November 2018 Newsletter

Posted By: Hayley Monday 3rd December 2018
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November 2018 Newsletter

Sage 50cloud Accounts

Sage 50cloud Accounts

Cloud accounting software opens up some exciting possibilities for your business, helping to boost your productivity and minimise the burden of admin. And with Making Tax Digital on the horizon, now is the time to assess your options.

You can use Sage 50cloud on your desktop and mobile devices. As it connects to the cloud, your documents and data will be up-to-date, no matter how you access them.

If both you and your accountant have Sage 50cloud, you’ll also have Sage Drive free of charge. This means that as long as you’re connected to the internet, you’ll both have access to the same up-to-date information and can log in and work on documents at the same time.

Sage 50cloud Accounts integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Office 365. Together, they save you time and help you improve productivity. There’s no need to toggle between the two systems and you’ll have access to all the usual Microsoft Office applications, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

  • Never lose a file
  • Upload expenses and other documents on the go
  • Synchronise Sage and Outlook
  • Enjoy slicker reporting with Excel integrations

Customise your 50cloud features to suit your business.

  • Manage cashflow and invoicing
  • Calculate and submit VAT returns online
  • Stay in control of your stock and inventory
  • Create powerful reports
  • Get an up-to-date picture from your bank
  • Get paid on time, every time with GoCardless for Sage
  • Make secure online payments with a greater level of control.

As a Sage reseller, we’d be happy to discuss your options and help you with any questions. Please contact Michel Lane or Toni Stratton on 01740 623582, to talk through how we bring your business to the cloud and get you ready for Making Tax Digital with Sage software.


Be aware of spam this Christmas

Be aware of spam this Christmas

‘Tis the season to be jolly — the Christmas season has now begun and you might start receiving season’s greetings from your business contacts if you haven’t already.

During the run up to Christmas we all start to relax a bit more, getting into the festive spirit. Unfortunately, cybercrime such as malware installations and phishing scams does not do the same, in fact it becomes increasingly more common at this time of year because people become complacent and let their guard down. It is vital that you remain vigilant with your emails, and ensure that you only open links that you are 100% certain are from a reputable source.

Should there be anything you aren’t too sure about, please feel free to get in touch with our team at LaneSystems on 01740 623582 or email any queries to


North East Auto Tech

Get your car winter ready with North East Auto Tech

Servicing and maintaining your car prior to the winter is essential to ensure peace of mind and hassle-free motoring when the cold weather hits. Using a specialist to maintain your vehicle instead of general garages ensures that all work carried out is to the standard the original manufacturer sets, resulting in long vehicle life and reliability.

North East Auto Tech prides its self on its attention to detail and care level of both customer and vehicle. We only use original manufacturer equipment (OEM) service and repair items, this provides you with a 2 year guarantee against failure of the replaced parts. All parts used are original items which are used in the factory when the vehicle was manufactured, so you know these are the highest quality and correct for the vehicle.

Even down to the oils used on servicing, all items are of the highest quality. Courtesy cars are available on request at no additional cost to the customer*.

For a FREE winter visual check on your Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT, Skoda or BMW vehicle call us on 01642 613852 to book in during December. All service work carried out during December receives a complementary Winter Essentials Pack | 01642 613852

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Google rivals claim product search is not fair

Google rivals claim product search is not fair

Google is not complying with European demands that it make the search for products fairer, rivals say. In an open letter to the EU’s competition commissioner, 14 European shopping comparison services said the measures put in place by the search giant to improve things, actually make matters worse.

They urged the commission to demand a new remedy. Google said it had complied with the European Commission demands. The search giant has faced a seven-year long battle with the European Commission over its dominance in the search market.

In June 2017, European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager ruled that Google had abused its power by promoting its own shopping service at the top of search results, and demanded that it provide equal treatment to rival comparison sites in future. She issued a record fine of €2.42bn ($2.7bn; £2.1bn) — the largest penalty the European Commission has ever imposed. She also demanded that Google end its anti-competitive practices within 90 days or face further costs.

Google is still appealing against the fine, but has come up with a system that it says makes shopping fairer. It changed the shopping box, which is displayed at the top of search results, so that it is no longer populated with just Google Shopping ad results, but gives space to other shopping comparison services, who can bid for advertising slots.

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Fortnite facing legal threats over 'stolen' dances, but can you copyright choreography?

Fortnite facing legal threats over ‘stolen’ dances, but can you copyright choreography?

Can you copyright a dance move? What exactly are my legal rights over my uncoordinated Saturday night fever? Do I have a case if, say, a video game creates a dance move called ‘flailing water butt’ and charges its players money to be able to use it in game? Probably not. But more coordinated and famous dance artists just might. Earlier this week, the thorny issue of Epic Games allegedly ‘stealing’ dances from the real world in its phenomenally popular Fortnite Battle Royale game reared its head again.

If you have missed the memo on Fortnite’s ’emotes’, they are actions, flourishes and dances that your character can perform in game. They range from a round of applause to short choreographed routines. You start with just a handful to choose from, but can pay to access and unlock a much greater choice. Emotes are a common and long-running feature in online video games, but rarely have they been as prominent as in Fortnite. Or as significantly monetised.

Developer Epic are continually adding new emotes to the game with updates and new seasons. Much like buying new costumes for your characters, emotes can be seen as a status symbol in-game, as you will often need to level up enough to unlock particular options. Fortnite is a free-to-play game, but is set to generate $2bn in revenue for this year alone, largely based on in-game purchases for these cosmetic upgrades. There are Fortnite dance classes to encourage players to get active, while ‘flossing’ has been banned in some schools due to its popularity driven by the game. Epic’s ability to tap into viral culture with emotes has been a key component of the game’s extraordinary success.

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