We at Hardsoft are proud to announce that we have successfully secured a lease contract to supply Hasselblad the world’s premier camera manufacture with new Apple Macs’s on our flexible lease option. Hasselblad UK have taken delivery of three highly specified Apple Mac Pros, which are installed at their UK head office in Borehamwood, Herts. Many photographers may well see them as they pop in. Hardsoft have been supplying IT and Photographic products through our Flexi Lease Program for many years. In fact the owner of the Cambridgeshire Franchise , David Hawkins, has fifteen years experience in Architectural photography.As a photographer, keeping up with digital age and the competition is important to stay ahead of the game, but so is hanging on to that hard earned cash. Our Flexi Lease program will not only give the equipment you need today but enable you to maximise your cash flow. HardSoft can provide a bespoke Mac , including the new 12 core Mac Pro with accessories and software such as Adobe, Aperture etc on a three year lease with hardware support and warranty and optional accidental insurance cover
Andrew loves computers and the way the market is evolving to a 'pay as you go' model against the old methodology of CapEx spending. A background of sourcing lease financing for Start Up businesses means he is perfectly place to provide insightful commentary on computing for new businesses.
So you’ve got a new start business and you want to lease your IT equipment. What do you need to do, and how does it work? If you are a new business you are probably well aware of how difficult it is to establish a credit history, as well as how traditional financing methods such as banks can be difficult to deal with. HardSoft can provide from £1,000 to £15,000 of lease finance to new businesses, which can include both hardware and software.
Here we explain our simple application process for new start businesses:
- The first step is to establish whether you are a homeowner.
- If you are a homeowner, we will ask you for bank statements (either business or personal) in order to assess your ability to meet the lease repayments. If you are not a homeowner, we will ask you to provide a guarantor, such as a director, shareholder, or relative.
- Unfortunately, if you’re unable to provide a guarantor we won’t be able to proceed with your lease application.
- Once you have provided your bank statements, we will review them to prove you can cover payments.
- A Limited Director’s Indemnity may be requested if you have set up a new Limited Company.
- If we cannot be satisfied that you would be able to make the repayments on your lease we will not be able to proceed with your application.
- If you are looking for an amount in excess of £10k we will request to see your business plan or proof that you have external investment in your business.
- Once we have seen either your business plan or proof of external investment we will complete your application and proceed with any credit searches.
- If you are requesting less that £10k we will complete your application and proceed with any credit searches.
The first payment will be equivalent to one month’s payment, which can be paid by debit or credit card. Occasionally we may require the lease to be over 24 months (rather than 36) and a deposit of three months maybe requested should the ability to repay be difficult to assess.
Leasing remains the most tax efficient method of acquiring new computers – just ask your accountant! – and here are some reasons why you will want to finance new computers with a lease:
- You can use the equipment immediately without having to pay the full cost price, keeping your cash flow intact.
- You will be able to keep other financial arrangements available to you, such as credit and bank loans.
- You can budget effectively because your repayment costs will remain fixed for the duration of the lease agreement.
- You can offset lease payments against your annual taxable profits.
If you would like to learn more about leasing, or find out what is the best equipment for your requirements, get in touch with our knowledgeable sales team who will be happy to talk through the process and products available with you. Contact email@example.com or 020 7111 1643.
We know our customers and blog readers are pretty savvy when it comes to technology, but just in case you were wondering NAS stands for Network Attached Storage.
In recent years we’ve all been storing more and more information in ‘the cloud’, entrusting some of the most important things in our lives to third party companies who we hope are trustworthy. We obviously don’t want to return to the days of saving everything onto those temperamental floppy disks, but local Network Attached Storage (NAS) is available and there may be more reasons to start using it than you’d think.
What is NAS?
Most data storage options that you’ll be aware of are either cloud based, such as Google Drive or Dropbox, or local, such as an external hard drive. A NAS is hard drive which is connected to a network, so it’s a mixture of the cloud and local storage options.
A NAS is connected to a network, so it can be accessed by any number of PCs within that network, unlike a external hard drive which can only be connected to and accessed by one computer at a time. They are similar to external hard drive in terms of functionality, but unlike them NAS devices usually have a form of built-in operating system adding software functions such as media streaming and remote access.
If you use a cloud storage service like Google Drive, you are in effect renting space on a network connected drive that belongs to someone else, giving you access as long as you’re connected to the internet. Using a NAS gives you this access without having to hand over your data to another company.
