Acorn IT Solutions Ltd, Coleraine

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59-61 Maghera Street,
Kilrea
Coleraine
County Londonderry
BT51 5QL
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About Acorn IT Solutions Ltd

Established in April 2002, Acorn IT Solutions are recognised by Sage as being one of the largest fully accredited Sage Business Partners. With offices in Kilrea and Dublin, we have deployed Sage Accounting and Business Management Software solutions to over 300 businesses throughout the UK and Ireland. We specialise in the core Sage products of Sage 200, Sage 50, Sage CRM and Sage Payroll. Additionally, we also offer to our customers bespoke development – ensuring that their software meets all their business requirements – and training and support on the full range of Sage products.

With significant experience, our dedicated team of consultants and support staff and our dedication to our customers has received recognition with the Sage channel itself, with Acorn IT being awarded the prestigious Sage ‘Circle of Excellence’ on three different occasions, and being made Sage Growth Partner of the Year Winners in 2016. With our wealth of knowledge and experience across the Sage range of software, our customers receive the highest standard of service and communication through all levels of support.

Sage Support

Acorn IT Solutions have a proven track record of providing expert Sage Support across the range of Sage Solutions, including Sage 200 cloud, Sage 50 cloud, Sage CRM and Sage Payroll. Our dedicated team of Sage Accredited Consultants are fully experienced in implementing Sage Software and providing ongoing Sage Support to companies across a wide range of industries.

A Sage Support contract with Acorn IT Solutions will include:

  • Unlimited telephone support

  • Unlimited e-mail support

  • Remote Access Support

  • On-site visits

  • Dedicated account manager

  • IT Health Checks

  • Advice services


Sage Training

Sage Onsite Training can be provided by our skilled team of Sage Accredited Consultants across the range of Sage Solutions, including Sage 200 cloud, Sage 50 cloud, Sage CRM and Sage Payroll. It means having one of our dedicated Sage experts on your premises, helping with everything from set-up and best practice, to in-depth advice, consultancy and technical tips.

Sage Onsite training is the ultimate tailored experience for your specific business needs:


  • New Product/Version Training

  • New Hire Training

  • Management Report Development

  • Bespoke Training

  • Group Training


Bespoke Software

We are a Sage Accredited Developer, which means our Software Development Team has the knowledge, skills and experience to design custom solutions that can be tailored specifically to your business.

With 16 years of experience, we understand that no two businesses are the same, and each require flexibility and functionality in order to grow and thrive. You can be assured that Acorn IT Solutions has the expertise that enables us to ensure your software is the perfect fit for your business.

Many companies find that standard packages meet their requirements, but you don’t always get everything you want from a standard package. As accredited Sage Developers, our development team can devise solutions that can range from simple developments, such as giving staff more visibility of data, to large scale projects including the creation of bespoke modules and mobile applications.

Sage 200cloud

Sage 200cloud is a powerful business management software solution created to manage complex processes across your entire organisation, allowing you to work faster and smarter.

Sage 200 cloud is a modular-based software solution designed to manage your finances, customers and business insight in one solution. It allows you to manage your business on the move as the power of desktop meets the freedom of the cloud. It’s the natural upgrade from Sage 50 Accounts software and other accounting/ERP systems that require greater functionality.

It’s ideal for a business with:

  • Typical turnover of £1 million to £50 million

  • 10 to 200 employees

  • A requirement for the functionality of a larger system

  • The need to manage stock across multiple locations

  • The need for a three-tiered accounting system, covering nominal, sales, purchase and cash book ledgers.



What industries do we supply?
Our software and solutions can be tailored to meet any business needs. We have expertise across many industry types ranging across construction, distribution, manufacturing, retail, property, charities, government, health care and utilities.

Contact Acorn IT Solutions to find out more information on 028 7964 4975 or email info@acornitsolutions.com

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Sep 9, 2019
"Unlock your Business Potential" powered by Sage and Acorn IT Solutions.

Break free from the chains that are holding you back and set your business free. Discover the latest enhancements to Sage 200cloud, listen to key insights from inspired product experts, and find out how to overcome the barriers that are preventing your business from achieving its full potential. Key Topics: Key updates from Acorn IT Solutions and Sage Sage 200cloud latest enhancements When is the right time to upgrade from Sage 50? Sage Add-ons and bespoke developments Q&A - Customer Stories Venue: Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast, BT14 6ST Time: Registration will begin at 9.30am for a 10.am start with a finish time of 1.30pm. Parking: Free parking is available in the Crumlin Road Gaol Car Park. Refreshments: Will be served upon arrival and a hot lunch served prior to close. Guided tour of Crumlin Road Gaol: All attendees will have the opportunity to attend a free guided tour of Crumlin Road Gaol which will last approx. 1 hour. Register here >> http://d36.co/13DPV
Aug 28, 2019
Sage 200cloud – Summer 2019 Enhancements

