Case study

Paying people properly

APL Media • Payroll

The company

APL Media is an award-winning travel and lifestyle agency specialising in multi-channel content for consumer and trade audiences. They produce a wide range of branded magazines, directories, digital magazines, and books.

The problem

APL have a growing team of over 80 people within a complex payment structure. Each person has a completely different contract based on working hours, commissions, targets, and bonuses. The process of correlating all this data was being managed within a spreadsheet that ran to 11 columns and was taking an extraordinary amount of time to process and output in time for pay day. For a time-sensitive business, which is fast-paced, and deadline driven, this way of working had become untenable.

The solution

The advantage we offer as a business is that our accountants work in tandem with our technical teams to build systems that can simplify the input of complex data, and output it clearly, at speed.

By implementing our payroll system, with bespoke refinements for APL, the data is now output in seconds, not hours (or days). Not only has the system provided a simple way to manage staff payments but also provides real data on the value of each member of staff for future business planning.

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