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The latest updates from The Access Group

Access Legal, the Law technology specialist, has announced the acquisition of the Legal Bricks group of companies, a pioneering provider of conveyancing searches and property related services to the legal sector.

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We are delighted to welcome Alcuris, a new acquisition to the Access Group family, providing our Health and Social Care business with new technology that allows a step change in social care.

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Business technology specialist The Access Group has committed to creating 500 new jobs as it officially unveiled its new £20million 109,000 sq. ft. purpose-built headquarters in Loughborough.

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Demand for video interviews addressed by Access Recruitment through embedded functionality in its SaaS CRM.

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The Access Group, a leading provider of business management software to mid-market organisations, today announced the acquisition of Isys, a Derby and Horsham-based organisation offering management software solutions designed to support a range of industries throughout waste management, aggregate and material sales to dairy and food services.

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One of London’s oldest law firms is enjoying greater accessibility to data and applications after fully migrating to the cloud, supported by Oosha.

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The Access Group, a leading business solutions and software provider for mid-sized organisations, today announced the acquisition of SoundbiteLearning UK Ltd (GCSEPod), an award winning provider of teaching and learning content, assessment and data, to over 1,700 schools and colleges. SoundbiteLearning UK Ltd. (GCSEPod) will be incorporated into The Access Group’s Education division, which delivers an industry leading education management suite that supports exceptional learning for over 8,000 learning institutions in the UK.

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The Co-operative Bank and Access People have been awarded Payroll Project of the Year at the CIPP Annual Excellence Awards 2021. The long-running, prestigious awards seek to recognise the crucial role that payroll and pensions play in the UK economy.

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The Access Group, a leading provider of business management software to mid-market organisations, has announced today that they have been named a 'Core Leader' by Fosway Group after it conducted its independent analysis of the Cloud HR Systems Market, the Fosway 9-Grid™ for Cloud HR.

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Harnessing the power of human emotions will be needed to fill job vacancies and stem the tide of resignations after the pandemic, say experts.

In a new report, Emotionally Charged: The Power of Human Emotions at Work, published by business technology specialist The Access Group, employers are urged to nurture positive feelings of joy, empowerment and freedom to build and strengthen their teams.

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We have announced the appointment of a new non-executive director as the business continues its global expansion.

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Access Legal has announced two more senior appointments as the law technology division of The Access Group further strengthens its customer-first focus.

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The Access Group and its customer The Co-operative Bank have been shortlisted in the CIPP Annual Excellence Awards in the Project of the Year category for its Payroll Managed Services Project.

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The Access Group has announced it is making £250,000 available for care providers to invest in apprenticeships and training.

With Skills for Care warning that the adult social care sector needs to fill around 112,000 job vacancies on any given day, The Access Group has partnered with apprenticeship and vocational training provider, Impact Futures, to offer ring-fenced funding to its clients which includes over 10,000 registered UK care providers.

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UK mid-market businesses are on track to benefit from the ‘future of payments’ after Access PaySuite (a division of Access UK Ltd) acquired electronic direct debit provider, SmartDebit.

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Law technology specialist Access Legal is continuing to champion customer centricity in the legal market, announcing the appointment of a new Head of Customer Success. Bishu Solomon Girma joins Access Legal with over a decade’s international experience in the legal industry, working across the UK and Canada.

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The Access Group, a leading provider of business management software to mid-market organisations, has announced significant year-on-year pro forma revenue growth of 53%, leading to pro forma revenues of £480 million and pro forma adjusted EBITDA of £180 million for its fiscal year ended June 30, 2021 (“FY21”). These results represent 16 straight years of uninterrupted profitable growth for the company.

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Our health and social care division, one of the leaders in the local government, health and social care software sectors, has announced the acquisition of Servelec.

The acquisition will enable Access to offer integrated solutions and services across local government, health and social care, combining Access’ suite of health and social care solutions with Servelec’s ability to integrate technology across social care, healthcare, education and youth services. 

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The Access Group has announced Bipolar UK as its UK Charity of the Year for 2021/2022, pledging to match every pound its people raise. Access is encouraging all its UK-based people to raise funds for Bipolar UK with a wide number of fundraising events across the company’s offices and online now being organised.

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The Access Group has strengthened its ongoing commitment to customer success with the acquisition of Omnifi and its Orderbee Mobile Order and Pay technology, which will be incorporated into its Hospitality division. This is Access Hospitality’s fourth major acquisition in the last four months, having previously completed the acquisitions of Acteol CRM, CPL Learning and Trail.

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Today, we announced that The Access Group has acquired Definitiv, a modern, cloud native and mobile people management and payroll platform, designed to address the needs of medium to large enterprises who are looking to take the complexity out of payroll and workforce management.  

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The Access Group and Customer Arvato has been shortlisted by The Personnel Today Awards 2021 for the Access Applause employee recognition app.

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Trail, the UKs #1 hospitality checklist app, will be integrated into the Access Group’s Hospitality division to help customers increase productivity and maintain compliance.

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Access Legal has released new research that is encouraging law firms to review gaps in their compliance, given over two-thirds plan to switch to a permanent hybrid way of working once restrictions ease.

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The Access team have raised a total of £376,495 for the National Deaf Children’s Society as its chosen Charity of The Year.