Sage have announced their latest additions to Sage 200 cloud with the release of the Summer 2019 Enhancements package. Highlights of the Summer 2019 release include: 1) VAT: domestic reverse charge compliance The latest version will ensure compliance with the incoming legislation change to the way VAT is collected in the building and construction industry. The scheme means that those supplying construction services to a VAT-registered customer will no longer have to account for the VAT. Instead, the customer will account for the VAT. Sage 200cloud now permits tax code abilities and text on invoices and also offers an MTD currency alert which produces an alert for customers who are not operating in GBP or EUR and is compliant with MTD (Making Tax Digital). 2) Bank reconciliation improvements If you don’t want to reconcile the full amount of the transaction, you can part reconcile the transaction by entering the Amount to Reconcile for the transaction, before you match it. The remaining amount of the transaction can be reconciled the next time you do your bank reconciliation. The transaction will be marked with a status of Part, to indicate it has been part reconciled. Additionally, you can now see the URN of a transaction when you reconcile or unreconcile. 3) Scan and attach documents for sales invoices, credit notes and goods received Now you can attach files and scanned documents when you view sales invoices and credit notes, confirm receipt of goods received (GRNs), and view the delivery history of a purchase order or return. When you use the Customer Transaction Enquiry, select a sales invoice or credit note, then select Attached Documents. When you use the Nominal Transaction Enquiry, view the transaction detail for a sales invoice or credit note, then select Attached Documents. When you Confirm Receipt (confirm goods received), select the Attach Documents check box before you select Save. When you view the Delivery history for purchase orders and returns, select Despatches or Deliveries , then select Attached Documents. 4) Microsoft 365 Flow Microsoft Flow is a cloud-based service that makes it practical and simple for people to build workflows that automate business tasks and processes across applications and services. (To use this feature, you’ll need to use Microsoft Flow with an Office 365 subscription.) The purchase requisitions flow automatically sends emails to people to notify them during the authorisation process. Authorisers will receive email notifications when they have new purchase requisitions that require authorisation. The person who submitted the purchase requisition will receive an email notification when it is authorised or rejected. The supplier bank details flow automatically sends emails to people to notify them of any changes to the bank details for supplier accounts. The emails are sent to everyone that has user access to the Audit Log, so that they can check the changes in the log.
Aug 21, 2019
VAT: domestic reverse charge for building and construction services

The domestic reverse charge is a major change to the way VAT is collected in the building and construction industry. It will be introduced on the 1st October 2019, without a transitional period, and will have a significant impact on the accounting practices and cash flow of businesses in the construction sector. Here’s everything you need to know: What is the VAT domestic reverse charge? It’s effectively an extension of the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) and applies only to transactions between VAT-registered contractors and sub-contractors who are registered for the CIS. The scheme means that those supplying construction services to a VAT-registered customer will no longer have to account for the VAT. Instead, the customer will account for the VAT. In even simpler terms, for services they provide, sub-contractors will require the contractor employing them to handle and pay the VAT directly to HMRC. The payment received will be for the cost of the work done (plus materials used). Why is it being introduced? HMRC says it will combat fraud, whereby construction businesses charge VAT for the services they supply but then disappear without paying their VAT bill. By moving the VAT charge down the supply chain, HMRC intends to make this kind of fraud impossible. Who does the VAT reverse charge for construction services apply to? It applies only to VAT-registered businesses who are registered with the CIS, and use the CIS to report payments. So it applies to services supplied between the majority of construction sub-contractors and contractors in the UK. If your business is not VAT registered then the reverse charge cannot be applied to you, and standard VAT rules apply for the supplier. What action should my business take before 1st October 2019? 1) Check whether the reverse charge affects either your sales, purchases or both 2) Make sure your accounting systems and software are updated to deal with the reverse charge 3) Consider whether the change will have an impact on your cashflow 4) Make sure all your staff who are responsible for VAT accounting are familiar with the reverse charge and how it will operate Contact Acorn IT Solutions to find out if your Sage Software or Construction Software requires an upgrade to become complaint ahead of 1st October 2019. Find out more >> https://acornitsolutions.com/vat-domestic-reverse-charge-construction/
Jul 19, 2019
DSP Supermarket transofrm their business with Sage 200cloud

Client Profile: DSP Supermarket Group, owned by the Kelly family, are a local retail grocery company who operate under the Henderson Group franchises of Eurospar, Spar, Vivo and Vivoxtra. They first began trading as a small newsagent in Maghera in the 1970’s and today have 10 stores in the Mid-Ulster area. The company now employs close to 350 people and Turnover is circa £26 million per annum. What was the challenge? DSP Supermarket Group were using TASBooks, a basic accounting package for small businesses. It was proving increasingly difficult to manage the 10 stores individually which was leading to delays, inefficiencies and increased costs. The main pain points of TAS Books included: Manual bank reconciliations – TASBooks does not have the facility to save partly reconciled accounts which was time consuming to complete accurately in full. Limited reporting – They could only access standardised reports and required more powerful reporting to make greater use of data and aid decision making. Manual backups – TASBooks does not have the ability to schedule automatic backups which required a manual process which was laborious and unreliable. The Solution DSP Supermarket Group contacted their local Sage Partner Acorn IT Solutions for advice on what software would be most appropriate. After a careful analysis of the business to understand the specific requirements, Acorn IT Solutions recommended Sage 200 as the most appropriate solution and it was decided to proceed with the investment in the software. Sage 200 was implemented for 4 users with minimal downtime, with full onsite training and Sage Support. Sage 200 is a flexible and customisable Business Management Solution, which enables you to automate key business processes in Finance, Operations, Marketing, Sales, Payroll and Payments. Results: In-depth reporting – Sage 200 has provided DSP Supermarket Group with superior management information, reporting and analysis to provide insight for strategic planning. Ability to schedule regular automatic backups – this ensures that data recovery is quickly accessibly in the unlikely event of a problem or error. Sage Support and Training – DSP Supermarket Group have benefited from the expertise at Acorn IT Solutions in terms of initial training and through ongoing Sage Support which provides expert advice and the quick resolution of any issues. In-depth financial management – Sage 200 allows DSP Supermarket Group to effectively consolidate across the 12 stores. This gives them greater control and to manage their financial position with accurate and timely data with the ability to run analytics to spot trends and inform on critical business decisions. Improved business control – Sage 200 ensures that manual processes are automated which helps to save time and effort. It reduces the need for data duplication and ensures instant access to key data which gives a joined-up view of the business.
Jul 7, 2019
Join us for a live Sage 200cloud Webinar

