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Almond Housing Association Choose Aareon QL

Formed in March 1994 to provide Livingston tenants the choice of an alternative landlord to the local authority at the forthcoming wind up of Livingston New Town.

Almond HA

Following a successful ballot of tenants in 1996, AHA became the largest independent landlord in West Lothian and currently have 2,437 properties with an additional 655 garages.  A total of 42 staff are based at the office in Livingston.

Recognising the complexities of securing a new fully integrated IT solution, AHA employed consultants Arneil Johnson to support them through the procurement process.  AHA were looking for a fully integrated, Housing, Financials, HR and Mobile Working Solution. AHA provides full factoring services to 143 factored owners and a landscaping service for an additional 50 owners, mostly in mixed tenure estates.  It was essential that the IT solution proposed needed to be capable of supporting the needs of the business.

The procurement process began in October 2014 and following a thorough review of the solutions available, demonstrations and reference site visits, Almond chose Aareon UK as their preferred supplier in July 2015.

Craig Porter, Head of Finance, Almond HA had this to say about the decision to choose Aareon QL "throughout the process of selecting a new ICT solution for the Association, we wanted a system that would enable us to streamline processes and allow us to free up staff time enabling them to directly focus on our tenants needs more.  We believe that by selecting Aareon QL we have procured a system that will enable us to improve our interactions with our tenants, provide efficiencies and help future-proof Almond in the delivery of its business plan objectives in the short, medium and long term, with all the challenges that the sector faces.

The implementation project began in October 2015 and AHA are scheduled to Go Live with the first part of the solution (QL Personnel & Payroll) in April 2016 whilst the rest of the Housing & Financial Management Solution is scheduled for October 2016.

To find out more contact the Aareon Team on 02476 323723
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