Savings form part of £2.1m cost reduction initiative
17 June 2013 – Hertsmere Borough Council has reported savings of £122,000 per annum as a result of implementing financial management system, eFinancials, from Advanced Business Solutions (Advanced). These savings represent 16.2% of Hertsmere’s departmental net budget.
Over the past few years, the council has led an efficiency and cost reduction programme which has identified over £2.1m per annum cashable savings in its revenue budget (15% of net budget). In order to realise some of these savings, the finance department decided to modernise and transform its systems and processes.
Sajida Bijle, Director of Resources at Hertsmere Borough Council, said: “We wanted to improve and streamline our systems and processes and make efficiency savings.”
After a procurement process Advanced’s eFinancials finance system with integrated electronic procurement, document management, budgeting and forecasting and business intelligence functionality was chosen. As a result manually-intensive paper and spreadsheet-based budgeting has been swapped for online processes.
Budget holders now have comprehensive and real-time access to budgetary information rather than having to rely on the finance team to provide relevant information as and when required. Also, invoices that arrive into the council are imaged, authorised and processed electronically, cutting paper use and resulting in faster supplier invoice payments. More than 99% of supplier invoices are now paid within 30 days.
Since going live with the software in April 2011, it has transformed the council’s finance processes and has resulted in total savings of £122,000 per annum.
Sajida added: “The cost savings we have so far achieved equate to 16.2% of our departmental net budget, contributing towards the council’s overall £2.1 million per annum cost reduction initiative. We now have a detailed and holistic view of budgets so that we can analyse which department is spending the most, which is spending the least and why. With this information at our fingertips, we have much greater control over spend.”
The improvements also support the council’s environmental agenda: more than 10,000 purchase invoices received each year are now processed electronically, cutting paper-based invoice processing.
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About Hertsmere Borough Council
Hertsmere Borough Council is a borough authority based in south-Herts, delivering services to 100,000 residents in the Aldenham, Bushey, Borehamwood, Elstree, Radlett and Potters Bar areas.
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