Sage 200cloud is built for mid-sized companies, allowing you to manage your finances, customers and business insight through to the next level. Join us for a free webinar on Sage 200cloud, the market-leading software, and find out how it can give you the tools to efficiently run and grow your business. We'll cover a general overview of Sage 200cloud, and take a closer look at some of the features and specific modules. We'll identify some of the pain points you may be experiencing with your current software and highlight how Sage 200cloud can help. We'll talk about upgrading from Sage 50 and why Sage 200cloud is the natural migration and we'll answer any questions that you have. Webinar Details: Date: Thursday 20th June, 2019 Time: 10am Duration: 30 mins Register now >> http://d36.co/13kyS
Jun 10, 2019
Transform your manufacturing business with Sage software

Leading Sage Partner Acorn IT Solutions are helping some of Ireland’s leading companies achieve business growth with market leading business management software. Macrete, fresh from supplying the concrete structures for the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium, use Sage 200cloud with some of Acorn’s own manufacturing modules from their “Inspired” range to manage their business. Steven Anderson, IT Manager at Macrete said: “Sage 200 has enabled us to gain complete visibility over our operations allowing us to massively streamline our processes and increase our productivity.” Another recent Sage 200cloud Acorn project is at Multihog, a manufacturer of multi-purpose utility tractors for the aviation industry. Multihog has recently invested in Sage 200cloud and Dallan McHugh, their Financial Controller commented: “From our investigation we felt that Sage 200 was the best software to ensure our business is equipped to keep up with our rapid expansion plans.” For those organisations involved in food and drink manufacturing, legislation ensures that full traceability is required. Sage 200cloud enables full visibility across the supply chain, from suppliers to customers, as stock and materials can be tracked in multiple locations with full batch and serial number functionality. One such manufacturer to adopt Sage 200cloud in the food industry is Wafer Enterprises in Derry, who started life as an ice cream cone manufacturer and have now evolved to incorporate all areas of the ice cream industry. Whilst Sage 200 can provide a solid platform for a growing business, it can also support large-scale organisations such as FP McCann, one of the UK’s largest manufacturer of precast concrete solutions. Clare Loye, Company Accountant at FP McCann commented: “Sage 200 has proved to be a powerful and stable product that performs well across our many sites. Acorn IT Solutions and Sage are at the core of this and are an integral part of our daily business operation.” Sage 200cloud is a modular based business-wide software solution for mid-sized companies with more complex requirements who want to grow their revenue, reduce their costs and increase profitability. It helps customers manage their finances, sales and business insights all in one easy solution. It allows you to manage your business on the move as the power of desktop meets the freedom of the cloud Sage 200cloud supports manufacturing businesses, whether they are involved in one-off job costed manufacturing, or high volume repeat production manufacturing. They require efficient resource planning throughout each stage of the production process. Key features of the software include effective functions for Bill of Materials (BOM), Works Order Processing, Material Requirement Planning (MRP), Estimating, Shop Floor Data Capture and Graphical Planner. https://acornitsolutions.com/transform-your-manufacturing-business-with-sage-software/
May 13, 2019
Acorn IT Solutions exhibit at the All Ireland Business Summit

Acorn IT Solutions exhibit at the All Ireland Business Summit at Croke Park on Thursday 2nd May 2019. For the second year in a row, we attended the All Ireland Business Summit as exhibitors. With over 1000 delegates in attendance, it was a great opportunity to showcase our products and services to some of the leading companies and decision makers in Ireland. The All-Ireland Business Summit is Ireland’s leading business event. It is designed to help develop and cultivate relationships whilst providing clear actionable strategic insights. The Summit combined insightful Keynote speakers with countless networking and business showcase opportunities: - Performance coach and Psychologist, Jamil Qureshi, highlighted the importance of the subconscious mind in achieving results. -Matt Cooper hosted a Q&A panel discussion with lifetime achievement award recipients John Teeling and Anna-May McHugh with some really interesting insights on the success of the National Ploughing Championships and Irish Whiskey brewing. - Pat Phelan, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of SISU Clinic, talked about his scale for success journey and his passion for solving problems. - Leading Psychologist and hypnotist Keith Barry wowed the crowd with his session on using the power of the mind to scale new heights. The day concluded with a glittering awards ceremony for the All Ireland Business Awards in which we were nominated for two awards (Small Business of the Year and Technology Business of the Year) after a rigorous application and interview process. Unfortunately, we were not successful on this occasion but it was great to be acknowledged for awards in such competitive categories. Roger Gribbin, Head of Sales at Acorn IT Solutions: “Exhibiting at the All Ireland Business Summit has further enabled us to establish our brand as one of the leading Sage Business partners in Ireland. There was a great mix of networking, business insights and initiating new business opportunities”. https://acornitsolutions.com/acorn-exhibit-at-the-all-ireland-business-summit/
Apr 4, 2019
Multihog partner with Acorn IT Solutions for Sage 200

