Having previously managed growing businesses and worked in private practice advising and working on behalf of SME owners and managers, the Inform Direct team are familiar with the responsibilities of directors of limited companies. We also understand that you want to be able to focus your time on growing and developing your business – rather than becoming a company secretarial expert. We passionately believe that managing your company’s records can and should be easier.
That’s why we’re committed, across everything we develop as part of Inform Direct, to meeting the following needs:
- You want software to be user-friendly, without the need to attend a training course or read a manual. Inform Direct’s processes are streamlined and geared to help you complete key tasks easily. Online help can be adjusted so you see as much or as little of it as you need. On top of that, you can always access professional support from a human being.
- You want to be able to get started straight away rather than spending time downloading software. Being web-based, Inform Direct can be accessed anywhere, any time and without annoying software updates to install just when you want to complete something in a hurry. All of your data is secure.
- You want a solution that’s intelligent and does the work for you. In Inform Direct, you only need to update details once. As it knows when forms need to be sent to Companies House, it does this for you automatically when you make changes – no need to remember when a CH01 needs to go or looking up which is the correct form to appoint a director. Inform Direct also automatically updates your company registers so you don’t have to maintain paper books.
- You want a cost-effective solution. While your record-keeping obligations may grow alongside your company, you want an alternative to buying in resource or paying for a costly and overly complex package. With Inform Direct, the features you need are covered by a single transparent subscription payment – there are no expensive add-ons you need to buy and no additional filing fees.
This is only the beginning of the Inform Direct journey. The business owners and managers who helped shape our thinking have given us some further suggestions on areas in which Inform Direct could help them in the future. For instance, we know there’s more records you may want to maintain beyond the statutory books. You’ve told us that you want to be able to create, manage and store company documents in one place. We also know that some companies share their record management and filing responsibilities with an accountant or other third party – but that you still want to maintain overall control.
Many of you want to open up efficient communication methods and give more tools to your shareholders and potential shareholders. One lament we hear from shareholders who are not part of the executive is the length of time between a share transaction happening and them getting to know about it. Inform Direct will provide companies a simple way to address this issue and, for those who want it, a ready way to trade more easily in the company’s shares.
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Keep an eye on our blog where, alongside useful technical discussions, we’ll also post details of future enhancements. Better still, get in touch and let us know what you think of Inform Direct and what else it can do to help you manage your company and its records. This is an exciting journey for us and we look forward to making it with you.