Feb 2019

18

Cloud innovation and the future of payroll services

Payroll servicing is evolving to a move towards automation and cloud flexibility for you, your clients and their employees. The latest technological advancements mean your payroll and HR processes can be more integrated into the cloud and streamlined with your payroll software than ever before.

The process of managing your client’s annual leave requests, recording leave on payroll software, sending payslips and payroll reports, updating contact details and managing employee HR documents can be time-consuming, frustrating and a costly process. More importantly, where is all this information stored? Many bureaus are still managing their clients’ workforces with old fashioned spreadsheets, manual processes and paper forms.

Today, payroll management is all about efficiency and there are several exciting developments that are happening right now in the cloud. It is now feasible for payroll to be profitable for bureaus offering it as a service. These day-to-day administrative payroll tasks can be process-driven and handled by cloud technology. The payroll and HR landscape is fast evolving as savvy bureau businesses move towards new-world online technologies.

Free Webinar for Payroll Bureaus

BrightPay are co-presenting a free webinar with the world’s most highly rated advisor to accountants, Steve Pipe.

  • BrightPay: Cloud innovation will be central to the future of payroll services
    During the webinar, BrightPay will discuss cloud innovation and how it will be central to the future of payroll services. Be ready to offer a new level of payroll and HR related services by embracing cloud innovation. Find out how to use automation tools to become more efficient, comply with new GDPR legislation and grow your practice.

  • Steve Pipe: How to use payroll to pay off your mortgage in 5 years
    During the webinar, Steve Pipe will show you how to earn enough extra money from payroll to pay off an average size mortgage in 5 years. Steve will discuss a powerful new step-by-step system for using payroll to win really high-quality new clients. Discover how you can make payroll one of your most profitable and strategically important service lines.

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Posted byRachel HynesinBrightPay Cloud


Feb 2019

13

Customer Update: February 2019

Free Webinar: How to use payroll to pay off your mortgage in 5 years

BrightPay is co-presenting a free webinar with the world’s most highly rated advisor to accountants, Steve Pipe. Discover how you can make payroll one of your most profitable and strategically important service lines. During the webinar, Steve Pipe will discuss a powerful new step-by-step system for using payroll to win really high-quality new clients.

View webinar agenda | Register for webinar

Pre-order BrightPay 2019/20 today!

BrightPay and BrightPay Connect are now available to pre-order. BrightPay is not available to download yet. We will send you an email closer to the new tax year once BrightPay 2019/20 is released and ready to download.

Pre-order BrightPay 2019/20 | Important Pricing Update

5 Reasons to Switch to BrightPay

  1. Awarded 2018 Payroll Software of the Year at the Accounting Excellence awards.
  2. BrightPay is used to process the payroll for over 160,000 businesses in the UK
  3. 99% customer satisfaction rate for BrightPay and a 99% satisfaction rate for customer support.
  4. Free phone and email support plus a range of online help guides, online training sessions and tutorial videos.
  5. 94% of customers report time saving benefits and 86% report cost saving benefits when using BrightPay.

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Further increases to the minimum auto enrolment contribution rates

On the 6th April 2018, the total minimum auto enrolment contribution rate increased from 2% to 5%, representing a 2% minimum employer contribution with employees contributing the balance. Minimum contributions will undergo further increases on 6th April 2019, with the total minimum contribution rate increasing to 8%.

Minimum Contribution Increases (Phasing)

Payroll Bureaus - Say goodbye to manual payroll entry

We are sure you don’t enjoy that endless back and forth email exchange between you and your clients to request information about the time records and employee hours for their payrolls. BrightPay Connect is making things easier by allowing you to securely send payroll entry requests and payroll approval requests to your clients.

Find out more | Client Payroll Entry & Payroll ApprovalBook a demo

9 reasons why client cloud platforms will be central to the future of payroll services

Payroll servicing is evolving to encompass a move towards cloud access and flexibility for you, your clients and their employees. Be ready to offer a new level of payroll and HR related services by embracing cloud innovation. This checklist will make it feasible to offer cloud platforms to clients while streamlining your payroll processing and increasing your profits.

