Access Accounting

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Access Group
Industry Business software
Successor The Access Group
Founded UK (1991)
Headquarters Stratford St Mary, UK
Products Foundations, Horizons, Dimensions, Dimensions Lite, Supply Chain (ERP)

Access Accounting Ltd was a business software company formed in 1991 to provide accounting software to the UK and Irish mid-market. In June 2009, Access Accounting, along with related interests, was absorbed into Access Group.


1991-1995: Early Development[edit]

Access Accounting’s first product, Access Foundations, was marketed as an entry-level accounting package. Access Accounting then launched its first Windows-developed product, Access Horizons, to provide full multi-currency trading options.

1996 - 2005[edit]

In 1996, Access Accounting developed its flagship software package, Access Dimensions, offering Client/Server architecture in mid-market accounting systems. In 1998, the company developed its Transaction Broker, a middleware application to facilitate integration at mid-market level. This was followed by the release of Access Dimensions Lite, in 2001.

In 2004 the company acquired ERP solutions provider Access Supply Chain (formerly Pumasoft) and London-based reseller Asyst Solutions. In 2005 Access Accounting acquired Access Accounting Ireland.

Using add-in technology, the company was able to release an accounting package with in-built business intelligence.

2006 - 2009[edit]

Access Accounting marketed three significant software releases in 2006: integrated CRM, Dimensions Manufacturing/BoM (Bill of Materials) and Access Analytics ‘data cube’ technology. This was followed by the release of a reverse charge VAT upgrade in readiness for the Government’s new legislation to combat carousel fraud (2007).

In 2008, Access Accounting released Accounting for Carbon Emissions (ACE). By allowing a business to collect its carbon emissions data at source, the company had developed a solution for measuring a business’ carbon emissions.

Following the acquisition of Armstrong Consultants in 2009, Access Accounting added web-enabled software to its portfolio. From June 2009, all Access Accounting products became part of the Access Group software portfolio.


  • Accountancy Age Awards 2005 — Mid-tier Software Package of the Year [1]
  • Real FD/CBI FDs' Excellence Awards 2007 — Financial Software Provider of the Year [2]
  • Best of British Manufacturing IT Awards 2007 — Best use of IT in Supply Chain Management [3]
  • Sift Media Business Software Satisfaction Awards 2007 — Mid-range Accounting Software [4]
  • Construction Computing Awards 2006/8 — Construction Accounting Software of the Year [5]
  • Green Business Awards 2008 — Best New Product (Highly Commended)
  • Sift Media Software Satisfaction Awards 2008 — Mid-range Accounting Software Category 2008 [6]
  • Accountancy Age Award 2008 — Mid-tier Software of the Year [7]
  • FrontRange Solutions Best Performing Partner, Top 10 Worldwide (2008 and 2009) [8]
  • Media Software Satisfaction Awards 2008 — Mid-range Accounting Software Category 2008 [9]
  • Accountancy Age Award 2008 — Mid-tier Software of the Year [10]


Access Accounting was a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and all of its solutions were accredited by HMRC and the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales).

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