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Put the kettle on. It’s time for a break. When we’re not busy taking your calls, we spend a great deal of time considering new ways to help your business run more efficiently. But there’s no point keeping it all to ourselves, so check in here when you have a spare moment to discover the latest insights from our team.

Would you trust your business calls to a bunch of convicted criminals?

Indian Call Centres driving down costs by employing Jail birds!

We kid you not! We are flabbergasted having just read an article quoting the Indian call centre, Radiant Infosystems, who are planning to implement this bizarre idea to staff a telephone answering service. This Indian call centre has plans to help rehabilitate criminals and offer them employment while getting dirt cheap labour by employing them to staff an inbound call answering service at the Hyderabad Cherlapally Central Jail.The plan is to hire 250 of the inmates, who can earn up to £1.50 per day, (note up to £1.50 per day), to do things like handle bank account applications and insurance claim forms.

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How much would you pay for excellent customer service?

How much would you pay for excellent customer service?According to a new survey published by American Express, across the pond 7 out of 10 people are willing to spend an average of 13% more for excellent customer service.Just after I read this blog I popped into my local town, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, to shop at our local butchers, Pat Thomas, where the service is just brilliant, as is the quality of their meat and poultry. I then had a coffee at Sadlers the most comfortable coffee shop in England; the coffee is always served hot and brought to your table with a smile. One of my Saturday pleasures is reading Mike Southon's column for Entrepreneurs  in the Saturday FT at Sadlers in Faringdon.

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Is your marketing spend hitting the target?

Once upon a time back in the dark old days of the last century The Viscount Leverhulme of Lever Bros, fame said"50% of my advertising is wasted but I don't know which 50% it is!"This was so true for all businesses large or small; those with the deepest pockets could take the 50% punt, but for business owners like you and me the odds were stacked against us.In the 21st Century that's all changed with the advent of a liberal telecoms market.

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How To Get Rid of Those Unwanted Sales Calls

...allowing you to get on with running your business

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How to get rid of unsolicited sales calls - in a few seconds!Register for free at the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) by using this link http://www.tpsonline.org.uk/ctps/number_type.html and simply click on register, you can add any business or home phone number, so why not take the opportunity of stopping those unwanted calls at home at the same time! Our company has been using the Telephone Preference Service (TPS)for about three years and in our experience we have found that this has saved us both time and money as our staff no longer have to waste their valuable time answering so many unwanted, often intrusive, sales calls.

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Apprentice – Reception Service

Verbatim is a reception messaging service based on New Greenham Park. They provide “front of house” telephone reception service for a variety of companies across the UK. As The...

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We all need “Protected Time” at work!

Most of us face this type of frustration at some time, due to the constant interruptions we experience at work. So, whether you're a business owner, director, manager or executive, you need 'protected time' for those important tasks that need your undivided attention.Typical time stealers can be a knock on the door, an email popping up on screen or perhaps a voicemail or text notification, but one of the main culprits are telephone calls which can eat into our protected time at an alarming rate!Imagine the following scenario in your office -

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Staying in bed is not an option

Warning: Is Your Relationship With Your Phone Damaging Your Business Performance?As you know, economically these are challenging times.And as a small business owner you may be struggling with the feast or famine syndrome.There are times when you have lots of work on. On those occasions you’d much prefer to work undisturbed. After all, when that happens you get more done and can work quicker.But on the other hand there’s that underlying fear of what’s going to happen when you’re not busy and the work dries up.

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I Can’t Get Any Work Done Between 9-5 !

I am sure we have all said that from time to time.No matter whether you are a business owner, director, manager or executive, you have important tasks that need your undivided attention and 'protected time', says Verbatim Call Centres Director Graham Hill."When Gavin Peck and I set up Verbatim Call Centres in 1997, as an outsourced telephone reception service, we did not appreciate the role the business could play in providing 'protected time' to business owners and managers" says Graham. It's a benefit that was first brought to his attention by Nigel Temple, a small business marketing expert, who maintains that one of the key benefits he receives from using Verbatim's call answering services is 'protected time'. 

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10 Tips to Successfully Outsource Your Call Answering

Here are some key questions you want to be asking any company offering to outsource your company's call answering. After all, your main office number is often the first point of contact that prospects have when they contact your company so it's important to get that right.1. Does the company already provide a service to companies of a similar size and type as mine?Experience counts for a lot in how different calls and scenarios are handled. If the supplier works with a large client base, including companies similar to yours, they should have the ability and knowledge to provide you with what you want from a call answering service.2. How long have they been in business, and are they creditworthy?There are quite a few start-ups in the call answering industry. Are you sure they're going to last? Experience makes a huge difference, as does having trained, committed, long-term staff.

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