Redesigning Crunch software
At Crunch, we’re always looking for ways to make our clients' lives even easier. Our online accounting software updates are designed to make managing and viewing your finances simple and clear. Check out some of our latest releases and find out what we’ve been working on.
Exciting new upgrades to Crunch are on their way!
We’ve been listening to our clients’ feedback and have focused our efforts on improving the areas of the software that you use the most. Over the next year, we’ll be rolling out further changes, starting with rebuilding our expenses, sales (invoicing), and banking sections. These three areas are the most used sections in our software and we know all our clients will benefit from the improved design and usability, speeding up and streamlining their experience of using Crunch. We’ll be improving the speed and stability of our platform, adding quicker processes for clients, more bank integrations, and simpler reconciliation. We’re working to integrate video chat to supplement our existing in-app chat and much, much more. In short, a completely new Crunch experience!
The software is being redesigned with mobile-first principles, which will make it even easier to use across more devices with a cleaner, fresher design, as we discussed in our Redesigning Crunch article. The biggest changes so far have been to the underlying technology, making our software even more secure and stable and allowing us to release future updates and improvements faster than ever before. All of the rebuilt services will launch in the same way our recent software updates, firstly being released as a beta and then rolled out to our entire client base. If you want to be part of the beta to receive early access to the latest features and be part of rebuilding Crunch, you can fill in our Crunch Beta application.
Open Banking integration extended to two new banks
Released December 2019
We’re delighted to announce that we’ve extended our Open Banking compatibility to two more banks: Natwest and HSBC. This now takes us up to seven major UK banks that are now compatible with our Open Banking software.
Open Banking has been one of our most-requested features, allowing you to connect your bank records straight to your Crunch account, and import up to 80 days worth of bank records. This helps speed up the bank reconciliation process and saves you from manually uploading .csv files.
Open Banking integration extended to four new banks
Released November 2019
We’re delighted to announce that we’ve extended our Open Banking compatibility to four more banks: Lloyds, Santander, Starling, and Halifax.
Our expansion plans don't end here, though - we expect to have Open Banking integration with another major two banks before the end of 2019, so watch this space!
Open Banking for all Barclays clients released
Released October 2019 (for beta clients)
We’ve been working hard over the past year to get our Open Banking solution live. We’ve partnered with TrueLayer to get secure access for our clients to a number of High Street and online banks. Our Private Beta went live in January and highlighted a number of issues with the way the data from the banks was sent to providers, leading to duplicate transactions appearing in Crunch - not ideal!
This meant we had to rebuild our solution as the data format limitations were unlikely to be resolved by the banks. We’re pleased to say that we’ve now released Open Banking, initially for all Crunch clients with a Barclays Bank account (replacing our previous Barclays Data Feed), and we’ll be making it available to many more clients and adding new banks over the next few months. Stay tuned for updates!
The Crunch software rebuild has begun
Released October 2019
We’re delighted to let you know that we’ve now released a new version of our Crunch software to all of our limited company clients.
Over the last few years, we’ve been working really hard on a huge number of improvements that will make our software easier to use, faster, and more stable.
The software is being redesigned with mobile-first principles, which will make it even easier to use across more devices with a cleaner, fresher design. So far, the major changes we’ve been making have been under-the-hood, preparing our software for future improvements to important sections such as Expenses, Sales, and Banking, but this first release also delivers a fresh clean interface and a new navigation menu for a more streamlined user experience.
Moving to Single Sign-On
Released July 2019
At Crunch we’re always looking for ways to make our software more stable and secure. Much like the British Cycling Team, we look for every incremental gain we can, so ahead of the rebuilding of our Crunch online accounting software, we’ve made a number of under-the-hood changes.
Amongst these is the introduction of a single sign-on security environment that will allow us to deliver updates more frequently, with less downtime, and featuring enhanced security across all the services on our platform.
Invoicing and expensing improved for mobile
Released May 2019
We’ve been working on making our expenses and invoicing sections more mobile-friendly. Each section has been improved to make text boxes, drop-downs, displays, and buttons easier to access on a smaller screen.
We focused on making these sections responsive and easy-to-use on smart phones. We’re pleased to have been able to deliver this for our clients as invoices and expenses are two of the most frequently-used areas of the Crunch system.
Making Tax Digital compatibility
Released April 2019
Making Tax Digital (MTD) is the government’s programme to transform the tax system and move it fully online. MTD will affect VAT registered businesses from April 2019 with further changes expected in 2020 and beyond.
We’ve been working with HMRC for some time to make sure that our software was MTD ready by the 1st April 2019, and we’re delighted to announce that we’ve been officially confirmed as MTD-compatible by HMRC.
Open Banking integration (in beta)
Released January 2019
New legislation requires banks to securely share transaction data with third parties (with customer approval).
This feature is currently in private beta with three of our clients’ most popular banks.
With your permission, this means your business bank statements can appear in your Crunch account in near-real-time, ready to be reconciled. No more fiddling with .CSV files or reconciling using the outdated paper method.
Released September 2018
We’re always looking for new ways to present our clients’ accounts clearly and efficiently. That’s why we introduced a new feature devised to run calculations over a client’s data, analyse their accounts and present real-time results in an attractive, user-friendly format.
We used a beta programme to make sure the tool provided clients with the instant, clear and up-to-date insight they require when they’re doing business on the go.
CT600 Auto Generation and Submission
Released April 2018
We’ve written a series of clever algorithms to automate the generation of CT600 tax returns, providing our clients with a slick and reliable service. Upon client approval, the submission is directly sent to HMRC and Companies House for filing.
Automation like this reduces the number of accounting errors sometimes seen in traditional practise, and provides our clients with an efficient, stress-free service.
Bank Rec Improvements
Released February 2018
We’ve simplified the Bank Reconciliation experience by building a matching algorithm, designed to intuitively match bank statement entries to those in our client’s Crunch account.
Some of these helpful changes include the removal of restrictions in reconciliation order, and the ability to order Crunch records based on date or value.
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