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Sage 50 Accounts Professional v23 (2017)

Sage 50 Accounts professional

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Sage 50 Accounts Professional is designed for businesses that require more than 2 concurrent users (up to 10 users are available), have foreign bank accounts and trading, and who use either Sales or Purchase Order Processing. Full details...

£799.00 ex VAT £958.80 inc VAT
RRP £1,262.00 ex VAT

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Sage Accounts Auto-backup Monitor
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If you are interested in a monthly payment option, or wish to upgrade an existing Sage licence, please see the options below:

What distinguishes Sage 50 Accounts Professional from the other Sage Accounts variants?

While containing all the features of the standard Sage 50 Accounts and Sage 50 Accounts Plus, Sage 50 Accounts professional offers some extra features and functionality:

  • Process foreign currency transactions and keep track of your assets
  • Purchase and sales order processing
  • Handles cash sales
  • Up to 10 concurrent users on a perpetual licence (additional cost applies) / Up to 20 concurrent users on a subscription licence
  • Intrastat support
  • Foreign bank account revaluation
  • Batch change - e.g Set credit limits for customers in one action
  • Journal reversals - excellent for error corrections

Compare Sage Accounts Features
Sage 50 Accounts
Sage 50 Accounts Plus
Sage 50 Accounts Professional
Users (concurrent access)
1 - 2 users
1 - 2 users
1 - 10/20 users**
Create custom quotes, invoices & statements
Chase debts & manage payments
Customer price lists
Bill of materials (BOM) & Stock shortfall
Manage individual projects & costs
Create & process sales & purchase orders
Cash Sales
Manage foreign currency accounts & transactions
Additional cost
Additional cost
Manage CIS and subcontractors
Additional cost
Additional cost
Additional cost
Store & manage stock levels & information
Sage Drive, mobile and tablet apps*
Manage VAT, sales, expenses & profit
Store & manage stock levels & information
Free trials of add-on modules - add value to your purchase.
* Sage Drive is free with perpetual licences for 12 months, thereafter a monthly fee is charged for continued use.
Sage Drive is included with Sage 50 Accounts subscription purchases.
**11-20 user licences are only available on
Sage 50 Accounts subscription licences.

Improvements & new features of Sage 50 Accounts v23

Enter payments and invoices together

In Sage 50 Accounts v23 you can record payments against sales and purchase invoices together, saving you time from going to Bank Accounts and entering them separately.

Negative Values on Invoices

In Sage 50 Accounts v23 you can now enter negative values on invoices, which works great when giving customers a discount. This can be done on both product and service invoices.

Flexible payment terms and due dates

A new Due On date column has been added to customer and supplier invoices, giving you the ability to calculate payment terms in different ways. You can also change due dates as you enter invoices and credits.

Easy to view transaction details

With Sage 50 Accounts v23 you can have quick access to transaction details in one window, while other users continue working. Previously this could only be done by using the Edit option, locking other users out of the software.

Sage Drive improvements

Remote users are now warned when the main site is working offline.

RTD Improvements

The Return of Trading Details (RTD )form has been updated to include all the tax rates to conform to current Revenue legislation. A new RTD reconciled flag has been added to check if a transaction has been included in an RTD submission.

Scheduled backup improvements

Save your scheduled backups on your computer that syncs with One Drive, Drop-Box and Google-Drive, so you don't need to copy files across manually.

Interactive Help Centre

You can access the Help Centre from within the software and run options relating to the relevant topic, without having to leave the Help Centre.

