Top 10 reasons to outsource your reception

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Maintains a constant professional appearance

Having your calls answered by a professional and friendly receptionist really gives a great first impression to new enquiries; as well as providing existing clients with a sense of confidence that their calls are being dealt with efficiently. Your receptionists will always convey an exceptionally high standard of customer service, and will strive their hardest to reinforce your company’s professional image at all times.

Saves money

Outsourcing your reception is an excellent cost cutting measure. For all businesses, outsourcing your reception requirements will always be more cost effective than hiring in house staff – especially if your call volume requires more than one member of staff to manage your calls. Having an outsourced reception can save you money on other aspects of running a business too, such as paying out for line rental, holiday and sick pay and even things such as office furniture and stationery.

Free sales screening

Unlike many other outsourced reception companies, we will always try to screen your unsolicited callers to avoid them getting through to you and wasting your valuable time. Sales callers can often try every trick in the book to get through to the person they want to speak to, however here at Best Reception we are wise to their tactics, and will always do our best to ensure that they do not get through and disturb your day. And what’s more – you won’t be charged for a single one!

Simple diverts

We know that every company is not the same, and neither is the level of cover needed. As a result of this, we have quite a few divert options to choose from. You can choose to divert all of your calls, divert calls when you can’t answer, divert your calls when the phone is engaged, or manually turn your divert on and off for when situations arise in which you need your phone lines covered. Setting up or changing your divert is as simple as tapping a few numbers in to your keypad and so can be completed in a matter of moments when you need us most!

Your very own team of receptionists

All new clients are given their very own team of virtual receptionists; you will have the same team of five girls answering your calls from the day you start your trial, throughout your entire time with Best Reception. This enables you, as well as your clients, to build familiarity with the person answering the calls and maintains a constant point of contact for all your regular clients.

Ensure calls are dealt with professionally

Outsourcing your reception to Best Reception may cut costs, but we certainly do not cut quality! You will be assigned your very own team of virtual receptionists who are trained to a high quality of customer service, ensuring all calls are dealt with an efficient and professional way. If you’re still not sure, see what our clients have to say.

Tailor made service

At Best Reception, we do not believe in a ‘one size fits all’ call plan and so all plans are tailor made to suit your business’ wants and needs. We can do as much, or as little, as you require from us – from simply answering your phone and passing on a message, to taking payments and even calling your clients on your behalf. We’re also more than happy to take on your admin tasks such as mailshots and filing.

Diary management and bookings

Your virtual receptionists are not just limited to making and taking calls, we can also manage your diary for you. Whether it is booking, cancelling or rescheduling appointments, or simply checking your movements to answer your calls appropriately. You can take advantage of our free online diary system, or we can easily access yours via remote access, the choice is yours and completely flexible.

Short term cover

By diverting your incoming calls to Best Reception for a short period of time, you can ensure that your calls are answered in a professional and friendly manner when you are unable to answer them yourself. From one day’s cover to months at a time, we will happily to provide you with the same, high quality, full range of services that we would provide to long term clients.

Last minute/ urgent situations

Urgent situations cannot be avoided, but they can be protected and covered. An outsourced reception is an excellent way to ensure your business runs smoothly when things don’t go as planned. For example; if you are called away on urgent business, we could get your line up and running and begin answering by the next working day (depending on the service you require).

Choosing your telephone number

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Your telephone number is imperative to your business, as it is one of the main points of contact for your clients to get in touch with you. There are many different types of numbers to choose from, but most numbers can prove difficult to obtain. Here at Best Reception we can supply your service with a number that best suits you, your business and your clients.

0845 is one type of number that we can offer. These numbers appeal to a nationwide audience as they are non-geographical and also very well known numbers that are often used by trustworthy/ established companies. Using this type of number will not cost your clients a penny, encouraging them to call in and so can potentially lead to more business and an increase in revenue. 

If you require a London number, these are exceptionally hard to source. 0207 and 0208 numbers are very popular but can cost around £100 as Ofcom have stopped supplying them. We suggest having an 0203 number if you require a London number – these are up and coming London numbers that cover the whole city. 

Another option is an 033 number, which are the new 0800 numbers. They are of great benefit to your clients as the cost to these numbers are the same as calling a landline, and are often included in inclusive minutes on mobile phone contracts, unlike potentially costly 0800 numbers. 

There are many benefits to choosing your own telephone number, and the number can be yours within minutes! If you would like to know more, simply call 01992 531000.

Double Dip recession: Save and not compromise

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The start of the recession in 2007 marked a global financial crisis that has been devastating to businesses worldwide, with many forced into bankruptcy or implementing severe staff redundancies. With everyone watching the pennies and trying to save money wherever possible, the smooth running of your business and finding effective ways of dealing with new business enquiries is more imperative than ever. But why should you compromise having a full time receptionist to handle all of these things?