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Employee Self-Service: Reduce your workload immediately

BrightPay Connect includes a powerful and secure online portal for employees. With the online portal, employees can view a payslip library where they can download historic payslips and payroll documents, eliminating requests to their manager. Employees can also update their basic personal details including their postal address, contact details, and emergency contact details on any internet browser or from the employee smartphone app. This will ultimately reduce administration duties for managers.

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How to make your payroll bureau more secure

Security is extremely important in payroll bureaus. After all, you are handling the personal and financial data of your clients and your client’s employees, which puts you at risk of data breaches and cyber attacks. Choosing a reliable system is the first step to keep all your clients’ data secure and avoid any risks.

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Don’t mess with the minimum wagers or HMRC will make you pay

Back in August, the government made headlines in a name and shame exercise of epic proportions where they published the names of 239 employers who underpaid more than 22,000 employees. HMRC identified 5 main areas as reasons for national minimum and living wage underpayments.

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Customer Case Study: Trendzer

Trendzer was using a complex and clunky payroll solution that offered only paper payslips up until December 2014. “We wanted an automated solution that was user-friendly and easy to manage. After trialling a few systems, we decided BrightPay was the best solution out there. BrightPay stood out to us as it was very simple to use and it had a clear, intuitive interface.”

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Did you miss it? Important Pricing Update for BrightPay 2019/20

We introduced the initial version of BrightPay over seven years ago. Since then, we’ve added hundreds of powerful features and enhancements, with many more planned for the future. To keep pace with the value that BrightPay provides, we’re increasing our pricing from 2019/20 onwards. This will ensure that we can continue to develop and support the best payroll software in the UK.

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Steve Pipe’s gift copy of this Amazon best-selling book. Do you want it?

The book comes with an invitation to an executive briefing Steve Pipe has arranged for you. As you probably know, Steve is a former UK Entrepreneur of The Year who, according to LinkedIn, is also the world’s most highly rated accountant. The executive briefing starts at 11.00 am on the 4th of April, and you can reserve a virtual seat as our guest here. Best of all, you will also be able to instantly download your gift copy of the Amazon best-selling book that Steve first published his research in, AND the step-by-step system that makes it all really easy to do.

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Jan 2019

31

Important Pricing Update for BrightPay 2019/20

We introduced the initial version of BrightPay over seven years ago. Since then, we’ve added hundreds of powerful features and enhancements, with many more planned for the future.

We have invested a considerable amount on technology and people and we intend to continue our program of development into the future.

To keep pace with the value that BrightPay provides, we’re increasing our pricing from 2019/20 onwards. This will ensure that we can continue to develop and support the best payroll software in the UK.

Details of the new BrightPay pricing can be viewed on our website. We believe our pricing remains excellent value and continues to be very competitive when compared to the options from other providers. We will continue to offer full support at no extra cost.

For customers with three or less employees (who have been using our ‘Free’ version to date), BrightPay will cost just £49 per year from April 2019, and will include full unrestricted functionality as well as free phone and email support. Your BrightPay 2018/19 free licence will continue to work until the end of the tax year without any cost. 

We’d like to thank you for being a customer and for your continued support.


Jan 2019

25

Don’t mess with the minimum wagers or HMRC will make you pay

Back in August, the government made headlines in a name and shame exercise of epic proportions where they published the names of 239 employers who underpaid more than 22,000 employees. These underpayments totaled in excess of £1.44 million. That might not seem like a lot in relation to the sheer amount of employees who were underpaid, but on average it would amount to £65 per employee. That would cover a tv license for a year, a new winter coat, or a cheeky Nando’s. My point is, it’s all relative and it was their hard-earned money. Even worse is that all underpayments happened to people who were on minimum or living wage. An added kick in the teeth!

Well the HMRC agreed! They are cracking down on companies who are underpaying their workers. The back pay identified by the HMRC was for more workers than in any other previous ‘name and shame’ exercise. Not only that but the fines wholloped onto the devious employers totalled an eye-watering £1.97 million, which is ironically, more than the underpayments themselves.

