The SME SaaS Toolkit

We took you through the considerable benefits of using a  Software as a Service (SaaS) solution in our blog Benefits of using a SaaS solution – so that’s the ‘why use SaaS’ covered. Now, onto the ‘what SaaS to use’. Whether you’re just starting out as a new SME business owner, or looking to make the transition to SaaS, these systems are sure to cover all bases.

Microsoft Office 365
Since the introduction of Microsoft Office in the late 80s, Microsoft Office has become a staple within any business. With Office 365 you get the favourite office applications – Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook (including Desktop versions for PC) – in addition to cloud file storage and sharing. Perfect for remote workers.

Solutions from Salesforce allow your team, or in many cases you, to concentrate on selling rather than on processes and admin. Especially designed with new SMEs in mind, Salesforce Essentials has been created so you can get started instantly. The whole sales journey is clearly documented using the system, in addition to real-time insights.

They say time is money, and in any SME that can be seen as especially true. QuickBooks for Small Businesses estimates that they can save you around 8 hours a month. The system allows you to keep an eye on cashflow, send invoices (and get paid!), calculate VAT and more. HMRC recognised and accessible on all devices, accounting just got easy.

‘HR Software for companies where people matter’ – sounds like the kind of company that most people want to not only run, but also be a part of doesn’t it? People offers a complete employee database, with holiday planning and absence management plus a whole host of extras. By transforming HR processes onto an online system, People allows you to focus on HR itself.

Some access levels of Office 365 offer you Skype and Teams as communications tools within your business, but you have to pay for those added extras. Slack is a completely free conversation platform for small teams. With unlimited private & public channels, 1:1 voice & video calls and connectivity with up to 10 apps, it’s no wonder Slack is the fastest growing business application in history!

Compliance Centre
Whatever industry you’re in, you’ll need to manage safety in some form. Our software, Compliance Centre, is award-winning risk and safety management software designed by the UK’s largest team of Environmental Health officers and software experts to support businesses in making safety simple. With modules covering Audits, Incident Management, online Monitoring checklists, Training record management (to name a few), we ensure you don’t miss a thing.

SaaS systems can support businesses running on smaller overheads, by reducing administration and saving you time, which we know only too well can be crucial for SMEs. The other great thing about SaaS is that providers are always looking for ways to improve the service, offer extras and security is of utmost importance so you can be sure you’re in safe hands. All of the above systems offer flexibility of subscriptions, so the systems can grow with your business. (We use many of them ourselves, so we are talking from experience!)

Is now the time to transition to SaaS? Why not start with an award-winning risk and safety management system, Compliance Centre. Call 020 3740 3744 or email to start making safety simple today.

The information contained in this blog article has been created for marketing purposes and is not official guidance and should not be used as a substitute for official Food Safety, Fire Safety and Health & Safety advice. Shield Safety take no responsibility if the information in the blog article is used to form part of a safety management system or used to form part of any legal or regulatory compliance for your business. For official guidance and to engage with Shield Safety services please do call our team on 020 3740 3744 or email

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