By Daniel Hunter

Leading business software and services provider Sage has announced a new partnership with the Royal Mail, in a joint vision to help small British businesses grow.

The Royal Mail launched Simple Ways To Grow as an initiative to provide UK businesses with 0-10 employees access to services and discounted offers from market leading vendors. With no Payroll function in the proposition, the Royal Mail turned to Sage’s flagship suite of online services for small businesses, Sage One for a solution.

Sage One Payroll will now be available through the Simple Ways To Grow website, and fully integrated with other services and vendors available through the proposition.

Nick Goode, head of Sage One said of the partnership: “With the RTI legislation change looming, Royal Mail recognised how it could potentially be disruptive for small businesses. This partnership will give small businesses access to all the tools they need to run and grow their businesses, in one comprehensive location.”

SMEs would benefit from the suite of services available through the Royal Mail proposition featuring market leading vendors and quality brands. Sage One Payroll is one of the few payroll packages that is RTI-compliant and will be the first payroll service available through the Royal Mail.

Jim Bulmer, Head of Channel Partners at Royal Mail explained: “We wanted Simple Ways To Grow to exist as a central place which gave entrepreneurs everything they needed to start a successful business. The convenience of having these services in one place and on one system means that SMEs can spend time on the important things — driving sales, speaking to customers, and successfully growing their business.”

The partnership is the latest in a string of high profile announcements from the software giant as part of its hugely successful API programme. Royal Mail will join Google Drive, Customer Sure and Smeebi as the latest to offer integration with the Sage One software and customer base.

Nick Goode added: “The Royal Mail is the only business in the UK that touches every business, every person in the country. And with this service, has made it incredibly easy for business owners to access the services they need to start up and grow their business. With 2013 being a huge year for SMEs, with RTI coming into effect and pressure to drive growth across the economy, we have more of a responsibility than ever to provide support and tools that will help this year be a success for enterprise.”

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