In fact, funding for minimum wage enforcement has doubled since 2015 with the government set to spend £26.3 million in 2018/19. The scheme is now in its fifth year and has identified £10.8 million in underpayments and have fined employers in excess of £8.4 million. So although you might be trying to save a few pennies Ebenezer Scrooge, the ghost of paychecks past will inevitably come back to haunt you.

But what about me? I’m an honest business owner who pays my employees - I feel very attacked right now! Ok, so the 5 main areas identified by HMRC as reasons for national minimum and living wage underpayments as:

  • Taking deductions from wages for costs such as uniforms
  • Underpaying apprentices
  • Failing to pay travel time
  • Misusing the accommodation offset
  • Using the wrong time periods to calculate pay

So as you can see, besides underpaying apprentices, the majority of payroll deductions are as a result of money being offsetted from employees’ wages. Now, this could be on a purpose, pre-calculated or if you will pardon the pun or by penny pinching grinches. OR more so, (and the latter is most likely) you’ve gone and messed up the bloody deductions!

Let me tell you where you’re going wrong. Many employers are not using a payroll software system to do all these mind-boggling calculations for you. And that’s just the payroll calculations. It can get even more complicated for employers using Basic PAYE tools as this tool does not calculate the workplace pension contributions. Instead, this is a manual process.

Yes that’s right, there is software that can do these calculations for us now and even provide payslips to employees (yes, it’s the law to provide payslips to employees). Using a dedicated employer payroll software means that all of those pesky deductions are calculated and processed for your employees by a machine that is much smarter than you. It means a massive reduction in error, no underpayments and most importantly no fines from HMRC and your company name included on the Wall of Shame.

The best payroll software out there right now (as voted by the public) is BrightPay. I could talk about all the benefits that it would bring to your company and life in general but instead read for yourself what its customers have got to say about it on BrightPay’s Customer Testimonials page. You can also book a free demo at https://www.brightpay.co.uk/pages/book-BrightPay-Demo/.

Trust me, you won’t regret it! 


Written by Aoibheann Byrne | BrightPay Payroll Software

 

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Jan 2019

22

Customer Update: January 2019

Simplify your annual leave management with BrightPay Connect

Annual leave management is something a lot of payroll and HR staff consider to be an administrative nightmare. Having to manually approve requests, keeping track of employees annual leave remaining and inputting leave into the payroll software can be a frustrating requirement that takes up far too much time. Nowadays, employers prefer an all-in-one, self-service option, and that’s what BrightPay Connect offers.

Read more | Book a BrightPay Connect demo

Our new Smartphone Employee App - Online Payslip & Leave Request Features

The BrightPay Connect smartphone app introduces powerful features providing a digital payslip platform where employees benefit from secure access anytime, anywhere, using their smartphone or tablet. The employee app is available to download on any Android or iOS device. Through these app features, you can provide your employees with access to GDPR compliant self-service tools, a payslip library and a user-friendly holiday leave management facility.

    

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New Feature - Direct Integration with The People's Pension

BrightPay now offers direct integration with The People’s Pension. This integration links the payroll software and pension provider together so that users can seamlessly submit pension files to The People’s Pension from within BrightPay. With just one click, users can instantly submit contribution files to The People’s Pension, eliminating the need to export the file and then login to The People’s Pension portal to upload the file.

Find out more
 

Reasons to switch to BrightPay

BrightPay is the accountants favourite payroll software having just recently been voted the 2018 Payroll Software of the Year at the AccountingWEB Excellence Awards. Here are just a few reasons to switch to BrightPay:

  • BrightPay has a 99% customer satisfaction rate and a 99% satisfaction rate for customer support.
  • 99.5% of users describe BrightPay's interface as user friendly.
  • 99% of customers think that BrightPay offers value for money.
  • 86% of customers report cost saving benefits and 94% report time saving benefits.
Book a demo | View customer testimonials

Emailing Payslips, Employee Consent & GDPR Recommendations

Businesses must provide their employees with information on what happens to their payroll data. Employee personal data can be stored and managed by a payroll bureau, bookkeeper or accountant for the sole benefit of correctly paying their wages, paying the correct tax and providing a payslip. All of this legitimately falls under the remit of the GDPR legislation.

