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Industry developments from the global payroll vendor and research community.

Cast & Crew Acquires U.K. Payroll Provider Sargent-Disc

Cast & Crew, a provider of software and services for the entertainment production industry, announced it has acquired U.K.-based Sargent-Disc, an international provider of film and television payroll, accounting, software, and services.

According to the company, the acquisition aligns with Cast & Crew’s strategic vision to be the end-to-end global provider of software and payroll services for motion pictures, television, live events, commercials, and music tours. This also marks the fifth acquisition by Cast & Crew in the last four years and its first under new private equity sponsor EQT.

“The addition of Sargent-Disc to the Cast & Crew family marks an important milestone in our company’s history as we significantly expand in the U.K. and various international markets,” said Eric Belcher, Chief Executive Officer at Cast & Crew. “Not only are we excited about the commercial prospects, but we truly value our alignment with Sargent-Disc in terms of shared values, corporate culture, and vision for the rapid technological transformation of our industry.”

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Sprout Offers SME Free Digital Payroll Solution

Sprout Solutions, a Philippines-based provider of back-end solutions that address payroll, HR, and recruitment, has launched its Payroll for Small Businesses for free.

Payroll for Small Businesses is, according to the company, part of Sprout’s advocacy for improving businesses, especially the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Philippines, by giving them access to solutions that will help them grow.

According to Sprout Solutions CEO and Co-Founder Patrick Gendry, it is always a challenge for SMEs to have sufficient resources for an efficient payroll process, which is why Sprout is offering its payroll module for free until they are ready to avail themselves of the full range of services.

“Sprout has always been about impacting Filipino lives by improving business,” Gentry said. “The way we want to do this now is by giving smaller businesses a way to focus more on strategic thinking. We were also quite small not too long ago, and we understand how tough it is to handle more people, which is why we decided to offer Payroll for Small Businesses without charging until a client grows beyond 50 people.”

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Access Acquires People HR, PSC  

The Access Group (Access), a U.K.-based software provider for mid-sized organizations, announced the acquisitions of People HR, a Doncaster-based HR solutions provider, and The Payroll Service Company (PSC), a Cambridgeshire-based payroll solutions provider. Through these strategic acquisitions, the company said Access has extended its capabilities to serve an even wider range of organizations looking to power their success.

With more than 5,000 companies utilizing its solution, People HR has become a leader in the HR systems market in the U.K., according to the company. PSC currently delivers payroll services for more than 1,300 companies, enabling them to meet the operational and regulatory requirements of managing their payroll and becoming a mainstay payroll solution in the U.K. market.

“Access is excited to welcome People HR and PSC into the Access Group,” said Chris Bayne, CEO of The Access Group. “The addition of these two strategic acquisitions further enhances our presence in the HR and payroll solutions market, particularly in the small-to-medium market. With these products delivered on Access Workspace, we are extremely well-positioned to take advantage of a market that is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 14% globally through to 2023.”

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