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Made In The Midlands 2017 Exhibition – Will we see you there?

We’re now approaching exhibition season and following on from our success last year, you’ll see Minster exhibiting again this year as a Gold Partner at the Made In the Midlands Exhibition in May at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

The exhibition has been branded ‘Bigger, Better and Bolder’ to capture the wide scale growth of the event. This means there will be plenty of ideal networking opportunities with many local companies.  At the exhibition you can expect to see over 2,000 representatives of the Midlands manufacturing sector and a record-breaking 200 exhibition stands.

The Made in the Midlands 8th Exhibition is a full day event which brings together the very best of Midlands manufacturing & engineering services from across a wide variety of sectors, including Aerospace, Automotive, Rail, Marine, Medical and Oil & Gas.

The opportunities that come from the exhibition are ideal for businesses including a series of seminars hosted by our partners, on the day, focusing on a variety of topics which affect Midlands manufacturers.

It’s free to register so if you are interested in attending the Made in the Midlands exhibition in Coventry on the 25th May 2017 then please click here for more information: http://www.madeinthemidlands.com/content/expo

We’re very much looking forward to the event and would love for you to come and say hi to us – we’re on stand D25!

 

New Financial Year, New Payroll

Do you think your payroll is up to standards? Does it do everything you need? With the new financial year creeping upon us, now is the time you need your payroll to be the best it can be.

Did you know 1 in 20 employees in the UK are paid using a Pegasus Payroll system?

With many features that are vital in helping your business run smoothly, Pegasus Opera 3 Payroll can greatly benefit your company and its processes.

The Award-winning Opera 3 Payroll & HR software is HMRC PAYE recognised and is designed with automated features to remove the strain out of processing your payroll, by helping out with tax, pension and employment legislation.

 

Key features of Pegasus Opera 3 Payroll

Click the orange links for further information on each feature.

  • Pegasus Opera 3 payroll allows you to submit Real Time Information (RTI) to HMRC.
  • Integration with pension providers allow contributions to the employee’s pension scheme can be sent electronically to NEST (National Employment Savings Trust).
  • Opera 3 Payroll and HR is customisable to meet your needs so forms can be changed, conditions added to fields and menus can be modified.
  • As a separate module, the Pegasus P11D Organiser can give you a management and reporting tool for employee benefits and expenses, making them easier to manage.
  • The payroll software now offers Email Payslips as standard, allowing you to move towards a paperless, more economically friendly office.
  • It also features salary sacrifice.
  • Web Xchange is a separate module that can integrate with Pegasus Opera 3 Payroll, which allows you to securely access Opera 3 data from your web browser on a number of devices.

Pegasus Opera 3 payroll also has many other useful features to help businesses payroll run smoothly and efficiently.

 

Please see the below video for more of an overview.

 

For more information please contact us on

01562 68211 or email sales@minstermicro.co.uk

Accelerate sales on the move with the NEW Pegasus Mobile Sales app!

Compatible on Android tablets and coming to IPad soon!

Compatible on Android tablets and coming to IPad soon!

Having a sales team out on the road can be very beneficial to your business –if your team are out selling, everyone can reap the rewards.

However, one of the biggest issues sales team face when out on the road is scheduling time to come back to the office to process new orders. Minster now have the perfect solution to overcome this problem.

Our software partner, Pegasus, have recently released their innovative sales app which could be the perfect asset for your business to improve the way orders are taken and processed.
The Mobile Sales app will take care of an order all the way from showcasing a product to potential customers, right up to aftersales invoicing.

In short, every aspect of a sale can be done from start to finish, out of the office, or at a customer site.
The app, which is currently available for Android tablets and coming soon for iPads, is a valuable tool designed to work without an internet connection, with orders stored directly on the device until a connection is found. The app can report back from your sales team whilst they’re out and about and directly to you at the office, enabling you to accept, or reject, orders quickly.

The app contains some vital features to help your sale run as smoothly as possible – those include access to customer account information, credit limits, current balance and outstanding invoices.
It’s all about making the sales process faster, smoother and simpler.

If you would like to find out more information please call us on 01562 68211 or email us sales@minstermicro.co.uk

Payroll now or pay a fine later – expert’s alert to businesses over living wage

Businesses across the county have been warned to check and update their payroll systems or risk a severe penalty.