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BrightPay to exhibit at Accountex 2019 in May

That’s right, the BrightPay Team will be back at Accountex this year with a bigger and better stand. Don’t forget to call over and visit us and find out why BrightPay is the accountants favourite payroll software provider. Accountex is a world-class conference and exhibition offering free CPD workshops on all the latest knowledge and information about industry products and trends. Admission is FREE to pre-registered visitors.

Register today

BrightPay Connect snapshot video for Employers

BrightPay Connect, our cloud add-on, works alongside BrightPay Payroll. Automatically store payroll information in the cloud and enable online access anywhere, anytime for you, your accountant and your employees. Watch this video to see what you are missing!!

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The Auto Enrolment Whistleblowers

Auto enrolment compliance is still very much at the forefront of The Pensions Regulator’s (TPR) objectives. However, a small minority of employers are still not complying with their auto enrolment duties. Some employers tell their employees that they would face a pay cut if they joined a workplace pension scheme. Others tell their employees that they have in fact been enrolled when a pension scheme has not even been set up. These employers are hoping that their auto enrolment duties will simply disappear or that their employees won’t even notice that they are being denied their rights.

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Read our Customer Case Study: Carlton Auto Engineering

We are a small, family run, motor vehicle repair workshop which is part of a national franchise group. Having decided that Sage 50 was not for me, I looked on the HMRC website for suggestions for alternative payroll suppliers. I found BrightPay and others (IRIS, 12pay, payroo, etc). Having watched the BrightPay demonstration video I decided to register for an online demo which showed me how simple the software was and how quickly I could process our wages.

Read case study here

BrightPay 60 Day Free Trial

The BrightPay trial is completely free for 60 days and includes full functionality, auto enrolment features and free support. The first thing to do is download and install BrightPay, which you can do by clicking here. There are also detailed online help guides available online to help you with the setup.

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Plus more for accountants...

Did you miss out on some of these new BrightPay Connect bureau features?

BrightPay Connect now includes essential features that will help you keep an audit trail of your client's employee hours and timesheets. The new client upload and payroll approval features will reduce your administrative tasks, increase productivity and improve how you manage your payroll workflows between you and your clients. BrightPay Connect now allows your clients to manage and send their employees hours to the bureau each pay period through the client portal which then synchronises with the client file on BrightPay on the bureau's PC.

Book a BrightPay Connect demo

Invaluable Time Savings with BrightPay Connect

Payroll documentation and client payroll reports that have been set up and saved on the BrightPay desktop application will automatically be synced to BrightPay Connect. Clients can then log in and view. This includes payslips, periodic payroll reporting, P60s, and P45s. Using the password protected self-service portal, your clients and their employees will be able to login online to view their payroll data that is only relevant to them. This will eliminate the administrative work and time it takes to send these documents to clients and their employees each pay period.

Learn more about the benefits for bureaus

The Accountant’s guide to planning the tax return season - (Accounting Web blog)

Most people seem happy to let life drift along, accepting the ups and downs without trying to influence outcomes. While that can reduce the pressure on standard day-to-day activities, when it comes to the tax return season, a little positivity is a necessity, while a high degree of control freakery is almost certainly going to be even more helpful.

Find out what Philip Fisher thinks

5 Traits of a Successful Payroll Bureau Service

Sure, accounting school was the best; invites to the coolest parties, skipping the queue in all the nightclubs, boys and girls falling at your feet. But now it’s time to buckle up because you’re a boss now, a sexy one, and playtime is over. But how do you succeed in the cutthroat and unforgiving world of payroll? Well I’m here to tell you. Here are 5 life changing tips on how to grow your payroll business.

