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  • Sage - what's new for 2012?

    10 October 2011

    Sage ACT! 2012
    The latest version of the ACT! family aims to close the gap between personal and business data. Features like the Scratchpad, a virtual note pad if you like, allows you to add impromptu notes and numbers, priorities, check off and print these notes, and push dates into Sage ACT! and assign them to a contact.

    Reusing the same document for another customer just got easier with Sage ACT! 2012. Using the Universal Search facility, the programme searches deep into the areas and timeframes you select and instantly finds what you need. When search results come up, you simply double-click to take you directly to that item.

    Google features such as Gmail, contacts and calendar are commonly used by small business owners for personal and business use. The Google Sync service allows you to integrate your Google accounts, meaning you can access all this information in one place; Sage ACT!.

    Streamlined productivity is the name of the game with Sage ACT!. It lets you access your contacts via the cloud on your laptop, iPad or Smart phone and update meeting schedules, contacts and notes on the go.

    Sage Peachtree Pro Accounting
    Sage Peachtree Pro Accounting 2012 helps you get to your information faster, simplifies everyday tasks and provides you with the tools to help you make informed business decisions. Features include:

    Copy Transactions - users can quickly and easily create a new transaction based on an existing one.

    Sage Peachtree Business Intelligence1 – a reporting and analysis solution which works like Excel. It enables more comprehensive reporting and easier access to data.

    Sage Peachtree System Check – a warning and monitoring tool to help and identify application issues and offer advice on how to resolve them. Increase peace of mind and prevents possible downtime or lost productivity.

    Sage 50 Accounts 2012
    The accounts software system, popular with small and medium sized businesses who need to consolidate their finances includes all of the benefits of Sage 50 Accounts Plus with the addition of:

    Online registration and activation - Complete your installation and set up quickly and easily online saving you time to get on with your accounts processing.

    Quick Print - Use the quick print feature when you need to send invoices, quotes or statements to multiple customers and suppliers.

    Lock Date - Close off completed financial periods and prevent postings before a selected date so you never need to worry about mistakes in a transaction.

    Quick Search - Save time trying to find a customer or supplier with our new quick search feature.

    The Chart of Accounts feature has been improved for 2012 and now automatically sets up your chart of accounts based on your business type, increasing your efficiency. The Sage 50 Accounts 2012 is also available for the iPhone and Blackberry.

  • Sage CRM for iPhone – Sage Goes Mobile!

    12 October 2011

    With the rise of the Smartphone and an App for just about everything, it was only a matter of time before Sage went mobile! With the increasing need for mobile CRM access for sales teams on the road, at exhibitions and in client meetings, Sage CRM for iPhone is a welcomed edition to the family.

    The handy App has been designed to equip sales teams with the necessary tools to enable them to do their job effectively in today's demanding business environment. Having mobile access to critical customer information can help drive revenue and keep customers satisfied.

    Sage CRM for the iPhone delivers a rich user experience and provides the user with access to vital real-time customer data while on the move; increased sales and service effectiveness, lead and opportunity management, managing cases and customer issues can be assessed at every stage of the sales cycle.

    Features of the mobile CRM programme include the Search Select Advanced (SSA) control. This can be added to the ‘find’ and ‘entry’ screens to make searching and data entry easier. Two SSA fields can also be linked together, for example allowing a user to view people that are associated with the company that they have selected when they have both a Company and Person SSA control on a ‘find’ screen.

    The link to Google Maps allows the users Person and Company summary screens to look for any address fields on the screen and use the values to build up a location. Results will open in a new window enabling you to get directions to the address from your current location.

    Sage CRM for iPhone also takes advantage of the 'click-to-dial' feature which enables users to call contacts directly from any Sage CRM record.

  • What is Sage software used for?

    20 October 2011

    Sage is the most widely used accounting software in the UK. It is mainly used for the bookkeeping process and is ideal for new and small businesses due to its quality, reliability and ease of use. Sage has relatively low running costs and enables small businesses to manage money, invoices, quotes, suppliers and VAT in a professional and efficient manner. The latest versions of this software integrate with Sage Pay and Sage instant Payroll for even better capabilities.