A leading charity for the UK’s 50,000 deaf children, the National Deaf Children’s Society specialises in providing support, information and advice for deaf children and young people and their families, as well as advice for professionals working with them.

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Access Recruitment, a division of The Access Group, providing the staffing industry’s broadest portfolio of SaaS solutions, has today announced its acquisition of NorthStar.

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Access Legal, a division of The Access Group, has appointed a new Product Manager for Legal Content, briefed to help practices become more efficient and effective in legal learning and compliance.

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Access People, a division of The Access Group, today announced Terminix UK, a 350-employee pest control company, as a new customer for its range of transformative human capital management solutions.

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Rachael Moss

Head of Marketing, Access Recruitment

  • Major Recruitment Ltd is implementing comprehensive ‘candidate to cash’ suite of RecTech to support ambitious growth plans
  • Major’s investment builds on a 20+ year partnership with The Access Group
  • Investment will provide Major’s growing roster of equity partners access to flexible and integrated technology solutions

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UK law firms are moving closer to a ‘digital workplace’ after Access Legal – a fast-growing leader in legal technology – acquired integrated cloud IT services provider, Oosha.

The acquisition will enable Access Legal, part of The Access Group, a leading provider of software solutions to the mid-market, to accelerate its journey to bring together its legal software on an innovative ‘single sign-on’ platform.

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The Access Group, one of the UK’s leading providers of software to the mid-market, has announced the completion of the acquisition of Select Legal, a specialist provider of legal software to UK law firms.

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Tom Etherington

Writer on social care

Well Pharmacy, the UK’s largest independent pharmacy chain, is delighted to announce a new partnership with The Access Group. This partnership will highlight our innovative Medication Management solution, which has already been successfully implemented in a number of care homes serviced by Well Pharmacy.

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London, Tuesday, 1 June 2021: The Access Group (“Access”) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Sage Group’s local businesses in Australia and Asia. The acquisition includes the company’s Australian HandiSoft accounting and MicrOpay and WageEasy compliant payroll solutions, together with the EasyPay payroll solution in Singapore and UBS Accounting software in Malaysia.

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Rachael Moss

Head of Marketing, Access Recruitment

Access Recruitment, a division of The Access Group, providing the staffing industry’s broadest portfolio of SaaS solutions, has been shortlisted as a finalist in two categories of the 2021 Talent Tech Tech Star Awards. Access Screening has been shortlisted for The Compliance Solution of the Year, and Volcanic for The Recruitment Marketing Solution of the Year.

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Rachael Moss

Head of Marketing, Access Recruitment

Access Recruitment, a division of The Access Group, providing the staffing industry’s broadest portfolio of SaaS solutions, has today launched its new worker mobile app, Access WorkView.

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Almost three quarters of legal professionals are struggling to find the time to complete essential learning and training because of heavy workloads.

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The Access Group has announced its acquisition of CPL Learning, the UK’s leading learning and development partner for the hospitality and retail sectors. CPL Learning will be incorporated into The Access Group’s sector specific Hospitality division, which partners with more than 1,500 customers in the UK, to deliver cost savings, improve productivity and give them the freedom to focus on guest experiences.

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The new legal software division of The Access Group is continuing to make an impact on the sector, unveiling a leading figure in the law tech space as Head of Product at Access Legal.

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The Access Group, one of the UK’s leading software providers has officially launched its new legal software division, Access Legal, promising to help the UK’s most ambitious law firms achieve their potential through a powerful suite of technology.

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The Access Group, one of the UK’s leading providers of software to the mid-market, has today announced the completion of the acquisition of Eazipay, one of the UK’s leading payment platform providers for the leisure, insurance, utilities and telecoms sectors. Based in Ely, Cambridgeshire Eazipay processes more than 4 million payments per year, with a consolidated value in excess of £400 million. Over its 19-year history, Eazipay has developed a reputation for delivering market leading payment processing solutions and service that enable their 1300 customers to drive growth through easy, secure, and reliable payments processing.

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The Access Group, a leading business solutions and software provider for mid-sized organisations, today announced the acquisition of HAS Technology, a provider of care management solutions and market intelligence in Local Authorities and private providers.

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The Access Group, a leading provider of business management software to mid-sized organisations, today announced the acquisition of Ezitracker, one of the UK’s leading providers of workforce management solutions in the Facilities Management sector.

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A move into new revenue streams within The Rick Stein Group business portfolio has stimulated the decision to transform technology systems across the company. The existing restaurant, cookery school, retail and online shop operations have been boosted by the launch of Stein’s at Home food boxes and Access Procure Wizard from the Access Group has been selected as the Purchase to Pay (P2P) software to manage its food and beverage procurement centrally.

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The Access Group, a leading business solutions and software provider for mid-sized organisations, today announced the acquisition of Acteol, the UK’s leading provider of CRM software and contracted marketing managed services to the hospitality, leisure, travel, and gaming sectors. Acteol will be incorporated into The Access Group’s Hospitality division, which delivers an industry leading hospitality management suite that transforms the guest experience for more than 1,500 customers in the UK.

