E-Banking – Installation and set-up 

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This guide explains how to set up e-banking for payments so that Sage produces a file to upload supplier payments to your bank.  

To do this the plug-in for the relevant bank account needs to be installed for every user who will be making Sage payments. Any user who tries to make a payment from a payment group marked as ‘electronic payment’ (in PL settings > payment groups tab) but doesn’t have the relevant plug-in will receive an error like the one below.

Sage 200 instruction

You will require administration permissions to install the plug-in.  

If you already have e-banking set up for some users you will only need to follow the plug-in installation headings in the below guide: 

1. Install the Sage e-banking component 

2. Install the e-banking component for your specific bank 

3. Configure your e-banking service 

Install the Sage e-Banking component 

To install the component from the Sage 200 desktop: 

Select  Tools > Installers > Install eBanking components 

Click Install 

Install e-banking components

You will be asked to run the installer. During this process you may be asked for admin credentials. If you don’t have these then contact your IT provider. HINT: you may need these more than once.  

Install the e-Banking service for your specific bank. 

Visit this page to check which banks are compatible with e-Banking: https://my.sage.co.uk/public/sage-ebanking/compatible-banks.aspx

if your bank does not say ‘Payments’ underneath then it is not compatible with this functionality.

Download plug-in

You’ll need to close and re-open the Sage 200 desktop app to see your e-Banking Service in the list. 

HINT: When you encounter an installation wizard during any of the above processes then simply click NEXT throughout until complete 

To check that the components have been installed successfully go to your ‘Bank Account List’ and click to amend one of your accounts, navigate to the E-Banking tab and check that a list is visible next to ‘E-Banking service. If your account is still not listed in the dropdown then this is usually because you have insufficient privileges to install the plug-in, in which case please refer to your IT provider to check.  

Bank feeds

Once the components are installed successfully you need to configure your cash book account.  

Navigate to the Cash Book > Bank Account list. Highlight the bank account from which these payments are to be made and click ‘amend account.’ 

Go to the E-Banking tab, next to ‘E-Banking Service’ select your account name.  

Next to ‘E-Banking Functions’ select ‘Payments Only’ (or payments and reconciliation – this is covered in another guide). Note: Not all banks support all functions. If you can’t see a function in the list, it’s not supported by your bank.

Then click ‘File Locations .

When you run generate payments to E-banking accounts Sage outputs a file which you then use to upload your payments to your bank account. Within ‘File Locations’ you can set the location that Sage will automatically save this by default, click ‘Browse’ next to the ‘Directory’ and navigate to a suitable file location.  

Output payment files are named according to the date they are produced. You can add a prefix to the file name by entering a File identifier field. You can also leave this blank if you wish.  

Your bank may require the upload file to be a specific file type, either a TXT or CSV file. You should identify this against the ‘File extension’ by entering either TXT or CSV in this box. 

Click ‘OK’ and then ‘Save’ your bank account.  

If you want to pay your suppliers via e -banking, each supplier account must belong to a payment group that uses an Electronic payment method and you must use the Generate payments feature to pay your suppliers. 

The first step is to set up or reconfigure a payment group. Go to  

Purchase ledger > utilities > ledger set up > ledger settings > payment groups tab 

Note: As this is a setting you will only be able to change it if other users are not actively working in that Sage company. 

You might have an existing payment group already set up which you can simply change to the ‘Electronic payment’ type. For example in the below payment group currently set to ‘Remittance only (Paper)’ you could change that to ‘Electronic Payment Remittance (Paper)’. The description column is simply your own name for that payment group to assist you in identifying them if you have multiple groups with the same type.  

Payment groups

You can create a single payment group for all suppliers that you pay via e-banking or you can use separate groups. You might want separate groups if you do your payment runs at different times, or want to use a mixture of printed or emailed remittances. 

HINT: be careful when selecting payment types with (Email) in them as the supplier account must have an email address set up for the remittances to send automatically 

HINT: If you are setting up a new payment group you probably want to tick the ‘Update’ box. Click the question mark in the top right of the open window when you have it open in Sage 200 to be directed to the helpfiles on payment groups if you would like more information 

To change the payment group of a supplier open:  

Suppliers List > Amend Account > Payment Tab 

There is a dropdown for you to select your required payment group from.  

Payment tab

You are now ready to make payments which generate an e-banking file to upload to your bank account.  

The first time you do this it is wise to select a single supplier payment for testing before actioning a bulk payment run. 

Learn more on EBS finance solutions here. 

At EBS, we’re here to support you every step of the way, and our friendly team are here waiting to help and assist you. 

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