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Let us save you £450…

Thursday Thursday, June 11, 2015 by Administrator

There a quite a few organisations around that will try to charge you (or charge well over the odds) for services that are free or of minimal cost from the Goverment direct: passports, birth certificates etc. Here is one to beware of from the buisness to buisness sector and its not an entry in an "international" "directory".

So let us give you the heads up and save you £450 and a day of your time.

We have all heard of the BFI (British Film Institute) https://www.bfi.org.uk/ but there is another BFI... Business Forums International https://bfi.co.uk/. (Warning this is an uncertified insecure web site)

Curiously there is also a Business Forums International ™ https://www.businessforumsinternational.com/ which is nothing to do with bfi.co.uk. 

I am always suspicious of companies with “International” in the name. In my opinion Business Forums International (UK) seem to be some sort of scamming organisation. Apart from having an insecure site( this is never a good sign) and asking for your email address and no doubt other information they also offer £450 workshops on


* How to verify a non-UK candidate’s immigration status
* Checking and verifying identity documentation from outside the UK
* Policy and procedure to ensure your organisation is working within the law
* Essential legal considerations update and best practice
* Understanding what to look for when checking non-UK documents and qualifications to avoid fraudulent applications
* Discover how an enforcement visit works and what to do if your company has one
* Ensuring all your current employees are working legally
* Compliance with Home Office/UKVI and PBS guidelines


These offers come in the form of spam to a non-existent email address.


Well there is a really good free work flow document on the Gov web site which you have already paid for (with your taxes).
https://www.gov.uk/legal-right-work-uk
We use this (and freely incorporate it) as the basis for the Right to Work compliance section in our product and when completed ensures you have recorded all necessary documents to comply with UK legislation.
Interesting in a direct comparison with our Advanced Agency Web Staffing System £450 would represent in the region of a year’s licence for our staff management software and the Right to Work compliance aspect is less than a tenth of the total product.

 

 

How to reduce a £300,000 NI bill to zero: BBC alleges Anderson recruiting has aggressive tax scheme

Friday Friday, May 29, 2015 by Administrator

The BBC apparently recorded Ian Moran of Anderson Group pitching an aggressive tax avoidance scheme to a recruitment agency. The scheme alegedly involves setting up hundreds of limited companies (something you can do on the web for under £30) and then claim NI government Employment Allowance of £2000 for each of the limited company’s of two or three workers.

 

The full article is here:

BBC web site buisness news

Anderson group web site As the Anderson web site is not a secure one you may get an "untrusted" notification from you browser. Simply remove the "s" from https in the adress bar and you can process to their site. It's still not a trustworthy site though!

UK Government web site for limited company formation

 

Upto £3,000 how to get it, the best 8 times better than the worst

Wednesday Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by Administrator

Coincidentally earlier this month, we bogged about how you can get a grant of up to £3000 from the government to cover getting upgraded to fast or ultra-fast broadband for your company. Ofcom (the government communications watch dog) now publish the complaints statistics for Broadband, Mobile, landline etc. on a regular basis. So who is the best?

Well, the first thing to note is that the best services have around eight (yes eight) times fewer complains than the worst. So you can get eight times less hassle for you free £3000 grant or eight time more reliability for you internet connected business.

The best were  Sky and (for me surprise surprise Virgin).

The worst were BT, Plusnet and TalkTalk. So don’t believe the current BT ad about reliability is completely misleading... no surprise to us there!

If you want to see the report then:

Telecoms including broadband complaints May 2015 report

Ofcom.org.uk web site

You may also like:

How to get upto a £3000 grant to give you an excellent Broadband connection

 

 

Get your business moving fast at little or no cost.

Friday Friday, May 1, 2015 by Administrator

If you have business internet connection issues: then you may be eligible for a grant to up to £3000 for a new superfast broadband connection. Internet connections have moved on in the past few years. If you are a start up or an existing company with a poor internet connection, there are two things you can do to transform your business internet connection at little or no cost.

Go to a broadband speed check site:

Broadband speed test/ Is a good example. All you need to do is enter your postcode and you will more than likely get a range of extremely affordable options to get a very fast and usually reliable service.

What you probably don’t know is that irrespective of your supplier, your service will be almost certainly be maintained by a company called “open reach” who proved the maintenance service for almost all broadband services through your local telephone exchange.

The thing that makes the difference in your overall reliability is the quality of the guys that do the installation service and in our experience the Sky installers are a cut above the rest.

Alternatively you might get all this for free though a Government grant of up to £3,000:

connectionvouchers co uk just put in your postcode to see if it is available to you and then follow the instructions.

Two simple checks, is your web site working for you

Tuesday Tuesday, April 7, 2015 by Administrator

Concerned about how good your web site is?


In the past year Goole has made two significant changes concerning where your web site appears when people search for it. This is also known as ranking. Both these changes reflect how browsing habits are changing.  Simply, how people are using the web is changing.

