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The Access Group helps City Lit streamline finance and accounting with technology

Struggling with manual financial tasks in Excel, adult education college City Lit realised that its way of working was a significant drain on the finance team’s time and resources, and meant they were unable to service its customers in a timely fashion.

City Lit made the decision to work with business software experts, Access Group to streamline its payroll, finance and accounting functions. Prior to working with Access Group, City Lit was trading at a loss, but since implementation the organisation has seen profitability for the last four years due to better information and data records. They are now able to raise POs in a matter of minutes, with electronic sign offs activated, and have more control over the entire accounting process, benefitting both faculty and students.

Paul Evans, Chief Financial Officer at City Lit: “This is the third time that I’ve chosen Access Group as a supplier, having implemented their solutions at both The Children’s Commissioner for England and UK Anti-Doping. The fact that I’ve come back, time and time again, really indicates my satisfaction with Access Group, and the positive impact it can have on freeing up staff time.”

“Now the finance team is much more focused around partnering and helping drive efficiencies and improvements in the business, supporting the budget holders and the business managers in terms of getting the best out of the finances. We have also integrated both the finance & HR system with our course planning (EBS), which has significantly reduced manual data entry and improved the timeliness of financial information ten-fold,” Evans added.

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