Sage Line 50 tutorial is designed for book-keeping software, in this blog we will teach you how to use this software. In sage line 50 blog you will learn about how to install and operate Sage Line 50 and how to install on network.

Sage P11D 2011 now available

Legislation and other changes applicable from 6th April 2010

High Rate tax percentage increased to 50% (incl. PSA report)Company car fuel legislation rates updatedCompany car legislation rates updatedCompany car fuel benefit charge appropriate percentage is increased to £18,000Company car appropriate percentage for electric cars down to 0%Removal of list price limit of £80,000Electric vans are now included with a separate charge of £0Fuel benefit charge is increased to £550Official rate of interest for loans made in pound sterling is reduced to 4%Official rate of interest for accommodation benefits who cost exceeds £75,000 is reduced to 4%P11D, P9D, P11D(b) and P46(Car) forms updated and approved by HMRC for 2010/11 tax yearInternet Submission schema rules updated for 2010/2011 tax year

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Sage Cover

Sage Cover - Complete support for your business

Telephone Support
Just call us to talk with our friendly team of over 350 experts. They're based in the UK and are ready to smooth your progress through tasks or help you explore the software's possibilities. And we promise, no jargon. Just talking you through in language you'll understand.

Email Support
Tackling something that's hard to explain over the phone? Working late? You can email your question to us at a time that suits you. We'll work to find the right answer while you get on with business. Usually we can provide you an answer the next working day.

Ask Sage online database
When you're asking: "I wonder how...?" check out our jargon-free answers to 6,000 questions about Sage software. Ask Sage is our flexible online FAQ database that covers everything from getting started, through general day-to-day tasks, to more detailed advice on a range of business issues.

Data Repair & recovery service
We hope it never happens, but if you do lose important Sage data or need it repaired, our team can help get things back on track. One of our in-house experts will do their best to retrieve or repair your data.

Payroll Year End Guide
If you're a Sage 50 Payroll customer we'll show exactly what to do and how to do it at Payroll Year End (PYE), from software updates to new tax parameters. We'll send you a PYE pack containing everything you need and we've got a dedicated PYE website that will guide you through all the essentials.

Sage HR Advice
For Sage 50 Payroll users our online HR Advice service (RRP £130) helps you make sense of employment law and how it relates to your business. From applicants and interviews through to redundancy and retirement, Sage HR Advice will show you the best way to handle everything about your people.

Regular Software Updates
Regular software updates will make sure you're up to speed with all the latest legislation, ensuring your business stays on the right side of the law and steers clear of any costly fines.

Business News
Our online business library contains hundreds of searchable documents with top tips and advice on growing your business, corporate branding, data protection, renting premises and much more. There are also daily news updates on a broad range of topics.

Solutions Magazine
We'll send you our quarterly Solutions magazine to give you the low down on the latest business news, issues & debate. It's packed with information, time-saving hints and tips from our team of experts.

Exclusive discounts
Receive up to 20% off our software and services, including 20% off additional Sage 50 Accounts user & company licenses.

SageCover Extra

New & improved SageCover Extra 
SageCover Extra includes all the benefits of SageCover plus more. It's a truly premium support service - giving you priority access to our experts & ensuring your software is always up-to-date with the latest version & legislation changes.

Free Software Upgrades
As a SageCover Extra customer we'll send you the latest version of your software as soon as it's released - free of charge. You can download & install it straight away, making sure that your software is completely up-to-date, legislatively compliant and that you'll be among the first to take advantage of all the new features and benefits.

Remote Support Direct to your screen - New! (Sage 50 Accounts SageCover Extra customers only)
Now, when you call us for support, our technicians can remotely access your PC and walk you through what needs to be done & answer your queries quickly and easily.

Priority Telephone Support - New! (Sage 50 Accounts SageCover Extra customers only)
When you call us simply enter your SageCover Extra serial number and we'll connect you to our most experienced technicians automatically - making sure you're getting the best possible help and advice.

Online Webinars and Library - New! (Sage 50 Accounts SageCover Extra customers only)
Login to view demonstrations of our software online by our expert technicians, covering a range of the most popular topics chosen by you - helping you to make the most of your software.

Sage Health & Safety Advice
Sage 50 Accounts & Sage 50 Payroll users can access our Sage Health & Safety Advice service.  You'll be able to access online guidance including over 1,000 common procedures, step-by-step guides, letters, policies and forms for you to use in your business.

