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We are looking to recruit a full time Sales Administrator to join the Administration Team at our Head Office in Bar Hill

Automated Systems Group (ASL) are looking to recruit a full time Sales Administrator to join the Administration Team at their Head Office in Bar Hill. Duties include :

  • Processing sales orders and supporting members of the sales team
  • Processing and invoicing of all sales documentation, including finance and service agreements
  • Liaising with finance companies regarding credit proposals, settlements and payment of invoiced deals
  • Resolving any customer or agreement queries, in addition to providing sales and customer information
  • Maintaining customer machine database, with accurate inputting of agreement and service details
  • Answering telephone calls and assist with day to day office administration, as and when required

Key Responsibilities :

  • Timely processing of sales orders, finance and service agreements to obtain prompt payment
  • Ensure agreement and customer details are entered onto database in full, accurately and promptly, to minimise errors, credits and queries
  • Provide excellent sales and customer support

Requirements :

  • Strong communication skills with ability to communicate at all levels
  • Ability to manage own time, prioritise workload and meet deadlines
  • Numerate – knowledge of finance processes would be beneficial
  • Attention to detail.
  • Experience of Microsoft Office

In return we offer :

  • Hours of work Monday – Friday 8:30am -5:00pm
  • 23 Days annual leave in addition to Bank Holidays
  • Excellent training & development opportunities within a growing organisation
  • Life insurance
  • Health club gym membership
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Auto enrolment pension scheme

For more information about ASL please visit our website www.asl-group.co.uk

Job Type: Full-time

Experience:

  • administration: 2 years

Apply here

Andrew HoyleWe are looking to recruit a full time Sales Administrator to join the Administration Team at our Head Office in Bar Hill
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How to lease a copier from ASL Group

Is your business considering a leasing arrangement for its photocopiers? There are plenty of good reasons to do so, including:

1. The cost savings that come from having an affordable monthly leasing payment rather than a large, single capital purchase expense on your books, followed by regular servicing, maintenance and repair costs.
2. The ability to optimise your business copier arrangements with the best technology and copier equipment on the market matched entirely and exactly to your needs.
3. The support and expertise of an expert copier maintenance team on hand when you need them, including engineer callouts if any errors occur.
4. Broader support from the experts in areas such as copier asset planning, migration to a paperless office and other relevant documentation management and digital solutions.
5. The removal of the copier management and maintenance burden from your in-house resource – allowing your IT team to focus on actual IT provision, including strategic issues that affect all modern businesses – rather than spending time attempting to fix jammed and archaic copiers that are no longer fit for purpose!

So you’ve already been convinced of the many reasons to lease a copier – but how do you go about it once you’re ready to move ahead?

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The leasing process explained

Get in touch!

Firstly, get in touch with ASL Group who will be delighted to discuss your needs and to put together an initial proposal for your business.

Defining your needs

We will send out one of our team to your business to assess your needs, get a sense of what you are looking for in terms of copier kit, accessibility and numbers, and then refine your brief. By determining your needs we can then put together a proposal that completely matches your business requirements. Our expert will ‘rightsize’ your copier provision under the lease arrangement so that your business has the full operational capacity for printing without downtime or delays, and also without excess kit or capacity. By optimising this balance, your business has access to the latest copier kit without waste or excess cost.

Signing the paperwork

We will put forward our proposal to you which will include details of the copier makes and models that we think will best suit your unique needs, based on the assessment we have carried out and the details you have shared with us, the number of copiers you need (for example at different locations) and the degree of service availability that you want for elements such as copier consumables purchasing, servicing, maintenance, callout turnarounds etc. We will work with you to get to the point where the proposed service agreement that we have put together for you completely matches your needs – and your available budget. Remember, buying a professional business-quality copier is a big investment, especially for an SME. When you lease a copier, however, you replace this sizeable cost with an affordable monthly lease arrangement that spreads the hire cost over a defined period of time. Again, we offer a series of leasing period arrangements so that your monthly cost can be truly flexible to your needs.

