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October Income Tax Returns

In this video Guardian Management Accounting discuss the Tax Return process for Sole Traders and Limited Companies, including:

  • The deadlines for filing by paper and electronically
  • Items on which you can claim tax relief
  • Contact information if you require assistance filing the relevant documents

If you would like to discuss or if you have any queries at all, please visit our contact page.

Auto-Enrolment Pension Scheme

Life Goals Financial Services look at the outline of the government’s proposed Auto-Enrolment Pension Scheme, published in August 2018.

  • Who will be included in the AE scheme
  • How the scheme will work
  • Interaction with existing private pension arrangements and more

If you would like to discuss or if you have any queries at all, please visit our contact page.

How do I calculate my employees public holiday entitlements?

Sage Micropay Payroll Software

Setting up working patterns and public holiday entitlements


To help you calculate your employees’ public holiday entitlements during the year, you must track their working days in a week and their working hours in each day. To show your employees’ entitlements for the current tax year to date, you can run the Public Holidays report.

Note: For hourly paid employees, you record their working hours on a time sheet. However, if you have employees who aren’t paid hourly, you must track their working days and hours using the working patterns option.


The following steps explain how to set up the working patterns option and run the public holidays report in Micropay Payroll Software.

To prepare your payroll for public holiday tracking

Before you can track your employees’ public holiday entitlements for the year, there’s a few things you need to set up on your payroll:

Specify a default method for tracking employee hours

  1. Company/Payroll > Company Details.
  2. Holidays tab > Holiday Year > check the start and finish date of your holiday year is correct. Amend if required.
  3. Tracking Employee Hours Worked > select one of the following options:

    * Use timesheet hours worked per pay period – If most or all of your employees are hourly paid, select this option.
    * Use the employee’s working pattern hours – If most or all of your employees are not hourly paid, select this option.

  4. Apply to all employees > Yes > OK > OK.
Note: You can override the default method for a particular employee in their Employee Details > Working Patterns tab.


Check your hourly payments are set up correctly

  1. Company/Payroll > Company Details.
  2. For each hourly payment > Edit > select the Holiday Accrual calculation check box > Save.
  3. To close the Payments window > Close.


For all hourly-paid employees, check their hours worked to date is correct

  1. Processing > Employee Details.
  2. Surname finder button > select an hourly-paid employee.
  3. Holidays tab > Accrual Method > select As a percentage of hours worked.
  4. Show Holiday Breakdown > Hours To Date > check the time worked value is correct > Close.

    Note: If you’re setting up the holiday accruals mid-year, you must enter the hours worked by the employee this year, any holiday days already taken and any holiday pay they’ve received already this year. To do this > Edit Holiday Year Details > Add > enter the employee’s year to date values > Save.

  5. To save any changes made > Save.
  6. Repeat steps 2 to 5 for all hourly-paid employees > Cancel.


To create, edit or delete a working pattern

To create a new working pattern

  1. Company/Payroll > Working Patterns > New.
  2. Description > enter a title for the new working pattern.
  3. Select the days of the week that your employees work.
  4. For each selected day, enter the start time and end time, and the amount of break time during the day.

    Note: If your employees work non-standard hours, you don’t need to enter a start and finish time for each day of the week. Select the Edit Total Working Time values check box and enter the total working time for each day.

  5. Save > Cancel.


To edit an existing working pattern

  1. Company/Payroll > Working Patterns.
  2. Select the relevant working pattern entry > Edit > make the necessary changes, if required.
  3. Save > Cancel.


To delete a working pattern

  1. Company/Payroll > Working Patterns.
  2. Select the relevant working pattern entry > Delete > Yes > Cancel.


To set the default working pattern for your payroll

  1. Company/Payroll > Working Patterns.
  2. Select the relevant working pattern entry > Set as Default > Yes > Cancel.


To assign one or more working patterns to an employee

Your payroll has a default working pattern and may also have one or more additional working patterns. The default working pattern is assigned to each of your employees automatically. However, if the default working pattern isn’t suitable for a particular employee, you can override it in their employee record.

To assign a single working pattern to an employee

  1. Processing > Employee Details.
  2. Surname finder button > select the relevant employee.
  3. Working Patterns tab > Add > select the working pattern you want to apply.
  4. Save > Cancel.


To assign multiple working patterns to an employee

If you have an employee who works a different working pattern each week over several consecutive weeks, you can set up a sequence of working patterns in their employee details record. This ensures that each week has the correct working days and hours.

  1. Processing > Employee Details.
  2. Surname finder button > select the relevant employee.
  3. Working Patterns tab > Add > select the first working pattern you want to apply.
  4. Effective Date > enter the date for when this working pattern begins.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for each additional working pattern you want this employee to have.

    Note: If you want to insert a working pattern into a sequence that’s already set up > select the entry below which you want to insert the additional working pattern > Insert > select the working pattern.

