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Operating in the Cloud offers huge benefits when disaster strikes

Once again we have seen disastrous floods bringing misery to hundreds, if not thousands of businesses and householders in Britain, largely in the north of England and Scotland. Despite millions of pounds being spent on new flood defence schemes insufficient protection is being provided when taking into account what most agree are changing weather patterns due to global warming.

With January being one of the accountancy sectors busiest months of the year disruption to their businesses, caused by this kind of event, can be catastrophic.

This was highlighted at the end of December 2015 in an article in Accounting Web whose journalist had spoken with a number of practitioners in Cumbria. One had described his situation as follows:

“Our downstairs was about a metre deep, we’ve had to move upstairs and we’ve lost all our computers and records.”

He told the journal that he was struggling to get conclusive answers from HMRC on precisely what allowances would be made for accountants in his position with regards to the January 31st deadline for self-assessment submissions.

Another, a managing partner with a practice that has eight offices in the region, said that they had evaded direct damage from the storms with potential disruption being ameliorated by the firm’s technology. “One of our offices is completely in the cloud” he explained. “Our other offices have Microsoft Exchange servers so people can work from home – so it’s relatively business as usual.”

HDUK is one of the biggest providers of cloud services to the accountancy sector with over 450 practices and 5000 users now benefitting from our ‘office anywhere’ hosted desktop solution. As a gesture Hosted Desktop UK is offering free setup on our hosted platform to any practice that applies before June 30th 2016, which is located in any of the recent flood affected areas. Email our sales team at contact@hosteddesktopuk.co.uk if you would like to apply.

Of course, the benefits that can be gained from operating in the cloud, especially when disaster strikes, isn’t limited to this sector alone, our services are available to SME’s of all types.

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