Awards 2005: small business software of the year – Mamut

Mamut has scooped the Small Business Software Award for the second year in a
row, an amazing achievement for the company that launched in the UK early in

The Norwegian-based software supplier’s mission statement is to make
‘everyday operations of small businesses simpler and more efficient’.

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The company released the latest edition of Mamut Business, Enterprise
Edition, with 800 enhancements to the previous version, including features such
as cash accounting.

In its short time on UK shores, Mamut has attained both ICAEW and HM Revenue
& Customs IT accreditations.

The product is also strong on providing, not only business with a solid
accounting and general business software product, but enabling accounting
practices to use the product to manage clients.

‘Mamut Enterprise is an excellent, functionally rich business solution you
can buy right off the shelf, install on your computer network and start using
straight away,’ says Ian Sumbler, a partner at chartered accountants Morris

Atom Supplies, a small business that sells whisky online, chose Mamut
Enterprise recently for its easily configurable front end, and has helped the
company manage order processing more efficiently. ‘I don’t have to press loads
of buttons to process my order, it’s very simple,’ says owner Steve Poore.

Another scheme that launched to great fanfare was Mamut’s offer to provide
online backup service to smaller business, with the first 500Mb of data backup
free with further space available at 79p per month per gigabyte.

The company also announced a number of high-profile link-ups during the year,
including a partnership with the Independent Association of Information
Technology Consultants under the Home Computing Initiative, which enables
employers and employees to benefit from and national insurance concessions on
computer purchases.

IAAITC chief executive David Reynolds, says that, as trusted advisers to
businesses, accountants could benefit from using the scheme to develop
relationships with clients.

Mamut was formed in Norway in 1994, and launched an IPO on the Oslo Stock
Exchange 10 years later. The company now has more than 48,000 businesses using
its software across its target markets. It has gained 3,000 customers across its
recently-launched UK and Dutch markets, and is expanding into the Danish and
Republic of Ireland territories during 2006.

Once again, Mamut scored well across the award’s criteria. ‘It is still a
good product that’s now established itself. It scored highly on design quality,
ease of use and increased functionality since last year,’ said the judges. ‘Top

And talking of accountants, the business has launched a new bookkeeping
product, Mamut Bureau, designed to improve response times to regulatory

Alan Moody, UK managing director at Mamut, says: ‘We are committed to
supporting small accounting practices and businesses everywhere by constantly
innovating our software packages to keep up with demand.’

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