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Charity for organics implements Microsoft Dynamics GP

Antony Savvas

Garden Organic, the UK’s leading charity for organic growing and living, is implementing Microsoft Dynamics GP to manage financial accounting and management reporting for its 40,000 members.

Garden Organic, whose members include farmers and those seeking an organic lifestyle, is Europe's largest organic membership organisation, dedicated to researching and promoting organic gardening, farming and food.

The charity runs three demonstration gardens in Warwickshire, Kent and Essex, and works to improve commercial and domestic organic growing throughout Britain through research, development information and advice.

The charity was formerly running a Sage Line 100 system, which was in need of upgrading to provide greater flexibility and better management information.

Ed Hart, financial director for Garden Organic, said, “We needed a system to provide timely and accurate management information that budget holders and management could access with ease, and where we could manage and design our own reporting.”

He added, “We also wanted a financial management system which would enable us to forecast accurately where the business will be in the future and which we could incorporate into our strategic thinking.”

Garden Organic went to Touchstone Group to implement and support the new Microsoft Dynamics GP platform to address the organisation’s needs.

Hart said the system had saved on staffing costs as well as being a more flexible product.

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