Millennium Consulting recognised as top Unit4 Financials Coda Partner

23rd November 2022

Millennium Consulting Recognised as Top Unit4 Financials by Coda Partner in 2022 Report


Millennium Consulting are delighted to report we have been recognised as the top Unit4 Financials by Coda Partner in the latest Raven Intelligence Guide.

The annual report ‘Guide to Top Unit4 Implementation Partners’ showcases the recommended Unit4 implementation partners based on customer reviews. Released on 22nd November 2022 this report highlights Millennium’s near-perfect score of 4.8/5 with 46 positive reviews to date.

“The Raven Intelligence feedback from our clients speaks volumes for who we are as a business. A customer endorsement is always the best type of confirmation of the high quality of our work. These reviews consistently emphasise the collaborative nature of how we deliver projects and how we work with our customers to deliver a 5* service."

— Jeremy Lucas, Chief Operating Officer, Millennium Consulting

Raven Intelligence is an independent peer review site that helps Enterprise Software customers find, hire, and review the best consulting partner for their implementation.

“The voice of customers speaks volumes, and Raven Intelligence provides a way for Unit4 customers to share their experiences for their peers to benefit from. Millennium Consulting has consistently outperformed industry averages and has received high marks for satisfaction, quality of consulting team and service delivery. They should be in consideration for any Unit4 consulting project.”

— Bonnie Tinder, Founder & CEO, Raven Intelligence


If you’re thinking of undertaking an upgrade, a systems review, transformation programme or are getting set to make the move to ERP or ERPx, get in touch to find out how we can help with that journey.

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Millennium Consulting launches Millennium+

19th October 2022

We launch Millennium+

Tailored Unit4 Financials packages


Millennium Consulting, an Elite Unit4 Partner for Unit4 Financials announces the launch of Millennium+, tailored packages offering for Unit4 Financials customers.

While Millennium will continue to offer the services and benefits of a traditional desk this new approach is much more extensive. The Millennium+ package can be tailored to each customer’s requirements and can incorporate any number of our non-service desk offerings such as Continuous Release upgrades.

“The launch of Millennium+ is another example of how Millennium Consulting is working toward building unified solutions for our customers to help them grow their businesses and operate more effectively, with cost certainty.”

— Chris Peall Director of Professional Services, Millennium Consulting

As part of this latest offering Millennium now provides a calculator, a tool to gain real-time cost estimate for all your Unit4 Financial services.

“For any projects in your architectural landscape that touch on Unit4 Financials, Millennium+ offers a solution. The calculator gives customers full transparency and allows for planned integrations as well as immediate support, all, tailored to suit your business - none of our competitors provide this!”

— Jeremy Lucas, Chief Operating Officer, Millennium Consulting


Find out more about Millennium+

Or register for the upcoming website in which our expert Chris Peall, will share an overview of what Millennium+ is, the benefits and how to use our brand new Millennium+ calculator.

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Millennium Consulting are accredited by the Good Business Charter

We are pleased to announce Millennium Consulting have been fully accredited by the Good Business Charter and are now recognised for their responsible business practices, such as fairer hours and contracts, employee wellbeing, ethical sourcing and environmental responsibility.

The Good Business Charter is an accreditation which organisations in the UK can sign up to in recognition of responsible business practices. It measures behaviour over 10 components: real living wage, fairer hours and contracts, employee well-being, employee representation, diversity and inclusion, environmental responsibility, paying fair tax, commitment to customers, ethical sourcing, and prompt payment. An organisation must meet all 10 commitments to receive GBC accreditation.

"Millennium is delighted to have been accredited with the Good Business Charter. Our core business practises revolve around being ethical and the award demonstrates to our team, partners and clients that we are completely committed to responsible business practises and continuous improvement."

— Jeremy Lucas, Chief Operating Officer at Millennium Consulting


Find out more about the Good Business Charter.


IFS Partnership announcement

Millennium Consulting is delighted to announce it has signed a Partnership Agreement with global cloud enterprise software company IFS

IFS develops and delivers cloud enterprise software for companies around the world who manufacture and distribute goods, build and maintain assets, and manage service-focused operations.

“Our new IFS partnership builds upon the software and services arrangements that have been developed by Millennium with other complementary software vendors over the past 15 years.”

