THIS year’s National Payroll Week (NPW) took place last month from November 7-11 and celebrated a key part of business that is often overlooked.

The week is all about increasing the awareness and profile of the payroll profession, highlighting the work that goes on behind the scenes of payroll processing.

Brain Stenhouse says: “As someone who has worked in this sector for 10 years it is hugely important that we raise awareness and emphasise the vital function that payroll plays in business in ensuring that more than 26 million people in the UK receive their wages and salaries on time.”

It is not only about the professionals who process wages, it is also about the work that goes on to report earnings and pay taxes and NI contributions to HMRC – a vital part of government machinery which keeps the UK running smoothly.

The world of payroll has become increasingly complex over the past few years but without these services running smoothly businesses would not be able to function so it is hugely important that companies get it right from the start.

To help continue the campaign, Armstrong Watson is providing a special offer to prospective new clients. For companies with up to 50 employees two months’ payroll processing is offered free of charge, with no set up charges. The offer lasts until the end of February 2006.