You can configure a NAS to support Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) which is where two, or more, hard drives are connected together to add extra redundancy – storage of data on all of the drives – to act as a fail safe should one of the hard drives fail.
How do you calculate your storage?
Did you know your NAS wont give you 100% storage capacity? So 3 x 3TB, wont give you 9TB storage but 5.4TB, this is because the redundancy mentioned above to ensure your data is always safe uses 30% of your capacity. However 3 x 3TB could store 1 Million Photos or 17M large data documents. Drobo have a great storage calculator which you can use to help decide which storage is right for you.
Why do I need redundancy?
Redundancy protects data against drive failure in real time. This means if you are working on a file and one of the internal drives in a RAID fails, the storage device can continue to work normally. (Some RAID setups can even survive when two drives fail). It will give you an indication that one of internal drives has failed, allowing you the chance to back up important data and replace the failed drive with another one.
The slight drawback of a NAS is, as mentioned above, you may need more or larger drives than you at first thought in order to achieve the same storage space.
HardSoft can help
We have various NAS storage devices to lease such as the unique LaCie 2big Dock Thunderbolt 3, which meets all your storage needs in one unit. Connect your digital camera, charge your phone, or connect a shuttle drive using the front facing USB 3.0 Hub. Use the SD and CF card slots at the front to download files from all of your other devices, such as a GoPro®, or even a drone. You can power your laptop whilst you daisy chain using the dual Thunderbolt 3 ports. The display port allows you to connect to 4K and high resolution displays. Get universal compatibility with USB-C and USB-C 3.0 via an adapter cable. The LaCie 2big Dock is available to lease from HardSoft from £5.95 + VAT per week.
Have you seen it? iOS 11 I mean… it is killing my phone battery (turn off Background App Refresh in Settings- General) until they iron out those cheeky little App bugs that keep us on our toes. They have finally made a file app though, hallelujah!!
When I go into schools and explain that all of the work they save to their iPads will usually be found in the camera roll, I can hear the collective sigh. We all take pictures of recipes and letters all the time… followed by 500 hundred pictures of our kids/ pets and selfies, only to have to go and fish the information we need at a later date. Yes, you can find your documents in Pages or save to iBooks, but all of those PicCollages and pictures of students work can be a real pain to find at a later date.
Finally we have a ‘file’ app to save all of our stuff to! It is a bit Windows but it’s just what was needed and a real relief! Now, when you save your work, you do not have to scroll through photos or open each app individually, you can find them all in one place!!! Yes, it has been a long time coming, I could organise my work like this, once upon a time on a floppy disk… but at least it had arrived! Using your new files app, you can organise, search and browse all of your files. Helpfully located on the bottom dock, this dock can be accessed by just pushing the home button from any screen and it can be customised with your favourites.
The Split view of the multitasking option with the iPad also works better. I was pleased when the split view appeared with iOS 9 but found it fiddly and easier to double click the home button to switch between apps. Now that the home button brings up the dock it is much easier to use the split screen effectively. This is great for school users who often need two Apps open at once. I can now put my phone down… no need to have both devices open at the same time! Even more excitingly, you can use both open apps at the same time. You can drag and drop files, making it so much easier to move a picture in to a piece of work, not having to save it and then insert it.
All of these changes and advances are going to make a huge difference to school users. The fluidity between apps adds a new level of ease which has been missing. Make sure you update to iOS11 today to ensure you can make the most of your iPad in education.
HardSoft are not only an authority on leasing but also IT. We have highly trained experts on hand to assist with all of your technology needs. HardSoft also offers an operating lease, approved by your LEA, we can provide the most up to date devices to your school at the best prices. Included in your HardSoft lease is 3yrs FREE warranty and accidental damage cover. We have helped to provide many schools with their IT provision, check out our testimonials, don’t just take our word for it. For a no strings quote contact our helpful sales team on 0207 111 1643 today!
HardSoft has been trading for more than 30 years, started by our founders and brothers – Andrew and Philip Morgan – in 1982. Both have always been at the forefront of computer and IT technology and pride themselves on HardSoft’s ability to stay current and move with the ever changing landscape of the industry. Starting designing and selling computer games for the Dragon 32 back in 1983 then selling Amstrad PC’s in the early ’90’s. The HardSoft Sales team shares the ethos of Phil and Andy. Account managers are always up to date with the latest products and offers, so that we can provide you with the best kit for your needs, at the best price.