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The Access Group, a leading business solutions and software provider for mid-sized organisations, today announced the acquisition of My School Portal, the UK’s leading provider of parent engagement software to the independent education sector. My School Portal will be incorporated into The Access Group’s Education division, which delivers an industry leading education management suite that supports exceptional learning for over 8,000 learning institutions in the UK.

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Today we announce the appointment of Charles Butterworth as Managing Director of its Access People division.

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The Access Group, a leading business solutions and software provider for mid to large-sized organisations, has acquired the RESILIA Frontline security awareness training content – certified by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – from AXELOS Global Best Practice, designed to help companies tackle their human-based cyber risks and data breaches. The new content will add breadth and depth to Access Group’s Cyber Awareness & Resilience eLearning suite.

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The Access Group today announced that it has entered into an agreement with The Sage Group plc to purchase its businesses in Australia and Asia.

The acquisition of the Sage businesses in APAC significantly advances Access’ global presence following the recent purchases of Attaché in November 2019 and Unleashed in November 2020 and further strengthens Access’ position in the Asia-pacific region. The acquisition excludes Sage global products.

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The Access Group today announced the acquisition of EasyBuild, a Borehamwood-based organisation offering ERP software designed to meet the specific needs of the construction sector.  Building on the acquisition of ConQuest in 2018, the addition of EasyBuild provides Access with the most comprehensive set of software solutions in this industry.

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The Access Group today announced the acquisition of Abintegro Limited, a privately-owned London headquartered company known for its career development and digital learning technologies. The Abintegro platform has 500,000 users primarily across the UK, Australia and New Zealand; enabling academic institutions and employers to make a measurable impact on the career development of their students and people, and HR services consultancies to support people who are returning to the workforce or seeking a new career path.

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Sector technology expert, Access Hospitality, is inviting everyone in the hospitality industry to join in with its festive fun advent calendar whilst bringing some much-needed support to its customers and food charities around the country.

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Congratulations today to Dean Forbes, president of Access People division at The Access Group, who has been named one of the 100 most influential people of African, African-Caribbean and African-American heritage in the United Kingdom.  SEVEN-times Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton topped the list.

 

Dean Forbes, president of Access People division, is named one of the most influential people of African, African-Caribbean and African-American heritage in the UK.

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The Access Group today announced the acquisition of Unleashed, a New Zealand headquartered organisation offering best practice inventory management software for the manufacturing, wholesale and distribution markets across Australasia, the UK, US and EMEA. The acquisition is currently going through all the necessary regulatory approvals and this process is expected to complete successfully in the coming weeks.

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Gamebrain has been shortlisted for the ‘most innovative new learning technologies product’

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  • FY20 pro forma revenues of £315 million, up 47%, or £101 million growth on FY19
  • FY20 pro forma adjusted EBITDA of £109 million, up 48%, or £35 million growth on FY19
  • Secures continued backing from its largest shareholders Hg and TA Associates

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The Access Group has been shortlisted in two categories at the CIPP Annual Excellence Awards – the only payroll awards ceremony in the UK.

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The Access Group has been shortlisted as finalists for two national technology awards at the “UK tech awards” in the Tech Growth Business of the year and Tech Company of the year categories.  Due to announce details in October of another year of unparalleled growth, Access is delighted to have been recognised by this year’s virtual awards voting panel. 

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This new division brings together as one family all of The Access Group’s human resources, payroll, learning & development and compliance solutions.

Access People is now the leading UK independent SaaS HR solutions provider in the UK and Ireland. The division employs 835 staff, has a turnover of £112.8m and over 14,000 customer organisations use its solutions, including Tesco Bank, JD Sports and Ella’s Kitchen.

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Paul Vogel

Managing Director of Access Recruitment

Today, we have launched Access EarlyPay for recruitment agencies. With competition incredibly fierce in the temporary staffing industry, recruitment businesses are looking for ways to differentiate themselves and ensure they are the agency of choice for both candidates and clients.

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Henry Seddon

Access Hospitality, Managing Director

Article includes comments from Kate Nicholls of UKHospitality and Karl Chessell of CGA in Access Hospitality webinars restrictions

In a rousing response to the introduction of a curfew, with all hospitality venues having to close by 10pm from Thursday 24th September, leading industry figures have called for extended industry support and a change to the language used to ensure that consumer confidence is not further damaged.

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Frasers Hospitality, owner of boutique hotel brands Hotel du Vin and Malmaison, has strengthened its back of house procurement system with the implementation of leading purchase to pay software, Access Procure Wizard, from The Access Group.

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The Access Group marketing team has been recognised for marketing excellence having been shortlisted as finalists in several categories in two significant marketing award cycles.

 

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Rachael Moss

Head of Marketing, Access Screening

The Access Group has today announced the launch of a new mobile app to help mitigate potential fines of up to £20,000 for UK organisations as they carry out mandatory background checks in their hiring process. 

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Claire Williams

Health and Safety Software Specialist

New Organisational Resilience Solution provides an “out of the box” corporate compliance and workforce wellbeing response to help businesses return to work.

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Access have announced the acquisition of DPS Software (DPS), a UK leader in SaaS based Practice Management software for Legal Practices and In-House Legal departments, with a focus on firms with between 10 and 200 employees. The addition of DPS, follows shortly after the groups’ acquisition of Eclipse and will deliver a suite of solutions that cover a vast array of legal processes and will target practices with between 10 and 500 employees. Combined with Access’s existing market presence is now one of the top 3, UK based providers of software, to the UK legal sector.

