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The leading provider of business management and information systems to the UK mid-market, COA Solutions (, is showcasing its budgeting and forecasting system, Collaborative Planning, on stand 51 at The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting (CIPFA) Annual Conference and Exhibition 2009 (23-25 June at Manchester Central).

COA Solutions is also sponsoring and presenting the ‘Do we need participatory budgeting?’ workshop at 13:45 on 25 June in conjunction with its corporate partner, the Public Management and Policy Association (PMPA). This workshop will question whether involving an authority’s constituents in the decision making regarding budgeting and spending priorities at a local level, is actually workable or just a fashionable but unnecessary approach.

At a time when the public sector is facing increasing pressure to meet budgetary targets and maximise efficiency, it is imperative that public bodies have the right budgeting and planning tools in place. COA Solutions’ Collaborative Planning system enables users to easily create and update budgets and forecasts and report on these budgets in real-time, helping public bodies to manage and monitor planned and actual spend whilst providing a single view of their finances. The London Borough of Havering Council is one such body that has recently signed a deal with COA Solutions to provide it with Collaborative Planning for improved budget development and monitoring.

Mark Thompson, Managing Director of COA Solutions, says, “Public organisations are under tremendous pressure to maintain tight control over their budgets without compromising on service levels. With the right systems in place, such as COA Solutions’ Collaborative Planning system, they can increase financial transparency and reduce the risk of overspending.”

COA Solutions will also be offering complementary ten minute massages performed by skilled practitioners on stand 51 to relieve attendees’ stresses, especially those who are experiencing issues with their current budgeting and forecasting processes.

CIPFA Annual Conference and Exhibition 2009 attendees interested in learning more about Collaborative Planning as well as other financial management systems provided by COA Solutions, should visit stand 51. Alternatively, they should attend the ‘Do we need participatory budgeting?’ workshop at 13:45 on 25 June, call 08451 605 555, email or visit


About COA Solutions

COA Solutions is the UK's leading supplier of integrated business management and information systems to public, private and not-for-profit organisations in the service sector. COA Solutions prides itself on getting close to its customers by understanding their businesses and responding to their business needs.

COA Solutions' award-winning Smart Business Suite combines core financial management, procurement, human resource and payroll systems, integrated with a range of collaborative, document management and business intelligence solutions. COA Solutions also provides managed service, hosted service and bureau service options. Its systems and services extend the value and effectiveness of the finance, HR and payroll departments across the organisation and enable managers in the business to monitor, analyse and continually improve corporate performance.

COA Solutions has more than 500 experienced and professional staff supporting and servicing over 4,000 clients across the UK service sector including Companies House, Newcastle City Council, WHSmith, Royal Bank of Scotland, Aer Lingus, National Express Group, DFS, RSPB and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust.

Liz Ebbrell, COA Solutions
+44(0)1625 856505 or 07917 634 705

Ben Carey, COA Solutions
+44 (0)1625 856505

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