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High-profile payrolls create hospitality niche

PAYROLL specialist Dataplan has launched a dedicated hospitality division after adding a number of high-profile clients in the sector, and even more staff

High-profile payrolls create hospitality niche

The fast-changing, high turnover world of hotels and events venues has been brought on board, with events operators using the O2 in London as well as several Hilton, Holiday Inn and Crown Plaza locations now served.

It comes as the standalone division of leading regional independent chartered accountancy practice Forrester Boyd has seen a further 35 recruits join this year, taking staff numbers in Grimsby’s Prince Albert Gardens to 106, double what it stood at in 2015 it made the move away from the combined South St Mary’s Gate offices.

With payroll becoming an increasingly complex part of firms’ accounts or human resources offer, the third party management of a core business function has been lapped up by many, with economies of scale and expertise enabling Dataplan to provide a highly respected services, built on its own IT provision.

It has just been re-accredited to the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals’ Payroll Quality Partnership too.

“We have launched a hospitality site on the back of the growth in the sector that we have seen,” Stewart Waddell,  operations director said. “We are really looking at hotels, restaurants and pubs, venues and events providers. Anything encompassed by sports and leisure, travel and tourism.

“We take the headache away, and it is good work to be in.” 

Clients are given portal access to Dataplan’s digital set-up, inputting working data, with the Grimsby team doing the rest. Such is the changing nature, one client went from 26 employee pay slips to more than 500 in two months. 

It comes as the business has a big push on e-payslips, as it looks to change the way employees receive the information. 

It currently prints 1.8 million payslips annually, and with 78,000 users of an ePayslip it offers, the team wants to move that to digital. 

An app has been overhauled as mobile operating systems develop, with finger print recognition now being considered too.

Also based at the Dataplan building, Atomic Voice has also launched as a new division of Atomic, what was FB IT Solutions, the in-house team that stepped up to serve clients.

It is specialising in internet telephony, known as VOIP. “It is a really cost-efficient way of making telephone calls,” Shane Buston, one of three telephony engineers in the team, said. “Our first ‘client’ was Dataplan and we have decided to push it out further. Traditionally it uses ISDN, but that is being phased out by 2025, so everyone will be swapping over.” As with much of the IT that powers the Forrester Boyd Group, again the team has created its own servers and software, and can control everything remotely.

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