The concept of shared services is high on every public sector organisation’s agenda; both as a discussion point and if not already being implemented as a long term strategy to achieve efficiency savings.
Public sector organisations face mutually exclusive objectives; to improve front line services and reduce costs. In the current climate and in response to CSR10 a successful shared services arrangement is a proven option as to how this objective can be achieved.
The key to success in shared services is making it work specifically for your organisation. Shared services is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach, instead it is a structured route towards making significant cost savings and service improvements, for example enabling public sector organisations to ‘do more with less’ through sharing technology and people.
Working with an experienced partner, such as Advanced Business Solutions, enables your organisation to swiftly take advantage of the shared services opportunity in a way that minimises risk and maximises returns.
For more information read our white paper ‘The Shared Services Opportunity for Public Sector Organisations’.
"After reviewing the market, Advanced Business Solutions’ finance system stood out due its advanced functionality and ease of use. Advanced Business Solutions also has extensive experience working with local authorities." - Alan Power, Head of Finance for Shared Services, Three Rivers District Council and Watford Borough Council
"Like ELFS, ABS is a UK-based and UK-focused company that fully understands the needs of NHS businesses and can respond quickly and effectively to meet their software needs. ABS and ELFS also share the same customer service values, recognising the importance of delivering a personal and flexible service." - Peter Leigh, Health Sector Sales Manager, Advanced Business Solutions
"We recognised that moving to an updated, shared platform with Christchurch Borough Council would deliver significant cost savings for the two authorities and provide the opportunity to benefit from the new system’s advanced functionality." - Vic Smith, Finance Projects Manager, East Dorset District Council
Nicola Lewis, finance director at Coleg Glan Hafren, explains, “As Coleg Glan Hafren and Barry College currently use two different finance systems we decided to undertake a strategic review of both colleges’ existing software. After evaluating the market, we decided that ABS’ system was sufficiently flexible and scalable to cope with the greater volume of transactions from the new college and drive efficiency savings whilst supporting growth and change in the future.”
Natalie Ferer, Head of Finance at South Thames College, says, “South Thames and Merton Colleges had been using two different finance systems. When we merged, the decision was taken to use the same finance system across both colleges to streamline processes and enable financial visibility. We also identified that cost savings could be achieved through the use of a single finance system and by cutting stationery, postage and document storage costs.”
Debbie Sanderson, Deputy Director of Finance at Blackburn College, explains, “By combining all four colleges’ project management meetings and training sessions, we only had to pay a quarter of the total costs incurred. This collaborative approach also ensured swift and smooth upgrades and has further strengthened our relationships with the other three North West colleges.”
Read how the colleges of Blackburn, Burnley, Nelson and Colne and Accrington and Rossendale have pioneered a collaborative approach to financial management system upgrades, saving on project management costs and resulting in a combined saving of over £40,000.