We are delighted to announce that Multihog have selected Acorn IT Solutions to introduce Sage 200 – a market leading business management solution. Operating from their state of the art facilities in Dundalk, Multihog specialise in the design and production of multi-purpose tractors. The Multihog tractor is the ultimate multi-purpose vehicle with more than 40 different attachments designed to serve airports, municipalities, facilities management and road maintenance organisations. Multihog has undergone significant growth since launching in 2008 and now employs over 70 people whilst selling to 26 countries worldwide including the United States, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and China. This growth has resulted in Multihog outgrowing their Sage 50 Accounts package and were now in a position to invest in a future-proof solution that would meet the growing demands of the business. As a current Sage user, Multihog were keen to stay within the Sage family of products and investigate whether Sage 200 would meet their growing list of requirements. They engaged with Acorn IT Solutions, one of Sage’s Strategic Partners to help them understand how Sage 200 with Sicon Manufacturing modules, would satisfy those requirements and provide a platform for further growth. Roger Gribbin, Head of Sales and Marketing with Acorn IT Solutions: “We are delighted to play our part in assisting Multihog through their next stage of growth and to achieve their ambitions”. Dallan McHugh, Financial Controller of Multihog: “We are delighted to partner with Acorn IT Solutions during this exciting period of growth for Multihog. Upgrading to Sage 200 will ensure that our business is equipped with the best software to keep up with our rapid expansion”. Contact us to find out how Sage 200 can bring your growing business to the next level. https://acornitsolutions.com/portfolio-items/sage-200-cloud/
Apr 2, 2019
Acorn IT Solutions celebrate 17 years of business

On the 2nd April 2002, our directors Declan Bradley and Dominic McMullan came together to form Acorn IT Solutions. A quick look back to then shows how times have changed.. 1) Microsoft had just launched Windows XP 2) Sage had just launched MMS Version 1 and Line 50 Version 11 3) 45% of Businesses in the UK had no internet connection 4) Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat weren’t even invented Today, Acorn IT Solutions are now widely recognised as one of the leading fully accredited Sage Partners in Ireland. We have introduced Sage Software to over 350 companies across a host of different industries and employ a dedicated team of 13 people across Sage Support, Consultancy, Software Development, Sales and Marketing. Our business highlights to date include winning the Sage Circle of Excellence Award on three occasions, winning the Sage Growth Partner of the Year for 2016 and being accredited with an All-Ireland Business All-Star in 2018. Dominic McMullan commented on the anniversary: “We pride ourselves on our excellent service and are privileged to have supported so many recognisable companies on their journeys towards growth. From us all at Acorn IT Solutions, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and business over the past 17 years and look forward to an exciting future together”.
Mar 22, 2019
Sage 50 cloud v25.1 is here

Sage have announced the release of Sage 50 cloud v25.1 which now makes it even easier for users to run their business more efficiently. Highlights of the new release include: 1) Attach documents to VAT returns (MTD Feature) What it does? – MTD will mean that businesses will now need to submit their VAT through the software and keep a digital audit trail of their transactions. You can now attach a copy of the excel document you used to calculate your transactions to the VAT return so you have a record of your calculations. How does it support you? – MTD requires business to keep a digital record of their transactions, this will enable businesses to keep a complete audit trail of the transactions and the calculations they have carried out within Sage 50 cloud. This means they don’t need to worry about storing documents outside of the software and they have a complete record should they have to product them for HMRC. 2) Attach documents to journals (MTD Feature) What it does? – Some businesses process journals to move money in their nominal ledger, this can be done based on advice from an accountant, to adjust the VAT return or to correct something which was posted incorrectly. This new feature allows the customers to attach documents to the journal. How does it support you? – Businesses will be able to keep a full audit trail of why they have processed the journals. An example of this would be calculations done in excel to adjust the VAT return or to keep a record of an accountant’s instruction to post journals to move figures in the nominal ledger. 3) Access VAT return with users logged in What it does? – You can now run your VAT return without having everyone logged out of the software. How does it support you? – With businesses now required to submit VAT through the software this means that businesses will not experience any downtime when processing or submitting their VAT. This means the business will save time and remain productive when carrying out this vital activity. 4) Track bank reconciliation changes What it does? – Sage have added additional functionality which will identify transactions which have caused a change in the last reconciled balance so customers can quickly make corrections and get this right. How does it support you? – A common issue customers face is when they go to do their bank rec and the balance doesn’t match their statement. This is normally caused by transactions being deleted or adjusted after the last bank rec. The process for correcting this involves trawling through bank statements and matching them to Sage transactions until you find the transactions that are missing. This is no longer an issue as the software will tell you that there’s been a change and which transactions have caused this to happen. This is a huge time saver for customers making one of their key business processes quicker and easier. Get in touch to find out more about Sage 50 cloud on 028 7964 4975
Feb 21, 2019
Payroll Year End Service

