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Arguments for replacing an out of date phone system often focus on the direct costs, however the total costs are greater still. Facility costs, maintenance charges, system upgrades and obsolete equipment write offs are all significant direct costs involved in running an outdated phone system, but then there’s the hidden costs, which can include:
Grapevine were proud to support Dribuild Group’s challenge to raise £35,000 during an afternoon at Bath Races on Tuesday 18th July. Dribuild’s chosen charity this year is Together for Short Lives, a UK based charity for children and young people who are expected to have short lives, helping them and their families to live the best life they can, for as long as they can.
With over 300 guests in attendance, Dribuild put on an impressive day, with first class food, great hospitality and an afternoon of racing, all in the glorious sunshine at Bath’s beautiful Lansdown Racecourse.
As you will probably be aware, we are currently experiencing a massive change in the way day to day business operates and also how our leisure time is spent. The days of a 9 to 5 Monday to Friday working week are rapidly disappearing and the “millennial” generation entering the workplace are demanding better tools for work and more flexible employment arrangements.
On Saturday 18th March I took part in the fifth annual Bath Men’s Walk held in aid of Bath Rugby Foundation and Dorothy House Hospice Care. This year 541 men took part in the Walk which means the charities are on track to match last year’s total of £45,000 raised.
We’re pleased to announce the launch of a new web based tool, quotemyphones.com, developed in collaboration with Bournemouth based digital agency, Orbital. The microsite allows users to build a no-obligation quote for a new company phone system.
The quote is based on the costs of a modern cloud hosted telephone system, which can offer substantial savings for businesses looking to replace a traditional ‘on site’ PBX system.
Unified Communications Manager, Ricki Hill explains “Hosted simply means that there is no longer a need to have a dedicated box of tricks in the office. All of the intelligence and configuration is hosted securely in the cloud (on the Internet) similar to Google Docs, Dropbox or any other cloud based service”.
So your existing phone system still works, it’s bulletproof and it’s been fine for years, right? Chances are this is the case for the majority of small to medium sized business in the UK. But scratch the surface and you will soon find a number of reasons why you should consider making the switch to a cloud hosted telephone system.
Hosted simply means that there is no longer a need to have a dedicated box of tricks in the office. All of the intelligence and configuration is hosted securely in the cloud (on the Internet) similar to Google Mail, Dropbox or any other modern cloud based service. The fact that these systems are web based increases the functionality available to SME’s that previously would have been limited due to cost and complexity, such as multi-site options, disaster recovery, home working and true mobile phone integration.
Following a successful launch in Bournemouth late last year, we were delighted to bring our Explainer Sessions seminar series to Bath last week, with a programme of speakers at our Peasedown St John office.
From Wednesday 1st March 2017 the fixed penalty fine for distracted driving will double to £200 and offenders will get six penalty points on their licence. For drivers who have held a licence for under two years, this is an instant ban as they will lose their licence and will have to retake their theory and practical tests.
November 2016 sees Grapevine reach it’s quarter of a century in business.
A lot has changed in the world since 1991, a year which also saw the world wide web launched to the public. When we first started there were only two mobile phone networks (Vodafone and Cellnet) and only two mobile phone tariffs to choose from. A phone was just a phone – all you could do was talk on it – a far cry from the multi-functional device we take for granted today.
Grapevine’s ‘Explainer Sessions’ seminar series launches at AFC Bournemouth - Monday, November 7th, 2016
Last week saw the launch of our new Explainer Sessions seminar series. We kicked things off at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium, with a line up that included talks on Vodafone One Net, Office 365 and the Microsoft Surface range.