Tracy Pound Heads to DC to Advocate for the Tech Industry

Workforce Development, Cybersecurity, Privacy, Tax Reform, Broadband Access, New and Emerging Technologies and Global Trade are central to our industry

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This week, our MD Tracy Pound joins the CompTIA DC Fly-In to advocate for technology sector priorities on Capitol Hill during the association’s annual fly-in to Washington, D.C. CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, through its advocacy arm, champions member-driven business and IT priorities that impact all information technology companies – from small managed solutions providers and software developers to large internet companies, equipment manufacturers, and communications service providers.

As a CompTIA DC Fly-In participant, Tracy will meet with Congressional representatives to focus their attention on policies that develop skills for the 21st century workforce; advance tax and regulatory policies that spur innovation; establish U.S. leadership in secure internet-based platform technologies; support new and emerging technology platforms; address availability and delivery of broadband communications; and expand markets and advocate for sensible rules of global trade.

“Innovation in the tech sector is a key force behind a strong 21st century economy. One of the most important issues facing the technology industry today is the availability of a skilled workforce. CompTIA has been strongly supportive of the CHANCE in Tech Act, that streamlines the skilled apprenticeship program for the technology industry. We will share with our elected officials the importance of internships and apprenticeships as an avenue to train the next generation of IT workers and incentivise educators, students, and employers to adopt alternative education models that will spur economic growth.”

“We look forward to the 2018 legislative agenda and remain encouraged by the conversations on Capitol Hill about issues critical to our membership,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO of CompTIA. “We will work closely with congressional leaders to push legislation that boosts the digital economy and fosters American innovation.”

The Fly-In runs February 13-14, 2018. For more information on CompTIA’s advocacy efforts, visit https://www.comptia.org/advocacy.

Tracy Pound is a member of the CompTIA Board of Directors, owns and runs Maximity Ltd, an IT Training and Consultancy firm in the UK, and is a passionate advocate for encouraging people to consider a career in tech especially women, who remain underrepresented in the industry.

CompTIA: Building the Foundation for Technology’s Future

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is the world’s leading technology association, with approximately 2,000 member companies, 3,000 academic and training partners, over 100,000 registered users and more than two million IT certifications issued. CompTIA’s unparalleled range of programs foster workforce skills development and generate critical knowledge and insight – building the foundation for technology’s future. Visit CompTIA online, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

About CompTIA Advocacy

Through its advocacy arm, CompTIA champions member-driven business and IT priorities that impact all information technology companies – from small managed solutions providers and software developers to large equipment manufacturers and communications service providers. CompTIA gives eyes, ears and a voice to technology companies, informing them of policy developments – and providing the means to do something about it.

Maxing Tax Digital – the latest news on your tax returns

Making Tax Digital – How will you prepare?
On the 13 July 2017, HM Treasury and HM Revenue & Customs published its second Finance Bill of 2017, which includes changes to the proposed Making Tax Digital initiative.

The government has said it believes that introducing a new digital tax system is still the right direction to move in. However, it has made amendments to the businesses this impacts and the timescales for change. The amendments to Making Tax Digital now mean:
• Only VAT registered businesses will need to keep digital records and only for VAT purposes.
• They will only need to do so from April 2019.
• Businesses will not be asked to keep digital records or update HMRC quarterly for other taxes until at least April 2020 (the original dates had implementation from April 2019).

What does that mean for businesses?
If you are VAT registered then you will need to move to digital record keeping (i.e. use software to record all your VAT invoices and receipts). If you are not VAT registered then digital record keeping is optional. However, these business owners can gain updated income tax estimates whenever they want, which will help with cash flow forecasting.
If you are VAT registered and do not yet use software to record your VAT information (invoices to customers and from suppliers) you need to start planning for MTD. The new implementation date is April 2019. More information can be found on GOV.UK.

Making Tax Digital support from Maximity and Sage.
Here at Maximity, we sell, install, configure, train (all levels) and support Sage solutions. Call us on 01827 312278 for advice on what solution might be best for you and your business. We are committed to helping small businesses adapt their technology to ensure that the transition to the new digital tax system is a smooth one. We will support our customers every step of the way and continue to  help clarify exactly what Making Tax Digital means for you and your business.

Tracy picks up her CompTIA member of the year award at #AMM17 Chicago

MaximITy’s Managing Director Tracy Pound was presented with her  CompTIA “Member of the Year” award at the organisation’s Annual Member’s Meeting in Chicago today.


CompTIA names Tracy Pound its Member of the Year

PCR Online reported:

“The founder and owner of a technology business who has championed industry diversity and served as mentor and confidante for scores of colleagues has been selected as Member of the Year by CompTIA, the world’s leading technology association….

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MaximITy’s Tracy Pound recognised by CompTIA

We are very pleased to announce that MaximITy’s Managing Director Tracy Pound has been awarded 2017 member of the year by the world’s leading tech association CompTIA.

Tracy will be recognised for her contributions to CompTIA at their Annual Members Meeting  in Chicago #AMM17

Congratulations Tracy!

2017 CompTIA Member of the Year

MaximITy’s Tracy Pound recognised for outstanding contributions by CompTIA

Maximity’s Managing Director Tracy Pound received CompTIA’s Channel Chief Giving Circle 2016 award “in recognition of outstanding contributions to the IT channel and support of Youth Enterprise” and tweeted:

“Very proud to have received this from @CompTIA. It’s such an honour to a part of the success you build in the #IT Channel. pic.twitter.com/k9EMkCZiwe

— Tracy Pound (@TracyJPound) September 28, 2016

Webinar – CompTIA Quick Start to Business Agility with Kaseya – 5th April 2017

Are you planning for the future of your business? Are you able to adapt to volatile market changes and successfully transform your business quickly and efficiently?

Join CompTIA and Kaseya for this 60-minute Quick Start session, which will give you the tools you need to stay relevant in an ever-changing industry. Attendees will gain a better understanding of IT market dynamics while learning how to evaluate market developments and how those dynamics affect business strategy. This session will also help you identify trends in business performance that may signal the need for change while giving tips on how to handle those changes.

Speakers:

Tracy Pound, Managing Director of Maximity Ltd and Member of the Board of Directors at CompTIA

Miguel Lopez, SVP, Managed Service Providers, Kaseya

Find out more and register for the webinar

CompTIA Annual Members Meeting: 21-23 March 2017,Chicago

CompTIA’s annual members meeting (AMM) “offers attendees two days of collaboration with peers focused on strategic planning, engagement and a review of effective strategies from some of the channel’s most knowledgeable members…… At AMM 2017, community and council members will unite to dive deep into the most pressing issues in the channel, cross-pollinating ideas with peers who can share experience, insight and expertise.”

The association is also awarding its second annual CompTIA Member of the Year award at the event, which is also open to non members.

If you are planning to attend AMM make sure you say hello to Tracy Pound, MaximITy’s Managing Director, CompTIA Board Member and 2016 winner of PRC’s Woman of the Year who will also attending.

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