Melrose Education Trust
Sage Intacct
Melrose Education Trust


Melrose Education is a new company in England with a powerful vision of creating an exceptional group of special education needs and alternative education schools. Committed to driving positive education outcomes for all learners, Melrose Education aims to make a significant impact in the educational landscape. Led by a dedicated senior management team and experienced teaching and support staff, Melrose Education is poised to revolutionise education.

As a new organisation, Melrose Education needed to establish a robust financial management system to support their ambitious goals. They recognised the need for a solution that would streamline financial processes, provide real-time insights, and ensure compliance. Their objective was to find a finance system that aligned with their mission and enabled efficient financial management.

Melrose Education partnered with ION to implement Sage Intacct for Education, a cloud-based finance system specifically tailored to meet the unique needs of educational institutions.

Melrose Education wanted to realise the following benefits from their new finance system:

  • Ability to Scale efficiently.
  • Quick in-depth reporting capabilities to enable critical decision making.
  • Multi-entity consolidation.
  • Automated bank feeds.
  • Ability to integrate with other systems.

Following consultation between Melrose Education and the ION team, it was clear that Sage Intacct for Education would be the ideal choice for them. After selection of the solution, they defined critical success factors for the project:

  • Consolidate all entities within the system, taking into account consolidation adjustments, eliminations, and goodwill/equity.
  • Successful roll out of centrally managed procurement system to ensure only approved suppliers are used and all purchases are appropriately authorised, and expenditure remains within budget.
  • Efficiencies are realised in terms of processing times for supplier management and payments, posting of transactions and month end reconciliations.

Following successful deployment and rollout in July 2023, Melrose Education now has a fully functioning Sage Intacct for Education system that will enable their business to grow both short and long term to meet their strategic objectives and acquisition targets. A custom consolidations report has been built for Melrose along with a central unified system that is both efficient and automated.

ION CEO, Rob Mathieson, said: "We are proud to have partnered with Melrose Education in their mission to transform education outcomes. It was a particularly interesting project, since the organisation was in its infancy but have such a clear ethos and ambition for growth. It’s a pleasure to be able to implement Sage Intacct for Education, which will equip them with a powerful finance system that aligns with their vision and values. We are committed to delivering exceptional service and support to empower Melrose Education in achieving their meaningful goals."

Through their collaboration with ION, Melrose Education has revolutionised their financial management capabilities. With their passionate senior management team and dedicated staff, Melrose Education is well-equipped to positively change education outcomes and make a lasting impact in the sector.

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