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NewsSage 200Sage 50

Yet More Legislation Changes

What’s happening? From 01 July 2021, the EU will be introducing two new optional VAT schemes for sales to EU consumers (customers in the EU who are not VAT registered). These new schemes are: The One Stop Shop The Import One Stop Shop On this date, the EU will also…
Jack
14 June 2021
CIM50

Cim50: Updates to Auto-Update

As you may be aware, CIM’s current auto-update system occasionally experiences issues where update files are not downloaded correctly. For the upcoming v2021.3 release, CIM have moved their Auto-Update system to a dedicated Azure server, meaning increased reliability and a reduced need for calls to Support. If you’ve had to…
Jack
3 June 2021
CIM50

Cim50 Update – v2021.2.10

We’ve become aware of an issue when some users are applying the recent hotfix for Cim50. What’s happening is that some machines are not recognising the fact that v2021.2.10 is higher than v2021.2.9. While they’re unsure of the cause, CIM are working hard to resolve the issue. For the time…
Jack
1 June 2021
ACIT NewsIT Solutions

Are You Covered in Case of Attack?

No, we’re not talking about alien attacks (although a plan might be worth having in case of invasion), we’re of course talking about cyber-attacks. Because of an increase in cyber-attacks and their severity, Lloyd’s (London’s insurance marketplace) issued a bulletin in July 2019 to address the ambiguity around cyber coverage…
Jack
26 May 2021
EventsSage

Sage Sessions Online 2021

 Sage Sessions Online is back for 2021! Join us for this free virtual experience on Wednesday, 7 July 2021.As we get back to growth, it's not what the year holds for Sage that excites us, it's the stories of success and renewal we're going to help our customers to write.So this…
Jack
25 May 2021
EventsSage

Sage Impact Awards Are Now Live!

This May, Sage is launching Sage Impact Awards in partnership with Sage Champions community. These awards will be celebrating the work that accountants, bookkeepers, and businesses have done over the past 12 months. Help us champion the difference-makers…YOU! The award nominations are open now until 13 June 2021. The awards…
Jack
25 May 2021
Sage 50

Opayo by Elavon (Formerly Sage Pay)

If you weren’t aware, Sage had long held their own Payment Service Provider (PSP) called Sage Pay. Since 13th July 2020 though, after being acquired by Elavon, Sage Pay has now been rebranded as ‘Opayo by Elavon’. Opayo is Europe’s leading independent PSP and is one of the most trusted…
Jack
21 May 2021
Microsoft 365

NEW to Microsoft Teams: Whiteboards

Ever wanted to scribble a quick picture or diagram during an online meeting, but didn’t know how to share it with your colleagues? Worry no more; Microsoft Teams can help with its new virtual Whiteboards. Not only can you share your doodles and diagrams with your colleagues, you can even…
Jack
21 May 2021
CIM50Sage 50

Sage 50 Manufacturing – Why Should I Switch to Cim50?

Long ago, Sage stopped developing new features for their Manufacturing software. Then they stopped supporting it. Now, they don’t even recommend using it, favouring Cim50 instead. Apart from the obvious reasons above, let’s look at why you should switch to Cim50 from Sage Manufacturing. Continuous Program Development CIM Services are…
Jack
14 May 2021
Microsoft 365

NEW to Microsoft Teams: Webinars

From the end of April, Microsoft will be rolling out the ability to host Webinars, right from your Teams account. You’ll be able to host webinars if your Microsoft account is on one of the following licenses: Office 365 or Microsoft 365 E3/E5/A3/A5/Business Standard/Business Premium. If you’re not on one…
Jack
21 April 2021
IT Solutions

Remote Access – Are You at Risk?

