November 26 2012 – Westminster Drug Project (WDP) is implementing a financial management system (OpenAccounts) from Advanced Business Solutions (Advanced) to streamline its financial processes and cut time-consuming administration. This system, which has integrated electronic procurement and document management functionality (powered by Version One), will save the charity four days per month in administration and thousands of pounds per year. The planned go-live is November 2012.
WDP, which provides drug and alcohol treatment services in London and the South East, has increased its growth in recent years. As a result of the expansion, the charity has outgrown its current financial system, requiring a more sophisticated solution to meet its evolving needs.
After a competitive tendering process, WDP selected Advanced’s OpenAccounts as its new finance system because of its rich functionality, ease-of-use and flexibility to integrate with other systems. It was also recognised that OpenAccounts could significantly improve the accuracy and speed of financial reports for the WDP board and its funders.
Five members of the finance team as well as budget holders, administrators and senior managers across the charity’s 26 sites will be using the OpenAccounts system.
Grace Ademolake, Financial Controller, Westminster Drug Project says, “As a growing charity, we need to have a holistic view of our financial performance to ensure that we operate as effectively and efficiently as possible whilst remaining compliant with Charity Commission regulations. The OpenAccounts system will not only streamline our activities but will help us to provide accurate information to key stakeholders in a timely fashion.”
The integrated document management functionality will allow the charity to free-up document storage space and eliminate time-consuming document handling. The charity estimates savings of £3,000 each year in archiving and postage costs and by reducing paper use, WDP will also be supporting its environmental agenda.
WDP will also benefit from the system’s e-procurement functionality which will enable the charity to better monitor and streamline its purchasing.
Ademolake says, “Advanced’s system will empower budget holders to monitor their own budgets more effectively and free-up the finance department’s time so that they can focus on adding value. We anticipate that the system will save the finance team at least one day per week currently spent on administration.”
Advanced is a leading provider of solutions to the charity sector organisations including Crisis UK, Action for Children, RSPB and Amnesty International.
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About Westminster Drug Project
WDP is a charity committed to helping all those affected by drug and alcohol use including families and communities. We celebrated our 21st anniversary last year and have been named as one of the UK’s top places to work by the Sunday Times’ Top 100 Places to Work in the Not for Profit Sector 2012 for the second year running. WDP believes that with the right support, people can recover from drug and alcohol dependency. We deliver services on behalf of local authorities across London and the South East and also raise funds to develop and improve the support we give. Services range from Open Access, Day Programmes, After Care and Outreach through to specialist family and children, alcohol, residential and non-residential rehabilitation and detox services. We also work closely with partners in the criminal justice system to rehabilitate offenders and break the cycle of drug use and crime. For more information about our work, please go to www.wdp-drugs.org.uk
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