The alert has come from Worcestershire IT and payroll specialist Susan Marlow who says the vast majority of businesses have yet to revise their systems despite the new national living wage sweeping into effect from 1st April.

Mrs Marlow, finance director at Kidderminster-based IT and software provider Minster Micro Computers, says employers will have “nowhere to hide” when the changes come into effect due to stringent minimum wage checks by HM Revenue and Customs.

Under the new rules, every employee aged 25 and over will be entitled to at least £7.20 per hour, a 50p per hour rise on the current rate.

Businesses failing to pay the increased rate could face a fine of £20,000 per worker – a message Mrs Marlow is pushing following a Department for Business, Innovation and Skills study that found 55 per cent of employers had yet to update their payroll accordingly.

She said: “Since the introduction of RTI legislation, there really is nowhere to hide for firms here in Worcestershire and with the new pay rules only a matter of weeks away, it’s vital they take steps to update their systems.

“Some businesses have complained the national living wage will put an additional burden on them but the law is here to stay. All the information that HMRC needs, including wages, dates of birth and National Insurance numbers, it already has.

“Even employers who are fully aware of the change and have budgeted for it have to take extra care to ensure their payroll system is updated and ready to pay the new rate from 1st April.”

Ms Marlow said companies had to make sure their software was capable of adjusting to the change.

She added: “Businesses shouldn’t assume their software or payroll bureau will advise or alert them. It’s an employer’s responsibility to ensure systems are ready otherwise they will face HMRC’s strict crackdown and hard financial penalties.”

Minster Micro Computers has more than 35 years’ experience in ERP and payroll systems and have ran numerous payroll-related seminars, including a focus on auto-enrolment and RTI. These sessions are run prior to the legislations coming in as part of their commitment to outstanding customer service.

Supporting a range of business sectors, the company is an accredited SAP Business One Partner and is a provider of Pegasus business software.

The Worcestershire firm supplies payroll software, training and implementation as well as IT support services.

Businesses looking for advice on updating their payroll systems in preparation for the 1st April changes can email susan.marlow@minstermicro.co.uk or telephone 01562 68211.

Undergraduate Ryan

Student Secures Work Placement With Minster

A local University student studying Business Information Technology has successfully secured a 12-month placement with Kidderminster-based Minster Micro Computers Ltd. as part of his university degree course.

Joining one of the longest established and well-known IT firms in Worcestershire, 20-year old Ryan will work with and train alongside Minster’s SAP product development and support team over the next year.

Minster Micro Director, Susan Marlow, commented: “It has become more and more apparent that the next generation are being taught how to code and develop, which is fantastic, but they’re not being taught about how to service and support business products that are already on the market.”

“We approached a local University to voice our concerns and to see if they could help. After being impressed with both the undergraduates and the programme we decided to sign up. Our aim now for Ryan is that he gains both commercial knowledge and experience that will complement and add to his existing skill set, and at the same time we gain a fresh, enthusiastic individual who brings to the table fresh ideas and lots of enthusiasm.”

Having completed two years of his degree, Ryan is currently working alongside Minster’s software team having passed his pre-sales product training and examinations with an impressive pass mark; his primary focus now is support.

Software Team Leader Neil Hodgetts added: “This is an exciting time for Minster as we continue to explore new opportunities and build our engineering teams. Over the next 12-months Ryan will work with our engineers whilst earning a salary and extending his knowledgebase, with the guarantee of a full time job working with us at Minster once he graduates.”

Minster Micro Computers Welcomes Apprentices

Kidderminster-based Minster Micro Computers Ltd, one of the longest established and well-known IT firms in Worcestershire, having signed up to Worcestershire County Council’s apprenticeship scheme has welcomed three new apprentices in a unified approach to Minster’s business growth needs.

Minster Director, Mrs Susan Marlow, stated: “Recruitment of young people continues to be a challenge, and like many businesses looking to recruit young and talented employees there’s no shortage of applicants, just a shortage of applicants with the relevant skills.  After attending Worcestershire County Council’s apprenticeship scheme event, we signed up and very quickly agreed to take on three apprentices all studying the same IT apprenticeship course.”

19-year old Rheece started building his own PCs when he was still at school, excited by IT as it never stagnates. 18-year old Alex wanted to follow a career in IT after taking part in GCSE work experience. The youngest of the group Esmée’s interest lies in software and grew from her studies in IT at GCSE level. All apprentices are studying IT at level 3.

