Sage to give free software to start-ups and small firms

10 Jun 2009

In a bid to keep the entrepreneurial momentum going, Sage is to give its TAS Books Basic and Quickpay free to start-ups and small businesses.

“We at Sage have been thinking about how we can help in the current recession, and it is very clear that there are lots of jobs being lost and hence lots of people that may have ideas about setting up a small business,” explained Liam Mullaney, managing director, Sage Ireland.

“We think we can help here, and we have identified two of our business software applications that could be made available absolutely free to new start-up and small businesses,” he said.

“When times get tough, the best thing you can do to help your business survive and prosper is by making sure you keep on top of your finances – especially the cashflow,” Mullaney added.

“TAS Books Basic makes it easy to see who owes you money, and professional customer statements help encourage prompt payment.  Keeping an eye on your outgoings is important too and with this software users can track all their different costs.

“Quickpay Free is absolutely free for up to five employees, and this ensures that any new start-up does not have to worry about accurately paying their staff, in addition to keeping up to date with their PAYE and PRSI and BIK obligations,” Mullaney said.

With more than 25 standard reports, TAS Books Basic helps businesses keep track of their finances. Quickpay Free is designed for the small business that needs a fast and efficient package to take care of all Irish Revenue requirements, including PAYE, PRSI, PRSA’s and BIK (Benefit in Kind). They can be downloaded at

“At this particularly challenging time for small businesses, I welcome this type of initiative, which may prove very beneficial to start-up enterprises,” said the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mary Coughlan TD.

“Our SME sector is going to play a central role in Ireland’s economic recovery, and the availability of key basic software tools, without cost, to start-up businesses will be warmly welcomed by our budding entrepreneurs,” Minister Coughlan added.

By John Kennedy

Pictured at the announcement of the Free Sage Accounts and Payroll Software for start-up and small businesses at an event in Dublin this morning was theTánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment, Mary Coughlan TD, and Liam Mullaney, managing director, Sage Ireland