Acorn IT Solutions Ltd, Coleraine

Acorn IT Solutions Ltd Contact Details

028 796 44975
028 7964 4576
59-61 Maghera Street,
County Londonderry
BT51 5QL
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About Acorn IT Solutions Ltd

Established in April 2002, Acorn IT Solutions are recognised by Sage as being one of the largest fully accredited Sage Business Partners. We are based in Kilrea, Northern Ireland and have deployed Sage Accounting and Business Management Software solutions to over 300 businesses throughout the UK and Ireland. In addition to the core products, we also offer to our customers bespoke development – ensuring that their software meets all their business requirements and training and support on the full range of Sage products.

With significant experience, our dedicated team of consultants and support staff and our dedication to our customers has received recognition with the Sage channel itself, with Acorn IT being awarded the prestigious Sage ‘Circle of Excellence’ on three different occasions, and being made Sage Growth Partner of the Year Winners in 2016. With our wealth of knowledge and experience across the Sage range of software, our customers receive the highest standard of service and communication through all levels of support.

As well as selling Sage Software we also provide the following services to our customers:
  • Consultancy
  • Analysis
  • System Design
  • Training
  • Implementation
  • Data Conversion
  • Customisation
  • Support

Sage Training

Why Get Trained on Sage?
Many users of Sage have never been trained on exactly what the best way to use it for their business is. This means that often they are getting the job done but in a very inefficient way. We aim to tailor our training so that it shows you the best way to use Sage in you Business.

How long will it take?
This will largely be dictated by the product that you want to be trained on and the complexities of your business. We will provide an estimate of training time prior to it begining based upon your need and requirements.

Sage Developments
Want features specifically for your needs? No problem, we have experience in developing Sage software to fit your needs.

Sage software has not been developed for any one type of business. It can be used in all types of businesses. However the way a builder uses Sage may differ from the way a Government organisation uses Sage. They both are using the same package but the parameters within the package have been set to suit both their needs.

Customisation can also include writing specific reports or changing stationery layouts for companies. As a sage developer we can offer you bespoke add ons to suit your business.

What industries do we supply?
Our software and solutions can be tailored to meet any business needs. We have expertise across many industry types ranging across construction, distribution, manufacturing, retail, property, charities, government, health care and utilities.

Contact Acorn IT Solutions to find out more information on 028 7964 4975

Acorn IT Solutions Ltd Products & Services

Free Sage Consultation & Demo
Sage 50cloud
Sage 200cloud
Sage CRM
Sage Payroll
Sage Financials
Making Tax Digital Software
Sage Accounting
Job Costing

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Acorn IT Solutions Ltd News

Dec 12, 2018
Acorn IT Solutions receive coveted Business All-Star Accreditation

Acorn IT Solutions have secured Business All-Star accreditation from the All Ireland Business Foundation. Acorn IT Solutions were at Croke Park on Wednesday 12th December to receive the coveted All-Ireland Business All-Star accreditation. It is an independently verified standard mark for best in class Irish businesses that meet the highest standards of criteria of verified performance, trust and customer centricity. The 2018 Judging panel was Chaired by Dr Briga Hynes of the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick and assisted by Deputy Chair Kieran F Ring of the Global Institute of Logistics. The chairs were supported by a panel of industry experts. The rigorous six-step assessment process provides the assurance that accredited companies are genuinely outstanding with a proven commitment to business excellence. Furthermore, the accreditation offers fellow Business All-Stars the opportunity to collaborate and support each other by membership of the foundation’s TRIBE – The Register of Irish Business Excellence. Declan Bradley, Joint Director of Acorn IT Solutions commented, “We are delighted to receive such a prestigious award which recognises the achievements of our business. The accreditation is a huge stamp of approval from industry experts and is a testament to the hard work and commitment shown by the company and our staff. We are confident that this accreditation will ensure recognition across Ireland as a leading Sage Business Partner with a proven track record of performance, trust and customer service“. Get in touch today for more information on the full range of Sage Software on 028 7964 4975.
Nov 6, 2018
Acorn IT Solutions hosts successful Information Day and Making Tax Digital Update

