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May 27th 2020

HOW TO CREATE A SECURE PASSWORD

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Are you still using the simplest passwords that are easy to remember?

If so, you’re allowing yourself to become increasingly vulnerable to a cyber-attack. Nearly every website you visit insists you create an account and think of a strong password. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of using the same password every time or getting slightly creative and changing one of the characters. 

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May 22nd 2020

VIRTUAL VIEWINGS THE NEW NORM FOR ESTATE AGENTS

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The government relaxed the lock down for Estate Agents last week allowing for viewings to be taken place. However, it’s important for agencies to be able to connect with all customers whether that’s virtual or in person.

We investigated what Estate Agents have learnt from Remote Working, here are our findings...

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May 19th 2020

11 MONEY SAVING TIPS FROM LILY

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Saving your business money doesn’t have to mean reducing the quality of services and solutions you are currently using. Instead, check out these top tips from Lily on how to save money without affecting with your business. 

These tried and tested tips can produce significant savings whist improving your technology.

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May 13th 2020

LEARN NEW SKILLS AND EXPAND YOUR KNOWLEDGE

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At Lily we are always encouraging our teams to learn new skills and to grow themselves by expanding their knowledge. We have created a dedicated online platform called the Lily Performance Academy for our employees to learn about all areas of the business as well as improving their knowledge and skill set.

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May 11th 2020

LIFE AFTER CORONAVIRUS - HOW WILL BUSINESSES ADAPT?

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Boris Johnson addressed the country last night and set out a three-step plan to end lockdown on a long road to freedom.

The announcement has got everyone wondering what life after the coronavirus will look like.

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May 8th 2020

HOW MARKETING AGENCIES CAN INCREASE REVENUE WITH LILY

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Partnerships provide knowledge, growth and support and that’s why businesses should begin to focus their attention to them.

Within minutes your marketing agency can have experts in new fields, relationships you could only dream of and uncapped revenue potential.

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May 7th 2020

SWITCH AND SAVE ON YOUR BUSINESS ENERGY BILLS

BUSINESS ENERGY

Recently in the news it has been reported that oil prices went negative meaning they've had to pay firms to store it because of the lack of demand. 

Oil contributes to the rate of our Energy bills and as a result fixed rates are the lowest they have been in 3 years!

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May 4th 2020

LILY'S 1ST VIRTUAL CHARITY DAY

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Supporting charities has always been extremely important to Lily and fundraising days generally happen bi-monthly. Even in lockdown this wasn’t going to change! Several people in the business got to work and organised a Charity day with a twist – online activities only to stay within the stay at home guidelines.

Last Friday was Lily’s 1st virtual Charity day and we are very pleased to report that the day was a huge success, raising a massive £1,850 in total!

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April 30th 2020

6 MONTHS FREE MICROSOFT TEAMS FOR BUSINESS

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Video calls are now more important than ever, not only in business but in our private lives too. The value of video conferencing is not to be underestimated. It’s another way businesses can see each other without the need to travel. Here at Lily, we are supporting businesses in having better conversations with their teams, customers and suppliers within the Coronavirus lockdown by offering businesses 6 months free access to Microsoft Teams Business.

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April 28th 2020

7 TRIED AND TESTED TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR EMPLOYEE'S MORALE WHILST WORKING FROM HOME

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At Lily, we've been facing the same challenge as any other business during this difficult time and adapting to working from home. To help fellow businesses, we’ve written a list of things we have implemented to improve the remote working experience of all our staff. Let us know if you think we could add anything else to our list! 

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April 27th 2020

EARN EXTRA REVENUE THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP WITH LILY

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It’s great to see within this pandemic so many organisations working together to service the nation, the goal being to ensure everyone has the support and protection they need, such as PPE equipment, food and mental health support.

All of the above evidence that partnerships provide knowledge, growth and support and that’s why businesses should begin to focus their attention to them, because the opportunities can be endless.

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April 22nd 2020

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU FIND OUT YOUR PASSWORD HAS BEEN HACKED

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Now that people are spending more time than ever at home on their devices, security vulnerabilities are becoming a heightened threat. Many people have been signing up to new apps which open up the door to people’s data, without much in the way of security provided through their home WiFi. Businesses are able to protect personal data relating to their employees passwords whilst in the office, but what about now everyone is at home?

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April 20th 2020

6 HANDY TIPS TO BOOST YOUR BROADBAND

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It was announced last Thursday that the Coronavirus lockdown will continue for another three weeks. Yes – that’s another three weeks of sharing the Wi-Fi with the family!

If your connection is frustratingly slow and you have tested it to its limit, try these tricks to boost your broadband speed.

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April 17th 2020

COVID-19: MONEY SAVING TIPS FROM LILY

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No one wants to spend more money than they need to, so that's why we have produced a COVID-19 support document. It's full of money saving tips to take the pressure off your finances whilst improving your operations and creating efficiencies. As an extra arm of support during this difficult time, we're offering a full day free of charge consultancy. This will be a full analysis of all your current services to identify areas where savings can be achieved. 