    The range of Sage product packages includes ACT!, Bookkeeping, Accounts, Instant Accounts, Payroll and Forecasting. From the basics of manual bookkeeping and simple payrolls to sophisticated foreign trading and complex financial forecasting, the potential of the Sage network is far reaching.

    A career in the accountancy and administrative industries will require working with Sage, whether its Bookkeeper, HR, Credit Controller, Purchase Ledger or Financial Director, chances are a Sage product will be your number one business tool. Sage works out salary and tax payments as well as inputs, output and net and gross profits. It can generate profit and loss accounts on a quarterly basis to benchmark performance against targets. It can monitor sales, cost of sales and profit to ensure performance is in line with targets and highlight any action that maybe required to achieve them.

    With more than 14,000 accountants in the UK using Sage software, it is even easier for businesses to share information and get advice from their accountants. Sage is also the leading provider of customer PAYE data to HM Revenue & Customs, ensuring our customers make the right payments on time and stay within the law.

    For more information about Sage products, training courses and which ones will best suit your business needs, call the Total Training Solutions team on 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com.

  • Does Sage Really Save Time and Money?

    24 October 2011

    When set up properly and used correctly, Sage Instant Accounts can’t be faulted on the level of detail and control it offers. Regularly record your transactions and the program will do the rest. Problems can arise when someone who is not trained attempts to use Sage software and does so incorrectly. Wrongly inputting data will result in unreliable results and ultimately, incorrect invoices and payments.

    Efficient training will save a business time, money and stress. To become Sage qualified it is recommended you complete an official training course, like the ones offered by Total Training Solutions. Here a user will learn the basics of Sage capabilities such as bookkeeping and purchase ledger duties, through to more complex forecasting tasks.

    The initial layout for the software and training is an investment for any company. Sage products are the market leaders in accountancy software in the UK and are used by the self employed, small start-up businesses, through to large scale organisations. Multiple departments can benefit from a Sage product; payroll and HR, credit controllers and sales teams. Applications in other fields such as CRM and sales increase Sage’s reach and position as market leaders. The value they bring to a company in terms of instant and accurate data, stats, reporting and forecasting cannot be overstated. The time and money taken to produce documents, reports, tax bills, invoices and payments manually wouldn’t be feasible in today’s corporate climate and with the addition of cloud computing and mobile working, the need for greater and more efficient working has never been greater. Developments such as Sage CRM for iPhone mean information is immediately to-hand in client meetings and can be the difference between customer satisfaction and discontent.

    Explore our full range of Sage training courses by visiting our course directory. To enquire about or book a course you can call 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com.

  • Sage; we know it can do the numbers but what more can it do to help my business?

    07 March 2012

    There are many more features to the Sage series of products and software than accounting and finance tools. Sage offers a plethora of other business applications to support the running and organisation of companies the world over. Here we take a look at some examples of the non-accounting services from Sage:

    Sage CRM - Web-based customer relationship management software to manage all your customer interactions.
    Ideal for: Small to medium businesses needing easy to use customer relationship management software.

    Sage CRM.com - A total prospecting, sales, and service solution available on demand.
    Ideal for: Small to medium businesses developing a CRM strategy.

    Sage ACT! - Easy to use contact management software that helps you to build better relationships with your customers.
    Ideal for: Small businesses seeking a straightforward customer and contact management solution.

    Sage SalesLogix - Increase leads and sales while improving profitability and customer service.
    Ideal for: Medium to large businesses wishing to implement a customer relationship management strategy that can also support growth.

    Sage Planning for Business - Easy to use planning software that will help you create a business plan and start your own business.
    Ideal for: Anyone who is looking to start and run a business – from writing a business plan to forecasting your cash flow.

    Sage 50 Manufacturing - Providing greater control over manufacturing through effective scheduling of work, resource utilisation, and improved business processes.
    Ideal for: Smaller and growing manufacturers and assemblers with, typically, up to 100 employees.

    ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) - Sage is the third largest ERP provider to businesses worldwide. Its ERP software is for businesses with 50 - 50,000 employees to manage a wide range of business processes including, not only finance/accounting but also manufacturing, sales & service and customer relationship management.

