Hartlepool Borough Council has implemented a new integrated system to help improve the performance of its finance and purchasing operations and reduce costs.
Hartlepool went to Northgate Information Systems to replace its separate and outdated finance and purchasing systems with an integrated system.
It delivers financial management across both the council and Cleveland Fire Brigade.
Previously, the wide range of tasks the two would undertake was managed across different systems, leading to inefficient processes and difficulties in tracking and managing costs.
About 500 users are now live on the system, which has streamlined corporate procurement, integrated complex finance and job-costing processes, and centralised the administration of invoices.
Northgate’s contract includes supporting the new system until 2011.
Mike Ward, chief financial officer at Hartlepool Borough Council, said, “We have a long-standing relationship with Northgate that has seen us deliver substantial improvements since 2001, and we are pleased to build on this successful relationship through the roll-out of our integrated finance system.”
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