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April 15th 2020

WEETWOOD HALL UPGRADE FROM ISDN TO SIP WITH LILY

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In this video, the 4-star luxury estate, Weetwood Hall, described how they moved their phone systems to Lily, upgrading from outdated ISDN to new SIP technology in order to improve efficiencies and save money. Once Weetwood Hall realised what they could achieve with Lily, they have started moving more and more of their infrastructure over. 

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April 3rd 2020

21 SMART TIPS TO STAY SAFE ONLINE

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We are all spending more time online due to the lockdown. For that reason, we have created a series of tips on how to stay safe online. Just because you are at home doesn't mean you are safe; be vigilant and aware online. If you're worried that your details might have been compromised, contact us for a free audit of the dark web to find your stolen passwords. 

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April 1st 2020

HOME WORKING ESSENTIALS

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To get started remote working efficiently, having the right tools is essential. Check out our list of some of the most important systems you'll need to beat the remote working puzzle. you want to know more, check out our 5 useful tips for effective home working blog for how to stay focussed and motivated when you're at home. 

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March 31st 2020

CORONAVIRUS: BUSINESS AS USUAL AT LILY

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During these unprecedented times, we wanted to ensure our customers, suppliers and partners, that Lily continues to operate as usual, with the slight amendment of remote working for the majority of our team.

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March 30th 2020

5 USEFUL TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE HOME WORKING

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Due to the latest coronavirus pandemic, most people are now working from home. As for many, workers, this is a new experience, we would like to share 5 useful tips for effective home working to help you get the most out of your day. 

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March 27th 2020

CLOCKS CHANGING MARCH 2020 - HOW TO UPDATE YOUR SYSTEM

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On Sunday 29th March 2020, the clocks will go forward and you will need to make necessary updates to your business phone systems to keep the time relevant and up to date. Please see below our user guides for making the required changes based on your system type. The good news is, if your phone system is cloud based, then you don't need to make a change! The time will update automatically.

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March 26th 2020

BT OPENREACH - COVID-19 UPDATE

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be bringing you up to date information affecting the comms industry to keep our clients informed. Please see below for the latest update regarding BT Openreach services. In line with the Government advice on social interaction and movement, Openreach will be restricting engineer visits, effectively limiting service delivery to self-installs until 1st June at the earliest.

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March 23rd 2020

FULL FIBRE BROADBAND IS HERE!

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2020’s the year, and full fibre is here! As a partner of Cityfibre, we are committed to helping them with their pledge to transform the UK’s digital infrastructure.

With more and more businesses moving to cloud communications, implementing remote working solutions and handling more data then ever before, it is time to move to full fibre.

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March 11th 2020

ARE YOU READY FOR THE ISDN SHUTDOWN?

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Recent research by Censuswide shows that 25% of businesses in the UK are still unaware of the ISDN switch off that is coming in 2025. BT are set to switch off ISDN and PSTN by 2025 and are going to move their whole network over to SIP. The current ISDN setup is deemed as outdated and in need of newer technology, just as analogue TV was switched off several years ago.

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March 9th 2020

WHY PARTNER WITH LILY?

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Our partner programme empowers other business providers to take advantage of our award-winning portfolio of comms and IT solutions. Whether you already provide similar services and want to expand your offering, or you’re looking to add another revenue stream to your business, then speak to Lily today.

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March 5th 2020

CORONAVIRUS BUSINESS CONTINGENCY PLANNING

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Serious strategy planning has started as we have been informed that we should be braced for an increase. All employers should be ready to implement strategies to protect their workforce from COVID-19 whilst ensuring continuity of operations. During an outbreak, all sick employees should stay home and away from the workplace.

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February 24th 2020

DOES YOUR BUSINESS HAVE THE RIGHT DISASTER RECOVERY MEASURES IN PLACE?

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The recent storms that have struck the UK goes to show just how devastating the natural weather can be. No matter the circumstances, your business has to be able to keep running and communicate effectively with your customers. Has your business been affected by a disaster that you had no control over?

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February 22nd 2020

LILY SUPPORTING THE LOCAL COMMUNITY OF KABALE IN UGANDA WITH TOWIE STAR

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We have been delighted to sponsor James Bennewith known to many as ‘Diags’ from The Only Way is Essex. James is a customer of ours, so we wanted to support his journey in helping children who are in crisis in Uganda by donating £500. Our donation will go towards building materials and local tradesmen.

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February 20th 2020

LILY ARE 26TH IN BEST 100 SMALL COMPANIES TO WORK FOR 2020

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Last night Lily celebrated at The Sunday Times awards dinner for being recognised in the Best 100 Small Companies To Work For 2020 with a rank of 26th out of 100! This competitive list spotlights the highest best companies index scores. We recently received our Best Companies 3 star accreditation and couldn't be prouder of achieving position 26 out of so many amazing companies.

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February 17th 2020

REDUCE YOUR ENERGY BILLS WITH FREE kVA AUDIT

Lily

If you significantly increase the amount of power you draw from the grid, you should always make sure your kVA allowance has been arranged in advance with your network operator, or you more than likely will be charged excess capacity charges by your distribution network operators. Find out more about our free audit.