Business Toolkits
It's not just the day-to-day stuff we can help with. Because we talk to people in businesses like yours every day, we've developed special tools that can help you. From Benchmarker, Planner, Cost calculator and Financial Checker for Sage 50 Accounts users to Personality Profiler, Interview Guide and Development Analysis for Sage 50 Payroll.

Free Reports for your business
Sage 50 Accounts customers can request three customised reports per year, and Sage 50 Payroll customers can download our three most popular specialised reports per year. Plus, all SageCover Extra members get our most popular report free of charge every month.

Even more savings
As a SageCover Extra member we want to offer you the very best deals on our software and services.   You can get 10% off any of our Sage Stationery range and 20% off your first Customised Stationery order. Plus, Sage 50 Accounts users get 30% off additional users & companies and Sage 50 Payroll users get 20% off additional users, companies & employees.

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Sage 50 ODBC Explorer

Sage 50 ODBC Explorer

This FREE tool will allow you to access and extract information from any Sage table. If you are proficient in SQL you can extract exactly the data you need. If not simply double click any of the listed Sage tables to view all of the data.

The ODBC explorer allows you to export Sage data to MS Excel or CSV format.

You can get your copy by sending a blank email to this address

If you want SQL training then please contact me.

Sage 50 to mySQL

I am getting alot of requests lately in exporting data from Sage to mySQL as an automatic process. I now have a beta running and would like to invite anyone who needs this functionality to please get in touch. This will extract all Sage 50 data on a schedule you determine. This will enable you to export the data to either a local/network or even Internet hosted copy of mySQL.

The reason for doing this is two-fold;

I have customers with large datasets starting to encounter performance issues (they are on the verge of outgrowing Sage 50)

There were customers having issues getting the server part of the Sage 50 for iPhone solution configured. Now there will be a central secure repository (at where this application will export your data and the iphone app will connect to this site with your credentials to allow you to view your Sage data on the go.

Of course with the data in a full relational database there are all sorts of possibilites in terms of integration/customisation!

Just send an email to mysqlbeta at

Sage mySQL no more…

For those of you that we aware Sage have been working on a version of Sage 50 which uses the open, standard database engine, mySQL, codenamed Sage 100. This was a supposed to improve performance for those customers running large volumes of data through Sage 50 (yes I know who you are…..I’ve seen those 7000 customers on your sales ledger ;) ) but a very recent announcement from Sage has stated that development has stopped.

Reasons aren’t entirely clear, my thinking was that if it didnt offer the ability to talk the database across the WAN (i.e. Internet) as well as the LAN then its not *that* much of a forward leap. My experience is that customers move from Sage 50 not due to data volumes but for functionality, things like multi-location stock.

Of course this isn’t the first time they’ve done a U-turn, last year the very poor and buggy Sage Live was almost drowned at birth. The SaaS offering never really got started before being shelved and allowing all the SaaS boys to further strengthen their offerings and increase market share.

Sage 50 or Sage 200 data online?

I’ve been working on a couple of projects to extract data via scheduled jobs to place on remote servers of late. It was something I was mulling over as the one big sticking point with the iPhone connect for Sage 50 application is for a user being able to configure their firewall to allow external access. My thinking is to charge a nominal monthly fee (and no upfront cost) for a tool which extracts your Sage 50 or Sage 200 (in an extremely efficient manner!), uploads it to a secure site where you will able to view/filter and report on your Sage data.

What I don’t know is how much do you, the great Sage using population, want the ability to do this? It means not only can you easily deploy your information company wide but also to home workers and it would tie up nicely with the iphone app. Now phase 1 would be read-only but later phases would look at altering the online data and via some other tool allowing those changes to be written back to your data.

If it is something even of passing interest then please email here.

Chasing Your Tail or Chasing Your Money?

Getting paid on time is a constant frustration for any business. Seven years ago I developed an add-on for Sage 50 (and Instant) that automatically sends email reminders to customers with overdue invoices. At the time it had limited success due mainly to lack of email addresses being held in the system.

Fast forward 11 years and many organisations are try to do everything electronically to be kind to the environment and streamline processes. Perhaps now eCredit the automated credit control tool can help your business, you can read more here.

Coming Soon….Dashboard+

Dashboard+ is coming soon….