Implementing the contract

Once you have signed your paperwork and set up the lease payment, we will move ahead and purchase your professional new copier kit. Where required we will dispose of and recycle your existing and redundant kit, and then set up your new copiers so that they are ready and working. We will train staff as required on the usage of your new copiers and provide a regular servicing schedule to ensure that they run as effectively as possible. We will also make sure that your in-house leads have all relevant contact details for our engineers and understand the process of calling our photocopier maintenance team for any problems, according to the terms of your contract.

Managing the contract

Once this process is up and running we will check in regularly to ensure you are happy with your new copier provision and that everything is working as it should be. We will then stay in regular contact for any queries or extra support that we can offer you, as and when you need it. You will have a named account manager who is there to discuss any queries, services or issues that you might encounter and we will provide regular reports with details of the KPIs of your contract to demonstrate the quality of our delivery.

Support when you need it

One of the great advantages of photocopier leasing is that you have expertise on hand when you need it. Many of our customers call us in to help them start to plan for digital document management or to understand specific related issues such as the new GDPR and its impact on physical customer document copying and storage. In all cases, we can provide general advice and guidance or specific consultancy and service delivery according to your needs. We pride ourselves on delivering an excellent service and we have the customer reviews that support our efforts!

Please get in touch today to find out more and we will be delighted to help.

 

Andrew HoyleHow to lease a copier from ASL Group
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How to make managed document services work for your business

Most medium to large businesses generate large quantities of paper documents as part of the everyday workflow. From incoming and outgoing post to internal business documentation; accounts, tax records, invoices and receipts to personnel records, all are likely clogging up your company’s filing cabinets right now.

Quite apart from the cost implications of generating, and storing, all of this printed material; storing your companies records on paper raises issues of security, business continuity, and – frankly – whether you can actually find the documents you’re looking for when you need them.

Managed Document Services offers a potential solution to all of these issues, by providing an integrated, cost-effective, secure workflow to handle, store, and retrieve all of your business documentation.

 

Cost

The bottom line for any business is money, which is why it’s important to know that a bespoke Managed Documents Service from ASL could save your business, on average, 30% of what you currently spend in this area. Savings come through:

– Reducing the amount of staff time spent managing documents, especially searching for and retrieving seldom used paperwork from the depths of your paper filing system, freeing your team up to do work which genuinely matters.
– Cutting down on the amount of printing your business needs to do. Even though it’s a task most office workers carry out many times a day, printing is increasingly one of the principal expenses for a business. This is especially true once the cost of ink, and power, are factored in. A quality MDS can significantly cut down on the amount of printing needed, and save you money.
– Storing your records digitally means that you will no longer need all the space currently taken up by filing cabinets and archive boxes, so you can use it for a more valuable activity, or even have a smaller office and cut down your rent every month.

Security

In these days where individuals have greater rights to privacy and are more concerned with the protection of their personal data, it is vital for every business to secure their records appropriately. This is especially true at the current time, with the General Data Protection Regulation coming into force on May 25th, and imposing fines potentially exceeding 20,000,000 Euros on any business which doesn’t have adequate privacy safeguards in place.

Managed Document Systems from ASL incorporate stringent and effective security mechanisms, and allow you to have fine-grained control over who can access what data, and from which areas of your business. All of your data can also be encrypted, meaning that even if your office were to suffer a break-in and the servers storing your data be stolen, the thieves would still be unable to access your records without your encryption key. All offering a far higher level of security over paper records alone.

Business Continuity

Once you have a secure, digital repository for all of your business documents, it becomes a trivial task to backup and secure that data in an alternative location. ASL can arrange for regular backups of all of your data in off-site, secure locations. Backups such as this ensure that if you ever lose access to your usual office (e.g. through natural disaster, theft, or any other disruption), you will still be able to access your data, and get your business back up and running in a matter of hours.

Environmental

Reducing the amount of paper and printing your business carries out will reduce your ecological impact significantly. In fact, combined with other savings such as cutting postal bills, and reducing the size of space you need, businesses can reduce their carbon footprint by as much as 60% through fully utilising one of ASLs individually designed, bespoke Document Management Systems.

