Feb 2018

27

Next stop: Accountex Summit North! Find out why you should attend

Accountex Summit North is the NEW one-day conference dedicated to the accounting profession. This conference is all about learning, connecting and networking. It will take place at Manchester Central on 6th March 2018 and will attract over 1,000 people.

In today’s world it’s so easy to attend and watch a webinar from the comforts of your own bed or even while relaxing on holidays from practically anywhere in the world. But, there are many benefits and reasons why we choose to attend these conferences. Although, you can conduct meetings, watch online software demos, interviews and provide training without leaving your home/office, nothing can substitute for live, in peron business conferences.

Face-to-Face Networking

At BrightPay payroll, we believe that one of the most important aspects of a business conference is your ability to network and form relationships with other businesses and attendees. You become more than just an email address or a screen name by meeting face-to-face. When reaching out to people you met at a conference in the future, they will be more receptive if you left a good impression when you met in person. 

 

Observe Visual Cues

These non-verbal communication elements such as body language and the overall atmosphere and environment allows you to remember knowledge from a previous experience. At Accountex Summit North, there is a range of high profile keynote speakers offering the latest insights, focusing around a main auditorium.

 

Direct Contact

Attending conferences such as Accountex Summit North puts you in direct contact with potential clients, software providers and customers in a setting where they will be receptive to hearing about your business ideas or recommendations.

 

Observe your Competitors

One of the reasons you attend a business conference is to learn the best ways to improve and grow your business. Your competitors are there for the exact same reason. Live events allow you to observe and learn what strengths and weaknesses your competitors may have. You can use this information to gain a competitive edge.

 

Promote Creativity & Innovation

Taking a break from your day-to-day activities to attend a live event helps you develop new ideas in a change of scenery, because being in business doesn’t mean all work no fun!

 

Visit BrightPay’s stand

Come visit us at stand number 33 at Accountex Summit North on the 6th March 2018 to see for yourself how our payroll software, BrightPay can benefit you and your business. BrightPay is incredibly flexible, letting you run your payroll with ease, no matter what type of employer you are or what your situation is.
We will run live demos at Accountex. Call over and speak to one of our experts to see just how useful BrightPay can be. 

 

Alternatively Click here to book a demo of our software.

 

 

 

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Dec 2017

6

Autumn Budget 2017 - Employer Focus

The main points to be noted by employers from Autumn Budget 2017, as announced by Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond are:

  • The personal tax allowance will increase by £350 from £11,500 to £11,850 from 6th April 2018. This is in line with the government's goal to have the personal tax allowance at £12,500 by 2020.
  • The higher rate tax threshold will increase to £46,350 from £45,000.
  • As previously announced, there has been a delay by one year on the series of changes for NICs to be implemented. These changes will now take effect from April 2019. They include the reforms to the NIC treatment of termination payments, abolition of Class 2 NICs and changes to NICs treatment of sporting testimonials.
  • The planned increase in Class 4 NICs from 9% to 10% in April 2018 and to 11% in April 2019 by the government will no longer be happening.
  • There is an increase in the Company Car Tax (CCT) diesel supplement to 4% from 3%. The supplement will apply to diesel cars registered on or after 1st January 1998 that are not certified to the Real Driving Emissions 2 standard. It will not apply to diesel hybrids or other vehicles except cars.
  • From 6th April 2018 there will be no Benefit in Kind charge on electricity that employers provide to charge employees’ electric vehicles.
  • The Government has announced its intention to consult on the extension to the private sector of the IR35 reforms, introduced in the public sector earlier this year.
  • There is an increase of the lifetime allowance for pension savings, rising to £1,030,000 for 2018-19.
  • The National Minimum Wage details for 1st April 2018 were published.
  • HMRC's compliance team are monitoring employers that are claiming the Employment Allowance, as it has been reported that some employers are using avoidance schemes to avoid paying National Insurance amounts due.

 

 

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Dec 2017

5

Customer Update - December 2017

5 simple scenarios to stop pension scams

A pension scam – when someone tries to con you out of your pension money – will often start by someone contacting you unexpectedly with one of many pension scenarios. If you find yourself in one of these scenarios make sure to act fast to prevent becoming a victim of a pension scam.

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Does automatic enrolment apply to you?

It is essential that all employers understand that if they employ just one person, they have certain legal duties for automatic enrolment. After the 1st October 2017, new employers who employ their first member of staff will have to comply with auto enrolment from the day the new employee starts.

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Free Webinar - What does GDPR mean for your business?

All businesses process large amounts of personal data, not least in relation to their customers and their own employees. Consequently, the GDPR will impact most if not all areas of businesses and the impact it will have cannot be overstated. Places are limited.

