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 membersTo 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.