Compliance

As a fully digital system, ASL can configure your Document Management system to create an auditable trail of every action which is performed on every document uploaded into the system. You will always know whenever a document has been accessed, and by whom. Records will be kept of any copies made, and the date and time that any actions are carried out. Access logs will also be maintained within the DMS, ensuring that you are aware as soon as possible if any individual – even from within your own company – attempts to access any information they do not have access to.

These measures mean that it becomes straightforward for you to demonstrate your business’s compliance with the GDPR, as well as various ISO, SOX, and standards going forward.

If you think that your business would benefit from a bespoke Managed Document System, please telephone or email us here at ASL today so that we can arrange a free, no obligation discussion of your needs and help you to arrange the most effective, best value for money solution to help manage your business documentation and paperwork.

Andrew HoyleHow to make managed document services work for your business
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How to rapidly grow your company

While some businesses grow and evolve over time, others can change shape almost overnight. The main reason for the rapid expansion of a company tends to be a buyout or merger, where one business is incorporated into the other, bringing along all of its staff and systems in the process. Another reason for rapid growth is sudden and sustained demand, which is increasingly common for small tech-based startup firms with well-received products or services.

These business transitions are complicated, and one key issue to consider is the cost of such expansion. Company growth should be a time of profit and a sign of success, but the downtime, productivity dips and internal costs can often offset the benefit of expansion – at least for the first year or two. However, there are some ways your business can mitigate the risks and costs of rapid company growth, and ensure any expansion is smooth and successful.

Ramp up your connectivity solutions


When a company expands and there is a sudden influx of additional staff, the internet and telephone systems can rapidly become overwhelmed by the increased demand on the network. There are often complications with incompatible phone systems, or with incorporating one company’s systems into another. These communication problems can lead to expensive downtime, failure to send and receive vital information – and eventually, to missed sales and dissatisfied customers.

A managed services provider like ASL Group can ease this process by providing a connectivity audit and creating a tailored telephony and internet package, which can be scaled up to handle periods of high demand and guarantee a stable connection. New eased lines can also be installed to provide a dedicated corporate channel that can handle voice and data transmissions, with guaranteed speeds no matter how busy the network becomes.

Hiring staff during a business expansion


When a company expands quickly due to a sudden surge in demand, it is important to have enough staff available to meet that demand. However, expansion is a risky time financially, especially for smaller companies. Taking on permanent staff could prove to be expensive if the expansion later fails; it might be wise to consider hiring agency workers or using short-term rolling contracts to fill any staffing gaps in the interim. Those staff can later be hired on a full-time basis if the growth appears sustainable.

It is also worth considering that some departments may find themselves under more pressure than others during a period of growth. Your IT service desk, for example, might be inundated with support tickets and network access requests. Consider outsourcing some of their tasks to a managed hosting service like ASL Group for a short period of time. We can support your own engineers and technicians, installing networks and troubleshooting network jams.

Maintain a process chain during growth periods

When two companies combine or when there is a large intake of new staff, the upheaval can cause confusion between workers and the normal process can be forgotten – leading to lost work and missed jobs. Ensure that a chain of accountability remains in place for every job in the system, and take special care to track orders or handle requests. Your internet based connectivity systems are a great way to transmit information between your old and new employees quickly, and to encourage active communication between individuals and departments.

Remember to remain accountable to your clients at all times, and don’t forget to check in with your target market to assess the impact of your period of sudden growth or change. During this time, the satisfaction of your client base is paramount to the company’s success. If you are putting off customers due to ongoing technical errors, slow deliveries, poor service and other issues relating to the expansion, the growth you have achieved will eventually become unsustainable.

Mismanaged growth can be expensive

It might seem like a growing company can only be a good thing. After all, more sales mean more staff, more staff means more work, and more work means more sales. However, you must factor in future costs when you consider embarking on a significant ramping up of your business. It might be wise to secure investment that can cover future costs, allowing you to fulfill future orders and meet raised demands.

Define your growth objectives and ensure your plans are in line with your company’s goals. If you are a small startup suddenly heading to the mass market, make sure you factor in cost control and try not to devalue your product by oversaturating your chosen market.