    Where Total Training Solutions can help

    Total Training Solutions provide numerous Sage training courses from the traditional accounting genre and also from the larger business management portfolio. The Sage ACT! 2011 Administrators course from Total Training Solutions teaches you how to create a new database and users and customise fields and layouts. The Sage ACT! Users course is an introductory course that guides you through setting up contacts, lookups and searches, exporting data, activities and opportunities, email, letter templates and how to mail merge.

    To enquire about any of the Sage courses from Total Training Solutions please call our team on 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com.

  • Sage; start the new Tax Year with a boost!

    13 March 2012

    The financial Year End is fast approaching and businesses need to ensure they are working towards the submission dates for all payroll, tax and other HMRC requirements to avoid any penalties. For employers May 19th is the key date for P14 and P35 submissions.

    Now is the time to get ready for Year End on 6th April. Training on Sage payroll now can be key to a smooth run through the PAYE process and end of tax year:

    Sage Payroll - creating and amending the company and employee records, to getting started with pay elements and YTD figures and controlling user access

    Sage 50 Accounts - processing invoices, credit notes and payments, managing the sales ledger, posting bank payments and receipts, error correction and protecting your data.

    Courses such as these from Total Training Solutions enable candidates to correctly use software that can carry out checks matching every employee with their annual total tax and NIC contributions. Sage software calculates and updates reports for you automatically based on the figures and information you put in. There are forecasting capabilities to allow for accurate planning, as well as functions that generate Y2D and L4L readings. Sage software can even save extra work at year end by completing all the forms and filing them electronically to HMRC online. Other useful courses include;

    Sage 50 Payroll Report Design - amending and creating reports, layouts and payslips. It deals with adding expressions, totals and filters for better analysis of your payroll data.

    Sage Instant Accounts - Stage 1 - understand the basic functions of Sage Instant Accounts, from navigation, through to creating and amending various records.

    Making sure the HR or equivalent staff in your company are clued-up on HMRC rules and requirements will also make the Year End period easier. These personnel need to ensure all the relevant information on you business accounts, tax and payroll figures are provided to HMRC. Checking that your software is compatible with the tax year you’re processing will ensure you are legally compliant.

    For more information about the Sage courses that Total Training Solutions offer please visit the website, www.tts-uk.com. Email any questions or queries to info@tts-uk.com or call 0800 612 1299 to book.

  • Sage and Year End best practices

    22 March 2012

    Payroll Year End (PYE) can be stressful when balancing deadlines with normal business tasks and activities, and there are so many things that need to be considered in the run up to PYE in order to be fully compliant. Follow these top tips to help your business run a successful payroll year end. Some were touched on last week when we spoke about starting the new Tax Year with a boost but they are worth mentioning again.

    Know your deadlines
    D-Day for employee online PAYE forms (P35 and P14 forms) is 19 May. Make sure you are acting now to make sure all appropriate paper work is in order by this date. Failure to meet this deadline will incur charges.
    Make sure you’re registered! You can register as an employer with HMRC by email or by telephone, and to familiarise yourself with PAYE rules visit www.hmrc.gov.uk/paye

    Planning is key - get ready for PYE before 6 April
    • Put aside enough time to prepare for your PYE procedures and look at resources for Payroll Year End.

    • Make sure you've ordered enough P60 stationery and that it's compatible with the tax year you're processing - you cannot use P60 forms from the last tax year.

    • Check that your software is compatible with the tax year you're processing to ensure you're legally compliant.

    • Check that you have a full tax year payment history for your employees i.e. 52 weeks or 12 months.

    • Check that you're registered with HMRC for online submissions.

    Automate wherever possible - file returns online
    Every figure you submit for individual employees will need to be reconciled with your annual totals for tax, National Insurance and other deductions. Your (Sage) payroll software can carry out these checks for you throughout the year. Software can save extra work at year end by completing all the forms and filing them electronically to HMRC online.

    Don’t forget to pay the taxman!
    Having compiled the amount of tax and National Insurance that have already been paid during the year, you need to calculate the total amount due to HMRC for the year. Any amount outstanding must reach HMRC by 19 April (or 22 April if paying electronically). Make sure to allow enough time for postal and electronic repayments to reach the taxman in time or you may be liable for interest payments.