— Philip Keet, CEO, Millennium Consulting

IFS is a fast-growing leading software vendor that focuses on key market sectors. Growth in H1 2022 came from winning net new customers as well as from the IFS install base who continue to upgrade to IFS Cloud, resulting in cloud revenue growth of 56 % in H1 2022 compared with H1 2021. The company attributes its continued growth and success to its deep industry expertise, innovative and flexible IFS Cloud solution, and seamless integration across all its capabilities.

“We are very pleased to welcome Millennium Consulting as a partner. Millennium Consulting is a solid, experienced organisation with a strong client base and has delivered successful projects for many years. This partnership will help both companies with their significant growth plans and we look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

— Alan Laing, Managing Director, IFS UK&I

About IFS


IFS develops and delivers cloud enterprise software for companies around the world who manufacture and distribute goods, build and maintain assets, and manage service-focused operations. Within our single platform, our industry specific products are innately connected to a single data model and use embedded digital innovation so that our customers can be their best when it really matters to their customers—at the Moment of Service™. The industry expertise of our people and of our growing ecosystem, together with a commitment to deliver value at every single step, has made IFS a recognized leader and the most recommended supplier in our sector. Our team of 4,500 employees every day live our values of agility, trustworthiness and collaboration in how we support our 10,000+ customers. Learn more about how our enterprise software solutions can help your business today at ifs.com.

About Millennium Consulting


Millennium Consulting is a UK headquartered management consultancy which for the past 28 years has provided Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Finance Transformation services to clients globally.

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Mandatory B2B E-Invoicing in France: What it means for your business

The French Tax Authority (DGFIP) has announced its intention to make e-invoicing and e-reporting compulsory from 1 July 2024. Read on to understand what this means, and who will be affected by the changes.

We also consider the wider global trend of mandatory e-invoicing, and the steps businesses should take to prepare for what is ahead.


The what and why of e-invoicing

E-invoicing is different from merely generating an invoice in a digital format. Rather, it refers to specific frameworks for the issuing, delivery, and receipt of invoices in a standardised way.

The data contained in e-invoices follows a structured form, enabling it to be automatically logged on companies’ accounts systems. In most – but not all – jurisdictions where it is mandated, e-invoicing is accompanied by an ‘e-reporting’ requirement, i.e. submission of data to the relevant country’s tax office.

Why is e-invoicing on the rise?

In short it is because governments are losing tax revenue receipts. Across the EU in 2021, the annual tax gap – i.e., the amount of tax revenue lost to fraud or inaccurate reporting – was estimated to be in excess of EUR 130 bn. Tax authorities see it as a way to reduce inaccuracies (not least, e-invoicing theoretically eliminates the possibility of revenue somehow becoming lost on its way to an AP system). E-invoicing is also favoured by treasury ministries because it can help reduce the gap between tax liabilities and tax being actually paid.

When governments go down the mandatory e-invoicing path, they usually apply it to government procurement first, before rolling it out to B2B transactions. The UK is currently at the stage of mandatory e-invoicing for public bodies following the introduction of The Public Procurement (Electronic Invoices, etc) Regulations 2019. This means that virtually all public sector organisations are required to use e-invoicing.

What is changing in France?

France has had mandatory e-invoicing for business-to-government (B2G) transactions in place since 2020. This means that any B2G sales invoice must be an invoice and must be compatible with the country’s designated platform for this, Chorus Pro.

France has now announced that from July 2024, all companies subject to VAT will be required to accept e-invoices. Furthermore, the use of e-invoices along with e-reporting will start becoming mandatory for B2B transactions from July 2024 through to January 2026 (depending on company size).

To whom does this apply? 

The rules apply to French VAT registered and established companies. Such companies will need to have the capacity to receive e-invoices. If they issue invoices to business customers, they will also need to move to e-invoicing in respect of those contracts within the relevant timeframe.

Also, the new e-invoicing requirements are accompanied by additional e-reporting rules. Be aware that despite there being no requirement for French companies to issue e-invoices for B2C transactions or in respect of customers based outside of France, certain data in respect of such transactions will need to be submitted to the French tax authority.

Companies with a multinational presence will need to check carefully whether, and to what extent they are caught by the new rules.

Timeframes at a glance

  • All companies subject to VAT in France must be able to receive e-invoices starting 1 July 2024.
  • Mandatory issuance of e-invoices and e-reporting for enterprises: 1 July 2024.

