# Sage wins prestigious bookkeeping ‘Software Provider of the Year’ award

**On Monday, Sage became the proud winner of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) ‘Software Provider of the Year 2013’ award. This, the inaugural launch year of the category, saw Sage beat four other vendors to win the award.**

Sage secured 38% of the vote across the ICB’s 24,000 members, many of whom recently signed up for the Sage Bookkeepers’ Club, launched in February 2012.

Described as the Oscars of the bookkeeping world, the ICB Annual Luca Awards recognise outstanding achievement in the profession. Sage won the prestigious award at a ceremony at Lancaster House on Monday December 9^{th}, 2013, which was presented by the Royal Patron, HRH Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO.

Dan Duran, Marketing Campaign Manager at Sage UK & Ireland explained, *“Sage has focused very closely on supporting bookkeepers with software solutions, advice and guidance.”*

*“Bookkeepers have been drawn to Sage One, Sage Bookkeepers’ Club featuring Sage 50 Accounts Client Manager, and a wide range of other solutions that allow bookkeepers to easily manage and collaborate with their clients.”*

*“Many bookkeepers are deciding to migrate from desktop software platforms to online or cloud based models, and whatever they decide is right for their business, Sage is able to support their preferred way of working.”*

The Luca Awards themselves are exclusive bronze statuettes of Luca Pacioli, the Cistercian monk who is credited with inventing the process of double entry bookkeeping. Luca Pacioli’s 1494 book, ‘Summa de Arithmetica, Geometria, Proportioni et Proportionalità’ contains the first written record of the process and warns of the need for good record keeping: *“If you are in business and do not know all about it, your money will go like flies, that is, you will lose it.”*

## Sage support for bookkeepers

If you’re a bookkeeper, the Sage Bookkeepers’ Club includes:

- Sage One Accountant Edition free of charge on request
- Sage 50 Accounts Client Manager, single user, 5 or 10 company licence
- Dedicated Accountants’ Division Technical Support
- 20% discount on Sage software
- Webinars and roadshows
- £425* per year for the 5 company variant or £485* per year for 10 companies

*Bookkeepers can find a dedicated page on the Sage Exchange website:
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*https://sage-exchange.co.uk/news/industry-news/sage-solutions-for-bookkeepers*