Business Cost Calculator - Help
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About help
About the Business Cost Calculator
About access
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About cost categories
About compliance cost constraints
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Start a new file
Open an existing file
Export a report
Save a file
Print
Close the Business Cost Calculator
Screen tools
Major actions
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Start a new file
Open an existing file
Collapse Calculate costs screenCalculate costs screen
Add an overview
Set up compliance cost constraints
Calculate costs
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What to include
What next
Set up compliance cost constraints form
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Create an option
Collapse Calculate costs - 1 optionCalculate costs - 1 option
Create a task
See an option
Delete an option
Copy an option
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Create a task
See an option
Reorder an option
Delete an option
Copy an option
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Create an activity costing
See an option or a task
Reorder an option
Reorder a task
Delete an option or task
Copy an option or task
Show and hide tasks
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See an option, task or activity costing
Reorder an option
Reorder a task
Reorder an activity costing
Delete an option, task or activity costing
Copy an option, task or activity costing
Show costings for years
Show and hide tasks
Show and hide activities in list
Form 1 - create an option
Form 2 - create a task
Form 3 - create activity costing
See cost summary
See calculation formula
Wage calculator
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Business Cost Calculator report
Business Cost Calculator present value report
Business Cost Calculator detailed report
Business Cost Calculator cost category report
Business Cost Calculator supporting evidence report
Frequently asked questions
Glossary
Helpful websites
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Enter the Calculate costs tab
Your feedback
What's a regulation
Compliance costs
What's a BCC report
What's a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS)

Open an existing file

To open a Business Cost Calculator file that already exists:

  1. Go to the Business Cost Calculator homepage.
  2. Click the Browse button.
  3. In the Open pop-up that appears, find the file (it should have a .bcc extension)
  4. Click the Open button.
  5. Click the Open existing BCC costing file button.

Important! To open a Business Cost Calculator file, it must have a .bcc extension.

Right file format

Files you open in the Business Cost Calculator must have a .bcc extension. File with any other kind of extension (for example, .doc or .xls won't open).

Converting old BCC files

You can import an old BCC data file to the new Business Cost Calculator application.

What gets imported?

  • Old and new fields: As much data as possible will be imported; however, some will be lost. Any fields from the old format that are not included in the new format will be ignored. Any fields in the new format that are not included in the old format will remain empty.
  • Different cost categories: Your old BCC file may use a cost category and cost type combination that's not represented in the new format. For example, the old file might say 'Publication and documentation' is a 'Product (Outsourced)' cost. However, in the new format, 'Publication and documentation' is a 'Labour (internal)' cost.

    If the combinations conflict, then the activities in the old file will be ignored.

    A quick fix!
    If there's a conflict with an outsourced cost, simply change the cost category to 'purchase cost'. If 'purchase cost' doesn't exist, ignore this.

Note: 'Product' will need 'outsourced' + 'purchase cost' mapped to it, while 'Service' will need all the other cost categories (8 in total) + 'outsourced' mapped to it.

Save the file

To save the file you're working on, click the Save to you computer button. You will find this at the top right of the screen.

When you click this, you'll see the Save dialogue box. Click the Save button in the dialogue box to save the info you've created in the file.

Having problems saving your file?

Are you using Firefox as your browser? If so, you might have a problem saving your file to where you want (that is, it might save automatically to your desktop).

To fix this:

  1. Go into Tools > Options.
  2. Click the 'Main' tab.
  3. Click the 'Always ask me where to save files' radio button.
  4. Click the OK button.

Important! Are you making changes to an existing file? It's best you don't save over the top of the original file - you'll lose info previously added. Instead, save a new version of the file. To do this, before you click the Save button in the dialogue box, go to 'File name' and change the name of the file (everything before .bcc).

Handy hint! If there's a date on the file name, you might need to only change this to the date you're working on the file. For example, if it's the suchandsuchfile_20080523.bcc, change the date part of the file only (the date: 20080523).

Saving from an existing file

It's best you don't save over the top of the original file. In other words, you should save a new version.

When you click the Save to your computer button, you'll see the Save dialogue box. Before you click the Save button in the dialogue box, go to 'File name' and change the name of the file (everything before .bcc).

Having problems saving your file?

Are you using Firefox as your browser? If so, you might have a problem saving your file to where you want (that is, it might save automatically to your desktop).

To fix this:

  1. Go into Tools > Options.
  2. Click the 'Main' tab.
  3. Click the 'Always ask me where to save files' radio button.
  4. Click the OK button.

Handy hint! If there's a date on the file name, you might need to only change this to the date you're working on the file. For example, if it's the suchandsuchfile_20080523.bcc, change the date part of the file only (the date: 20080523).

Problems opening a file

Did you see an error message when trying to open an existing file?

There are 2 reasons why your file didn't open.

  1. You're trying to open a file that doesn't have a .bcc extension. Files with any other type of extension apart from .bcc, for example, .doc, .xls and .pdf won't open. They're not the right files.
  2. The file you're trying to open has corrupted. If you're not sure, get help - call or email the person at the top of the screen.