Electronic Program Updates

As a user of our software you are probably entitled to update it to the latest version at any time, the only proviso being that the software is covered by current software maintenance. To have current maintenance, the software should be within it’s original cover period from sale (usually a year), under maintenance contract or under a rental agreement.

  • We are continually refining and developing our software. Updates can be done on as much as a daily basis. We don't 'hold back' software for specific release dates - our software is released as and when it has been written and tested.

Click here for instructions on how to install your program update.

  • Keep up to date with the latest software changes with our news.

Reordering Superseded Items

It is now possible to calculate and order stock items that have been superseded using the stock reordering option.

  • As this feature is only of use to a few clients with specialist reordering requirements, the feature has enabled in "Reports & Settings" -> "Maintenance Options" -> "System Administrator" -> "Platinum Settings".

Stock Location Validation

Platinum now stores and validates stock locations. Where previously anything could be typed into an item's location, now a saved location must be used.

The number of characters you can use to describe a location has increased from 12 to 20.

You can now store dimension details, notes and assign attributes to stock locations.

A new option "Add or Edit Stock Locations" has been added to the "Stock Control" -> "Maintenance Options" menu. From here you can add, edit and remove stock locations and there is also a special option where you can create multiple locations using a consistent naming scheme.

  • This update will involve a file conversion, which will run once only: the first time Platinum is used after this update. It may take some time, depending on how heavily the relevant area of the system is used, but will only be necessary the first time you use the software after this update.

Labour Code Search

Enhancements have been made around how the "Labour Code Search" and "Labour Code Properties" handle Platinum users and leaving dates.

It is now much more visibly obvious in the search if a technician has left and there is an extra option to filter left technicians out of the search results.

Technician leaving dates are now set from the leaving date on the associated Platinum user.

Catalyst FindIt - Search by Distance from Postcode

It is now possible to search for vehicles and machinery by distance from a postcode on Catalyst Findit.

By default, when you enter a postcode, items will be listed in closest first order. Alternatively, you can select a different order by using the dropdown near the top of the page.

Apprenticeship Levy

For those employers likely to have a "pay bill" of around 3 millon pounds or more, Platinum will now calculate the Apprenticeship Levy due as part of your Employer Payment Summary (EPS) in "Monthly Procedures/Reports" -> "Internet Filing of Returns".

Payrolling Expenses and Benefits

For employers who are choosing to opt in to the new system of deducting tax for certain expenses and benefits in kind through the payroll, this feature will help you put these through your payroll as a special kind of payment rate.

In the "Payroll" -> "Payroll Maintenance" -> "Payroll Settings" -> "Company Parameters" -> "Payment Defaults" option, you can now set a payment as a benefit type of payment.

A new option "Add or Edit Expenses and Benefits" is now available in "Run Payroll Period" where you can set up expenses and benefits in kind for individual employees. The expenses and benefits entered here will be automatically calculated and added to the employees' tax contributions for each payroll period.

Labour Activity Report

Extra options have been added to the report allowing you to filter the report to a single activity type. If you choose to view 'Workshop Job' activities, you will be given further options to filter the results by 'Internal' work, 'External' work, a single 'Customer' or a customer 'Group'.

Workshop Job Pricing

The "Job Pricing" option in "Workshop Management" will now display the price of a job as it will be charged to the customer when loaded, instead of always showing the price when the job was saved as standard.

  • This will obey the "Update prices?" setting for each job and show stored or up to date prices accordingly.

Stock Control Price and Cost Changes

You can now enter a V.A.T. inclusive price in the "New Price" column and hit a function key (F4) to get to the Nett price.

  • The "legacy" functions keys for Page Up and Page Down, F3 and F4 respectively, have been retired in this program to make this possible, but Page-Up and Page-Down will work as before.

Payroll Year-Start 2017/18

Changes to Platinum's "Payroll" module that allow you to start processing the year 2017/18, including:

  • Printed report P11 has been updated for the new tax year.
  • Updated UK PAYE tax rates and bandwidths for 6th April.
  • Updated Scottish PAYE tax rates and bandwidths for 6th April.
  • If you have an always-on Internet connection then any updates to the PAYE tax rates through the year will be downloaded automatically.
  • Updated Class 1 National Insurance Contributions rates.
  • The system now automatically changes an employee's National Insurance category letter when they turn 16, when they turn 21, when they turn 25 (if they are using the apprentice under-25 category letter) and when they reach state retirement age (which is determined automatically from their gender and date of birth).
  • Updated SSP rates.
  • Updated SMP/SAP/SPP/ShPP rates.
  • Updated Collection of Student Loans "Plan 1" and "Plan 2" thresholds.
  • Operating PAYE in real time, aka Real Time Information - or RTI:

    • Full Payment Submission (FPS), which happens automatically when you close off a period, has been updated for the year 2017/18.
    • Employer Payment Summary (EPS), in "Monthly Procedures/Reports" -> "Internet Filing of Returns", has been updated for the year 2017/18 (to clarify this, the year is included in the option name).
    • If you have not yet submitted your final EPS for 2016/17 then you can still do this by selecting the "2016/17 Final submission for the year" box, or going to "Yearly Procedures/Reports" -> "Internet Filing of Returns".

Coming soon

Automatic Enrolment: Re-enrolment
  • We know that at some point this year some of our employers will have to automatically re-enrol certain staff into their workplace pension who previously opted out. Look out for a further Platinum update shortly that will help you take care of this automatically.
Apprenticeship Levy
  • For those employers likely to have a "pay bill" of around 3 million pounds or more, we will shortly be releasing a further Platinum update that will help you work out your Apprenticeship Levy due as part of your Employer Payment Summary (EPS), in "Monthly Procedures/Reports" -> "Internet Filing of Returns".
Payrolled Expenses and Benefits
  • For those employers who wish to opt in to the new system of deducting tax for certain expenses and benefits in kind through the payroll, we will shortly be releasing a further Platinum update that will help you put these through your payroll as a special kind of payment rate.

Personnel Planning / Retention Centre

An issue has been identified and corrected whereby trying to add a new Task in the "Tasks Outstanding" could instead pick up an existing Task created by the "Retention Centre".

Stock Reordering

Recalculation of the current line is now possible in the calculated results list. This is useful if for some reason changes have been made and you want to revert to the calculated values. It is also useful after the amendment of a stock item. The current line will now reflect information entered in a stock amendment automatically provided that no prior manual changes to line level have occurred.

If a stock item is amended from the order review list any change to pack quantity is reflected immediately in the values displayed for the current line.

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