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Clear Books helps raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer

This month one of our Clear Books accounting partners, Martin Briggs, is taking on the challenge to cycle from London to Paris over the course of 5 days to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. By cycling to Paris, Martin is facing a commendable challenge in an effort to help raise awareness and fund breast cancer research.


What do clients want from an accountant / bookkeeper?

We recently got in touch with our community of small business customers, asking them about their experiences with accountants/ bookkeepers and what services they they want from you. The infographic below contains the results of this survey. Cloud accounting software can change the way small businesses and accountants/ bookkeepers work together, allowing greater collaboration and more flexibility.


Vertical monitors – not such a bad idea!

An article by Mashable titled “You're Looking at It Wrong — Why the Web Demands Vertical Screens” brought up the interesting and mind bending issue of how people use their screens. It’s pretty safe to say that, at this moment in time, the majority of you reading this post on a desktop computer or laptop will have their screen in horizontal or “landscape” alignment.


Clear Books team raise money for homeless charity Porchlight

Clear Books developer Rob Aiken recently spent a night sleeping outside as part of a fundraising effort for homeless charity Porchlight. Rob joined members of Canterbury Homeless Outreach, a student-led volunteering group at the University of Kent. By spending a night sleeping outside, the group were able to gain further understanding of the difficulties faced by homeless people, and also raised awareness and funds for a fantastic cause.

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New version of Clear Books Mobile out now!

We recently launched a new version of the Clear Books mobile app. The update brings a whole host of new features, including the incredibly popular mobile scans. You asked, so we delivered. You can now upload all of your receipts to your Clear Books account, through the mobile app. With the new Clear Books mobile app, uploading receipts and documents to your account has never been easier.


Support for Internet Explorer 8 has ended

As you may know, on 8th April 2014 Microsoft ended support for Windows XP operating system. Internet Explorer 8 is the last version of the Microsoft browser that was supported by Windows XP. Due to Microsoft ending support for Windows XP, Clear Books took the opportunity to end support for Internet Explorer 8 and earlier versions on 8th April as well.


Security: Heartbleed vulnerability

On April 7th 2014, security researchers discovered a serious vulnerability (CVE-2014-0160) in OpenSSL, a very popular cryptographic library used by many websites, including Clear Books. This library ensures secure communication between server and client but also confirms the identity of the server. Although we have no indication that the attack has been used against Clear Books we are proceeding with a high level of caution because the nature of the vulnerability makes it very difficult to detect attacks.


Clear Books plc appoints three new directors

Clear Books is pleased  to announce that on 1st April 2014 Brendan McLoughlin, Paul Maunders and Elizabeth Fouracre were all appointed to the Clear Books plc board of directors. Brendan and Paul each take individual roles as non-executive directors replacing the previous corporate non-executive director position held by Fubra Limited. Lizzie joins the board in an executive role as Chief Operations Officer.


How accountants make the leap to the cloud

We recently conducted a survey of our accountant and bookkeeper partners, to get some real-life insight into the logistics of moving your practice on to cloud based software. We wanted to share these experiences with you, and pass on the valuable hints and tips given by those who have successfully introduced the cloud to their clients.

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Find out about our new training centre

As many of you may know, we recently moved to a brand new office due to the continued expansion of the Clear Books team. However, we retained our old office in West Kensington and, following  refurbishment, will be putting it to good use as a Clear Books training centre. This dedicated training space will become the new venue for our frequent events for small businesses and accountants.


Meeting the Clear Books community

Over the past 2 weeks, I have been spending time catching up with some of Clear Books' most active accounting partners. On Wednesday I took the train up to Manchester to visit Sheila Thompson, an accountant in the Cheap Accounting network and someone who uses Clear Books with a variety of different clients.

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New and improved support centre

Here at Clear Books, we’ve implemented a major design improvement to our support centre so customers like yourself (or just casual readers checking out our blog - hello!) will find and receive the help you need fast so you can do your job quickly. Big changes have been made to our “Need help?

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