    If in doubt, get expert help
    The rules surrounding payroll, benefits and expenses can be complex and your circumstances are unique. If you discover a problem that you can't solve during the payroll year end, seek expert help from your payroll provider or a professional advisor.

    There are other factors and Sage courses from Total Training Solutions that can help ensure you have a comfortable transition into the new financial year. Sage 50 Forecasting for example, helps you plan for the future of your business and there is never a more important time to do this than at Year End. The course teaches you to plan on a weekly and monthly basis so you can plan for busy periods and ensure all financial implications of business processes are accounted for and nothing is left to chance.

    To enquire about any Sage course from Total Training Solutions please call our team on 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com

  • The Benefits of Using Sage for Your Business

    27 March 2012

    There are dozens of Sage products and programs, each with their own unique features and benefits to boost your business processes. Here we take a quick look at the key benefits of Sage 50 Accounts and Sage CRM:

    Sage 50 Accounts benefits
    Sage 50 Accounts has helped businesses know where they are at any stage in time, whether that’s on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. The product served companies particularly well during the recession. By analysing overheads, Sage can highlight areas where cuts can be made, potentially making a company more profitable at time when it may have otherwise struggled.

    Sage 50 Accounts makes things easier by producing management accounts very quickly. At the end of the month you can see how well or not the business is performing and identify areas you need to look at; if you’ve overspent somewhere Sage highlights it so you can tighten controls where needed.

    On a personal level, training in and using a product like Sage 50 Accounts, which is widely used in organisations, various business type and industries across the world, adds your personal development and employability.

    Sage CRM benefits
    Sage CRM helps you make informed business decisions and gets you connected to your customers faster for immediate return on investment.

    Great customer service is what differentiates one business from another. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems help businesses attract and retain customers and deliver exceptional customer experience every time.

    Sage CRM manages every aspect of your customer interactions, provides powerful insights into the performance of your business and staff, and drives user productivity.

    Sage CRM links together sales, marketing and customer care departments within one system, giving your business a single view of your customers, prospects and suppliers and also the ability to share critical information.

    Sage CRM is easy to use and quick to deploy meaning you can immediately start to build stronger relationships with existing customers, target new ones more effectively and drive sales. The system is tailored to match individual business needs and streamline internal processes.

    For information on the full range of Sage courses offered by Total Training Solutions please visit our course directory. To enquiry about any of the courses or to book, you can call 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com.

  • Chances are you’re not checking in with your customers often enough. You can change this by using Sage ACT!

    11 September 2012

    Regular contact with your customers cannot be overstated; being transparent, open, available and proactive as opposed to reactive builds trust and a positive working relationship.

    Customer relationship management (CRM) software packages like Sage ACT! are an ideal solution for small businesses. Acting as a contact database, mail merges are possible as well as basic administrative tasks such as creating email and letter templates and exporting data.

    There are many advanced features to the latest version of Sage ACT! that allows you to connect with your customers in ways you’ve never been able to before:

    Communicate & engage with your customers

    The ‘Pro’ contact management system allows you to “communicate through multiple channels via one easy-to-use interface”. Communication between different email platforms is possible, as is contact with dedicated contact and lead demographics.


    Integrate with social media

    Social media integration allows for instant reaction and gives small businesses another platform from which to provide updates and send messages.


    Develop better customer relationships

    Bespoke reporting, notes and history allows you to keep your customer information organised and up-to-date whilst in-built time management resources mean contacts, notes and diaries can be synced and actions prioritised with the Smart Tasks and Scratchpad tools.


    Maximise and forecast sales & achieve greater customer generation

    Analysis tools allow you to forecast trends and opportunities, leading to a solid sales process. In turn, managing the ‘lead to sales’ conversion process is also made easier.

    To learn about Sage ACT! and how it can support your business, why not enrol on a course from Total Training Solutions? Our hands-on courses allow you to get to grips with the features and conduct practical case studies. To book a course or if you have any questions please call the Total Training Solution team on 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com.

  • What is Sage ACT! & how can it grow your business?

    18 September 2012

    By definition Customer Relationship Management (CRM) exists to help you build long-lasting and profitable relationships. This involves organising and synchronising business processes, including sales activities, marketing and customer service to ultimately win new and maintain existing business. Effective CRM can help you identify and attract new potential clients and then nurture the connection into a positive business relationship.

