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Are you reasonably good at everything? Enjoy working in a small team? We're recruiting! (Thu, 30 Nov 2023)
I once saw a job advert with the headline "Are you reasonably good at everything?" and it really caught my eye.  We're recruiting now for our Telford office and that phrase actually describes the person we're looking for - someone who would enjoy being our office administrator and also would relish speaking to clients, chasing quotes, updating our systems, even learning or making use of some technical skills! The role is based in our Telford office (TF2 9FT) and is available now.  Some element of home-working might be available but you should expect to be in the office Monday - Friday.  We can be flexible on working hours, including offering a school-hours contract, if relevant. Would you like to work with us and our product Alpha Tracker? We're proud to be a Living Wage Employer (we've just had our anniversary) and we enjoy working with apprentices and seeing them develop their skills and become full-time employees - see how well Jamie and Zac did.  Other benefits of working with us at Start Software include a supportive team environment, profit-share bonuses, occasional foreign travel, a cycle-to-work scheme, a tech scheme (for buying discounted technology for home use) and a working environment based on trust and empowerment. If you would like to explore this opportunity, click here and send us your details.  We look forward to hearing from you.
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Congratulations Cath Tate Cards! Our favourite software customer is now our *award winning* favourite customer!! (Thu, 12 Oct 2023)
We had some fabulous news this week.  Our incredible software customer Cath Tate Cards has won a Henry Award - the greetings card equivalent of an Oscar!! Cath & Rosie celebrating their success We love working for Cath Tate Cards.  Their funny, sparky, quirky, rude, political, clever cards are fabulous and our software powers their amazing retail and trade business and has done for a decade or more. Congratulations again to Cath, Rosie and all of the team - here's to many more awards in the future!
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Proud of our partnership with CTT Group! What an amazing night at the British Wills and Probate Awards 2023 (Thu, 12 Oct 2023)
We couldn't be more proud of Clive, Andrew & Bob, directors of CTT Group, the headline sponsors of the British Wills and Probate Awards 2023.  Clive's keynote speech talked about their 20 years in business and their focus on innovation and software enabling them to lead the industry and change the world of estate planning for the better. Clive Ponder giving the opening address As software development partners for CTT, Dan & I were there representing Start Software to support Clive and the CTT team. Plenty of CTT freebies on the table What a venue the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel is! Our table was full of interesting people from the industry and the evening flew by - even with 26 awards to present! The two Karens with Clive Our new Legacy Portal app was launched at the event, giving clients direct access to the new, personalised, interactive estate planning reports. Screenshots of the Legacy Portal app in action Jennie Bond was presenting the awards for the 6th (and, sadly, last) time and was great fun and the ultimate professional, as usual.  She was as good on the dancefloor as she was on stage, too! Jennie Bond in action Congratulations to all of the winners of the awards presented during the event.  We're still very proud of our 2022 Legal Supplier of the Year award, for our Alpha Legal service. Clive, Bob and some of the winners Director Andrew Houston was ever-present at the ceremony and introduced the innovation award to the audience. CTT Director Andrew Houston Last, and by no means least, there was another software announcement - the launch of the AI Client Simulator, part of the adviser training offering from CTT.  We have been working on this with Piers Linney and Aalok Shukla, co-founders of Implement AI.   Advisers can test their skills and knowledge, talking to a variety of AI-powered simulated clients.  It's incredible tech and we're thrilled to be bringing this to the UK legal market for the first time. Hardeep Gill from Legacy Wills taking a look at the AI Client with Start Software's Dan
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We're supporting our partners CTT Group at the British Wills & Probate Awards 2023 (Tue, 10 Oct 2023)
We're ironing our dinner jackets and polishing our shoes, ready for the British Wills & Probate Awards 2023! Dan & Robin will be at the event, supporting our partners and headline-sponsors CTT Group. This year's event is being held on Wednesday 11 October at the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel in Manchester after outgrowing the previous venue - 600 attendees are expected! We're excited about #BWAPAwards2023 Alpha Legal/Start Software was an Award Winner in 2022 - we were proudly presented the trophy for Legal Supplier of the Year - see   This year, we're attending to support our partners CTT Group who are launching a whole range of technology innovations we have helped to create - including a new client app and an incredible AI client simulator - grab Robin or Dan for a demo! Good luck to all of the shortlisted companies - hope you enjoy your evening as much as we will!
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We been helping Student Adventures with their updated app - meet TripApp! (Thu, 05 Oct 2023)
We've been providing Alpha Anywhere consultancy to US travel company Student Adventures.  Our the last few months, we have been helping them to rebuild their amazing app for travelling students, their parents and the trip organisers, TripApp. Can we help you with your Alpha Anywhere-built project?  Check our our Q&A webinars which we run with Alpha Software on the last Wednesday of each month: "Think like a user (not a developer)" "Chatting about ChatGPT" "Monitoring and Measuring" (and many more!) Get in touch if we can help - drop an email to Robin
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