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Posted byKaren BennettinCustomer Update


Dec 2018

17

5 Traits of a Successful Payroll Bureau Service

So, you’ve finally done it. You’ve somehow managed, despite all that your aunties said about you, you’ve gone on to set up a company. And not just any company, oh no, you've dived headfirst into the sexy world of payroll. Sure, accounting school was the best; invites to the coolest parties, skipping the queue in all the nightclubs, boys and girls falling at your feet. But now it’s time to buckle up because you’re a boss now, a sexy one, and playtime is over. But how do you succeed in the cutthroat and unforgiving world of payroll? Well I’m here to tell you. Here are 5 life changing* tips on how to grow your payroll business.

*may be a slight exaggeration

1) Software - First of all, this is a no brainer and will form the basis of this article. If you’re still adding up the tuck shop takings on an abacus and chalkboard then it’s pretty obvious that Fabrizio with his swanky laptop and payroll software is going to leave you eating his trail of dust as he travels all the way to the top. Of what? Of life, Margaret! No matter how small your payroll business is or how few employees you have you will always benefit from a payroll software that pays your clients employees accurately while reducing your admin time. And by using a payroll package that's HMRC recognised you don’t need to worry about the dreaded taxman *little children scream in the background*. Now what’s even better?

2) Automation - One of the biggest tasks you will deal with as a payroll bureau is calculating contributions to HMRC. (That, and fending off all of the attractive people who want to be close to you because you own a payroll company). If this is done manually then, let’s face it, there’s going to be mistakes, and I’m not talking about my cousin Ollie kind of mistake. By using payroll software that can automate auto enrolment duties, batch send RTI, perform payrolling of benefits and CIS submissions (amongst other things) you’re working smarter, not harder and hardly working instead of working hard. This will save you an endless amount of time and reduce mistakes dramatically.

3) Cloud Backup - As your payroll business grows, unless you’re the worst boss in the world with bad BO and an attitude, you’ll hopefully have some employees! Then, even better, more employees! They might work in your office, or work from home, or from a local Starbucks along with all the yummy moms and boho artsy types. Basically in this technological era the definition of a workplace is malleable and interchangeable. (Heck, I’m sitting on my bed right now in my underwear eating a Nando’s and watching Geordie Shore while I write this. Step into my office at your own peril!) So to make sure that everyone is on the same page the best thing to do is invest in a HR and payroll cloud self service portal for your bureau business. This has a threefold advantage as you can:

  • Have all documents in one safe place for increased efficiency and decreased, er, inefficiency (wow my creative writing classes are really paying off, eh Mom?) 
  • Eliminate the need to manually send payroll information (payslips & payroll reports) to clients each month. 
  • Save yourself a ton of time where you can periodically backup the payroll data to the cloud so if you lose any data you can retrieve it easily and hassle free.

4) Look out for hidden fees - Make sure that you are using a payroll software that has no hidden fees. You don’t want to take it out for an innocent drink and then 9 months later have it knock on your door saying that you’re tied into a lifetime subscription. Support and training are imperative in the success of any payroll business. Things can get confusing and you’re at the whim of HMRC and she is a fickle, fickle mistress. Even in the last few years alone we’ve had the introduction of RTI and auto enrolment which completely changed the landscape of payroll. Therefore you want to be secure in the knowledge that no matter what comes your way, you can ask for help and it won’t come with a price tag and make sure there’s no charges for automatic enrolment.

5) Reduce your admin time - I’ve already mentioned this BUT there are more ways to reduce this most evil of all work. As mentioned it can be done by using a bureau and client self service based system where whenever you finalise the payroll, things like payslips and payroll reports are accessible to your clients. You could also use a software that puts the onus on the client to submit their data to you directly through a portal, thus reducing duplication of data and inevitable errors. You can aim for the stars even further by opting for a software that also handles your employee admin via a self-service portal that handles things such as leave requests, HR calendar, employee data and even their payslips that are accessible only to them through a unique password. But I don’t know, maybe I am getting ahead of myself here, I mean surely a payroll software like that that has all those amazing features couldn’t possibly exi…

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, let me introduce to you, BrightPay Connect, a cloud self service add on for BrightPay Payroll. BrightPay is so popular amongst users that they voted it the Payroll Software of the Year at the 2018 Accounting Excellence Awards. The folks at BrightPay really want you to succeed and that’s why they’ve designed this bit of software that takes all the hardest parts out of your hands to free your time up to be the best business you can be. All of the features, every single one, mentioned above are part of BrightPay Connect. Weird, it’s almost like I was writing about it the whole time….