Acorn IT Solutions were delighted to host their Information Day and Making Tax Digital Update on Thursday 25th October 2018. Close to 100 people from across Northern Ireland made their way to the wonderful venue at Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy. Declan Bradley, Joint Director at Acorn IT Solutions commented, “We were delighted to have such a great turnout and response to the event and would like to thank all the attendees for taking time out of their busy schedules to join us. We hope that everyone came away from the day with a better knowledge about Making Tax Digital and the first step we recommend is to check whether your current software will be compliant or if you have to update it”. The key theme of the day was around Making Tax Digital and industry expert Stephen McGeagh, from David Lyttle and Co. Accountants, delivered a highly informative and engaging presentation. Making Tax Digital (MTD) is one of the biggest accounting shake-ups ever seen in the UK which will affect 89% of companies. The new rules mandate that from the 1st April 2019, VAT registered businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT registration threshold (£80,000) must keep records in a digital form and file their VAT returns via MTD enabled software. The event kicked off with an introduction from Declan Bradley who welcomed everyone, outlined the agenda for the day and gave an update on the company. Oisin Geraghty from Sage Ireland spoke about the importance of the relationship between Sage and Acorn IT Solutions – now one of the four strategic Sage Partners in Ireland. After a short networking break, Deaglan Lowry from Acorn IT Solutions, gave an update on new features to Sage 50 and highlighted some useful hints and tips. This was followed by a detailed overview on the new Summer Enhancements release for Sage 200 which was presented by Joint Director, Dominic McMullan. Roger Gribbin, Head of Sales and Marketing, gave an overview of Acorn’s Inspired Products and their capabilities including a Manufacturing Process Management System and a Warehouse Management Solution. The event concluded with a unique opportunity for two businesses to share their stories via a Q&A session. Rory Scullion from Gola Wood Works and James Costello from Action Mental Health discussed how their Sage systems have transformed their businesses and outlined the professionalism shown by Acorn IT Solutions, praising their customer support and expertise. If you have to upgrade your existing Sage Software or want to explore alternative solutions, then get in touch with Acorn IT Solutions on 02879644975.
Oct 25, 2018
Acorn IT Solutions - Customer Day

We are having our Customer Day on Thursday 25th October at the wonderful Seamus Heaney Homeplace from 9.30am to 1.00pm and we’d love you to attend. We’re planning an action packed day and hope you can join us and hear all of the latest updates concerning Making Tax Digital, the Sage 200 cloud Summer Enhancements release and further information around our suite of Inspired Products and Partner Add-ons. Making Tax Digital (MTD) is one of the biggest accounting shake-ups ever seen in the UK. We want to let you know how this affects your business and what steps you need to take to comply. The new rules mandate that VAT registered businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT registration threshold must from the 1st April 2019: Keep records in a digital form; and File their VAT returns via MTD enabled software If you are a current customer or want to know how we can help your business get the most from its software, then this is an event not to be missed. To confirm your attendance, please click on the link below or call 02879644975
Oct 10, 2018
Making Tax Digital: Is your business prepared for it?

Making Tax Digital is HMRC’s strategy to modernise the UK tax system, making it fully automated, digital and online based. The new legislation mandates that VAT registered businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT registration threshold of £85,000 must from the 1st April 2019: Keep records in a digital form; and File their VAT returns via MTD enabled software 89% of UK businesses will need to change the way they process tax. Is your business prepared for it? Making Tax Digital Checklist: 1. Figure out if your business will be impacted by MTD for VAT: If your business is VAT-registered, with a turnover above the VAT threshold (£85,000) then Making Tax Digital for VAT will be required within your business. Digital record keeping will be required so you will have to ensure that VAT information is kept in an MTD compliant manner that can be “digitally linked”. A digital link allows data to be imported/exported between programs without the need for manual intervention. The level of impact will depend on your current accounting software within the business. In some cases, it may be as simple as feature updates whereas manual record keeping such as Excel will have to be replaced with a software-driven approach for recording VAT details and filing VAT returns. 2. Work out which business processes need to be adapted for MTD for VAT: You should look at all your processes that revolve around generating your VAT return and confirm what activities need to be changed to become MTD compliant. Some key areas that should be analysed should concern how you raise sales invoices and capture expenses, whether you use a cash accounting scheme or if it is invoice-based and decide what other areas of your VAT accounting are still paper-based or exist outside of your accounting software. 3. Ensure you have “functional compatible software” for MTD for VAT: MTD enabled software is a software program or set of compatible programs that must be able to; record and preserve VAT records in an digital form, provide to HMRC information and returns from the electronic records in an electronic form and by using the HMRC Application Programme Interface (API), and lastly to receive information from HMRC. If you’re using desktop accounting software then you will probably need to update it for MTD and if you’re using a cloud accounting software package then it should update automatically for MTD. 4. Work out when to switch to MTD for VAT: If you haven’t already done so, we recommend that you switch as soon as possible to ensure your MTD software will be able to be implemented with as little disruption as possible. This may require training on how to use the MTD software or may involve an accountant, so it is advisable to ensure that your business is MTD compliant well before the upcoming 1st April 2019 deadline. Get in touch on 02879644975 or visit us at for more information
Aug 31, 2018
When is the right time to upgrade your Sage 50 system to Sage 200 cloud?

