Scarborough Borough Council has implemented a new procurement and budget management system, in order to remove paper-based forms and improve business decision making.

More than 200 staff at the council will be using the new general ledger, procurement, asset management, budgeting and accounts payable platform from TechnologyOne.

The council said the system will deliver "significant savings in time and money" through streamlining business processes, including electronic purchasing and approval, when it goes live in April.

As well as the council finance team using the software, department managers and budget holders will also be able to access budget information in real time. This will support better decision making as reports will be available with the most up to date information, said the council.

In addition, the buildings management and facilities team will use TechnologyOne Works & Assets software to manage service and maintenance issues, and meet compliance requirements.

Nicola Willis, head of transformation at Scarborough Borough Council, said: “We had a vision for an enterprise system that could provide general ledger and financial systems across many departments.

“Streamlining procurement with automatic approvals will dramatically reduce our paper trails, from which we expect to see significant savings in time and resources.”

The council has also identified other possible areas for TechnologyOne implementation, such as stores management and business intelligence.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), Scotland's largest transport authority, was creating an integrated financials, procurement, stores management and timesheets platform with TechnologyOne software.