Access extends partnership with accountancy practice software provider, APS UK

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APS to offer Access HR solution to accountancy marketplace

Colchester UK, 8 April 2014 – Mid-market business software company Access Group has strengthened ties within the accountancy arena extending its partnership with APS UK. The accountancy practice software specialist has white-labelled Access solution, aCloud HR, which it launched as Symphony HR to its client-base last week.   

“We’ve worked in trusted partnership with Access for more than 10 years,” said Brian Coventry, MD and former CEO for Australian-based Reckon, the parent company behind APS. “Our main clients are the top 100 accountancy practices, serving their practice management software requirements. In support of our strategy for the delivery of a cloud-based, best of breed platform for our clients, we are now delighted to incorporate Symphony HR. We know that the HR solution will provide our clients with the tools they need to effectively manage their talent base.”

The aCloud HR solution, part of the rapidly growing aCloud suite of business software solutions, is perfectly placed for accounting firms. The mobile, cloud-based software enables practices to manage their core HR functions such as absence, employee information, compliance, right-to-work processes, and training records. It allows employees and partners to access their own information to update, check on holiday allowances and book time off. 

Tim Bennett, Access’ Business Development Manager for Partnerships & Alliances, commented, “I’ve known APS for many years and we’ve established a solid and trusting relationship during that time. APS has offered Access Dimensions to their marketplace as the finance solution of choice, and they’ve gradually extended their offering from there. We’re delighted that they have chosen aCloud HR for their client base which we know fits the needs of the accountancy sector perfectly.”

Access presented last week at the APS two-day client conference, held at Tortworth Court, Gloucester, in support of the Symphony HR launch.

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About Access Group:

Access is a leading author of integrated business management software. The portfolio spans solutions for ERP, finance, HR, Payroll, warehousing, business intelligence, professional service automation and manufacturing. More than 5,000 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’ 2014.

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


  • Inclusion in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list for mid-market companies 2014
  • Inclusion in The London Stock Exchange 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain
  • The Innovation Award finalist at the National Business Awards 2013
  • Software Product of the Year finalist at the British Accountancy Awards 2013
  • ICT in Manufacturing finalist at the Manufacturer of the Year Awards 2013
  • Inclusion in The Sunday Times Buyout Track 100 list (47th)
  • Inclusion in The Sunday Times Profit Track 100 list (63rd)

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Helen Carpenter

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Access Group
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We know that the HR solution will provide our clients with the tools they need to effectively manage their talent base.
Brian Coventry, MD and former CEO for Australian-based Reckon, the parent company behind APS