ION thrilled to announce partnership with Leigh Academies Trust

Monday, April 29, 2024

ION, a leading provider of innovative cloud-based financial solutions, is thrilled to announce its partnership with Leigh Academies Trust, one of the country’s largest and most-established multi-academy trusts.  

Made up of 36 schools across Kent, Medway, and South East London, Leigh Academies Trust encompasses a diverse range of primary, secondary, and special academies, all unified by their mission to deliver “education for a better world.” Committed to providing an excellent start in life for young people regardless of their background or ability, the Trust has ambitious plans for growth.  

Having used PS Financials (PSF) as their finance solution since 2015, Leigh Academies Trust recognised the need for a more advanced system to support their expanding operations. While PSF served them well, the system presented several challenges that prompted the search for a more efficient and comprehensive solution. Key issues included the need for manual manipulation during consolidation, the inability to close individual ledgers without closing all, lingering presence of closed or removed schools in reports, and the requirement for manual input of intercompany transactions.

After careful consideration, Leigh Academies Trust has chosen Sage Intacct for Education by ION, a best-in-class financial management system specifically tailored for educational institutions. This decision marks a significant step in the Trust addressing their existing financial management challenges.

Sage Intacct for Education offers a suite of robust features designed to enhance efficiency and accuracy. It will streamline consolidation processes, allowing for seamless integration without manual manipulation. The system enables the closing of specific ledgers independently, ensuring more precise financial management. Additionally, it eliminates outdated school entities from reports, providing clearer and more relevant data. Intercompany transactions will be automated, reducing the risk of errors and saving valuable time for the finance team.

"We are excited to collaborate with Leigh Academies Trust in implementing Sage Intacct for Education," said Rob Mathieson, CEO of ION. "We’re thrilled to support Leigh in their financial transformation journey and are confident that Sage Intacct for Education will empower them to achieve their financial goals."

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