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Lindsay Millar Waight

Access NFP Specialist

Last week two-year-old Henry Freeman, the son of two Access Group staff members, took on an incredible #ChallengeHenry fundraising campaign to raise thousands of pounds for deaf children across the UK.

Henry, who is deaf himself, completed a new challenge every day to raise money to give other deaf children the support they need when they are growing up.

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Henry Freeman, 2, from Wrexham in North Wales this week began a fundraising campaign to raise thousands of pounds for deaf children across the UK. 

Henry, who is deaf himself, will take on a new challenge every day to raise money to give other deaf children the support they need when they are growing up.  

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The Access Group today announced a new charitable partnership with The Care Workers’ Charity, an organisation which provides financial support and guidance to help care workers overcome life’s inevitable challenges.

Access will be donating 10% of all transaction fees generated from health and social care users of the EarlyPay app to the charity.

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The Access Group, today announced the agreement to acquire Eclipse Legal Systems.  The acquisition will enhance Access’s existing presence in the legal sector, which currently extends beyond 2,500 organisations with the vast majority in legal practice and the remaining customers being internal legal departments, across multiple verticals. The addition of Eclipse Legal Systems extends the Access existing Legal suite of Finance, HR and Compliance solutions into the Case & Practice Management space.  Access looks forward to developing a strong relationship with the existing Eclipse Legal Systems customers, in the UK and globally, while providing the freedom to do more, as the Eclipse Legal Systems solutions are made available on the Access Workspace suite.

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Recognising the positive work of employees whilst homeworking can trigger the same hormone as a cuddle – that’s according to Access Group and a leading psychologist.

The business software provider has teamed up with performance expert, therapist and author Dr Phil Parker to assess the power of recognition and reward. It comes as The Access Group launches its new Access Applause software, as remote working continues for most companies across the UK.

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Access Group, software leader for the recruitment market, provides much needed support to start-up agencies with compelling offer. Its offering, Access Accelerator, is a ready-to-go CRM and website designed specifically to help start-ups look their best and get set up for success. 

This comes at a time when market conditions have forced the recruitment industry to make considerable redundancies, prompting many ambitious recruiters to set up on their own. Given the affordability of the new offering it is exactly what start-ups have been calling for to give a much-needed boost to the industry.

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We are opening up resources from our internal educational portal after proving a hit with hundreds of our own employees working from home during lockdown. Our team created the “Access Juniors” concept to help their own colleagues trying to juggle work and keeping their children engaged with learning.

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The Access Group, one of the UK’s leading providers of software, has today announced the acquisition of eLearning For You, a provider of eLearning solutions for the care industry.  The addition of eLearning For You to the Access Heath & Social Care division, soon after the acquisition of Webroster earlier this month, provides Access with the most comprehensive set of solutions in the Health & Social Care sector, from a single provider.

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The Access Group marketing team have been recognised for marketing excellence being nominated as finalists for two Drum Marketing Awards.

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The Access Group, one of the UK’s leading providers of software, has today announced the acquisition of Webroster, a provider of software for the care industry.  Access is one of the UK’s fastest growing software companies with a customer-centric culture and a strong track record of providing an extensive software portfolio through its Access Workspace platform.  The combination of Access and Webroster will cement Access as the clear leader in the UK’s Health & Social Care software market.

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The Access Group, today announced the acquisition of CoreHR, a UK and Ireland market leader in HR and Payroll software for Mid-Market & Enterprise level businesses.  The addition of CoreHR, follows soon after the groups’ acquisition of People, one of the UK’s leading providers of HR software to Small & Medium Enterprises (SME’s).  Combined with Access’s existing market presence it will become the HR and Payroll leader in the UK and Ireland markets, with the capabilities to support organisations of any size, with all their HR and Payroll needs.

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The Access Group marketing team have been recognised for marketing excellence as it is announced they are finalised for two CIM Awards. The CIM Marketing Excellence Awards, now in its 11th year is an opportunity to celebrate the outstanding marketing by organisations, teams and individuals.

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The Access Group, a leading provider of business software to mid-sized UK organisations, has announced ambitious fundraising plans for its new charity partner, the National Deaf Children’s Society.

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The Access Group, one of the UK’s leading software providers for mid-sized organisations, today announced the acquisition of Mintsoft Ltd, a Chelmsford based order and warehouse management solution provider for 3PLs and Multi-Channel Retailers. The business was founded in 2011 by Luke Groves with the goal to establish a UK based market leading business in the order and warehouse management solutions market.

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The Access Group, one of the UK’s leading software providers for mid-sized organisations, today announced the acquisition of MicroLearn, a Southampton based learning solutions provider. The business was launched in 2017 by Steve and Ali Soper to provide an alternative to traditional click-next-to-continue eLearning which can be a serious time-stealer and instead champion a blended micro-learning approach to boost an organisation’s learning culture.

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Erskine Care and Chevron Traffic Management recognised for achievements. 

The Access Group, one of the UK’s leading providers of business software, has today announced the winners of its Access Freedom to do More Customer Awards. The winners, announced at the annual Access World conference, include veteran's charity Erskine and infrastructure organisation Chevron Traffic Management. The award winners represent the best of technology innovation and growth amongst UK mid-market organisations.

