FHL’s Latest Graduate Intake Supports Further Growth

Crewe-based FHL Cloud Solutions (FHL), Europe’s-leading cloud solutions provider, is investing in local graduates and undergraduates to support its growth plans.

Seven full-time graduates and 18 undergraduate placement students will join the company in June 2018, with plans to invest in about 30 more by the end of March 2019.

All but one of the new recruits have been sourced from Staffordshire University, which is working in close partnership with FHL to deliver top quality candidates to support the company’s growth aspirations.

‘We are looking to increase revenue by 30 per cent this financial year which means growing the FHL team at an optimal rate to realise our targets’, says Darren Birt, Operational Director from FHL Cloud Solutions. ‘The majority of the new recruits will be trained on product development, consultancy and customer support services to cope with increasing client demand.’

The undergraduate students – all from Staffordshire University – will be on 12 month placements at FHL. At the end of the placements, it will be decided whether the students will be returning to FHL to take-up full-time positions once they have completed their studies.

Darren Birt says, ‘We’ve been investing in graduates and undergraduates, largely from Staffordshire University, since 2009 and it has proven a successful recruitment route. This year, we’ll be taking on more new hires than ever before and have no plans to ease-off our recruitment drive.’

Sarah Tudor, Director of Employer Partnerships at Staffordshire University commented, ‘Companies like FHL are recognising that by committing to both the graduate recruitment and undergraduate placements, they are hiring fresh talent with enthusiasm, great ideas and the latest skills and thinking. The investment really does make smart and long-term business sense.’

FHL provides all new recruits with intensive company and industry training and mentorship schemes to ensure they get up-to-speed as quickly as possible.

Darren Birt adds, ‘We champion a two-way relationship at FHL. Our graduates and undergraduates are given first-rate training and mentorship and in return, we expect them to deliver quality work and strive for excellence. It’s important to give new recruits every chance to succeed and it’s this approach which ensures FHL’s team remains the very best in the industry.’

FHL is a specialist UK-based cloud solutions provider that is part of the RSM UK group of companies. With a specialist team that has over 250 years’ combined NetSuite experience, FHL can boast over 150 successful implementations.

Staffordshire University is a connected university; connected to the needs of students, academic partners, business and society. It aims to be a leading university for digital technologies building on its proud computing heritage and its strengths in computer games.

FHL Cloud Solutions is Honoured with NetSuite EMEA Partner Award for a Seventh Time

29 May 2018 – FHL Cloud Solutions (FHL) was named NetSuite 2018 ‘Solution Provider Partner of the Year for EMEA for a seventh time at NetSuite’s SuiteWorld18 event in Las Vegas. FHL was also honoured with a NetSuite 5-Star Award.

Oracle NetSuite, one of the world’s leading providers of cloud-based financials / ERP, HR, Professional Services Automation (PSA) and Omnichannel commerce software suites, named FHL its leading partner for EMEA. No other provider has won the accolade as many times as FHL.

The award recognises FHL’s continued success in securing new clients, expanding its market share and delivering high-value subscriptions through its exemplary consulting and implementation services. The award is especially impressive as FHL has been through a period of significant change, which included becoming part of RSM UK in November 2017.

The team at FHL is one of the most accomplished in the industry and winning NetSuite’s Solution Provider Partner of the Year for EMEA again builds on that success,’ said Andrew Peddie, managing director, FHL Cloud Solutions.

Our year-on-year success is due to an extremely skilled team that understands the many challenges faced by businesses when sourcing a new business system. By working hand-in-hand with our clients to implement a NetSuite solution that’s perfectly suited to their needs, we ensure project targets are hit time and time again,’ continued Peddie.

FHL was also awarded NetSuite’s highest 5-star partner status at SuiteWorld18 for the fourth time, cementing the company’s leading position in Europe. Awarded to only a small number of partners worldwide, this accolade is given to NetSuite solution provider partners for sales revenue achievements.

Peddie adds, ‘It’s a fantastic accomplishment to be named amongst the top tier of NetSuite partners worldwide. As an elite cloud provider, we have no intention of standing still and look forward to continued growth and success.’

FHL reports revenue increase during year of great change

FHL has major growth plans and is ramping-up headcount

14 May 2018 – FHL Cloud Solutions saw a single digit revenue increase for financial year ending 31 March 2018. This is despite a year of significant change, with FHL becoming part of RSM UK in November 2017. The combined FHL and RSM businesses has formed the largest and leading NetSuite provider across Europe.