Did you know that slow performance, data duplication or inaccuracies could be your Sage 50 system telling you that you’ve outgrown it? Sage 50 is an off the shelf solution which is suitable for companies with simple accounting requirements. It allows users to manage company accounts, sales, payroll and HR from one, easy to use application. For some businesses, this software is all they may require but as business grows, Sage 50 may actually be limiting as it struggles to cope with the increased demand and complexity required. At Acorn IT Solutions, we understand that your business is constantly evolving. We want to make sure that you get the most from your software and ensure that it meets your growing requirements. If your business is looking to manage more complex business processes or has increased in size, you may need to consider a larger solution. Sage 200 cloud is the next natural step for businesses wanting to move to a more powerful solution. Reasons to upgrade to Sage 200 from Sage 50 If your business has: Between 10 and 200 employees, A larger turnover or are a growing business with an increasing number of processes (or increasing complexity), Has branched out into multiple sites/locations that require multiple cost centres, management of stock and more, Requires greater management information, reporting and analysis to provide insight for strategic planning, Become frustrated at amending business processes around Sage 50, Disparate systems across the business which are duplicating time and effort, An extensive delegation of finance tasks, Requires CRM to manage customers, greater Business Intelligence, A relatively small budget and would like to pay monthly, A need for role-based access as well as different structure levels to maintain control. If you feel you are outgrowing your current Sage 50 system, or want to find out more about Sage 200 cloud, then get in touch on 028 7964 4975.
Aug 16, 2018
New website launch for Acorn IT Solutions

After a number of months of hard work and dedication, Acorn IT Solutions, one of the leading Sage Business Partners in Ireland, is pleased to formally announce the launch of its new website. We invite you to visit us at The newly redesigned website has been expertly shaped to more fully articulate Acorn IT Solution’s deep experience in providing full suites of Sage Accounting and Business Management software to businesses throughout the UK and Ireland of varying sizes and industries. Declan Bradley | Director | Acorn IT Solutions: “Our new website is a testament to our growing business and highlights an exciting time for Acorn IT Solutions. It reflects our comprehensive product and support offerings and lets the marketplace know our capabilities, deep experience and that we have a proven track record of success. We want to develop our growing online presence and ensure that visitors to the site have a very informative experience”. What’s in the new website? It features a streamlined and simplified design, improved functionality and enriched content areas to provide an optimum experience for our colleagues, partners, clients and prospects to easily find the information they are looking for. The website boasts intuitive and consistent site-wide navigation to help you browse with ease. It is also fully responsive with mobile devices, making it easy to navigate on a wide range of web browsers and devices. A key feature of the new website is the support area which contains a knowledgebase of product documents, tutorials and FAQ’s whilst an array of our implementations are evidenced in the Case Studies section, showcasing how some of our key partners have benefited. What happens next? We welcome any feedback and will continue to develop and improve the new website. We will continually update our knowledgebase of product resources and will grow our portfolio of client Case Studies to further highlight our solutions in use across multiple industries. Check out the new website at For any feedback, give us a call on 028 7964 4975 or message us at .
Jul 1, 2018
Acorn IT Solutions celebrates 1 year in Kilrea Office

After outgrowing their previous base in Maghera, Acorn IT Solutions signalled their growth intentions with a £150,000 investment to a new Head Office in Kilrea. A year has passed since then and we catch up with Declan Bradley, Joint Director of Acorn IT Solutions to see how it’s been going: “It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year since Acorn made the move to Kilrea. In what is our 16th year of trading, the move has provided us with a great foundation for conducting all our future business activities with a modern office which van accommodate up to 20 staff. The rural location hasn’t been an issue as Kilrea is an ideal location situated halfway between Belfast and Derry”.
Jun 21, 2018
Acorn IT Solutions attends Digital DNA