Using Best Reception as your reception service means you can save on cost but not scrimp on the quality of your service. You are appointed your very own team of virtual receptionists to ensure the efficient running of you business, from professional handling of your incoming calls to making phone calls on your behalf. In this economic climate no one can afford to lose existing customers or potential clients, so good first impressions and a high quality service are more important than ever. These are the key ingredients in a successful business, and can be a deciding factor for a client when choosing between yourself and a competitor.

We carry out our role as if we were your receptionist working in your office with you, acting just as your front of house staff would. Your receptionists are always friendly and professional, creating a good first and lasting impression to your clients. We answer every call with a polite, friendly and professional attitude, handling each call with quality and care to ensure the smooth running of your business.

So if you’re looking for a great way to save money, but are not prepared to compromise on quality, give Best Reception a call today to start your free 2 week trial!

More excellent feedback!

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I would just like to say a big thank you to you all for:


1. Trying so hard to learn a new product

2.  being so polite to all my customers

3. making me feel confident that (the company) is being cared for

4. Passing on questions in such a clear fashion

5. Making the effort to call people back

6. Reducing the number of calls I need to make

7. Helping to improve the information on the website

And last but not least…

For making me a happy bunny!


Fantastic Feedback from a Short Term Cover Client!

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“I am pleased to say the telephone service you provided last week for us seems to have gone very well with no complaints at all from this end. As far as am aware all calls were answered perfectly and all within the co. got their messages where applicable.

Thanks for the excellent service and for setting us up so quickly and we will definitely be using your company for any future telephone cover we require.” 

    –      Board Games Supplier and Distributor


Telephone Answering for Photographers

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You may find that the phone always seems to ring at an inappropriate time, for example whilst on a shoot, just about to take the perfect image, the phone rings, disrupting your ‘focus’ and causing a welcome interruption. Or you may wish to turn your phone off, so as to avoid any distractions; how frustrating to turn your phone back on to find a missed call from a valuable client, or from a new enquiry who chooses not to leave a voicemail or has already rung another photographer by the time they have heard back from you. Why not use Best Reception’s valuable service to avoid these terrible scenarios!

With a virtual reception service from Best Reception, one of the options you can choose is to have all your calls diverted to us, meaning we will always be the first point of contact for your clients. Your own team of virtual receptionist will warmly and professionally aid your callers in whatever way needed (perhaps transfer calls to you when you are available or take messages when you’re not – why not use our free online diary notifications to keep us posted of your availability?).

You can also choose to divert your calls to us as and when you wish. So when you are available to take the call you can have them go straight to you, however when you need your calls to be taken care of, for example on a photo shoot, you can divert the calls to us, meaning they will go straight to your friendly receptionist. This way you can always stay on top of all your calls but when necessary you will have the stress-free relief knowing no calls are being missed.

Our receptionists can put the calls through to your mobile or a landline for you, so you can see that we are calling and can choose whether or not to answer, knowing the client is in safe hands and a message will be taken for you.  Alternatively, you can answer and fine out who it is, and instruct us to either put the call through to you or we take on a message, perhaps advising the caller under the impression we could not reach you on your line – and enabling you to manage  your time more effectively.

Of course you can also provide your receptionist with any needed information, such as prices and packages, frequently asked questions, directions to your studio and, in fact any information that you might provide your own receptionist with, so when assist your callers as much as possible.

Best Reception can help your business grow and create a stress free alternative for you.  For indpependent photographers, studios, wedding and events specialists through to photographers who specialise in the corporate sector, we can help you and your callers and would be delighted to assist. Call us on (freephone) 0800 0430084 today to start a free trial to experience all of our benefits without cost or obligation!

Call Answering for Independent Businesses

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From answering your calls to managing finances (and everything in between!), running an independent business requires a lot of time and hard
work. Hiring in house staff to take care of your admin may be something that is on the cards as your business grows and expands, but for a cheaper and easier alternative why not outsource your calls to Best Reception?

An outsourced reception can benefit your business in many ways, for example:

– Having your own receptionist answering your calls in your business name makes your company appear larger than it is, and gives it a more professional appearance.

– It can free up your time to concentrate on more aspects of the business than just answering your incoming calls.

– If you work from home, an outsourced reception can help to avoid unprofessional background noise, such as a doorbell ringing, dogs barking or noises from the street outside.

– We offer a free of charge sales screening service, so can stop pesky sales getting through and wasting your valuable time.

– Outsourcing your calls to us means that callers will not be put through to a voicemail, which can be off putting especially if it is a client’s first time calling your company and they are looking to do business.

