Software firm offers free online accounts

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SMALL businesses and start-ups are being offered the chance to use a free online accounting system as part of a trial by a software development firm.

Corunna Systems, in Bury St Edmunds, developed the new software to meet its own needs – but now believes it may benefit other firms.

The company is looking for a select group of users to try out the new system, called Freeplus Accounts, and give feedback which will help it make sure the system meets the needs of a wider audience.

Corunna is even offering a small incentive payment to those selected to take part in the trial.

Doug Conran, technical director of Corunna, said: “We could not find any accounting package that would meet our very straightforward requirements and yet was simple to use for business people.

“So, as software developers, we decided to write our own. We are delighted with what we have developed and because we believe that there are many other companies facing similar problems, we think that this is an opportunity for us to give something back to the business community.”

Mr Conran said an online system offered both security and accessibility to legitimate third parties such as bookkeepers and accountants.

He said once operational, the system would remain free to use with no restrictions – Corunna plan to support the system through revenue from sponsorship and advertisers. The only charges will be for extras such as if a firm wants its company logo on its invoices.

Corunna has now been operating for 13 years and specialises in bespoke tracking systems for freight forwarders and a barcording system for British Rail to help them mark the welds on the rail.

Any small businesses or start ups interested in taking part in the Freeplus Accounts trial should email with the word Freeplus in the subject heading.