See what all the fuss is about for yourself and join me on the road to success. Book a free demo today at https://www.brightpay.co.uk.

(Bonus tip: Win the lottery and buy up all your competition. Now you are payroll King. Simples)

Posted byAoibheann ByrneinBrightPay CloudEmployee Self Service


Nov 2018

28

Viva La Revolution - Client Payroll Entry is here

Eh yo where my payroll bureaus at? This blog is for you, my friends. You and those sexy accountants (yes there is such a thing). So let’s begin by talking about the most annoying thing in the world. No, no, not Becky from HR. I mean timesheets and recording employee hours for the payroll. Ugggggghh. Did you just feel me roll my eyes through the screen? I mean, being an accountant is great and all. An endless stream of attractive bedmates, invites to all the coolest parties. But the one thing that brings all that crashing down is having to deal with clients and their endless payroll data. Even worse are the endless errors and amendments of this payroll data that come back and bite you in the ass.

Payroll entry is a collaboration between accountants and their clients. It’s like an intricate dance, each relying on the other’s poise and grace. The problem is the client only did one ballet lesson back when they were 7, is stepping on your toes and elbowed you in the boob earlier. My point is, the current back and forth system is clumsy and time consuming. Clients keep track of their employees’ hours on timesheets (*shudders*), spreadsheets, word documents or sometimes even a napkin. Then they send it to the payroll bureau who is then required to input the same data manually into their own system and no matter how perfect accountants are, they are mere humans and also make mistakes. So the margin for error is maximised by this manual duplication of data entry.

Not only that, but it takes forever and let’s face it it’s boring. Those ballet classes are starting to look appealing. Hours are spent on this menial task of inputting payroll information into payroll systems. More often than not there’s at LEAST one thing that needs to be redone because Dean forgot to tell you that one of his employees died 3 years ago and that Niamh (who’s 37) should have been paying student contributions all this time but this is of course all your fault because you are the bureau, how could you have let this happen?! How dare you!

The problem is that you are normally drip fed this information and it can get so bad you have to hunt your client down, kick in their door in the middle of the night while pointing a shotgun in their face and screaming “WHAT WAS ABDULLAH’S OFFICIAL START DATE” to get any information around here! Well you can finally put that gun down because I have some good news for you! Brightpay have designed a new bit of kit as part of their BrightPay Connect Bureau Feature and it is a game-changer.

This new feature - called Client Payroll Entry - is precisely what it sounds like; a feature that gives payroll bureau the ability to send payroll requests to their clients. The client, (yes the CLIENT) then enters hours worked, additions, deductions and can even add new starters and all their details into BrightPay Connect through their online employer dashboard. The information entered by the client will then seamlessly flow through the portal and sync with the payroll software on the bureau's end! So this means:

  • No more manual data duplication.
  • Hours saved of administrative time (which could be spent down the pub or catching up on reruns of Four In A Bed).
  • Increased transparency - no more being blamed for errors made by the clients as they now have control over their own data entry.
  • No more having to ‘chase’ information and risk being jailed for life in the process.
  • Automation will eliminate the email document exchange (woohoo!) and provide a more secure and accurate reading of timesheets.
  • Potentially more ballet lessons?

So there you have it. Your payroll entry nightmare is now a seamless collaboration between you and your dance partner who is now as graceful as a gazelle and prancing around the place on their tiptoes while the crowds roar and throw roses at your feet.

Book your free demo today here

Written by Aoibheann Byrne | BrightPay Payroll Software

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Nov 2018

28

Customer Update: December 2018

BrightPay announces API integration with The People’s Pension

BrightPay now offers direct integration with ‘The People’s Pension’. This integration links the payroll software and pension provider together so that users can seamlessly submit pension files to The People’s Pension from within BrightPay. With just one click, users can instantly submit contribution files to The People’s Pension, eliminating the need to export the file and then login to The People’s Pension portal to upload the file.

