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1st February 2019 MTD for VAT: Which Bridging Software?

As we approach the 1 April 2019 deadline for the introduction of MTD compliant VAT submissions, many businesses will at last be focusing on what solution they should adopt.   If their current bookkeeping system does not already have an upgrade that automatically provides this new functionality, they will be considering adopting ‘bridging software’.   Looking through…

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14th September 2018 Sage 50 VAT T Codes

Sage 50 VAT T Codes. Sage 50 Accounts book keeping software populates its VAT return by using tax (T) codes to indicate which VAT rate to apply to each transaction. Whenever you post a transaction in Sage 50 Accounts you must enter the relevant T code:   T0 – Zero rated transactions (eg most food, books, new builds,…

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12th September 2017 Get ready for the new data protection rules

The government is to introduce new data protection rules under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which takes effect from 25 May 2018. Under the GDPR businesses will have increased obligations to safeguard the personal information of individuals which is stored by the business. These rules apply to the information of customers, suppliers or employees.…

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9th June 2017 Ransomware advice for charities

Many organisations across 150 countries, including our own NHS, have been hit by a recent ransomware attack. The vulnerabilities  exploited by the hackers are the same for charities, individuals and public or private sector businesses. The Charity Commission is encouraging charities to follow protection advice released by the City of London Police and the National…

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4th November 2016 Building Information Modelling

Construction Projects: Use of cloud accounting helps with BIM. Are you part of a construction project team? There is increasing publicity being given to the integration of Building Information Modelling (BIM) into construction projects. Since 4 April 2016, any firm wanting to be considered for public sector construction work has to be BIM level 2…

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17th August 2016 Electronic Data Input

IT Savvy Farmers: AF Online Link helps automate book-keeping. Do you have an account with the buying group Anglia Farmers Ltd? Are you tired of entering invoices manually into your accounting software? Anglia Farmers have an online link called ‘AF Interactive’. Throughout the month Anglia Farmers publish their members invoices to this online portal. During…

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4th August 2016 HMRC IT Gremlins

HMRC Online Services: Login problems? You may have recently noticed changes to the design of the H M Revenue & Customs (HMRC) website.  One of these changes has been to the Government Gateway login page.  Whilst the page fundamentally performs the same function, it appears the change is causing login problems amongst users with longer…

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7th October 2015 IT Governance

SME Cyber Security: £5k grants available. Small and micro-sized businesses can apply for government vouchers of up to £5,000 for specialist advice to boost their cyber security, and to protect new business ideas and intellectual property. The vouchers enable businesses to access services from the UK cyber security industry. This new scheme will also help…

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1st October 2015 Cybercrime

October 2015: European Cyber Security Month. As we put more and more of our live online we all need to be conscious of the risk of cybercrime, a multi-billion dollar “industry” where you budding cyber criminal can simply buy an exploit from an online market place. We have recently see “improvements” to phishing email purporting…

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2nd January 2015 Software Review

Cloud Accounting: Xero wins beauty parade Whiting’s Start-up Group has undertaken a comprehensive review of 15 leading cloud accounting packages available for UK SME’s.  This review compared these web hosted software products under the following key criteria: Training Add-ons Paying bills direct Up-time Direct bank statement feed Back-up Cost Although Sage has the market brand awareness…

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