BrightPay for Accountants & Payroll Bureaus
At BrightPay, we offer an easy to use solution that allows you to automate tasks and reduce the time needed when processing payroll. It is the perfect tool for accountants, bookkeepers and payroll bureaus to manage their payroll clients.
BrightPay's bureau licence includes unlimited employees and free phone and email support. The software also includes full functionality for auto enrolment, CIS, P11Ds, payrolling of benefits, integration with accounts packages, batch payroll processing and much more.
BrightPay's 60 day free trial is a great way for you to discover just how easy BrightPay is to use without having to make any commitment.
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Key Features for Payroll Bureaus
BrightPay is the perfect tool for accountants, bookkeepers and payroll bureaus to manage their payroll clients. It's incredibly flexible, letting you do what you need to do to run your clients payroll, no matter what type of payroll service provider you are or what your situation is. There are no unnecessary limitations or pointless restrictions on what you can do. When payroll is straightforward, BrightPay keeps it simple. When payroll gets complicated, BrightPay makes it easy.
Process weekly, fortnightly, 4-weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly payment schedules. Run multiple payment schedules side-by-side with one-click access to any pay period. Add unlimited payments, additions, deductions and attachment orders to a payslip and assign an employee to one or multiple departments.
Payslips can be emailed, printed, exported to PDF, or added to our employee self-service portal, BrightPay Connect
. Payslips can be tailored to add/remove certain information on the payslip, for example, add a company logo or remove the payment method details. Employees can be paid by credit transfer, cheque or cash.
BrightPay includes payroll journal API integration
with a number of accounting packages, including Xero, Sage One, Quickbooks Online, FreeAgent, Kashflow, AccountsIQ and Twinfield. This allows users to send the payroll journal directly to the accounts software from within BrightPay. Users can also create a CSV payroll journal for import into other accounting software.
Batch Payroll Processing
BrightPay bureau users can batch process the payroll
for multiple clients at the same time. Users can finalise payslips, check for coding notices and send outstanding RTI & CIS submissions for multiple employers at the same time. This is very useful for bureaus, especially those with a lot of single-director companies or payrolls that don’t change from week to week.
Multi-User Remote Access
While BrightPay remains a desktop solution, licences can be installed on up to 10 PCs, and this means that payroll processing is possible by up to 10 users, or from 10 different locations. This is very handy for if you have a number of employees working from home, all needing access to the payroll software.
BrightPay has a furlough pay calculator, including support for flexible furlough, to help users calculate an employee's furlough pay each pay period. BrightPay also has a CJRS claim report to make it easier for the user when making a claim via HMRC’s online claim portal. Read about BrightPay's response to COVID-19
BrightPay includes a full CIS module
in all licences at no extra cost. BrightPay caters for all subcontractor types, including sole traders, companies, partnerships and trusts. Pay subcontractors tax monthly or tax weekly, send subcontractor verification requests, and issue Subcontractor Payment and Deduction Statements.
BrightPay includes a flexible report builder allowing you to create a customised report of your choice. Choose from over 100 data items and choose which employees to include in a report. Reports can be printed, exported to PDF or saved for future use. Reports can also be made automatically available on our online bureau and client dashboard, BrightPay Connect
IR35 / Off-Payroll Workers
BrightPay caters for workers who are inside IR35. When setting up the worker as an employee, tick ‘off-payroll worker’ to disable entitlements that do not apply to contractors who fall inside the off-payroll working
rules, including statutory pay, student loans, postgraduate loans, directorship, holiday pay and annual leave entitlements.
Pay Employees through BrightPay
BrightPay’s integration with Modulr will give you a fast, secure and easy way to pay employees through BrightPay. This functionality eliminate the need to create bank files and the manual workload associated with making payments to employees. Click here
to find out more.
BrightPay is fully HMRC Recognised and RTI compliant. BrightPay automatically creates Full Payment Submissions (FPS) as you progress through the payroll year. Other submission types (Additional FPS, NVR, EPS) can be created as required. BrightPay stores all HMRC communication logs, and relays submission errors back to you in a clear, user-friendly format.
Expenses & Benefits
BrightPay allows you to record all types of reportable expenses and benefits that your clients provide to their employees. BrightPay can produce P11Ds to send to HMRC after year-end. BrightPay also supports Payrolling of Benefits, which calculates the PAYE on expenses and benefits in each pay period. The choice of payrolling or P11D can be set on a per-benefit basis.
BrightPay includes full functionality for automatic enrolment
. Setting up a pension scheme, enrolling employees, issuing communication, making contributions and viewing reports – it's all seamless and simple. BrightPay automatically assesses employees, with notifications telling you what you need to do.
Integration with Pension Schemes
BrightPay includes direct integration with various pension providers, including NEST, The People’s Pension, Smart Pension and Aviva allowing easy one-click submissions. BrightPay can also produce enrolment and contributions CSV files for other supported workplace pension scheme providers
Safe and Secure
All the payroll data for an employer is contained in a single file for simple backup and transfer. Sensitive data is encrypted in the employer file. Employer files can be optionally password protected. Employer files can be stored on a cloud file sync service such as Dropbox, OneDrive or Google Drive giving you access to the employer files from multiple PCs.
Getting Set Up
BrightPay has a quick and seamless import utility to bring across your client and employee details from a number of payroll packages including Sage, IRIS, Star, Moneysoft and many more. Start at the beginning of the tax year, start in the middle of the tax year, or continue partway in the tax year from migrated payroll records. All BrightPay licences can be installed on up to 10 different PCs.
BrightPay Connect Add-On
is an optional add-on which enables secure automatic backups of your client's payroll data to the cloud. With BrightPay Connect, bureaus have access to an online dashboard where they can request their clients to securely enter their employee's payroll information and approve the payroll run. Invite client's employees to their own self-service portal and smartphone app
BrightPay Connect for Clients
With BrightPay Connect, clients have access to a secure online portal which includes many value-added features. Clients can access payslips and payroll reports, view amounts due to HMRC, manage their employee's leave, upload documents to distribute to employees, send the payroll data to the payroll processor and approve the payroll run through their secure online client portal.
Payroll Software you can trust...
BrightPay has achieved HMRC recognition and has passed through our own rigorous internal testing regime. We have been developing payroll software for over 25 years and you can benefit from all our hard work and experience. Over the past few years, we have added hundreds of powerful features and enhancements, with many more planned for the future.
Payroll Software of the
Year 2021, 2019, & 2018
Used to process payroll
for over 330,000 businesses
in the UK and Ireland
99% Customer Satisfaction &
5 Star Rating on TrustPilot
& Software Advice
Over 30 Years'
What customers are saying about BrightPay:
"I run a small bookkeeping and payroll service and I definitely could not do without BrightPay! What's better than having a payroll that's user friendly, does everything for you and has an excellent support team!?"
Sharen Robinson, The Friendly Bookkeeper
"Moved from Sage two years ago and I have never looked back. I love the functionality, the constant improvements and new additions without constant requests for more money to access them. Keep up the great work!"
Victoria Rimington, PP Payroll Solutions Ltd
"I've used BrightPay for my payroll services for a number of years now. I can absolutely recommend this product. It's easy to use, easy to learn, the support is brilliant. Thank you BrightPay, my stress levels are much better since working with you."
Lesley Ann Warne, Laws Accountants
"I believe BrightPay is one of those rare gems you occasionally discover. It offers great functionality for the payroll overall, but is exceptional at its intuitive handling of Auto Enrolment. Thoroughly recommended... to anyone!!"
Jonathan Coe, ACE Accountants
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