Member Since: 19th Jul 2010
28th Aug 2018
We're biting the bullet and moving to SBC. It's... okay.
We're at a stage where Sage50 isn't enough but proper ERP systems are too much. SBC does enough. Our main draw was the dimensional accounting and the approvals process which brings us from using folders for invoice approvals to a semi-modern environment.
-you can't use the invoice batch import with invoice approvals which makes the input a bit slower than it should be
-editing a transaction is a ridiculous process
-you're on your own to learn it
-stock/fixed assets is pants
-consolidation is pants
On the flip side;
-it's easy to learn (but it's not just like Sage50! If the draw is that it's a Sage product and thus skills easily transferable, it isn't - if Xero is your preference, might as well bite the bullet and go for it as the learning curve is about the same)
-it does what you need it to and more
-they're trying to replicate Xero with the bank feeds. Which is kind of working, but kind of not. Still better than nothing!
-multiple control accounts
We ended up choosing it mainly because the built-in approvals, and we need an easy-to-learn system (our team is firmly stuck in the stone age. Even this is causing palpitations in our guys' tender little hearts). And I'm personally not a fan of Xero or Quickbooks so there's that.
TL;DR - It's not bad but it's not a superhero.
14th Aug 2018
All this will be a thing of the past with MTD. ©
Thanks, I needed a laugh this morning!
13th Aug 2018
We've had this issue recently, and basically got told you can't do much; the duplicate record is now there and the employees should be the ones to sort it from their end. *sigh*
If you want to keep on going with Payroo, keep going (don't P45 them!) as that's now the "correct" record.
What I did was:
- put the month of the switchover into query so HMRC can note that there is an issue on the employers' side of this. Still waiting on a response but I've made sure they know everything's in dispute so they can poke it with the interest.
-wrote a long-winded letter to the PAYE & SA side of HMRC (they will not speak to the employer on the phone but do accept letters from employers apparently) stating what's happened, that there are duplicate records with Mr A, B and C and could they please delete the incorrect records, attaching their P60s (as ours was PY), snapshots of the employee records with the correct/final RTI references and payslips for the periods in question. This sorted it from the employee's side pretty quickly.
It's a headache.
20th Jul 2018
If all HMRC info would be in HTML, it'll be in the format of:
link to something semi-relevant
*furiously click next*
PDFs are easy to use, finding information is easier than on the HMRC site (once you've collated all necessary docs to a mini-HMRCinfo on your PC).
By all means, use HTML on the site (the article seems to assume we all sit on the interwebs reading PDFs all day long, yet another bit of evidence on how out of touch HMRC are!) but don't take away my PDFs!
18th Jul 2018
The outrage on this is very telling of how the >millennial generations see FB.
The activists in my generation and post have been fighting against this type of modding for years, and it is repeatedly been chastised as a SWM-led organisation that couldn't give a shoot about social responsibility. Did you know that black women especially need to type out yt because writing 'white people' is instantly removed? People lose their accounts constantly because they speak out against blatant racism. Pictures of breastfeeding are insulting enough to be removed but a dadbod with two veg out spread eagle at the beach is a-ok.
Does this doc surprise me? Not in the slightest.
Is FB going to change? Not in the slightest.
Should you advertise on FB & Instagram? Well, probably. But forget about social responsibility; it's been shady since Zuccs got the first $$$.
17th Jul 2018
What I find most surprising is Sainsbury's letting this go through.
Most shops know this kind of scam is prevalent and actively try to prevent it. I know that Argos at least has a script that the cashiers have to go through before they can release a large number of such vouchers, just because this happens a lot. Not that the blame lies within Sainsbury's at all, I'm just... surprised.
20th Jun 2018
Does she store the data? As that doesn't have specific rules set in law, surely she is deciding on how the information is processed and thus liable to register?
15th Jun 2018
If you want to get through on the phone, the best time is between 10 and 11am I've found.
Don't hold your breath waiting on a resolve though; we're going on 28 months with disputes on charges mysteriously disappearing, letters not being received and interest and charges getting added, one dispute being resolved and suddenly the next month has the exact same discrepancy where there hasn't been one in three years.
They're a joy to work with. /s
13th Jun 2018
I'm very much in Manchester_man's camp here - as much of an annoyance as Sage desktop is, I can do a batch entry and it takes me about 15 minutes to push through our invoices for the day, half an hour for the AP person (lord knows what they're doing to spend that long, but that's another issue...). Moving to cloud, I have to put every.each.invoice in separately, and whereas there's positives (I can do approvals at the same time so it removes the need to have paper copies), it takes such a long time. We can't use OCR due to the nature of our business, so we have to manually enter every invoice separately. That, or buy a bit of kit that does it from *gasp* excel upload!
11th Jun 2018
North of the Wall. After the oil crash, it's an employers' market out there; salaries have fallen by half (what FQ accountant will work as an FC for £35k?!) and it's a slog. A friend took a year to find a position, and I know people coming from a Big4 background working in Aldi.
Saying that, so would I with their salaries.