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Commercial organisations such as AAF are continually striving to find new ways to drive efficiencies, maximise resources and reduce costs

AAF International, a leading manufacturer and marketer of commercial air filtration products, has successfully deployed Carval Computing’s complete HR Unity portfolio of integrated Payroll, HR, Self-Service and Time and Attendance software solutions. AAF is using the software to streamline its HR administration and payroll software processes and support the company’s People Centred Management (PCM) methodology . Just four months after installing the new system, AAF has noticed a series of significant benefits including valuable time savings.

For the last 10 years, the company had outsourced its payroll processes to a bureau, while its personnel administration system was heavily paper-based and time-consuming. After reviewing several vendors and conducting a series of customer reference visits, AAF decided to invest in Carval to modernise the organisation’s people processes.

Tracey Johnston, Payroll & Benefits Officer at AAF International commented, “First impressions count and, from the beginning, it was clear that Carval offered the type of ongoing rapport and excellent after sales support we needed. They make customers feel special, involving them in future product development and automatically upgrading them to the latest versions of their software. As an added bonus, and one that sets Carval apart from the competition, their technology supports all our Payroll, T&A and Payroll software processes in a single, totally integrated system at no extra cost.”

Despite a major data migration project that involved transferring 20 years of paper records onto the Carval system, the smooth implementation process meant that AAF was up and running very quickly. The company first introduced Uniwage (Payroll software) at the beginning of the new tax year followed swiftly by Unistaff (HR software), Unitend (T&A software) and Unity Online (Self-Service) in June 2013. AAF’s intensive and timely training programme that encompassed all 320 employees encouraged widespread adoption of the new technology.

In just four months AAF has realised significant time savings. The automation provided by Carval has saved one whole working day every month managing holidays and reduced the time taken to conduct payroll activities by an impressive 25%.

Furthermore, the introduction of Carval has impacted positively on employee morale. Staff are actively embracing Carval Unitend because clocking in and out provides transparency making their hard work clearly visible and subsequently recognised. Additionally, clocking provides the means for Managers and Supervisors to have full visibility of their team’s time and attendance records should they need to address any issues.

To support the company’s PCM approach, AAF has deployed Carval’s Self-Service software to create an online portal called urHR which staff can access easily, at any time and from anywhere to check their personal and emergency contact details, view their own clockings, book their annual leave view and print their payslips and even check when their colleagues are on holiday – all in real-time.

John Ovington, Sales and Support Director at Carval Computing said; “Commercial organisations such as AAF are continually striving to find new ways to drive efficiencies, maximise resources and reduce costs. They rely on our integrated technology to effectively manage all HR/employee related processes and information from a single platform and deliver quick wins that prove the real value of technology to the organisation. In a very short space of time, AAF has used HR Unity to support the very heart of its corporate HR framework and release valuable time savings back into the business.”

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Notes to Editors:

About AAF International

AAF International is a leading manufacturer and marketer of commercial air filtration products and air pollution control systems. Established over 90 years ago in 1921, the company has since grown to become a very successful company with operations in 22 countries and more than 3,000 employees worldwide.

Operating under the motto Better Air is Our Business®, AAF International is committed to applying environmentally friendly practices in all aspects of its business operations.

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About Carval

Founded in 1986, Carval is a leading provider of Human Resource Management and Payroll software.

The company’s HR Unity range of flexible and easy-to-use solutions is the only truly integrated HR, Payroll, Time & Attendance and Self-Service software available in the UK. The range comprises:
• Unistaff (HR software)
• Uniwage (Payroll software)
• Unitend (Time and Attendance software)
• Unity Online (Employee and Management Self-Service)

The HR Unity range includes a number of market-leading features. Unistaff HR Software includes recruitment, training & development, absence management and a P11d module as standard. Uniwage Payroll Software has both HMRC Enhanced Recognition and PAYE RTI Recognition.

Carval is committed to providing forward looking solutions that harness the latest proven technology, and meet current and expected legislation. Carval participated in HMRC’s RTI Pilot Scheme with many clients and as a result was able to deliver a mature product ahead of legislation coming into force.

Designed to provide a future proof solution, HR Unity supports an unlimited number of companies, employees and users. This flexibility enables the system to adapt and grow to meet business requirements over time.

Twice yearly legislative upgrades are provided free of charge so that users know that they are always using the latest commercially available version of the HR Unity range. This eliminates any concerns about obsolescence or budgeting for expensive upgrades.

With over 20 years’ experience and sector qualified professional staff, Carval understands business needs and works with clients and users to deliver a solution that's right. From 100 employees to 5,000 and from initial consultancy to implementation Carval have a solution to suit.

High profile clients include: Addison Lee, Colne Housing, UK Coal, Day Lewis plc, National Housing Federation, St Andrews Links Trust, The Royal Mint, and Scotmid Co-operative

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