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Why are business awards so important?

Due to our latest success with becoming nominees and winners of varied business awards, we thought we would get the opinion of one of our interviewers for Thames Valley Tech Awards, Nicky Larkin, of Goringe Accounts on why business awards are of great significance.

Why do you feel business awards are important to the business community?

Business awards are important as they give businesses huge recognition for the fantastic results they’ve achieved and the work they’ve done, making them stand out from the competition. This is not only great for attracting new customers but gaining strong recognition for success inspires and motivates your team, can help to attract top talent and is great for PR, marketing and brand reputation.

Why did you chose to sponsor the TVT awards?

The TV technology awards are well established and highly recognized for being one of the most credible awards in the region and do an extremely good job at pulling together a successful awards process and event.

The reason we chose to sponsor the Tech Leadership Team category was because technology is a sector we heavily specialize in, in providing finance services from VAT to Payroll to R&D Tax relief. By sponsoring the TVT awards and in particular our category, we’re giving the opportunity for the best technology companies and their leadership, to shine as the best in the region and, arguably the best in the country as the Thames Valley is deemed the tech hub of the UK.

What are you looking for in a good award submission?

An entry that shows outstanding achievement and, for our category, world class team leadership who were truly innovative and successful in their work.

Do you enter any business awards yourself?

We’ve proudly won awards such as ‘The Thames Valley Small Employer of the Year,’ at the National Apprenticeship Awards, listed as a Top 10 firm in the Accountancy Practice Excellence Award, and in 2017 I received the ‘Professional of The Year ‘Award at the NatWest Thames Valley Venus Awards.

Entering awards does take time and resource but should be an essential part of any business’s growth strategy so we aim to enter awards every other year.

What would your advice be to someone thinking of entering their first awards?

Coming back to my point about the time and effort it can take to enter awards, ensure that you focus on awards where you have the strongest evidence of success.

Don’t be scared to enter awards and when you find the right one for your business, then go for it. Read the entry criteria and judging guidelines thoroughly and carefully, and ensure to provide high quality information and evidence that’s relevant to the category – don’t be tempted to just rehash from previous award entries. Show how you are different and a worthy winner of that particular category.

If you would like to get in touch with Nicky personally in regards to Goringe Accounts, their website is hyperlinked, or you can follow Nicky’s twitter account at @GoringeAccounts.

 

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The Knights Foundation Teddy Bear Appeal

What is the Teddy Bear Appeal? And what does it do?

The Teddy Bear Appeal raises funds for children within the community to have a family break in “The Knights Foundation Lodge”, absolutely free of charge.

It gives children with disabilities or terminal illness, along with their families, the opportunity to have some downtime in the luxurious 3 bedroom accommodation.

The lodge includes state of the art equipment and monitoring systems, all while in the centre of all of the parks amenities and close to the beach.

How can I support the Teddy Bear Appeal?

You can get involved with supporting #KFBearAppeal by creating a standing order for just £10 per month – the price of 2 costa coffee’s for the day!
This means your donation will put a child and family in the lodge for a day, equipped with all the entertainment passes and access to the park’s facilities.

What has the Teddy Bear Appeal achieved already?

It has currently got 62 donators which has raised £7440, this is constantly updating with the increase of supporters who join. You can follow the progress by downloading “The Knights Foundation Teddy Bear Appeal” App on Android and “KF Bear Appeal” on iOS.

We have helped contribute to this App by developing it for The Knights Foundation, and signed up to the Teddy Bear Appeal as we are passionate in supporting these families with holidays they so desperately need.

The App has also been sponsored by Paris Smith LLP, who have specialist lawyers who can help with any concerns or hopes you may have regarding the future of your child.

You can download the app and keep up to date by clicking a link below:-

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Introducing Uncle Bob…

Who is Uncle Bob?

smart robot arm. By smart, we mean he can be controlled using an app on the latest smartphones and tablets.

More technically…

Uncle Bob’s “brain” is an Arduino programmable board connected to 5 servos. The servos move different joints in the arm: one for the base to swing left/right, 3 along the arm, and one to open/close the claw. The Arduino’s serial port What’s Uncle Bob?

is connected to a Bluetooth module, so Uncle Bob can be controlled either by USB or Bluetooth.

The app is written natively for Android and iOS – as only truly native apps can give us the quality of experience (speed and latency) that is needed. It connects via Bluetooth to Uncle Bob and sends commands to move the arm.

And in future?

Smart apps have a lot of potential beyond what Uncle Bob demonstrates. We could:

  • Add notifications to the app – for example to tell you when the arm has performed a certain action.
  • Add in-app payments – so you can get the arm to vend something, say, on payment.
  • Increased marketing for your business.
  • Communication with customers can be increased.

Why did we make Uncle Bob?

We’re exhibiting at Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2018 and wanted to demonstrate how easily we can convert a device to a smart device. We’re not experts in robotics, or even electronics generally, and Uncle Bob is not particularly ground-breaking. What really is exciting, by contrast, is the app which directs it. We’re hoping that people can make the leap between their own much more accomplished devices, and the benefits of making them smart.

Why make a smart device?

We’re sure that similar technologies can be put to greater effect than picking sweets out of a box, and we’d love to be involved with all manufacturing businesses. Everything in today’s world is without a question, mobile. Everything is hugely influenced and enhanced by mobile technology. Have you got an idea that you want to apply to your business? Give us a call on 01256 274108, or come and visit us at SME18 at Stand L190! Come and see Uncle Bob in action!

What benefits would an App make to your business other than a smart device?

Having an App can help you with many different things across your business, you could have an app to help with the following:

  • Timesheets – allowing employees to log in and log out.
  • Work Orders – allowing employees to request repairs and fixes.
  • Production line tracking
  • Creating and managing workflow and tasks with ease.

Watch our video on Uncle Bob below!