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Useability and payroll expertise make Payrite number one choicefor Armstrong Watson

Rutherford Webb, the payroll specialist company, has today announced that its award winning payroll software package, Payrite has been selected by chartered accountants Armstrong Watson. Payrite will be rolled out to 15 of the 20 Armstrong Watson offices which stretch across northern England and southern Scotland and will form the basis of a push for larger, more complex payroll bureau clients. Payrite will replace several incumbent payroll packages.

Brian Stenhouse, payroll services manager based in Carlisle, the head office of Armstrong Watson, explained "We currently run in excess of 600 payrolls per month ranging from one employee up to 650 employees with clients based throughout the UK. As a group we want to extend our service to support much larger payroll clients than we currently manage. We also wanted to standardise on one payroll package. We were particularly impressed with the usability of Payrite and the fact that it is supported by payroll specialists. If we have a problem it is very important to us to be able to speak to someone who speaks our language."

Armstrong Watson conducted a thorough evaluation of fifteen other packages over a course of several months. Payrite was selected in December 2000, with installation completed in January 2001. Brian continued, "The bureau operation is a significant part of Armstrong Watson’s business, and as such, value for money is very important to us. Add to this that some of the payrolls we process are extremely complex, we had to be sure that the package we chose could cope with any complexity without having to customise the system."

John Rutherford, chief executive at Rutherford Webb commented, "We are delighted to welcome Armstrong Watson as a client. Payrite was evaluated along side the best the industry can offer and came out top."

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Notes to Editors

About Rutherford Webb & staffpay.net

Rutherford Webb was founded in 1982 as a partnership and incorporated in 1989. The company is based in Surrey with clients based across the UK. Rutherford Webb is a payroll specialist company, developing, marketing and supporting complete payroll solutions.

PayriteÒ is a fully functional modular payroll system. The core system covers all basic payroll aspects including automatic SSP, SMP, Court Orders etc. Additional modules cover BACSTEL payment, Expense and P11D management, Absence Control and Analysis, Pay Spine Operation, SAYE Management, Foreign Currency payment (including Euro with triangulation), Working Time Directive and Minimum Wage management. Rutherford Webb guarantees legislative compliance.

There are over 600 installations of PayriteÒ , with high profile clients including, Hoverspeed, Legoland, Cannons Leisure, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations and ITV Network.

Staffpay.net is a secure Internet based payroll service aimed at small companies launched by Rutherford Webb in December 1999. The service removes the legislative burden from small businesses and is more cost effective than similar bureau based options.

For more information please visit: http://www.ruthwebb.co.uk or http://www.staffpay.net

Editors Contacts:

John Rutherford/ Stephen Teal
Rutherford Webb
Tel: 01342 834242
Email: Stephen@ruthwebb.co.uk

Andreina West
P R Artistry Ltd
Tel: 01491 636191
andreina@pra-ltd.co.uk

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