A very common question on business forums is from new business owners and sole traders just starting out asking if they need a bookkeeping package, and if so which would be the best for them. The best advice I can give you if you are starting out on your own is keep good records.  If.. read more →

23 Mar 2015
March 23, 2015

Sage Accounts 2015 Service Pack 4

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Sage have released Service pack 4 for Sage Instant Accounts 2015 and Sage 50 Accounts 2015 Possible Problems This update is a legislative and security update for Sage 50 and Sage Instant Accounts.  Some users are experiencing problems when clicking on Install Now from within the software. The update isn’t loading but they still can’t.. read more →

16 Mar 2015
March 16, 2015

Sage Instant Accounts 2015

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The latest version of Sage’s entry level desktop accounting package has now been released, but the system is no longer tied to the desktop! Sage Drive Sage Instant now has the same Sage Drive features available as Sage 50.  As well as the ability for your accountant to connect to your data live, included with.. read more →

02 Mar 2015
March 2, 2015

Update to HMRC Basic PAYE Tools

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If you use the HMRC basic PAYE tools then please be aware that there is now an update available from the GOV.UK website. This new version includes updates to the automatic update facility, and needs to be downloaded and installed directly from the website.  You shouldn’t attempt to download by selecting the ‘Check for updates/Check.. read more →

The new Sage 50 Payroll has two levels of updates, some come as part of the basic program, and others are separate modules which you only need to subscribe to if you need those features.  To find out about the Tiered Pensions and Automated Payslips modules take a look at my previous post about Sage 50.. read more →

02 Feb 2015
February 2, 2015

Sage 50 in the Cloud

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If you love your Sage 50 and have been using it for years, but need to access your accounts quickly and easily away from the office then what can you do?  Sage have Sage One, which is their Cloud based solution, but Sage One is a completely different product, and those who are used to the.. read more →

12 Jan 2015
January 12, 2015

Sage One Partners

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Silicon Bullet have now become Sage One partners. Sage One is the cloud based accounting and payroll solution from Sage.  To add to our portfolio of accounting products we are now able to supply and support Sage One customers too. Benefits Sage One is flexible as it is available on line so as long as.. read more →

Sage have just released their latest version of Sage Payroll.  We are just downloading the software now, but to whet your appetite take a look at a couple of the new exciting features that have been developed. Automated Payslip Module Instead of ordering your payroll stationery by the box as and when you run out.. read more →

24 Oct 2014
October 24, 2014

HMRC Filing Penalties

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If you run a small company of less than 50 employees then you should have recently received a notice from the HMRC about in-year filing penalties. read more →

15 Sep 2014
September 15, 2014

Sage 50 Accounts 2015 – New Features

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The latest version of Sage 50 has now been released – and I am now undergoing my training on the new features so I can share them with you on my blog here.  As well as the headline new features covered in my previous post there are many more subtle changes which you may not.. read more →