One of Worcestershire’s most recognised IT firms, Minster Micro Computers is a leading provider of Microsoft, SAP, Pegasus business software and 3CX, and delivers business software and hardware IT support services to customers locally and across the West Midlands, ranging from SME’s to corporate bodies with large multi-user networks.

Added Susan: “Rheece, Alex and Esmée will each receive in-house product and workplace training until they are fully competent members of our engineering team, with the potential of securing a full time position here at Minster once they successfully complete their IT apprenticeship courses.”

Business Expo Visitors Win Minster Micro Halloween Treats

It was all things Halloween as delighted ladies from the MFG solicitors’ team drew three of the many winning tickets in Minster Micro’s Halloween competition at the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce business expo at Malvern’s Three Counties Showground on Thursday 8th October.

MFG Team of Winners

MFG Team of Winners

 

Exhibiting with a host of other local businesses from across the two-counties, visitors to Minster Micro’s stand lined up to take turns and see if they had won a sour-tricky treat or a winning ticket for a bewitching Halloween beer, and get their hands on one of their distinctive, orange must-have Minster bags.

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Minster’s Head of Marketing, Maria Burdett said: “We decided to run a competition and launch our new eco-friendly cotton bags at the show. Our bright orange bags went down a storm, especially with the recent carrier bag charges brought in this month. We spoke with lots of different businesses across many sectors and industries, so it really helped to break the ice by running our fun Halloween competition giveaway.”

“Well done and congratulations to all our Halloween-treat winners and thank you to every new Minster bag owner who took the time to visit us on our stand.”

Minster @ Made In The Midlands Expo!

With over 1,200 tickets sold and over 125 exhibitors, it’s safe to say that this years’ Made in the Midlands exhibition was one of the most successful for everyone involved.

Minster had a really great day exhibiting as a Gold member for MIM’s 2015 expo and met some fantastic, local and like-minded companies to discuss business with. We found it an excellent opportunity to network with many different businesses and also catch up on the latest trends and news within the manufacturing industry.

As around 60% of our customers are in the manufacturing sector, it was an excellent platform for us to showcase our products and discuss with other exhibitors the challenges that we have helped our clients in the same sector overcome.

At this exhibition we decided to do something a little different for our competition and decided to give-away a money tree. We felt that a money plant would be more fitting at this exhibition than any other as it’s a symbol of both growth and prosperity – something that the manufacturing industry is enjoying in this climate. The draw was made by one of the Made in the Midlands team, Sophie Whittingham.  The lucky business card that was picked out belonged to one of the lovely ladies from the Paycare stand. She was overjoyed to have won and we are confident it has gone to a really great home.

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Apart from the fantastic networking opportunity and competition fun, Minster also managed to catch up with some great companies we have met at previous events as well as some of our own customers. Our director, Susan Marlow, also had chance to have a chat with local UKIP MEP James Carver .

MIM Event

Alongside all this, Minster also took the opportunity to talk with many of the local universities and training consultancies about our current recruitment drive and our concerns over the skills gap facing businesses in the Midlands.

All in all the Made in the Midlands exhibition was a fantastic event that we are proud to say we were a part of. We would like to congratulate the MIM team on their efforts in organising a fantastic day. We hope you all had a really successful exhibition as much as we did. Already looking forward to MIM Expo 2016…!

The Expo And The Egg

Exhibition Easter Egg Prize

Exhibition Easter Egg Prize

We have had another CRACKING time at the Hereford and Worcester Chamber of Commerce expo this week.

Once again, it was held at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern on Wednesday 4th March 2015.

The exhibition focused on local companies coming together and using the opportunity to network and offer services to each other. We met so many local, well established companies that are right on our doorstep and also managed to have a catch up with some of our customers who were either exhibiting or visiting the event.

Being a Pegasus Partner, means we can offer the very best advice and support to those who are currently thinking about reviewing their payroll processes, and this time of year is the perfect opportunity to explain what is available within this marketplace, and also provide companies with additional knowledge about Minster and what we do to help businesses flourish – we aren’t just an IT support company, we’re a business partner offering a complete service.