    Growing your business is at the forefront of CRM software packages like Sage ACT!

    Ensuring your clients feel valued and are kept up-to-date with business activities is key but what really adds strength to your business and relationship is the ability to forecast and in turn, advise customers. Whether it be sales, trends or markets, Sage ACT! enables you to predict sale spikes or dips, risks and opportunities so you are in the best position to advise your client, suppliers, stakeholders or personnel to make informed decisions. And it is these tools that add value to your business.

    There are various versions of Sage ACT! that can support your business at the different stages of its own development. Sage ACT! Pro 2013 is created for the small business that wants flexible features to grow along with them. It delivers advanced features to help you make the most of your customer relationships every day.

    Sage ACT! Premium 2013 has been designed for businesses that want the latest technology to help drive them forward. An attractive feature of this version is the Mobile2 tool, meaning your sales team can travel light and stay connected whilst on the road.

    To help you understand the correct Sage ACT! package for you and your business, why not come to Total Training Solutions? Our friendly team can help find the right course for you, get you booked on and have you up-to-speed and confident with Sage ACT! in no time. Browse our course directory then call 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com to book or with any questions.

  • IMPORTANT! Keep your accounts up to date with Sage ACT!

    25 September 2012

    In recent weeks we’ve touched on the various capabilities of Sage ACT! and how it helps support and grow your business and relationships. Exploring the Sage family further, here we discover Sage 50 Accounts and its ability to manage accounts by generating sales orders, invoices and the like.

    Sage 50 Accounts is the UK's market-leading accounts software. It lets you manage your day-to-day finances, customers, suppliers and VAT as well as keeping you in control of your sales with forecasting capabilities and a selection of built-in sales processes and optional extras to fit your business. Key features as stated on the Sage website include:

    Run your business more efficiently

    Sage 50 Accounts helps you automate and speed up time-consuming financial tasks, manage your stock levels and easily identify stock shortages. Standard and customisable reports means there's no need to manipulate spreadsheets or manually create reports.

    Understand business performance

    Sage 50 Accounts puts a selection of reports at your fingertips to help you analyse and understand your business. It helps you stay on top of your cash flow, easily see who owes you money and who you owe money to, and understand the profitability of your business. You can produce management reports and access where overspends are happening and adjust accordingly.

    Easily process financial tasks

    With step-by-step guides and simple processes, key financial tasks such as month end, year end and VAT returns are easy. The software will automatically and accurately calculate your VAT returns, and you can submit them directly to HMRC online.

    Manage customers & sales

    Sage 50 Accounts lets you create and find all your customer details quickly and easily. You can store all your product and service information, and easily raise professional looking quotes and invoices or record sales. Reports also make easy work of analysing sales patterns and trends.

    Work on the move with Sage 50 Accounts Mobile

    The FREE Sage 50 Accounts Mobile app lets you know how your business is performing wherever you are. You'll also be able to set up new customers and suppliers, and easily raise quotes and invoices on the spot while you're out of the office.

    If you’re looking for a career in accounts, book keeping, as a purchase ledger or financial control you’d be hard pushed not to benefit from an official Sage 50 Accounts qualification. Total Training Solutions offer a many courses depending on your current level, ability and experience. To find out more, browse our course directory. If you need any help identifying the course that’s right for you, you can email any questions or queries to info@tts-uk.com. If you’d prefer to speak to someone before making your booking, call our sales team on 0800 612 1299.

  • Connect Sage ACT! to your Social Media contacts

    02 October 2012

    We don’t need to tell you the popularity, influence and impact of social media. Doubtless you have at least one social network account of your own whether it be a personal Facebook account or business Twitter feed, or visa versa.

    If you handle numerous social accounts, you’ll appreciate the time needed to keep them all up to date and monitored and if managing these types of pages are a part of your job role, it can be an endless task.

    Sage ACT! have recognised the link between their Customer Relationship Management product and social networks. As well as building your online reputation, increasing trust and generating business, by incorporating social media into your contact and customer management software, even more long-lasting and profitable relationships can be developed.