  6. To delete a working pattern > select the working pattern entry > Delete.
  7. Save > Cancel.


Public Holidays report


To view a listing of all public holidays that fall within the current tax year

  1. Company/Payroll > Company Details > Holidays tab > View Public Holidays.


To print the Public Holidays report

  1. Reports > Payroll Reports > Employee tab > select Public Holidays.

    Tip:  If you want to change your printer > Setup > choose the relevant printer > OK.

  2. Click Print.
  3. Select Public Holiday > choose the relevant public holiday.
  4. Include employees who are > select one or both of the following options:

    * Hourly based – If you want the report to include employees who are paid using an hourly payment type, select this check box.
    * Salary based – If you want the report to include employees who are paid by salary, select this check box.

  5. Print > Cancel > Cancel.


Still need help with your Payroll Software? Please contact us

Pimbrook understand that taking care of your employees comes first, with Sage Micropay Payroll Software allows you to process your payroll with the peace of mind that you  are compliant with Irish legislation. Sage Micropay Payroll Software will help you accurately calculate employees public holiday entitlements.

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Pimbrook staff will respond to you and your employees’ requests within an agreed timeframe, which can be as quick as a few minutes.

Types of Pimbrook Payroll or Sage 50 Support:

 Our Sage Support can be delivered through various mediums, including e-mail, telephone, applications and technicians.  The most common is the telephone.  But times have changed and we’ve moved with them.  Remote support is now the most useful tool in conjunction with the phone call. Letting us be right there beside you in your office instantaneously.

– Since now the two companies are the same, we have a range of different support contracts to suit different companies and different budgets.

You can choose the support contract that ensures you minimize downtime, your staff are productive and satisfied, and you are getting the most from your Sage Software

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Implementation tips for developing Sustainable Warehouse Solutions

Developing Warehouse Solutions

Warehouse Solution, whether you operate discrete or process manufacturing, perform distribution services, or stock goods for retail, developing sustainable warehouse solutions is essential for achieving long-term success.

The conscientious decision to focus on what is commonly known as the triple bottom line—economic, environmental, and social dimensions—involved in operation is a comprehensive business philosophy. And with an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system in place, enacting sustainability measures becomes much easier.

What is sustainable warehouse management?

warehouse solution
Essentially, sustainable warehouse management is a system designed to meet the present needs of society without compromising the opportunities and resources available for future generations.

Although it involves the entire scope of the business process, sustainability is closely associated with environmentally sound procedures. Indeed, Global Reporting Initiative’s G4 guidelines cover this aspect, but most recently, they’ve released a linkage document that will assist the compliance of the latest EU directive for the disclosure of non-financial and diversity information.

Warehouse ERP Implementation

Introducing and developing sustainable warehouse solutions is often a challenge, even with an advanced ERP system. Many distributors employ third-party supplier’s (VMI) and logistics (professional carriers) to orchestrate the chain of supply.

However, even these challenges can be reduced with the following implementation tips and techniques. First, divide your sustainability analyses by aspect and type, and then update your core performance indicators within the system with appropriate coding so that the qualitative and quantitative data can be collected and reported properly.

Ignoring the economic performance and market presence aspects, the following list can help you implement the metrics and indicators used to evaluate company sustainability.


  • Materials—a percentage of the input usage of recycled materials
  • Energy—energy consumption of the primary source (direct)
  • Water—total usage amount for the facility
  • Emissions, effluents, and wastes—direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight, oxide emissions by type and weight, and amounts of non-recyclable solid waste

Labour Practises (Social)

  • Employment—employee counts and turnover rates by age group, gender, and region
  • Health and Safety—Injury occurrence rates, work-related fatalities, occupation-related disease, lost days, and absenteeism
  • Diversity and Equal Opportunity—Basic salary allocation by gender and employee category. (Also see the recent G4 linkage document for simplified EU compliance.)

Human Rights (Social)

  • Investment and Procurement—total numbers and percentages of agreements that have gone through human rights screening
  • Child Labour—any measures that have been taken to help eliminate child labour
  • Freedom of Association—measures that support the right to exercise freedom of association and collective bargaining, and any identification of these rights at risk.

Society (Social)

  • Community—the nature and scope of any programmes, practises, or initiatives that have a positive impact on the operation of your community, and the effectiveness and outcomes of those endeavours.
  • Corruption—the amount and percentage of business units that have been examined for risks related to corruption
  • Consumer Health and Safety—this will naturally vary depending on the type of products housed in your facility, but basically, any assessments made concerning the improvement or life cycles of the products that could impact consumers.

With an advanced ERP system, many of these indicators are already integrated, and the reporting framework can be easily customised to include new governmental regulations and directives.

Effective ERP implementation for a sustainable warehouse involves collecting the right data and then making informed business decisions based on the performance reports that your ERP system generates.