The last few years have been all about digital transformation, with much being made of the need to integrate digital technology into all areas of a business. When done ‘by the book’, it’s actually about so much more than that, requiring a drastic cultural change and asking organisations to challenge the status quo on a daily basis with a view to experimenting with new processes and technology until the optimum way of working is found. But for manufacturers in particular, what does digital transformation actually mean? It’s all too easy to get swept along with digitisation for digitisation’s sake, rushing to digitise everything without fully considering the benefits to the business. read more...
Regardless of whether or not it’s here to stay, the UK’s furlough scheme has had a dramatic effect on payroll. Since March last year, the payroll function has faced some unprecedented challenges, having to deal with a newly dispersed workforce, many of whom will have been furloughed, meaning that many businesses had to adapt their payroll processes almost overnight. In many cases, businesses have strived to put in place flexible, more agile ways of working to manage these changes, with some turning to technology for help.
Today (22nd April 2021) is Earth Day; a day where people around the world show what they’re doing to be environmentally friendly, and an opportunity for others to follow suit. With this in mind, we thought we would share four new ways of working which could make your business environmentally friendly, and you might even reduce costs and see other benefits in the process.
The past 12 months have seen a drastic shift in buying habits. New data from IMRG shows that online sales grew by 36% in 2020 – the highest rate of growth seen in 13 years. This figure is even more impressive when you compare it to overall retail sales across the same period, which fell by 0.13%, the lowest annual growth in 25 years. While it may be difficult to confidently predict what’s to come, it’s safe to say that ‘etail’ is definitely not going anywhere for the foreseeable future.
Cloud technology is becoming more popular, but some businesses remain wary about a move to the cloud arguing “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it”. However, what is not broken today, may be tomorrow and a move to the cloud could proactively help prepare your business for an otherwise disastrous situation. In this blog post we look at six scenarios that could devastate your business and prove the benefits from moving to the cloud.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s recent Budget unveiled a host of measures designed to help stimulate business growth and recovery following the disruption of the global pandemic. One of these measures was the introduction of a ‘super deduction’, whereby UK businesses are able to use this super deduction to reduce their tax bill.
While the economic ramifications of Covid have been felt far and wide, the full extent of the pandemic on businesses is yet to be realised. The last 12 months have, in the main, seen businesses focus on identifying risk, protecting employees and in some cases, spinning up new business models to compensate for lost revenue.
It would be easy to reflect on 2020 as a disastrous year for businesses, the economy, and workers, but there were positives to come out of the Covid-19 pandemic too. With the vaccine bringing hope of restrictions lifting in the UK, it provides a good opportunity to look at how work lives have changed due to the pandemic and the lessons that can built upon in our post pandemic lives
2020 presented an unprecedented number of challenges for Payroll departments large and small. Businesses had to understand and implement new regimes like furlough quickly and adapt to remote working, with in some cases, entire workforces working from home. In this blog post we aim to cover the significant payroll changes coming into effect for the 2021/22 tax year which starts on 6th April 2021, and how Opera 3 Payroll has been updated to reflect these changes.
Reverse Charge VAT was originally due to be released in October 2019, but came into force on the 1 March 2021. Reverse Charge VAT changes the way you invoice your customers and sub-contractors in the construction industry. This blog post explores the changes, who will be affected and why the changes have been introduced.
Right across the supply chain, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors are facing a common set of challenges: how to get the right product, to the right place, at the right time. In addition, they’re all facing increasing pressure to optimise customer service, meeting ever-increasing customer demands while maximising margins wherever possible. Although not the answer to all business problems, technology has a crucial role to play in managing these increasingly complex operations, at the same time as boosting customer satisfaction and ultimately having a positive effect on profitability.
COVID-19 has been a game-changer for many organisations. With radical changes to standard processes and procedures introduced almost overnight, the global pandemic has led many businesses to reassess their entire operation, re-evaluating not only how things are done but examining just how resilient their current systems are. For many decision-makers, the key question is whether or not their systems are robust enough to withstand the current economic environment.
According to research, over 80% of organisations reported that Covid-19 had a negative impact on their supply chains. In this blog post we examine how supply chain resilience is a pressing priority in light of Covid-19 and leaving the EU. Is your supply chain robust enough for unexpected challenges?
We’re all dealing with masses of data, both in our home and work lives. Making sense of all this is a daily challenge, wading through swathes of information from multiple sources in an attempt to seek out the bigger picture. In light of this, never has it been more important for businesses to try and get to grips with the information available to them, taking full advantage of the data to try to establish an up-to-date, 360° view of the business to improve decision making, profitability and productivity.
As the vast majority of us are well aware, the transition period with the EU and the UK will end on 1st January, 2021. From this date, the UK will operate a full external border meaning controls will be placed on the movement of goods between Great Britain (the UK excluding Northern Ireland) and the EU. In light of this, what are the key points for businesses to consider and what are the deadlines involved?
2020 has been an unprecedented year with many unforeseen challenges arising for businesses. This has highlighted the need for businesses to press pause on certain areas, with once pressing priorities slipping further down the list. It has led to increased pressure on SMEs to become more agile in the face of this new world, resulting in more SME's turning to a single, centralised platform.
The 2017/18 payroll year ends on 5 April which means it’s almost time to process your year end, a busy time for any business running a payroll. Before that, another deadline looms: the de-commission of the Government Gateway, which goes offline on 13 February and has been replaced by the HMRC Multi Digital Tax Platform (MDTP).
Every growing business will inevitably face challenges when it comes to choosing the right software. In many cases, investment in solutions that can bring together different areas of the organisation can take a back seat whilst short-term goals are managed. This leaves many businesses running separate systems for various departmental functions such as payroll, CRM, reporting, supply chain and cashflow management. Phrases like “if it works, why change it?” and “it’s too much work to switch” may sound all too familiar, but the truth is your business might not be running as efficiently as it could be. In this blog post we are going to look at some of the benefits of integrating different areas of your business.
One of the latest buzzwords echoing around manufacturers worldwide is digitalisation, a means of using a technology-driven business model to deliver new revenue and value-driven opportunities. A response to the need to develop greater levels of agility and efficiency in order to keep pace with an increasingly unpredictable marketplace, digitalisation has the potential to equip organisations with the tools they need to thrive in a modern economy. But what does it mean in practice, particularly for smaller manufacturers? And what’s the right approach?
The most successful players in the wholesale and distribution sector find that margins and customer service come together to create business excellence.
The rise of mobile and cloud technology has made the possibility of flexible working a reality for many businesses and their employees.
The 2016/17 payroll year end ends on 5 April 2017 which means it’s almost time to process your year end, a busy time for any business running a payroll.
For any business there is no greater asset than its employees, and it’s no secret that keeping them happy leads to greater efficiency and productivity.