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Hello and welcome!

Smatterings is something we at Software-Matters, Dorset, have put together to give you useful information, some fun, a break from your work and some money-saving offers too.

As you know we are the Dorset software development specialists but this will give you a chance to learn a little more!

We plan to make this a regular thing, so if you have any comments or input we'd be delighted to hear them.


All of our software development work comes with our Gamble-Free Guarantee:

So, if you need to...

  • ...streamline the way you work
  • ...get more done in less time
  • ...prevent mistakes
  • ...reduce stress
  • ...then call us to see if we can help.

We're not going to take on something unless it's worth your while, so you can't lose! Guaranteed.

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Fancy a drink, some chocs or a bit of spending money? You can take your pick when you refer a new customer to us!

All you have to do is tell someone you know about what we do and give them our phone number - 01747 822616. If they become a customer of ours we'll give you your reward. It really is that simple - just make sure to ask them to mention your name!

Everyone who comes to us receives a free initial consultation. And if we don't see a benefit for them in the project we'll tell them - we stand by our Gamble-Free Guarantee. You can choose a bottle of wine or champagne, a case of beer, £20 cash or a large box of chocolates for each new customer you refer to us. And you can rest assured that we will treat them well too - starting with a 10% discount on their first project!

And don't forget, referring someone to us could save you money as well! Whether it's another department in your company or someone external that you deal with, we can help them to cut their costs and work more efficiently. All of which will make your life easier, make your company run more smoothly, and hopefully make you more profit!

So what are you waiting for?! Pass on our details and choose your treat!

Can't think of anyone to refer?

a) The most obvious place to start is elsewhere in your own company. Could a project come from another department? As long as they haven't dealt with us in the past we'll reward you, and them, as promised.

b) Referrals can often come from other companies that you deal with. Do you have a supplier who often mixes dates up? A customer who loses track of their payments? Tell them about the software development we do and we'll unmuddle them!

c) Mention us to your friends and family. We know no-one wants to talk about work all the time, but a passing comment is often enough to get someone thinking about a way that we could help them.

d) Know someone who's using a database that they've outgrown? We can integrate new features into an existing database, even if we didn't design it in the first place.

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Customers Matter...
...very much to us, of course. So here's our juicy offer of the month to thank you for being a customer:
10% off any development work you ask us to do between
now and the end of 2007.
To qualify, tell us what matters most to you! Simply register your interest by ranking your top three phrases from the following list. They're all things we believe we help with, but we want to know which ones you value the most.
  • Save money by streamlining your office procedures
  • Save time so you can focus on the important things
  • Take away the stress from you and your team!
  • Increase your efficiency to lighten your workload
  • Stay in control as your business grows
  • Put information at your fingertips

E-mail with your vote by 1 October 2007, and then you will automatically qualify.

Development work means new software development/database/spreadsheet/web project, or a substantial add-on to an existing one. If you're not sure, just ask - we're not going to let you think you will get a discount if you won't.

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Word Fun

A quick quiz about some handy features in Microsoft Word - answers in the next issue!

  1. How do you stop a heading being stranded on its own at the bottom of a page?
  2. How do you stop the extra line between your paragraphs going wrong when you move text around?
  3. How can you ensure that your formatting is consistent throughout a document?

Top Tip

A computer's monitor is its most energy-greedy component. Switch off your monitor during lunch and overnight to save energy and save the planet.

Personal Profile (2008)

NAME: Philippa Turnbull

Q: OK, so we know your name, but have you ever had any nicknames?
A: Flipper and Flippety-do-da (no idea how you spell it!) are two I can remember.

Q: Where are you from?
A: England all over (Army child) - although my grandmother is Maltese.

Q: Who do you live with?
A: Husband, three fabulous small children, and a cat called Buttercup who came from a dairy farm.

Q: Which university did you attend and what did you study?
A: Cambridge and Engineering - yes, really! That's where I learnt the value of getting to the heart of a problem quickly and solving it simply.

Q: How did you end up doing what you do?
A: I set up Software-Matters, in Dorset, 14 years ago because I was unemployed in a recession and fed up with rejection. I was offered a job just before I started Software-Matters, but I turned it down!

Q: Any interesting or strange facts about you?
A: My grandfather didn't own a pair of shoes until he was 5.

Q: Tea or coffee?
A: Herbal tea, I'm afraid!

Q: What are you passionate about?
A: Sustainability (and eco stuff). Oops - was I supposed to say my husband?! Oh yes and Software-Matters!!

Q: Have you ever had anything spooky happen to you?
A: The thing that comes to mind is when I was down and out sitting in my room in a Miami Youth Hostel after being mugged. I was penniless whilst waiting for stuff to be sorted out, and I knew nobody else in Miami. I looked up as someone came into the room, and bizarrely it was a girl I recognised from my university course. She bought me supper and made me feel much better. Incredible really!

Philippa Turnbull, the creator of Software-Matters
Butturcup, the cat of Software-Matters
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Don't just take our word for it...

"I would like to say thanks to yourself and your team for all your hard work.
We are very happy with the quoting system; for the first time ever we are looking at a system in which we have confidence."

Steve Ringsell, CFN Packaging

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