New HR system and payroll bureau service to improve efficiency for Hamleys

Colchester UK, 1 August 2013 – Renowned toy retailer Hamleys has chosen a new integrated HR and payroll bureau solution from long standing partners, Access Group and Action File. The 252-year-old business wanted an integrated system that would automate many of the day-to-day processes to increase the efficiency of its HR and payroll function, and offer the scope for future expansion. The addition of a payroll bureau service offering full integration was also an essential requirement.

Amy Mills, Head of HR for Hamleys, commented, “Our existing system is being retired so we took the opportunity to review the marketplace to see what HR and payroll bureau solutions were out there. We liked what Access and Action File had to offer and that they have enjoyed a solid working relationship over a long period of time. Everyone we met was very approachable and friendly and worked very closely together. High service standards are very important to us.”

For Hamleys a modern system that was easy to use was key for its 30 managers, who will be using the self-service facilities to manage the 500-strong team. “We really liked Access SelectHR for its familiar look and feel and its intuitiveness. The system is very user friendly, making it easy for our store management teams to access and edit information at their convenience. Information is literally just a click or two away.”

Managers will be using on line timesheets from Action File, that are more appropriate to the retail environment and will have direct access to absence management tools within the system. With SelectHR integrating seamlessly with Action-File’s payroll bureau the complete solution will provide better control mechanisms with dashboards and reporting providing a real-time status for the business.   

“The HR team will save two days a month as they’ll no longer have to manually update the system with changes. With the majority of processes automated between HR and payroll, this will help the business run more smoothly.”

Working with partners that Hamleys could build up a strong relationship with was also very important. “The Access Group and Action File team was really professional throughout the whole process and took a very balanced approach to solving our problems which was refreshing to see. They were also enthusiastic about working with our brand and helping us to improve what we do.”  

Hamleys operates out of nine stores around the UK including London, Cardiff, Glasgow and Dundrum, with more than 23 international franchises. In addition to toys, games, and outdoor products, it also has an events team providing retail theatre, puppet shows, store tours and parties.

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About Access:

Access is a leading author of fully integrated business management software. The portfolio spans solutions for ERP, finance, HR, Payroll, warehousing, business intelligence, professional service automation and manufacturing. More than 10,000 UK businesses and not-for-profit organisations use Access solutions to improve their performance, profitability and drive growth, unlocking their business potential through improved business insight.

Vertical focus and industry-specific solutions differentiate Access in the market and templated solutions make for rapid and easy deployments. Using Access software to automate operations, streamline processes and share real-time business information anytime, anywhere, businesses can benefit from significant performance improvements.

Access is one of the top five fastest growing UK software developers in The Sunday Times Buyout Track 100 2012 and featured in last year’s Profit Track 100. On-going commitment to excellence, customers and employees has also placed the company among the UK’s top employers in The Sunday Times’ 100 ‘Best Companies to Work For’ 2011.

Accreditations and memberships:

  • Microsoft Gold Certified Partner
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • Business Application Software Developers Association (BASDA)
  • Access’ software is recognised by HM Revenue & Customs

Awards:

  • The Innovation Award Finalist at the National Business Awards 2013
  • Enabler of the Year finalist at the National Business Awards 2012
  • Software Product of the Year finalist at the British Accountancy Awards 2012
  • ICT in Manufacturing finalist at the Manufacturer of the Year Awards 2012
  • Inclusion in The Sunday Times Buyout Track 100 list (47th)
  • Inclusion in The Sunday Times Profit Track 100 list (63rd)
  • Inclusion in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list for mid-market companies (85th)
  • Accountancy Age Award 2010 for ‘Software Package of the Year’

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Head of Group PR
Access Group
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Access is a leading author of fully integrated business management software. The portfolio spans solutions for ERP, finance, HR, Payroll, warehousing, business intelligence, professional service automation and manufacturing. More than 10,000 UK businesses and not-for-profit organisations use Access solutions to improve their performance, profitability and drive growth, unlocking their business potential through improved business insight. Vertical focus and industry-specific solutions differentiate Access in the market and templated solutions make for rapid and easy deployments. Using Access software to automate operations, streamline processes and share real-time business information anytime, anywhere, businesses can benefit from significant performance improvements. Access is one of the top five fastest growing UK software developers in The Sunday Times Buyout Track 100 2012 and featured in last year’s Profit Track 100. On-going commitment to excellence, customers and employees has also placed the company among the UK’s top employers in The Sunday Times’ 100 ‘Best Companies to Work For’ 2011. In the past 12 months Access has completed seven M&A deals including, thankQ, French BI specialists Prelytis and Delta Software, plus the Access customer base of a number of resellers.

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We really liked Access SelectHR for its familiar look and feel and its intuitiveness. The system is very user friendly, making it easy for our store management teams to access and edit information at their convenience. Information is literally just a click or two away.
Amy Mills, Head of HR for Hamleys