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Sage 50 Business Intelligence platformAnnouncing the launch of – which started life as a project in Mint Consult and was formally transferred to Complete Analytics Limited in 2015. provides SMEs with beautiful Sage 50 reporting through its Business Intelligence platform, built by the in-house development team. was officially launched in early 2017 using its own proprietary platform, which provides SMEs with instant access to their Sage 50 data. The platform has been created for the whole team within an SME and multi layer access can be customised to ensure the team have access to the appropriate dashboards for their role, with the ultimate aim of helping decision making within the business.

The Cacsade for Sage 50 platform is an easy to use, out of the box system with pre-defined graphs and analysis which do not need customised. The team are able to provide bespoke reporting for an additional fee.

For the first time the information from Sage 50 is available on the move, through your mobile device, iPad, tablet or smartphone as well as desktop.

You can experience a free 14 day trial at

Oxford BioDynamics Limited

Oxford BioDynamics (OBD) is a health-care service company with a proprietary biomarker discovery platform.

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Chronos Therapeutics Limited

Chronos Therapeutics is focused on drug development through discovery and repositioning FDA/EMA approved drugs Read more →

5 Myths about Automatic Enrolment

Auto Enrolment has already begun for large businesses, and is just around the corner for small businesses. With not much time left, it appears that many business owners are worried and confused with what lies around the corner. In the article as well as our specialist edge (See above) articles we aim to take the stress of the unknown away.

The first common myth is that if you outsource your payroll then you do not need to worry about Auto Enrolment. This however is not true, as an employer you are legally responsible for making sure that you are compliant with Auto Enrolment. Information on what you need to do to prepare for Auto Enrolment can be found on our sister website at The pension’s regulator recommends that you allow yourself and your company from 12 to 18 months in order to prepare and implement the requirements of Auto Enrolment.

A second myth is that if you ask your payroll team to work extra hours, then you will have no need for change in your systems. With compliance a mandatory requirement of Auto Enrolment the new pension’s arrangements will have to be introduced into your system or indeed a new system. With new processes, you will likely find that the administration burden of additional record keeping and data submissions to the pension’s regulator may be a step too far for your current team, with all the new and added pressures. To help you save time and money you could look to payroll software that automatically complies to the Auto Enrolment legislation, for a closer look at such software see our sister website

The third myth is that because it is believed that many people will opt out, that you do not need to have everything set up in time for your staging date. Scottish Widows recently conducted a survey that contradicts the original belief that as many as 30% of workers could opt out of Auto Enrolment. They found that only around 8% of people will be looking to opt out of the scheme. You are also as an employer, required by law to automatically enrol any eligible worker (Aged above 22 to 74, earning above £9,440 and working within the UK).

The Fourth myth of Auto Enrolment is that if you already have a pension scheme within your workplace, mean you don’t need to worry about Auto Enrolment as you can offer your employees this scheme. Auto Enrolment is part of the Workplace Pension Reform. If you are an employer within the UK then you are by law obligated to address your current scheme and compare it to the requirements of Auto Enrolment and make any changes that may be required to make sure that you’re scheme complies with the new laws. You will have new legal duties and conditions that you may find your existing scheme does not meet. You will also need to make sure you asses all of your employees eligibility for Auto Enrolment and not just those who are in your current scheme, as all eligible workers must be enrolled, and it is their decision if they choose to stay within the scheme or not.

The final myth is that you don’t need to start Auto Enrolment too early as you can use the 12 weeks postponement to gain extra time. Auto Enrolment will take you time to plan and prepare for, which is why we advise you do this well before you start your staging. Once you have made all necessary arrangements however, Auto Enrolment is manageable once you get to grips with it. Postponing Auto Enrolment will not necessarily make things easier for you and your payroll team to manage. There are certain rules that need to be followed and these could cause problems and more work, such as the obligatory letter you need to send your employees if you do choose to postpone, telling them you have postponed, and then once you begin to stage you must reassess your employees.

Don’t be held back and confused by mere rumours that you may hear. Putting off your responsibilities now will only mean hassle in the long run. There is no need to panic about Auto Enrolment; we have many useful resources on our sister website and in our up and coming newsletters including our Specialist Edge segments by David Perry from Alan Boswell Group. We also sell fully compliant software with the Auto Enrolment Legislation which can be found at

Two new interns joint Mint Consult

We are excited to welcome Jade Aldworth and Neil Kelly to the growing team of developers at Mint Consult.

The appointments made through the UEA and part-funded by the Norfolk and Suffolk LEP allows the company to help local graduates obtain and develop skills whilst also opening up their career prospects.

The appointments of Jade Aldworth and Neil Kelly add to the strength of the Mint Consult team. Both have relevant degrees obtained from the University in the past 3 years. Mint has previously worked with the UEA to identify talent and in 2014 successfully recruited Josh Rayman following a 12 week internship with the company.

Mark Donaldson, CEO of Mint Consult said; “The UEA scheme has proven very successful for connecting industry with recent graduates, and we are delighted to be able to offer young people the opportunity to gain relevant work experience and ultimately enter employment”.

Not forgetting RTI

We now know that automatic enrolment is soon to be the next big thing for payroll, but that doesn’t mean RTI (Real Time Information) should take a back seat.

RTI is as important as ever, and we’re still here to help you with any queries you may have. We still have many online resources on our website about RTI including what RTI is and how what steps you as a new business need to take in order to prepare for RTI.

Common questions we received last month were around month end and the employer payment summary (EPS). To help you understand whether you need to submit an EPS and if so, how to do it correctly.

To remind yourself what RTI is by watching our video here

If you’d like more information on RTI please visit our sister companies website at or contact us on 01603 516350 or email us on

New appointment to support rapid growth

We are delighted to report that Josh Rayman joins as a full time developer following successfully completing a 12 week internship with the company, organised through the University of East Anglia.

Josh brings with him experience of web development, graphic design and software development.

Internship through UEA

We are delighted to report that Mint has appointed Josh Rayman in August 2014 as a software developer.  He joins following successfully completing his degree at the UEA and has specific interests in web design, software development and graphic design.

We welcome Josh to the team for the next 12 weeks.

MIS going live……

September 2013 see’s Mint Consult’s sister company officially launching. The sister company first went live a year ago and has been working to support Mint Consult’s activities, undertaking several projects and Sage installations.  We are now pleased to say that the official launch of Mint MIS is just around the corner. It’s an exciting time for everyone at Mint on both sides of the business and we look forward to updating you on our hopeful success and planned growth in the near future.

Mint MIS are certified Sage business partners that specialise in the sale and support of Sage 50 Accounts, Payroll and ACT! They also sell the complete line of Sage 50 products from Forecasting to Instant Accounts. Mint MIS are also in the process of developing bespoke online dashboards (in support of Excel based dashboards) to help businesses understand and implement their KPI’s. They are also utilising Roambi, a mobile app business intelligence solution that transforms data from major BI systems into highly immersive dashboard style mobile analytics.

Specialist Edge returns

Mint’s blog shall be restarting soon following the release of our fourth birthday newsletter. We are looking forward to reintroducing our technical content feature ‘Specialist Edge’. The latest series of articles will be on the ever more important ‘Auto Enrolment’ legislation. Over the coming months, we shall welcome David Perry (Head of Employee Benefits) from the Alan Boswell Group to contribute to this series of articles introducing the new legislation changes which are designed to encourage employees to save for their retirement.

The series shall be released over the next few months in our newsletters. Please subscribe to our newsletters here


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