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Has anyone used Pandle or Brandle?

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Hi, thanks for reading this post.

We are a small accountancy practice with around 150 clients. We chose to use Xero as our software bookkeeping tool but its becoming really expensive. The main issue is that we would like clients to use Xero to raise their sales invoices but then we offer Receipt Bank for purchase invoices and bank feeds for the bank. We then do all of the reconciling and usual accountancy stuff. The only time clienst uses Xero is to input a sales invoice as it saves us time. Xero have stated that as a client uses Xero to raise the sale invoice, we cant have our Bureau licence for these clients. This means a huge increase in Xero fees that we cant pass onto clients.

As such we have started to look elsewhere and stumbled accross Pandle / Brandle. This seems to be a solution for simple clients but I would like to know if anyone has any experience using this software?

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08th Jun 2018 12:53

If you had 200+ clients you can do a very good deal with Xero, as long you do not leak the deal you will be okay.

I have seen this. Xero will deny it.

I am also looking at Pendle as well for some clients.

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08th Jun 2018 13:09

Signed up to try it and had loads of problems accessing a client that I signed up so gave up on it. Received about 300 emails in the process!

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08th Jun 2018 14:59

Look at QuickBooks, they have some good deals for accountants who become their partners.

Speak to one of their account managers.

My concern is once they have the UK market share that they aimed for, it will go the same way as Xero. As a small practice, you will be insignificant. Your voice will NOT be heard. You will get the usual platitudes and non-truths.

Make the most of it now with QB.

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08th Jun 2018 17:22

We use Reckon one and Auto entry for the type of client you are describing. For our other clients who don't need invoicing we use xero cashbooks.

The above covers about 95% of our client base for our other clients we use software that best fits there needs.

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09th Jun 2018 09:47

I've been trialling Pandle for a couple of months with a sole trader and one person Ltd company both of which use spreadsheets and would not suit full fat Xero or similar products.

For me this simple system will suit them well, the screens are few and basic, which confuses me but would be great for them.

It's not designed for large volumes of transactions and the bank import/explaining process is not that intelligent, although I've been told they are developing this side of things.

Similarly there is currently no integration with Receipt Bank, Auto Entry etc but this too is planned, as is integrated payroll (they will run payroll internally for users).

I'm impressed with the speed of development over the past couple of years and, probably because of new techniques and architecture, it doesn't suffer from the staid development of the older breed (Xero et al).

So I think it's what I'll be going with to get my small band of "spready" clients into the cloud and at a 10th of the cost of the others, the lack of sophistication is not a problem.

Definitely worth reviewing the support and blog sites:
https://support.pandle.co.uk/hc/en-us
https://www.pandle.co.uk/home/blog/

Brandle is not for me, my clients are comfy with the fact I'm an accountant not a software developer.

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03rd May 2019 16:25

I have only just seen this discussion, so am a bit late in commenting. However my comments might be more up to date.
First of all I would say that the support is better than I have come across with other packages - ask a question on the chat option and an answer or further discussion is there in about 5 minutes.
Pandle is simple to use and I am slowly putting all clients onto it. I also offer a bookkeeping service and it was easy enough to add an assistant to the user base. I tend to use the download options into CSV format as this includes entry numbers (invaluable for amendments) whereas the pdf version does not. There is a very good filter option on the "view Transactions" tab where entries can be defined for the user. All in all a very good package

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03rd May 2019 20:52

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I have only just seen this discussion, so am a bit late in commenting. However my comments might be more up to date.
First of all I would say that the support is better than I have come across with other packages - ask a question on the chat option and an answer or further discussion is there in about 5 minutes.
Pandle is simple to use and I am slowly putting all clients onto it. I also offer a bookkeeping service and it was easy enough to add an assistant to the user base. I tend to use the download options into CSV format as this includes entry numbers (invaluable for amendments) whereas the pdf version does not. There is a very good filter option on the "view Transactions" tab where entries can be defined for the user. All in all a very good package

Yes, I totally agree. I've been using Pandle for one client (who incidentally was on Xero at £30 a month yet only doing the sales invoices) for several months now and I love it. Best feature for me is being able to do purchase invoices in batches. The bank rec took some getting used to but now I quite like it. My cloud software of choice.

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