All the team here at CAP2 would love to wish you a very merry festive season!

This year, instead of using our budget to buy sparkly, shiny seasonal cards, we decided to donate the funds to charity. We’re delighted to have done so, and our £75 saved on cards has gone to the wonderful Crisis charity, helping to end homelessness throughout the UK this December.

 

All the info on Crisis is available at https://www.crisis.org.uk/

 

Sam’s seasonal CoursePro top tips – week 1!

The tinsel is out, the tree is nearly through the front door and the seasonal stuffing has just been frozen. It can mean only one thing.. it’s nearly time for you know what…

The beginning of the new January term!!

To make sure all you happy CourseProers are ready for year 2018, our excellent Trainer Sam, takes you through her top tips every week until Christmas.

Her weekly blog will feature lots of help and guidance on all things CoursePro!

Let the festivities begin!

Hi everyone, thanks for taking a look at my weekly blog. Hopefully by reading my top tips, you might learn something new about CoursePro and be able to rest even more assured over Christmas that the new year will bring continued success for your business!

This week, I’m going to focus on GDPR. The new Data Protection Act.

I wanted to kick off my blog section with the changes that will be impacting you. In the coming weeks, we will start asking you for your URL name and user login before we can access your account when answering your phone calls – so please be ready for this and get into into the habit as it’s here to stay!

GDPR will be enforced from 25 May 2018. It affects all organisations that hold personal data on EU citizens, regardless of where the organisation is based in the world.

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The consequences of a data breach can be severe. Potential fines under the GDPR range up to €20m or 4% of worldwide, annual turnover – whichever is higher.

We have a great project team here at CAP2, working continuously to put systems in place in order to keep CoursePro as a product up to date, in accordance with the new GDPR regulations.

To give you a little more detail on the new data protection regulations, we’re working hard our end to ensure it’s all simple for you.

We, as ‘Data Processors’ will be making changes to the software to ensure you as ‘Data Controllers’ have a compliant system. We are focusing on all the aspects of the regulations that will impact you, mainly including;

– Consent – A new User Interface will be added where Consent will need to be taken at Point of Sale. This can then be managed if the customer wishes to change their level of consent. We will be also looking at some tools to help you communicate to your existing customers about consent.

Right to be forgotten – We will ensure there is functionality for a customer to be forgotten from the system. Our current thinking is there information will still be in the database for reporting etc but the information will be anonymised.

By the way, we’ve decided to donate our seasonal card budget to charity this year, you can check out the charity here!

I’m more than happy to be contacted via email if you have further questions at samantha.holcombe@cap2.co.uk .

Thanks everyone!

 

Latest research shows UK sport stats

 

We all know the important part that sport plays in a healthy lifestyle. Physical exercise reduces risk of disease whilst delivering long term benefits to the participant.

But as a business, depicting the importance of sport within the economy can be harder to outline.

Recent UKsport stats show just how important sport is to businesses and the wider economy in the UK:

According to UKsport, the value of Olympic and Paralympic sport now stands at £19bn. For perspective, that figure makes Olympic and Paralympic sport larger than entire other sections of the economy, such as the water, agriculture, forestry and fishing industries.

These stats alone show the immense size of the sports industry to the UK economy, and with these stats not including the likes of Golf, Football and Rugby, this figure barely scratches the surface.

 

So what are we doing to utilise sport’s current position of strength?

 

Here at CAP2, we’re working with hundreds of sports providers across thousands of locations to ensure the sports sector remains as strong as ever.

Our software enables clubs, leisure centres and course providers the chance to enhance the way they run their business. From a ‘Control Centre’ admin tool that acts as your virtual reception, a ‘TeacherPortal’ assessment and registration tool for your teachers/coaches to use in-class on a phone/ipod/tablet and a ‘HomePortal’ designed to allow parents to catch-up on their child’s progress in-class, CoursePro is the new way for sport to remain at the forefront of technology.

Interested? To find out more click this link and choose your sport.

An inspiring trip of learning, friendship and development across the Atlantic to Toronto.

 

It’s not very often that you can be up for twenty four hours straight after an eight hour flight across the Atlantic and still have the energy, excitement and passion of a five year old child at Christmas, barely able to sleep because of the excitement of the following day!

Thanks to Jonas Software Group, I’ve had an amazing opportunity and experience that has made me want to jump around in excitement for the entire duration of the trip.

CAP2 is a part of the large and friendly Jonas Software Group. One of Jonas’s key values is to invest in over 2000 of their talented employees by giving them the training, development and education required to excel in the future. I was lucky enough to be selected in the very first Jonas Software Academy which selected around fifty employees with great potential to be future business leaders in the Jonas Software Group.

 

The Early Bird Catches The Worm

 

It was 4am on Saturday morning, pitch black outside and only the sound of the roaring traffic from the M4 filled the air. Despite it being so early in the morning, I was awake and ready to go on the trip which would change my views and attitudes forever.

Catching the flight to Toronto, Ontario, Canada at 9AM in the morning and arriving in downtown Toronto at around 1PM after a long eight hour flight, was the first leg in my journey. We were booked into the Le Germain hotel in the centre of Downtown Toronto for the first night, the hotel was something to be amazed by, with its sleek open plan fashionable rooms and light switches which looked like they came straight out of a futuristic Sci Fi movie. Heading into downtown Toronto I started to meet some of the talented individuals which would also be attending the Jonas Software Academy. Many talented individuals were attending the Jonas Software Academy from many backgrounds, departments and countries. It was a great and inspiring opportunity to meet so many people from so many different companies and backgrounds.

Exploring downtown Toronto was an amazing time for me, coming from the countryside where the only views are the endless fields of sheep and cattle, coming to Toronto and seeing the amazing high rise buildings and architecture of an amazing and historical city left me in a state of constant awe and passion for the amazing city.

 

 

 

The next morning I got to explore the city some more, we had the opportunity to have dinner in the CN Tower, however sadly Toronto was suffering from a bad storm which made visibility from the tower slightly tricky! The CN tower was completed in 1976 and up until 2007 was the tallest tower in the world. The tower overlooks downtown Toronto and on its top floor has a high end restaurant for people to enjoy the sights of the city. Heading up in the lift which takes less than 30 seconds to travel over 550 meters, I notice the visibility had improved and during dinner with my colleagues I managed to grab some shots of the city. On the lower floor of the CN Tower there is an area you can stand on a piece of glass and look straight down over 550 meters to the floor, which is not for the faint hearted!

 

The following day we headed into Orangeville, Ontario to the location that the Jonas Software Academy was being held (Hockley Valley) and we took a bus into the countryside around Toronto to Hockley Valley. We arrived at Hockley valley and were introduced to Barry Symons the CEO of Jonas Software. Barry spoke about the importance of the investment of the staff and the opportunity we have to achieve almost anything!

 

The event was split over two days and contained workshops and presentations by talented individuals working in Jonas Software. It was a great opportunity to learn about various departments and best practices among the Jonas group. As-well as learning a great deal about the company, it was also a great opportunity to meet and learn from new friends and and colleagues.

 

Aside from the amazing presentations by many talented people we also had a team building exercise where we had to build a mini golf course out of packaged food products, this caused for some memorable and hilarious moments, over $600 of food afterwards was donated to the food back in Orangeville which would create over 400 meals. Overall it was a great and inspiring time for me and everyone who attended and really showed me how fortunate I am to be in a company who truly cares about its employees.