Don’t let your business suffer, stay connected during the crisis

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Recent events have meant that for many of us, working from home must become the new normal for a while. Many companies have decided to close their offices after Monday’s announcement, with employees asked to work from home. For the companies without the ability to access their systems externally, what do they do? Of course there are jobs and industries where this categorically isn’t a possibility, but in those where it is, remote or cloud access is a necessity to keeping business processes going.

As a small business, we understand how daunting and uncertain things are. However, the current situation doesn’t have to be as disruptive as it sounds. Cloud systems and cloud-connected options can give you the flexibility needed to access information from the comfort of your home. We have first-hand experience ensuring our systems can be used remotely – our teams are using them right now, and we have the expertise needed and access to the tools required to ensure your business is able to run smoothly and effectively.

Many companies are now in the same boat, coming up with alternative methods of working and making changes to business processes. The current crisis was unexpected and something we couldn’t have foreseen, but this isn’t the only situation to take us by surprise; storms, heavy snow fall, severe flooding or even public transport strikes are all issues that could impact employees getting into the office. It would be far more productive and beneficial to your business if there was the ability to work from home.

In recent years, it’s common to hear that whole villages or towns have severe access restrictions due to flooding or other devastating natural disasters. Future proofing your business enables the flexibility and ability that if the worst happens, your business doesn’t suffer as your workers can still access the necessary systems.

The benefits of cloud software:

Unlimited 24/7 access
Regardless of your location gain total access to all the information and tools you require. With the ability to work from any location you can complete tasks from home, on-the-go, or in the office.

Cost and time effective
Now isn’t the time to be investing in expensive infrastructure required for on-premise systems; not to mention the overhead costs of maintaining them. Cloud software eliminates this cost, all you need is an internet connection and you can access the system via a URL.

Improved security
Automated frequent backups mean you are always protected and always have access to your work. As you store sensitive data in the cloud it is not your responsibility to protect it, it’s down to the cloud host to invest in high level security taking the pressure off you.

Competitive edge
Although cloud software is popular there are still some companies that prefer to stay with traditional on-premise systems. This can put them at a disadvantage when attempting to compete with those who have the flexibility of the cloud. Implementing a cloud-based solution will ensure you stay ahead of the game in terms of visibility, flexibility and management of your business and your clients. According to a study by Verizon, a telecommunications company, 77% of businesses feel cloud technology gives them the competitive edge.

Why Solutions?
At Solutions, our aim is to help our clients work with more flexibility, become more automated and streamline their business processes, so they can free up their time to focus on what’s more important. With over 20 years of experience, our team has the expertise and knowledge to help you find the right business management solution so you can work wherever, whenever.

We were thrilled to be awarded Sage’s ‘SaaS Partner of the Year’ which recognised us for our dedication to the SaaS model and for educating and supporting our clients as they migrate to the cloud. There is a growing demand for cloud software which is reflected in our business management software offerings, enabling us to provide the best solution for our clients businesses.
Solutions are a leading business management software provider, offering best-in-class cloud solutions. Whether it is our award-winning support team, accredited Sage developers or expert account managers, we pride ourselves on providing you with the best possible service. Our experts will take a consultative approach helping you decide which system works best for you, and then supporting you through every step of the implementation process from consultation and configuration through to supporting your software and your business once you are up and running.

Do you want to find out more about our cloud offerings? Contact our experts today on 0115 840 5075 or email


Our cloud offerings:

Sage Intacct
As the UK’s leading Sage Intacct Partner, we have the knowledge and expertise to help streamline and automate your business processes enabling you to reduce your period end close time with this intuitive, true-cloud accounting system.

Sage Intacct helps Finance Managers and CFOs access integrated management and financial reporting across their business entities so they can focus on growth wherever they are. This intuitive solution delivers the automation and controls around billing, accounting and reporting on the go. This solution also reduces errors, enabling you to stay audit-ready and focus on the more important aspects, regardless of external factors, like scaling your business.

With Sage Intacct you can:

  • Reduce period end close time by almost 80%.
  • See real time reporting across hundreds of consolidated entities.

Put finance leaders in a position to drive growth.

