Access to target project and service based firms with launch of professional services division

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Mid-market business software provider Access Group (Access) has announced the launch of a new Professional Services Solutions (PSS) division, recognising its strengths and expertise in providing software solutions to project and services based organisations. The PSS division represents the central pillar in Access’s strategy of delivering sector specific solutions to key vertical markets, alongside the recently announced Supply Chain and NFP divisions. Its customer base includes Bloomsbury Publishing, Freedom, Menzies, Lansons Communications, Europa, PRMA Consulting and Human Capital Investment Group.

Steve Sawyer has been appointed Divisional Director of PSS. With ten years’ experience in the business software sector, Steve explained why he made the move to Access; “I wanted to join a company which believes in making business better for its customers. Access has the track record, attitude and people to make that happen.”

“PSS is a vibrant and varied division which encompasses accounting & financial services, construction and engineering, consultancy firms, creative agencies, PR, marketing, communications & events companies, facilities management, field service & hire, software companies and recruitment agencies to name just a few. This is truly exciting and pays testament to the strength and depth of our products that we are delivering operational efficiency and real business benefit to such a wide range of service organisations.

“Our traditional customer base continues to look for powerful, easy to use professional service automation solutions, comprising market-leading core financials, project accounting including timesheets, expenses and of course work-in-progress, and service contract management. Increasingly, forward looking organisations require browser-based deployment, business intelligence, and process automation, available in the Cloud and on mobile devices. These are all strengths for Access and we are committed to continued investment in these areas.”

With a focus on growing and developing Access’s place in the professional services sector, Steve is additionally responsible for overseeing the direction of its broad portfolio of professional services solutions. “We benefit from a tremendous range of integrated solutions at Access. Through PSS dedicated product boards, working in partnership with our customers, we are defining a ‘total’ ERP solution for professional services automation.”

As a fast growing business, Access’s choice of a dedicated PSS division reflects a desire to provide the very best expertise, alongside its specialist solutions, to a rapidly increasing professional services customer base. Steve continues, “Delivering to people-based businesses, it’s incredibly important that we demonstrate our own strengths in this area. Access has a fantastically collaborative culture, which nurtures talented people, constantly retaining and growing our levels of expertise. This culture is part of the customer experience, adding real value and support from day one.”

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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


  • 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’

Media information:

Helen Carpenter
Senior PR Consultant
Access Group
T: +44 (0) 1206 322575 / 07833 936311
F: +44 (0) 1206 322956



Through professional services solutions dedicated product boards, working in partnership with our customers, we are defining a ‘total’ ERP solution for professional services automation.
Steve Sawyer, Divisional Director for Professional Services Solutions at Access Group