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2015 – The Oakley Global story

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2015 has been an exciting year for us all at Oakley Global. The company reached 16 years in business in March of 2015, while we can honestly say we have come a long way since 1999, we have never lost the company philosophy of delivering a business advantage through our integrated technological solutions.

We rebranded our Oakley Accounting division and replaced this with our Oakley Cloud division which is our centre of excellence for Private Cloud Hosting with Sage Accounting Software and Sage CRM.

Our Oakley Mobile centre of excellence for mobile app development has seen a website refresh to enable the site to showcase our latest cutting edge Augmented Reality app developments for some exciting businesses including the recent National Civil War Trail App.

Over 2016 we are excited to be further strengthening our position in the marketplace for international accounting software solutions and mobile app development.

Everything that Oakley Global Business Solutions has been through this year would not have been possible without the continued support of our clients. We are in a strong position and are ideally placed to take advantage of the potential of 2016. Let’s make it a good year.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Best regards,

All of us here at Oakley Global Business Solutions Ltd

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Oakley Christmas and New Year Opening Times


With Christmas fast approaching it is that time of year to make everyone wishing to contact Oakley Global aware of our Christmas and New Year’s Opening times for support.

As a Strategic Sage Business Partner we will be following suit with the opening hours that Sage are providing support for. As you can see below this essentially means support is available as normal from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm apart from a slightly early close at 3pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The office will be closed all together on Friday the 25th and Monday the 28th December 2015.

Oakley Opening Hours

If you have any questions regarding our Christmas support times please get in touch with or call us on 01268 724005.

Season's Greetings Oakley

Warm regards,

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Oakley

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Update: Windows 10 support and Sage

Prior to the launch of Windows 10 we put together a blog article on the latest information we had regarding Windows 10 and Sage.

In this article we advised any Sage customers not to upgrade to Windows 10 without contacting us first. In the meantime we have an update to share on the situation of Windows 10 support and Sage.

Windows 10 Sage

To make this easier please scroll down to the product you are using for specific information relating to each specific product.

Sage 200

We are still being advised that Sage 200 is not currently supported with Windows 10. It is expected that the new service pack 2 for Sage 200 version 2015 will support Windows 10, we will advise when the patch is available. Please remember earlier versions of Sage 200 remain unsupported on Windows 10. If you are a Sage 200 customer please contact us before any upgrade to your systems that are running Sage 200 on 01268 724005.

Sage 300 

We have had an update from Sage North America confirming that if you are using Sage 300 version 2014 you are supported with Windows 10 subject to the below notes.


  • Above relates to Windows 10 client (server not released by MS until 2016).
  • IE 11 included in Windows 10 is fully supported (in Compatibility Mode).
  • Sage 300 does not support Windows Edge from Windows 10 as it does not support Active X plugins.
  • Sage 300 Online RDS does not support Windows Edge as it does not support Active X.
  • Sage CRM Integration does not support Windows Edge as it does not support Active X.

Prior to any upgrade to windows 10

We require any customer of Oakley to contact us first so that we can confirm the move you wish to make will keep your systems running smoothly and you will remain supported. Contact us on 01268 724005 for more information.

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Windows 10 not supported by Sage on launch

Windows 10 not supported by Sage

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Windows 10 is set for a launch date of 29th July 2015 and will bring with it a chance for qualifying users, on previous versions, to upgrade to the latest operating system for free.

While this is a welcome move to existing Microsoft users, it also brings with it a vital warning to anyone using Sage. We have heard from Sage that a number of their products will not be supporting the latest operating system on its release date.

With this in mind whether you are an existing customer or a new face looking to Oakley to be your partner in Sage ERP and CRM, we require you to check with us before carrying out any upgrade to your infrastructure to ensure your system is supported.

Sage 200, Sage 300 and Sage CRM

The latest we hear is that Windows 10 will not be supported on any of the versions for Sage 200, Sage 300 and Sage CRM in time for the release date. We will provide an update if we hear anything different in the meantime.

SIM50 our Integration module for Sage 50 Accounts and Sage CRM

Our Oakley Software SIM50 solution provides integration between Sage CRM and Sage 50 Accounts. We follow the Sage Support model for SIM50. We will therefore be unable to support SIM50 on Windows 10 until Sage have confirmed their acceptance of Windows 10.

We strongly advise that if you are offered the chance to upgrade to Windows 10 on a workstation that uses a Sage product, you delay this until you have received news that the operating system is fully supported by Sage as this could potentially take down your systems or compromise functionality.