Nowadays, most businesses are aware of attacks through viruses and the like, yet they don’t see the danger in allowing remote access to their network. Here at ACIT, we ensure our customers' security and safety online, however you access your systems. Allowing remote access needs to open a port on…
Jack
31 March 2021
Featured ProductsSage 200Sage 50

Featured: Enhanced Sage Reporting

Frustrated with the lack of extensive reporting capabilities in Sage 50 and Sage 200 accounts? So are we; that's why we've created our own enhanced Sage reports, available for you now. As experts in Sage accounts and an accredited Sage partner, ACIT Solutions are committed to helping our customers get…
Jack
26 March 2021
Featured ProductsProducts

Featured: PaperLess – Document Management Software

When most people hear the term ‘document management’, they think of simply scanning documents onto a computer and storing them digitally. Most document management systems though, like PaperLess, offer much more than this, with easy search-and-retrieval, organisation and sharing options commonly available. PaperLess automates your document capture and processing procedures,…
Jack
26 March 2021
Sage 200Sage 50

MUST-READ If you use Sage Drive

After 31 May 2021, Remote Data Access will no longer be available in v26 and below. To use Remote Data Access after that date you must upgrade to v27. In October last year, Sage released version 27 of Sage 50Cloud Accounts. As always, the latest version came with a host…
Jack
19 March 2021
CIM50Sage 50

Cim50 V2021.2 Updates Roundup

As you may already know, in order to stay in line with Sage’s update/release structure, CIM brought forward their own release schedule in October last year. Rather than having to update the two separately, it makes it easier for users to update both programmes at the same time. This means…
Jack
19 March 2021
BrexitSage 50

Sage 50 Account v27.1 – Brexit Ready

Sage 50cloud Accounts v27.1 Service Pack  There have been several additional improvements release in Sage v27.1 relating to Brexit, along with general improvements to the software itself. To cover the general improvements first, there have been amendments made to the Auto update functionality, meaning that any future updates are completed…
Alice
19 January 2021
Sage 50

What’s new and Improved in Sage 50cloud Accounts v27

It is that time of year again where Sage have released the new version of the software, and we are all investigating the new functionality that was included with it.  We would normally have hosted a workshop demonstrating the functionality below, but obviously the way of the world currently has…
Alice
25 November 2020
Covid-19

Has the coronavirus pandemic affected your credit control?

Credit hound software stays on top of your credit control processes, reduces administrative tasks, improves your cash flow and gets you paid faster. Forget time consuming manual admin, delayed payments and withheld money due to disputes, this software improves customer communications, allowing you to have more available cash for your…
Alice
16 September 2020
Sage 50

Sage 50cloud – Are you on the latest version?

With v27 due out this week, are you getting left behind? Upgrades are part of your subscription allowing you to benefit from the latest innovative features and bug fixes helping your business become more effective and productive as a result. Did you know that Sage release functional updates three or…
Alice
9 September 2020
CIM50Sage 50

The Future of Sage 50 Manufacturing

Sage announced on the 12th August 2020 that support for their Sage 50 Manufacturing will cease on 30th September 2021.  The software has not been developed since 2013. To support their customers moving forwards, Sage have partnered with CIM Services, the authors of alternative manufacturing software that integrates with Sage…
Alice
8 September 2020
Sage 50

Unfixable Errors in Sage 50cloud Accounts

We had another instance this week of a customer who had unfixable errors in their accounts data.  They have support from Sage directly for this software and, after running the standard tools, were told that the only thing they could do was restore back to a last good backup; this…
Alice
7 September 2020
News

UK VAT Change Announcement

The Chancellor has recently announced a plan to change the UK VAT rate from 20% to 5% for the hospitality sectors.  This affects businesses that buy & sell food, provide accommodation or manage attractions. This is due to come into effect from Wednesday 15th July 2020 and will be applicable…
Alice
8 July 2020
ACIT NewsCovid-19

ACIT – Important notice…

NOTICE TO OUR CUSTOMERS“ACIT has advanced business continuity plans in place to minimise disruption to our own and our customers’ business operations. Our focus remains to offer high levels of service at all times for our customers. Our team have the capacity to perform their day to day tasks equally…
Alice
19 March 2020
Covid-19

Coronavirus – Will your business be affected?

Coronavirus – Will your business be affected? Here at ACIT we are firm believers in the Scouting Motto “Be Prepared”. With the news being dominated by the Coronavirus, and latest reports saying that at worst around 20% of the workforce could be off sick at the peak of the outbreak…
Alice
11 March 2020
Brexit

Brexit is here!