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February 10th 2020

WHAT IS DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION? DOWNLOAD OUR FREE WHITEPAPER

Lily

Digital Transformation results in changes to business operations, proposition delivery and value to clients. In order to get ahead of your competition, you need to adopt a digital transformation strategy. For more information, download our FREE digital transformation whitepaper today. Click on the link below to download.

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February 6th 2020

PHONE SYSTEMS, BUSINESS MOBILES AND I.T. FOR JAY-BE

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In this video, leading bed manufacturer, Jay-Be, describe how they moved their business phone systembusiness mobiles and I.T. services to Lily, in order to save money and improve efficiencies.

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January 31st 2020

POWERFUL PHONE SYSTEM FOR WHITEGATES ESTATE AGENTS

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Estate agencies rely on the power of communication to operate their business and deliver great customer service. Having a powerful business phone system that can work across several sites is a great benefit to leading Northern estate agency, Whitegates. 

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January 14th 2020

WINDOWS 7 END OF LIFE - WHAT NOW?

Lily

As of today, on January 14th 2020, Microsoft will stop support for Windows 7. Put simply, your Windows 7 devices will stop getting important security updates that can put your business at risk of cybersecurity threats. Not only are you more susceptible to cybercrime, but you are also putting your customers data at risk, causing GDPR concerns. 

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November 20th 2019

LILY AWARDED 3 STARS IN BEST COMPANIES

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Lily is celebrating this week as we have been accredited 3 stars from Best Companies! We have upgraded as last year we were awarded 2 stars so we're really proud of the achievement and it's the highest accolade we could be awarded by Best Companies.

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November 14th 2019

I AM A SUCCEEDER - CROATIA 2019

Lily

To celebrate our company growth, this year we took our 'Succeeders' on a once in a lifetime trip to the home of Game of Thrones - Croatia! A fantastic time was had by all with great food, sunsets, sightseeing, quad biking and more. See a round up of our photos below to see what a great time the team had in Croatia 2019. 

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September 27th 2019

LILY IS 10

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Lily is celebrating ten years in business and we made sure to celebrate in style with #lilyfest2019. A festival to celebrate all our achievements over the past 10 years with our friends and family. There was non-stop entertainment; with a hog roast, BBQ, firebreathers, a human buzz wire, coconut shy and circus performers, which all made for a fun packed day!

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May 23rd 2019

TOP REASONS TO UPGRADE YOUR COMMUNICATIONS

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Upgrading your communications is a big change for a lot of businesses. You may have gotten used to your current phone system, but what if you could do better? Here are the top reasons to upgrade your communications.

The number one reason you should upgrade your communications is cost-saving. Everyone wants to save money, especially when it comes to their communications which are not only essential but can also be expensive.

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April 30th 2019

UK BUSINESSES MORE AT RISK OF CYBER-ATTACKS IN 2019, YET STILL ADMIT THEY ARE UNDER-PREPARED

Lily

New research by global insurer, Hiscox, found that 55% of businesses have suffered a cyber-attack already in 2019, a jump up from 40% in the previous year. As part of their research, Hiscox surveyed more than 5,400 small, medium and large businesses across seven countries, including the UK, Germany, the US, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Spain.

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April 11th 2019

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT UC&C

Lily

UC&C stands for Unified Communications and Collaboration. Unified Communications is a term that has been used for some time to describe the integration of communication services into one central platform. This means all your voice & telephony systems can integrate with mobile, instant messaging, presence, audio, video, web conferencing and more. 

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April 11th 2019

I.T. END OF LIFE

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Most applications and software have an end of life date, where developers will stop supporting products with updates. This is quite problematic for businesses who rely on these systems to run their business. Out-of-date systems can cause problems when used in collaboration with newer, up-to-date systems and are more vulnerable to cyber security threats.

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April 3rd 2019

IS WEAK DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE DAMAGING BUSINESS GROWTH?

Lily

Across the UK, thousands of businesses are ready to unlock their potential. We sit on the brink of a digital revolution but outdated infrastructure is holding us back more than many businesses realise. Companies the length and breadth of the UK, in every sector, are in urgent need of digital connectivity that is truly fit for purpose.

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March 29th 2019

IS YOUR I.T. SECURITY ROBUST ENOUGH TO COMBAT THE GROWING RISK OF CYBER ATTACK?

Lily

In 2019, Sonicwall launched their annual Cyber Threat report, which collects data across over 1 million sensors and more than 215 countries to put together a comprehensive analysis of the current cyber threat landscape.

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March 20th 2019

UNDERSTANDING THE DEMANDS OF THE 'ONE-CLICK' GENERATION

Lily

Imagine this, it’s 2019 and your customers are just one click away from you. Sounds too good to be true, right? Except you’re wrong, because technology today has placed the power into consumers hands to have everything they need at just one click. Technology has evolved to give consumers what they want, when they want it and – perhaps most importantly – at the speed at which they want it.

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January 9th 2019

SMARTPHONE TRENDS FOR 2019

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According to Statista, the number of worldwide mobile phone users is expected to pass 5 Billion by 2019 this year. There always seems to be year-on-year growth because smartphones are constantly evolving. There is already a clear difference in not only looks, but also power under the hood. So, what can we expect to see in 2019?

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