Sage Contributes Support to Improve Efficiency and Growth for Canadian Small Businesses
Developer of Sage Simply Accounting software forms new partnership with Retail Council of Canada
RICHMOND, B.C. (Oct. 19, 2011)—Coinciding with Small Business Week, Sage announced today a new partnership with Retail Council of Canada (RCC). As part of the partnership, Sage will provide tool and resources, including its bilingual English-French Sage Simply Accounting financial management solutions at a discount, and support to grow the efficiency and profitability of RCC members.
“A recent Sage-Angus Reid Public Opinion survey that we conducted to examine the financial literacy of Canadian small business owners showed that 38 per cent of respondents are still managing their business’ finances in a time-consuming method – manually or on a spreadsheet – and those who use accounting software have better insight into their business finances and are more financially literate,” said Nancy Harris, vice president and general manager, Sage Simply Accounting. “Through our partnership with Retail Council of Canada, we strive to help retail businesses improve their financial literacy by offering useful tools and solutions that will help streamline their financial processes, save time and help them concentrate on what they do best—growing their businesses.”
Through the partnership, Sage will develop a dedicated microsite for RCC members to access tools and solutions to assist them in manage the overall financial health of their businesses. Members will receive special offers on Sage Simply Accounting products and business support and service packages, and free access to online courses with the purchase of products through the dedicated RCC microsite.
“We’re very pleased with this partnership with Sage as it furthers our ability to provide our members with a full range of services and programs,” said Diane J. Brisebois, president and CEO, Retail Council of Canada.
“RCC’s mandate to support and further the success of the retail industry in Canada is very much in line with Sage’s commitment to supporting the growth of Canadian small businesses,” said Harris.”It’s our hope that RCC members will find our product offering, particularly Sage Simply Accounting’s ability to seamlessly integrate with a POS software system that Sage has partnered with, and the free e-learning opportunities beneficial and useful to help take their business to the next level.”
With more than 25 years in the Canadian market, Sage Simply Accounting software is the #1 choice of Canadian small businesses and accountants,[i] used by more than 500,000 Canadian businesses. Developed in Sage's global research and development centre in Richmond, B.C., the fully bilingual English-French Sage Simply Accounting 2012’s ease-of-use, language flexibility and customizable functionality is designed for simplicity, speed and increased productivity to address the needs of Canadian small businesses. For more information about Sage Simply Accounting, please call 800-665-8805, or visit www.simplyaccounting.com. Follow Sage Simply Accounting on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SageSimplyAccounting, and Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/SimplyBySage.
About Sage North America
Sage North America is part of The Sage Group plc, a leading global supplier of business management software and services. Sage North America employs 3,900 people and supports more than 3 million small and midsized business customers. The Sage Group plc, formed in 1981, was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and now employs 13,600 people and supports more than 6 million customers worldwide. For more information, please visit the website at www.sagenorthamerica.com. Follow Sage North America on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/SageNorthAmerica, and Twitter, http://twitter.com/#!/sagenamerica.
About Retail Council of Canada
Retail Council of Canada (RCC) has been the Voice of Retail in Canada since 1963. We speak for an industry that touches the daily lives of Canadians in every corner of the country—by providing jobs, career opportunities, and by investing in the communities we serve. RCC is a not-for-profit, industry-funded association representing more than 43,000 store fronts of all retail formats across Canada, including department, specialty, discount, and independent stores, and online merchants. RCC is a strong advocate for retailing in Canada and works with all levels of government and other stakeholders to support employment growth and career opportunities in retail, to promote and sustain retail investments in communities from coast-to-coast, and to enhance consumer choice and industry competitiveness. RCC also provides its members with a full range of services and programs including education and training, benchmarking and best practices, networking, advocacy, and industry information.
[i] Based on independent surveys of 275 Canadian small businesses conducted February 2011 and 401 accountants who work with small business clients conducted June 2011.
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