Comparison chart for Sage 50 Accounts Variants

Area Feature Sage 50 Accounts v23 Sage 50 Accounts Plus v23 Sage 50 Accounts Professional v23
Working with customers Inactive accounts
Customer statements
Late payment charges
Quotation management
Cash register
Card payments
Addresses and contacts
Batch changes
Chase Debt
Communications history
Recurring invoices
Memorise and recall
Customer price lists
Customer invoice disputes
Contra entries
Sales order processing
Intrastat returns
Sales order fulfillment
Recurring sales orders
Cash sales
Area Feature Sage 50 Accounts v23 Sage 50 Accounts Plus v23 Sage 50 Accounts Professional v23
Working with suppliers Inactive accounts
Manage payments
Communications history
Addresses and contacts
CIS and subcontractors
Recurring invoices
Memorise and recall
Supplier invoice disputes
Contra entries
Supplier price lists
Purchase order processing
Intrastat returns
Recurring purchase orders
Area Feature Sage 50 Accounts v23 Sage 50 Accounts Plus v23 Sage 50 Accounts Professional v23
Working with stock Inactive accounts
Opening and closing stock wizard
Stock take
Stock shortfall
Bill of materials (BOM)
Price lists and special pricing
Stock returns
Stock allocations
Quantity sold discounts
Area Feature Sage 50 Accounts v23 Sage 50 Accounts Plus v23 Sage 50 Accounts Professional v23
Working with the bank Bank activity on toolbar
Bank reconciliation
Cash Register
Recurring bank transactions
Cash flow planner
Memorise and recall
Cheque printing
Batch supplier payments
Area Feature Sage 50 Accounts v23 Sage 50 Accounts Plus v23 Sage 50 Accounts Professional v23
Accounts and management reporting Accountant link
Accounts verification and audit reports
Lock date
Departmental profit and loss
Departmental balance sheet
Advanced budgets
Fixed asset register
Automatic prepayments and accruals
Automatic journal reversal
Multicompany consolidation
Area Feature Sage 50 Accounts v23 Sage 50 Accounts Plus v23 Sage 50 Accounts Professional v23
VAT management VAT Return adjustments
VAT transfer wizard
Internet submission of VAT return
Online payment of VAT return
Automatic reverse charge postings
Internet submission of EC sales list
Flat Rate VAT schemes
Scale charges wizard
Area Feature Sage 50 Accounts v23 Sage 50 Accounts Plus v23 Sage 50 Accounts Professional v23
Projects Project costing
Multi-level projects
Area Feature Sage 50 Accounts v23 Sage 50 Accounts Plus v23 Sage 50 Accounts Professional v23
General functionality Brand new user interface and navigation
Interface customisation
Windows style record selection
Backup Manager
Report Designer
Transaction email
Excel Integrated Reporting
Error corrections and refunds
File import
Microsoft Office integration
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Multi-user functionality
Up to 2 concurrent users
Up to 2 concurrent users
Up to 10/20 concurrent users*
Access rights
Multicompany functionality
Batch reporting
Multi-currency functionality - Foreign trader

* Sage 50 Accounts Professional perpetual licences are limited to 10 concurrent users. Subscription licences allow up to 20 concurrent users.

** Foreign trader comes free with Sage 50 Accounts Professional but is also available as an optional extra with all other variants.

Add-ons for Sage 50 Accounts

Sage Accounts Auto-backup Monitor

The Auto-backup Monitor alerts you (or any specified persons) by email after a scheduled Sage Accounts backup is taken.

The email is simple notification that the backup was successful, but most importantly it reports if any errors or warnings detected during the process.

Without this notification you might run scheduled backups indefinitely without ever knowing if errors or warnings are present. whereas if you are alerted as soon as they are detected, you can simply restore the last error free backup and not waste time re-inputting data or having to pay for data repair.

Sage Debt Chaser

Sage Accounts Debt Chaser saves you time chasing up payments. By monitoring your outstanding invoices and sending out reminders at set times (either before the payment due date, after the payment due date or both) you'll reduce the number of payments you have to chase up by phone.

CIS Module

Sage 50 CIS has been successfully tested by HMRC for submitting the Monthly Online Tax Return (CIS 300) and performing electronic verification of subcontractor information. You can be 100% sure you are complying with Construction Industry Scheme legislation.