Simplify your Payroll Year End by taking advantage of Acorn IT Solutions Payroll Year End Service. The 2018/19 Payroll Year End is fast approaching and there are numerous tasks that need to be completed. These include reporting to HMRC on the previous tax year, preparing for the new tax year, and issuing P60s to your employees. Let Acorn IT Solutions take the stress out of the process by taking advantage of our Payroll Year End service. Highlights of our service include: 1) Updating your Payroll to 2019/20 compliant version 2) Backing-up Payroll Databases and Reports 3) Performing a data health check 4) Processing the Year End and perform the final submission to HMRC 5) Preparing for the new tax year which includes updating employees tax codes, increasing automatic enrolment contributions and introducing the new legislation for the 2019/20 tax year. Customers will have to check if you have a Week 53 which occurs when your regular pay date for weekly, fortnightly or four weekly paid employees falls on Friday 5th April 2019. If you pay your employees monthly, then you don’t have a Week 53. You should also check if your Sage Payroll Support is up-to-date. We can check this for you if required. The Acorn IT Solutions Payroll Year End Service is provided at a cost of £295 + VAT. If you wish to go ahead and order, please email chloe@acornitsolutions with your purchase order number. This will enable us to schedule a date into the diary. Please call 02879644975 if you have any questions on Payroll Year End or require more information about Sage Software
Dec 12, 2018
Acorn IT Solutions receive coveted Business All-Star Accreditation

Acorn IT Solutions have secured Business All-Star accreditation from the All Ireland Business Foundation. Acorn IT Solutions were at Croke Park on Wednesday 12th December to receive the coveted All-Ireland Business All-Star accreditation. It is an independently verified standard mark for best in class Irish businesses that meet the highest standards of criteria of verified performance, trust and customer centricity. The 2018 Judging panel was Chaired by Dr Briga Hynes of the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick and assisted by Deputy Chair Kieran F Ring of the Global Institute of Logistics. The chairs were supported by a panel of industry experts. The rigorous six-step assessment process provides the assurance that accredited companies are genuinely outstanding with a proven commitment to business excellence. Furthermore, the accreditation offers fellow Business All-Stars the opportunity to collaborate and support each other by membership of the foundation’s TRIBE – The Register of Irish Business Excellence. Declan Bradley, Joint Director of Acorn IT Solutions commented, “We are delighted to receive such a prestigious award which recognises the achievements of our business. The accreditation is a huge stamp of approval from industry experts and is a testament to the hard work and commitment shown by the company and our staff. We are confident that this accreditation will ensure recognition across Ireland as a leading Sage Business Partner with a proven track record of performance, trust and customer service“. Get in touch today for more information on the full range of Sage Software on 028 7964 4975.
Nov 6, 2018
Acorn IT Solutions hosts successful Information Day and Making Tax Digital Update

Acorn IT Solutions were delighted to host their Information Day and Making Tax Digital Update on Thursday 25th October 2018. Close to 100 people from across Northern Ireland made their way to the wonderful venue at Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy. Declan Bradley, Joint Director at Acorn IT Solutions commented, “We were delighted to have such a great turnout and response to the event and would like to thank all the attendees for taking time out of their busy schedules to join us. We hope that everyone came away from the day with a better knowledge about Making Tax Digital and the first step we recommend is to check whether your current software will be compliant or if you have to update it”. The key theme of the day was around Making Tax Digital and industry expert Stephen McGeagh, from David Lyttle and Co. Accountants, delivered a highly informative and engaging presentation. Making Tax Digital (MTD) is one of the biggest accounting shake-ups ever seen in the UK which will affect 89% of companies. The new rules mandate that from the 1st April 2019, VAT registered businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT registration threshold (£80,000) must keep records in a digital form and file their VAT returns via MTD enabled software. The event kicked off with an introduction from Declan Bradley who welcomed everyone, outlined the agenda for the day and gave an update on the company. Oisin Geraghty from Sage Ireland spoke about the importance of the relationship between Sage and Acorn IT Solutions – now one of the four strategic Sage Partners in Ireland. After a short networking break, Deaglan Lowry from Acorn IT Solutions, gave an update on new features to Sage 50 and highlighted some useful hints and tips. This was followed by a detailed overview on the new Summer Enhancements release for Sage 200 which was presented by Joint Director, Dominic McMullan. Roger Gribbin, Head of Sales and Marketing, gave an overview of Acorn’s Inspired Products and their capabilities including a Manufacturing Process Management System and a Warehouse Management Solution. The event concluded with a unique opportunity for two businesses to share their stories via a Q&A session. Rory Scullion from Gola Wood Works and James Costello from Action Mental Health discussed how their Sage systems have transformed their businesses and outlined the professionalism shown by Acorn IT Solutions, praising their customer support and expertise. If you have to upgrade your existing Sage Software or want to explore alternative solutions, then get in touch with Acorn IT Solutions on 02879644975.
Oct 25, 2018
Acorn IT Solutions - Customer Day

We are having our Customer Day on Thursday 25th October at the wonderful Seamus Heaney Homeplace from 9.30am to 1.00pm and we’d love you to attend. We’re planning an action packed day and hope you can join us and hear all of the latest updates concerning Making Tax Digital, the Sage 200 cloud Summer Enhancements release and further information around our suite of Inspired Products and Partner Add-ons. Making Tax Digital (MTD) is one of the biggest accounting shake-ups ever seen in the UK. We want to let you know how this affects your business and what steps you need to take to comply. The new rules mandate that VAT registered businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT registration threshold must from the 1st April 2019: Keep records in a digital form; and File their VAT returns via MTD enabled software If you are a current customer or want to know how we can help your business get the most from its software, then this is an event not to be missed. To confirm your attendance, please click on the link below or call 02879644975 https://acornitsolutions.com/customer-day-announcement/
Oct 10, 2018
Making Tax Digital: Is your business prepared for it?