Brexit is here! Whether you wished to leave or remain (we don’t need to know which!), we can’t ignore the fact that it is finally happening. One thing you don’t need to do is worry about the new legislation that will come in around what you have to do Accounting-wise…
Alice
1 February 2020
News

Domestic reverse VAT charge has now been delayed until 2020

The domestic reverse charge will change to the way VAT is collected in the building and construction industry. This doesn’t come into effect until 1 October 2020 and means the customer receiving the service will have to pay the VAT due to HMRC instead of paying the supplier. This will…
Caroline
13 September 2019
IT Solutions

Windows Update issues – April 2019

We have had a number of calls today from customers who have got stuck on a ‘configuring windows’ screen when they started their computers. It appears that updates released last night for both Windows 7 and Windows 10 have had something in them which some machines are fine with, others…
Alice
10 April 2019
News

Sage Release Notice for VAT Returns to 31st March 2019

It has been reported that there is a small software error with Sage 50 when submitting your VAT period ending 31st March 2019.  Don't panic though, we've got you covered! If you run your VAT Return up to the period ending March 2019, the transactions for 31st March 2019 will…
Alice
20 February 2019
ProductsSage 50

Introduction to PaperLess & Sage 50

Book a Free Demo and discover the world of PaperLess! PaperLess is an essential solution for your business needs. Let us introduce you to the benefits of: • Effortlessly scanning invoices into Sage, turning purchasing into an automated procedure. • Considerably reducing manual data input. • Speeding-up invoice processing with…
Caroline
9 January 2019
Products

Act! Obsolescence

We need to make all users of Act! Software that a 3rd party component of the software, which facilitates licencing services, is being retired at the end of 2018. For users of Act! V17 or below, this means that, as of 1st January 2019, you will not be able to…
Caroline
23 November 2018
Sage 50

Sage 50cloud Accounts v25

So, it’s that time of year again where Sage release the latest version of their software; indeed, if you are on a subscription or Sage Cover contract, you will probably have had an email come through letting you know it is available for download. As a Business Partner we do…
Caroline
19 October 2018
Sage 50

Something FREE with Sage 50 Payroll

Did you realise that you now get the ability to use the online payslips functionality as part of your existing Sage 50 Payroll subscription / support contract?  This is at no additional cost; there used to be a charge for this service but now it is included! This portal means…
Caroline
20 July 2018
ACIT NewsIT Solutions

Are you frustrated with your IT?

Is your current IT service slow? Whether that’s time taken to get through to someone on the phone, or even the length of time taken for an issue to be resolved. Some IT companies have response time of 24 hours, which could have a real detriment to your business if…
Caroline
11 June 2018
ACIT NewsEventsProducts

ACITraining!

Calling all users of Sage 50 and Sage 200 products. Are you using Sage and would like to learn more about the system? Do you have new members of staff joining and only have limited time to train them on Sage? Do you use Sage but on an infrequent basis…
Caroline
4 June 2018
EventsNews

Only 4 days to go!

Only 4 days to go! Just a reminder that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on Friday 25th May 2018. Unsure as to how this affects you? Why not attend an online training session? The course is run by Sage and is £199 plus VAT. It will…
Caroline
21 May 2018
Sage 50

Announcement for Sage 50 Accounts customers!

Good news! From today (9th May 2018) the latest version of Sage 50 cloud Accounts v24.2 is released! What’s new with Version 24.2? Invoice Payments New invoicing functionality that helps customers get paid at the click of a button. No more chasing late payments -Customers can get their invoices paid through…
Caroline
9 May 2018
Sage 50

Minimum Stock Levels on Sage

If you are a supplier of goods, the minimum level you hold of a product before you have to re-order it (minimum stock level) is an important piece of information for your business. The consequence of setting this too low is obvious; you suddenly get an influx of orders for one…
Caroline
20 April 2018
IT Solutions

What is backing up and why do I need to do it?

Backing up is a way of saving your data and protecting it from risks such as: Damage Theft User Error (a user may accidentally delete an important file) Hacking Natural Disaster- i.e. a fire may destroy the building where the data was being stored Computer Breakdown System Crash Virus Attack where…
Caroline
3 April 2018
News

MTD Making Tax digital- Coming soon (well, in 2019)

We thought we give you a brief overview of making tax digital and how you can be prepared for the changes. Why has MTD is coming into force The government’s view is that using digital technology will make it easier for businesses to get their tax right.  Their aim is…
Caroline
29 March 2018
IT Solutions

The Cloud: Explained!

