Pioneering technology clocks up savings for small business users

March 20, 2013

An innovative ‘virtual clocking-in’ system developed by Midsomer Norton-based specialist firm Access-to-Time has helped its customers reduce their staff time-keeping costs by 40%.

The uAttend system, which Access-to-Time says is a world’s first, is used by small and medium-sized employers to monitor the hours of staff and sub-contractors working ‘on the road’.

It uses cloud technology to store and access clocking information and has the flexibility to enable employees to clock in and out from a phone, app, web-browser, proximity or biometric time-clock – or all five. 

Access-to-Time developed uAttend after being approached by American time and attendance (T&A ) specialist Processing Point which wanted to sell its existing products in the UK.

Realising there was a gap in the market to provide flexible T&A to smaller businesses at an affordable cost, Access-to-Time formed a joint venture with Processing Point, combining its knowledge of the UK market with the manufacturing capability of its American partner. 

Since its launched in April 2011 uAttend has been used by businesses employing between two and 500-plus staff and across sectors such as offices, retail, construction, manufacturing, printing, hospitality, care homes and franchise operations as well as various petrol forecourt companies.

It has also been launched in Australia through a joint venture between Access-To-Time and Aussie Time Clocks.

The simple-to-install system receives data from multiple locations but delivers it to one account, allowing managers to log in to the website to view hours, run reports and make changes and enabling time and attendance to be monitored and managed from anywhere at any time and at low cost. Data can be exported to a payroll company or used with an internal payroll solution. 

Since its launch it has clocked up 13m clock-ins and clock-outs. The cost for companies with 49 or fewer employees is typically under £2 per employee per month including landline phone clocking in and out each day. Firms with 499 employees pay around £1.35 per employee per month.

Access-to-Time director Alastair Slade said: “In a challenging economic environment where businesses must work harder than ever to minimise operating costs uAttend is a simple solution that will save business owners huge amounts of time and reduce payroll costs without requiring any upfront set-up fees or long contracts.

“Smaller businesses often assume time and Attendance isn’t for them because of the perceived complexity of the system or their worry that they won’t see a return on investment.” 

Pictured: Access-to-Time director Alastair Slade (right) demonstrates uAttend  to client Daniel Howick of Gordena Care

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