New HR system to help WESC Foundation manage complex employment requirements

Colchester, UK – 21 May 2013 WESC Foundation, the specialist centre for visual impairment, is to implement a new HR, payroll and expenses system from Access Group. SelectHR, SelectPay and aCloud Expense will help support the organisation and its 300 staff. The new system will replace its current Excel-based HR records and Sage Payroll.

Mark Cornfield, Deputy Principal Director of Finance and Resources for WESC Foundation, commented, “We have complex employment requirements in terms of work patterns, term time only contracts, multiple posts and spinal points pay arrangements. Access SelectHR will help us manage all of this efficiently.”

This point was also echoed by Maureen Biss, Director of HR for WESC Foundation, “A main driver for choosing Access SelectHR was the ability for staff to have more than one contract or role. There wasn’t really any other software out there where it was part of the core system. With other solutions it was just a workaround.”

WESC Foundation, which uses Access’ thankQ package for its fundraising CRM, will also be extending the HR solution out to its workforce. This will allow managers to take ownership for team information including qualifications and training. Mark commented, “It’s about empowering managers to make decisions; with Access SelectHR we’ll be able to provide them with the right information at the right time to aid this process. It will also allow staff to update their own information and the HR team to focus on more value-added activity.”

In addition, WESC employees will be able to use aCloud Expense to register their expenses. Mark commented, “Our current paper-driven system takes a long time to administer and authorise. With aCloud Expense, there’s a defined workflow and everything is automated. No paper trail, no documents getting lost and it’s also cost effective. That’s why we chose it.”

Access SelectHR will also help the organisation to extract reports more easily, something which is currently very difficult to do. Maureen commented, “Reporting on HR is a real struggle; we’re recording the data but we’re not able to put it to intelligent use. Absence reporting is a prime example; it’s a paper-driven exercise so it’s impossible to pull the data together easily into a meaningful report. SelectHR will change all of that.”

Access has many years’ experience within the care and education sectors which appealed to WESC, along with its ‘straight-forward’ approach. “It was clear what we’d be getting with Access and also what the cost was going to be,” said Mark. “The system will help us in every area of HR as well as reducing duplication of effort; we’ll be faster and more efficient as a result.”

WESC Foundation provides a specialist centre for education, training and expertise, to create a better life for people with visual impairment. The school and college offer a range of placements to suit individual needs including fulltime day or residential placements and respite breaks. It also offers outreach services to mainstream and specialist schools, colleges and universities.

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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:

  • ·         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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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 have complex employment requirements in terms of work patterns, term time only contracts, multiple posts and spinal points pay arrangements. Access SelectHR will help us manage all of this efficiently
Mark Cornfield, Deputy Principal Director of Finance and Resources for WESC Foundation