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ASL Group will be attending The Academies Show at ExCeL London

ASL Group is a leading supplier of innovative solutions for offices and companies, and we are proud to extend the services we offer to the education service through The Academies Show, held in April of this year. Our cutting edge managed document services will be demonstrated at our exhibition stand during the one-day education event.

Come along to discover how managed document services and print hosting solutions can reduce costs within your school, and improve your school’s carbon emissions. Create a greener, more streamlined document process while improving security and reducing misuse. Hosted printing and processing ensures that all documents are stored safely, reduces waste from overprinting, and moves all vital paperwork to a central cloud database for easy access.

ASL Group is always happy to answer your questions, and we can develop specialist systems that are designed to meet your school’s specific needs. Come and speak to us at The Academies Show for a demonstration of our products and more information on how we can help you.

Managed print services

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The ultimate aim of managed print services is to reduce the cost of printing. Print services make it easier and more cost-effective for companies to produce their own documents. Managed print services can also help offices reduce their carbon footprint and make their workplaces greener, through reducing paper use and reducing misuse of the printing system.

ASL Group will be bringing our managed print solutions to The Academies Show at ExCeL London later this year, alongside other key products from our office solutions suite. Managed print services are ideal for educational establishments where use of the printing system needs to be strictly controlled, and where cost-saving is essential. We will demonstrate how MPS can provide practical support for schools, academies and training facilities.

Managed document services

Academies

Managed document services incorporates managed print services into a fully integrated document process, streamlining document production, distribution and archiving into one central channel. ASL Group’s MDS solutions are designed for busy offices, schools and public sector services where security and compliance are crucial.

Our managed document services could reduce overall costs by 30%. Recent studies show that document process management can decrease your carbon footprint by up to 60% on average. Our green, cost-effective solutions suite will be on display at The Academies Show at ExCeL London in April. Come along and see for yourself – our exhibition stand will include information about our document solutions and demonstrations of our products.

Telephony solutions

Academies

Businesses and public services rely heavily on communication systems to function, and an educational establishment is no different. Internet and telephone solutions ensure that the school is connected to the outside world and enables internal communications between departments, speeding up internal processes and increasing levels of safety and security.

Managed telephony solutions from ASL Group can include outsourced telephone switchboards and call processing centres, so you can streamline your costs and allow administrative staff to focus on more important tasks. Our cutting edge hosted telephony service will be part of our exhibition in April at The Academies Show at ExCeL London. Our representatives will be happy to answer your questions and provide more information on these services. Pop along to our exhibition stand at the trade show to learn more.


Attend The Academies Show

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The Academies Show at ExCeL London is the leading trade event for private and public schools, academies, colleges and universities. It showcases the business management elements of running a school and offers companies the chance to present their administrative and management solutions to educational establishments within their market.

Speakers at the event will include representatives from the Department of Education, along with school heads and teaching staff, Ofsted representatives and campaign group leaders. Businesses will also have a chance to share their products and skills with the education-focused audience, as exhibitors in the event’s educational trade show.

The one-day event is free to attend, and more than 3000 people are expected to take part. It takes place on Wednesday 25th April 2018, between 9am and 4:30pm, at East London’s ExCeL conference venue on the Royal Victoria Dock. Over 200 education providers will be in attendance, along with 100 speakers and a host of companies and services. ASL Group is proud to join the exhibitors and showcase our integrated document management solution for schools and educational facilities. Come along and check us out on the day.

Andrew HoyleASL Group will be attending The Academies Show at ExCeL London
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How to slash costs on your printing

We know that as a business it’s always important to keep costs as low as possible so that overheads don’t eat into profit margins. With that in mind, we also know that printing can take quite a chunk out of your budget. We’ve put together a list of some of the ways in which you can cut costs.

1. Change your printer settings

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This is one of the simplest ways to save money. Most printers come with settings you can adjust to reduce your waste and thus your costs. This can lead to immediate savings. Below we list some of the most common settings that can be changed:

Duplex printing – Double-sided printing is one of the easiest ways to cut your printing costs. For every two printed pages, double-sided printing only uses a single sheet of paper. This is ideal for basic print needs.