Features & benefits:

Core Financials
Automate complex processes and multi-dimensional data analysis which helps you to save both money and time, subsequently improving your cash flow. Removing tedious manual admin tasks can improve the moral of your team while reducing the amount of paper wasted – improving your carbon footprint.

Dashboards and Reporting
Intuitive dashboards provide fast, yet rich, financial and operational performances.

Smart solutions automate complex revenue and billing processes.

Budgeting and Planning
Powerful planning and budgeting that’s easy to deploy and use.

Built-in tools for growth that integrate with Salesforce, and other intuitive solutions.

Advanced Functionality
Flexible additional modules for total financial management.

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If you are becoming more concerned about the possibility of increased remote working, Salesforce can ensure that you can manage your relationships with customers, prospects and partners from one unified platform wherever you are.

As a Registered Salesforce Consultant with many accredited team members we have created a bespoke ‘Quick-Start’ package that can get you up and running in just 2 weeks from as little as £5000 by helping your business embrace core Sales Cloud features. Throughout the project we’ll interact with you regularly, demonstrating configurations as they evolve and making small refinements to the system where required.

With Salesforce you can run your entire business on your smartphone and communicate with prospective, existing and returning customers, consequently improving client satisfaction.

Features & benefits:

Easy to use, scalable customer management – always know exactly what stage you’re up to with your existing and prospective customers, the direction you need to move in to keep them satisfied, and the obstacles you need to avoid to close deals.

Effective selling – Salesforce allows you to learn from every outcome enabling room for improvement on your sales strategy. Collate and analyse the data Salesforce stores, allowing you to continually progress and drive your activities towards success.

Improved customer service – With the power of the cloud you can connect Salesforce with other cloud-based services, such as gaining a thorough and comprehensive overview of customer and prospect activity on networks such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. As well as directly responding on these platforms, you can use these insights to predict future trends and patterns in addition to delivering customer service directly through social media, creating a smoother experience.

Flexible growth – Salesforce provides scalability and flexibility, with extra apps and features you can bolt on when you need them. Accessible from anywhere, at any time, everyone in your business has up-to-date customer information at their fingertips.

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Act! CRM
Act! CRM has 4 million users worldwide and is the world’s leading contact and customer management system for smaller businesses. Act! CRM allows you to organise all your customer information in one central location and can be accessed on demand by customer-facing staff. This solution gives you the flexibility to choose the platform that works best for your business and can be hosted in the cloud, giving you secure access to vital business data anywhere, at any time.

Adaptable – Act! CRM works with you, giving you a variety of database configuration options, from lightly personalised, to completely customised.

Connected – Act! CRM keeps you connected to popular business apps like Outlook and Google helping you run a more efficient business.

Everywhere – Act! CRM is accessible everywhere on the go, enabling you to be productive from wherever you work whether that be in the office, at home or on the road.


  • Rich customer management
  • Dynamic sales pipeline management
  • Actionable business insights
  • Powerful marketing automation
  • Tracking

Features & Benefits:

Build meaningful relationships by using email marketing and contact management features to drive sales forwards and enhance business performance.

Fuel business growth with the ability to manage all your opportunities and keep your deals moving in the right direction with unique sales process automation.

Stay productive by tracking and prioritising meetings or activities associated with your contacts and benefit from alerts that keep you up-to-date with your customer commitments.

Real Time Metrics
Gain a clear overview of real-time metrics covering sales productivity and performance, sales pipelines, top performing products and so much more.

With prioritised Call Lists, you can contact customers who are most interested in your services.

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Our Cloud Connected Solutions:

Sage 200cloud

Although it is branded as cloud, Sage 200 isnt a true-cloud system, it is cloud-connected through its integration with Microsoft Office 365, allowing your sales team to work with your service and financial teams. Sage 200 enables you to access customer account information straight away from Outlook, giving you the insight and power to grow and expand, working anytime, anywhere with Microsoft Office 365.

Sage 50 Cloud Accounts

Sage 50cloud Accounts is also ‘cloud connected’ through its seamless integration with Microsoft Office 365. Office 365 provides all the tools required to work from the office or remotely on any device and at any time.