Written by Alison Clynes on December 17, 2019
Dataplan Education win Specialist Payroll and HR Provider Award at The Rewards 2019

The date; 11 December 2019.

The place; the Hilton London Bankside Hotel. 

The occasion; the great and the good of the UK payroll, HR and rewards sector were gathered for The Rewards Awards 2019.

We waited with bated breath as the awards finalists were read out … and the winner for the Specialist Payroll and HR Provider category is … Dataplan Education. A little stunned, but extremely honoured, we made our way to the stage to receive our award!

It was a great achievement and one we are very proud of. The category was a tough one, with 6 other excellent finalists. We were judged by a panel of 23 judges from across the payroll, HR and rewards industry.  They recognised our approach of putting the specific needs and requirements of the education sector at the heart of developing our systems and service delivery.

Dataplan Education is a specialist division of Dataplan Payroll Ltd. Dataplan was founded in 1969 and in 2007 Dataplan Education was launched. It now deals with over 700 schools across 100 Local Authority areas in the UK.

In building the Dataplan Education service, great investment has been made in developing a bespoke platform, VERA, which is tailored to the special needs of the education sector.

At the heart of the VERA system is employee data. VERA gives schools a simple dashboard and set of tools to access, manipulate and manage payroll, HR and pension information for their employees, all in one place.

  • Intuitive and user-friendly
  • Secure 24/7 web-based access – no software to install
  • Manages complex payrolls and contracts
  • HR filing cabinet (document store)
  • Proactive absence management
  • Disciplinary tracking
  • Handles salary calculations and salary statements with ease

VERA has been developed in consultation with schools and, through our team of in-house software developers, we continue to add features and make improvements.

Celebrating the win

The 11th December was a great event but the achievement is result of the full Dataplan team, including the unsung back-office heroes. To acknowledge this team effort we laid on a celebration staff buffet for the full company.

We also didn’t want to forget our clients, so decided to mark the occasion with a donation of £500 to a charity that supports children and young people. Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health. As a client of ours, we know the fantastic work they do.

Young Minds logo

 

Richard Rowell, Dataplan’s CEO commented,

A fabulous achievement! We have an excellent team and excellent technology and this award recognises our strength as a go-to provider of specialist Payroll and HR services into the Education Sector.

Dataplan Staff celebrate Rewards Awards win

 

As our Head of Marketing, Alison has been a part of the Dataplan team for 10 years. With a depth of over 20 years previous experience in agency work, including running her own marketing agency for 12 years, Alison is an expert when it comes to marketing and design for SME businesses.

For our education clients this experience is invaluable when it comes to communicating the more complicated aspects of payroll to their finance teams and employees, and it has been integral in helping to demonstrate our innovative systems including our VERA platform.