Draft mode printing – Lots of printers come with the option of printing in “draft” mode which effectively lowers the DPI of the printer, which results in a lighter print that uses far less toner or ink. This is perfect for printing office documents to make internal copies.

Multiple pages per sheet – If you find your business prints quite a lot of text-heavy documents or slideshows, then by printing on multiple pages, you reduce your paper use dramatically and thus your printing costs.

Limiting colour – Black and white printing is perfectly decent for the majority of print jobs for the office. So you can adjust the settings of the printer to print in colour only when vital.

2. Simplify your paper supply

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When you have lots of different paper options, it can sometimes result in more waste and more cost. For the majority of offices, reducing the paper supply can lead to large savings. For example, instead of buying paper that is specifically designed for laser or inkjet printers, purchase a multipurpose paper. This type of paper typically costs less than speciality paper but works just as well.

3. Set up permissions and rules

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Sometimes people “overprint” and you may not be aware that if you set up some form of tracking, you can create restrictions and permissions. This is a great way to monitor excess and gain control of costs. The easiest way to do this it to use passwords. To make copies or print something, you will be required to enter a password or ID number – you can then monitor who is printing via that number.


4. Use managed print services


One of the best solutions is to take away the headache of managing your printing services by outsourcing to a managed print service provider. This style of service monitors your business and helps you make the required adjustments to help optimise the use of your assets and control costs. You typically find that a managed print service includes:

A tailored service: If your business doesn’t have a formal print strategy, then a managed print service team can help implement one that is tailored to your business. They provide information on usage to meet your company’s requirements and size whilst helping to address any weaknesses that have been identified. This personal touch means your business is getting a service that you know will work for them.

Cost control: When you gain better insight into your printing habits, this allows you to reduce costs by optimising your environment.

Supply delivery: All your supply levels are monitored remotely and then shipped to your business automatically.

Proactive support: A managed print service will typically provide 24-hour remote monitoring and can catch problems early-on and fix them before they can cause havoc to your system.

One invoice: No need for multiple invoices and confusion, as the process for suppliers will be streamlined and you’ll only need to make one payment for all your printing needs.

If you’re interested in streamlining your needs whilst reducing the cost of printing for your business, then check out a managed print service. It’ll not only make your business life less stressful when it comes to managing printing costs and needs, but it will also save you time and money too! Check out how your business could benefit from a managed print service from ASL today.

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Connectivity solutions: the benefits

In the modern business, telephones and internet are at the heart of every operation at every level. Without a reliable internal and external communications system and a consistent internet connection, many companies would simply grind to a halt. Even a few minutes of downtime can be extremely expensive for your business – and a slow or inefficient communications system could be costing you more than you think.

Having a flexible communications system means your business can scale its data and connectivity needs to seasonal surges and dips, or step up its connectivity demands during periods of expansion and growth. Managed solutions for telephony and internet can keep costs down by adapting the service to your current needs.

Solutions tailored to your needs


Every business is different, so the one size fits all approach to connectivity is unlikely to work. There are two common mistakes businesses often make when selecting a telephone and internet package: they go for the cheapest package that meets their needs, but risk downtime whenever the network becomes overstretched; or they opt for an overly expensive package filled with extras they do not need.

By choosing a managed services company like ASL Group, your business benefits from a more flexible and efficient set of connectivity solutions. Communications packages can include elements such as leased lines, superfast and assured broadband, hosted telephony and corporate mobile solutions. The tailored package will be created after a full audit of your existing systems and analysis of your business needs, ensuring you get a cost-effective solution that meets all of your needs.

Why good connectivity matters

When a telephone system or internet connection goes down, your business is essentially closed until the fault is corrected. Your staff often become unable to do their jobs, your company data may be inaccessible, your customers may be unable to reach you and you may even lose sales. The true cost of downtime is hard to calculate, but experts suggest that thousands of pounds are lost for every minute that an average sized business loses connectivity.


