Skip nav

ABP Food Group saves £150,000 by centralising HR and payroll processes with Advanced’s software

Solution implemented at 16 sites and cuts admin time by 32 hours per week

7 January 2015 – ABP Food Group, one of Europe’s leading beef processors, has achieved annual cost savings of £150,000 by implementing an integrated HR and payroll solution from Advanced Business Solutions (Advanced) to comply with Pension Auto-Enrolment legislation.

Advanced’s solutions, OpenHR and OpenPeople (payroll), have been rolled-out to 16 ABP UK sites situated in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and have significantly cut administrative processing time relating to its 2,000+ weekly and monthly paid employees.

ABP’s previous HR and payroll infrastructure was no longer sustainable due to requiring high levels of manual intervention which led to processing errors and corrections. The organisation wanted to standardise its HR and payroll processes to eliminate paper-based administration and improve efficiency.

It also required a system that could ensure continuous compliance with changing UK tax and National Insurance regulations with Auto-Enrolment and Real Time Information functionality. Advanced was selected following a three stage tendering process involving ten suppliers.

Robin Irvine, CIO at ABP Food Group, explains, “Employees based at 16 sites were all using different versions of three disparate payroll systems which clearly wasn’t acceptable for a business of our size which needed to run efficiently.

“Due to the aggressive timescales of the project, we needed to have total confidence in our nominated supplier. Advanced was chosen because of the strong functionality and integration capabilities of its solutions, as well as being a close company fit for ABP.”

Advanced’s solutions are now enabling ABP to electronically store and process HR and payroll information from a single, centralised system, providing timely access to comprehensive management information and full legislative compliance. By cutting excessive use of paper forms and manual processes it has also transformed organisation-wide efficiency, reduced payment errors and improved the accuracy of employee records.

Irvine comments, “We successfully completed the implementations in just two months which wouldn’t have been possible without Advanced’s highly structured project management approach. The return on investment has been immediate through combined efficiency savings of over £150,000 and reducing processing time by 32 hours each week.

“Moving to an integrated HR and payroll solution has transformed efficiency and we no longer have to worry about compliance. We can now focus on developing the business strategically and meeting our ambitious objectives.”

Advanced Business Solutions is a division of Advanced Computer Software Group plc, a leading supplier of software and IT services to the health, care and business services sectors. In 2014, the Group won Tech Company of the Year in PwC’s UK Tech Awards and ranked in the Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50, which recognises the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the UK.


Notes to Editor

About ABP Food Group
ABP Food Group is one of Europe’s leading privately owned food processors. Today the Group operates across many businesses spanning Ireland, the UK and Continental Europe and consists of four separate divisions: ABP Beef, ABP Proteins, ABP Renewables and ABP Pet Foods.

ABP contributes an estimated €1.3bn each year into the rural economies in which it operates through its acquisition of cattle and employment of staff in its facilities (€450m Ireland, €885m UK). ABP has doubled the size of its business in the past 10 years, and continues to seek additional growth opportunities through organic initiatives and potential acquisitions.

About Advanced Business Solutions
Advanced Business Solutions (Advanced) provides leading integrated business applications and services that enable public, private and third sector organisations to retain control, improve visibility and gain efficiencies whilst continually improving corporate performance. Advanced prides itself on getting close to its customers by understanding their businesses and responding to their evolving needs.

Advanced’s software systems comprise core accounting/financial management, procurement, supply chain management, human resource and payroll systems, integrated with a range of collaborative, document management and business intelligence solutions to extend the value and effectiveness of the finance, human resource and payroll departments.

Management information systems for school and academies are also provided through Advanced’s subsidiary, Advanced Learning. Advanced also provides specialist vertical solutions for the not-for-profit and legal markets. All solutions can be delivered as a managed or bureau service.

Customers are from both the public and private sectors and include Companies House, Newcastle City Council, NHSScotland, Norfolk Constabulary, Edge Hill University, WH Smith, Royal Bank of Scotland, Aer Lingus, National Express Group, DFS and RSPB.
Advanced Business Solutions is a division of Advanced Computer Software Group plc, a leading supplier of software and IT services to the health, care and business services

Press contact:
Angela Mycock and Ben Carey, Advanced Computer Software Group
+44(0)1625 856 513
07887 415 232