• Small and medium-sized enterprises (a workforce of less than 5000, and annual sales of less than 1.5 bn or a balance sheet total of less than 2bn)
• SMEs and small enterprises (fewer than 250 employees and annual sales of less than 50m or a balance sheet total of less than 43m)

E-reporting data requirements 

E-invoices can be issued through the Portail Public de Facturation (PPF) via the Chorus Pro platform, which is the system currently used for B2G e-invoicing. Alternatively, businesses can opt to send invoices via an approved third-party commercial platform (known as a PDP). Under each system, businesses issue the e-invoice to the platform and the platform does the rest: i.e. delivery of the e-invoice to the buyer and reporting to the French tax authority (DGFIP).
The invoice can be created in one of three base formats compatible with the EU’s e-invoicing standard: UBL, CII, Factur-X.

The following information needs to be captured and transmitted to DGFIP:

Companies with a multinational presence will need to check carefully whether, and to what extent they are caught by the new rules.

• Date of payment collection
• Amount collected, including VAT

• Unique identification number (SIREN) for both supplier and customer
• Intra-community VAT number for supplier and customer
• Intra-community VAT number of supplier’s tax representative
• Supplier’s and customer’s country
• Category of supply
• Invoice issue date
• Unique invoice number
• Number of the rectified invoice if a corrective invoice is issued
• Option for tax payment based on debits
• Total payable exclusive of VAT
• Amount of corresponding VAT by rate
• Applicable VAT rate
• Details of any exemption
• Invoice currency code/designation
• Mention of self-billing (where applicable)
• Reference to any special scheme
• Mention of reverse charge (where applicable)
• Date of delivery or performance
• Date and amount of any deposit paid

Preparing for the changes

Organisations with a corporate presence in France should act now to determine the extent to which the new regime will impact their invoicing and accounting processes. Even if you do not have a French presence but you regularly provide goods or services to companies over there, it is good practice to find out the requirements of your business partners. In other words, if regular customers intend to start using e-invoices, do you have the technical capabilities to accommodate this?

France is currently ahead of the UK in rolling out the mandatory use of e-invoices and e-reporting beyond B2G transactions. However, given the direction of travel in this country (particularly with the government’s Making Tax Digital initiative), it is likely to be only a matter of time until similar requirements are put in place here.

This is the ideal time to consider your readiness for e-invoicing, particularly with regards to AP and AR automation. Also, despite mandatory e-invoicing being a government-driven policy, it can also bring material benefits to businesses. Not least, the fact that data is sent directly to a buyer’s AP system means that invoices can be logged, processed and approved in a fraction of the time it would take with traditional invoicing processes.

More generally, if you can demonstrate to business partners that you are equipped with e-invoicing capabilities at an early stage, it helps demonstrate your commitment to hassle-free billing and invoice management: a potentially valuable selling point in the current climate.

Looking to futureproof your accounting processes to accommodate new ways of invoicing?

Speak to Millennium Consulting today

Millennium is highly experienced in working with European companies, helping them manage the diverse accounting regulations.

Focussing on digital invoicing, our software has been used to successfully process hundreds of thousands of outgoing and incoming XML invoices for Unit4 Financials (previously known as Coda) since January 2019, when it became obligatory in Italy.

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Millennium Raising Futures Kenya Golf Day 2022

We raised £4,500 for Raising Futures Kenya

There’s something about the annual Millennium Raising Futures Kenya Golf Day that seems to bring out the best in the UK weather and this year was no exception. Of course, bright sunshine is normally accompanied by grey clouds and this proved to be the case on Friday at Westerham, Kent.

The players assembled to compete for the coveted Millennium Golf Challenge trophy and this year it was the Europeans who emerged victorious, ably captained by Ray Seamer, a legend in Millennium circles.

The individual scratch winner was Gordon O’Malley on 77 and Stableford winners were Derek Mcateer and Jane Keet with 42 points apiece. Other prizes were awarded for the longest drive, closest to the flag and best turned out team.

A post-round dinner followed the golf and afterwards Kirsty Erridge of Raising Futures Kenya provided an insight into the activities taking place on the ground in Kenya and demonstrated the value of the support we provide.