Find out more

BrightPay Connect’s New Bureau Feature: Client Payroll Entry (NOW LAUNCHED)

BrightPay Connect’s newest feature gives payroll bureaus the ability to send payroll requests to their clients. Clients can enter payments, additions and deductions for their employees and can also add new starters through their online employer dashboard. The information entered by the client will seamlessly flow through to the bureau’s portal, ready to sync back to the payroll software. Book a demo to see how seamlessly this new feature works.

Find out more | Book a BrightPay Connect demo

Free BrightPay Connect’s New Bureau Feature: Client Payroll Approval (NOW LAUNCHED)

The Payroll Approval facility enables bureaus to securely send their clients a payroll summary before the payroll is finalised. Clients can then review and approve the payroll for the pay period through their online employer dashboard. Ultimately, your client will be accountable for ensuring that the payroll information is 100% correct before the payroll is finalised. Book a demo to see how useful this new feature will be.

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Switch to BrightPay today and get 50% off plus one FREE BrightPay Connect licence (worth £49)

New customers can now save when they switch to BrightPay. Get 50% off a BrightPay 2018/19 licence PLUS receive one free BrightPay Connect 2018/19 licence. Offer valid for 2018/19 licences for the first year subscription only.

Book a demo | Purchase BrightPay

5 star rating on Software Advice website

Software Advice is the leading software review website for businesses navigating the software selection process. We are delighted to say that BrightPay has maintained a five star rating ?????.

Review BrightPay here | Trial BrightPay here

What are the biggest GDPR advantages of BrightPay Connect?

BrightPay Connect is an online payroll and HR solution that offers significant benefits to help your business comply with GDPR legislation. BrightPay Connect is an add-on product to the payroll software. BrightPay Connect increases the efficiency and effectiveness of payroll work within the remit of the GDPR guidelines.

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Gift your employees this Christmas with One4all

With HMRC's Trivial Benefits scheme, you can gift a benefit up to the value of £50 completely tax-free to every member of staff. Gift your employees this Christmas with a One4all gift voucher and save over £48 per employee. With thousands of stores to choose from, it's the perfect way to show your employees you care.

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What do BrightPay Customers really think?

BrightPay has a whopping 99% customer satisfaction rating and has just been awarded the 2018 Payroll Software of the Year award. Here is what our customers say:

  • Have used Sage before and BrightPay has better functionality and is easier to use. Tim, Alan Barker and Co
  • Compared with the payroll software I used before, BrightPay is a joy to use. John, Acumen Business Services
  • I have always found BrightPay easy to use and excellent value for money. Liz, North Star Payroll
  • BrightPay is an excellent, easy to use product that has made my payroll processes fast, efficient and effective. Lesley Ann, Laws Accountants

Read BrightPay Customer Testimonials

Change announced to Apprenticeship Levy

The Chancellor Philip Hammond announced at the Conservative Party Conference that from April 2019 large employers paying the apprenticeship levy will be able to transfer up to 25% of their apprenticeship levy funds to businesses in their supply chain.

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RTI - An Irish Perspective - Will it work in Ireland?

Ireland is set to follow in the footsteps of the UK and introduce Real Time Reporting which is called PAYE Modernisation in the Irish PAYE system. The Irish Government is recommending employers to prepare for PAYE Modernisation and familiarise themselves with their new responsibilities.

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The Accountant’s guide to planning the tax return season - (Accounting Web blog)

Most people seem happy to let life drift along, accepting the ups and downs without trying to influence outcomes. While that can reduce the pressure on standard day-to-day activities, when it comes to the tax return season, a little positivity is a necessity, while a high degree of control freakery is almost certainly going to be even more helpful.

Find out what Philip Fisher thinks

Benefits of BrightPay Connect for Employers

Employers can login online at any time to see up-to-date payroll information. Payroll data is stored in the cloud and can be accessed online however the payroll itself must be processed on your existing BrightPay desktop application. BrightPay Connect is an optional add-on that offers employers flexibility and online benefits, thus simplifying the process of payroll management.