Reliable, secure internet


The internet connection is the backbone of the modern business, and even the telephone systems rely on a stable connection. Businesses like yours need a fast connection that can handle large amounts of traffic, even during peak times. Options available include ADSL, EFM and leased line installations. Leased line packages often include provisions for voice transmissions and a standard telephony system can be easily integrated into the line.

ADSL broadband is faster than your home internet and includes more security features, so it should suit smaller business operations where there is low-level pressure on the communications system. Superfast broadband is around five times faster and it can handle heavier traffic, making it an ideal companion to hosted internet and telephony solutions. Assured broadband and leased line packages – including cheaper ethernet or EFM lines – give your business a dedicated channel for communications, without vying for bandwidth.


Telephony hosting and connectivity


Managed services and telephony hosting are the ideal option for businesses who want to streamline their in-house services and cut their operating costs, without compromising on the quality of their connectivity systems. Through managed hosting and cloud services, you can shift communications offsite while maintaining security standards – ensuring no call is dropped and no signal is lost. Hosted services can act as switchboards to reroute incoming calls, and as servers to carry phone and internet signals securely and quickly.

Business mobile networks can also help to maintain communications inside your business, enabling your workforce to become more mobile and dynamic within their own roles. A secure business network for mobile transmissions can protect data transmitted internally, even when employees are away from the premises, and can be fully integrated with the telephone system. The bespoke mobile service is a cost-effective way to connect your employees, and avoid the risks associated with unauthorised personal devices.


F
inding the right connectivity solutions


ASL Group has a full suite of connectivity solutions available for our clients, from leased lines and superfast broadband to hosted telephony solutions. To determine your own connectivity needs and get the most cost-effective solutions for your business, arrange a consultation with ASL Group today. Submit an online query now and we will get back to you to arrange your connectivity audit.

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The benefits of leasing photocopiers

Photocopiers are essential items of equipment for most offices and business users, but the costs associated with buying a photocopier can be off-putting, to say the least. There are alternatives to going down the route of buying your new photocopier, for example leasing your machine may well prove a more viable and cost-effective option.

Leasing your photocopier provides a variety of benefits and helps spread the costs of an upmarket modern machine, making it more affordable to move up to a more technologically advanced copier to enhance your business operations. Leasing is an effective form of financing major equipment for any business and offers significant advantages over purchasing when applied to photocopiers and other major office equipment.

Advantages of leasing photocopiers

Some of the principal advantages you’ll find when leasing your photocopier are discussed below:

1. Use state of the art machinery

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Buying a photocopier may be a bad business decision as models can be obsolete within a short period of time, meaning you’ve paid out a large sum of money for a product which is no longer suitable for your requirements or does not perform at the optimum levels required by your growing business. Taking your new photocopier on lease terms helps you plan your budget by cutting out any commitment for a major, upfront purchase and reduces your payment to a more manageable and smaller regular outgoing.

2. Tax-deductible

Your photocopier lease payments are fully tax deductible, meaning your company benefits from claiming back the total amount paid for the photocopier, whether you pay monthly or annually. You will just need to enter the photocopier lease payments into your accounts as a legitimate business expense. If you go ahead with purchasing your photocopier, it will need to be entered into the accounts as a capital item, which means you can only claim back a percentage of the total cost in depreciation every year.

3. Easy upgrades

Reducing Print Waste

Your leased photocopier will feature the very latest technologies and, what’s more, you’ll be able to upgrade the machine and trade up to a new model or a copier which operates at higher speeds and volumes if required. If you buy your own photocopier it will depreciate in value and you’ll need to buy your next new model when it becomes obsolete.

4. Save resources

Locking your business capital into an expensive photocopier purchase is not a good use of resources. It makes far more sense to use your capital for business expansion or to purchase business equipment that will appreciate in value over the long term. Leasing your photocopier allows you to reserve business capital for other business opportunities.

5. ROI

Your leased photocopier provides a return on investment via increased productivity levels, higher print quality and cost savings due to affordable payments. The latest technological advances will be incorporated into your new, leased photocopier, making it cheaper to run on a daily basis due to reduced electrical resource requirements and copying speeds will be faster to maximise employee efficiency within your business.

