Monday, 1 October 2007

Suzanne’s Great North Run

Customer Services manager Suzanne Cain of Plum Communications has completed the Great North Run to raise money for Leukaemia Care. She raised £300 in personal sponsors and Plum will be doubling this to make a total raised of £600 for the charity. Suzanne completed the 13.1 miles half marathon in 2 hours 2 minutes, which included two stops to allow ambulances to pass whilst husband Martin who was also running to raise money for charity completed the run in 1 hours 22 minutes. It is the third time that Suzanne has taken part in the Great North Run and she beat her previous time of 2 hours 22 minutes.

Suzanne said “It was fantastic, the atmosphere was outstanding and being there was an amazing experience. I was a little disappointed not to have finished in under two hours but the delay was unavoidable and I have already booked for next year. “It was a very emotional time especially reading the stories on other people’s T-shirts of their reasons for running. Throughout the day there was entertainment from bands and even a fly over by the Red Arrows which all helped to make it a special day to remember.”

Peter Savic of Plum said “We are very proud of Suzanne and Martin and we were delighted to back her and provide sponsorship for her chosen charity. It is a pleasure to be able to support her and raise funds for such a worthy cause.”

Anyone would like to add to the sponsorship total can contact Suzanne at Plum on 0161 622 3500.

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Saturday, 1 September 2007

OpenHand helps business people stay in touch

Running your own business or being part of a busy organisation can often make you feel like you need to be in two places at once. Dashing out to meetings, sat in front of your desk answering emails or being sat in your car in a traffic jam can all slow down your productivity and add to stress levels. One way to reduce the pressure of being busy and increase workflow is to adopt OpenHand, a fully functioning ‘office on the move’ made available by simply using your existing mobile phone. For those ready to adopt, who would like to test out the technology first, Plum Communications is offering a free trial of OpenHand so you can see for yourself how this can help improve your business.

Find out more about OpenHand here:

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Sunday, 1 July 2007

SIP - The Future of Telecoms

Plum Communications is pioneering a groundbreaking new technology, which is set to revolutionise the way businesses communicate. SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) is a means of signalling and controlling interactive communication sessions. These sessions include Internet telephone calls, multimedia distribution and multimedia conferences. The uptake of SIP spells out better control over communications for businesses and has considerable cost benefits. Calling from one SIP-enabled phone to another cuts out traditional routing that occurs with traditional lines and reduces call charges considerably. The new technology delivers presence and allows users to inform others of their status, their availability, and the method of how they can be contacted before a communication session even begins. SIP also allows a geographic presence (local number) in different towns and cities.

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Tuesday, 27 February 2007

Road Safety Act 2006 comes into force

This reinforces the illegality of holding a mobile phone or data device whilst driving. If broken the new law carries a penalty of 3 penalty points on the licence, fixed penalty of £60 and a fine of up to £1000 for cars and £2500 for goods vehicles and public transport vehicles.

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Monday, 26 February 2007

Avaya Launches IP Office 500 and Version 4 Firmware

Avaya Launches IP Office 500 and Version 4 Firmware in the UK. Improved support for community networking, hot desking over multiple sites and more precise handling of queued callers. Plum Communications are an Avaya Accredited Business Partner in the UK.

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Monday, 1 January 2007

Jacqui Brookes, FCS CEO awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List

Jacqui Brookes, the CEO of the Federation of Communication Services (FCS), has been awarded an OBE in the Queens New Year Honours. The award recognises her contribution to the industry by proactively representing small and medium enterprises with the Government and the telecoms regulator OFCOM

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