Bureau Webinar: 6th February | Employer Webinar: 13th March

 

How to avoid harassment in the workplace

The recent allegations against Harvey Weinstein in the US have created somewhat of a snowball effect worldwide with thousands of women and men speaking out about their accounts of sexual harassment and assault, many of them being work related.

Read blog here

 

Cut down on payroll processing time with BrightPay Connect

Employers across the UK are automating the process of providing payroll and HR documents to employees, such as payslips, P60s, employment contracts and company handbooks. Annual leave management can also be simplified and automated giving you more time to focus on pressing business matters.

Watch video | Book a demo

 

Out with the staging date - in with the duties start date!

The ‘duties start date’ is the date that an employee first begins to work for a company. For those recruiting after October 1st 2017, it is important to be aware that as soon as their new hire begins working for them, their automatic enrolment duties will also begin straight away.

Learn more

 

Did you know BrightPay offers a free licence to micro businesses?

BrightPay offers a free employer licence to businesses with up to three employees which includes payslip and auto enrolment functionality? Also, our standard employer licence is just £99 + VAT per tax year. BrightPay has a 99% customer satisfaction rate.

Download free 60-day trial | Book a demo

 


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Payroll for bureaus: From loss leader to profit centre

New technologies can positively impact the way bureaus offer payroll services. There are several exciting developments that are happening right now in the cloud. Be ready to offer a new level of payroll and HR services by embracing new-world online technologies.

Curious? Download free guide

 

Free CPD Webinar - The Future of Auto Enrolment

Auto enrolment has well and truly evolved since the rollout began in 2012. There are a number of changes coming over the next 12 months that payroll bureaus need to be aware of, including instant duties for new employers, increases in minimum contribution rates and automatic re-enrolment.

Register for CPD webinar

 

Accountants are making the big switch to BrightPay

BrightPay has been operating in the UK since 2012. Year on year, more accountants are moving payroll providers to BrightPay for several reasons. You may ask yourself, why are so many accountants and payroll bureaus moving to BrightPay.

Find out why | Book a Demo

 

The benefits of offering cloud payroll services

The payroll landscape is changing and many payroll bureaus are offering clients a certain level of cloud functionality that automates otherwise time consuming tasks. Online access to payroll information for your clients and their employees offers significant benefits for today's bureau which can will streamline many workforce management tasks.

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Aug 2017

21

Customer Update: August 2017

BrightPay Customer Survey: The Results are in

In our recent survey, we were delighted to discover that our customer satisfaction rate has slightly improved since last year from 99.2% to 99.8%. The satisfaction rate for BrightPay’s customer support is 98.6% which is also an improvement on last year.

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Employers warned by The Pensions Regulator regarding Fake Exemption Certificates

Employers are being made aware of an apparent scam of exemption certificates for automatic enrolment purposes being offered by at least one company. An investigation is being undertaken by The Pensions Regulator into this company offering what is described as 'Certificates of Auto Enrolment Exemption' to employers.

Read full article here

Bright Contracts Webinar: Keeping your business compliant with Employment Law

As busy employers it can be difficult to keep up-to-date with the constant changes in employment law. In this webinar we discuss what is new in employment law, give you key facts about the legislation that you need to know and highlight areas that will help ensure your business remains compliant.

Register here
 

News for Bureaus 

Watch our latest video to see how BrightPay Connect can benefit your payroll bureau

 BrightPay Connect our latest cloud add-on works alongside BrightPay Payroll. Payroll information is stored in the cloud and can be accessed online by you and your clients anywhere. BrightPay Connect offers additional innovative payroll and HR features that will enhance client relationships and increase revenue for your bureau.

Watch video      Find out more

Free CPD Auto Enrolment Webinars with NEST, Workplace Pensions Direct, Aviva & Pension PlayPen

Join BrightPay and our guest speakers to understand what the future holds for auto enrolment covering re-enrolment, auto enrolment and new employer's, Basic PAYE tools and all you NEED to know about choosing a pension scheme. Registration is free.

Register for webinars

New Employers & Auto Enrolment

From the 1st of October 2017, clients who become an employer for the first time will immediately have AE duties to complete for any staff they employ. Worryingly, according to research conducted by The Pensions Regulator (TPR), 49%, almost half of accountants asked did not know that new employers would have AE duties.

Find out more           Register for free CPD webinar
 

News for Employers 

Watch our latest video to see how BrightPay Connect can improve your annual leave processing

BrightPay Connect our latest cloud add-on works alongside BrightPay Payroll. Payroll information is stored in the cloud and can be accessed online by you and your employees. BrightPay Connect offers additional innovative payroll and HR features that streamline your annual leave management and payroll processing.

