Converting two schools into a new Multi Academy Trust we knew that we were going to need all of our finance staff to be at the top of their game. Ensuring that we were suitably prepared to take on new converter schools in the near future was a priority. Changing our accounting software from FMS was going to be a huge challenge in itself and having the financial support and knowledge to assist with that was key. Having prepared budgets previously I needed to know the changes from a maintained school budget when becoming a Multi Academy Trust. Alan Patient & Co were able to help with this and all the requirements I have as Accounting Officer. Having faced this challenge and wanting to be hands on I know that having experts on your side gives you that peace of mind and support you need to make the transition.