  • Speed things up by emailing HMRC directly with your subcontractor details
  • Reduce the risk of being fined by producing accurate calculations
  • Comply with legislation by easily producing monthly subcontractor payment statements
  • Automate monthly Payment Statements to subcontractors

Foreign Trader Module

If you trade outside the UK, foreign currencies can add an extra layer of complexity to your accounts. The Foreign Trader module makes managing overseas trade easier and saves you time by consolidating your foreign sales activity on one platform. You can mirror your banking setup in your accounts with the ability to set up multiple bank accounts to manage the different currencies you trade in.

Sage Accounts v23 (2017) System Requirements

Important Information about Windows XP

New versions of Sage 50 Accounts (starting at v21) no longer install or operate on Windows XP.

Supported operating systems

All 32-bit or 64-bit variants of the following operating systems:

Note : Please ensure all the latest Microsoft Service Packs and Updates are installed.

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Server 2012 *
  • Windows Server 2012 R2*
  • Windows Server 2008 *
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 *

* Running software like Microsoft Exchange or Microsoft SQL Server on a Small Business Server will reduce the performance of Sage over a network. We are currently investigating the cause of this issue.

Note: Due to a small number of customers seeing performance issues we don't recommend the use of Microsoft Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 or 2008 with Sage 50 Accounts v23. The installation of Sage 50 Accounts v23 on SBS is blocked by default but, if required, you can still install the software by following the steps in article 32387. For further information on SBS 2011, please refer to article 30792.


  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB RAM if running a 64-bit operating system).
  • 2GHz processor or higher.
  • 5GB of free disk space.
  • 1Gbps network (100mbps minimum).
  • Screen resolution of 1024 x 768.

Note: Performance is improved with higher specification PCs and networks. A Netbook PC, running an entry level operating system, will require less advanced hardware. Sage 50 Accounts uses the Sage System Checker when you install the software. This checks that your PC meets the recommended requirements for Sage 50 Accounts. If you have any further queries about this, please refer to article 27858 .

Office integration

Note: You only need to install Microsoft Office to use certain features in Sage Accounts that it integrates with. For example emailing invoices and reports, exporting to excel etc.

    (Desktop installations)
  • Office 365 32-bit edition
  • Office 2016 32-bit edition
  • Office 2013 32-bit edition
  • Office 2010 32-bit edition* **
  • Office 2007**
  • Office 2003**

* Not compatible with Office 2010 32-bit starter edition.

** Microsoft Office 2003, 2007 and 2010 are no longer supported by Microsoft, therefore we're limited in the support we can offer. We can help with basic steps, however if these don't work, you should upgrade your software to a more recent version.

Tip: For further information about Microsoft Office compatibility, please refer to article 32017 .

Internet Connection

A broadband Internet connection with a minimum download speed of 2mbps is essential to keep your Sage software up to date, and to take full advantage of its features.

  • Recommended download speed: 4Mbps or higher
  • Recommended upload speed: 2Mbps or higher

Antivirus software

To optimise performance your antivirus software should be configured to exclude Sage files from its checking routines. For further information, please refer to article 12122 .

Internet browser

Internet Explorer version 10 or above.

Microsoft .NET

Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 is required.

Using a Mac?

Sage software is developed to work on Windows operating systems (PCs) only. However, you can (and more and more of our customers now do) run Sage Accounts on Apple Macs. To achieve this you need to use a VMware such as the free 'Apple Bootcamp' or you may prefer a third party VMware which offers you more seamless access. Once the WMware is installed you can then install a Windows operating system, and then Sage Accounts.

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Sage Drive and Sage Connected Services

Accessing Sage 50 Accounts from outside the office

Historically, Sage Accounts has been developed to be used on a LAN (Local Area Network) only. Companies who have accounts users working remotely have needed to set up a VPN, or remote desktop connection, to enable their remote users to work on Sage Accounts while offsite.

With the release of Sage 50 Accounts 2015 (v21) Sage introduced long awaited, and eagerly anticipated functionality to facilitate access to Sage 50 Accounts for remote users. The different ways you can access your accounts data are detailed below, but all are dependent on Sage Drive.

