Cheshire councils appoint Agilisys for transformation

Seven-year partnership deal provides for ERP solution, integration services and support in business changes

Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cheshire East Council have appointed Agilisys as their implementation and delivery partner for the Best for Business Programme over the next seven years.

HandshakeThe company will be responsible for the roll out, delivery and support of the web based UNIT4 Business World On! Platform, which will provide a consolidated ERP solution across finance, procurement, debtors, HR & payroll.

It will also consolidate a multitude of legacy budgeting and financial systems currently in use across the two councils, and manage the integration services for the councils.

It said the change is an integral cornerstone in creating a ‘fit for purpose’ business system for the two councils, along with their schools and academies and other associated companies.

Once in a decade

Mark Wynn, director of corporate services at Cheshire West Council and executive sponsor of the programme, said: “The Best for Business Programme is a once in a decade investment and the upgrade to our enterprise and resource planning systems will help fulfil our aims to undertake our public duty in a joined up and efficient manner with other public bodies and service providers.

“The platform will help us simplify processes and procedures, speed up work flows and allow us to work with our local partners to deliver joint and shared services. All this will ensure that we make best use of our budget to deliver common outcomes for our residents.”

Nicky Cox, managing partner for transformation at Agilisys, said it plans to work with the two councils and their commercial partners to prioritise and manage their business changes.

The company said the deal has the potential to last for 12 years, and there is scope for other partners to join the framework.

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