    As part of the 2013 offering, Sage ACT! have built-in social media features that allows you to monitor the activity of your contacts. This helps you build an understanding of their business practices and better places you for more effective future marketing. This is also true of prospective customers. Social media is a useful tool for identifying prospects and reaching out to target markets.

    User generated content is the key to social media’s success. It let’s you have a voice and platform to air your opinion to the world. From a business perspective social media makes you appear more accessible and personable and is second to none for generating word of mouth marketing. Facebook is where your customers are talking, forming opinions and making recommendations. They may also be having conversations about your business so you need to listen and that is where Sage ACT! comes in. The Premium software allows you to capitalise on unique customer insights with its social network integration:

    Social Updates
    This feature allows you to view a collection of your contact’s last 25 posts made on LinkedIn and Facebook, gaining an insider’s perspective of your customer’s day-to-day interactions. You can dig deeper by clicking on a post to reveal the complete social media profile. Here you can actively watch your customer’s posts and comments to build up a profile of their activity enabling you to deliver your message at the right time to improve your sales and marketing effectiveness.

    Social Sharing
    Sage E-marketing for ACT! creates and sends professional, eye-catching emails. Social Sharing features enables you to extend your reach beyond the email by posting your email campaigns to your social media sites thus letting those that “like”, “follow”, or “connect” with you to automatically receive these updates and then share with their network. Similarly, adding social media sharing icons to email footers allows for easy sharing.

    Ensure you are up-to-speed with the latest versions and developments in Sage ACT! by enrolling on an official affiliated course from Total Training Solutions. Browse our course directory or for latest Sage ACT! qualifications call 0800 612 1299. If you have a question concerning any of our courses or if you would like to book a place you can contact us using the number above or by emailing info@tts-uk.com.

  • What is Sage and who uses it?

    04 March 2014

    Sage is a hugely popular series of software used by businesses of all sizes. An estimated 800,000 businesses in the UK use Sage, and as a result, a qualification in the software can be a powerful tool.

    Sage primarily provides software for management of finances, HR and payroll, however they also offer manufacturing, stock management and retail support software. This makes Sage hugely popular amongst managerial staff from all sectors and in particular, new small business owners.

    Sage cuts out the need for a costly accountant or bookkeeper - a large expense when your business is just starting up - and allows owners to do their accounts themselves, keeping track of expenses, invoices and VAT in a simple and organised manner. Simple once you know how to use it, Sage not only makes keeping track of finances easy, but also helps new (and possibly inexperienced) business owners keep their records organised.

    However the variety of services which Sage offers means that it is not only small business who benefit. Sage software is also used by a number of different departments in some of the largest businesses in the UK. The simplicity and efficiency of its accounts software means that it is often utilised by those working in the finance or HR department of large companies and organisations. It is also used by those in manufacturing or customer relationship management to organise their time and resources.

    Total Training Solutions offer qualifications in a range of Sage software, specifically Sage 50 Accounts, Forecasting and Payroll, Sage Instant Accounts and Sage ACT! This means that whether you’re looking to start your own business and want to learn how to manage your own finances effectively, or whether you want an extra qualification to help you advance in your sector, we have a course for you.

    Sage is constantly growing and evolving, meaning it is used by single person start-ups, finance giants and everyone in between. The level of support offered by Sage, and the fact that it is a cloud-based system means that you’ll never be left behind. View the full range of Sage courses offered by Total Training Solutions or our entire course directory. If you have any questions about any of the courses and qualifications offered by Total Training Solutions, don’t hesitate to call on 0800 612 1299 or contact us through our website.

  • How compatible are ACT! and Sage?

    14 March 2014

    Sage ACT! is a slightly different Sage application, used to manage customer relations as opposed to financial data such as payroll or expenses. Used across the board, Sage is an organisational tool which helps small businesses, larger organisations, individuals and sales teams keep track of client and prospect details in one single shareable database. It integrates with Microsoft Office, email contact lists and social media in order to create one unified system, resulting in a more organised workplace.

    One customer described their satisfaction with ACT! as such

    "Because my head, although big, can only hold so much. Because my office staff, although lovely, can only write so many sticky notes. Because my customers, although loyal, still need to hear from me. And, because it makes my business run better…period!"