Sage Drive

Sage Drive is a new hybrid connection that allows users of Sage 50 Accounts v21 / v22 / v23 (2015 / 2016 / 2017) to access data from different locations such as home or an additional office. Sage Drive is the key component and it must be configured to use the Sage 50 Accounts remote access solutions, whether from a laptop, desktop or mobile devices.
Sage Drive

  • Sage Drive is quick and easy to set up
  • Sage Drive is free for subscription customers
  • Sage Drive is free for 12 months for perpetual licence holders and £25+vat per month thereafter
  • Sage Drive must be active to use the mobile apps, have connected users or connected accountants

Sage Drive is for use with version 21 (2015), v22 (2016) & v23 (2017): Sage 50 Accounts, Sage 50 Accounts Plus and Sage 50 Accounts Professional.

You can read about the various connected services that operate using Sage Drive in the text boxes below.

Sage Accounts Mobile Sales App

Sage Mobile Sales App

Work more effectively with customers when you're away from the office. Simply login securely with your Sage ID and PIN Number to:

  • Create new customers
  • View products & service records
  • Apply price lists & discounts
  • Create quotes & orders
  • Create invoices to print or e-mail straight from your device
  • Create sales orders & allocate stock
Sage Accounts Mobile Sales App is charged at £5+per user per month. Sage Drive must be configured and active to use this app.

Sage Tracker App

Sage Tracker App

Management reporting from your mobile. Simply login securely with your Sage ID and PIN Number, to view:

  • Business Summary on Dashboard
  • Overdue & Unpaid Invoices
  • Profit & Loss Summary
  • Bank Balances & Account Details
  • Contact Customers & Suppliers
  • Customer & Supplier Summaries

25 free Tracker user licences are included with any new purchases of, or upgrades to, Sage 50 Accounts v22 (2016) (any variant) or above.

Connected Users

Connected Users

Connected users can work on Sage Accounts remotely from a laptop or desktop computer without the need for a VPN or remote desktop connection. The Sage Accounts data is accessed from the cloud (Sage Drive) and allows the remote user to work on accounts in real-time.

Your first Connected user is provided free for 12 months.

Connected users are are charged at £5+vat per user per month. Sage Drive must be configured and active to use this app.

Connected Accountant

Connected Accountant If your accountant is part of the Sage Accountants Club and uses Sage Client Manager, then this new feature allows your accountant to access your accounts data in real-time, with no need for you to send a backup. Connected accountant is a standard feature of Sage Drive and there is no additional cost to use it.

Connected Accountant is free and works as long as your Sage Drive is active.

Sage 50 Accounts Support Options

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Phone Support
Remote Access Support
E-mail support
Call back service
Technician Request
Support for all versions back to v12
Nominal Code Changer Service
Report Design*
Password recovery
Pre-book support time
Data repair
Online FAQ & Video Bank
Coming soon
Coming soon
Annual software upgrade

*Sage 50 Accounts support customers have the option of requesting three customised reports within their annual membership.

Sage 50 Accounts Professional Training Options

Sage 50 Accounts Onsite Training

Onsite Training

Let us bring the training to you!

Take control over what you learn and the pace of learning. With bespoke onsite training the training you receive is the training you most need. Onsite training lets you refine the training day(s) to the exact areas of training that you will gain most benefit from having a good level of understanding.
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Sage 50 Accounts Classroom Training

Sage Classroom Training

Official Sage training courses

This is the top Sage training in the UK and our advice is always to book up as soon as you can as places are limited. The courses are comprehensive and will get you to where you want to be quickly. Courses are either one or two days in duration.
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Sage 50 Accounts Remote Access Training

Remote Access Training

PAYG learning at your PC

If you only need training on a specific area of Sage 50 Accounts e.g. the project costing module, you will benefit from online remote access training. Bookable in blocks of just 30 minutes.
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Sage 50 Accounts Self-Study Training

Self-study Learning

Teach yourself Sage Accounts

These official Sage self-study options are low cost and offer high quality content. Sage workbooks, CDs & online training will provide you with the skills you need to get the best from your software while allowing you to learn at your leisure.
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