– All messages will taken from calls will be sent directly to you, so you can deal with them in your own pace and in a way that is convenient for you.

– Coming through to a familiar receptionist will provide callers with a permanent base for your customers call, instead of being answered by a person ‘on the go’ if you are out of the office.

All of our services are tailor made to reflect you and the way you run your business; and include everything from simply taking messages and passing them on right up to appointment booking and diary management. So if you want an outsourced reception that is friendly, reliable and completely unique- contact Best Reception today to start your free trial!

Jetting off this summer? Keep your phone lines covered with our short term telephone answering cover!

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After an extremely long Winter, followed by an extremely wet Spring – Summer is finally here! If you’re planning a trip away this year to get to spend time outside of the office and relax, do you really want the annoyance of your phone ringing and disturbing your peace?

If you were to divert your calls straight to your voicemail there is no guaranteeing people will wait around to hear back from the message they left – and can you really afford to lose out on new business? By diverting your incoming calls to Best Reception for a short period of time, you can ensure that your calls are catered to in a professional and friendly manner. From one day to months, we will happily to provide you with the same, high quality, full range of services that we would provide to long term clients.

Our calls plans are tailor made to suit you and your business, and could be the perfect solution for you- short time or otherwise. You will be assigned your very own team of Best Receptionists, who strive to ensure professional call handling at all times, giving you complete peace of mind whilst you’re away. Whether you are going for a long weekend in the country, a midweek business trip or a fortnight with the family in the sun, we all need a break from time to time. Best Reception’s telephone answering service ensures your business is in safe hands.

The extent of what we can do for you depends completely on what you are looking for from us. We will always take a detailed message from every call that comes in and send this over to you in an email (unless it is a cold call of course, this we will screen free of charge!), which can be sent to you as and when they come in or as a bundle at the end of the day, or even at the end of the week. Whilst we wouldn’t want to disrupt your holiday, we can put urgent calls through to your mobile or send you a text message if requested to do so, to ensure that no urgent matters go unresolved. If your company incorporates a diary system, we can manage this for you whilst you are away – making and rescheduling appointments and sending you an email to advise you of any changes. You can take advantage of our free online diary system, or we can use your existing system via remote access – the choice is yours!

So if you want your time away to be worry free, give Best Reception a call today to see what we can do for you!

Call answering for IT support companies

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If you work in IT support, you will understand that getting on with your work at the same time as answering the phone is a stressful task – From booking appointments to dealing with newenquiries, and everything in between, wouldn’t it be much easier if you could get on with the task at hand and leave the phone answering to someone else?

By outsourcing your calls toBest Receptionyou will be able to focus more of your time and energy into your work, whilst your incoming calls are being dealt with in an always professional and friendly way by your own team of Virtual Receptionists. Your receptionists are not just limited to answering calls, they can also make calls, book appointments for you and even log support calls. And what’s best – you don’t even need to tell callers we exist! Our services are created to blend so seamlessly into the day to day running of your business that your callers will simply think you have hired an in-house receptionist.

Some of our clients request that we log support calls on their system, so that they can keep a track of all support issues and deal with them accordingly. Or if you would prefer we can simply email the message to you with all the relevant information needed so you can deal with the issue.

When it comes to booking your call outs, you can take advantage of our free diary system or we can use your existing system via remote access. Simply share your diary with us or provide us with the log on details and we will be able to arrange a call out with your client as soon as they call in, guaranteeing you their business as they will have an appointment booked in on their first port of call to your company.

So what are you waiting for? CallBest Receptiontoday for more information or to start a free, no obligation, trial so we can begin supporting you!


A fully fledged switchboard for your business.

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Here at Best Reception, using us as a switchboard service has proven to be particularly useful for all sorts of companies whether you are a large or small business. We offer a friendly yet professional service. We have the ability to put a call through to multiple locations, departments and even mobile phones, without the use of an automated service. Speaking to an automated switchboard is not as satisfying as speaking to a real person and can leave callers frustrated. You needn’t worry about callers being put off by a voicemail or busy tone. If any person asked for is unavailable we can take bespoke messages and email them across so important calls are not missed.

What’s more, if you experience a high volume of calls, you will never have to worry about not having a staff capacity that can cope with this. Your calls will not only be answered, but will be done at a fraction of the cost compared to employing in house staff.

Another advantage we find of using an answering service is that we can also screen any unwanted sales call. This helps as you can spend more time on the important aspects of your company and clients. We also have a VIP list which is beneficial for your important and regular clients. This allows us to act familiar with them when they call. Overall Best Reception aim improve the running of your day to day business and a lot of our client find using our service does just that!

Why not call 08000430084 for a two free trial!