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Why accountants are falling in love with Bright

13th Feb 2023
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Since AccountancyManager was acquired by Bright almost a year ago(!), we’ve been given a unique insight into some of the market’s leading payroll, accounting and tax software solutions. You could say we’ve been struck by cupid’s arrow this Valentine’s Day, because we’re head over heels with how all the solutions in the Bright family benefit users. So, in the spirit of the holiday, we’re sharing the love that you’ve shared with us.

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Bright has a bit of something for everyone in the industry; versatile, multi-award-winning solutions built around your needs, that make your working life happy and efficient. 

But don’t just take our word for it… 

Functionality that makes your heart flutter 

Our payroll solution, BrightPay, is trailblazing the world of payroll – literally. Having been established in the UK for over a decade, we’ve achieved an astounding 99% customer satisfaction for 9 years in a row – including a 99.1% rating in 2022. Anyone else getting butterflies?

With a user friendly and intuitive interface and functionality beyond compare, it’s no wonder we won “Payroll and HR software of the year” at the 2022 Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) LUCA awards. (humble brag). Auto enrolment functionality, accounting software and pension provider integrations, as well as a fully cloud-based version just on the horizon, can make your life a whole lot easier to manage. 

I used to use HMRC Basic PAYE Tools for my payrolls. It frustrated the living daylights out of me and was recommended BrightPay. I use the bureau version and it is fantastic - saved me loads of time and if I ever have to call the helpline they have always resolved the problem very quickly. I highly recommend this product."
- D Sopp , Certified Practising Accountant 

On the other side of the pond, there’s Surf, our much-loved Irish software that offers bookkeeping and accounts production. While it’s not available in the UK (just yet – watch this space) you can register your interest here and we’ll let you know then when it lands.

One of the biggest reasons our Irish customers are crushing hard on Surf is our snazzy streamlined bank reconciliation. Rather than spending hours running through bank statements and crossing your fingers for a matched end balance (we’ve all been there, eh?), we connect to your bank account, pulling your transactions automatically into the system. We also generate your bank reconciliation statement in just minutes – talk about a lifesaver! This lets you blast through your reconciliations quicker than ever before. 

The auto VAT Reconciliation saves me hours each month, I’m very happy with it" 
- Tom Sheehey, Media Concepts 

Superstar support teams 

We couldn’t talk about love without mentioning our stellar support teams. Our tax and compliance solution, BTCSoftware, has support at the heart of the product. With an impressive 3-hour response rate, our team gets back to you quicker than most first dates. We even extend support hours during busy season (swoon), going above and beyond to cut down on stress, ensuring you meet those crucial deadlines. 50% of our BTCSoftware customers have been with us for over five years too – no commitment issues here, folks. 

A big thank you for your very helpful and efficient assistance today and thank you to BTCSoftware for taking the January deadline into consideration and providing adequate support for us. This tax season is going very well for me and I am very pleased to have chosen the right software provider.” 
- Rose Nelson, FFA, FAIA FTA, RNS Business Services 

In 2022, our BrightPay customer support rating was 98.9%. Our support doesn't just stop at phone and email support from payroll specialists either – we extend out even further with our product demos, regular webinars and guides. 

BrightPay is amazing value for money, and a great product as well. The customer service is among the best I have experienced, they are knowledgeable, friendly and have a very fast response time.” 
- Marc Brazier, MB Services Kent Limited 

Integrations that pull on your heartstrings 

Life is always easier when your partner gets on with your friends. Rather than having to switch in and out between different software packages to complete your day-to-day tasks – like sending invoices and submitting pension files – API integrations let you do all of this with ease. 

While AccountancyManager is integrated with the likes of Xero, HMRC and Companies House (to name a few), our practice management solution isn’t the only cool kid on the block. BrightPay has direct API integrations with some of the UK’s leading pension providers, accounting software, and direct payment platforms. Some of these include NEST, The People’s Pension, Aviva, Xero, FreeAgent, Quickbooks and Modulr. 

The batch RTI submissions is quick and easy to use, you can even select the employers you want to batch submit. The integration with NEST is very good, saves a lot of time, having it match then no mistakes are made. I also really like the payroll journal export, especially as you have the option to create your own journals if the bookkeeping software is not already supported or if you want something different to what is already created for you."
- Janet Stevenson , Specialist Accounting 

BTCSoftware is integrated with FreeAgent, Quickbooks, and Xero so you can import trial balances into the accounts production package. We're also integrated with bookkeeping software like Sage and Kashflow, as well as Companies House and HMRC. The HMRC integration in particular comes in handy for Corporation Tax and Self Assessment, with tax returns filed to HMRC straight from the system – did someone turn the heating up? Turns out tax returns don’t have to be so taxing after all. 

We tried to use HMRC online but found we couldn't file CT600Cs and there wasn't enough time to create a simplified group arrangement. So we investigated the solutions available and decided on BTCSoftware. 
It is quite simply a brilliant piece of software, easy to use, works like a dream with VT Software, fantastic value for money. We love it.. "
- Steve Bicknell, FD, SCA Group 

Fancy a date? 

Don’t be a heartbreaker – get to know us better by booking a free demo of the software today.