Former Iris-exec to lead service sector software division at Access Group

UK, London, 13 August 2015 – Access Group, a leading author of integrated business management software, has appointed ex-Iris executive Andrew Forster to head up one of its major divisions which offers solutions tailored to the services industry. The move comes following growth of the division and last week’s acquisition of First Choice Software which provides solutions to recruitment agencies.

With more than 20 years’ experience in the IT sector, Andrew has a proven track record in UK and international business, working with private-equity backed organisations and achieving double-digit organic growth. He played an integral part at Iris, helping to take it from around £1m turnover to circa £60m, including four private equity buyouts.

Andrew commented, “Having worked within private-equity backed business for 14 years, I understand the demands and the evolution process in what is a fast-paced, rapid growth environment. Access Group is expanding both through acquisition and organically; it’s very dynamic which really appealed to me. I’m looking forward to working with everyone here, to help build upon the success that has already been achieved and to be part of the growth journey.”

Access Group provides software into a wide range of organisations within the service sector including, construction & engineering firms, financial services firms, technology companies, PR and communications agencies – and with the recent acquisition, recruitment agencies.

Andrew commented, “Access Group’s accounting, project management and resource scheduling suite are just part of the solutions available for the services industry from architects and creative agencies to engineering consultancies and facilities management firms. With a great portfolio of SaaS software, hosting and bureau solutions, I’m excited to work with the team to drive further growth into this sector.” 

Jon Jorgensen, chief sales officer for Access Group, commented, “Andrew brings with him incredible industry experience and will play a pivotal role in the strategic development of the division. I’m delighted to welcome Andrew on board and work with him as we continue our rapid growth journey.”

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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 6,000 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.

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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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Access Group is expanding both through acquisition and organically; it’s very dynamic which really appealed to me. I’m looking forward to working with everyone here, to help build upon the success that has already been achieved and to be part of the growth journey.
Andrew Forster of Access Group