With the backing of RSM – a leading audit, tax and consulting firm – FHL is planning to drive revenue growth by 30 per cent (for financial year ending 31 March 2019) and almost double headcount.

‘To sustain revenue growth the same year as being acquired is a phenomenal achievement’, says Andrew Peddie, Managing Director of FHL Cloud Solutions. ‘This proves the resilience and professionalism of the FHL team. With RSM’s support, we’re now in an even stronger position and look forward to fast and sustained growth.’

FHL, which is a 5 star NetSuite solution provider, plans to increase its professional services capacity in order to fulfil the growing support needs of its own clients as well as RSM’s international client base. This will involve an intensive recruitment drive in partnership with Staffordshire University that will see FHL’s headcount substantially increase over the next 12 months.

Peddie says, ‘The professional services team, which provides first-rate implementation, training and ongoing support services, is our largest growth area. We’ll be working in partnership with Staffordshire University to recruit high calibre graduates and apprentices so that we can increase the bandwidth of our team.’

‘Our growth ambitions will undoubtedly consolidate FHL’s position as Europe’s leading cloud solutions provider’, adds Peddie.

FHL Present Annual Donation to The Donna Louise

FHL Donate to The Donna Louise
Katie Tams (left) and Kingsley Burn (right) hold a cheque for £1,640 to be donated to The Donna Louise charity.
The FHL team met with Katie Tams, Corporate Fundraiser for The Donna Louise to present their annual donation for the 2017 calendar year. Over 12 months, the FHL team have raised £1,640 for the registered charity by organising events, casual dress days and proceeds from their snack bar. ‎
Kingsley Burn, FHL Support Manager (pictured) said “We are proud to support The Donna Louise #ONEINAMILLION campaign and pledge to continue raising more donations throughout 2018 and beyond”.
The Donna Louise cares for children and young adults with life-limiting conditions, and their families. The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice was registered as a charity in 1999. They were set up to respond to the need for a children’s hospice service for Staffordshire and Cheshire.
The charity takes its name from a young local girl, Donna Louise Hackney, who sadly died from a life limiting condition at the age of 16. Her family wanted to help other children and families in a similar situation and so began fundraising in her name.

RSM UK acquires FHL to become Europe’s largest and leading NetSuite provider

Leading audit, tax and consulting firm RSM UK has acquired FHL, the UK’s leading provider of Oracle NetSuite products, services and solutions.

FHL and RSM’s combined practice will form the largest and leading NetSuite partner and provider, not just in the UK, but across Europe.

FHL’s 54-strong Crewe-based NetSuite capability will complement RSM existing NetSuite offer. The collective team of almost 100 will provide clients with both greater reach through RSM’s UK and global network, and a breadth of skills and capabilities that ensure greater collaboration with the businesses it serves.

David Gwilliam, RSM Chief Operating Officer said:

‘We’re delighted to announce the FHL acquisition and welcome their market leading NetSuite team into the wider RSM family. The prospects for this expanded offering are very exciting indeed. Being the UK and Europe’s largest and leading NetSuite provider significantly strengthens our capability to provide clients with a broader spectrum of business systems services and solutions.’

The new combined operation ensures an enlarged NetSuite business systems service encompassing cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP), CRM and E-commerce.

Andrew Peddie, FHL Managing Director said:

‘This move to integrate with RSM marks a game-changer in our market. For us as a company it presents the next natural step in our growth cycle. This is also about people. The NetSuite technology can’t be effectively deployed without the right people in place to provide the necessary skills. RSM is a great fit, both culturally and in terms of what each side can offer.’

Chris Knowles, lead partner for technology and management consulting at RSM said:

‘Our enhanced market proposition significantly strengthens our own ability to engage with a more diverse client base both large and small, in more locations, and in a greater variety of sectors. It also bolsters and expands Oracle’s growth plans for the NetSuite product itself. For us this isn’t simply a case of capturing greater market share – diversifying our own NetSuite delivery capability is critical in remaining one step ahead of the curve in what is a highly competitive market.

The acquired company will continue to trade as FHL.

https://www.rsmuk.com/news/rsm-uk-acquires-fhl-to-become-europes-largest-and-leading-netsuite-provider