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  • Making Tax Digital Training

    20 January 2019

    From April 2019, 89% of businesses will change the way they process tax, as part of HMRCs move to digitise tax. 

    To help with this process, we can offer specialist one to one training with a Sage expert. Some of the topics covered include:

    *What Making Tax Digital means for your business

    *VAT health check for your business

    *Confidence with the new Making Tax Digital process from sign-up to submission

    *Hands on training on your own software to make sure you are VAT ready

    *A flexible and tailored service to meet your own business needs

    Training is available for Sage Accounts and Sage Business Cloud Accounting.

    As well as one to one training, we can also offer online training for Sage 50cloud Accounts. You can attend a live training session in the comfort of your own home or office. Understand the Making Tax Digital process and discover the tools to help you get started. 

    For further information on our Sage courses and course fees then please contact us on 01423 534630 or email info@tts-uk.com. Further details on our all courses can be found on our website.

  • Virtual versus Classroom Training

    13 January 2019

    Significant costs to consider when booking a training course, especially courses over 4-5 days, are travel and accommodation costs. It seems to be getting more and more difficult to find training companies with venues within commuting distance, especially for those of us that don't live within close proximity of our major cities in the UK.

    With the emergence in recent years of virtual learning there is now a viable alternative to traditional classroom based training, but can it deliver the same results?

    There is already evidence to suggest that virtual training works in domains where knowledge, rather than performance, is being taught. For example, online courses in accounting and employment law produce the same outcomes as classroom instruction in terms of knowledge retention. But the situation changes when performance, as well as knowledge, is required. Don’t expect to see lifeguard classes online anytime soon, because performance requires realistic practice. Online training, therefore, clearly has its limitations.

    Virtual training, on the other hand, can provide the same results as traditional classroom training. A study conducted by David Maxfield, Director of Research and Senior Consultant at VitalSmarts, found that:

    - 86 percent of virtual classroom participants rated the experience “just as engaging” or “more engaging than” traditional classroom training.
    - 100 percent of participants were highly satisfied with their training experience.

    Participants averaged a score of 90 percent on a test that measures mastery of skills, 1 percentage point higher than cognitive scores in the traditional classroom. There was no difference between the virtual and traditional classroom participants with regard to behavior change. For both groups, it was immediate.

    As the results indicate, the latest virtual training technologies allow for a high-quality training experience that delivers results. And with comparable results, virtual training can offer more in terms of scheduling flexibility and ease of training. Why not embrace virtual as the wave of the future? Just make sure you do it right.

    For further information on our courses and course fees then please contact us on 01423 534630 or email info@tts-uk.com. Further details on our all courses can be found on our website.

  • The Benefits of Online Learning for Business & You

    10 January 2019

    A growing preference in the Training & Development marketplace is the Online Course, with this option being a more flexible and cost effective choice. Online Modules enable individuals to start learning at any time throughout the year, rather than having to wait for set course dates. The ability to fit studying around work & home life commitments more easily, no more having to leave the workplace for long periods of the working day and more importantly in the current financial climate reduces expense with no travel or in-house training costs. There is also still assistance for learners through Tutor Support & Feedback. Some courses even offer Peer Forums so you still have interaction with other learners.

    Many more courses are now being delivered Online. It’s a simple process, from enrolling and receiving your online account, to downloading the course material and working through each lesson at your own pace. To then completing & submitting your assignments to an experienced and qualified tutor, to receiving your personalised feedback and mark & finally passing your chosen course successfully and receiving your accredited qualification.

    Online Learning is the emerging preference to upskill and develop you & your colleagues.

    For further information on our courses and course fees then please contact us on 01423 534630 or email info@tts-uk.com. Further details on our all courses can be found on our website.


  • New Year, New Time Management Techniques

    06 January 2019

    The start of a new year often means settings new personal and business goals. Quite often, we set goals such as wanting to take more control of our workload but don’t know how to go about it. We do need TIME to reflect on how we can better organise ourselves, our tasks and our teams more effectively. If you never seem to have enough time, better time management may help you gain control of your days.

    "The aim of good time management is to achieve the lifestyle balance you want," says Emma Donaldson-Feilder, a chartered occupational psychologist. Emma's top tips for better time management are:

    Work out your goals
    "Work out who you want to be, your priorities in life, and what you want to achieve in your career or personal life," says Emma. "That is then the guiding principle for how you spend your time and how you manage it."