Let’s introduce you to the HardSoft Sales Team
Steve says his HardSoft sentence, so far, is 12 Years. His favourite aspect of working at HardSoft is being part of its evolution over the years. When he first started we were selling Pentiums and the fax machine was King, from orders to proposals with our lease funders, all the answers came out of it. Now we sell a huge amount of products and “The Cloud” is the new King!
When he’s not at HardSoft Steve plays rugby for Epping Upper Clapton Rugby Club, as well as badminton on a Monday evening with one of our founders Phil. Steve says “he is much better than me, but please don’t tell him.” Oops, sorry Steve! He is also a Game of Thrones and Star Wars geek. Happily married since 2011, Steve has a little boy who is now two. Oh and he has a brown Labrador named Baxter. Steve’s most proud achievement (apart from those two) is being a London 2012 Olympic Games Maker at Hampton Court Palace, standing on the finish line (opposite Princess Anne) as Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins won Bronze and Gold respectively. Interogate Steve with a Phone appointment. Book a 15 minute session. or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan has worked at HardSoft for 9 years and says he’s hoping for a gold watch next year, despite being around 30 years off of retirement age! He was lured in by what he describes as “an exceptional level of office banter” and decided to stay, and here he still is.
Ryan loves a cup of tea, and outside work loves films, and a good Netflix binge. According to Ryan he dislikes everything else – which we’re sure will please his lovely girlfriend to hear!
When we asked Ryan to share a fact that no one would know about him, he told us he dresses like a wizard at the weekend. No, we have no idea either, and we didn’t like to ask any more! Book a phone call with Ryan here or email email@example.com
Michael has been with HardSoft for 8 years, he says the best part of working here is that because it’s a family run SME business you feel a part of that family and it’s a very collaborative place to work.
Michael enjoys a good chat and talks a lot – no bad thing for someone in sales! – and he does believe he has the gift of the gab. He considers himself to be absolutely hilarious and the office comedian – his colleagues may beg to differ!
Away from work, Michael played cricket at county level up until the ago of 18 and still enjoys playing cricket to a good standard on Saturdays for his local cricket club in Harlow. When he’s not playing cricket, he enjoys eating cheese and drinking good red wine. You can get in touch with Michael here or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie is coming up to his 3rd year at HardSoft, after jumping at the opportunity to leave 3am shifts at Stansted Airport. He started out his HardSoft career as an assistant to the sales team, with a focus on learning and developing skills, website management and of course, he was the go to Tea Maker..
Fast forward a couple of years and Jamie is now a fully-fledged member of the sales team, dealing with new and existing customers on a daily basis. He enjoys working at HardSoft thanks to the fantastic atmosphere to work in, and the great social life, with nights out, boat parties and the annual Christmas trip to look forward to!
Outside of work, Jamie enjoy watching TV & Films, from Masterchef and The Great British Bake Off, to Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead – and pretty much everything else in between. Jamie says that other than nights out with his mates or enjoying a good meal out, he leads a fairly boring life – and he’s the youngest one here, that can’t be right! IOf you want to discuss things then book a telephone appointment. Or call Jamie on 020 7111 1643 Ext: 407 or email@example.com
Scarlett is the newest member of the sales team, having only been with us for 5 months. She has a previous sales background working in the City and is leading a new focus to improve our customer service even further. Scarlett grew up in Sawbridgeworth and lives not far from the office.
She is attempting to follow Slimming World, which isn’t easy when you work for HardSoft, where food is discussed from 8.30am through to 5.30pm with everyone asking “what’s for breakfast/lunch?” and “is it time for tea and cake?”. Although we’ve only ever known her to be a platinum blonde, Scarlett has changed my hair colour several times in the past and been everything from red, turquoise, purple, brown, and back to platinum. Away from the office, Scarlett has recently raised a lot of money for a local charity by doing a charity skydive, which she says “was the best experience in my life, AMAZING!”. You can get in touch with Scarlett on 020 7111 1643 Ext: 408 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our knowledgeable sales team are here to help you find the best deal possible for your business. Take a look at our website at www.hardsoftcomputers.co.uk and see what products you would like to lease from HardSoft, then give the sales team a call on any of the numbers listed above, or the general Head Office number 020 7111 1643.