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BrightPay Software


 

BrightPay is an on-premise payroll solution built for small businesses in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Features include flexible payment schedules, customisable additions and deductions and automated HMRC payments, among others.

The BrightPay user interface makes payroll simple by giving visual priority to common payroll tasks, such as finalizing and exporting payslips, and showing or hiding various features depending on their relevancy to the user. The platform also scales so users can run unlimited payments, additions and deductions for an unlimited number of employees. BrightPay’s flexibility also allows users to run multiple payment schedules at the same time.

Full support for qualifying pension schemes from the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST), NOW:Pensions, The People’s Pension and Scottish Widows is available in BrightPay. Once pension schemes are set up, employees can automatically enroll. Users can also process opt-out requests and issue contribution refunds.

BrightPay is compatible with any Windows computer and full HMRC recognition ensures calculations are completely accurate.

 

BrightPay - Employee details
 
  • BrightPay - Employee details
    Employee details
  • BrightPay - Employee enrollment
    Employee enrollment
  • BrightPay - Pay slip
    Pay slip
  • BrightPay - Pension scheme
    Pension scheme
  • BrightPay - Reporting
    Reporting
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Windows 2000, Windows 8

184 Reviews of BrightPay

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from RJ Electrical Co Ltd
Specialty: Construction / Contracting
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

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I have found the software intuitive and easy-to-use with all the features I needed to run a successful payroll, including the recent introduction of the pension automatic enrolment scheme. I would certainly not hesitate to recommend this product.

 
 

from Ostreme Community Association
Specialty: Non-Profit
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

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I have found Brightpay very easy and straightforward to use.

Pros

Easy and reliable

Cons

None so far

Advice to Others

Good easy system to use for your Payroll purposes

 
 

from RFT Business Solutions Ltd
Specialty: Advertising
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

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Great product, good value for money and fabulous support

 
 

from Aids4DailyLiving
Specialty: Retail
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

Makes payroll so easy.

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In a previous larger business, I used my accountants to do all of my payroll. However, after selling up and setting up a much smaller business I decided to give Brightpay a go. Found it to be a really excellent system, and with only three employees - free!
Had I realised how easy it could be, I would have used it when I was employing 20 people (and saved a fortune).

 
 

from Airdrie Baptist Church
Specialty: Non-Profit
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

Fantastic product

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Very easy to use - simple set up and reporting. Recommend strongly.

Advice to Others

Definitely take a trial and i'm sure you will end up buying. Much better than Sage Payroll

 
 

from GKM Accountants Ltd
Specialty: Accounting / CPA
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

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I have been using BrightPay for 3 years. I am very happy with it. It does everything I require of payroll software. I have recommended it to several of my clients and they are also happy with the program.

Pros

Inexpensive. Does the job. Completely free for small payrolls.

Cons

None so far

Advice to Others

Download it and try it.

 
 

from KBR Accountancy Ltd
Specialty: Accounting / CPA
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

Dishonest and misleading practice on the free trial

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The software was okay, nothing to write home about. There is very confusing information about the way the software works. This is not a cloud solution, but they refer to the "cloud" a few times in the promotion. The software needs to be installed on a local device.

If you do try the trial software. Be warned, it will take your data and then lock it and not give you access once the trial is over.

The customer support team will then try and hold you to ransom to get your own data back! Best avoided

Advice to Others

Avoid - better solutions out there

 
 

from 1948
Specialty: Consulting
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

Superb Payroll Software

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I had no real understanding of payroll when I started this product, but it 'walks' you through everything as you set up. I used the free version because the company was small, but there was loads of really good functionality.

I've only needed to ask for help twice and on both occasions the response was swift and answered my questions. I also like the fact that this is not on the cloud (yes, maybe a bit of a philistine!) and it can be backed up so if you have any issues your data is safe. RTI is great and always submitted really quickly and without any issues.

Pros

Easy set up, good support, great functionality, good reporting and payslip production, good employee database

Cons

Nothing

Advice to Others

Go for it! I researched a lot of products, tried a couple and never looked again after I found this one :)

 
 

from Green End Consulting Ltd
Specialty: Consulting
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

Brightpay - for those people who want an easy to use payroll system

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Set myself up in business and needed some software to do my payroll for me. Brightpay is very easy to set up and use and does all the linking to HMRC etc so you don't need to worry about it. Easy to produce documentation as well. Not experienced a tax yearend yet but if it is easy as the payroll processing I will be a happy bunny.

Pros

It's ease of use.

Cons

Not experienced any problems so far

Advice to Others

Try it.

 
 

from Fenland Castings
Specialty: Manufacturing
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

Superb

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I use Brightpay for my payroll instead of HMRC as it has pay slip (HMRC does not) It also keeps me up to speed regarding Auto Enrolment. Brightpay is a doddle to use and far easier than the HMRC system it has more plusses than minuses, I would recoment it to anyone who needs to run a payroll system. It is easier and cheaper to use than Sage/TAS payroll which are mega costly.

Pros

The simple input for running payroll and the reminders generated about auto enrolment

Cons

None worth talking about

Advice to Others

Does exactly what it says on the box. Dead easy to set up and use.

 
 

from D PENN
Specialty: Agriculture
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

VERY HAPPY

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As HMRC have decided not to support Auto enrolment with their basic PAYE package I decided to move to Bright Pay a few months before my staging date.