6. Maintenance

If you buy your own photocopier you will need to pay for regular maintenance and repairs when it breaks down and may be tempted to cut corners by using less reputable engineers and mechanics. With a leased photocopier you will generally find maintenance and regular services are included within the lease agreement and qualified engineers will ensure the smooth running of your machine at all times. This can save your business a good deal of expense and time over the long term and ensure your photocopier is always available for business use. Trained and knowledgeable customer support agents employed by your leasing company may also be available to talk you through ongoing photocopier issues and breakdown problems you are experiencing with the machine.

7. Multi-functionality

Modern photocopiers are multi-functional machines, giving users all the advantages of the most recent technology, including scanning, faxing, pdf writing, document management and colour printing. Your new, leased photocopier will be an asset to the office and can be used to replace a variety of obsolete machines and equipment.

ASL Group provides a range of print solutions to businesses of any size. Contact our sales team to discuss more ways in which leasing your photocopier will prove beneficial to your business.

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The four types of connectivity solutions offered by ASL

A good connection to the internet is no longer just an advantage for today’s companies, but is an absolute necessity. Of course for some the internet is more vitally important than it is to others, but essentially there are few businesses around today that can carry out their day to day activities without a good connection.

At ASL we offer more than one type of internet connection, this makes it easier to choose the right option for you and means you needn’t ever overspend nor have a service that isn’t fast or robust enough for your needs. These four types of connectivity are: ADSL Broadband, Fibre Broadband, Leased Line (including EFM) and Assured Broadband. Which one you choose will come down to a number of factors which may include budget, internet usage, how essential consistent connectivity is and also whether you want to integrate additional services such as hosted telephony. Getting to grips with these different types of connectivity is easier than it sounds. Read on as we explain the four main types of connectivity solution we offer here at ASL.

ADSL Broadband

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ADSL Broadband is a widespread choice; it’s your everyday high-speed internet connection. ADSL Broadband is most certainly an upgrade from home broadband as it is much more resilient and also faster. The true benefit of this option lies in its accessible price point. It’s the perfect choice for small companies who won’t fully utilise one of the more comprehensive connection options. It’s also a good choice for start-ups who are trying to keep costs low in their first year as they grow. In some instances, a business that may be large in terms of employee numbers and output, but doesn’t extensively use the internet, will also find that ADSL Broadband more than meets its needs.

Fibre Broadband

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You may have heard of this through its other common name; Superfast Broadband, or perhaps as ‘Fibre Optic Broadband’. Fibre Broadband provides a speedier internet connection than ADSL, that can easily handle most of the needs of the modern busy workplace. In fact it can be as much as five times faster than standard ADSL Broadband. It’s the ideal choice for successful and busy SMEs or perhaps for growing firms looking to invest a little more for a superfast connection.

One key advantage of Fibre Broadband is that it allows firms to take advantage of hosted services without the need to invest in additional and often expensive dedicated connectivity.

Leased Lines

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Leasing your own private line in to the world wide web is the only choice for many offices, especially medium to large businesses, business that have high internet usage or depend on constant high speeds, and also firms looking for excellent security. It is the ultimate business-grade solution used not only by large businesses but also educational establishments and local governmental offices.

This is a good choice for businesses who simply can’t afford to be without internet connection, ever. It’s also the ideal solution for those that don’t even want to suffer a slow down or a drop in the service. This uncontended line will not be used by anyone apart from those in your office, making it extremely resilient and also boasting excellent speeds for downloading and uploading, unhindered by the activities of the office or housing block next door.

When it comes to leasing lines there are a few options available, although most choose Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM). This option is quick to install and costs less than a standard type of leased line. This doesn’t come at a compromise in terms of either resilience or speed however.


Ass
ured Broadband

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Assured Broadband is a specialist choice which is recommended for those using our hosted telephony services. Assured Broadband connectivity comes with guaranteed levels of bandwidth and performance and allows for excellent quality voice calls to be made over it.