Acorn IT Solutions exhibits at Digital DNA in St. George’s Market, Belfast on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th May 2018. Acorn IT Solutions were delighted to exhibit at Digital DNA 2018 as technology experts from across the world gathered in Belfast to share knowledge and network. The two-day event attracted some of the biggest names in the technology sector, with over 3000 delegates from local businesses and further afield attending and over 100 businesses exhibiting. The aim of Digital DNA 2018 was to showcase Belfast’s prosperous tech sector, covering marketing, data, cyber-security, fintech, innovation and devops topics – delivered through an exciting programme of keynote talks, interactive workshops, panel discussions and an exhibition. There were a number of informative sessions from guest speakers throughout the course of Digital DNA. Some of the highlights included Joanna Jarjue who discussed her journey from Digital Graduate to The Apprentice boardroom, Tony Price from PWC who demonstrated the potential of chatbots and robots for future business, and from Kieran Flanagan, VP of Marketing at HubSpot who presented on the Marketers Guide to Growth. Niall Delargy | Marketing Executive | Acorn IT Solutions: “Exhibiting at Digital DNA gave Acorn IT Solutions a great opportunity to showcase our business and develop our brand awareness across a range of industries. It gave us a chance to highlight our Sage solutions to a unique gathering of digital and tech-savvy individuals and companies. We also took the time to attend some very insightful sessions and benefited from the great advice and guidance that was presented over the course of the two days. ” For more information on any of our Sage products, please give us a call on 028 7964 4975.
Jun 18, 2018
Sage Leadership Team visit Acorn IT Solutions

Acorn IT Solutions were delighted to welcome Barry Murphy, the Managing Director of Sage Ireland and Celine Maher, Head of Sales at Sage Ireland, to their Head Office in Kilrea on Thursday 14th June. The visit of Barry and Celine provided Acorn with a fantastic opportunity to not only showcase their new premises, but also introduce the various members of the Acorn team who specialise in implementing Sage software for their customers. It was an opportunity to discuss the significant relationship between Sage and Acorn IT Solutions and a chance to demonstrate how Acorn have been preparing for future growth by making key appointments in all of the critical areas such as Sales, Marketing, Implementation and Software Development. The visit incorporated a short journey to F.P. Mc Cann, one of Acorn’s long-standing Sage 200 clients, to showcase the calibre of company that Acorn deals with and to showcase the solutions in practical use. The visit by Sage indicates the importance of the Business Partnership between Sage and Acorn IT Solutions cementing Acorn’s role as a key strategic partner in Ireland. The capabilities of Sage allow Acorn the ability to support businesses in different industries of any size, ranging from start-ups to large enterprises and the partnership looks set for continued future growth. Declan Bradley | Director | Acorn IT Solutions: ““It was a privilege to welcome Barry and Celine to the Acorn Office and allowed us the opportunity to discuss key strategic plans and to highlight the many vertical markets that we have implemented Sage and our extended solutions into. Being able to include a site visit to one of our long-standing key Accounts in FP Mc Cann Ltd, showed the type of clients we take pride in dealing with and with the help of Sage, we plan to further enhance our standing in the marketplace in the coming years.” For more information on any of our Sage products, please give us a call on 028 7964 4975.
May 23, 2018
New additions to the Acorn Team

Acorn IT Solutions are delighted to have welcomed four new members to their dynamic team in Kilrea, Northern Ireland. This investment demonstrates Acorn IT Solution’s continued commitment to growth and local employment in the area bringing the total number of employees to thirteen. Ruairi McCallion has joined the Software Development team and brings a wealth of experience. Ruairi joined from Sphere Global where he worked as a Developer and has completed a Degree in Software Development. Cormac Davidson has joined Acorn IT as Support Consultant. Cormac has a degree in Computing Technologies with prior experience as a Technician with MS Computers and in Operations and Sales Management with Cassidy’s Fruit and Veg. Niall Delargy has been added to the Marketing Team. Niall previously worked in Marketing for Toals Bookmakers and Tourism Ireland and has recently completed a Master’s Degree in Digital Media Communications with an undergraduate degree in Business Management. Chloe Gormley takes over the Office Manager role and joins from Tobermore Concrete where she has over five years’ experience, specialising in the processing of Payroll and Purchase Ledgers. Chloe also has a Level 5 Accounting Technician Ireland Qualification. We would like to wish them all the best in their new roles at Acorn IT Solutions!
Apr 20, 2018
Acorn IT Solutions exhibit at the All-Ireland Business Summit

