Bristol Sport, the South West’s leading sports club franchise, is investing in Sage X3 technology to streamline its processes in time for the 2015-2016 Championship season in August. Sage X3, the flagship business management solution (previously known as Sage ERP X3) from FTSE 100 business software and services company, Sage, includes a suite of integrated applications for businesses to manage and interpret data from their activities.
Bristol Sport’s owner, Stephen Lansdown, founded the company with the mission to inspire sport in Bristol and beyond. As part of this drive, Bristol Sport has been tasked to transform Bristol City Football Club and Bristol Rugby Club’s home stadium, Ashton Gate, into a state-of-the-art 27,000-capacity venue.
This mammoth task requires the best of breed technology infrastructure that allows for a centralised system for finance that is both efficient and uniform, to keep pace with Bristol Sport’s aspirations for growth. The company, led by Percipient, is rapidly deploying Sage X3, aiming to keep month-end processing simple to get detailed reports out on time.
Bristol Sport chief executive, Andrew Billingham, said: “Bristol Sport is changing the way the industry works, modernising Bristol’s sports infrastructure and bringing all the various sporting clubs under one banner.”
“For us, it’s clear that Sage, as deployed by Percipient, is the backbone of our success with the kind of scalability we need as a growing company. As a long time Sage 50 customer, we’re familiar with the strengths of Sage software.”
Billingham added: “Sage X3 is a natural choice for us as a cost effective, rapid to deploy, trusted provider. We’re happy to work with Sage and Percipient and make Bristol proud.”
Inspired by Barcelona’s Nou Camp and its multi-sport approach, Stephen Lansdown set up Bristol Sport to try and replicate the vision, turning Bristol into a nucleus for sporting excellence. Bristol Sport looks after the commercial interests of its clubs which include; Bristol City FC, who has been promoted to the Championship; Bristol Rugby Club; the Bristol Flyers Basketball team; Bristol Academy Women FC; Bristol Ladies Rugby and Bristol Sport Racing. Bristol Sport is also responsible for the £45m rebuild and management of Ashton Gate Stadium.
“We’re delighted to march in tandem with Bristol Sport in building the city’s identity as a sports hub,” Jayne Archbold, CEO of Sage Enterprise Market Europe said. “As a proud Newcastle-based business we respect Bristol’s passion for making the most of its roots. We understand and support Bristol Sport’s passion in furthering their city’s evolution, bolstered by the efficiency of Sage X3.”
Bristol Sport needed a partner that could integrate with their core team and help guide them through the process at a key stage of their growth. Percipient is a great fit for Bristol Sport, with its long history and experience in implementing business management solutions, and ability to rapidly deploy Sage X3.
“As a business we are delighted to be involved with Bristol Sport at such an interesting time in their growth strategy,” Chris Stock, Percipient MD said. “Sage X3 will provide Bristol Sport with the functionality they need now and the flexibility to ensure they can continue to grow in the future, which we recognised was a key factor for them”.
The combination of Sage X3 and Percipient is ensuring Bristol Sport have the underlying infrastructure to continue their growth and success.
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