 December 2014 A 2014 report conducted by PwC has highlighted a lot of what we already know about millennials compared to their non-millennial counterparts, flexibility and input into the shaping of their fu...
  • Mind the gap: growing with opportunities »

    Posted on 2 December 2014 Now that the economy is growing and manufacture's, and broadly speaking, all of those in the supply chain sector are experiencing a flurry of growth and activity, businesses are changing gear a...
  • Shared parental pay and leave - it’s here already »

    Posted on 27 November 2014 by Kate Upcraft Many HR and payroll professionals are working towards April 2015 as the implementation date for the new statutory right to shared parental leave and pay (ShPP and SPL). In fact policies should ...
  • Join Access Into CRM & Social Media »

    Posted on 24 November 2014 Join Access Into CRM and Social Media, our free educational seminar, for professionals in not-for-profit organisations, hosted by professionals who understand that the weight of relationship m...
  • EU VAT changes 2015 - dealing with compliance and commercial issues »

    Posted on 20 November 2014 With only a few weeks to go, it's critical to have a plan in place to deal with the EU VAT supply of services changes that takes place as of 1 January 2015. Careful thought should be given t...
  • Tax summaries: useful or confusing? »

    Posted on 11 November 2014 by Kate Upcraft From 3rd November 16m of us will begin to receive a tax summary in the post from HMRC.  This is a new initiative, announced at Budget 2012 and timed one assumes to land conveniently just ...
  • EU VAT changes 2015: whether to register for VAT »

    Posted on 7 November 2014 Last week we gave a brief overview of the new VAT changes to supply of services in the EU which comes into force on 1 January 2015 for broadcasting, telecommunications and e-services organisat...
  • Mind the gap: fast track your business growth »

    Posted on 4 November 2014 by Ian Roper The economy has started on a journey of growth after a long delay in a deep recession, but growth is not always a smooth journey and will stretch existing processes and systems, creating gaps ...
  • Getting personal: what do HMRC do with the employee data we report? »

    Posted on 3 November 2014 by Kate Upcraft Much was made by HMRC of the need to update and improve employee data ahead of the introduction of RTI, in fact HMRC set up a specialist team for the purpose and called it the Data Improvement ...
  • A spooktacular day for Access! »

    Posted on 31 October 2014 It's hard to believe that two years have gone by since Access acquired thankQ, the industry leading CRM solution for NFP organisations. Since then, we've dedicated time and resource to deve...
  • EU VAT changes 2015 – are you ready? »

    Posted on 27 October 2014 If your business is in telecoms, broadcasting or other digital services you may be very aware of the up-coming changes to the EU VAT legislation for place of supplies. Currently VAT rules apply...
  • Controlling costs of pharmaceutical production through APS »

    Posted on 24 October 2014 The pharmaceutical industry is going through a period of almost unprecedented transformation, as what have traditionally been seen as predictably stable and profitable lines of business become ...
  • Cost control and the not-for-profit sector »

    Posted on 13 October 2014 by Rob Barr Income generation and cost control are two major issues in the NFP sector - in fact, cost control was the fifth and final trend to come out of our 2014 NFP Technology Think Tank earlier this ye...
  • Hitting pharma costs where it hurts »

    Posted on 13 October 2014 by Hitting pharma costs where it hurts The pharmaceutical industry is going through a period of almost unprecedented transformation. Drug patent lives are shortening, but the expense of developing new products continues to rise. Wha...
  • Can HR analytics really deliver value to all sizes of organisation? »

    Posted on 13 October 2014 In short, yes. The common misconception of talent and HR analytics requiring a plethora of data and a team of data scientists needs to be addressed and re-focussed. To do this, we need to be c...
  • Flexible working: what every employee needs to know »

    Posted on 1 October 2014 Simply put, flexible working is a way of working that suits an employee's needs, for example, having flexible start and finish times, job-sharing, term-time working or working from home. From ...
  • Measuring the impact of extension of flexible working rights on organisations »

    Posted on 1 October 2014 Access' recent survey found that when thinking about the impact of the extension of flexible working rights on their organisations, the vast majority of HR manager respondents (93%) agreed that...
  • eCommerce: the customer is always right »

    Posted on 25 September 2014 Looking to compete in a digital market place that is already crowded by competition and house hold names? Firms are realising that there is a secret to outperforming bigger rivals. This has co...
  • How to keep up with the eCommerce giants »

    Posted on 25 September 2014 Ecommerce need not be quite so intimidating. It is highly possible for SMEs to manage customer expectations of service levels. There are big challenges: a couple of mis-picks among a hundred o...
  • Move over eCommerce giants it’s the rise of SMEs »

    Posted on 25 September 2014 Customers once wooed by large retailers have been growing closer to SMEs as they strike back with premium eCommerce and claim market shares once lost, SMEs are now delivering exceptional servic...
  • How an integrated WMS can deliver a memorable brand experience »

    Posted on 25 September 2014 For years a solid brand experience was something that you could only experience in person, be it a store, an event or an exhibition. As the rise of the internet has continued to lead growth to...
  • eCommerce: the key to competition is customer service »

    Posted on 25 September 2014 For small companies and start-ups, the prospect of eCommerce can seem daunting. Most appreciate that there is more to e-tailing than just setting up a website, but how can they afford or manage...
  • The importance of mobile for not-for-profits »

    Posted on 19 September 2014 by Rob Barr Everyone these days is talking mobile. And there's a good reason for that, because mobile usage is far outstripping everything else and along with tablets, is the most popular device for access...
  • Gen Y: the workforce of the future »