Watch video         Find out more

Understanding your Declaration of Compliance 

An employer's declaration of compliance is one of the most important automatic enrolment duties and it should not be left until the last minute. It is never too early to start preparing. This blog will take you through the various steps employers will need to understand to successfully complete their Declaration of Compliance.

Read blog here

Proposed State Pension Age Changes: How will it affect you?

Under current legislation, the State Pension age increase from 67 to 68 is to be phased in between the years 2044 and 2046. The Government, however, now plan to implement this increase seven years earlier. Should this proposed change go ahead, this means that the State Pension age will thus increase to 68 between 2037 and 2039 instead.

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Oct 2016

6

Are you up to date with family friendly leave?

Family friendly leave has developed significantly in recent years. Keeping abreast of what’s what can be challenging for employers.

BrightPay’s employment law experts have designed a free webinar for employers, which will give attendees an overview of Maternity, Paternity, Shared Parental Leave and Parental Leave how to process them directly through payroll.

The webinar will highlight frequently asked questions in relation to the leave types mentioned above, such as:

  • Who is eligible?
  • How employees apply?
  • Pay and other benefits during family friendly leave.
  • Managing family friendly leave efficiently and legally!

The webinar will give attendees a chance to ask any questions you may have, with an interactive Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

Places are limited for this webinar. Don’t miss out – book your place now!

If you cannot attend the webinar, don't worry – the webinar will be recorded and as long as you have registered you will receive a link to the recording afterwards.

Bright Contracts – Employment Contracts and Handbooks.
BrightPay – Payroll & Auto Enrolment Software.

Posted byRachel HynesinBright Contracts NewsEventsParental Leave


Sep 2016

22

BrightPay announced as a finalist for CIPP’s ‘Payroll Software Product of the Year’ award

The finalists for the CIPP Annual Excellence Awards have just been announced. We are delighted to reveal that BrightPay has been shortlisted for the ‘Payroll Software Product of the Year’ award for the second year running.

CIPP's Annual Excellence Awards will be held on Thursday 6 October at the Celtic Manor Resort, Wales. The awards are the longest running awards in the industry, currently in their 13th year. Being the only awards from a Chartered professional body for payroll, they are the most prestigious awards for individuals and organisations in the industry.

The awards ceremony will be run alongside CIPP’s Annual Conference and Exhibition which will take place on 6th & 7th October. BrightPay will be exhibiting at the conference allowing attendees to ask us any questions you might have. Make sure to chat to the BrightPay team where we can give you a quick demo of the software and take you through our newest feature – BrightPay Cloud.

Find out more about CIPP’s Annual Conference and Exhibition and Annual Excellence Awards here.

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Jun 2016

28

BrightPay interviewed at Accountex

Our very own Paul Byrne was recently interviewed by Richard Hattersley at Accountex about automating the process of auto enrolment. We understand by automating automatic enrolment, businesses can increase efficiency and streamline an otherwise labour intensive process. Watch this video to understand how your business can process automatic enrolment more productively. 

BrightPay can not only facilitate auto enrolment but the software has the power to tell you when you need to enrol your employees and when to send the auto enrolment letters. Once the staging date is entered, BrightPay knows to complete the employee assessment. BrightPay will then tell you which worker category each employee falls into.

From there, BrightPay will automatically create the relevant letter for each employee. These letters are personalised with employee details and are customised to suit each employees worker category. It is possible to email, print or export all of these letters for all employees in minutes.

With BrightPay automatic enrolment is easy. Book a free online demo of BrightPay today. We also offer a 60 day free trial which includes full functionality of all features. Don’t worry we won’t ask you for any credit card details. If you are an employer with three or less employees, BrightPay is completely free. You can download your free licence here.

Click here to find out about BrightPay's auto enrolment features. 

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May 2016

10

How to attract more of your ideal clients - a guest blog by Mark Lee

Auto-enrolment brings both new challenges and new opportunities.

When I talk to smaller practitioners I am no longer surprised when they tell me that they struggle to attract their ideal clients. They may have a steady flow of new clients through their website, referrals or networking. But all too often these new clients aren't willing to pay the fees accountants want to charge. And these new clients aren't often likely to want more than the bare basics of the service available.

Is this ringing any bells?

The first thing to stress is that if you want things to be different it is you who will have to do something different first. If you carry on doing what you have always done, you should expect nothing better than you've always got.

Perhaps you have decided on your preferred solution as regards auto-enrolment. If you are able to discuss and explain the options with employers you may find that you are one step ahead of the competition. Would you rather be taking on new clients who have already decided how to address their auto-enrolment obligations or those who need your help in making the crucial decisions?

