Simple consolidation solution to complex spreadsheets and manual processes

11th Dec 2020
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Arix Bioscience plc struggled with complex spreadsheets and time-consuming manual processes, and turned to AccountsIQ to find a simple solution to a complicated problem, saving a huge amount of time at month end.

Arix Bioscience plc has built a life sciences investment group in a short space of time, and has investments in ground-breaking biotechnology companies around the world. Growth, coupled with the evolution of the business, means that consolidated reporting in multiple currencies was now required.

Group Financial Controller, Marcus Karia explains: 

The way we operate isn’t particularly complex. Our accounting needs are simple but our consolidation process isn’t. We didn’t want a clunky accounting system just because it could consolidate multicurrency. AccountsIQ solves our reporting problems without the need for an overly-complex and costly accounting system and saves us half a day alone by being able to produce reports at the push of a button.”

Simple accounting with heavyweight reporting

The business ran simple accounting procedures on Sage 50 early on; however, as a group listed on the London Stock Exchange, it was required to report consolidated accounts incorporating USD and GBP currencies. Data was exported into Excel and a lengthy process ensued to produce a timely and error-free consolidated report.

We evaluated a number of accounting software packages and we selected AccountsIQ because the accounting can be as simple or as complex as you need, new entities are easy to add as the business grows, yet it tackles some heavyweight processes like consolidation and multicurrency reporting with ease.”

Efficiency through integration and automation

Talking about the business’s wider strategy for digital efficiency, Marcus adds,

Cloud-based business applications like AccountsIQ allow us to operate in a very lean way. The software also integrates with AutoEntry, an application which uses advanced scanning technology to reduce manual data entry."

Integrating AccountsIQ with AutoEntry removes both the paper and the manual element from the process entirely. The accounts team at Arix Bioscience also makes use of AccountsIQ’s automated approval process to find further efficiencies.

Mobile working and the office of the future

With a cloud-based accounting application, Marcus’s team benefits from being able to operate from anywhere in the world, which provides a more flexible working arrangement for staff as well as making internal processes much simpler. Already using AccountsIQ’s mobile app himself, Marcus intends to introduce it to internal approvers across the business who will be able to access and process on-the-go. An integration with automated expense management system Concur has made the expense process paperless and simple.

Agile and scalable for fast-growing businesses

Another reason for choosing AccountsIQ was the software’s ability to scale easily as the business grows. Marcus adds,

The software is intuitive and quite simple to implement which means you are up and running fairly quickly. It’s very easy to use so the on-boarding process is fast. We’ve got ambitions for growth and we know AccountsIQ will allow us to move quickly when we add new entities to the group.”

Summing up, Marcus describes what he sees as the biggest benefit AccountsIQ has brought to his team,

Using AccountsIQ means month end happens only at month end; it doesn’t become the focus of the whole month. It’s a job we complete in a much shorter time and then we have the headspace to do other things.”

About AccountsIQ

AccountsIQ's award-winning financial management software simplifies how finance functions capture, process and report the results of multiple location businesses. 

Today, over 4,000 businesses in 85 countries enjoy 24-7 access to top level Financial Management functionality, enabling smarter working practices through integrated approval workflow and expenses apps, Webservices API integration with front end systems and automated inter-company and multi-currency processing, delivering simple and accurate consolidated results and a superior level of business insights.  

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