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Benches and parks are replacing the boardroom

This article was sponsored by Sage.

Britain is a nation of digital nomads. Half of the UK now works out of the office at least once a week, with more than one in four working out of the office every day, according to Sage UK research. Findings, conducted amongst 1,000 of its small and growing business customers, showed that 15 per cent of business people surveyed work during their commute. Some one in 20 people now make the great outdoors their office, having conducted work either up a mountain or on a beach.

Mobile working means the traditional confines of an office are becoming a thing of the past. In light of this, Sage and Real Business are launching a Twitter competition to find the most unusual places people are choosing to work. To enter, all you have to do is tweet @SageUK using #sage200, #unusualplaces and a picture of the most unusual place you have worked in, before Wednesday 10th July at 3pm. 

It could be from a restaurant, the gym, a child’s school or nursery, or – like some of the Sage survey respondents – from somewhere as unusual as a cow barn or shooting range. We want to hear from you! Enter and have the chance to win a Microsoft Surface tablet for your business.

Sage’s research suggests that mobile working can positively impact productivity, with over half of respondents saying they are more or equally productive out of the office as they are in the office. This trend is underpinned by faster broadband speeds and robust IT infrastructure, not only enabling people to access vital business information at the click of a button, but also driving a change in business culture. Software providers understand this trend is on an upwards trajectory and have designed solutions, such as Sage 200, to provide the ultimate flexibility and freedom of choice for small and medium businesses – whether inside the office or out.

Sage 200 v2013 caters for every customer need and has the potential to transform the operations both for businesses who want the best of on-premise applications and those who want to capitalise on the benefits of the web. Sage 200 v2013 benefits include:

  • Choice of deployment either online via the cloud or on-premise via the desktop. This provides the ultimate flexibility and freedom of choice for small and medium businesses;
  • A flexible payment model means that evenon-premise customers have the freedom to choose whether they pay up front or on a monthly subscription model;
  • Fully customisable both on-premise and in the cloud;
  • A new web user makes it even simpler for users to access vital business information on the road from any mobile or tablet device;
  • Businesses pay for what they use on a monthly basis, with no minimum users and just one year minimum fixed term. Customers can add or remove customers when they don’t need them, providing a flexible, low cost business solution; and
  • Developed on the Microsoft Azure platform, Sage 200 v2013 Online offers SMBs the next generation of business technology. It is fully compliant with industry standards, and managed and monitored continuously. Cloud users also benefit from 24-hour support.

Steve Attwell, Managing Director for Sage’s Small & Medium Business Division, comments: “Thanks to proliferation of mobile devices and sophisticated software solutions accessible on any device, people have the freedom to choose where they run their business be it the bedroom or a hilltop.


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