    Once you have worked out the big picture, you can then work out some short-term and medium-term goals. "Knowing your goals will help you plan better and focus on the things that will help you achieve those goals," says Emma.

    Make a list
    To-do lists are a good way to stay organised. "Try it and see what works best for you," says Emma.

    She prefers to keep a single to-do list, to avoid losing track of multiple lists. "Keeping a list will help you work out your priorities and timings. It can help you put off the non-urgent tasks."

    Make sure you keep your list somewhere accessible. If you always have your phone, for example, keep it on your phone.

    Focus on results
    Good time management at work means doing high-quality work, not high quantity. Emma advises concentrating not on how busy you are, but on results.

    "Spending more time on something doesn't necessarily achieve more," she says. "Staying an extra hour at work at the end of the day may not be the most effective way to manage your time."

    Have a lunch break
    Lots of people work through their lunch break, but Emma says that can be counter-productive. "As a general rule, taking at least 30 minutes away from your desk will help you to be more effective in the afternoon," she says.

    "Go for a walk outdoors or, better still, do some exercise," says Emma. "You'll come back to your desk re-energised, with a new set of eyes and renewed focus."

    Planning your day with a midday break will also help you to break up your work into more manageable chunks.

    Prioritise important tasks
    Tasks can be grouped into 4 categories:

    urgent and important
    not urgent but important
    urgent but not important
    neither urgent nor important
    People who manage their time well concentrate on "not urgent but important" activities. That way they lower the chances of activities ever becoming "urgent and important".

    "The aim is to learn how to become better at reducing the number of urgent and important tasks. Having to deal with too many urgent tasks can be stressful," says Emma.

    Practise the '4 Ds'
    One study found that 1 in 3 office workers suffers from email stress. Making a decision the first time you open an email is crucial for good time management.

    Emma advises practising the "4 Ds":

    Delete: you can probably delete half the emails you get immediately.
    Do: if the email is urgent or can be completed quickly.
    Delegate: if the email can be better dealt with by someone else.
    Defer: set aside time later to spend on emails that will take longer to deal with.


  • SAGE Accounts & Making Tax Digital

    20 December 2018

    The 1st April 2019 see another major change for UK Companies with the launch of Making Tax Digital by HMRC. £9 Billion a year is estimated to be lost to the Exchequer in tax revenue through avoidable mistakes in returns.

    The Introduction of MTD aims to make it easier for individuals and companies to get their tax affairs true & correct.

    All VAT-Registered Businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold (which presently stands at £85,000) will be expected to keep all accounting records digitally and use appropriate software to digitally submit their VAT returns after the 1st April.

    One of the top accounting software programmes in the world, which fully meets the requirements for MTD is SAGE Accounts. UK based, SAGE is an easy solution to the real problem of fulfilling your businesses obligations to HMRC.

    Our 1-day SAGE Accounts course can be delivered either onsite or at a training facility convenient to you and offers a comprehensive look at the SAGE system. By the end of the course you should be ready & confident to go with SAGE Accounts. Making your business compliance with MTD trouble-free.

    For further information on course dates, timings and course fees then please contact us on 01423 534630 or email info@tts-uk.com. Further details on our all Sage courses can be found on our website


  • Brexit and The Skills Gap

    17 December 2018

    Whether your business is for or against the UK leaving the EU, one thing that should unify all industries post Brexit is fostering a sustainable workforce for whatever the future holds. Learning and development is seen as the key to achieving this objective, with the upskilling of staff a way to combat what could be a less competitive recruitment market if free movement of people between Britain and Europe is affected. There is already a 44% skills gap in Europe, with a lack of digital skills high on the list. It’s forecast that going forward 9 out of 10 jobs will need them in the future. The promotion of lifelong growth and development will expectantly see a learning culture in companies which for some will be a cultural change in itself. There are also many non Brexit benefits to upskilling employees with a boost in morale, productivity and staff retention just a few of the advantages to investing in training. One thing is for sure a strong learning belief in any business has a positive outcome for everyone – Brexit or no Brexit.

    For further information on course dates, timings and course fees then please contact us on 01423 534630 or email info@tts-uk.com. Further details on our all courses can be found on our website

  • How to take your NEBOSH General Certificate to the next level!