The most recent one is: does your web site work on a mobile device? This is simply known as being responsive.  You can check this on a special “developers” page provided by Google, but anyone can use it:

All webs sites we supply for our customers are mobile friendly and pass this test.

Our results are at the bottom of this page.

The second change is a continuing one. Google are progressively giving secure sites higher ranking or better visibility. How do we know if a site is secure? Simply instead of the address starting http: it is https: A padlock appears in the address bar of your browser and the address bar may turn green. It says two important things. One your site is who it says it is in the address bar and this has been checked by a reputable organisation. Two the messages between you and the web site cannot be eavesdropped or interfered with by bad people on the net, just like when you browse your Bank’s web site. It is now a legal requirement in the UK and EU for any site that passes any personal information to be secure. The Ava supplied web portals or customer web sites are all fully secure.

To see the results for Ava:

Google.co.uk webmasters tools mobile-friendly ava.co.uk

Or for an un-stylised version of our customer web sites:

Google.co.uk webmasters tools mobile-friendly transport.ava.co.uk

To see your site, just put in the URL for your site instead.

 

This may also interest you: steps taken to ensure that the padlock in the address bar really means something

Securityweek Google revoke trust cnnic certificates
Google online security.blogspot maintaining digital certificate security

Mobile _Friendly _Test

 

 

 

Ava are proud to announce the initial launch of their advanced agency web staffing system

Wednesday Wednesday, February 18, 2015 by Administrator

Ava are proud to announce the initial launch of their advanced agency web staffing system for temping agancies and staff banks. Original planning for this product started over four years ago. It has been used by selected customers for over a year. It takes full advantage of the low cost structure that a fully web based temporary staff system can offer. It is probably the easiest system and the fastest system available anywhere in the world. It will take you from the initial request for shift staff to the payroll and invoice information in the shortest quickest route with the lowest amount of administration. It will give instant full compliance checks for staff. It will give instant lists of those matching the booking vacancy request with compliant available workers or compliant registered workers. It has individual pages for customers and workers at no extra cost.

HMRC withdraw some penalties for late PAYE information and refund some previous ones

Wednesday Wednesday, February 18, 2015 by Administrator

HMRC will no longer impose PAYE filing penalties for short delays from March 2015 and if they have been already imposed during the period 6 October 2014 to 5 January 2015, employers are requested to appeal.

There appears to be a small outbreak of sanity at HMRC possibly because of a court ruling or possibly because of a coming election?

To read more:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hmrc-will-not-impose-paye-filing-penalties-for-short-delays-from-march-2015

VAT rules change on January 1st 2015

Friday Friday, December 5, 2014 by Administrator

It hasn’t received a lot of coverage in the press, but to combat the likes of Amazon and other on line retailers using tax avoidance techniques, the EU has changed the VAT tax rules.

This is becoming known as VATMOSS short for VAT Mini One Stop Shop.

If the customer is a private individual, then suppliers will be required to account and charge VAT in the (Member) State where the customer resides.

This does not affect Ava customers as they come under the B2B heading.

 

For further information:

Register-and-use-the-vat-mini-one-stop-shop (Gov UK web site)

the Guardian comment

 

 

How can and do Cybercrimes affect us

Sunday Sunday, November 2, 2014 by Administrator

It’s true that a significant proportion of adults in this country feel they have a poor understanding of the internet. Even as an IT professional in a world where detailed knowledge is becoming more fine grained and specialist, there are areas where personally I know I have only a superficial understanding. So even a superficial (but correct) understanding can be helpful to us or our businesses avoid becoming victims of Cybercrime.

The BBC has commissioned a series of programmes tucked away on the BBC News channel; which are delving into the murky and nefarious world of Cybercrime.

 

I watched the first episode yesterday and can say it’s entertaining, informative and couched in terms most people should be able to understand.

bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04p23mv/cybercrimes-with-ben-hammersley-1-darknets

 

It’s available for another 6 days. There is a programme web site

bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04p2l66

 

And to find out more there is some help on the Open University web site (ironically you may get a security warning as we can only link to secure sites from our secure site).

open.edu/openlearn/whats-on/tv/ou-on-the-bbc-cybercrimes-ben-hammersley

 

 

 

 

Security and server reboots

Saturday Saturday, October 25, 2014 by Administrator

As most of you will no doubt know, it is essential to host personal data on a secure (https) certified web site, as opposed to a standard http site.

This is mandated in the UK by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

It’s also important not to just pay lip service to security concerns. Over the past few months, we have applied about a dozen security patches to the various software packages that provide our services.  Unfortunately this usually requires restarting our servers for the updates to take effect. So we had to do this again this week.

Our servers were down for about one minute between 3pm and 4pm on Saturday whist this rebooting took place (25th Oct 2014).

Our apology if this has caused any inconvenience. Unfortunately these reboots seem to be required more regularly in our efforts to keep the bad boys out.

 

Data protection in the UK: Information Commisioner's Office


 

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