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Data Protection complaints increase since GDPR

Data protection complaints to the UK’s ICO rose to 4,214 in July compared to just 2,310 complaints received in May before the GDPR came into force. A spokesperson for the ICO said the increase was expected, as more users became aware of data protection because of publicity around the new rules and following a series of high-profile data scandals involving some well-known household names, like Morrison’s and Dixons Carphone.

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Posted byKaren BennettinCustomer Update


Nov 2018

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Simplify your annual leave management with BrightPay Connect

Annual leave management is something a lot of payroll and HR staff consider to be an administrative nightmare. Having to manually approve requests, keeping track of employees annual leave remaining and inputting leave into the payroll software can be a frustrating requirement that takes up far too much time.

Nowadays, people prefer an all-in-one, self-service option, so that’s what BrightPay offers. BrightPay Connect is a secure cloud add-on to BrightPay payroll software and simplifies the annual leave process.

Using BrightPay Connect’s intuitive self-service portal, employees can log in at any time, from anywhere. They can instantly request annual leave, view their annual leave remaining and access a personal calendar containing any upcoming booked leave or previous leave taken.

Once an employee has requested leave, the employer will receive a notification allowing them to either approve or deny that request instantly! Employers can also view a complete company-wide leave calendar showing all employees leave dates. Any leave approved by the employer or HR manager automatically flows back to BrightPay payroll software.

The annual leave management facility is only one feature unlocked with BrightPay Connect. To see more powerful features that BrightPay Connect can bring to your business, book an online demo now.

Written by Cailín Reilly | BrightPay Payroll Software

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Posted byCailin ReillyinBrightPay Cloud


Nov 2018

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What are the biggest GDPR advantages of BrightPay Connect?

BrightPay Connect is an online payroll and HR tool that offers significant benefits to help your business comply with the GDPR legislation. BrightPay Connect is an add-on product to the payroll software. The main objective of BrightPay Connect is to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of payroll work within the remit of the GDPR guidelines.

 

Automatic Cloud Backup
Are you keeping your payroll files safe and protected? It is important to keep them protected in case of the event of fire, theft, cyber-attacks and damaged computers. BrightPay Connect is the solution. It is hosted on Microsoft Azure for ultimate performance and reliability. BrightPay Connect keeps a chronological history of all backups which can be restored at anytime.

 

Employee Self-Service Portal
Are you trying to find ways to improve your time-management skills? You can invite employees to their own self-service online portal which can be accessed using a smartphone app or any web browser. Employees will be able to securely access and download payslips, P60s, P45s, submit annual leave requests and view leave taken and leave remaining.

 

Bureau / Employer Dashboard
Are you looking for an easy and secure way to share documents? BrightPay Connect provides a self-service dashboard to both accountants and employers so they can access payslips, payroll reports, amounts due to HMRC, annual leave requests and employee contact details. You can also securely share resources, upload HR documents and get payroll data approval from the client electronically.

 

24/7 Online Access
Do you want to be in control at anytime and anywhere? BrightPay Connect allows mobile and online access at anytime of the day. This fulfils the GDPR best practice recommendation to provide remote access to a secure system where individuals have direct access to their personal payroll data.

 

Data Input (coming soon)
For bureaus, clients can upload or manually input their employees’ hours and payment details. This is offering an additional layer of GDPR protection. Once the hours are added/imported, information can be automatically synchronised to the employer file on the bureau’s PC, ready for processing. Bureaus can then securely send a payroll summary back to the client for approval through BrightPay Connect. This will eliminate the need to exchange emails, reduce the double entry requirement and minimise errors from manual data input.

 

HR & Annual Leave Management
BrightPay Connect also includes an employee calendar, which can keep record of all employees past and future leave including annual leave, unpaid leave, absence leave, sick leave and parenting leave. Employers can upload sensitive HR documents such as contracts of employment. Access can be restricted for certain users.

 

There is a considerable business opportunity for payroll bureaus to increase revenue while complying with the GDPR. There are significant discounts for bulk purchases.

 

If you are interested in BrightPay Connect, why not attend one of our free online demos!


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Posted byHolly McHughinAnnual LeaveGDPRPayrollPayroll Software