    15 September 2016

    NEBOSH National Diploma – NEW Manchester dates for 2017

    The NEBOSH General Certificate is a popular course for anyone with Health & Safety responsibilities in their role, but the next step for all Health & Safety Professionals is the NEBOSH National Diploma, a degree level qualification which is for the first time being offered as a classroom course in Manchester in January 2017.

    This 7 week course delivered over a 6 month period allows the individual to apply for Graduate Membership of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health as well as full membership of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management.

    Additional revision workshops and bi-weekly live online webinars are included in the course costs. Along with comprehensive course material both in written and electronic formats so you have the flexibility to study anywhere at anytime.

    For further information on course dates, timings and course fees then please contact us on 01423 790107 or email info@tts-uk.com. Further details on our all courses, including NEBOSH, can be found on our website, including the NEBOSH Diploma

  • NEBOSH Revision Aids – The Options Explained

    08 September 2016

    Passing any exam can be a daunting prospect especially if it’s been a while since you last sat one. Passing NEBOSH examinations can be even more challenging as learning significant amounts of Health & Safety information can be a gruelling task.

    One way of increasing your chances of success is varying the way you study. It has been shown that when committing information to your long term memory differing the way you learn from audio and visual sources benefits greatly. Reading pages and pages of course material can be limiting but combining this with audiobooks and online course modules makes learning more interactive and engaging.

    Downloading the audiobooks couldn’t be similar. It gives you access to all the up to date course material in audio form, enabling you to study where and when you have some share time.

    Whilst making use of online e-learning revision resources gives an interactive element to your study. With activities and quizzes to consolidate knowledge gained, bitesize revision material aids learning through interactive summarises of the course. It also walks you through the types of questions used in the exam, showing you the question signpost you should look out for and helpful tips and tricks to perform well.

    All in all by using a range of study resources you can give yourself the best chance of passing that exam.

    If you need to upgrade your NEBOSH skills we offer a comprehensive range of training courses. You can find out more about our complete range via our website, including the NEBOSH General Certificate. Please call us on 01423 790107 or email info@tts-uk.com to book your place or if you have any questions about any of our courses.


  • Using Primavera for your next Project Management role

    01 September 2016

    Oracle Primavera software is the key to successful Project Management, being able to handle large-scale, highly sophisticated and multifaceted project with ease.

    With our 3 day fundamentals course you will have all the skills needed to run your next project more effectively.

    The course is aimed not only at Project Managers but also Business Analysts, Functional Implementers and End Users.

    Steering you through the complete life cycle of a project whilst focusing on the basic elements of schedule, resources and costs.

    Using this familiar Windows-based program by the end you will have learnt how to: 
    • Create and Schedule a project
    • Assign Resources
    • Adjust the Project schedule
    • Execute and control the project
    • Add activities

    You’ll also put into practice what you’ve learnt each day with a case study to clarify knowledge gained.

    If you need to upgrade your skills we offer a comprehensive range of Primavera training courses. You can find out more about our complete range via our website, including the Primavera P6 Professional Fundamentals course. Please call us on 01423 790107 or email info@tts-uk.com to book your place or if you have any questions about any of our courses.

  • SAGE Payroll – Why get certified?

    30 August 2016

    Many employers in the UK use SAGE to complete their Payroll each pay period. It’s the simplest way to ensure you are paying your staff correctly and compliant with HMRC and Pension Regulator guidelines.

    But did you know that you can now get SAGE Certification?

    Offering SAGE Payroll certification to your staff has many benefits along with increasing competency and efficiency it’s a great way of boost staff morale by encouraging a professional development culture of excellence within your workforce.

    There are three levels of accreditation:
    Level 1 – Covers the basics of setting up the system
    Level 2 – Covers running a payroll period from beginning to end
    Level 3 – Covers more complex procedures such as processing statutory payments, allocating Attachment of Earning orders and administrating Holiday schemes and absence records.

    Taking the exams is simple too as they don’t even need to leave the office. All three exams take just an hour to complete, are online and can be taken at any time that suits the busy workplace environment.

    If you need to think seriously about Payroll Certification then take a look at some of the Sage training courses here. You can find out more about our complete range via our website. Please call us on 01423 790107 or email info@tts-uk.com to book your place or if you have any questions about any of our courses.


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