Oakley will not be able to support you if you are planning on upgrading to Windows 10 until we have official support from Sage.

We will keep you informed if the situation changes. For more information and questions you can reach us at or call 01268 724005.

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Sage BP Oakley exhibits at Kent 2020 2015


Oakley exhibited at Kent 2020 (at the Kent County Showground) on Wednesday the 13th June 2015 .  The Show now in its 10th year is a well established event in the County of Kent and a welcome fixture in our schedule.

With this being the 3rd year in succession that Oakley has exhibited at Kent 2020, one of the unrivaled experiences that attendees get is the chance to connect with local businesses of all different varieties, without the hustle and bustle you sometimes experience at the London shows.

Sage Business Partner Kent

Re-connecting with fellow exhibitors and delegates alike while also welcoming a number of new faces, Oakley provided attendees with a chance to talk to a leading Sage Business Partner for Sage ERP and Sage CRM advice.

Sage 200 brochures

If you would like to get in touch with us to find out more about Sage 200, Sage 300 or Sage CRM contact us on 01268 724005.

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Grove & Dean turn to Sage 200 Accounting Software


Grove & Dean based out of Romford, Essex were looking for a new business accounting solution to handle their growing financial business.

Grove and Dean - Sage 200

With the increasing demand for the business, Sage 50 Accounts could no longer keep up with the day to day requirements for the busy insurer. They required a more intuitive ERP solution and a Sage Business Partner that could also provide a hosting service to go with it.

A big part of the requirement for the project was to implement a business accounting system that could cope with the companies expanding multiple locations, include a three tier nominal ledger, handle multi-currency requirements, and deliver better automation and business intelligence for reporting.

Oakley arranged a one-on-one demonstration, showcasing Business Intelligence, multi-currency, the three tier nominal ledger and Euro bank account and balances, all available in the Sage 200 Suite.

Following a successful project scoping, Sage 200 was implemented and setup on Oakley’s Private Cloud facility. Grove & Dean are finding the solution a great benefit with the ability to better handle the accounting requirements for the growth of the business and deliver advanced reporting.

“Sage 200 has been the natural progression from Sage 50 to accommodate the growth of the business. We have been impressed by the ease of use of Sage 200. The implementation support and hosting provided by Oakley has facilitated a smooth transition.”G. Pratt, Head of Finance


About Oakley Global

Oakley Global is a Sage Business Partner with customers ranging from local destinations in Essex, London, through to global destinations around the world. If you would like to talk to us about Sage 200, Sage 300 or Sage CRM contact us for more information on or call 01268 724005.

Find out more about Grove & Dean

Grove & Dean, a family owned local financial services business in Essex, has been around since 1974 and has established itself as one of Britain’s leading Insurance brokers for General and Corporate insurance, Specialist European Motorsport insurance, Wealth  Management, Private Clients and Mortgage Solutions.


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Oakley reaches 16 years in business


With it being the 11th March 2015, Oakley Global a leading Sage Business Partner and software developer has been delivering business advantage to clients for 16 years to the day.

Oakley Global 16 years

The company formed in March 1999, has been through a number of milestones throughout a rich history, here you will find a summary of a few key events.

Key Timeline of events

  • 1999 – Oakley Global Business Solutions Ltd formed as Oakley Internet Ltd, delivering e-commerce solutions to computer resellers via our Virtual Reseller product offering
  • 2001 – started supplying ERP software solutions
  • 2005 – Oakley established as a Sage Business Partner providing business accounting software and CRM solutions
  • 2007 – Oakley develops SIM50 providing real time integration between Sage 50 Accounts and Sage CRM
  • 2008 – Oakley begins working on application development
  • 2010 – Oakley awarded fastest growing Sage Accpac dealer throughout the year
  • 2011 – Oakley renamed Oakley Global Business Solutions Ltd introducing specialist divisions for range of services



  • VATpac developed by Oakley Software is launched for Sage 300 ERP to automate the submission of VAT reports to HMRC
  • SIM50 supports Sage CRM 7.2
  • Sage 200 Online product launched to provide further freedom and choice



  • Oakley reaches 16 years in business


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Oakley Ladies take part in fantastic Race for Life 2014

Our Oakley Ladies all completed the Race for Life event at Basildon, Essex on Sunday the 29th June helping to raise over £650 for the event with donations still being collected.