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The Access Group, one of the UK’s leading software providers for mid-sized organisations, today announced the acquisitions of People HR, a Doncaster based HR solutions provider and The Payroll Service Company, a Cambridgeshire based Payroll solutions provider

Through these strategic acquisitions Access has extended its capability to serve an even wider range of organisations looking to power their success through their most important asset - their people.  With the HR market changing rapidly and every organisation grappling with how they improve attraction, management and employee engagement, more organisations are turning to the Access People Solutions suite to help them become a more social enterprise.

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We will bring together 1,500 customers, partners, industry thought leaders, and Access solution experts on 21 November at Wembley Stadium.

Access World 2019 is the UK’s leading mid-market software conference, which will showcase the best in innovative technology solutions set to transform the workplace.

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The latest milestone of The Access Group’s new 100,000 sq.ft. headquarters in Loughborough has been marked with a topping out ceremony following another year of profitable growth for the company.

The concrete core and steel frame is now in place on the office on the Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park (LUSEP), which is due to open in Autumn 2020 to become the base for around one third of The Access Group’s 2,000 workforce.

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The Access Group, the UK-based leading provider of software to growing mid-market businesses, today announced the acquisition of Attaché, an Australian-based Financial Management and Payroll software supplier with over 30 years’ experience providing software to Australasian mid-market businesses.

This is the first wholly overseas software business acquired by the Access Group and establishes its intent to take its Access Workspace solutions beyond its home market in the UK and onto the global stage. Access is one of the fastest growing UK-based tech business and has recently announced impressive results for the year ended 30th June 2019. Posting more than 40% growth in both revenues and EBITDA for this period, the company’s record of uninterrupted profitable growth now stands at eleven straight years.  Having already established a small foothold in the Asia-Pacific region through recent acquisitions, this was a logical next step for the business. 

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TALiNT Partners has released its first Agency Benchmark Report at its 2019 World Leaders in Recruitment summit. The report has been compiled from a wide-ranging survey of medium and large agencies - including some of the industry’s best-known businesses. It gives a fascinating insight into the main challenges faced by recruitment CEOs to ensure their businesses remain competitive and relevant for their clients.

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UK software company’s SaaS cloud platform, Access Workspace, drives growth with over 150,000 new users in first year. 

  • FY19 proforma revenue £214 million, 41% or £62 million growth on FY18
  • Proforma EBITDA of £74 million, up 45% on FY18
  • 77% proforma recurring revenue in FY19
  • Over 2,000 organic increase in customers
  • Completed nine strategic acquisitions to enter 2 new categories and strengthen its offering in key sectors

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Independent logistics businesses Elddis Transport, Fagan & Whalley and supply chain software specialist Access Group, have joined forces to support international development organisation, Transaid, and its successful bicycle ambulance initiative in Zambia.

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Leading software provider, The Access Group, has been shortlisted for two national technology awards after celebrating more than a decade of sustained growth and being valued at £1 billion.

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  • Access Group, software leader for the recruitment market changes the landscape for smaller agencies hungry for growth and results
  • Launching Access Accelerator, an integrated website and CRM solution at the Recruitment Agency Expo in Birmingham
  • This new - and unique - offering is set to draw a crowd, attracting ambitious and entrepreneurial agencies keen to accelerate the performance of their business and easily scale
  • Given the growth challenges that smaller agencies face, this new affordable offering is exactly what the market has been calling for

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The Access Group has smashed its annual fundraising goal and set a new record by raising £281,488 for its charity of the year, DEBRA.

 UK charity DEBRA, the national charity supporting those living with genetic skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), was voted for by Access staff to become the company’s charity of the year. DEBRA was brought to The Access Group’s attention through a poignant and personal connection, staff throughout the company became determined supporters after learning that a colleague had tragically lost their son to EB.

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Penumbra, one of Scotland’s largest mental health charities, has partnered with The Access Group to realise its digital transformation project, which aims to improve productivity, increase efficiency and boost service quality and employee well-being.

The integrated system will help provide a more connected, joined-up organisation combining financials, care management, rostering, recruitment and HR, alongside payroll processing and fundraising management.

Backed by Penumbra employees, the cloud-based solution will allow front-line staff to spend more time delivering care and support and less time on admin.

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The Access Group, today announced the acquisition of Safety Media Ltd, the UK’s market leader in Health & Safety e-learning and risk management & compliance workflow solutions. Only months after the acquisitions of Unicorn Training, Socrates and Riliance, Access sees the addition of Safety Media to its Digital Learning and Compliance Division, as yet further confirmation of its intent to be the solution provider of choice to the UK’s thousands of mid-market and growing businesses.

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GDPR implementation had major impact on regular giving in 2018, but positive growth shown in early 2019, reveals Rapidata’s Charity Direct Debit Tracking Report

  • Acquisition fell & Direct Debit cancellations rates hit all-time low
  • 2019 Q1 shows positive growth
  • Rapidata introduces 11.5% benchmark for No Show payments
  • Charity Cancellation Average Benchmark (CAB) remains fixed at 3%

Rapidata’s Charity Direct Debit Tracking Report 2019 reveals how GDPR had a major impact on donor acquisition and Direct Debit cancellations, virtually flatlining regular giving during the months before and after it came into force in May 2018.  However, the first quarter of 2019 shows rapid positive growth, indicating that the sector has rallied with confidence.

