We have benefited tremendously from CentrePoint’s help, learning a great deal under their detailed and concise tuition.
Marsh & Parsons
Established in 1856, March & Parsons is a prominent player on the central and west London property scene, with offices situated in prime positions in some of the most charming and interesting ‘villages’ of London, including Notting Hill, Holland Park and Kensington.
Marsh & Parsons is an independent and professional firm with a ‘can-do’ attitude covering all aspects of residential and commercial property. The company is proud of its reputation for excellent service and results, and is committed to maintaining standards by ensuring all aspects of its business are run efficiently.
New offices: new challenges
The firm has been growing rapidly in recent years, benefiting from rising demand and appreciation from customers of its extensive knowledge of the highly desirable areas in which it operates. Staff numbers have grown to more than 250 people and the company expanded to twelve branches, opening for the first time in south London.
Marsh & Parsons quickly realised they would need to adapt their existing accounting and financial reporting systems to meet the challenges posed by their rapid growth.
“The old system we were using simply couldn’t cope with what we wanted it to do. We certainly needed a system that would be driven by reporting, and would allow us to easily create new reports.”
Lisa Henderson, Management Accountant, Marsh & Parsons
Finding the right solution with CentrePoint Software
Lisa Henderson, Management Accountant at Marsh & Parsons contacted Barrie Grimer at CentrePoint Software, who visited Marsh & Parson’s to get an understanding of their current set-up and to discuss what the estate agency needed in order to respond to the growing business needs.
“With Barrie’s expert help we went for Sage 200, which has automated our accounting so we can see very quickly how any particular branch is doing and if performance is in line with sales targets and the annual budget we have set. We needed the system set up as soon as possible and this was done without a hitch. We were able to prepare information in Excel for easy importing into the software before going live.”
Lisa Henderson, Management Accountant, Marsh &Parsons
The introduction of Sage 200 will allow Marsh & Parsons to automate many of the accounting functions such as paying supplier invoices electronically and emailing the remittance advices.
“Even just this one improvement offers a significant time and cost saving for the firm. With all the improvements we have gained it is hard to say exactly how much time we are saving, but put it this way, I certainly don’t work long hours creating and checking Excel documents anymore”
As Marsh & Parsons continues to expand, Lisa anticipates that CentrePoint will next help them integrate payroll into their accounting system, which is expected to further reduce administration time and costs.
CentrePoint Software’s Supportive Approach
Lisa says she particularly appreciates CentrePoint’s approach:
“CentrePoint did not give me a hard sell, but when you need them, CentrePoint are there for you. In my view it is vital when buying a financial package to ensure that you will have full support as well. CentrePoint’s support has been excellent whether it is training our people to use the system or answering questions by telephone, our questions have always been answered swiftly and in a way that we can understand.”
Contact CentrePoint Software on 020 7831 3050 to find out how CentrePoint Software can help you, and arrange a Sage 200 Demonstration