    Like all Sage products, ACT! ensures a more organised workplace, providing a single place to stay connected and up-to-date with customer and prospect information, generating and tracking communication, leaving you more time to focus on your business. Sage Accounts, Payroll and Forecasting work in the same way, meaning that combining Sage applications can ensure maximum efficiency.

    By using Sage to take care of your finances and customer relations, it can alleviate the need for additional workers such as accountants, and make the work of employees much easier. This is especially important for small businesses, single-person businesses or recent start-ups, for whom money is tight and cutting down on unnecessary costs is essential. Sage makes tasks easy to complete personally, rather than paying someone else to do it for you - which is not only cost efficient but also creates a personal touch to the business which is always appreciated by new customers, especially when it comes to new or independent businesses.

    Total Training Solutions offer two ACT! courses - one for beginners and one for those who already use the system regularly. Our introductory course helps customers to understand, set up and make the most out of ACT!, while our advanced course is designed to maximise your knowledge. We also offer a range of other Sage courses - why not consider investing in a secondary qualification in a programme such as Sage 50 Payroll or Sage Instant Accounts for maximum organisation?

    For more information on the Sage courses offered by Total Training Solutions, view our course directory. You can also call us on 0800 612 1299 or send an email to info@tts-uk.com.

  • Sage Instant or Sage 50?

    20 March 2014

    The two main Sage accounting programmes offered by Total Training Solutions, and two of the most popular Sage products worldwide, are Sage 50 Accounts and Sage Instant Accounts. If you’re planning on adding a Sage accounting qualification to your list of transferable skills, you need to know which course will be the most useful for you. So here’s a quick rundown of the differences between the two programmes to help you find the perfect qualification for your career needs…

    In many ways, the two programmes are incredibly similar. Both allow for the management of money, invoicing, VAT, end of year accounts, customer relations and contracts. They also both allow you to easily share information with your accountant, as well as having a huge range of features.

    The primary difference between the two programmes is who they are designed for. Sage Instant is for small businesses or sole traders, allowing developing companies to take care of their own finances without the aid of an accountant. For this reason, many new businesses also use Sage Instant while they are getting on their feet financially. No accounting experience is required, and the programme is simple to use once you know how. Our courses will teach you how to make the most of the features that Sage Instant has to offer for new and small businesses, and also how to utilise the programme in a way that complements your business.

    Sage 50 on the other hand, is a programme for more established businesses. The programme has a larger range of features and has a less easy to navigate interface, as it is often used by those with more experience in business accounting. It can be used either to manage one larger organisation, or by accountants to manage multiple companies - additional user and company licenses can be added at an extra cost. One of the programmes greatest features is its ability to departmentalise. This means that a company or organisation with numerous factions can run reports for individual stores or branches, or monitor individual teams or salespeople. The ability to produce over 900 reports makes this the ideal programme for analysing performances.

    Whether you are an accountant looking for a qualification in one of the UK’s most popular accounting systems, or a business owner looking to learn how to manage your own accounts, Total Training Solutions has a Sage course for you. Browse the list of Total Training Solutions Sage courses or visit our course catalogue to view our entire range. If you have any queries or enquiries about any of our courses, contact us today on 0800 612 1299 or send us an email through our contact page.

  • Why use Sage 50 Payroll?

    28 March 2014

    Sage 50 Payroll is one of the most widely used payroll systems in the world, allowing you to electronically manage your entire payroll process. Like all Sage products, Sage 50 Payroll is an organisational tool, making complicated, time-consuming tasks quick and simple, leaving you more time to take care of the business. However, arguably Sage 50 Payroll’s most useful function is its connection to HMRC.

    The software is recognised by HMRC and is up to date with all of the latest payroll legislation, including RTI and Automatic Enrollment. Sage 50 Payroll ensures that your payroll is submitted accurately, efficiently and in compliance with the latest HMRC rules and regulations. The software also allows for calculations of statutory payments such as tax, PAYE, National Insurance and maternity pay easily and with minimal effort, as well as being able to submit forms to HMRC through the programme.

