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Cheshire councils make ‘Best for Business’ move with Agilisys

David Bicknell Published 03 November 2017

Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cheshire East Council name vendor as implementation and delivery partner for business programme in seven-year deal


Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cheshire East Council are to work with Agilisys in a seven year deal for the supplier to support the councils’ Best for Business Programme.

The councils’ programme has been created as an enabler for both councils to deliver a more effective and efficient organisation, to ensure resources are well managed and to reflect local residents’ priorities as well as providing better value for residents.

The programme is based around four key principles, described as Simple, Standard, Shared, and Self-Service.

Agilisys will be responsible for the rollout, delivery and support of UNIT4’s Business World On! Platform, a web-based cloud platform that will provide a consolidated ERP solution across finance, procurement, debtors, HR & payroll. It is also expected to consolidate several legacy budgeting and financial systems currently in use across the two councils.

The ultimate goal is to create a ‘fit for purpose’ business system intended to enhance local councils, schools and academies, and other associated companies’ ability to process and administer their business activities.

Agilisys will also manage the integration services for the councils, through its own newly launched, cloud-based Public Sector Integration Service.

Mark Wynn, director of corporate services at Cheshire West Council and executive sponsor of the programme, said, “The Best for Business Programme is a once in a decade investment and the upgrade to our enterprise and resource planning systems will help fulfil our aims to undertake our public duty in a joined-up and efficient manner with other public bodies and service providers.

“The platform will help us simplify processes and procedures, speed up work flows and allow us to work with our local partners to deliver joint and shared services. All this will ensure that we make best use of our budget to deliver common outcomes for our residents.”

Nicky Cox, managing partner for transformation at Agilisys, added,  “We are delighted to be supporting Cheshire Councils in transforming their support services to simplify and standardise how they do things and share their resources to deliver greater operational efficiency. Our best practice public sector templates will be used to align the councils to a common set of processes. We will be working closely with both councils and their commercial partners in prioritising and managing their business changes to deliver long term benefits for the region.”

The councils and Agilisys are looking to extend the relationship to other partners who could join the framework, using the announcement of the Cheshire Councils partnership to showcase the potential services involved.

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