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Sage – a software partner for life

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As your small and medium enterprise (SME) starts to look to the new normal, you need to make choices about how your business recovers or even reinvents itself. Sage – the leader in accounting, financial, HR and payroll technology for small and medium businesses – is by your side to help you navigate what’s next, knock down barriers and thrive.

Sage started as a small business with big dreams and goals, which means we understand your needs and challenges. Sage has an innovation and entrepreneurial spirit at its heart, so we recognise your dreams and ambitions. We know our customers’ challenges in juggling competing priorities, completing administrative tasks, and staying on top of regulations and compliance.

Sage is a trusted partner to businesses and entrepreneurs in the digital era. With powerful solutions like Sage Business Cloud Accounting and Payroll, Sage X3 and Sage Intacct in our portfolio, we’re leading the transition to the cloud and becoming a great software-as-a-service (SaaS) company. But when entrepreneurs, accountants and business leaders work with Sage, they’re not just getting technology. They’re entering a partnership that removes friction and delivers solutions based on insights.

Our company is built on strong relationships with our customers, communities, colleagues, and partners. Our customers can rely on our years of experience, personalised service from our brilliant colleagues and partners, and tools and technology that provide the visibility, flexibility, and efficiency your business needs at a time like this.

XHEAD Invisible admin and less compliance risk

Our vision is to help customers thrive by automating accounting and compliance as well as improving visibility into their business. We accomplish this by making accounting invisible, eliminating compliance risk, enabling rich interactions with accountants and other business partners, and leveraging Sage’s extensive data assets and customer networks to deliver high performance.

Sage’s solutions include accounting, HR, payroll and enterprise resource planning (ERP). They travel with business owners and managers wherever they’re needed – in the cloud, on-premise, or both – offering the freedom to work with mobility. The Sage product stack are slick, modern solutions that cater to the diverse needs of small, micro and medium enterprises as well as startups and scaleups.

By creating the Sage Business Cloud, we are creating a world where customers know they are futureproofed – irrespective of the industry they work in. The Sage Business Cloud offers business owners and leaders world-class cloud technology, with the best support and partners to manage finances, operations, and people.

As part of Sage’s drive into the cloud, we have accelerated software development via our Service Fabric. This enables us to keep our products compliant with new regulations and laws as quickly as they emerge and to deliver rapid innovations. Examples include VAT eFiling for Sage Business Cloud Accountant Edition and banking service integration between FNB and our accounting portfolio.

The small and medium businesses that power the global economy are adopting digital solutions at a faster rate than ever before. Through our trusted technology and human approach, Sage is well-positioned to support them. From the small business founder to the growing accountancy practice to the Chief Financial Officer, we give our customers peace of mind.

Sage helps millions of customers of different sizes and types to thrive. These businesses create two-thirds of new jobs. We are freeing them from administrative burdens so they can focus on what they love. No matter how the world changes, customers can count on us to remove friction, deliver business insights and give them a competitive edge, so they can grow and thrive.

It’s not just about the software

Today, over 11 000 Sage employees support millions of entrepreneurs across more than 20 countries as they power the global economy. We’ve built a powerful network of almost 80 000 accountants who actively advise and sell Sage solutions, 4 000 Value Added Resellers (VARs) who sell and implement Sage Solutions, and 500 ISVs delivering specialist features and functionality for our core software. But we will never forget where we started.

That’s why we are such passionate advocates for small businesses. In a world where small businesses struggle to make policymakers hear them, we’re committed to being their voice. This is one reason for Sage’s ongoing commitment to working with and advocating for business owners and entrepreneurs. 

In January 2017, we launched the Forum for Business Builders which offers entrepreneurs insights, events and policy-forming partnerships to give them a powerful collective voice that can be heard on the world stage. Sage also provides free tools and a range of training programmes to small and medium businesses that help them run their organisations effectively.

In 2019, through our Horizon Fund grant programme, Sage Foundation partnered with Get on Skills to support 30 small business owners. They were trained to upgrade their business skills and educate them on the challenges and rewards of growing a business. Eight entrepreneurs received further life skills training, and two were selected for a year-long business support programme.

Six reasons to choose Sage as your payroll, accounting, and ERP partner

  • Sage is the market leader and most recognised brand in accounting software for small and medium business in South Africa.
  • Sage Accounting is priced sensitively for the African market and priced in local currency, not US dollars.
  • Sage offers a comprehensive suite of fully scalable solutions and grows with you as you grow your business. This means that you do not have to switch providers or frantically search for a new solution as your business becomes more successful. 
  • Sage is committed to anticipating and addressing reputational risk and opportunity.
  • The product roadmap, development, support and marketing are managed in South Africa by locals who love and understand the market.
  • We give back to our community through Sage Foundation.

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