RNID completes half-million pound finance upgrade

The Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) has completed the first phase of a half-million pound project to centralise its accounting and business intelligence systems.

The Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) has completed the first phase of a half-million pound project to centralise its accounting and business intelligence systems.

The RNID has more than 1,300 employees, 300 of whom either work in the finance team or use the systems to manage budgets and audit donations.

The company had been using Forte financial software at more than 80 office locations but decided to standardise on a single package, Great Plains version 8, so that finance information could be accessed centrally from different locations.

Paul Breckell, director of finance at RNID, said that when conducting audits, head office staff needed to query data entered from several different branches, which took time and was frustrating.

"It is now very easy to see how funds allocated to a particular project have been spent," said Breckell. "We can also report by many other ways: by region, for example by 'devolved countries', which means Welsh fundraisers can see exactly what money is being spent in Wales or by team, project or fund, which highlights the fundraising teams, projects or funds that are working well or underperforming, for example."

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