Business Management Software

Business owners want to make a positive difference to their customers. Meeting these customers’ expectations, such as delivering products on time, is a vital part of this. However, with many businesses burdened with financial worries and constantly fighting fires, expectations are not always met. The result is a disgruntled customer.

That’s why we developed Business Cloud Essentials, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business management solution for manufacturers that brings the entire organisation together to deliver a seamless customer experience.




*numbers are based on average savings from our existing customers using Business Cloud Essentials.

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unable to manage sales and invoicing effectively due to disconnected manual processes which lead to inaccurate and out-of-date data.

Business Cloud Essentials interface on a laptop, mobile and phone screen

How our Business Management software can help you


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.

  • August 2019

    - Accounts Activity Report – new report section of accounts. The report is a revised version of the Account Activity Report providing improvements to the presentation and delivering more relevant information to the user.

    - Stock Movement Report - This report displays stock quantities, reporting on stock purchased and sold, plus stock movements and quantities by location.

  • July 2019

    - Custom documents – helps users design their own customised document templates for printing to create more personalised documentation

    - Importing events with custom fields

    - Export columns for supplier and customers – making it easier to filter on different options

  • April 2019

    - Integration to our Making Tax Digital solution, Business Tax Portal – enables businesses to submit VAT returns digitally direct from Business Cloud Essentials

    - Enhanced functionality to stock locations – enables you to view stock levels by individual location

    - April payroll update changes – ensures complete compliance

  • December 2018

    - Maintain and store accurate supplier pricing - ensures you are buying at the right price

    - Calculate list pricing and summary mark-ups – create accurate sales prices from costs to make sure you are always growing profit margins

    - Additional filtering and views within MRP functionality – confirm you have accurate stock levels to fulfil demand

    - Ability to link purchase orders to work orders – understand where you will be using purchased stock

  • October 2018

    - Create user defined fields – for use in reporting and analysis

    - Turn on period management – take greater control over your financial transactions

    - Auto receive goods on Goods Received Notes (GRNs) – increase efficiency when booking goods in

    - Record General Ledger (GL) budgets – enables you to track performance against budget

    - MRP purchase order consolidation – simplifies your supplier ordering process

“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


  • Business Cloud Essentials

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

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  • Manufacturing Outlook 2019

    Product Brief Watch livestream
  • Cloud FAQs for Business Cloud Essentials

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  • Business Cloud Essentials Comparison Grid

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