 
 

from Guest House
Specialty: Hospitality / Travel
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

Great tool for a small business

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I've been using Brightpay for just over a year. It is very easy to use. When I struggle and have a problem, I call customer support. There's never a long wait and they take me very slowly through my problem to a solution

 
 

from Pangea Recruitment Limited
Specialty: Consulting
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

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I've been using this product for free (no catch 100% free) for my small business (2 employees) since HMRC introduced mandatory RTI. To be honest it has been a lifesaver as we just didn't have the budget or the necessity to have a huge payroll system. It even incorporates the HMRC mandatory (another one!) pension scheme - although I am yet to activate this personally but I'm sure it will be as easy as the other aspects of Brightpay.

Pros

It's free and easy to use, a few clicks and our payroll and RTI reports are completed and submitted to HMRC - leaving us free to run our business.

Cons

I can honestly say I haven't found any problems or "cons" so far.

Advice to Others

Get this! even if you don't meet the criteria for a free licence.

 
 

from Horseshoe Garage
Specialty: Engineering
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

Horseshoe Garage.

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I am 80 years & still running the office for the boys, I hate computers ! but I found it much more user friendly than the Government programme.
However, I have registered with NEST, the one employee, who is eligable. When I click into Enrollment Summary, a message appears saying 'No employees have been enrolled in this scheme'. No contributions have been made. When I click on NEST Schedule, 'Enter manually', I don't know how to. Also, NEST
Reference. Do they mean NEST ID. I have that.
I don't know when I need to start paying. 2 dates have come up, 1st December. 2016, and 31st December, 2016.
I know the amounts, do I need to set up D.Debits from the Business account, for their share ? Also the employees personal bank account, that will make it easier if he changes employment, or will it be deducted from his salary each month.
I hope you can help, I find it quite a headache.
Kindest Regards, Phyllis.

Pros

Easy to understand and use.

Cons

Government Pension Scheme.

Advice to Others

You will not find a better one.

 
 

from Boyce & Co
Specialty: Legal
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

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I think this is a great product very simple with all the extras built in easy for a one stop package for paying your staff. I have just found one or two things more difficult when setting up, like linking to the pension provider etc. Then having called customer support I was given the help required quickly and efficiently. Overall I have had a good experience and have recommended this product to others, I also use it in other places that I work.

Pros

Simplicity easy to transfer the required details over to HMRC or chosen pension provider!

Cons

Some difficulty with the set up and setting up to transfer to pension provider specifically

Advice to Others

If you have a problem call customer support they are very helpful and efficient, also ensure that any details used for transferring data to pension providers needs to be exact!

 
 

from CMW Business & Accounting Solutions Ltd
Specialty: Accounting / CPA
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

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I use the one-company free version and for free it is absolutely brilliant.
I find it very easy and intuitive to use (especially as I am not a payroll expert)
The integration with HMRC is problem-free - never had an issue (unlike other cloud based solutions eg Xero).
Master data maintenance is also very easy to use and the reporting is comprehensive.
I would rate this 4.5 out of 5 overall (sadly it wouldn't let me select 4.5)

Pros

the reporting function and ease of use with FPS/EPS integration
Free version

Cons

I should like CIS reporting included in free version

Advice to Others

I would highly recommend

 
 

from Liz Crossley Farm Services
Specialty: Agriculture
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

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Since discovering Brightpay 2 years ago, I have introduced it to 6 of my clients and have now agreed to take on a Payroll Bureau on the basis that I can use Brightpay for this purpose. It allows me to use sub contractors easily in order to process the payrolls and exchange information very easily. The set up process has been surprisingly easy and the support from Brightpay has been excellent

Pros

Programme easy to understand. Help pages very straight forward and easy to understand . Support line well staffed and e mails are responded to quickly. The cost of the programme is very good especially for SME's where only 2 or 3 staff but with full AE obligations to comply with.

Cons

Very easy to end up with a duplicate copy of the same payroll on your PC. Quite easy to replicate a salary increase which can result in an overpayment in the next month if not carefully checked.

Advice to Others

Use is and enjoy using it. My 21 year daughter is going to be able to work for me while at Uni, thus helping me and also earning herself some cash./

 
 

from Codality Ltd
Specialty: Software / Technology
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

Simple to use and easy to get going

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I was contemplating using the HMRC basic PAYE tools for my new one-man business but past experience put me off. I found BrightPay after researching alternatives and have been using it for a few months now with no problems at all. I wouldn't say any accounting task is an absolute pleasure but it has become an easy activity and something I don't worry about any more.

Pros

Simple GUI, quick to set up, good facilities to send data to HMRC.

Cons

I've been caught out once or twice when the current month has moved forwards automatically. It's very easy to scroll through the months once you realise this.

Advice to Others

Try the free version, it's quick to get up and running.

 
 

from Elderberry Construction Ltd
Specialty: Construction / Contracting
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

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Easy and quick to install and use. I only use the very basic functions but it works for me. Currently use for free as small company but have paid for in the past and still very good value.

Pros

Easy to use. Excellent phone support

Cons

None that I've found

Advice to Others

Give it a go and save on accountant fees

 
 

from Thurston Helicopters Ltd
Specialty: Other Services
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

An Ideal, easy-to-use Salary Package

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We are a small business with under 3 employees but this package will work with much larger enterprises than us but for us it is free to use which is excellent. We will soon be having to provide pensions and the package covers this as well and reports all RTI data to HMRC automatically. I can't recommend it more highly

Pros

The fact that it's free for small SMEs

Cons

None really now that printing bugs on the previous version have been eliminated

 
 
 
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