July 24th, 2023

Ignition partners with IRIS Software Group to boost accountants’ revenue through cloud-based client engagement and billing information

London, UK, July 24thIgnition, the world’s first client engagement and billing automation platform,  is today announcing a strategic partnership with IRIS Software Group (IRIS), the UK’s number one software provider to accountancy firms – helping firms boost revenue through seamless cloud-based customer experiences. 

The role of the accountant has become even more critical to British businesses in today’s challenging economic landscape. With only half of UK businesses believing their turnover will increase in the next 12 months according to the British Chamber of Commerce, many are turning to their accountant for support with cashflow forecasting and advice on next best steps. This influx in demand means accountants need to create efficiencies so they can continue delivering quality experiences to clients from start to finish, while getting recognised and paid for the work they do. 

IRIS and Ignition understand this need to streamline processes and enhance efficiencies and have partnered to provide best-in-class support to accountants and bookkeepers. The partnership will enable accountants to utilise two leading cloud platforms to automate and optimise every step of the client lifecycle, from effective engagement and onboarding right through to payments.

The partnership will further enable accountants to increase the accuracy of their cashflow forecasting for their own practice as well as their clients’, at any time and from anywhere. Additionally, by integrating bookkeeping, accountants will be able to access more data to provide a higher level of value-add consultation for their customers, ultimately helping to increase revenue. 

Guy Pearson, CEO of Ignition comments on the partnership, “Our mission is to transform the way people do business together. By sparking long-lasting relationships, we help put professional service businesses and their clients on the same page from the start. For accountancy firms, and businesses in general, having oversight and control over the customer journey is crucial to getting an accurate picture of cashflow and generating forecasts. We are excited to be partnering with IRIS, as the UK’s biggest software provider to accountancy firms, to bring this crucial next level of client engagement.”

Karen Williams, Interim MD of Accountancy at IRIS comments, “We know how important it is for accounting firms to have accurate oversight of their cashflow whilst simultaneously continuing to provide the best value-add service they can for their clients. IRIS Elements ensures clear engagements throughout the client lifecycle, allowing accountants to deliver the highest quality service. Our partnership with Ignition gives our customers yet another way of putting their client at the centre of their firm.

“Our cloud-native approach, as seen with IRIS Elements, aligns perfectly with Ignition and gives accountants the flexibility to engage with their clients from anywhere, at any time.”

About IRIS Software Group  

IRIS Software Group is a global provider of mission critical software and one of the UK’s largest privately held software companies. IRIS provides software solutions and services for finance, HR and payroll teams, educational organizations, and accountancy firms that takes the pain out of processes and lets professionals focus on the work they love. Through simplifying, automating and providing insights on everyday mission critical tasks for organizations of all shapes and sizes, IRIS ensures customers can look forward with certainty and confidence. 

IRIS is the largest third-party online filer with the UK Government. Ninety of the top 100 UK accountancy firms use IRIS software. One in six of the UK’s workforce is paid by IRIS payroll offerings, and globally, six million employees receive their payslip via IRIS software every month. More than 850,000 UK employees are managed by IRIS HR solutions. Over 12,000 UK schools and academies use IRIS, with four million parents and guardians using IRIS apps to connect with their children’s school; 300 million messages are delivered between schools and parents each year, and over £15 million transactional payments are processed every month. IRIS is certified as a Great Place to Work® and recognized as one of the Best Workplaces for Wellbeing, one of the Best Workplaces in Tech and one of the Best Workplaces for Women.

About Ignition

Founded in 2013, Ignition is the leading revenue generation platform for accounting and professional services businesses to spark greater efficiency and profitability. Ignition automates and optimizes proposals, billing, payments and workflows in a single platform that fits seamlessly into existing technology stacks. With a vision to transform how professional services and their clients do business together, Ignition empowers 7,000+ businesses to reach their revenue potential. To date, Ignition customers have engaged over 1.5 million clients and generated US $6.6b in revenue via the platform. Ignition’s global workforce spans Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Philippines, US and the UK.


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