Manufacturing Software

Business Cloud Essentials is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud business management solution for manufacturers which brings the entire organisation together across finance, CRM, sales, stock and inventory, payroll and e-commerce to deliver a seamless customer experience.

Many business owners are burdened with financial worries, panicked by delivery timelines and constantly fighting fires to keep the business going. We believe this should stop.

Business Cloud Essentials is designed to make the complex simple, bringing all elements of business management together in one, easy to use system to help them succeed and stick to their customer promises.

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Business Cloud Essentials: Overview

Understanding key issues


Understanding financial health

Due to disjointed and inaccurate reporting, duplication of data and numerous compatibility errors, manufacturers struggle to manage the company’s finances.

Customer expectations

Evolving customer norms means there is an expectation of quicker delivery and competitive pricing – without a compromise on quality.

Business insight

Lack of visibility across the supply chain limits an organisation’s ability to forecast accurately and make timely decisions.

Growth and performance

Reliance on bookkeeping and paper-based systems leads to inefficiencies and errors. And it’s the time spent on rectifying these mistakes that thwarts growth and strong performance.

Managing production

Ensuring goods and parts arrive on time, and managing complex Bills of Materials (BoMs), can be time consuming and can create inaccuracies.

Disconnected sales and invoicing

Manufacturers are often unable to manage sales and invoicing effectively due to disconnected manual processes which lead to inaccurate and out-of-date data.




How our Business Management software can help you


Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can Advanced’s business management software benefit my business?

    Our business management solution, Business Cloud Essentials, brings all aspects of your organisation together in one, integrated platform. It delivers complete visibility over finance, CRM, sales, stock and inventory, payroll and e-commerce. Based on a Cloud platform, Business Cloud Essentials provides you with one central location for all business activity, which can be accessed anytime, anywhere.

  • What is the advantage of using Cloud business management software?

    Using Cloud software means that you can access your system wherever you are, at any time. All data is securely stored in our Tier 3 data centres, so you don’t have to worry about on-site servers and maintenance and the associated security risks and high costs.

  • What is the difference between business management software and an ERP system?

    Business management and ERP systems are pretty much the same thing. ERP stands for Enterprise Resource Planning, and is a term which is normally associated with large enterprise projects and businesses. ERP combines all the core elements that are needed to run a business, including accounting, CRM, sales, stock and inventory, payroll and HR. Our business management platform, Business Cloud Essentials, offers all of the functionality associated with ERP but for small businesses.

  • How secure is my data in Cloud-based business management software?

    Using Cloud-based software is actually much more secure than on-premise solutions. Business Cloud Essentials is backed up in our Tier 3 data centres, meaning your data and system has one of the highest levels of security possible.

  • What are the cost and process benefits of a business management system?

    Bringing all of your business systems together will ensure your organisation saves time and money. Less time will be spent on trying to manage multiple spreadsheets and systems, and teams can focus on value adding tasks for the business rather than admin. Moving to a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) payment model will also make the software much more affordable than on-premise systems, with monthly payments including all updates for life and reducing costs on expensive IT servers.


  • What sized business does business management software suit?

    Our business management software is designed for small-medium UK businesses.

Ongoing software innovation and developments


We are always improving and innovating our products to deliver the best experience for our customers. Here are a selection of the latest updates to our business management software.

  • October 2020

    - Financial Budgets

    - Stock Groups and Chart of Accounts Updates

  • July 2020

    - Part Matching – Permits the part allocation of payments and receipts and records matching sets

    - Supplier Payment Runs – Allow users to pay multiple suppliers in a single payment run

    - Auto Reversing Journals – To help users accrue for revenue and expenses for period end accounting

    - Revised Journal Listing screen – Introduction of new a journal list screen and includes narratives on journal lines

    - Stock Below Minimum Quantity report – Allows suggested minimum and maximum quantities to be set on stock items.  To report on stock items below minimum for consolidated reordering back to maximum quantity 

  • April 2020

    - Custom Chart of Accounts

  • March 2020

    - Payroll Rates Update

    - Custom Reports Beta #2

  • February 2020

    - Quick Reverse

    - P&L - Save Reports

    - Payroll Legislation

    - Security Fixes

  • January 2020

    - Redesigned P&L UI

    - Flexible Payment Terms

    - Period Independent from Doc Date

  • November 2019

    - Reporting on Full Project & Dept Analysis

    - Added new Resource Centre (Pendo)

Our Customers

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“Since Business Cloud Essentials is a fully contained package, it will allow single entry of data in nearly every case, which will significantly reduce workload and increase efficiency.”

Chris Sullivan, IT Manager

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“Business Cloud Essentials has been the foundation of our business success and is absolutely instrumental in our future. It has taken us from one employee to 20; we think it could take us from 20 to 100.”

Kit Burgoyne, Co-Founder

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“We feel our needs are really understood. Advanced’s business management solution offers us a great deal of flexibility, with complete visibility of our stock and inventory, both in the UK and overseas.”

Phil Vaughan, Systems Manager

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Dedicated Support Team


24hr Customer Portal


Regular Product Updates


97% Project Delivery Score

Additional insights to help you transform


  • Cloud based business management solution for manufacturers

    Find out more about our business management solution, designed with, and for, UK manufacturers.

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  • Manufacturing Outlook 2019

    Webinar Watch on demand
  • Cloud FAQs for Business Cloud Essentials

    Factsheet Read factsheet
  • Business Cloud Essentials Comparison Grid

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