The Business Exchange Swindon & Wiltshire Edition 49: June/July 2020 - Page 22

COMMUNITY VOICES EMBRACING TECH IS A ‘MUST’ FOR BUSINESS The team at one of Wiltshire’s most innovative tech firms are urging business owners to step up and embrace digital as the UK comes slowly out of lockdown. “Lockdown has taught us all once and for all that being tech-friendly and going digital is critical if we are to survive and then thrive in business,” said director Oli Thomas. “At Purple Lime our tech-based strategy and ethos has allowed us to help our clients quickly and effectively, we’ve stayed fully operational as a team while all working from home and we can be agile in our own business no matter how things pan out over the coming weeks.” The Corsham-based accountancy firm which is a Silver Champion partner with software brand Xero, has been a pioneer of tech-based accountancy from the day the company started in 2016. Covid19 has demonstrated clearly that being tech savvy, using Cloudbased technologies and utilising apps for managing business finance has kept their clients ahead of the curve during the most challenging time for business in a generation. “We feel there will be more to come. This period will encourage companies to consider new ways of working, the benefits of flexible working practices and also the value of outsourcing to others who are experts in their fields. The question is – which businesses are ready for this change?” Oli said. During lockdown, the Purple Lime team have supported clients to apply for CBILS loan funding by being able to quickly provide the financial data needed to support applications; to use the furloughing portal with ease; to access some grant support if relevant and to help them manage their cashflow, enabling them to make decisions both for survival and also for growth. To date the team have supported businesses in these sectors: • Retail • Hospitality • Professional services • Commercial property • Industry and Manufacturing • Advertising To find out more contact Oli and the team by visiting: or call: 01249 691 360 • Arts and Recreation services • Construction & trades • Charities • Health and social care • Education & training • Technology @PurpleLimeAcs Deliv busin For acc lockdow moving Open Dawes T speaking and p organisations across the UK Although m for individuals company’s onl method of deli helping people themselves. “Many busin – that is a buzz Dawes Trainin doing it alread Director of the been able to st online training individuals. “As well as we share scree carry out all th the camera, w together. Then helps our clien turns them int presenters, bo “I like to jok face-to-face an throw anything Among Ope is a sportsman more confiden when engaging and the media Chris started w to understand how it would h subsequent tra Chris taugh for engaging w nerves, breath speech. As wit was videoed at end, so he cou improved. Chris added and organisati personal devel while many are have more ava the other side to have change more present o that at Open D curve for this t Open Dawe range of bite-s for online deliv little of the full 12