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Sage for Small Business

Get more time back to build your business. Sage is there with one solution for all your business needs. Accounting, Payroll with HR features you can access from anywhere. All with award-winning support and unrivalled business advice. 

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If you need to purchase Payroll without Accounting you can go directly to the Payroll page and get all of the benefits of Payroll with HR features.

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Sage for Small Business is one solution that empowers small businesses to manage their business money, people and payroll all in one place. Sage has more than 40 years experience perfecting accounting, payroll and HR software, and makes running a small business easier for over 1 million customers. Get paid faster, get organised, and get your taxes right first time with Accounting features. Then add Payroll to calculate employee pay and deductions quickly and accurately and get your people management processes streamlined and compliant with the HR features that come automatically with Payroll. See all of the features of Sage for Small business.

All 3 plans give you the fundamental features you need to manage your accounting, payroll and people. 

Accounting Start is ideal for businesses who are starting out. This is popular with sole traders and micro-businesses. 

Accounting Standard is ideal for small businesses. It offers everything Start offers, plus more advanced features. For example, the Standard package lets you upload information by simply snapping a photo of receipts, invoices, and supplier statements. 

Accounting Plus offers all of the Start and Standard features plus support for multiple currencies and inventory management. 

All of the payroll plans in Sage for Small Business are designed for businesses of up to 150 employees operating in any industry, including professional services, construction and retail. Sage for Small Business allows you to quickly and easily create employee records and pay your people in four simple steps. You can create payments and deductions, accurately calculate PAYE, National Insurance, pensions and more, before creating payslips for your employees and submitting your payroll information to HMRC and pension providers. All of the Payroll plans come with HR features, the most advanced HR features of managing timesheets and overtime are available with Payroll Premium. You can upgrade, change, or cancel plans at any time. 

Yes you can buy Accounting and skip Payroll, adding Payroll at a later time if you wish. By adding Payroll today you can benefit from the special offer.
If you need to purchase Payroll without Accounting you can go directly to the Payroll page here.
If you buy Accounting and Payroll together you get the benefits of integration from the start; see your Payroll data in Accounting from your very first pay run and access everything from a single homepage. Give your accountant or bookkeeper access to both to ensure you are legally compliant for both accounting and payroll liabilities and watch your data flow from one to the other. See how timesheets, overtime and other data in the HR features impact your pay run and how payroll data impacts your business finances and cash flow.

Yes. For example, Accounting Standard and Payroll Essentials. As you grow your business you can change your plans and add extra employees up to a maximum of 150. The more employees you add to your Payroll plan, the less you'll pay per employee, per month.

As a customer of Sage for Small Business, you can cancel your monthly rolling subscription at any time, and you will not be charged again after the date you cancel. If you cancel during the free period, your account will never be charged. Please note, depending on when you cancel, your subscription may not come to an end until the following subscription month.

Depending on the current promotion, this may also mean you will not be eligible for future promotions or discounts.

More information about terminating your subscription can be found in our terms and conditions here.
Absolutely. It’s simple and straightforward to import your current data from Excel (and other spreadsheets and data systems) into Sage Accounting, including your customer and supplier details, your products and services, opening balances, transactions from bank statements, invoices, and your chart of accounts. We’re on hand to show you how, or you can watch our step-by-step video guides.

Get help fast with award winning support and unrivalled business advice at your fingertips. Easily access all our support channels from within Sage for Small Business or in your Sage application under the Help menu. Our teams create and maintain a wealth of content from help articles, step by step videos and expert advice to support you achieve your business outcomes.

Buy Payroll and you can automatically support 5 employees. It's easy to add more in-product, up to a maximum of 150 employees. The cost is per employee, per month. The more employees you add to your Payroll plan, the less you'll pay per employee, per month.

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Audit trails      
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Unlimited users 

Unlimited transactions & chart of accounts
Advanced views for accountants and bookkeepers      
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Core HR and leave including workflow automation and reporting

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