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Sage commits to the next generation of accountancy by fuelling new ACCA practices with bespoke package of expert advice and technology

  • Sage pledges £2.9m to help more practices launch post-pandemic and reduce start-up cashflow worries.
  • Sage, in partnership with ACCA, will provide essential guidance to accountants and their clients to help them manage their cashflow, plan for recovery and succeed.

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and Sage, the market leader in cloud business management solutions, have teamed up to launch a package of advice and technology to help more accountancy practices launch in the UK than ever before.

According to the ACCA, there has been a dramatic increase in those looking to set up in practice, with 886 new practising certificates issued so far in 2020, a significant rise from 2019. Sage recognises that every small business needs expert support and guidance, more than ever before, and accountants are key to providing this.

The package of free support aims to reduce those initial overheads that are faced by practices when starting up through free access to software for the first six months from launch. In addition to this, Sage will also provide access to world-class advice to help practices help their clients every step of the way understand the latest legislation, remain compliant, stay informed, get paid fast while having full visibility of their cash flow.

Claire Bennison, Head of ACCA UK said: “This partnership will provide ACCA members setting up in practice access to software, advice and support at a time when they really need it. We want them to get off to the best possible start and be able to support small businesses who are a major contributor to the economy. ACCA is dedicated to supporting our entrepreneurs and their growth and providing the necessary advice and tools to ensure they stay efficient and relevant.”

Paul Struthers, Managing Director, Sage UK and Ireland said: “We know times are tough and we’re here with practices every step of the way. The fact that significantly more practices have launched this year than last, despite Covid-19, shows that the pandemic has not haltered the ambition of the accountancy sector, it’s our responsibility to support these new businesses as they take shape.”

Additional exclusive Sage benefits solely for ACCA practitioners include:

  • Access to Sage University: Exclusive Sage University accreditation for the Practice, through live and recorded training, all of which is accessed through the University membership.
  • Access to a dedicated Practice Success Manager to support you to set up your practice and guide you through your ongoing accreditation.
  • Additional support on managing a practice, provided by ACCA
  • Access to a new practitioner community that will be developed over time with input from members

To obtain an ACCA practising certificate or a combined practising certificate and audit qualification for the first time, ACCA members must obtain a period of relevant experience and complete a PCEF.

For more information about how to access the six months free access to Sage’s software and free insight, please visit here.

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Notes to editors

The list of Sage products included in this exclusive offer is:

  • Sage Accounting – this helps practices manage accounting in the cloud and give clients valuable, real-time insight based on true data-driven business performance insights.
  • Auto Entry* - this integration automates processes and saves businesses time by capturing or automatically fetching and posting information from suppliers directly to the accounts’ system.
  • Sage Business Cloud Payroll - Paying staff correctly and on time is increasingly important, especially in today’s climate. This software takes the pain out of processing in four simple steps, which is aimed at businesses with 1-50 employees.
  • Sage 50 Cloud Payroll Bureau** – this helps practices to deliver an efficient, accurate and seamless end-to-end payroll service to their clients. Sage Payroll Bureau makes it simple to manage clients’ payroll from one source. Online Bureau** - practices can also boost their Sage Payroll Bureau solution by connecting with clients through a secure online portal, which reduces the amount of time they spend collating and sharing vital payroll data.


  • Offer available for new practices licensed through ACCA who are not a current Sage user. At the end of 6 month, all products revert to RRP.
  • *Subject to a maximum of 500 credits per month. Additional credits will be charged at RRP.
  • **Sage 50cloud payroll will be provisioned with an upper entitlement of 5 clients. Additional clients will be charged at RRP.

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About ACCA: ACCA is the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. We’re a thriving global community of 227,000 members and 544,000 future members based in 176 countries and regions that upholds the highest professional and ethical values.

We believe that accountancy is a cornerstone profession of society that supports both public and private sectors. That’s why we’re committed to the development of a strong global accountancy profession and the many benefits that this brings to society and individuals.

Since 1904 being a force for public good has been embedded in our purpose. And because we’re a not-for-profit organisation, we build a sustainable global profession by re-investing our surplus to deliver member value and develop the profession for the next generation.

Through our world leading ACCA Qualification, we offer everyone everywhere the opportunity to experience a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. And using our respected research, we lead the profession by answering today’s questions and preparing us for tomorrow.

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About Sage: Sage is the global market leader for technology that provides small and medium businesses with the visibility, flexibility and efficiency to manage finances, operations and people. With our partners, Sage is trusted by millions of customers worldwide to deliver the best cloud technology and support. Our years of experience mean that our colleagues and partners understand how to serve our customers and communities through the good, and more challenging times. We are here to help, with practical advice, solutions, expertise and insight.

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