Lifeways Group selects UNIT4 Agresso as it looks to grow and adapt rapidly in a changing marketplace

Bristol, UK, 12th May 2014: UNIT4, the global leader in software that supports business change, today announced that Lifeways Group has selected its UNIT4 Agresso suite of ERP solutions to help meet its ambitious plans to grow and expand its operations and services across the UK. A leading provider of care and support to people living with learning disabilities and other complex needs, Lifeways will implement Finance, HR, Project Costing and Billing, Reporting and Analytics and UNIT4 Recruitment, which is a cloud solution, across all of its UK operations. In addition, the team will implement Payroll to process details for over 7,500 employees across the Group.

Since its formation over 15 years ago, Lifeways has grown both organically and by acquisition. It is continuing to grow rapidly offering additional much needed services to the people and communities it works with. Kevin Franklin, CFO for Lifeways Group, commented: “We recognize the role technology plays in helping us to achieve our strategic growth agenda and our ability to deliver excellent services to a growing number of people and communities in the UK. Our previous systems were increasingly inefficient; we relied heavily on a number of different solutions and a lot of manual processes, which take time and resource that could be employed more effectively on more strategic projects. We decided that an ERP solution would offer us the ability to streamline, integrate and consolidate our core systems and processes as well as holding our operational and finance data in just the one place. It will also help provide a robust platform for the delivery of further growth.”

Lifeways conducted an evaluation of the key market alternatives and selected UNIT4 Agresso. Kevin continued: “With Agresso we benefit from access to a single, joined up, integrated and robust platform that will give us that all important single version of the truth across all of our key data. Its flexible architecture means that we can make system changes as and when we need to but without the price tags associated with other ERP solutions out there. In addition, Agresso has the breadth and depth of functionality we require to ensure we have insight across all of our operational and financial performance indicators at both a group and individual service level. Such flexibility and clarity of information will ensure we can adapt to internal and external changes quickly, invest in the right areas to enable us to deliver the very best levels of support and care and improve the decisions we make when it comes to expanding our operations and growing our business.”

UNIT4’s experience in the services and third sectors was also important to Lifeways. Kevin concluded: “UNIT4 has a proven track record working with organisations very similar to ours. The team demonstrated a clear appreciation of the services we offer, our commitment to providing excellence in terms of our services and support networks and the IT systems and solutions needed to support that work and our plans for the future.

“All in all we are pleased with our choice and look forward to working with UNIT4 during the delivery of our project and to seeing the benefits Agresso will offer our people and our organisation going forward.”

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