Jan 2019


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


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


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.

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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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