Acorn IT Solutions were delighted to attend the fourth annual All-Ireland Business Summit at Croke Park, Dublin on Thursday 19th April 2018. This was a fantastic opportunity to exhibit and showcase our business to over 1,000 delegates across a variety of industries. A number of insightful guest speakers and entrepreneurs were in attendance including Chanelle, Lady McCoy, Pat McDonagh, Keith Barry, Gavin Duffy, Niall Breslin (Bressie), Ivan Yates, Brian McEniff and Ramona Nicholas. The event followed a strict schedule of events consisting of guest speakers, demonstrations, breakout sessions, performances and countless networking opportunities. There were a number of highlights on the day including the motivational speeches from Chanelle, Lady McCoy and Brian McEniff whilst the performance by leading hypnotist and mentalist Keith Barry was memorable. Roger Gribben, Head of Sales at Acorn IT Solutions: “It was a really worthwhile event and has given Acorn IT Solutions a great platform for initiating business opportunities in the Republic of Ireland. It has coincided very well with the launch of our new office in Dublin and was a fantastic opportunity for establishing our brand as one of the leading Sage Business partners in Ireland.” Also, congratulations to Valerie from Oscar Wilde Water, who was the lucky winner of our Amazon Echo competition that we ran throughout the day.
Apr 1, 2018
Acorn IT Solutions opens new office in Dublin

Northern Ireland based firm, Acorn IT Solutions, has recently announced the opening of a second business premises in Santry, Dublin. Acorn IT Solutions are one of the leading Sage Business Partners in the UK and Ireland, offering the full range of Sage Solutions as well as their own range of bespoke developments. This move is the next stage of an ambitious business strategy, backed by Invest NI, to establish a sales presence in the Republic of Ireland in order to create new business opportunities and diversify its customer base. With over 16 years’ experience, Acorn IT Solutions has amassed a wealth of technical knowledge in the Northern Ireland market and is keen to expand their expertise in the Republic of Ireland. The new office is situated in a stylish, business centre which is perfectly situated between Dublin City Centre and Dublin Airport and has easy access to both the M1 and M50 motorways. Declan Bradley, Joint Director of Acorn IT Solutions, comments: “We are very excited with the opening of our second office in such a key strategic location. This will provide Acorn IT Solutions with a base to conduct future business activities and is a great opportunity to establish ourselves in the Republic of Ireland – an area that is brimming with potential business”. This is the latest development in Acorn IT Solution’s growth strategy after a £150,000 investment in 2017 to relocate to a brand new office in Kilrea, Northern Ireland. Dublin Office details: Address: Block B, The Crescent Building, Northwood Business Park, Santry, Dublin 9 Telephone: 01 893 4936 Email:

Acorn IT Solutions Ltd Team

Name Role Email Telephone
Niall Delargy Marketing Executive 028 7964 4975
Declan Bradley Director 028 7964 4975
Dominic McMullan Director 028 7964 4975
Roger Gribbin Head of Sales 028 7964 4975
Deaglan Lowry Head of Sage Division 028 7964 4975
Thomas McGlone Head of Development 028 7964 4975
Hannah Doyle Sage Consultant 028 7964 4975
Dermot McGuckin Developer 028 7964 4975
Patrick Rogers Sage Consultant 028 7964 4975
Imelda McMullan Internal Sales Support 028 7964 4975
Ruairi McCallion Developer 028 7964 4975
Cormac Davidson Sage Consultant 028 7964 4975
Chloe Gormley Office Manager 028 7964 4975

Reviews of Acorn IT Solutions Ltd

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Clare Loye | FP McCann
November 21, 2018
“Sage 200 has proved to be a powerful and stable product that performs well across many sites. Acorn IT Solutions and Sage are at the core of this and are an integral part of our daily business operation.”
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Mark McSwiggan | MMS NI Ltd
November 21, 2018
“We were looking for software to cater for our warehouse stock movement requirements and after Acorn IT Solutions presented a number of options, we opted for a customised solution to integrate with our Sage 200. After specification was agreed, Acorn IT Solutions delivered a robust solution on time and within budget. Their solution has proved invaluable to our daily operations and we have since added new features for minimal cost”
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Sean McKay | Specialist Joinery Group
November 21, 2018
“Specialist Joinery Group have always had an exceptional working relationship with Acorn IT Solutions. Our latest Sage 200 development was no different. The transition was seamless and the Acorn team were very supportive in helping our staff adjust”

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