Unit4 Business World –
people-centered cloud ERP

Unit4 Business World is a uniquely people-centered ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software solution. It delivers a fully integrated suite of enterprise applications and technologies that improve people’s daily work lives by reducing or even removing lower-value admin tasks. This enables users to refocus their energies on more worthwhile, more fulfilling activities. Business World boosts institutional effectiveness and promotes financial transparency. It is easy to deploy, highly adaptable when business-needs change, and less expensive to maintain than traditional “production-centered” ERP systems.


We live in an era of rapid technological and business change. Customer expectations grow ever higher, and the way we all operate and compete is being turned upside down. But one thing remains constant for service-centered organisations: your people are still the key to continued success. So, you need an ERP that frees them to excel – for themselves and for your organisation to achieve its goals.


Unit4 Business World helps you unlock your teams’ potential to tackle fresh challenges and seize new opportunities.

Its key capabilities include:
Financials | Procurement | Project Management
HR and Payroll | Field Service Management.


You can liberate your staff to be more productive, more creative, more engaged and more successful at their work. Best-practice-led, automated processes improve your organisation’s efficiency, accuracy, consistency and compliance. New technologies and smarter data handling offer you new ways to solve complex problems and real-time insights to make better-informed plans and decisions.

Building customer success

Postgraduate specialist, Cranfield University, saves £1m on annual IT costs with Unit4 Business World.

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“The beauty of installing these Unit4 solutions is that we can use our own internal implementation staff. We don’t have to hire or pay for the usual software vendor army of highly priced, external ERP consultants.”

Ian Sibbald, Director of Finance


Read the customer success story

Time for a change

Cranfield is one of the top five research-intensive universities in the UK and has a reputation for global academic excellence and financial viability. Like educational institutions around the world, Cranfield faces massive ongoing change from multiple directions: rising student tuition fees, escalating external funding requirements, new hardware and software-related technology needs, management/process re-organizations and increasing budget/economic pressures to name just a few.

A better way to work

We not only worked as partners to provide the right software capabilities but, crucially, helped Cranfield to take genuine ownership of its solutions. 
Despite major shifts in its funding, fees and technical requirements, Cranfield University can control costs, achieve ongoing annual savings, streamline operations and drive efficiency and governance – thanks to easy-to-change, “do-it-yourself” solutions from Unit4.

Delivering for Cranfield's people

The team no longer needs external and ancillary IT resources, to implement and adapt the system to change.

Supported by Business World, Cranfield was able to evaluate and undertake a major campus consolidation.

Finance staff can access the information they need and deliver reports using any device, from any location, and at any time.

Making Tax Digital using Unit4 Business World

From April 2019 onwards, most (96.5%) VAT-registered businesses trading in the UK will be required to submit their UK VAT returns digitally to HMRC.

And from October 2019 onwards, the rest (3.5%) of the VAT-registered businesses will also be required to submit their UK VAT return digitally to HMRC.

Keeping records digitally and providing updates to HMRC direct from Unit4 Business World will reduce the amount of avoidable errors businesses currently make. Unit4 Business World can provide you with a solution that can derive the VAT return from the digital register transactions in the VAT subledger and transfer the return to HMRC using the API. With this new solution, we are aiming help our customers to secure their compliancy to 'Making Tax Digital for VAT obligations' with a number of benefits to your business including:

  • A seamless digital journey for your UK VAT filings to comply with the new UK "Making Tax Digital" regulations

  • A fully integrated web only solution to transfer VAT returns directly to HMRC

  • Automated capture of final, filed returns, including logging the Submission ID issued by HMRC as confirmation of filing

  • Reconciled to source data from your accounting data, to maintain full integrity of the audit trail and ensure there are no irregularities in future investigations

  • Integrated audit trail capabilities on traffic of messages to and from HMRC

  • Easy configuration and set-up leading to low implementation costs.