Rapidata, part of the Access Group, released its new Tracking Report for 2019 at the Institute of Fundraising’s National Fundraising Convention in London today (1st July 2019). It includes new data from January 2017 to end of March 2019 from over 600 charities, adding to the long-term trend analysis started in 2003.

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The Access Group has completed the acquisition of Eazy Collect, one of the UK’s leading payment platform providers for SME’s, not-for-profit, blue-chip corporates and public sector. Eazy Collect processes in excess of 4m payments per year, with a consolidated value in excess of £400m, for companies of all sizes across multiple industry sectors. Since its start in 2002, Eazy Collect has developed a reputation for delivering market leading payment processing solutions that enable their 800 customers, from across the leisure, insurance, utility, finance, telecoms and other sectors, including trusted UK brands such as Arriva, Cannon Hygiene, Midlands Air Ambulance and IHG Hotels, to streamline administration and substantially reduce costs and the time associated with payment processing.

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The Access Group, the UK’s leading provider of software to growing mid-market businesses and charities, today announced the acquisition of Joyful, a Not-For-Profit donor and member attraction website software supplier with over 10 years’ experience providing software exclusively to Charity and Membership organisations.

Following on from the acquisition of Rapidata in November 2018, acquiring Joyful, the leading provider of SaaS based website technology platforms for Charities and Membership organisations, is a testament to Access’ commitment to organisations operating in the Not-For-Profit industry and further demonstrates its drive for innovation within the Not-For-Profit software sector.

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The Access Group announces the acquisition of Unicorn, the UK’s leading provider of learning technology solutions. The Access Group sees the addition of Unicorn to its Access Workspace solution as yet further confirmation of its intent to be the solution provider of choice to the UK’s thousands of mid-market and growing businesses. The acquisition of Unicorn, along with its group companies GameBrain and Socrates Training comes hot on the heels of the acquisition of Riliance, making Access the UK leader for Online Training, Compliance and Risk Management in the UK’s Financial & Legal Sectors and signals Access’s intent to be a major player in Digital Learning across multiple industries. 

Unicorn’s high-quality digital learning suite of solutions are underpinned by the Unicorn Learning Management System (LMS) and focus on helping organisations with their Training, Governance, Risk Management and Compliance needs. The solutions, which will be available through Access Workspace - the cloud-based platform for collaboration and communication in the workplace - span the breadth of content, platform and mobile-first games and apps.  This means that Access will be able to support businesses to deliver on every aspect of their learning strategy.

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Livability – the disability charity that connects people with their communities – runs a wide range of disability care and community services across the UK. As part of an organization-wide transformation programme, Livability’s Board of Directors have approved a major upgrade to its business systems by investing in an integrated finance, HR and payroll solution from the Access Group.

The new system will simplify the way the charity works and allow it to reduce inefficiencies, remove manual processes, improve communication and provide faster and more accurate management information thereby empowering front-line managers and driving greater value in delivering support to the people they serve.

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Employees from across our business returned to the Christian charity Hope Nottingham again last week to offer their volunteering services once more. 

Every year, The Access Group allows each of its 1,500+ staff to take a day out of the office, if they wish, fully paid, to ‘give back’. And that’s as far as the Terms and Conditions for the day go. Staff are free to decide whether they’d like to volunteer at a local charity shop, marshal a charity fun-run or anything and everything in between.

Last year Keith Pentelow, Support Analyst at Access, who regularly volunteers at Hope with his wife, was made aware of their plans to convert an area of wasteland donated to them by the council. The extra land would allow Hope to extend its ‘Grow and Grow’ scheme. They use gardening as a means to allow people to learn new skills, make new friends and provide a pathway to work for the many who contact Hope in desperate need.

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The Access Group, one of the UK’s leading providers of software to growing mid-market businesses, today announced the acquisition of Riliance, an online training, compliance and risk management solution provider with a market leading position in the Legal Sector.

The acquisition of Riliance, with revenues of over £3m, is a testament to Access’ commitment to the mid-market and demonstrates its dedication to continually adding solutions of value to its Access Workspace suite.

Riliance’s cloud based, feature rich and easy to use software enables users to manage their individual online training, risk management and compliance requirements.  With more than 1,200 customers, including key names such as Weightmans, Clifford Chance and Co-Op Legal Services, already leveraging the Riliance solutions.  With investment from Access the Riliance solutions will strengthen their position in the Legal and Financial Services sector and grow specific offerings for other sectors including Education and Charities where Access already has a significant presence in the market.

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The Institute of Fundraising is proud to announce a new partnership with Rapidata, channeling insights about the latest developments in payment technology to the sector.

The IoF, the membership organisation for UK fundraisers, has today announced a new partnership with Rapidata, part of the Access Group, to promote and inspire payment innovation in the fundraising sector.

As the IoF’s Payments Partner, Rapidata will provide support for charities through a period of rapid change in payment culture, highlighting technological developments that could improve the donation experience, changing the way charities accept and process payments. This will include developing new research and providing IoF members with regular updates about how the payments landscape is evolving, what this means for charitable giving and the opportunities to innovate.

