#SageOne star: Karen Nelson (Calibre Secured)

5 years ago

Karen Nelson (Calibre Secured)Instead of us just telling you how good we are, we asked Karen Nelson of Calibre Secured to tell us why she likes using Sage One Accounts Extra and Sage One Payroll so much.

1. Hi Karen, could you please give me a brief summary of who you are, the name of your business and what you do?

I’m Managing Director of Calibre Secured Networks Ltd, Full Services ICT Integrator.

This basically means we supply all manner of Information, communication and technology Solutions.

This includes solutions such as Security services, Telepresence Solutions, IP Telephony Solutions, Wired & wireless Network Solutions, Storage Solutions and Bring Your Own Device Solutions – this is by no means an exhaustive list – merely a summary of some of the solutions we provide!

2. How many people are in your business? Is it just you or do you have business partners / employees?

We currently have 5 full time permanent and 6 semi-permanent (contractors).

3. How long have you been using Sage One Accounts Extra? How were you managing your finances beforehand? Why did you change?

We began using Sage One’s most basic accounting package, Sage One Cashbook three years ago, simply to help us manage our cash flow. We’ve upgraded packages a number of times since as we need our accounting software to grow with us to meet the increasing demands that come with growing the business.

Sage One does exactly that. We now use Sage One Accounts Extra and Sage One Payroll (the 10 employee version). We have recently spoken to your Sage One developers direct (they came to see us at our office – how’s that for personal service!) and we can see how the planned new services & offerings will support our business as we continue to grow. There are some really useful additional functions planned that we are looking forward to using.

4. What do you like best about Sage One Accounts Extra?

As we grow and place increasing demands on the software, Sage One grows with us. The ‘Collaborate’ file sharing feature is very useful for liaising with external accounting agencies and the Sage One Customer Support Team are excellent. Sage One Accounts Extra has a very user-friendly interface too.

5. What advice would you give to someone starting out in business / following in your footsteps?

Make sure that you have something unique to offer – especially if the business is in IT. The market is saturated and highly competitive. If you are the smaller player competing against larger local and national companies, you have to have something that sets you apart.

Financially, the key to our survival in today’s somewhat difficult and competitive landscape has been constant forecasting. Knowing everything that comes in and goes out of the business right down to the last penny is crucial! The best advice we were given when starting out was, “If you don’t see it coming, you can’t do anything about it!”

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If you run a high growth business like Calibre Secured, sign up for a free 30 day trial of Sage One Accounts today! (You can also see the full range of Sage One accounts and payroll services at http://uk.sageone.com/products/).