What is Dashboard+? Dashboard+ builds on the principles of the free dashboard product by giving you instant access to key data within your Sage 50 or Sage Instant accounting system. But Dashboard+ adds a host of new features such as;

Drag and drop design of new dashboard widgetsCreate new dashboard ‘tabs’ so you organise the display how ‘you’ wantAbility to create new key performance indicators (KPIs)Web based interfaceCentral KPI repository, as new KPIs get added and requested they are available to ALL subscribers

Dashboard+ will be available on a subscription basis where you receive the product, updates and full support on an ongoing basis. Don’t know SQL to create your own KPIs? Your subscription includes full SQL support, if you want a specific KPI that can be derived from your Sage data we will create it!

Alerts and Notifications

Following on from the resurrection of eCredit the automated credit control tool I had a conversation with a client who was enquiring about being able to have an event or a change in the Sage data trigger an automatic email to one or more customers. This got me thinking about a generic alerts system where a user can define some parameters and when a value or status changes have an automatic email or even SMS sent to one or more external recipients or to internal staff.

Now something like this does exist in the guise of BPM (Business Process Modelling) or workflow. These solutions are typically expensive and need alot of configuration. My thinking is that you have something that is simpler and user friendly but acheives the same end goal. If this is something of interest please get in touch.

Category: Sage 200, Sage 50

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The Business Growth Fund, plugging the lending gap

It was hailed as the answer to British firms’ long-term lending problems – a billion-pound pot of bank-backed equity that could bridge the financial gap for hundreds of companies. But as it prepares to launch this year, experts are wondering just how effective the Business Growth Fund (BGF) is really going to be.

The innovative new body has already promised to make more than £1.5 billion available for small to medium-sized companies in 2011. But despite the hype, commentators and industry are already divided about how well the equity system, backed by the high street banks, will work and what it can realistically achieve.

What is the Business Growth Fund?

So what exactly is it and how will it work? Why might it be so important for kick-starting expansion for businesses and the economy as a whole? And why are critics urging caution?

The idea of a bank-sponsored BGF was first raised last year, by then Chancellor, Alastair Darling, in response to the general downturn in lending. With net lending down six per cent in the last 12 months, he hoped making funds available in this way would stimulate future growth – and have a lasting, positive effect on the economy.

Darling proposed working with the major high street banks to establish an investment fund for small and medium-sized businesses to tap into. Signing up Lloyds, Santander and Clydesdale, Darling created a £200 million resource that aimed to reach £500 million of capital. Other banks were less keen to get involved – saying that civil servants’ preference for distributing monies to existing venture capital firms would not build capacity in the market.

Then in July, while coming under political pressure to increase business lending from the new Coalition Government, the major banks took on the project for themselves.

What’s the thinking behind it?

Explaining the thinking behind it Chancellor, George Osborne, and Business Secretary, Vince Cable explained: “This government has always insisted that banks need to increase lending to our essential small businesses, in order to support economic growth, while also restoring customer trust.”

So, which banks have signed up?

The new fund, backed by Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and Standard Chartered, aims to invest in individual companies with a turnover of between £10 million and £100 million, in return for an equity stake of at least ten per cent.

Managed by an independent investment company based in London and a range of regional offices, banks will put £350 million into the pot over the next two years – spreading the rest of the total £1.5 billion contribution between now and 2020.

As Fund Chairman and Barclays Chief Executive, John Varley, explains: “As banks we have an obligation to help the UK economy return to growth. The private sector will play a key role in the recovery and it’s our job to help viable firms to be successful.”

What can the fund achieve?

But Angela Knight, chief executive of the British Bankers Association, says and her members are still cautious about how much the fund can achieve – and says its scope could be limited.

“The anticipation at the moment is it will do about 75 companies a year, a bit like where 3i (an international investment company) used to be when it was in this sector,” she explained. “That figure will also depend on what businesses want and we are hopeful that others will come in and commit to the fund.”

The BBC’s Business Editor, Robert Peston, agrees – urging a seasoned, measured view of what the BGF can hope to achieve.

“It is important not to get too carried away,” he says. “I calculate that it will be able to provide risk capital to around 250 middling companies over a number of years (based on the banks’ assertion that they’ll provide £1.5 billion of equity finance in individual lumps of between £2m and £10m).

“That will be seen as a useful contribution to the growth potential of a segment of the economy that has typically found it hard to raise capital. But it won’t be transformative.”

It may not be the cure-all solution that the Coalition originally hoped for but with such a large amount to invest, the BGF’s contribution will at the very least represent step in the right direction.

Steve Porter, Accountants Division


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