Kendall Wadley - Winner Of Easter Egg Prize

Kendall Wadley – Winner Of Easter Egg Prize

As well as Payroll season, it’s also nearly Easter and what better way to celebrate this than an Easter Egg give-away!
After collecting visitors’ business cards throughout the event, our conclusion was that EVERYONE has a love of chocolate and to ensure transparency (yes – people attempted to bribe us once or twice for the Minster egg!) we picked a friendly, but random, person from the assembled crowd to draw the lucky winner at the end of the show.
Congratulations Kendall Wadley – the lucky winners of our giant Minster (Thornton’s) Easter egg!

We met so many great people and made some new friends and what a fantastic and positive event, one which we were proud to be a part of.

 

Minster Are The Cover Feature For Chamber of Commerce!

Chamber of CommerceMinster are proud to be the cover feature for the latest edition of Business Direction (Hereford and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce bi-monthly magazine).

We were chosen for the cover feature due to our reputation of excellent service, quality and long-standing commitment to local businesses. We were given a series of questions to answer in order to highlight the importance of IT and how relevant it is to a companies growth.

Labelled as ‘Industry Leaders In IT Solutions’ , Nick and Susan Marlow answered questions such as ‘What are the main IT issues Minster deals with on a regular basis?’ and ‘Is legislation helping or hindering sector development?’, hoping to have given the readers more knowledge on how important it is to keep IT systems up to date and how a supportive IT company can help businesses.

Please feel free to click the link below, have a read and let us know what you think!

 

Events

Opera 3 Event – Get Started!

As you may be aware, the end is in sight for Opera II with Pegasus advising that they intend to make an ‘end of life’ announcement within the next 24 months.

With this in mind, Minster have organised an Opera 3 event to go through details of how you can save money by upgrading early as well as the benefits your business will gain.

As well as Opera II customers looking to upgrade, this event is also suitable for those who are looking for an overview on Opera 3 as well as those who currently use it and would like to hear about future developments.

This complimentary event will include a run through of the added features of Opera 3 from both the Minster Team and Pegasus’s Product Specialists Steve Power and Sue Flavell.

For further information or the agenda please contact marketing@minstermicro.co.uk.

H&W Chamber of Commerce Spring Business Exhibition

After the success from the last Chamber expo we went to, we have decided to exhibit there again at the Spring Business Exhibition.

Held at the spacious Three Counties Showground, there is an expected number of 800 visitors attending (and counting!). We feel this is a great opportunity to meet new people, introduce ourselves to local companies across the region as well as showcase our expanding portfolio of offerings, including SAP Business One, Pegasus Opera 3 and our VOIP telephony product from 3CX. Also, due to the time of the year, we are also going to be offering out advice and solutions for your payroll.

Whether you are a current customer or are looking at seeing what Minster and other local companies have to offer, we would love to see you there!

Please note, as this event isn’t held at the Minster offices, there is no need to register your attendance with us. For more information on the exhibition, please contact us.

 
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Final Auto Enrolment – Oct 2014

To ensure a prompt start, there will be coffee registration at the office from 9am.

As Auto Enrolment is fast approaching for many SMEs, the need for information and guidance has become more and more desired.

This is why we have held numerous auto-enrolment seminars with pensions and finance experts to help our customers with any prep information that they may need. After the success and great feedback of previous events, we are holding our LAST EVER auto-enrolment event with advice from our software team.

As this is our last ever auto-enrolment event, we urge anyone who has any queries relating to our responsibilities to attend so as not to incur any unnecessary consultation charges.

 If you would like further information, please call us on 01562 68211 or email us at marketingteam@minstermicro.co.uk.

Please note, due to popularity, you will need to register each person from your company individually

 

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Auto Enrolment Seminar – Jan 2014

Auto Enrolment - image of a Piggy BankFrom 1 October 2012, changes to the pensions law (the Workplace Pensions Reform) have started to affect employers.

Auto Enrolment means that employers will have to enrol their employees into a pension scheme and pay into that scheme. We will be holding further seminars throughout the year, dates to be confirmed.

Real Time Information (RTI) Seminar

HMRC LogoRTI is being introduced to improve the operation of PAYE, making it easier for you, the employer, to operate PAYE. Employees will receive the information more quickly and it will help support the introduction of Universal Credits. We are holding a seminar on 29th January 2013 showcasing how Pegasus will be ready for the changes.