  What is the cloud? It’s where you securely upload your files to a service (essentially the internet!) and then download them again wherever you are. (An example of a service includes- OneDrive/Google/iCloud) If you use any type of social media at the moment, chances are that you’re already using the…
Caroline
26 March 2018
News

GDPR- Is your business ready for the changes?

GDPR- You’ve probably heard that acronym before, but what does it mean? It’s the General Data Protection Regulation, which is superseding the Data Protection Act 1998 and will affect how data relating to both individuals and businesses should be handled. It will apply to every organisation in the world that does…
Caroline
16 March 2018
ACIT NewsIT SolutionsProducts

ACIT and Swiftpage Act!

ACIT are proud to announce that we have been become Business Partners with Swiftpage (again!), to sell the excellent Act! Premium & Professional software. After having a taste of different software in-house for our CRM system, we have come to realise just how good, and simple to use, Act! software…
Caroline
23 February 2018
News

Last time (honestly) – HMRC Gateway changes

I know we have been blogging a lot about this, but it is something that all Sage 50 Accounts and Sage 50 Payroll users need to be aware of, especially if they submit any of their data to HMRC via the Sage Gateway. We have been made aware by Sage…
Caroline
16 February 2018
Sage 50

Upgrades for Sage 50 Perpetual licences

ACIT Solutions have been given the unique opportunity to offer Upgrades on Sage 50 Accounts Perpetual licences. For the last year or so, Sage have been actively pushing their customers on to a Subscription service, which is great…  However, we do know there are a number of users that just…
Caroline
9 February 2018
News

Yet another Government Gateway change that affects Sage…

So you’ve seen all the previous blog articles about upgrading to Sage 50 Accounts v24 to allow you to keep submitting your VAT returns online – well here’s another one but about Payroll this time! We have received communication from Sage today advising that customers who are using Sage 50…
Caroline
30 January 2018
News

Workplace Pension Contributions

You can’t have missed the recent tv adverts with the big blue creature talking about Workplace Pensions and how every business, no matter how big or small, needs to offer their employees a pension.  Hopefully, all of you out there who meet these criteria have got schemes in place –…
Caroline
12 January 2018
NewsSage 50

Government Gateway and Sage Accounts v24

We have been advised that users of older versions (v23 and below) of Sage 50 Accounts are seeing a prompt when they log in about the Government Gateway Changes.  DON’T PANIC ABOUT THIS!!! To put this simply, once the new system is put in place by the Government after February…
Caroline
5 January 2018
ACIT News

It’s Christmas!

I guess everyone is doing the same this week, but our final blog of 2017 is one to send all of our customers, whether past, present or future, festive greetings.  May your Christmas fulfil your wishes – whether that is peace and quiet, time to recharge or family gatherings, and…
Caroline
22 December 2017
IT SolutionsNews

Ransomware Virus’ Over Christmas

I know it’s not very seasonal (don’t worry, that one will follow!) but we wanted to warn everyone that there has been another spate of Ransomware recently. Generally, if one of these virus’ hit, the sooner your IT company is notified the better.  This is because some of the backup…
Caroline
22 December 2017
Sage 50

Additional Improvements in Sage v24 SP1

Following on from our blog last week, we just wanted to share a couple of other improvements that we have found in the latest service pack of Sage. One that we love, as the amount of times we take a backup as part of our technical support role, without checking…
Caroline
18 December 2017
Sage 50

Service Pack 1 for Sage 50 Accounts v24 released

Just a quick blog this time to let everyone know that the latest service pack for Sage 50 Accounts v24 has been released this morning (11th December 2017). The main reason for this release, along with improvements to the go cardless integration, is tweaks that are all behind the scenes. …
Caroline
11 December 2017
Sage 200Sage 50

Sage Drive when moving data

We have a few customers here who have remote users and are utilising the ‘Sage Drive’ functionality to give them access to their Sage data.  This is normally something that is set up and then everyone in the office forgets about, till it something happens and it stops working. This…
Caroline
27 November 2017
Sage 50

Inactive Bank Accounts – Sage 50 Accounts

There is a great bit of new functionality that has been released with Sage 50 Accounts version 24. This is the ability to make Bank Accounts and Nominal Codes inactive, just as we can with Suppliers, Customers and Products in earlier versions. However, we have found a couple of little…
Caroline
17 November 2017
Sage 50