    Posted on 18 September 2014 Talent management can help organisations cope with many of the changes that lie ahead, as workplace demographics and workforce style change. Let's look at what we know about the workforce of...
  • The roll of an honest health and social care organisation »

    Posted on 18 September 2014 by Paul Patarou The Care Quality Commission this week asked the question on Twitter; what should open and honest health and social care organisations do to make sure their directors are fit for their role?#te...
  • Supply chain management: food for thought »

    Posted on 11 September 2014 Flourishing businesses within the food and drink sector are increasingly meeting new efficiencies with the introduction of integrated management systems, these processes vary from financial, su...
  • Supply Chain Transparency: More than another business process, reputation control »

    Posted on 11 September 2014 For those within a supply chain, and those on the receiving end of a product, each member holds a certain amount of trust and a certain expectation. For businesses it might be abiding to tight ...
  • Big data, social data and your CRM »

    Posted on 10 September 2014 Big data is all around us and, is being used to provide ever more personalised content and commercial messages. Facebook presents personalised adverts based on content we have added to the sit...
  • Enter the Millennial generation: what you need to know »

    Posted on 9 September 2014 But who are tomorrow's employees and what can HR professionals expect from them? The vast majority - or around 75 percent of the 2025 global workforce, according to estimates - will belong to t...
  • Insight – more than just data »

    Posted on 8 September 2014 by Rob Barr Insight is not just about having access to more information - it's about having access to data in a format that makes it easy to digest, see trends and opportunities, and then be in a position ...
  • WMS best practices: know the fundamentals »

    Posted on 8 September 2014 Requirements for speed, accuracy and efficiency have never been more sought after for businesses looking to compete and retain their share of the market, with the need to monitor, trace and tr...
  • Smart HR leaders know that talent needs nurturing »

    Posted on 8 September 2014 Nature or nurture: which shapes our destinies? Is it our genetics or our environment? And what about our careers: is professional advancement the result of the innate qualities that we bring t...
  • WMS quick tip: order picking »

    Posted on 8 September 2014 Order picking is much more complex operation than it was. Once, a particular product would almost always be despatched as a single item, others by the case, or by the pallet. Order picking inc...
  • WMS quick tip: returns management »

    Posted on 8 September 2014 Returns have long been a problem in some industries, such as fashion and apparel, but for most companies the small volumes involved were readily manageable by ad-hoc procedures - or often simp...
  • WMS quick tip: labour management »

    Posted on 8 September 2014 Many warehouse operations are inherently labour intensive and many supply chains have significant peaks and troughs in activity. A WMS needs both to forecast forward labour requirements based o...
  • WMS quick tip: web access »

    Posted on 8 September 2014 Ten years ago, the smartphone didn't exist. Now, it is rapidly becoming a platform of choice, not just for consumers to order and track, but for the performance of many supply chain tasks. Sale...
  • WMS quick tip: bespoke functionality »

    Posted on 8 September 2014 All supply chains are to some extent unique. As the internet has revived the economics of small, niche and specialist producers this is likely to become even more true, and is likely to diversi...
  • WMS quick tip: what if scenarios »

    Posted on 8 September 2014 If everything always went to plan, writing WMS would be a trivial task. But it doesn't, anything from natural disaster to celebrity endorsements can throw a supply chain out of kilter. The fir...
  • WMS quick tip: future proofing »

    Posted on 8 September 2014 As we have seen, supply chains are subject to many forces for change and the WMS needs a high degree of inherent flexibility if it is not to become outmoded - indeed a legacy system of its own,...
  • Access Group raises over £700 for charity »

    Posted on 5 September 2014 Access Group's payroll teams played a big part in celebrating National Payroll Week. A massive 59,000 bounces later, our Banbury-based team managed to raise a fantastic £584 for Charity ...
  • Successful cost capture and WIP: bring your WIP online »

    Posted on 5 September 2014 by Piers McLeish Over the last month we've provided our best practice tips for project based organisations to achieve and strengthen efficiencies. Previously we looked at why you shouldn't separate your finan...
  • Successful cost capture and WIP: don’t separate finance from the rest of the business »

    Posted on 4 September 2014 by Piers McLeish In our last blog we looked at what it means to  keep it simple, by not over engineering workflows you can benefit from by-exception management. Getting straight to the heart of the ...
  • Britain heading for new pensions crisis »

    Posted on 4 September 2014 by Andy Agathangelou With one of the biggest changes in pensions legislation the UK has ever faced coming into place over the next three and a half years, and to mark the start of National Payroll Week the CIPP co...
  • Successful cost capture and WIP: don’t over-engineer your workflows »

    Posted on 3 September 2014 by Piers McLeish Previously in the series we took a look at making it easier for employees to enter costs by reducing rekeying, helping them to understand costs at any point in time and reviewing supplier per...
  • Access celebrates National Payroll Week »

    Posted on 3 September 2014 by Dawn Jackson National Payroll Week got off to a flying start from Access' payroll teams baking cakes to raise funds for our Charity of the Year, Cancer Research UK to our presence at the CIPP's event at th...
  • Outsourcing payroll is trending »

    Posted on 2 September 2014 by Steve Knapman After several years of organisations investing in software solutions to bring their payroll back in-house, recent changes and internal pressures have seen a return to outsourcing payroll to sp...
  • Successful cost capture and WIP: make it easy for employees to enter costs »

    Posted on 2 September 2014 by Piers McLeish In our last blog we looked at defining a meaningful reporting structure. Now we'll be looking at the importance of timesheets, expenses and purchase order. Getting this information on the sys...