Making Tax Digital is HMRC’s strategy to modernise the UK tax system, making it fully automated, digital and online based. The new legislation mandates that VAT registered businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT registration threshold of £85,000 must from the 1st April 2019: Keep records in a digital form; and File their VAT returns via MTD enabled software 89% of UK businesses will need to change the way they process tax. Is your business prepared for it? Making Tax Digital Checklist: 1. Figure out if your business will be impacted by MTD for VAT: If your business is VAT-registered, with a turnover above the VAT threshold (£85,000) then Making Tax Digital for VAT will be required within your business. Digital record keeping will be required so you will have to ensure that VAT information is kept in an MTD compliant manner that can be “digitally linked”. A digital link allows data to be imported/exported between programs without the need for manual intervention. The level of impact will depend on your current accounting software within the business. In some cases, it may be as simple as feature updates whereas manual record keeping such as Excel will have to be replaced with a software-driven approach for recording VAT details and filing VAT returns. 2. Work out which business processes need to be adapted for MTD for VAT: You should look at all your processes that revolve around generating your VAT return and confirm what activities need to be changed to become MTD compliant. Some key areas that should be analysed should concern how you raise sales invoices and capture expenses, whether you use a cash accounting scheme or if it is invoice-based and decide what other areas of your VAT accounting are still paper-based or exist outside of your accounting software. 3. Ensure you have “functional compatible software” for MTD for VAT: MTD enabled software is a software program or set of compatible programs that must be able to; record and preserve VAT records in an digital form, provide to HMRC information and returns from the electronic records in an electronic form and by using the HMRC Application Programme Interface (API), and lastly to receive information from HMRC. If you’re using desktop accounting software then you will probably need to update it for MTD and if you’re using a cloud accounting software package then it should update automatically for MTD. 4. Work out when to switch to MTD for VAT: If you haven’t already done so, we recommend that you switch as soon as possible to ensure your MTD software will be able to be implemented with as little disruption as possible. This may require training on how to use the MTD software or may involve an accountant, so it is advisable to ensure that your business is MTD compliant well before the upcoming 1st April 2019 deadline. Get in touch on 02879644975 or visit us at www.acornitolutions.com for more information
Aug 31, 2018
When is the right time to upgrade your Sage 50 system to Sage 200 cloud?

Did you know that slow performance, data duplication or inaccuracies could be your Sage 50 system telling you that you’ve outgrown it? Sage 50 is an off the shelf solution which is suitable for companies with simple accounting requirements. It allows users to manage company accounts, sales, payroll and HR from one, easy to use application. For some businesses, this software is all they may require but as business grows, Sage 50 may actually be limiting as it struggles to cope with the increased demand and complexity required. At Acorn IT Solutions, we understand that your business is constantly evolving. We want to make sure that you get the most from your software and ensure that it meets your growing requirements. If your business is looking to manage more complex business processes or has increased in size, you may need to consider a larger solution. Sage 200 cloud is the next natural step for businesses wanting to move to a more powerful solution. Reasons to upgrade to Sage 200 from Sage 50 If your business has: Between 10 and 200 employees, A larger turnover or are a growing business with an increasing number of processes (or increasing complexity), Has branched out into multiple sites/locations that require multiple cost centres, management of stock and more, Requires greater management information, reporting and analysis to provide insight for strategic planning, Become frustrated at amending business processes around Sage 50, Disparate systems across the business which are duplicating time and effort, An extensive delegation of finance tasks, Requires CRM to manage customers, greater Business Intelligence, A relatively small budget and would like to pay monthly, A need for role-based access as well as different structure levels to maintain control. If you feel you are outgrowing your current Sage 50 system, or want to find out more about Sage 200 cloud, then get in touch on 028 7964 4975.
Aug 16, 2018
New website launch for Acorn IT Solutions