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The Access Group, the UK’s leading providers of software to growing mid-market businesses, today announced the acquisition of Volcanic, a recruitment and staffing website software supplier with over 10 years’ experience providing software exclusively to the recruitment industry.

The acquisition of Volcanic, the leading provider of SaaS based website and marketing technology platforms for the recruitment sector, is a testament to Access’ commitment to the recruitment industry and further demonstrates its drive for innovation within the recruitment software sector.

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A ground-breaking ceremony has taken place to officially start work on our new HQ which will generate £1.6million per year for front-line Leicestershire County Council services. 

County Council deputy leader, Byron Rhodes dug the first soil at the site of The Access Group’s new 100,000 sq. ft. office HQ on the Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park (LUSEP), which is due to open in July 2020. 

Byron Rhodes said: “I’m pleased to start work on this scheme as it marks another significant step forward in the council’s mission to invest in property and then put the money back into front-line services."

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  • Access Group, software leader for the recruitment market, to share its game changing strategy at the London Recruitment Agency Expo
  • Access’s unique candidate to cash proposition is set to draw a crowd with key decision makers attending one of the UK’s biggest recruitment events
  • Given the overwhelming positive customer feedback on its complete front to back offering and new recruitment CRM, Access is taking recruitment technology to the next level

Every year the best and brightest in the recruitment congregate to share knowledge and propel the market forward, so it’s no surprise that Access Group will have a significant presence on 5th and 6th February to share its latest candidate to cash proposition. In a time of fierce competition where recruitment businesses are looking to improve efficiency and productivity, Access Group is well positioned to help.

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Software company launches Access Workspace platform to transform the way UK mid-market organisations use business software

The Access Group, one of the UK’s leading providers of business software, today announced its latest financial figures which showed significant year-on-year growth in its 2018 fiscal year, with turnover rising 42% from £101.1 million to £143.1 million. The company also announced its EBITDA had risen 70% from £27.9 million to £47.6 million year-on-year. This growth was fuelled by a combination of strategic acquisitions and a rise in organic growth to 13%, with recurring revenue making up 70% of total revenue. The last financial year has also seen strategic investment from Hg into The Access Group, alongside existing investor TA Associates, giving the business an enterprise valuation of £1 billion.

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City Lit, Guardian Angel Carers and the McGinley Group amongst those customers recognised

The Access Group, one of the UK’s leading providers of business software, has today announced the winners of its inaugural Access Freedom to do More Customer Awards. The winners, announced at the annual Access World conference, include adult education provider City Lit, home and domiciliary care providers Guardian Angel Carers and recruitment firm the McGinley Group. The award winners represent the best of technology innovation and growth amongst UK mid-market businesses.

“We’re delighted to be rewarding these three organisations for their commitment to innovation. It’s great to see brands like City Lit, Guardian Angel Carers and the McGinley Group using Access Group’s solutions to streamline their business processes, freeing up time to spend on innovation and providing an exemplary experience to their customers” said Chief Marketing Officer, Chris Marjara.

Access World is one of the biggest software industry conferences of 2018 and is a chance for customers and industry professionals to network and gain insight into how technology can enable business efficiencies and growth. Each winner was announced at the first ever Access Freedom to do More Customer Awards ceremony, and more detail on the winners can be found below.

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The Access Group, one of the UK’s leading providers of software, has announced the completion of the acquisition of Rapidata Services Ltd. (Rapidata), one of the UK’s leading payment platform providers.

Rapidata processes in excess of 13m direct debits per year with a consolidated value in excess of £180m. Over its 20 year history, Rapidata has developed a reputation for delivering market-leading payment processing solutions that enable their 600 customers, which include more than 10% of the Top 500 UK Charities, to reduce the administration, costs and the time associated with processing payments.

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A market-leading construction technology specialist is gearing up for growth after being acquired by Access.

Bolton-based ConQuest Ltd – which develops estimating, cost planning, and surveying software – has joined Access Group’s supply chain division, in a move that will see it increase its expertise to deliver more services to customers.

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The Access Group, one of the UK’s leading providers of software, has today announced the completion of the acquisition of iCareHealth, a leading provider of software for the care industry.

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The Access Group, one of the UK’s leading providers of software to growing mid-market businesses, today announces the acquisition of Microdec, software supplier with over 35 years’ experience providing CRM software exclusively to the recruitment industry.

The acquisition of Microdec, with revenues of over £5.3m, is a testament to Access’ commitment to the recruitment industry and demonstrates clear investment in fulfilling its ambitious plans for the future.

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  • With consultants losing 25% of time on unproductive tasks, Access improves productivity and performance for agencies
  • Now offering a new redesigned, browser-based version of Access RDB, which provides more functionality than any other recruitment system available today
  • With an emphasis on connected working, the new platform will be available on Access Workspace – which will enable integrations to Access’s full suite of recruitment and business products
  • The launch is further evidence of Access’ strategy to bring together best of breed products and offer the most comprehensive solution in the market – enabling automation of business process from candidate attraction to cash collection for recruitment agencies of all sizes

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  • With last year’s acquisition of Safe Computing now fully aligned within Access, the company can now help agencies with everything from candidate attraction to cash collection

  • Access Workspace launches - the latest proposition in connected working which brings together all departments within a recruitment business to fuel efficiency, productivity and collaboration

  • On boarded 150 new recruitment customers in the last year who now rely on Access software

  • New Access RDB version launches in October, demonstrating evidence of the new strategy

  • Clients extend use of Access products beyond recruitment needs to managing staff time and expenses

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Plans are progressing for the expansion of our head office, with a move to a new 100,000 sq. ft. office on the Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park (LUSEP).