Thanks are due to our corporate Sponsors, Unit4, ICorp, Hennessy IT Consulting, Sound Integration and Arbonne International as well as the gifts many of the players such as Fiskars Group and Derek Mcateer provided on the day.

Here are some of the highlights:

The day generated £4,500 for Raising Futures Kenya and the money will be put to good use helping young Kenyans.

We look forward to reconvening in 2023 for the next event and the date and location will be announced in the coming months. We welcome new participants so if you would like to play next year then contact the Millennium team who will be happy to update you with the details.


Millennium Consulting’s Elite Partner Status Reconfirmed by Unit4 for 2022

Millennium Consulting’s Elite Partner Status Reconfirmed by Unit4 for 2022

January 26th, 2022

Millennium Consulting’s Elite Partner status reconfirmed by Unit4 for 2022.

The Unit4 global partner program operates across three levels focused on capabilities, contributions, and customer satisfaction. Elite level partners have achieved the highest level within the Unit4 partner program. This level is awarded to partners that have consistently demonstrated the ability to meet the highest level of success with Unit4 and our joint customers.

Jeremy Lucas, COO at Millennium Consulting, “We are all delighted by the continued recognition of our Elite Partner status by Unit4. Last year presented plenty of challenges, but the whole team went above and beyond to ensured we continued to best serve our customers and offer them the excellent service we’ve become known for. To be re-awarded Elite Partner status is a fantastic way for Millennium to start the year.”


Millennium Consulting Awarded FSQS-NL Registered Certificate

Millennium Consulting Awarded FSQS-NL Registered Certificate

January 2022

Following our recently renewed ISO 27001 & 9001 certification, we are also proud to announce our ongoing relationship with FSQS with validating body Hellios.

FSQS is a cross-sector collaboration solution that reduces the time, cost, resources and duplication needed to provide information for a community of financial institutions including banks, building societies, insurance companies and investment services.

For our existing clients this qualification adds an extra layer of assurance and for new prospective companies, this means a significant amount of due diligence has already been performed through the standardised FSQS process ensuring business onboarding with Millennium is a smooth and easy process.


Millennium Consulting Awarded ISO27001 & ISO9001 Certification

Millennium Consulting Awarded ISO27001 & ISO9001 Certification

December 2021

Millennium Consulting passed another ISO 27001 & 9001 audit with flying colours!

In December 2021 the highly successful recertification process was completed with no nonconformities identified in the audit. With special thanks to Mike Deal and Andre Peter for ensuring that we continue to conform to ISO standards internally and externally.

February 2021

Millennium is proud to announce that during December 2020 we obtained ISO27001 & ISO9001 certification.

While adhering to ISO guidelines in recent years, in 2020 the decision was made to formalise this via accreditation. After an intensive 9 month period, we are delighted to announce that this goal has been accomplished.

By gaining ISO 27001 & 9001 certification, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to providing quality service, effective cost management and timely delivery to our customers while at the same time anticipating their demands. In future we will continue to review our management systems, policies and information security management processes to achieve our ongoing objective of providing the highest quality service to our clients. Finally, to maintain our ISO status, we will continue to invest in technology, development and processes so we can best serve you, our customers.


We’re now registered providers with the CPD Certification Service

We’re now registered providers with the CPD Certification Service

August 5th, 2021

Millennium Consulting is pleased to announce that they are now an official registered provider with the CPD Certification Service. Established in 1996, The CPD Certification Service is the largest and leading independent CPD accreditation organisation working across all industry sectors.

This means finance professionals undertaking courses run by Millennium Consulting count towards annual professional development requirements set by professional regulators. Any delegate attending the future courses will be issued with an accredited CPD Certificate of Attendance, which they can subsequently use within their formal CPD record for a professional body, institute or employer.

Millennium is currently submitting courses for approval, and these will soon be available to book via the CPD Service.

Jeremy Lucas at Millennium Consulting said, “I am pleased to announce that Millennium Consulting is working towards being able to offer CPD certified courses to finance professionals. This is not only further confirmation of the high quality of our services but also endorses our view of the importance of good assessment practice. Our CPD programme will allows you to keep up to date with the latest industry trends and best practice, learn new skills and develop existing ones.”

Our accreditation can be verified by clicking this link: https://cpduk.co.uk/providers/millennium-consulting