After a number of months of hard work and dedication, Acorn IT Solutions, one of the leading Sage Business Partners in Ireland, is pleased to formally announce the launch of its new website. We invite you to visit us at www.acornitsolutions.com. The newly redesigned website has been expertly shaped to more fully articulate Acorn IT Solution’s deep experience in providing full suites of Sage Accounting and Business Management software to businesses throughout the UK and Ireland of varying sizes and industries. Declan Bradley | Director | Acorn IT Solutions: “Our new website is a testament to our growing business and highlights an exciting time for Acorn IT Solutions. It reflects our comprehensive product and support offerings and lets the marketplace know our capabilities, deep experience and that we have a proven track record of success. We want to develop our growing online presence and ensure that visitors to the site have a very informative experience”. What’s in the new website? It features a streamlined and simplified design, improved functionality and enriched content areas to provide an optimum experience for our colleagues, partners, clients and prospects to easily find the information they are looking for. The website boasts intuitive and consistent site-wide navigation to help you browse with ease. It is also fully responsive with mobile devices, making it easy to navigate on a wide range of web browsers and devices. A key feature of the new website is the support area which contains a knowledgebase of product documents, tutorials and FAQ’s whilst an array of our implementations are evidenced in the Case Studies section, showcasing how some of our key partners have benefited. What happens next? We welcome any feedback and will continue to develop and improve the new website. We will continually update our knowledgebase of product resources and will grow our portfolio of client Case Studies to further highlight our solutions in use across multiple industries. Check out the new website at www.acornitsolutions.com. For any feedback, give us a call on 028 7964 4975 or message us at info@acornitsolutions.com .
Jul 1, 2018
Acorn IT Solutions celebrates 1 year in Kilrea Office

After outgrowing their previous base in Maghera, Acorn IT Solutions signalled their growth intentions with a £150,000 investment to a new Head Office in Kilrea. A year has passed since then and we catch up with Declan Bradley, Joint Director of Acorn IT Solutions to see how it’s been going: “It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year since Acorn made the move to Kilrea. In what is our 16th year of trading, the move has provided us with a great foundation for conducting all our future business activities with a modern office which van accommodate up to 20 staff. The rural location hasn’t been an issue as Kilrea is an ideal location situated halfway between Belfast and Derry”.
Jun 21, 2018
Acorn IT Solutions attends Digital DNA

Acorn IT Solutions exhibits at Digital DNA in St. George’s Market, Belfast on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th May 2018. Acorn IT Solutions were delighted to exhibit at Digital DNA 2018 as technology experts from across the world gathered in Belfast to share knowledge and network. The two-day event attracted some of the biggest names in the technology sector, with over 3000 delegates from local businesses and further afield attending and over 100 businesses exhibiting. The aim of Digital DNA 2018 was to showcase Belfast’s prosperous tech sector, covering marketing, data, cyber-security, fintech, innovation and devops topics – delivered through an exciting programme of keynote talks, interactive workshops, panel discussions and an exhibition. There were a number of informative sessions from guest speakers throughout the course of Digital DNA. Some of the highlights included Joanna Jarjue who discussed her journey from Digital Graduate to The Apprentice boardroom, Tony Price from PWC who demonstrated the potential of chatbots and robots for future business, and from Kieran Flanagan, VP of Marketing at HubSpot who presented on the Marketers Guide to Growth. Niall Delargy | Marketing Executive | Acorn IT Solutions: “Exhibiting at Digital DNA gave Acorn IT Solutions a great opportunity to showcase our business and develop our brand awareness across a range of industries. It gave us a chance to highlight our Sage solutions to a unique gathering of digital and tech-savvy individuals and companies. We also took the time to attend some very insightful sessions and benefited from the great advice and guidance that was presented over the course of the two days. ” For more information on any of our Sage products, please give us a call on 028 7964 4975.
Jun 18, 2018
Sage Leadership Team visit Acorn IT Solutions

Acorn IT Solutions were delighted to welcome Barry Murphy, the Managing Director of Sage Ireland and Celine Maher, Head of Sales at Sage Ireland, to their Head Office in Kilrea on Thursday 14th June. The visit of Barry and Celine provided Acorn with a fantastic opportunity to not only showcase their new premises, but also introduce the various members of the Acorn team who specialise in implementing Sage software for their customers. It was an opportunity to discuss the significant relationship between Sage and Acorn IT Solutions and a chance to demonstrate how Acorn have been preparing for future growth by making key appointments in all of the critical areas such as Sales, Marketing, Implementation and Software Development. The visit incorporated a short journey to F.P. Mc Cann, one of Acorn’s long-standing Sage 200 clients, to showcase the calibre of company that Acorn deals with and to showcase the solutions in practical use. The visit by Sage indicates the importance of the Business Partnership between Sage and Acorn IT Solutions cementing Acorn’s role as a key strategic partner in Ireland. The capabilities of Sage allow Acorn the ability to support businesses in different industries of any size, ranging from start-ups to large enterprises and the partnership looks set for continued future growth. Declan Bradley | Director | Acorn IT Solutions: ““It was a privilege to welcome Barry and Celine to the Acorn Office and allowed us the opportunity to discuss key strategic plans and to highlight the many vertical markets that we have implemented Sage and our extended solutions into. Being able to include a site visit to one of our long-standing key Accounts in FP Mc Cann Ltd, showed the type of clients we take pride in dealing with and with the help of Sage, we plan to further enhance our standing in the marketplace in the coming years.” For more information on any of our Sage products, please give us a call on 028 7964 4975.
May 23, 2018
New additions to the Acorn Team