    HMRC tax calculations and form submissions are often one of the most difficult parts of running a business. The jargon can be confusing, and managing timing alongside other day-to-day tasks can be hard work - often taking up more time than is necessary. Sage Payroll removes some of this stress. Acting as a middleman, forms can be submitted directly through the programme, as well as helping you with any calculations required. And since Sage Payroll is HMRC recognised, you know you can avoid costly fines.

    However, Sage Payroll doesn’t just help you manage payments - it can also help you manage your employees. Information on all of your employees can be stored in a safe location, including appraisals, disciplinaries, job and salary history and other relevant statistics. Absences, be it sick leave, maternity leave or holiday days can also be managed through the software, making keeping track of payments and leave much easier, as well as generating a personalised schedule for each employee.

    While the capabilities of Sage 50 Payroll are extensive, the programme itself is simple to use once you know how. You don’t need to be a payroll expert, however it can seem a little bit daunting upon first glance. A qualification from Total Training Solutions can help. We can teach you the basics and help you to use the software to your advantage. Alternatively, if you already have a foundation-level knowledge of Sage Payroll, we have plenty of courses to help you build on this, and even make this a transferrable skill which could aid your career. To learn more about our Sage Payroll qualifications visit our course directory to browse all the courses we have available. If you have any questions on Sage, or any other Total Training Solutions services, email us at info@tts-uk.com or call us on 0800 612 1299.

  • Keeping Up with SAGE Payroll - Making Auto Enrolment Pensions trouble-free

    15 August 2016

    Keeping Up with SAGE Payroll - Making Auto Enrolment Pensions trouble-free

    Under the Pensions Act 2008 the law on workplace pensions has changed. Every employer in the UK is affected by these legislations and must put eligible staff into a pension scheme and contribute towards it.

    If you employ at least one person no matter what line of business you are in, you have certain legal duties under the Auto Enrolment Scheme.

    The new SAGE Payroll courses have recently been updates to give you the peace of mind that you are following the correct procedures for Auto Enrolment every time. Not only do they offer courses to help you understanding what Auto Enrolment is and what your responsibilities are, they also offer comprehensive training on how to use their Pension Module which is an essential tool to making Auto Enrolment as easy as possible.

    Sage 50 Payroll course Automatic Enrolment with Pensions Module includes the following:

    • Understand the Pensions Module settings and the Automatic Enrolment features within the software
    • Specify Qualifying and Pensionable earnings
    • Create and configure different pension schemes
    • Use the Pension Assessment feature to automatically categorise your workforce and assign pensions
    • Send pension correspondence automatically to your workers
    • Process opt-ins, joins and opt-out requests
    • Understand postponement and learn how to apply it within the software
    • Produce the output and input files for Nest, NOW: Pensions and the People's Pension
    • Be familiar with reporting for pension providers
    • Process pensions and carry out on-going assessments automatically
    • Understand records that need to be kept and how the software will assist with this

    If you need to upgrade your skills we offer a comprehensive range of Sage training courses. You can find out more about our complete range via our website, including Payroll. Please call us on 01423 790107 or email info@tts-uk.com to book your place or if you have any questions about any of our courses.

  • SAGE Payroll – Why get certified?

    30 August 2016

    Many employers in the UK use SAGE to complete their Payroll each pay period. It’s the simplest way to ensure you are paying your staff correctly and compliant with HMRC and Pension Regulator guidelines.

    But did you know that you can now get SAGE Certification?

    Offering SAGE Payroll certification to your staff has many benefits along with increasing competency and efficiency it’s a great way of boost staff morale by encouraging a professional development culture of excellence within your workforce.

    There are three levels of accreditation:
    Level 1 – Covers the basics of setting up the system
    Level 2 – Covers running a payroll period from beginning to end
    Level 3 – Covers more complex procedures such as processing statutory payments, allocating Attachment of Earning orders and administrating Holiday schemes and absence records.

    Taking the exams is simple too as they don’t even need to leave the office. All three exams take just an hour to complete, are online and can be taken at any time that suits the busy workplace environment.

    If you need to think seriously about Payroll Certification then take a look at some of the Sage training courses here. You can find out more about our complete range via our website. Please call us on 01423 790107 or email info@tts-uk.com to book your place or if you have any questions about any of our courses.

     

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