Thrive Together 2023: How our event helped empower businesses for the digital age 

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We’re delighted to say our Thrive Together 2023 event was a huge success and proved to be an enlightening and empowering day for all attendees who joined us at Moor Hall Hotel, Sutton Coldfield, on 12 July. 

It was such a roaring success that we have already set the date for next year’s Thrive Together – there’s more on that towards the end of this article. 

Sponsored by our good friends CyberSmart, Thrive Together focused on critical topics such as the cloud, cyber-security and growth, with the diverse range of presentations offering attendees valuable insights and practical solutions to address the ever-evolving challenges faced by businesses in the digital era. 

In case you were unable to make it on the day, this article will give you a brief outline of what you missed and the key takeaways, and how the event proved extremely beneficial for those in attendance. 

Sicon’s presentation on their Approvals module for Sage 200 was a standout feature for businesses seeking streamlined processes and enhanced efficiency. 

The module’s integration with Sage 200 showcased its potential to revolutionise workflow management, allowing attendees to grasp the importance of incorporating innovative solutions to optimise their business operations. 

Watch: Accelerate your Sage 200 purchase to pay process with Sicon Approvals 

Safeguarding your organisation against cyber-attacks 

Censornet’s discussion on building an effective cyber-security strategy for SMEs was both informative and timely. 

As small and medium-sized enterprises are increasingly targeted by cyber threats, Censornet’s presentation highlighted the necessity of adopting robust security measures. 

Attendees were left equipped with a comprehensive understanding of the best practices and tools available to safeguard their organisations against cyber-attacks. 

Draycir’s talk on Credit Hound presented an invaluable solution for businesses seeking to improve cash flow and expedite payments. 

With its innovative approach to credit control and debt management, Credit Hound addressed a common pain point for companies, providing a practical means to optimise financial processes. 

Watch: How to reduce debtor days in Sage 200 

A wake-up call for businesses relying on Microsoft 365 Backup 

Hornet Security’s presentation on Microsoft 365 Backup was a wake-up call for businesses relying on the platform. 

Stressing the importance of data protection and backup, Hornet Security highlighted the potential risks of data loss and the significance of proactive measures. 

Microsoft’s service-level agreements clearly state that they “cannot be held responsible for your content or the material others upload, store or share” using their services. 

Attendees were surprised to discover that Microsoft 365 is not backed up as a standard and, due to the huge reliance on email with SMEs, this triggered some very informative discussions on the day and gave many a valuable takeaway action. 

The point-in-time restoration that Hornet offer is not something that Microsoft currently provide, which limits restoration options following the data loss. 

Phocas’s talk on unleashing the power of data underscored the vital role of data-driven decision-making in today’s business landscape. 

With data becoming a valuable asset, Phocas demonstrated how businesses can harness their data to gain valuable insights, enabling them to make informed strategic decisions. 

Watch: Accelerate your decision-making with Phocas Analytics 

Shedding light on the vulnerabilities of outdated security systems 

SonicWall’s presentation on reasons to upgrade legacy firewalls shed light on the vulnerabilities of outdated security systems. 

SonicWall emphasised the importance of staying up to date with the latest advancements in firewall technology to defend against modern cyber threats effectively. 

The event’s main sponsor, CyberSmart, reiterated the significance of starting cyber-security efforts with Cyber Essentials. 

Their presentation highlighted how this foundational framework can serve as a cornerstone for building a strong cyber-security posture. Attendees were encouraged to implement these essential security measures to mitigate risks and protect their organisations from potential cyber incidents. 

Image of Matt Logan from Sonic Wall
Matt Logan from Sonic Wall

New cloud services launched by EBS 

Richard Bates from EBS presenting at Thrive Together 2023
Richard Bates from EBS

The event also saw the official launch of EBS Cloud, a new service we have been really excited to share with everyone. 

Designed exclusively for SMEs and built especially for your business, EBS Cloud brings all the benefits of an enterprise solution at a price-point that suits each individual organisation. 

With EBS Cloud, our SLA target is 99.9% uptime, with support operating from 8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. 

It has been operating for 12 months in the lead-up to its official launch and, during that time, the uptime has been 100% (except for scheduled maintenance). 

We have also received some encouraging feedback, which can be viewed on our website. See what our customers are saying about it! 

Providing attendees with cutting-edge solutions and best practices 

Thrive Together 2023 offered a well-rounded and insightful experience, catering to the needs of businesses grappling with cloud adoption, cyber-security challenges and sustainable growth. 

The variety of presentations allowed attendees to explore cutting-edge solutions and best practices in multiple domains. 

Moor Hall Hotel provided a comfortable and conducive environment for networking, fostering valuable connections among industry peers and experts, as well as a great lunch! 

Save the date for our next Thrive Together event 

A big “thank you” to all our guest speakers, who helped deliver a successful and dynamic platform for businesses to enhance their knowledge, fortify their security strategies and embrace growth opportunities. 

As the digital landscape continues to evolve, events like these play an indispensable role in empowering businesses to navigate the complexities of the modern business world. 

And because this year’s event was such a huge success, we are delighted to announce that Thrive Together 2024 will take place on Wednesday, 15 May, 2024.

We can’t wait to see you there, so save the date and make sure you don’t miss out! 

We’re here to support you every step of the way, and our friendly team are here waiting to help and assist you. 

We’d love to hear from you, so please email us at, give us a call on 0121 384 2513, or click the ‘Contact Us’ button below and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.