Acorn IT Solutions are delighted to have welcomed four new members to their dynamic team in Kilrea, Northern Ireland. This investment demonstrates Acorn IT Solution’s continued commitment to growth and local employment in the area bringing the total number of employees to thirteen. Ruairi McCallion has joined the Software Development team and brings a wealth of experience. Ruairi joined from Sphere Global where he worked as a Developer and has completed a Degree in Software Development. Cormac Davidson has joined Acorn IT as Support Consultant. Cormac has a degree in Computing Technologies with prior experience as a Technician with MS Computers and in Operations and Sales Management with Cassidy’s Fruit and Veg. Niall Delargy has been added to the Marketing Team. Niall previously worked in Marketing for Toals Bookmakers and Tourism Ireland and has recently completed a Master’s Degree in Digital Media Communications with an undergraduate degree in Business Management. Chloe Gormley takes over the Office Manager role and joins from Tobermore Concrete where she has over five years’ experience, specialising in the processing of Payroll and Purchase Ledgers. Chloe also has a Level 5 Accounting Technician Ireland Qualification. We would like to wish them all the best in their new roles at Acorn IT Solutions!
Apr 20, 2018
Acorn IT Solutions exhibit at the All-Ireland Business Summit

Acorn IT Solutions were delighted to attend the fourth annual All-Ireland Business Summit at Croke Park, Dublin on Thursday 19th April 2018. This was a fantastic opportunity to exhibit and showcase our business to over 1,000 delegates across a variety of industries. A number of insightful guest speakers and entrepreneurs were in attendance including Chanelle, Lady McCoy, Pat McDonagh, Keith Barry, Gavin Duffy, Niall Breslin (Bressie), Ivan Yates, Brian McEniff and Ramona Nicholas. The event followed a strict schedule of events consisting of guest speakers, demonstrations, breakout sessions, performances and countless networking opportunities. There were a number of highlights on the day including the motivational speeches from Chanelle, Lady McCoy and Brian McEniff whilst the performance by leading hypnotist and mentalist Keith Barry was memorable. Roger Gribben, Head of Sales at Acorn IT Solutions: “It was a really worthwhile event and has given Acorn IT Solutions a great platform for initiating business opportunities in the Republic of Ireland. It has coincided very well with the launch of our new office in Dublin and was a fantastic opportunity for establishing our brand as one of the leading Sage Business partners in Ireland.” Also, congratulations to Valerie from Oscar Wilde Water, who was the lucky winner of our Amazon Echo competition that we ran throughout the day.
Apr 1, 2018
Acorn IT Solutions opens new office in Dublin

Northern Ireland based firm, Acorn IT Solutions, has recently announced the opening of a second business premises in Santry, Dublin. Acorn IT Solutions are one of the leading Sage Business Partners in the UK and Ireland, offering the full range of Sage Solutions as well as their own range of bespoke developments. This move is the next stage of an ambitious business strategy, backed by Invest NI, to establish a sales presence in the Republic of Ireland in order to create new business opportunities and diversify its customer base. With over 16 years’ experience, Acorn IT Solutions has amassed a wealth of technical knowledge in the Northern Ireland market and is keen to expand their expertise in the Republic of Ireland. The new office is situated in a stylish, business centre which is perfectly situated between Dublin City Centre and Dublin Airport and has easy access to both the M1 and M50 motorways. Declan Bradley, Joint Director of Acorn IT Solutions, comments: “We are very excited with the opening of our second office in such a key strategic location. This will provide Acorn IT Solutions with a base to conduct future business activities and is a great opportunity to establish ourselves in the Republic of Ireland – an area that is brimming with potential business”. This is the latest development in Acorn IT Solution’s growth strategy after a £150,000 investment in 2017 to relocate to a brand new office in Kilrea, Northern Ireland. Dublin Office details: Address: Block B, The Crescent Building, Northwood Business Park, Santry, Dublin 9 Telephone: 01 893 4936 Email: info@acornitsolutions.com

Acorn IT Solutions Ltd Team

Name Role Email Telephone
Niall Delargy Marketing Executive 028 7964 4975
Declan Bradley Director 028 7964 4975
Dominic McMullan Director 028 7964 4975
Roger Gribbin Head of Sales 028 7964 4975
Deaglan Lowry Head of Sage Division 028 7964 4975
Thomas McGlone Head of Development 028 7964 4975
Hannah Moran Sage Consultant 028 7964 4975
Dermot McGuckin Developer 028 7964 4975
Patrick Rogers Sage Consultant 028 7964 4975
Imelda McMullan Internal Sales Support 028 7964 4975
Ruairi McCallion Developer 028 7964 4975
Cormac Davidson Sage Consultant 028 7964 4975
Chloe Kearney Office Manager 028 7964 4975

Reviews of Acorn IT Solutions Ltd

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Clare Loye | FP McCann
November 21, 2018
“Sage 200 has proved to be a powerful and stable product that performs well across many sites. Acorn IT Solutions and Sage are at the core of this and are an integral part of our daily business operation.”
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Mark McSwiggan | MMS NI Ltd
November 21, 2018
“We were looking for software to cater for our warehouse stock movement requirements and after Acorn IT Solutions presented a number of options, we opted for a customised solution to integrate with our Sage 200. After specification was agreed, Acorn IT Solutions delivered a robust solution on time and within budget. Their solution has proved invaluable to our daily operations and we have since added new features for minimal cost”
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Sean McKay | Specialist Joinery Group
November 21, 2018
“Specialist Joinery Group have always had an exceptional working relationship with Acorn IT Solutions. Our latest Sage 200 development was no different. The transition was seamless and the Acorn team were very supportive in helping our staff adjust”

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