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The Access Group, one of the UK’s leading providers of software to the best and fastest growing mid-market businesses, has today announced the completion of the acquisition of c360, a leading provider of compliance and regulatory risk software for the care industry.

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The National Autistic Society, the UK’s leading autism charity, recently initiated a digital transformation project to improve their operational efficiency and save £350,000 per year so they could re-invest and focus on their life-changing work.

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The Access Group, a leading provider of fully integrated business management software to UK mid-market organisations, announced today a strategic investment from Hg valuing the business at an enterprise value of approximately £1 billion. Current majority shareholder TA Associates will retain joint control of The Access Group.

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The Access Group, one of the UK’s leading providers of software to the best and fastest growing mid-market businesses, has today announced the completion of the acquisition of Procure Wizard, the leading provider of online procurement solutions for the UK hospitality industry. The purchase follows recent acquisitions of Collins and Tonic, ProNett, Selima and Intelligent Business Systems (IBS).

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  • The strength of its position is backed by a strong set of results for the latest financial year, reporting £102m turnover, EBITDA of £25.4m, recurring revenue of 64% and organic software growth of 11%
  • In the last 12 months, Access grows significantly, fuelled by three strategic acquisitions including Selima, IBS and Safe Computing
  • Access’s portfolio is now able to serve the hospitality market and offer a greater depth of products to the recruitment industry

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London, UK – The Access Group, one of the UK’s leading providers of software to the best and fastest growing mid-market businesses, has completed the acquisitions of DesignMyNight and  PPM & Associates Ltd (ProNett). These acquisitions expand Access’s hospitality software suite comprising of earlier acquisitions this year of Intelligent Business Systems (EPOS & Stock Management) and SelimaHR (Workforce Management) creating a unique and exciting end to end hospitality software suite.

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Access Group will officially launch its new dedicated Hospitality Division to leading pub, bar, restaurant, food-to-go, hotel and leisure operators at the Kitty Hawk, London, on Thursday 9 November 2017.

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Access has today completed the acquisition of Selima Limited. With revenues of £5 million in 2016, Selima (www.selima.co.uk) is a prominent provider of cloud-based workforce management software and managed payroll services, particularly in the Retail and Hospitality and Education sectors. This acquisition bolsters Access’ existing product portfolio for the UK Academy schools sector to include specialist HR and Payroll offerings as well as creating a new suite of products for the Retail and Hospitality sector.

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The Access Group, one of the UK’s leading providers of software to mid market customers, has completed the acquisition of Safe Computing.

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Access Group (Access), the mid-market business solutions provider, continues its impressive growth journey after reporting a strong set of results for the latest financial year, with turnover growing by 25% to £85.9 million and EBITDA before capitalised development of £20.1 million, an increase of 31%. Recurring revenue now represents 58% of total turnover, up from 51% in the prior year.

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Access Group is repositioning its hosting offering with a rebrand of its Stratogen business to Access Alto. The move further aligns the hosting division with Access Group and signals their position as a software and cloud services business with unmatched product breadth and technical capability

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One of the UK’s leading employers is creating job opportunities in the area and strengthening its ties with local universities as it takes office space at Loughborough University Science & Enterprise Park. Access Group, who provides innovative software solutions to businesses and charities, is opening a technical development and support centre on the campus, which will host over 200 staff.

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Access Group, the fast-growth mid-market software solutions provider, has added to its executive board with the appointment of Claire Scott as Chief People Officer. Access has always prided itself as a being a great place to work with an amazing culture, having been recognised in The Sunday Times Top 100 for the past three years, and now they’re increasing that focus on people with the appointment of their first Chief People Officer. The move sees Claire join from Salesforce where she was Employee Success VP – EMEA for four years.

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Access Group (Access), has appointed an influential Chief Technology Officer as it seeks to accelerate the ongoing development of its product portfolio. Steve Lane will have overall responsibility of all of Access’s product streams including its growing SaaS portfolio, and integrated suite of enterprise solutions.

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Mid-market hosting solutions provider Stratogen, who were acquired by Access Group in December 2014, has been named ' Veeam Cloud Provider of the Year', at the VeeamON forum held in the London Science Museum.

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Leading VMware Service Provider StratoGen is pleased to announce the availability of its services through the UK Government’s G-Cloud 4 Framework. 39,000 government organisations that are eligible to buy through the Government Procurement Service CloudStore will now have full access to StratoGen’s product portfolio.

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StratoGen today reported 145% year on year growth in private cloud hosting as enterprises ditched their onsite infrastructure and its associated headaches.

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Hosting solution provider StratoGen, who were acquired by Access Group in December 2014, is leading the way for mid-market hosting solutions with the launch of its OpenStack solution.

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