IRIS widens education reach with BioStore deal

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IRIS Software Group today announced the acquisition of BioStore, a leading provider of identity management and cashless catering solutions to UK schools and businesses.

BioStore’s solutions are used by over 3,000 UK schools and sixth form colleges to improve and streamline access control and how catering services are delivered.

The acquisition extends the IRIS education portfolio, providing solutions to manage all aspects of school management, including finance, assets and communications.

School efficiency

Its ability to deliver a step-change in school efficiency and achieve value for money in the use of resources is a prime objective of many Academy and Academy Trusts.

BioStore will sit within the IRIS Education Division, which includes PS Financials financial management; Results Squared asset management and communications; and ParentMail online payment and parent engagement, which includes the prominent messaging apps, Looked After Call and Truancy Call.

More than 11,000 education organisations use IRIS solutions, which provide essential software to 60 per cent of UK academies and 82 per cent of large multi-academy Trusts.

Four million parents

IRIS also connects schools with over four million parents and guardians and sends over 300 million messages each year from schools to parents and guardians, helping to keep them informed and process payments for dinner money and other school items.

Kevin Dady, IRIS CEO, says: “BioStore has developed some game-changing technology for the education sector and I’m delighted to welcome the business to IRIS.

“Our mission is to help all education establishments become more efficient and productive by reducing administration and delivering services that benefit schools, colleges, students and parents. This acquisition is yet another step in helping us achieve this goal.”

Innovate further

Nigel Walker, managing director of BioStore, says: “We’re delighted to be part of IRIS Software Group where we can create even tighter integrations between our respective award-winning portfolios and innovate further.

“Together with IRIS we can offer schools and businesses an end to end solution, which creates value by making budgets go further.”