Here are five simple steps you need to take if you want to attract your ideal clients:

  1. Decide who are your ideal clients. And you need to be more specific than just anyone who is prepared to pay you at least a certain sum each year. The more specific you can be the better.
  2. Clarify what you can offer them that they will value. Identifying a select group or type of clients makes this a lot easier.
  3. Ensure that your website, marketing materials, online profiles and what you say when you are networking all reference those ideal clients.
  4. Rehearse a couple of stories about existing clients that those ideal ones can relate to. Talk about the problems they had and how much better things were after you were appointed.
  5. Share those stories with your business connections when you ask if they know anyone who fits the bill. Summed up like that it all seems so simple. If only that were the case.

On 17th May you can learn more about this and how to stand out from your rivals to attract clients who are happy to pay you a premium for that special something only you can deliver. That's just one of the topics I will be addressing during the accountants' breakthrough webinar.

You will hear from myself and Patrick McLoughlin of Accounting for Growth, the practice growth specialists. Patrick will explain the 4 core competencies you must master to attract a consistent flow of ideal clients.

We are collaborating on this new project which starts with this 60 minute Free Webinar, from 11am, May 17th. It's the first of a series that will form the Accountants' Breakthrough Programme.

Register now by clicking on this link to ensure that you qualify for founder member status and special privileges even if you cannot make the launch webinar on 17 May.

Mark Lee FCA can be reached through his website: www.bookmarklee.co.uk.

Posted byKaren BennettinAuto EnrolmentEvents


Apr 2016

13

BrightPay back with a bang at Accountex 2016

BrightPay is back again at Accountex, 2016. Accountex attracts delegates from the accounting, bookkeeping and financial industry. It is the biggest conference of it’s kind in the UK and BrightPay are delighted to be a part of such an amazing show. Accountex is a free event where delegates benefit from two days of seminars, workshops and networking opportunities. Delegates can even earn free CPD points. What’s not to like? Register here for free tickets.

This year, BrightPay has an even bigger and better stand. The BrightPay team will be conducting one to one live demos where we will be showcasing our payroll, auto enrolment and latest features. BrightPay is a feature packed payroll software tool that offers automatic enrolment functionality included in our licence. There’s no need to fork out extra money for AE modules or add on’s. Save your business money today with BrightPay.

New features for 2016 include the NEST web services / API integration, pre-assessment and post-assessment client reporting, CIS processing, payrolling of benefits, P11D’s, specific import from HMRC’s Basic PAYE Tools and more. Read: What’s new in BrightPay 16/17.

The team will be on hand to answer any questions you have about BrightPay. Live demos will take you through the auto enrolment process, where we enter in a staging date, automatically assess each employee, create and send employee letters, set up a pension scheme and deduct pension contributions and more. BrightPay allows users to prepare enrolment and contribution csv files for upload to 15 pension providers each pay period. View BrightPay’s automatic enrolment features.

With BrightPay, the future is BRIGHT!! For bureaus, BrightPay includes unlimited employees, unlimited employers, automatic enrolment functionality and email & phone support for £199 + VAT / tax year!! This year, exclusively at Accountex NEW customers can avail of 25% off BrightPay 16/17 on the 11th and 12th May only. This Accountex offer is for new customers only for the first year subscription.

Stand number: A520

Posted byKaren BennettinAuto EnrolmentEventsPayroll Software


Apr 2016

7

BrightPay at the TaxAssist Conference

BrightPay are delighted to be exhibiting at this year’s TaxAssist Conference. The annual conference will be held at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales and will see almost 350 delegates partake in a day of seminars, business, networking and entertainment.

The day will kick off with an exhibition in the morning showcasing 40 exhibitors, including BrightPay. After a buffet lunch, delegates will benefit from presentations by Tax Assist Directors and table discussions with key partners of the franchise.

As a preferred payroll supplier to TaxAssist Accountants, BrightPay’s Managing Director Paul Byrne will hold one of the table discussions. Paul will discuss ‘A Simple Strategy to Automate Auto Enrolment’ which will outline how accountants can automate AE to improve profitability.

BrightPay payroll and auto enrolment software enables accountants to streamline auto enrolment tasks, improving efficiency and profitability. Visit BrightPay’s stand to avail of a demo of the software.

BrightPay’s bureau licence includes unlimited employers, unlimited employees, free support and full auto enrolment functionality. BrightPay 2016/17 includes a number of new features, including integrated CIS & P11D functionality – find out more here.

Read: What happens if you don't comply with automatic enrolment?

 

Posted byRachel HynesinAuto EnrolmentEventsPayroll Software