Does my business need to use consultancy services?

Many successful businesses use consultancy services in order to improve their outlook, refresh their knowledge and implement new strategies in order to become more efficient and improve their services or systems. It’s easy to get into a routine and continue to follow the same processes and procedures which are already in place. Maybe it’s the way you have been taught … Read More

Sage 50cloud Payroll Bureau v27.1 is now available

Sage have announced the release of Sage 50cloud Payroll Bureau v27.1 and it’s now ready for you to download and install. Later this week it will become mandatory to complete the update and you will not be able to access your software until you have installed this latest 27.1 update. We advise on updating your software as soon as possible. … Read More

Don’t ignore the elephant in the room

Do you often ignore the elephant in the room? Pushing complex tasks to the bottom of the pile hoping that they will go away? It’s easy to push tasks like this aside. If you find yourself doing this on a regular basis then it might be worth establishing the reasons behind putting more difficult tasks to one side. Is it … Read More

Is Sage Essentials being discontinued?

As some of you may know, Sage has discontinued Sage 50 Essentials and no longer sell it to new users. However, if you have Sage 50 Essentials and you’re still using it, what does this mean for you? We had an email last week from a client who runs a small business, and that has a Sage 50 Essentials subscription, … Read More

The History of a Trial Balance

A trial balance is probably much older than you would expect, in fact it dates back to 1458! It’s fascinating that we are still using this process over 500 years on. It was originally believed that Fra Luca Bartolomeo de Pacioli also known as Luca di Borgo after his place of birth, Borgo Sansepolcro, Tuscany, was the first to describe a trial balance … Read More

How to add festive cheer to your invoices

As Christmas is quickly approaching we thought it would be great to tell you about adding some Christmas cheer to your Sage 50 Accounts invoices. There’s nothing like a personal touch on your invoices to put a smile on your clients face and help them to get into the Christmas spirit during these difficult times. You can easily add a … Read More

Pressures on Financial Services throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic

These are strange times that’s for sure, and Accountants and Bookkeepers have really felt the pressure of the added stress that they have faced since the beginning of lockdown. Businesses have faced financial strain from the impact of the Coronavirus and as a matter of urgency they were turning to their Accountants and Bookkeepers for help and advice.  Although great … Read More

What is a PAYE Settlement agreement, and when do I need to pay it?

A PAYE Settlement Agreement (PSA) is an agreement with HMRC which allows you to make a one off payment annually, to cover all Tax and National Insurance due on; Minor, Irregular, Impractical expenses or employee benefits. Therefore you do not need to; Put them through your payroll Include them in your year end P11D forms Pay Class 1A National Insurance … Read More

Why has Making Tax Digital (MTD) been introduced and what are the benefits?

HMRC are aiming to become one of the most digitally advanced tax administrators in the world. They have made significant changes to the way our tax system works to make it more efficient, effective and less complex in order to achieve this. The HMRC carried out live pilot testing in order to prepare for MTD. They invited some businesses to … Read More

Do you know about the changes to VAT with GoCardless?

Until April of this year, GoCardless have been exempt of charging VAT on fees, but following on from the government’s announcement in April of this year, that VAT will need to be charged on all fees for supplies, it meant that GoCardless were required to charge VAT on all of their fees. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic GoCardless made the … Read More