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Solutions celebrates 20 years in business

Business management software provider Solutions for Accounting and CRM is celebrating its 20th anniversary later this month.

The firm has come a long way since it was founded on 23 January 1998, by Managing Director Iain Barker.

It has grown from a one-man enterprise into a 45-strong business which has become one of the UK’s leading providers of financial management and CRM software solutions, including Sage, Salesforce and Act! CRM.

Mr Barker, originally a chartered accountant with an interest in IT, started the business at Sherwood House, in Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham, where its head office remains to this day.

By March 2003, it was already employing ten people by March 2011, this had grown to 20 employees, with a number of offices strategically-located across the UK.  

In 2015, Solutions for Accounting merged with Derby-based BluebirdCRM, to become Solutions for Accounting and CRM, and in 2017, it received an exclusive invitation into the prestigious Sage CEO Circle, which confirmed its position as the UK leader in Sage subscription products.

Solutions is a long-standing sponsor of the Nottingham Panthers and Nottingham Lions ice hockey clubs and over the years has raised more than £6,500 for charities including the Alzheimer’s Society and Nottingham Children’s Hospitals.

This year, it is raising funds for two children’s cancer charities, the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Little Princess Trust.

Twenty years ago, computers, phones and even the internet was completely different.

Although Apple did release its first iMac in 1998, Microsoft ruled the computer industry with its own Windows 98. The year also saw the founding of Google and the world’s first Digital Terrestrial Television Service launched in the UK, along with the emergence of the DVD.

In 1998, France won the FIFA World Cup, the first Harry Potter book was published and Ferbies were the must-have children’s toy. Saving Private Ryan, Armageddon and Mulan graced the silver screen, alongside Titanic, which swept up 11 Oscars at the 70th Academy Awards.

Mr Barker said: “The world was a different place in 1998 and it has been a wonderful first twenty years for Solutions. While they have flown by, it’s hard to believe what we have achieved in that time.

“Since first established, Solutions has changed dramatically. I started the business with just one employee, me, so to evolve into a business with multiple offices, employing 45 people, is fantastic.

“My intentions have always been to maintain a friendly atmosphere for staff and clients, and I hope I have achieved this. While Solutions has a strong growth ambition, it’s vital that we don’t lose our enjoyable, yet hardworking qualities.

“Of course, I couldn’t have done this on my own. I would like to pay tribute to the fantastic team of loyal staff who have helped to build Solutions for Accounting and CRM into the business it is today.

“I would also like to thank all of our loyal clients, customers and partners for being a part of our journey and look forward to working with them as we enter the next exciting phase for the business.”

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