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Software: Perpetual Vs. Subscription – what’s best for business?

One of the most important questions to consider when purchasing software is Perpetual versus Subscription – which is best for your business? Of course, this depends on the needs of your business and how you intend to use the software. For example, is it important for you to always be on the latest version of the software? Do you expect to add users as your business grows?Read below to see the different benefits that subscription and perpetual software licenses offer your business.  Perpetual Software Read More...

Marketing Automation – What is it and how can you use it?

Marketing Automation takes repetitive marketing tasks and completes them automatically using pre-defined steps within your CRM software. It helps your business grow by freeing up valuable time and resources for other tasks.What is Marketing Automation?CRM software collects data from social media, website visits, online advertisements, and phone calls building rich profiles for your customers and leads, and sending them targeted content.Automation is managed using workflows or instructions on who is to be contacted, and what to do next. Read More...

Small Business Tips To Tackle Late Payment Culture

Small businesses employ more than half of all private sector workers and together they contribute more than 50% of total UK GDP. As a major driving force of the economy, the government has recognised that we need measures in place to protect small businesses from the harmful effects of late payments.Research from FSB shows that 37% of small businesses have run into cash flow difficulties, 30% have been forced to use an overdraft and 20% cite a slow down in profit growth due to late Read More...
Making Tax Digital- Are you ready?

Making Tax Digital – Are you ready?

Are you ready for Making Tax Digital? If you haven’t made the switch by 7th August you could get fined!In April 2019, HMRC’s digital tax initiative, MTD, came into effect to make VAT returns easier, more efficient and more accurate. The changes mean that any business with a taxable turnover above the £85,000 threshold will be required to file VAT returns electronically using accounting software, and will be obligated to keep digital records of all transactions.With the deadline for preparing your business looming, this is your last Read More...

Trainer Profile – Jayne Martins

Jayne Martins has been an associate member of the Softext training team, delivering on site Sage 50 Accounts, Payroll, HR, P11d and Forecasting to our Sage clients across the UK. Jayne has built up an enviable reputation as one of our trusted advisers and is a popular and important member of our team. Before becoming a Sage trainer, Jayne’s professional career began as a Personal Assistant to a Company Accountant and as a consequence of that role gradually moved onto Read More...

What is MTD (Making Tax Digital)

MTD (Making Tax Digital) is a HMRC initiative to digitise the UK tax system. The main aim is to make it more effective, efficient and easier for individuals and businesses to get their tax correct. This new tax system will require the majority of business owners to maintain digital records using compatible software. As of April 2019, businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold of £85,000 are required to file their VAT returns electronically using accounting software, and are obligated Read More...

Act! v20.1 – What’s new

Act! v20.1, the newest version of the #1 best-selling contact and customer manager, with enhancements to compatibility, web user functionality, custom tables, Act! emarketing and Act! Companion. Act! v20.1 delivers the features and improvements detailed below: Act! Insight Act! Premium OnlyCustomisation is a brand-new component to the Act! Insight view. You are able to create custom Insight charts and report on supported Act! entities (Contact, Opportunity, Activity, History) and fields for those entities. In addition, there is now the ability to drill-down into Read More...

Changes to HMRC’s VAT Portal will affect Sage users

Sage software and changes to the UK Government Gateway The Government Gateway is a secure online account where individuals and businesses can register for and access government online services. Your Sage software integrates with the gateway for online submissions such as:VAT Returns EC Sales lists CIS Returns CIS subcontractor validations RTI submissions IR secure mailboxOn 14 February the HMRC gateway is closing. If you use Sage 50 Accounts to submit VAT Returns, EC sales lists or CIS submissions you will need to consider the options. Read More...

Act! v19.2 Update Released – Overview

Act! v19.2, the newest version of the #1 best-selling contact and customer manager, with enhancements to compatibility, web user functionality, Act! emarketing and Act! Companion. Act! v19.2 delivers the features and improvements detailed below: Key HighlightsCompatibility Updates: Now compatible with Microsoft Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2016. Act! emarketing Call List Improvements: Focus in on campaign results by date with a new date range filter in the Call List. Act! Companion Enhancements: Do more from the app! Schedule and update activities and to-dos. Web Read More...

Sage Training Courses Birmingham

Get the skills and knowledge you need to use your software and get the maximum benefit from it at the Birmingham Training centre. Plus, Certificate of attendance will be provided at the end of the day. Certification exams are also available for any stages (additional charges apply) Sage Training Birmingham courses are methodically thought out and conducted from an ever-resourceful training manual, which you can take away with you at the end of the course. The trainers are fully approachable to answer Read More...