Sage version 24 – ready for download

We advised everyone back in September that version 24 of Sage 50 accounts had been released for those of you on 50c contracts or in support. We were expecting this download to be ‘pushed’ out to you all, meaning that one day you would log in to the software and…
Caroline
13 November 2017
ProductsSage 50

Integration between Sage 50 Accounts and DHL

Do you use DHL to send your deliveries?  Fed up of having to log in to 2 different systems (maybe even 3 if you also have an excel sheet holding additional information) just to see the progress of a delivery?  If so, then we have an application for you. We…
Caroline
3 November 2017
IT Solutions

Excel Integrated Reports Path Changer

We have noticed that we always get phone calls from customers who are using one of the amazing Excel Integrated Reports (EIR) we have created for them that.  The calls aren’t because there is an issue with the report, more that their colleague wants to use it and can’t find…
Caroline
20 October 2017
Sage 50

Sage 50 Payroll Online Timesheets

Do you use Sage 50 Payroll? You can now add Online Timesheets to your Payroll software for as little as £2.50 per month. This new innovation from Sage enables you to import the time your employee has worked for you directly into your Payroll software.  This not only saves you…
Caroline
13 October 2017
IT SolutionsProducts

Microsoft Power BI

Power BI is an analytics tool from Microsoft that allows easy insights to be gained into your business through great looking, interactive reports. At ACIT, we have connected this tool to Sage 50 Accounts, to combine powerful and in-depth reporting with a presentation that allows even non-sage users to understand…
Caroline
6 October 2017
EventsSage 50

All Good at our Sage 50c Training Workshop

Well, we held our training workshop on Wednesday, and are happy to say that we had very positive feedback from those who came along.  We enjoyed showing the improvements that Sage have made in the latest release of their software and sharing loads of information on how our audience could…
Caroline
29 September 2017
EventsSage 50

ACIT Sage 50 Workshop Reminder

Have you heard about our Sage 50 workshop that we are holding on Wednesday 27th September?  If not, where have you been these last couple of months? If you do, have you registered yet?  If you want to come, just either give us a call, drop us an email or…
Caroline
22 September 2017
Sage 50

Sage Bank Feeds

One of the amazing new features of Sage 50c accounts is the Sage Bank Feeds functionality. Those of you who are long terms users of Sage 50 will be aware that a few years ago, Sage aligned themselves with Yodlee to bring in external bank feeds, but this has not…
Caroline
15 September 2017
Sage 50

Adding a template to Sage documents

This week, one of our customers was after a customised layout for their Sage documents; sales orders, invoices, that kind of thing.  Nothing unusual there... However, when you look at the standard Sage layouts, none of them have boxes around the main order details – yes the address details sit…
Caroline
18 August 2017
IT Solutions

Hyper-V machines for internal use

We are really excited in the office here as we have just received our new server ? This was purchased primarily so we can create a number of Virtual machines (Hyper-Vs) for our testing purposes, allowing us to try everything possible with Sage 50 Accounts, Sage 50 Manufacturing, Sage 200,…
Caroline
11 August 2017
Sage 50

Direct Debit integration with Sage 50 Accounts

Sage are bringing out new integration with GoCardless when they release Sage 50 v24 in September.  This will allow you to manage customer Direct Debits with them through your Sage software. However, this is only available for GoCardless clients, and the bulk of Sage users aren’t using GoCardless as their…
Caroline
4 August 2017
IT SolutionsSage 200Sage 50

Have you considered…

We all know the fun that happens when one user puts a Sage Accounts automatic update on their machine – every other user then gets a message pop saying they are on the wrong version. No dramas there, follow the prompts and download the update to each of the other…
Caroline
31 July 2017
Sage 50

Fix for Emailing from Sage

Following our previous blog article, there has been a fix released for the emailing issue. There are 3 steps you need to follow: If you are using Microsoft Office 365, check you are on the latest build of this – as of 21/07/2017 this is version 1706. Check the version…
Caroline
21 July 2017
Sage 50

Sage 50 as you have never seen it before

So you think that Sage 50 hasn't changed much recently? Let ACIT, Sage & Microsoft (yes Microsoft!!) change your opinion. We are excited to introduce you to Sage 50c (Cloud Connected). Power, trust & productivity of the desktop (you love)....now with the flexibility & automation of secure cloud & mobile…
rsdeveloper
29 June 2017