If you have any questions about which is the right connectivity choice for you, then please get touch with a member of our team here as ASL who can advise you as to the correct connectivity solution for your office.

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Legalex 2018: ASL Group to exhibit at the UK’s biggest legal expo

ASL Group is proud to announce its appearance at this year’s Legalex trade show, which takes place at the Excel London on March 21st and 22nd 2018.

Legalex is the UK’s original and fastest-growing legal showcase event. It is designed to help ambitious law firms connect with businesses, and to enable them to find solutions to facilitate development. It boasts some of the biggest names in the industry and features a variety of keynote speakers over two days which promise to be information-filled and entertaining.

Some of the speakers at this year’s event include:

Chris Fawcett of Lloyds Banking Group, who will be offering top anti-fraud advice and intelligence.
Richard Hugo-Hamman of LEAP Legal Software, who will be providing an insight into digital conveyancing.

Karen Dunne-Squire of Elation Experts, who will be imparting invaluable advice on achieving business growth.
Chris Bull of Nine Feet Tall, who will be offering his opinions on the modernisation of law firms.
Vince Warrington of Protective Intelligence, a cybersecurity expert.

Brett Johnson of AnglerPhish Security, poacher-turned-gamekeeper and America’s former most-wanted cyber-criminal.

What ASL is bringing to Legalex


As a provider of several essential services to the legal profession, ASL will be offering advice on how to streamline technical and administrative processes to increase productivity, save time and reduce costs on a daily basis.

By employing one or more of the following services, law firms can improve their working regimen, improve customer satisfaction and provide a better user experience:


Managed print services

asl group ltd print services solutions

Printing costs can be a bugbear within the legal profession. Printed contracts, correspondence and official documentation is the backbone of communication across the industry, and the costs can soon add up. By utilising managed print services from ASL Group, law firms can benefit from reduced hardware and consumable costs, improved printer security, reduced paper use and more predictable administrative outgoing costs.

By choosing to partner with ASL, solicitors and law practices can even reduce the amount of time and money spent on printer-related IT issues. Instead, this frees up the team to concentrate on more business-critical tasks.

ASL works with law firms to establish their print needs. After this initial assessment, the most efficient print requirements are put into place to provide a solution suited to all budgets. With high-quality devices from renowned brands like HP, Canon, Ricoh and Epson, law firms are free to concentrate on complex conveyancing and legal tasks, safe in the knowledge that all printing needs are covered.

Managed document services

Reducing Print Waste

Optimising document processes can improve efficiency, reduce costs and help the environment. ASL’s managed document solution offers five core benefits to law firms. These are:

• A reduction in document production costs by an average of 30%
• Improved productivity, allowing law firm staff to focus on more important tasks
• Environmental savings – typically, a 60% reduction in carbon emissions can be achieved

• A more secure document generation process
• Compliance with national and international standards

By combining first-class print and copy accounting software (Papercut MF) with a well-respected document retrieval and archiving system (FileStar), ASL Group delivers the ultimate solution when it comes to reducing unnecessary document reproduction and facilitating the quick tracking-down of important documents when they are needed the most.

Telephony solutions

Communication is the basic foundation of any successful law firm, and ASL provides several services designed to facilitate seamless corporate communication. These primary services are network connectivity, business mobile solutions and cloud telephony systems.

Hosted cloud telephony systems help to streamline the way staff communicate internally and externally, enabling them to work together more productively. In law, a lot of important business is conducted out of the office. Business mobile accessibility allows for lawyers to contact the office or other important parties during breaks in court proceedings or while overseeing important legal documentation signings. Network connectivity ensures all computer systems can access cloud or server-based files and allows for quick research and communication with clients and employees.

See what ASL Group can do for you at Legalex

To find out more about how ASL can help improve productivity and reduce the ongoing cost of printing and communication in your business, why not come and see us at Legalex this year? Our team of friendly and experienced managed document service professionals will be exhibiting for the entire event and will be ready and waiting to discuss your requirements.

Andrew HoyleLegalex 2018: ASL Group to exhibit at the UK’s biggest legal expo
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