Richmond-based institute of adult learning, Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College, has partnered with bluQube, to enhance its internal finance systems with an integrated and tailored cloud-based solution which will future-proof its systems.
One of nine institutes of adult learning in the UK, RHACC currently turns over £8.5 million and assists 7000 learners to reach their full potential through a range of vocational and non-vocational courses. Since 1985, the college has operated on a deep understanding of further educational requirements and the importance of providing tailored opportunities to support adults and their communities.
The college, which believes in an ethos of continuous development, is now bringing the same approach to its internal systems by upgrading the finance system to bluQube, with a goal to enable more efficient business planning.
Like most businesses operating in a pre-pandemic world, Richmond’s internal systems were predominantly based locally on the college premises. However, as workplaces adapted to the challenges of remote working, the limitations of the on-site accounting software became increasingly clear, leading them to go out to market.
bluQube’s cloud-based software will expand on the original system’s capabilities – enabling tailored finance tasks, such as budget management, reporting and order approvals, to be shared for the first time with wider members of the college, including heads of departments, teaching and support staff.
Other improvement works to the finance system includes the ability to integrate and be interoperable with other systems – such as student records and payment portals – alongside optical character recognition functionality that will automate aspects of the accounts payable process.
The upgrade will also facilitate more efficient business planning by integrating with student bank records, a tailored dashboard to report on key performance indicators, as well as a suite of standard and bespoke reports.
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