IT News in Brief – 12 November

Companies House email service

Companies House has launched a new electronic filling service for forms such as annual returns. The email-based service allows companies to submit documents to the Registrar of Companies using approved software. A company that wants to take advantage of the service needs to notify the Registrar to obtain an authentication code and password. Most standard PC packages are acceptable, and files are sent as email attachments. Approval normally takes one week. No charge is made for the service.

Platinum’s new module Platinum Software, based in Chineham, Hants, is shipping a new system manager module for its Platinum for Windows accounting package. The Client/Server System Manager incorporates the ThinkNet AuditMaster program to improve security and provide traceability for all transactions. A ten-user licence for the new module starts at around #2,500.

PowerPlan for forecasts PowerPlan, a budgeting, forecasting and consolidation program from US developer PowerPlan Corporation, is now available in the UK through Camberley-based Nomis, a sales software company. It starts from around #700 and will be updated to take advantage of the OLAP Services module in Microsoft’s SQL Server version 7.

Andersen share guide Arthur Andersen has launched an online guide to help companies administer global share plans. ShareNet, an Internet-based decision-support tool, provides detailed profiles of tax, corporate and labour laws in more than 50 countries. It is intended to be a one-stop, round-the-clock resource to help managers build successful global share plans. The service is available at, and is based on subscriptions. Annual subscriptions start from #200 for a single country profile to #7,000 for all 50 countries.

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