With the sun shining down on Basildon’s Gloucester Park, our team of Oakley Ladies arrived at the event for a group meeting at 10am. All ready to go and excited to start off the event our ladies started the pre race warm up and were ready for the off.

Race for Life 2014 - Oakley Ladies 2

With Hannah and Tracy electing to start at the front of the race with the runners and the rest of the group starting towards the back with the walkers, our team were all set to go and grouped accordingly.

It was nice to see the amount of support on the day from the 2989 runners taking part, in the morning session, through to the friends and family supporting on the line and of course the efforts of the organising committee. “More than 6,000 people took part in this year’s Basildon leg of the huge event, which organisers expect will have raised at least £330,000 to support Cancer Research UK.” (

Gill Burgess, Race for Life event manager, said: “Everyone has a very special or personal reason for taking part in the event. The money we have raised in Basildon is going to allow us to fund groundbreaking research.”

“We use the word life changing far too much – but this event is exactly that.”

The Oakley Ladies all managed to complete their challenges set for the day by finishing the race well within their set time limits and as such will not be required to run the mud run next year.

Take a look at the video footage captured from the Basildon Events, our team can be spotted from 3.08-6.47 at the start of the race.

We would like to thank all of you for your support ranging from our customers and suppliers through to all the Oakley employees and local businesses in Burnt Mills Industrial Park. We reserve a special thank you to the Basildon Bakeries for their kind donation of cakes to help with our fundraising efforts and I-Print-4U for their kind donation of the Oakley Ladies branded t-shirts.

We have raised well over our initial target of £500 with the figure currently at £665 at the time of writing this article. Donations are still being taken via our Just Giving page so if you haven’t already done so we would appreciate any further kind donations to this worthy cause.

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Oakley Ladies to run the Race for Life 2014

Oakley Global is proud to announce that our Oakley Ladies will be running the Race For Life 2014 at the local Basildon event on the 29th June.

Most of us in our lives have someone that has been affected by Cancer.  We at Oakley applaud the great work that organisations such as Cancer Research UK are undertaking.  The Race for life is one of the largest events of its kind and with so many events taking place across the UK it seems only fitting that we support our local area at the Basildon event.

We will be cheering on the Oakley ladies on the day and hope that you can help support the cause in anyway you can. Be that through a kind donation via our fundraising page or words of encouragement to our team.

For most of the Oakley Ladies this will be one of the first race’s they have entered, but not for Hannah who has become a regular at many running events throughout the year, including the recent London Marathon.

To make the event even more special for everyone at Oakley, we will have our very own Oakley Ladies Challenge. Essentially Hannah will be challenged to complete the 5k in fewer than 30 minutes or will have the forfeit of running the 10k event next year. We are a bit more lenient on the rest of the team and they have the same challenge but they will have an hour to complete the 5k event.

Oakley would like to thank our partners in print  I-Print-4U for donating the Oakley Ladies special edition Race for Life T-shirts.

Any donations you are able to make to this worthy cause are greatly appreciated; please do so via our JustGiving page.

Contact Oakley via email or call us on 01268 724005.

Oakley Ladies Race for Life

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Oakley celebrates 15 year’s in business

We recently reached our 15th year in business here at Oakley and we wanted to share our celebration.  

Oakley 15th Anniversary Cake

The evening’s entertainment got off to a flying start with our own Oakley Ten-pin Bowling Championship. We had 4 teams of 4, competing for the bragging rights on the night (and I suspect a long time after).

If there was any doubt about the competitive nature of the tournament beforehand, this was soon alleviated by our Managing Director John starting team JMPS with a spare.

A full summary of the results are below with the overall team performance and individual player performance.

Oakley 15th Anniversary Bowling - Team

Congratulations to team JMPS for their impressive performance.

Oakley 15 Anniversary Bowling - Player

We look forward to many more years to come and thank all those who have played a part in the Oakley story so far… Be that our fantastic customers, suppliers and of course our hardworking staff.

Key Milestones for Oakley

  • Oakley Global Business Solutions Ltd formed as Oakley Internet Ltd in March 1999 and delivered e-commerce solutions to computer resellers via our Virtual Reseller product offering.
  • Business evolved and expanded into new markets and software solutions. Including, establishing Oakley as a leading Sage Business Partner providing accounting software, CRM software and a range of in house developed add-on products.
  • Our specialist mobile app development division Oakley Mobile established as Oakley Mobile Ltd in 2012 and has since moved into leading edge technologies such as Augmented Reality which is the overlay of digital content onto the real world.
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