Chelmsford City Racecourse bet on M2M for accounts solution

The new owners of Chelmsford City Racecourse have been working hard to bring racing back to Essex, whilst ambitiously pledging to complete two years of building work within 1 year. They have just announced that they had been granted a licence to host 58 fixtures in 2015, and they hope to increase the number of fixtures in coming years as they are looking to become the UK’s best all weather horse racing venue and provide high quality entertainment and service to all.

With a brand new 3,000 capacity hospitality stand, Chelmsford City Racecourse is a unique venue to enjoy a fantastic racing experience. The All-Weather Polytrack is an 8 furlong left handed oval with large sweeping bends.  The track measures 22 meters in width and finishes with a two furlong home straight. A racecourse of this calibre needs an accounting system to match, and M2M were delighted to find out they were Chelmsford City Racecourse’s first choice when it came to choosing a Sage Business Partner.

Chelmsford City Racecourse needed a solution that was available remotely during the construction phase while the administration facilities were being completed and also as the financial controller is based at Bet Fed’s head office at a different location creating a requirement to access the solution both from the head office and on-site. M2M had the advantage of being both local to the Racecourse and of having many years’ experience with the financial and operational considerations facing an endeavour of this type.

Our hosted solution allows us to quickly deliver Sage 200 because the client does not need to provision and configure the Server / client infrastructure. Any computer or device capable of a remote desktop connection with access to the internet can log into the system. The rapid delivery of a working solution and the availability of training were significant factors in Chelmsford’s City Racecourse’s decision to select M2M. Also as we are a Sage-Pay partner we assisted with the provisioning of the payment gateway required by the third-party online sales solution.

Currently Chelmsford City Racecourse are using the financials suite within Sage 200. In the future they will also be using the commercial modules to enable them to integrate Sage with their online and at the gate ticket sales.

Before they started using Sage 200 in a live environment Chelmsford City Racecourse greatly benefited by undertaking our Sage 200 training course at M2M’s Head Office in Chelmsford. This introduced them to different screens and features within Sage 200, and gave them the opportunity to use the software with their own data, meaning they were fully prepared to use it by the time it was implemented.