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Bolton College Case Study

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Saving money was a major objective for us when moving to Selima and we achieved it. What we didn’t expect was the additional control it gave us – not something we thought we would get by outsourcing.

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In 2011, Bolton College moved into a new state of the art campus following a £70m investment in a modern, exciting learning environment. This was just the most visible aspect of a transformation that has created a modern, technologically advanced college. It is not just the learning environment that has benefited from this rethink – even back office systems have been transformed.

What a difference it can make to the 5,000 core students and 6,000 people developing their skills through an ambitious community learning programme.  The college is not only important to the economic development of the area, but the individual life chances of entire generations.

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By moving its payroll operations to Selima, paper was out and secure electronic transfer, cloud computing and sophisticated disaster recovery was in.

The Payroll is managed by Selima’s team of highly skilled payroll professional and the related software is delivered to the college from Selima secure private cloud.

A robust SLA was introduced to give the college even greater control over its payroll function than it had before it outsourced to Selima.


As a result of moving to the Selima Payroll Managed Service, the college immediately realised savings of 40% from the total departmental costs.

An unexpected benefit of outsourcing to Selima though was that the college gained much more control and transparency over its payroll operations.

Bolton College Needed

  • A reduction in payroll departmental costs

  • Better control over the payroll function

Bolton College achieved

  • Savings of 40% from the total payroll departmental costs

  • Much more control and transparency

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