SAGE programs

Sage has a wide range of programs to help you run your business and pay your employees, from cloud or desktop programs.

Sage Business Cloud Accounting Start is a cloud solution for simple businesses which are mainly cash in and cash out. Sage Business Cloud Accounting is a much more powerful cloud accounting solution for bigger and/or more complicated businesses.  Sage 50cloud Essentials is a simple desktop accounting solution, connected to the cloud, Sage 50cloud Standard has more features and Sage 50cloud Professional has in-depth stock, more than 2 users etc.

Sage Business Cloud Payroll is a cloud based payroll program for up to 25 employees.  Sage Instant Payroll a simple desktop program for up to 10 employees.   Sage 50cloud Payroll is a desktop payroll which deals with all your payroll needs for any number of employees.

If you would like more details of what Sage solution is best for you and your business or would like a demonstration or to order a program please contact us

Improved data fixing – while data errors are rare, Sage 50coloud Accounts improvements makes it easier to fix them, or to restore your last error free backup.

No-deal Brexit – To give you peace of mind, Sage 50cloud Accounts has in built-in functionality which can be switched on if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

CIS reverse charge – Sage 50cloud Accounts has new tax codes to help comply with the new construction industry reverse charge rules coming into effect in October 2020.

Sage Drive – General improvements to speed and stability.

If you would like more details of what Sage 50cloud Accounts V26 can do for you or a demonstration or to order the program please contact us

Once you are using Sage 50cloud Payroll V25.01, to ensure your software is fully up to date, you should install the Sage 50cloud Payroll V25.02.256 update.


Before installing the update you need to ensure that you have full administration rights, and all Windows updates have been installed.

  1. In Sage 50cloud Payroll, click Help then click About.
  2. Make a note of the Program Directory.
  3. Close Sage 50cloud Payroll.
  4. Go to and there will be a link to download Sage 50cloud Payroll V25.02.256, depending on your browser the update downloads, or click Save.
  5. To begin the installation, locate then double-click exe.
  6. Click Accept Licence.
  7. Check the path is the same as the program directory you noted earlier, then click Yes.

If the path is not the same, then click No and Yes and browse to the program directory you noted, click Payroll.exe, then click Open.

  1. When the installation completes, click OK.

To check you are using Sage 50cloud Payroll V25 go to Help and then click About.  Then under program details check your version number is v25.00.179 or above

New Features in Sage 50cloud Payroll V25 include

New Legislation for the tax year – The Sage 50cloud Payroll includes the relevant legislation for the tax year 2019/2020.

Postgraduate Loans – This is the new type of student loan introduced from the 6th April 2019.

Automatic Enrolment Phasing – The minimum pension contributions that you and your employee pay into your pension scheme are increasing again from April 2019.  If you are using the Pension Module, the new rates will be included in this update.

Disguised remuneration – If you are in a disguised remuneration scheme, you can record a notional payment to record the loan charge.

Salary Payments – Sage have teamed up with Modulr to provide an even better Salary Payment option, making it quicker, easier and more secure to pay your employees.

Serious ill-health lump sum – If you are running a pension PAYE Scheme and a member is suffering from serious ill-health then, provided certain conditions are met, they may be entitled to their entire benefit entitlement as a lump sum.

Company Cars and Optional Remuneration Arrangements (OpRA) – There are two fields in the employee record on the Cars/Fuel tab.  Cash Foregone (Car) and Cash Foregone (Fuel) these fields relate to Optional Remuneration Arrangements (OpRA).

If you would like more details of what Sage Payroll can do for you or a demonstration or to order the program please contact us


Before you switch on the MTD feature in Sage 50 accounts, check you have

  • Successfully registered with HMRC for MTD.
  • Make sure you have a MTD compliant version of Sage 50 Accounts.



  1. Open the company you want to switch to submit using MTD for VAT.
  2. Click Settings and then click Company Preferences.
  3. Enter your password and then click OK and then click the VAT
  4. Click the Enable Making Tax Digital for VAT submissions check box.
  5. Click Yes and then click OK.


When you next submit your VAT return it will submit under MTD.

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Vital Support services during COVID-19

Most of the team are working from home but we are still contactable by email or telephone.

We are currently not able to visit your premises but we do have the ability to remotely login to your system from our home offices to provide any accounts, VAT or payroll support you need.

We are busy dealing with lots of questions from clients and the challenges of working from home – we ask that you be patient and understand that we may take a little longer than usual to reply to an email.

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